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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.

K., Raysa, 1921-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
February 11, 1992.
Kiev (Ukraine)
Pryluky (Ukraine)
Zhmerynka (Ukraine)
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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