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Anya K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1117) interviewed by Richard Adelman and Samuel Kenner,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1117

Videotape testimony of Anya K., who was born in Ostrog, Poland (presently Ostroh, Ukraine). She recalls her mother's charitable activities; Soviet occupation in 1939; confiscation of the family business; one brother's conscription into the Soviet army (she never saw him again); German invasion on June 21, 1941; her other brother fleeing; her mother surviving a mass murder in August; ghettoization; frequent round-ups and murders; hiding with her parents and sister; the impossibility of remaining without water; and escaping with her sister. Mrs. K. recounts searching for Soviet partisans and avoiding Ukrainian units; a network of Pentecostals and Baptists who hid them and other Jews; learning to trust her rescuers; frequent moves, including to Rivne; and liberation by Soviet troops in February 1944. She tells of living in Z︠H︡itomir; returning to Ostroh to seek her family; reunion with her brother and sister; fleeing to Austria; living in displaced persons camps including Badgastein and Bindermichl; marriage; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. K. emphasizes her gratitude to the "real Christians" who saved her and discusses her trip to Poland as a grandmother.

K., Anya, 1925-
Peabody, Mass. : North Shore Jewish Federation Holocaust Center, 1987
Interview Date
December 24, 1987.
Ostroh (Ukraine)
Rivne (Rivnensʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Z︠H︡ytomyr (Ukraine)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anya K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1117). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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