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Oral history interview with Sofia Davidovich

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.456.69 | RG Number: RG-50.568.0069

Sofia Davidovich, born in 1931 in Griva, Latvia, describes the evacuation and then return of her family at the beginning of the war; finding their home occupied by German soldiers and Czech doctors; German soldiers taking her father to work at a factory; bringing her father food; a mass shooting of Jews in 1941 in a park behind the prison; hearing machine gunfire; the mass burial pit; restrictions on Jewish citizens; the beating of a Jewish woman by a German soldier for taking a step onto the pavement; the relocation of Jews to the ghetto; empty Jewish houses; the destruction of the synagogues in 1941; German soldiers taking Jews and Roma in carriages in the direction of Niderkuny; Roma fleeing German soldiers; harsh living conditions for and treatment of prisoners of war, including freezing and starvation; local townspeople attempting to feed Jewish prisoners and the prisoners of war; and the experience of her uncle, who was taken to Salaspils concentration camp, tortured by German soldiers, and liberated by the American forces.


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Interviewee
Sofia Davidovich
Date
interview:  2011 November 04
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
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:46:25
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