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Oral history interview with Yahad-In Unum interviewee 192R

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.24.1058 | RG Number: RG-50.589.1058

The interviewee, a Ukrainian man born December 23, 1927 in Blahodatne, Kam'ians'kyĭ raion, Dneprpetrovskaia oblast, Ukraine, discusses his parents, who worked on the local collective farm where his father was a bookkeeper; the German occupation beginning in the fall of 1941; how the German swept through and continued moving eastward; the 32 refugees, including some Jews, from Donbas, who sought refuge on the collective farm; forging certificates with his father to save the Jews from discovery; forging the stamp on the certificates; his father's interrogation by the Germans and his success at convincing the Germans that the Jews were Russians or Tatars and that the collective farm needed more workers in order to feed the German army; hiding the Jews during the intermittent round-ups as a precaution; the German retreat in 1943, during which he and his brother were caught in a round-up and taken to a concentration camp for POWs near the village of Loshkarivka, Ukraine; the bombing of the camp by Soviet planes, and escaping during the bombing with his brother; being discovered and told to run away by a Czech soldier; returning home; joining the Soviet Army in 1944 and serving in the Far East until 1952; and being recognized for his rescue efforts by the Russian government and Yad Vashem.

interview:  2011 September 26
creation: Rostov-na-Donu (Russia)
1 digital file : MPEG-2.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yahad-in Unum
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:11:26
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