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Yuri R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3294) interviewed by B. M. Zabarko and Faina Vinocurova

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3294

Videotape testimony of Yuri R., who was born in Vinnyt︠s︡i︠a︡, Ukraine in 1928. He remembers German invasion in 1941; round-ups of Jews; hiding with his father and brother; neighbors looting Jewish property; his brother, grandmother, and mother being caught (he never saw them again); assignment to a slave labor brigade; witnessing torture of POWs; transfer with his father to the Vinnyt︠s︡i︠a︡ ghetto; receiving food from non-Jewish neighbors; escaping to a neighboring village; a futile effort to cross the Bug River into Romanian territory; working on a collective farm in Krasnoye; his detention by Jewish policemen; transfer to Mohyliv-Podilʹsʹkyĭ, then Odesa; receiving food from locals; incarceration in a slave labor camp; escaping with three other prisoners; traveling to Odesa, then Zhmerynka; receiving food and shelter from a woman on his way to Krasnoye; reunion with his father; staying in a nearby village; capture by retreating Germans; escaping; returning to his father; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Vinnyt︠s︡i︠a︡; reclaiming their apartment; and marriage in 1946. Mr. R. discusses many people who helped him survive; recurring nightmares of Nazis and killings; attempting to locate his mother's grave; and last year establishing a monument where many Jews were killed.

R., Yuri, 1928-
Vinnyt︠s︡i︠a︡, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 12, 1994.
3 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yuri R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3294). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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