Icchak Lewin

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Izaak, Janek
Krzysztof Bielawski
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21st July 2014
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POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Holocaust Survivors


Aliyah, Anti-Semitism, Emigration, World War II, Israel, Hebrew language, Hideouts, Dangerous situations, Holocaust survivors, Hiding of Jews, Jewish holidays.

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Interlocutor biogram

Icchak (Isaac, Janek) Levin was born in 1930 in Wizna. During World War II, he and his family hid near Wizna, among others with the Dobkowski family in Zanklewo. In 1945, Icchak Lewin left for Łódź, and a year later he emigrated to Palestine. He participated in combat in 1948, in the Six-Day War in 1967, in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and in the war with Syria in 1983. In recent years, he took an active part in celebrating the anniversary of the Jedwabne pogrom.

Recording circumstances description

The conversation was recorded at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Icchak Lewin came to the museum with his family, including: grandchildren after celebrating the anniversary of the Jedwabne pogrom.

Recording summary

1. Information about the family, the outbreak of the war, escape from Wizna, the situation after the occupation of Wizna by the Red Army, the outbreak of the German-Soviet war, the murder in Wizna; 00:00:00
2. The family's stay in Bronów, the pogrom in Jedwabne, their stay in the ghetto in Łomża, the deportation of the ghetto inhabitants; 00:03:20
3. Escape from Łomża, refusal to provide help, wandering, help provided by the Dobkowski family in Zanklewo; 00:06:17
4. Conditions of hiding, the arrival of the Red Army, displacement of the civilian population, conditions of hiding after displacement, work digging trenches, threat of denunciation; 00:08:30
5. Work in a sawmill; 00:13:00
6. Occupation of Zanklewo by the Red Army, return to Wizna, escape from Wizna due to the threat; 00:13:17
7. Jews in Wizna before the war, religiosity, synagogue in Wizna; 00:16:30
8. Hasidic prayer house in Wizna; 00:19:30
9. Rabbi in Wizna, Jewish school in Wizna; 00:21:44
10. Mikveh in Wizna; 00:23:40
11. Jewish cemetery in Wizna; 00:25:51
12. Learning at the Tarbut school in Wizna; 00:26:27
13. Jewish holidays in Wizna; 00:29:58
14. Polish colleagues and neighbours in Wizna; 00:38:15
15. Cooking in the family home, everyday dishes, holiday dishes, including: cholent, gefilte fisz, tzimmes; 00:42:20
16. Memory of the past, contacts with the Children of the Holocaust Association in Poland, meetings with young people in Israel; 00:49:52
17. Presentation of photographs: the Dobkowski family's house in Zanklewo, a photo of students of the Tarbut school; the interviewee's participation in the celebration of the anniversary of the Jedwabne pogrom, a photo of the monument on the mass grave in Jedwabne, the family home in Wizna, a photo of the interviewee in an Israeli army uniform in 1948, a photo of the family, a photo of the Righteous Among the Nations medal; 00:52:04


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