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Chaya V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3285) interviewed by B. M. Zabarko and Kira Burova,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3285

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    Overview

    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Chaya V., who was born in Kotelʹnya, Ukraine in 1909. She recounts her parents' premature deaths; living in orphanages in Z︠H︡ytomyr and Berdychiv; marriage to a non-Jew in 1927; her daughter's birth in 1928; her husband's draft in 1930; his discharge in 1935; living briefly in the far east; her husband's military recall in 1941; German invasion; a failed evacuation attempt with her four children; hiding her three older children with non-Jewish friends; moving into the ghetto with her infant; their escape during the ghetto's liquidation in September 1941; hiding with non-Jewish friends and her mother-in-law; witnessing mass killings of Jews with her older daughter; obtaining false papers with assistance from non-Jews; denouncement; successfully maintaining her non-Jewish, Ukrainian identity during interrogations, and being vouched for by a Ukrainian friend; her husband's return from a POW camp; their move to Kiev with assistance from non-Jews; her husband hiding them all; liberation by Soviet troops; and returning to Z︠H︡ytomyr. Mrs. V. discusses living in constant terror during the war; her husband's loyalty to her; ignorance of Judaism; losing her entire family; and present nightmares of her experiences.
    Author/Creator
    V., Chaya, 1909-
    Published
    Z︠H︡itomyr, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
    Interview Date
    August 9, 1994.
    Locale
    Ukraine
    Z︠H︡ytomyr
    Stara Kotelʹni︠a︡ (Ukraine)
    Z︠H︡ytomyr (Ukraine)
    Berdychiv (Ukraine)
    Kiev (Ukraine)
    Cite As
    Chaya V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3285). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zabarko, B. M., interviewer.
    Burova, Kira, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in Russian.

    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 (1 hr.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

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

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291209
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:28:00
    This page:
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