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Oral history interview with Yahad-In Unum interviewee 776U

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.24.226 | RG Number: RG-50.589.0226

The interviewee, a Ukrainian man born in 1928, discusses events in Kam'yanki (Kam'yanky), Ternopil's'ka Oblast; the prewar presence of about a dozen Jewish families including farmers, store owners, a bar owner, a glazier, and granary operators; how a few days after arrival of Germans, the shooting of Jewish men, women, and children in a ditch dug in a bomb crater; the requisitioning of local men to cover this ditch; the establishment of camp for Jews brought from other areas, including Poland, on the grounds of a former stable, which had been used by the Soviets after 1939 as a camp for Polish prisoners; details on German headquarters near the camp; the presence of Ukrainian guards; watching Jewish prisoners being marched to work from camp, which he observed frequently from his home nearby; details on the appearance of Jews; the cruelty of guards; the existence of a separate building in the camp where Jewish woman did washing and other work; the mass shooting of Jews in summer 1943; the arrival beforehand of collaborationist "Vlasovtsy" troops to surround the area to prevent Jews escaping; hearing shooting and later seeing flames from the burning of bodies and clothes; the requisitioning of local Ukrainians to throw bodies on the fire; the subsequent shooting of individual Jews who had avoided the mass shooting, including three specialists who had not been confined in the camp; and a description of the interior of the empty camp buildings.

interview:  2009 May 06
creation: Kam'ianky (Ternopil's'ka oblast', Ukraine)
1 compact disc.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yahad-in Unum
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:28:11
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