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Oral history interview with Victor Elias

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.219 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0219

Victor Elias, born on November 18, 1922 in Sasov, Czechoslovakia (now Sasovo, Ukraine), discusses his pre-war life in Csepe (now Chepa, Ukraine); experiencing antisemitism before the war; studying in Yeshiva; apprenticing as a baker circa 1936; the Hungarian occupation; being sent to a detention camp; being deported to Kolomyja in 1940; living in the Lwów Ghetto (L’viv, Ukraine) in the summer of 1941; being sent to Częstochowa, Poland; working in HASAG-Warta from 1943 to 1945; details and names of Jewish leaders and some camp commanders; liberation by the Soviets in January 1945; living in Halmeu, Romania after the war; immigrating to Israel in 1949; and immigrating to the United States in 1959.


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Interviewee
Victor Elias
Interviewer
Harriet Richman
Date
interview:  1983 February 03
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive