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Oral history interview with Lyubov Ostapenko

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.595.51 | RG Number: RG-50.575.0051

Lyubov Ostapenko, born in 1923 in Ukraine, describes the beginning of the war in Kiev; hearing about the atrocities committed against Jews; warning her Jewish friend not to respond to an announcement by the Germans for Jews to gather; her friend’s belief that the Germans would only use him for work; hearing rumors that Jews in the area were being shot; searching for her sister’s husband, who was Jewish; the shooting of her sister at Babi Yar; her membership in an underground organization; betrayal by a woman from the organization; home imprisonment by German soldiers; interrogation by German soldiers and Ukrainian policemen; the departure of the German soldiers who warned that they would return to arrest her and her family; going into hiding; German soldiers destroying her family’s house and digging in search of guns; seeing the bodies of people who were hanged; witnessing the arrest of her neighbors being by Germans and Ukrainian policemen; and the postwar trial of a Ukrainian policemen who collaborated with the Germans.

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Lyubov Ostapenko
interview:  2008 August 03
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 15:47:21
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