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Oral history interview with Ezra Sherman

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.57.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0750

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    Oral history interview with Ezra Sherman


    Interview Summary
    Ezra Sherman, born on February 25, 1931 in the small town of Mlynov, Poland (Mlynove, Ukraine), describes his family; the death of his mother before the war; his father’s role as the kosher butcher in the community; his town coming under Soviet control in 1939 and the almost immediate scarcity of food and other necessities; his father’s efforts to fill this gap by continuing to find goods and services for people, which landed him into trouble with the new Soviet authorities; being forced to move to Dubno, Ukraine, where he saw mass executions of Jews in a nearby cemetery; going to live with his grandmother in Mlynov after the Germans invaded; the creation of a ghetto in their neighborhood; slipping past the ghetto fence to work at a farm; being helped by Polish, Ukrainian and Czech gentiles; the liquidation of the ghetto in 1942; hiding in a nearby shed with another child; seeking shelter in the home of an old woman, who denounced them to a Ukrainian policeman; having is boots and jacket taken and being ordered back to the village; surviving on his own in the forest and with the help of local farmers; living with a Czech farmer for a year and being liberated by the Soviet Army; being treated well by the Soviet troops; helping to liberate Auschwitz; taking part in the battle of Berlin, but prevented from fighting; returning to Ukraine with the Soviet unit and finding his brother; going with his brother to Palestine, passing through Poland and a displaced persons camp in west Germany; being recruited into the Palmach in 1947 to fight for independence; also taking part in the 1967 war; immigrating to the United states in 1974 with his wife and three children; and settling in Philadelphia, PA.
    Mr. Ezra Sherman
    Navazelskis, Ina
    interview:  2014 May 16
    creation: Washington (D.C.)

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    Sherman, Ezra, 1931-

    Administrative Notes

    Ina Navazelskis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Ezra Sherman on May 16, 2014 in Washington, DC.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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