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Oral history interview with Chaim Shapiro

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.450.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0985

Chaim Shapiro, born on April 10, 1938 in Utena, Lithuania, discusses his Orthodox family; being the youngest of four children; the arrest of his father by Soviet authorities in May 1941; being deported with his family, including his mother, siblings, and two grandparents, by the Soviets to the city of Barnaul, Altai Territory in June 1941; seeing his father again only after the war, in 1947 and returning to Vilnius at that time with him; experiencing severe hunger during the deportation years, and his older siblings saving potato peelings for him; the arrest of his father in 1950 and his subsequent exile to the Novosibirsk Region; going with his family to live with his father in exile; returning to Lithuania in 1954 after Stalin’s death; graduating from high school; working at a factory; attending the Radio Engineering Institute in Taganrog; working in a factory for the Soviet defense industry in construction; retiring in 1988; and his daughter, son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Chaim Shapiro
Ina Navazelskis
2018 September 20  (interview)
creation : Šalčininkai (Lithuania)
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Record last modified: 2018-12-27 11:48:34
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