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Sofiia Y. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3291) interviewed by Kira Burova,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3291

Videotape testimony of Sofiia Y., who was born in Raygorodok, Ukraine in 1922. She recalls attending schools in Yanushpolʹ and Tetërka; Soviet authorities destroying the local synagogue; her brother's death during the famine; German invasion; forced labor; forced relocation into dilapidated apartments; non-Jewish friends bringing them food; escaping a mass shooting in September 1941 with assistance from non-Jews; hiding for two days; learning her parents had survived; slave labor clearing snow from roads; she and her father escaping liquidation of all the Jews in a mass killing (her mother was killed); a friend hiding them; traveling to small villages and hiding with non-Jews; moving to Popovka during the German retreat; separation from her father; liberation by Soviet troops; return to Raygorodok; reunion with her father; marriage to a veteran; her sons' births; living in Berdychiv; encounters with Ukrainian collaborators; and choosing not to participate in a recent war crime trial (the man was executed). Ms. Y. emphasizes the many good people who risked their lives to save them and notes sharing her story with her sons.

Y., Sofiia, 1922-
Berdychiv, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 11, 1994.
Stantsiya Tetërka (Ukraine)
Raĭhorodok (Z︠H︡ytomyrsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Yanushpolʹ (Ukraine)
Popivka (Vinnyt︠s︡ʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Berdychiv (Ukraine)
3copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sofiia Y. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3291). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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