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Oral history interview with Lucy Lavon

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1719 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1719

Lucy Lavon discusses her childhood in Kovno (now Kaunas), Lithuania; the antisemitism she experienced; the city's occupation first by the Soviet Union and then by Nazi troops in 1941; the formation of a ghetto in Kovno; her work for the Jewish Council under Dr. Elkhanan Elkes and the relative safety that position ensured her; the "Aktions" she witnessed, in particular a "Great Aktion" in October 1941 in which over 10,000 members of the Jewish community were murdered; being deported to Stutthof concentration camp in July 1944 in the face of advancing Soviet troops; the forced labor she performed; the terrible conditions she endured; being sent on a death march from Stutthof to Danzig; being placed on a barge which was subject to bombings; the abandonment of the barge; being dropped on a beach near Kiel, Germany, where she was rescued by British troops; her experiences in a hospital and in Sweden, where she was sent to recuperate; and her immigration to Palestine with the "Aliyah Daled" group.

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Lucy Lavon
interview:  1984 November 19
2 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties