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Oral history interview with Zachar Trubakov

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.158 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0158

Zachar Trubakov (born in 1912 in the village, Surazh, Bryanski district, Russia) discusses the family moved to Kiev, Ukraine, where they would live until 1941; avoiding execution by the Gestapo and being taken to the village, Svirek, to work in 1943; the partisan movement and the fakes hired by the Germans to capture Jews; the 100 Jews from Svirek that were taken to Babi Yar and forced to dig up bodies of Jews who had been murdered and then burn the bodies; how three hundred twenty-seven persons tried to escape en masse, but only fourteen survived; how he did not know which way to go after escaping but one man from the village gave them shelter and showed them to the direction of the village, Kerosiry; how his wife and daughter were found soon after and moved to the village, Fastov (Fastiv), to be with his wife's relatives; and how the relatives were afraid to keep them so they stayed with another woman in Fastov until Kiev was freed; writing a book about his experiences; the German treatment of women in the camps; the war crimes trials against the Germans in the camps; the deaths and burial of Jews in Babi Yar and the Germans trying to prove they did not kill the Jews in the camps.

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Zakhar Trubakov
interview:  1992 July 01
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:53:20
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