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Oral history interview with Jelizaveta Dolenga-Vzhzosek

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2011.437.9 | RG Number: RG-50.674.0009

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    Oral history interview with Jelizaveta Dolenga-Vzhzosek


    Interview Summary
    Jelizaveta Dolenga-Vzhzosek, born in 1929 in Warsaw, Poland, describes fleeing the German invasion of Poland in 1939; traveling with her family to Baranovichi and then Stolovichi in Belarus; the large community of Jewish refugees in Stolovichi; the German occupation of the region; the relocation of Jews to a ghetto; living conditions in the ghetto in Domashevichi village; forced labor of Jewish men; the liquidation of ghetto in Solovichi; her mother’s work for the Partisans; hiding Richard Vanger (Ryszard Wanger), a young Jewish boy, in their small home; Richard’s hiding place under a bed, where he remained whenever someone, including policemen and soldiers, entered the home; the participation of local policemen in the massacre of Jews; the looting of Jewish belongings by local citizens; her mother’s involvement in hiding the children of a rabbi in a nearby shed; the discovery and murder of one of the children by an SS soldier; her mother’s imprisonment in Koldychevo concentration camp in 1944; caring for Jewish children in hiding after the arrest of her mother; the torture of her mother by the camp’s guards; her mother’s return from the camp and later arrest and harsh treatment by the Soviets; her mother’s death six months after her release; and the long-term effects of the war on her family.
    Jelizaveta Dolenga-Vzhzosek
    2011 August 17
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Topical Term
    World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Belarusian. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Belarus. Altruism--Belarus. Antisemitism. Guerrillas--Belarus. Hidden children (Holocaust)--Belarus. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Belarus. Jewish ghettos--Belarus--Damashėvichy. Jewish ghettos--Belarus--Stalovichy. Jewish refugees--Belarus--Stalovichy. Jews--Belarus--Stalovichy. Jews--Segregation. Mass burials--Belarus. Mass murder--Belarus. Massacres--Belarus. Police--Belarus. Prisoners--Abuse of--Belarus. Women guerrillas--Belarus. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities--Belarus. World War, 1939-1945--Collaborationists--Belarus. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Belarus. World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Belarus. World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage--Belarus. World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Rescue--Belarus. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Belarusian. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--Belarus. Women--Personal narratives.

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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