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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2002

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    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Ukraine
    Kiev (Ukraine)
    Pryluky (Ukraine)
    Zhmerynka (Ukraine)
    Cite As
    Raysa K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2002). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Pery, Jaschael, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in Russian.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Russian
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (53 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Hiding.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4285905
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:40:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4285905

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