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Oral history interview with Vladimir Lewin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.364.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0981

Vladimir Lewin, born April 29, 1922 in Pinsk, Belarus, discusses his family; his father Lazar Lewin (1891-1967), his mother Judyta Lewin (née Minkowicz), and his sister Deborah Lewin; the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941; fleeing with his mother eastward; going to a coal mining school in Ukraine but leaving soon after; going to Uzbekistan; attempting to join General Anders’ Army and being rejected for being Jewish; living in Siberia; being in a labor battlion in early 1943; being sent to a coalmine in Kopeisk, Siberia; deserting the battalion and going to Chelyabinsk, Russia; contracting typhoid and then malaria; being hospitalized; being mobilized into the Soviet Army; being on the 1st Ukrainian Front and being wounded on January 24, 1944; being hospitalized and then transferred to the Polish People’s Army in Sumy, Ukraine; reaching Lublin, Poland in July 1944 and remaining there until he was demobilized in January 1946; reuniting with his father, who had survived the war in Negin, Ukraine (possibly Nihyn in Khmelnytskyi Oblast); the murder of his mother, sister, and paternal grandmother (Rykel Lewin) in Pinsk in October 1942; going to Warsaw, Poland and working as a reporter for the Jewish press agency; and immigrating to the United States in 1970.

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Mr. Vladimir Lewin
Vadim Altskan
interview:  2018 August 18
creation: Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
1 digital file.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:39:50
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