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Oral history interview with Edem Sejdametov

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.595.42 | RG Number: RG-50.575.0042

Edem Sejdametov, born in 1929 in Simferopol, Ukraine, describes the German occupation and orders for local townspeople to help dig anti-tank ditches; the requirement for Jews to register with the belief that they would be resettled in Palestine; the belief among non-Jews that the Jewish population was being taken to Palestine; the mass shooting of the city’s Jews by German forces; hearing the machine gun shots and seeing through binoculars people’s bodies, some of whom were neighbors, being thrown into ditches; attempts by some local families to save Jewish children, risking death if they were caught; the hanging of Jews who did not register with German authorities; the killing of Romani people and other ethnic groups by German forces; Islamic leaders convincing the Germans to stop killing Muslims; his mother bringing food to prisoners of war; Germans offering freedom to prisoners of war who joined the German army; some volunteers taking the weapons offered by the Germans and joining the Partisans; and the torture of a captured partisan.

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Edem Sejdametov
interview:  2006 April 22
1 videocassette (DVCAM)s : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:47:19
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