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Oral history interview with Yahad-In Unum interviewee 765U

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.24.215 | RG Number: RG-50.589.0215

The interviewee, a Ukrainian woman born in 1927, discusses events in Khodorov (Khodoriv), L'vivs'ka oblast', Ukraine; the large prewar Jewish population mostly concentrated around the market area; a Jewish photographer and druggist whom she knew; the good relations between Jews and non-Jews, with reciprocal visits to each group's houses of worship on various holidays; the large and beautiful wooden synagogue; the arrival of German troops in June 1941 and the subsequent establishment of a Gestapo headquarters; the prohibition against Jews drawing water from the town's wells; the burning of the synagogue with a number of Jews inside; living next door to an extended family of 17 Jews, one of whom was put to work for the Germans in a tailoring workshop; how Jews were taken to a ditch in a nearby wooded area; details on the ditch, which she had seen prior to the shooting while walking in the woods; the efforts of her grandmother to say farewell to Rivka, a Jewish neighbor who was among the Jews being taken to the ditch; hearing shooting and later being told about the process and the indications that many had been buried while still alive; the names of some Jews that were among seven or eight Jewish doctors, dentists, and other professionals who were not shot during this "aktsiya," but who were kept alive for a time and housed together; Roza, a Jewish woman who climbed out of the ditch and survived hiding with a Ukrainian family; civilian police, many of whom were Poles; and the absence of any monument at the shooting site.

interview:  2009 January 17
creation: Khodoriv (Zhydachivs'kyi raion, Ukraine)
1 compact disc.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yahad-in Unum
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:28:10
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