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Olga S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3262) interviewed by B. M. Zabarko

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3262

Videotape testimony of Olga S., who was born in Bobrynetsʹ, Ukraine in 1910. She recounts her father's death when she was an infant; her mother's remarriage; speaking Yiddish with her grandparents; placement in a Jewish orphanage by her family at age ten; American aid during the famine in 1921-1922; studying in Kiev beginning in 1928; marriage to a non-Jew in 1929; her mother's and brother's deaths; the births of her son and daughter; her husband's training as a pilot, leaving her alone in Kiev; German invasion; missing evacuation east; a German order for all Jews to gather on September 29, 1941; observing Jews digging mass graves and some being buried alive (she believed she was the only surviving Jew); a non-Jewish friend supplying her with a false birth certificate and baptismal papers; supporting herself and her children selling food; joining the underground; transporting weapons, obtaining information about German troop movements, distributing leaflets, and hiding partisans; arrest; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. S. describes hearing from her husband; their reunion; her son's birth in 1945; and receiving medals and a pension for her work as a partisan. She shows documents, medals, photographs, and a plaque commemorating her apartment as an underground meeting place.

Author/Creator
S., Olga, 1910-
Published
Kiev, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 1, 1994.
Language
Russian
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Olga S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3262). 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/4291087
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