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Oral history interview with Ezra Sherman

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

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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.

Interviewee
Mr. Ezra Sherman
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2014 May 16  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.