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Aleksandra U. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3623) interviewed by Arkadiĭ Shulʹman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3623

Videotape testimony of Aleksandra U., who was born in Russia in 1912, the third of six children. She recounts a brother's death prior to her birth; destruction of their house during World War I; building a new house in Kalinkavychy in 1918; the deaths of two sisters; her father's death in 1919; her brother's birth shortly thereafter; her mother's marriage to her sister's widower in 1923; his six children moving to their home; leaving school at fourteen to help support the family; working in Poltava until 1930; learning accounting; completing teachers education in Minsk; assignment to teach in Asipovichy and to supervise the school in Lipenʹ; her family (her mother had two more children) joining her (they had suffered greatly during the famine years); working as an accountant for railroads several places including Samokhvalovichi, Zembin, and Slutsk; marriage to a non-Jew in 1936; living in Asipovichy; the births of three sons; German invasion in June 1941; her husband's mobilization; fleeing with the children, then returning home; not registering as a Jew, although locally it was known; hiding with assistance from a non-Jew during a round-up for a mass killing; her husband's return; his employment by the municipality; obtaining papers for her as a non-Jew through his job; fleeing to Starye Dorogi when it became dangerous (her husband and children remained); feigning mental retardation so she would not have to speak (she had a Yiddish accent); moving to her husband's family in Bykhaw via Chechevichi; moving to Babruĭsk with her mother-in-law, fearing recognition, her husband and children joining them; fleeing to the forest fearing a German raid; her husband's arrest for partisan activities; liberation by Soviet troops; and her husband's death resulting from his imprisonment.

Author/Creator
U., Aleksandra, 1912-
Published
Asipovichy, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 12, 1995.
Locale
Belarus
Russia
Kalinkavichy (Belarus)
Poltava (Ukraine)
Minsk (Belarus)
Asipovichy(Belarus)
Lipenʹ (Belarus)
Samokhvalovichi (Belarus)
Zembin (Belarus)
Slutsk (Belarus)
Starye Dorogi (Byelorussian S.S.R.)
Chechevichi (Belarus)
Bykhaw (Belarus)
Babruĭsk (Belarus)
Language
Russian
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aleksandra U. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3623). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.