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Atlanta, Georgia
December 5, 2005
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Nora Lewin was born in East Prussia but she was raised in Shavl, Lithuania. Her father, Michel, was an accountant and her mother, Masha, ran a clothing store. She had a younger sister, Mira, and a brother, Yitzhak. Nora went to business school and before the war started got a job as a secretary in the Jewish Central Bank. In 1940, she met and married her husband, Joel Lewin. When the war started Shavl fell under Russian occupation and she lost her job when the bank was nationalized. In June 1941 the Germans returned and the Jews of Shavl were pushed into a ghetto and put to forced labor. Nora was pregnant and she had a son, Gideon, in the ghetto. Nora and her family were deported from the ghetto in October 1943. During the roundup, Nora gave her baby to her mother. Her father had long since been taken away and executed. She was put on a transport to a labor camp in Estonia and her mother and child disappeared - probably taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Nora was sent to the Ereda labor camp and Joel was sent to another labor camp called Kivioli nearby. Ereda wasn't ready to receive the prisoners and the women had to build their own barracks. They were marched for miles to their work sites on the road system every day in the snow. Nora was sent to another nearby camp Goldfield, where she got typhus and was put on a selection list back to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the sick and dying were murdered. Joel, however, managed to secure her release form the hospital and got permission for her to come to Kivioli. Nora recovered. As the Russians neared Kivioli the prisoners were put on a train and shipped to Stutthof concentration camp in Germany. She was marched out of Stutthof in January 1945 again ahead of the Russians. Nora and some of her friends escaped from the death march and a few days later were liberated by the Russians. She went to Lodz, Poland/Ukraine trying to find any living relatives and then returned to Shavl. She found that her sister and brother had survived as well. She left Shavl and went to Vilna, Lithuania and then on to Germany, where she was reunited with Joel in Munich. In June 1947 Nora and Joel arrived in the United States with their two sons. They lived in New York, then Florida and finally Atlanta, Georgia. Her husband built his own automobile servicing business and was very successful. Nora recalls her pre-war life in Shavl and the dark days of the Holocaust, and her new life in the United States.

OHC-Nora Kvint Lewin

Nora Kvint Lewin (1918 - ) - Oral History

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Lewin, Nora Kvint (1918 - )

Insterburg, East Prussia
East Prussia; Prussia



Shavl, Lithuania

Jewish schools

Hebrew Language

German Language

Russian Language

Lithuanian Language

Yiddish Language

Clothing Industry and Trade




Youth--Societies and Clubs

Kovno, Lithuania

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Holocaust Survivors

Kovno (Ghettos: Lithuania)
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Ghettos: Lithuania

World War, 1939-1945


Slave Labor Camps: Estonia
World War, 1939-1945

Typhus Fever

Stutthof (Concentration Camps: Germany)
World War, 1939-1945; Concentration Camps: Germany

Concentration Camps: Germany
World War, 1939-1945

World War, 1939-1945 - Concentration Camps: Country

Łódź (Poland)


Vilna, Lithuania

Munich (Germany)


Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of America (HIAS)

United States

Newburgh, New York
New York

New York


Kvint, Masha Yoselevich (1900 - 1943)

Kvint, Michel (1899 - )

Lewin, Joel

Auschwitz-Birkenau (Concentration Camps: Poland)
World War, 1939-1945; Concentration Camps: Poland

Kvint, Itzchak

Kvint, Mira

Concentration Camps: Poland
World War, 1939-1945

East Prussia

Lewin, Gideon ( - 1943)


Ereda (Slave Labor Camps: Estonia)
Slave Labor Camps: Estonia; World War, 1939-1945

Goldfields (Slave Labor Camps: Estonia)
Slave Labor Camps: Estonia; World War, 1939-1945

Kivioli (Slave Labor Camps: Estonia)
Slave Labor Camps: Estonia; World War, 1939-1945

Bromberg (Slave Labor Camps: Germany)
Slave Labor Camps: Germany; World War, 1939-1945

Slave Labor Camps: Germany
World War, 1939-1945

Ghettos: Lithuania
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Emigration and Immigration

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