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Maria G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3267) interviewed by Pinchas Agmon and B.M. Zabarko,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3267

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Maria G., who was born in Zhornishche, Ukraine in 1928. She recalls her family's move to Kiev in 1934 due to the famine; attending a Ukrainian school; German invasion in 1941; her father's draft; German occupation in September; the order for all Jews to assemble on Melnikov Square on September 29; losing her mother and younger siblings en route to Babi Yar; watching the shooting of all Jews; her terror and fear; moving out of line with her neighbor's daughter; pretending to be Ukrainian sisters, with assistance from a Ukrainian translator; hiding with their Ukrainian neighbor, Olga R.; obtaining false papers with help from Olga and another neighbor; fearing exposure, fleeing to Kharkiv, posing as non-Jews; joining Soviet troops; marriage, and eventual reunion with her father in Kiev. Mrs. G. discusses the importance of help from non-Jews; her continuing emotional trauma and illnesses resulting from her experiences, including nightmares; bearing these memories in silence for fifty-three years due to Soviet policy; and the impossibility of describing the horror of the massacre. Part of the testimony is recorded at her hiding place and Babi Yar, as Mrs. G. reconstructs her experiences.
    Author/Creator
    G., Maria, 1928-
    Published
    Kiev, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
    Interview Date
    August 2, 1994.
    Locale
    Ukraine
    Z︠H︡ornyshche (Vinnyt︠s︡ʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
    Kiev (Ukraine)
    Kharkiv (Ukraine)
    Cite As
    Maria G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3267). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Agmon, Pinchas, interviewer.
    Zabarko, B. M., interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in Russian.
    Associated material: Olga R. Holocaust testimony [rescuer] (HVT-3268), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Hiding.
    False papers.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291170
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:44:00
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