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Oral history interview with Constantin Padure

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.595.103 | RG Number: RG-50.575.0103

Constantin Padure, born in 1928 in Ciudei village (Chudeĭ), Ukraine, describes witnessing a group of local townspeople and Romanian soldiers break into a home and drag away a Jewish woman; his mother insistence that he run from returning Soviet soldiers whom she thought would harm him; fleeing to the center of the village; hearing gun shots and screams from a former prison; approaching the building and realizing that the shots were occurring on the top floor; seeing bodies thrown out a window near the staircase; the sight of a Jewish woman who was thrown into a burial pit alive; his assumption that Jews were killed as a result of their suspected collaboration with Soviet forces; brutality committed by Romanian soldiers against the Jewish population for welcoming Soviet forces in 1940; the smell of the mass burial pits; the killing of communists along with Jews; the looting of Jewish property by local townspeople; and one local Jewish man who survived the war and later testified against those who harmed Jews or stole their property.

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Constantin Padure
Diana Dumitru
interview:  2011 June 21
1 videocassette (DVCAM)s : 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 15:47:30
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