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Galina K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3277) interviewed by Bela Turman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3277

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.

Author/Creator
K., Galina, 1923-
Published
Cherkasy, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 6, 1994.
Language
Russian
Copies
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.