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Oral history interview with Vjacheslav Bezshkurnyi

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.445.6 | RG Number: RG-50.653.0006

Vyacheslav A. Bezshkurniy, born in 1925 in Ilyinskaya in the former Soviet Union, describes his work in various defense-related factories in Krasnodar prior to the German occupation; his work digging tank traps outside the city; an organized effort to evacuate citizens and supplies ahead of the German advance; his time in hiding in a forest and his subsequent return to the city; his forced labor under German soldiers and Russian policemen repairing a bridge over the Kuban river; being sent with Soviet prisoners of war and civilians to a nearby camp near a chemical plant; the terrible conditions in the camps; widespread reports that trucks were actually gas vans in which sick prisoners were being killed; his release from the camp; being clothed and fed by a local woman; hopping on a freight train and then walking to his hometown of Il’inka where he worked on a collective farm; and hearing reports that all of the Jews in Il'inka had been gathered into a brick factory and killed.

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Vjacheslav Bezshkurnyi
interview:  2010 May 12
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : 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 15:48:31
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