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Oral history interview with Isaak Zagoskin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.65.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0797

Isaak Zagoskin, born in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg, Russia) on May 24, 1930, describes the beginning of the war when his family was in a settlement outside of Leningrad called Repino; returning to Leningrad and on July 3 and his father voluntary jointed the Red Army; some people being evacuated to the East, and his family staying in the city; the bombing of Leningrad; the citizens in the city being given food cards; how the normal allotment for a child or a dependent was 125 grams of food per day and for those who worked was 250 grams; the winter of 1941-1942, which was extremely hard; people dying from starvation and cold and it was not possible to bury them; the piles of corps laying on sidewalks; his uncle, an artist named David Zagoskin, and his baby son dying from hunger and the Leningrad Union of Artist getting a coffin to bury them two weeks later; how he, his sister, grandmother, and two aunts survived thanks to his mother, who did incredible efforts to support them; his class being sent to Leningrad’s outskirts to work on fields in the summer of 1943; the fields being about 20 kilometers from the front line and hearing the noises of battles; and his class being awarded the “Medal for the Defense of Leningrad.”

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Isaak Zagoskin
Liliya Meyerovich
interview:  2015 March 11
1 digital file : MPEG-4.