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Oral history interview with Mariya Kushnir

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.445.15 | RG Number: RG-50.653.0015

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Mariya Kushnir, born in 1926 in Kantemirovka, Russia, discusses her childhood in Novostsherbinovskaya (possibly Novostepanovskiĭ, Russia); the order by German authorities for the town’s Jews to gather at the cinema under the deception that they would be resettled in a homeland; the participation of Russian policeman in the roundup of the Jewish population; the removal of Jewish children who were possibly electrocuted and then thrown into cars; the mass killing of the area’s Jewish population and burial in large pits; the looting of Jewish belongings from the cinema by locals; seeing her Jewish girlfriends at the killing site; two men who escaped the killing and joined the partisans; hiding the Goldenberg family in her home; the death of some members of the Goldenberg family when they attempted to return home; burying the Goldenberg family members and showing Mr. Goldenberg the burial site after the war; and her family’s awareness of the danger of helping Jews.

Interviewee
Mariya Kushnir
Date
2010 May 16  (interview)
Language
Russian
Extent
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:44:02
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