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Oral history interview with Semyon Menyuk

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0159

Semyon Menyuk, born in Komarovo, Poland (now Komarove, Ukraine) on May 5, 1922, describes growing up in a religious family with one younger sister; having to move into the Kolky ghetto in 1941; he and his father being forced to bury the murdered Jews in their ghetto; being separated from his father when he jumped off a truck that was taking Jews to a concentration camp; hiding under some straw in a barn after escaping; leaving the barn and making his way back to Komarovo until he decided it was too dangerous to remain there, and he ran to the forest to hide; finding another Jew in the forest and hiding in a hole with him; eventually joining a partisan group known as "Division Razvietka," which made explosives to blow up German trains; joining the Russian Army shortly after his stint with the resistance group; getting injured in a battle in June 1944 and spending seven months in a hospital; returning in 1946 to Kolky, where he stayed until moving to Kiev, Ukraine in 1970; and immigrating to the United States in 1976.

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Semyon Menyuk
Linda G. Kuzmack
interview:  1990 October 25
Oral histories.
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:51:33
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