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Oral history interview with Sofia Davidovich

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

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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.

Interviewee
Sofia Davidovich
Date
2011 November 04  (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 10:55:05
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