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Aleksandr O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3140) interviewed by Taube Ruskin and Zelda Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3140

Videotape testimony of Aleksandr O., who was born in Kopaygorod, Ukraine in 1933. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; a family chuppah; celebrating holidays at home; German invasion in 1941; his father being beaten and forced to work; administration by Romanians; ghettoization; Ukrainian women trading food for their possessions at the fence; arrival of Romanian Jews from other cities; frequent deportations; hiding his grandmother in their basement (she died there in 1942); starvation; a typhus epidemic; becoming more hopeful after the Soviet victory at Stalingrad; liberation by Soviet troops in March 1944; his father and brother serving in the Soviet military; resuming schooling; his father's return in 1945 and his brother's in 1947; and emigration to the United States in 1990 with his father-in-law, wife, and two children. Mr. O. discusses studying in the ghetto (he learned English, Russian and mathematics) and all his family members marrying under their chuppah. He plays an audiotape recorded in 1965 of his mother singing Hebrew songs and shows photographs.

Author/Creator
O., Aleksandr, 1933-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1995
Interview Date
January 20, 1995.
Language
Russian
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aleksandr O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3140), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4297149
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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