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Oral history interview with Valentina Burkun

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.595.94 | RG Number: RG-50.575.0094

Valentina Burkun, born in 1929 in Kuybyshevo (now Buz'ki Porohy), Ukraine, describes how she was relocated with other peasants in 1943 by German soldiers with dogs and policemen to perform labor near Bogdanovka; being ordered by the Germans to view a mass shooting of Jews near Bogdanovka; details of the mass killing including how Jews were lined up at the edge of a ravine by policemen and then shot; how many Jews were thrown into the ravine alive; the sight of a Jewish family who drowned themselves in a frozen river during the execution; a local policeman who defended the children of local peasants from beatings by German soldiers; receiving a beating after a translator told a commandant that she spoke negatively of him; and an incident in which a young man with a gun shot himself when German soldiers and policemen attempted to arrest him.

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Valentina Burkun
interview:  2009 October 05
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 15:47:27
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