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Oral history interview with Yahad-In Unum interviewee 538U

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.24.140 | RG Number: RG-50.589.0140

The interviewee, a Ukrainian woman born in 1929, discusses events in Rata and Rava-Rus'ka, L'vivs'ka oblast', Ukraine, and in Belzec, Poland; the presence of many Jews as well as other ethnic groups in Rava-Rus'ka and the surrounding area; the succession of Polish, German, and Soviet rule in the area; the beginning of the war and the German occupation; the establishment of a ghetto in the center of Rava-Rus'ka; the transporting of Jews to the Rava-Rus'ka ghetto by train from other areas; the work performed by Jews and prisoners of war; seeing the shooting of individual Jews outside of the ghetto; being employed as a cleaner in the courtyard of the German headquarters; observing the transport by truck of Jews to a shooting site; the shooting site; the presence in the area of French prisoners of war, who were often unguarded; seeing trucks with bodies of Soviet prisoners of war who had been killed by bayonets; traveling with her mother to Belzec toward the end of the war; and the piles of human ashes in Belzec through which people rummaged for valuables.

interview:  2007 December 27
creation: Rata (Ukraine)
1 compact disc.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yahad-in Unum
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:53:52
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