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Oral history interview with Yahad-In Unum interviewee 564U

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.24.164 | RG Number: RG-50.589.0164

The interviewee, a Ukrainian man born in 1926, discusses events in Khochyn and Rokytne in Rivnens'ka oblast', Ukraine; the arrival of German forces; joining the "Saburov" partisan detachment in 1942; the partisan units, their activities, and his partisan experiences; the heavy presence of partisans in the area and the tendency of German forces to remain in their bases; the attack by Ukrainian nationalist partisans--"Banderovtsy"--on the largely Polish village of Kupel', Ukraine; the Germans' use of cooperative Soviet prisoners of war (known in the area as "Kazaki") to help guard rail lines; the Ukrainian police; learning later about the mass shooting of Jews from Rokytne and the surrounding area at a wooded site 2 or 3 km from Rokytne on July 15, 1941; the escape of some Jews, eight or ten of whom joined his partisan unit; member of his unit including Boris Shvartsblatt, a Jewish former teacher who became a political officer in the unit, and Olshevskiy, a decorated partisan who later went to Israel; his speculation on why Germans had a policy of killing Jews; how the Germans killed the entire population of Staro Selo after the local Orthodox priest informed on partisans in the village; the role of "desyatniki" in the occupation administration; the police uniforms; and the weapons used by the police.

interview:  2008 January 07
creation: Rivnens'ka oblast' (Ukraine)
1 compact disc.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yahad-in Unum
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 09:07:03
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