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Raisa B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3264) interviewed by B.M. Zabarko

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3264

Videotape testimony of Raisa B., who was born in Cherkasy, Ukraine in 1934. She recalls German invasion in 1941; fleeing to Poltava with her mother and brother; fleeing with her mother and a friends' daughter, using false names; traveling from village to village; her mother and friend working on a collective farm; leaving the friend, fearing exposure as Jews; in winter 1942, staying with a Ukrainian family who gave them their identity papers; arrest and interrogation in Karlovka; their release with assistance from a non-Jewish policeman; wandering in the Poltava area near Fedunka and Miroshnikovka from June 1942 until October 1944; liberation by Soviet troops; her mother's futile attempts to find her brother; and their reunion with him eight years later in Kiev. Mrs. B. discusses her gratitude toward the non-Jewish strangers who helped them; the deaths of other relatives; her mother's postwar illnesses; and her daughter's lack of interest in her experiences.

B., Raisa, 1934-
Kiev, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 1, 1994.
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Raisa B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3264). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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