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Raysa K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2002) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2002

Videotape testimony of Raysa K., who was born in 1921. She recalls growing up in Kiev; marriage to a Soviet officer in February 1940; working for the Soviet army in Pryluky; German invasion; returning to Kiev in October after the mass killing at Babi Yar; observing posted notices dated September instructing Jews to assemble with warm clothing and their valuables; posing as a non-Jew using false papers; denouncement by a former housekeeper; incarceration, still as a non-Jew; forced labor; assistance from a Ukrainian policeman who recognized her; observing the brutal beatings and killing of Jewish female prisoners; transfer to Zhmerynka; escape with a few other prisoners; hiding briefly; living in Zhmerynka after liberation; returning to Kiev; reunion with her father and husband who had served in the Soviet military; antisemitic discrimination; testifying at the camp commandant's trial; recovering property stolen by neighbors during the war; attending annual memorial ceremonies at Babi Yar; her father's death in 1975; and emigration to the United States in 1979. Mrs. K. discusses losing many relatives in the mass killing at Babi Yar, including her mother and sister. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Raysa, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
February 11, 1992.
Language
Russian
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Raysa K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2002). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4285905
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 18:48:00
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