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Oral history interview with Abram Braunstein

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.183 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0183

Abram Braunstein, born on February 14, 1917 in Maniewicze, Poland (now Manevychi, Ukraine), discusses the changes in his town after the arrival of the Soviet Army in 1939; his conscription into the Soviet Army in 1940; becoming a noncommissioned officer; receiving a care package from his family; outbreak of the war; the execution of a Soviet soldier; transferring to a mobile military hospital; spending the winter 1941 in a bunker near Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg, Russia); working at Lake Ladoga; working in a kitchen in late 1942 or 1943; stealing a machine gun; a mission to cut off a railroad line; an assignment transporting laundry; training with mortars; being wounded in an offensive and taken to Leningrad; transferring to a special hospital near Stalingrad (now Volgograd, Russia); returning home to Maniewicze in late fall of 1944; the end of the war; travelling through Hungary; entering Austria at Graz; living in a displaced person camp near the Italian border; and immigrating to the United States in 1949.


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Interviewee
Abram Braunstein
Interviewer
Davida Glick
Date
interview:  1987 March 16
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive