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Oral history interview with Yahad-In Unum interviewee 766U

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.24.216 | RG Number: RG-50.589.0216

The interviewee, a Ukrainian woman born in 1932, discusses events in Khodoriv, L'vivs'ka oblast', Ukraine; the large number of Jewish residents before the war; the large synagogue; the arrival of German forces; the house-to-house search for Jews, with some Ukrainians directing Germans to Jewish houses; the shooting of Jews at a ditch in the Jewish cemetery, which her grandfather observed; the ditch and the shooting process, which involved a plank laid across a deep ditch and on which victims stood; watching columns of Jews being led to the shooting site; the behavior of the Jews waiting and the Ukrainians who watched; seeing the earth move after the bodies were covered; how a Jewish neighbor, Tober, asked her father for refuge and how he declined because he feared German retaliation, but gave Tober food; the subsequent arrest of Tober after he was betrayed to Germans by a local Ukrainian; witnessing the shooting of Tober in the Jewish cemetery; the Ukrainian police, who were largely volunteers; the post-war Soviet trials of collaborators, including Tober’s informer, who was sentenced to a 15-year prison term; the disposition of Jewish houses and belongings; the construction of a sports stadium on the site of the Jewish cemetery; the absence of any memorial; and the story of one Jewish Busko who was able to evade seizure, join the Soviet Army, immigrate later to Israel, and return to Khodoriv for a visit.

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: 2021-01-06 16:13:41
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