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Cherna G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3289) interviewed by B.M. Zabarko,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3289

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    Videotape testimony of Cherna G., who was born in Z︠H︡ytomyr, Ukraine in 1927, one of five children. She recalls all her siblings dying during the famine; German invasion; her family fleeing to Staraya Kotelʹnya; encountering German troops; returning to Z︠H︡ytomyr; local police beating her grandparents, then killing her grandmother and three young cousins; hiding with her parents and other relatives; ghettoization; her mother's assignment for forced labor with one hundred Jewish women; learning they were killed in a mass shooting; escaping disguised as a Ukrainian; hiding with a non-Jewish neighbor; leaving when it became too dangerous; hiding with non-Jewish families in nearby villages; a futile attempt to enter an orphanage in Grishkovtsy; learning her father and all other relatives had been killed; hiding with her sister's friend; using the friend's birth certificate to enter an orphanage; questioning by police to verify her identity; being baptized; liberation by Soviet troops; working for the Soviet military; marriage; and the births of three children Ms. G. discusses being a witness in war crime trials of local police; continuing contact with many who saved her and other Jewish survivors; and continuing nightmares. She names many of her rescuers and murdered Jews.
    G., Cherna, 1927-
    Z︠H︡ytomyr, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
    Interview Date
    August 10, 1994.
    Z︠H︡ytomyr (Ukraine)
    Stara Kotelʹni︠a︡ (Ukraine)
    Grishkovtsy (Ukraine)
    Cite As
    Cherna G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3289). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zabarko, B. M., interviewer.
    This testimony is in Russian.
    Associated material: Valentina S. Holocaust testimony[orphanage worker](HVT-3287), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Associated material : Sonia B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3286), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

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

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