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Olga R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3268) interviewed by Pinchas Agmon and B. M. Zabarko

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3268

Videotape testimony of Olga R., a non-Jew who grew up in Kiev. She recalls extreme poverty; close friendship with Jewish neighbors; joining Komsomol; German occupation; German orders for all Jews to assemble on Melnikov Square on September 29, 1941; seeing off her two Jewish girlfriends; walking part way to Babi Yar with them; a knock on her window at night; finding her girlfriends; learning from them of the mass killings in Babi Yar; obtaining false papers and maps for them with assistance from a neighbor; learning they survived after the war; assisting them in finding their fathers; and seeing evidence of the massacre during visits to Babi Yar with her friends for Jewish memorial purposes. Mrs. R. discusses perceiving her actions as a simple act of humanity, not heroic, and she minimizes her role and emphasizes many others who helped; continuous assistance from and deep friendships with the women; traveling to Israel with assistance from Jewish organizations; receiving financial aid from a fund in the United States; and empathy for the ongoing suffering of her two friends.

Author/Creator
R., Olga.
Published
Kiev, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 2, 1994.
Language
Russian
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Olga R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3268). 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/4291172
Record last modified: 2014-01-14 15:29:00
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