Galina K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3277) interviewed by Bela Turman
- Cherkasy, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- August 6, 1994.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Galina K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3277). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Galina K., who was born in Pyatigory, Ukraine in 1923. She recalls her family's move to Munus (Crimea) during the famine; returning to Pyatigory in 1935; celebrating Jewish holidays; cordial relations with non-Jews; graduating from high school in June 1941; German invasion; encountering Germans while fleeing east with her parents; returning home; her father's draft into the Soviet army; Germans killing her brother and uncle in front of them; burying them with assistance from non-Jews; forced labor; imprisonment in Zhashkov in spring 1942; a forced march to Buki; slave labor in a quarry in Antonovka; receiving food from her mother; working with no shoes in winter from which she still suffers; shooting of her mother when she could no longer work; saving her sister from a mass shooting; becoming ill; receiving food from her sister; their liberation by partisans; traveling to Bespechna; assistance from a Ukrainian woman and partisans; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Pyatigory in March 1944; validating her identity with her Komsomol card; and reunion with her father in 1946. Mrs. K. notes difficulty sharing her experiences with anyone, even her father.