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Oral history interview with Irina Rubanova-Talant

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.445.2 | RG Number: RG-50.653.0002

Irina Aleksandrovna Rubanova-Talant, born in 1933 in Krasnodar in the former Soviet Union, describes the arrival of German forces in August 1942; widespread arrests, many as a result of information supplied by local residents; the instruction for Jews to assemble on August 12, 1942; the belief among the Jews that they were being taken to a ghetto which was to be established on the outskirts of the city; the transport of Jews, including her father, to a small wooded area where they were shot; her survival along with her mother; the site of the massacre and the piles of partially burnt clothes and other belongings there; her time in hiding with her mother and with various Jewish and non-Jewish families; the arrival in February 1943 of Soviet soldiers; witnessing the hanging of several local townspeople who collaborated with the Germans; her frequent visits to the site of the massacre with her mother to pay their respects; finding out long after the war that her mother had been a Jew whose maiden name was Reznikova; and her assertion that the dark history of Krasnodar’s occupation should not be forgotten.

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Irina Rubanova-Talant
interview:  2010 May 11
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:48:30
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