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Oral history interview with Genrikh Tseytlin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.64.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0794

Genrikh Tseytlin, born in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg, Russia) on March 27, 1933, describes being at a daycare’s “dacha” in the town of Luga (outside of Leningrad) in June 1941; being taken back to Leningrad with the other children when the war started; the daycare being evacuated to a village in the Vladimir Region in August 1941; living in a local school and helping adults work in a field; moving to the east in September 1941 with his grandmother and aunt; going to the town of Yekaterinburg (Ekaterinburg), where they met up with his mother and sister; going to the town of Tashkent, Uzbekistan and then to Tajikistan; experiencing hunger for several years as well as antisemitism; living in Tajikistan until 1945 when he went with his grandmother back to Leningrad; finding that their apartment was occupied by another family and having to go to court to get their apartment back, which took years; graduating from high school; not being admitted to the university where he wanted to study because he was a Jew; and another experience of antisemitism in the Soviet Union after the war.

Genrikh Tseytlin
Liliya Meyerovich
interview:  2015 January 26
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:28:03
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