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Oral history interview with Constantin Padure

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

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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.

Interviewee
Constantin Padure
Interviewer
Diana Dumitru
Date
2011 June 21  (interview)
Extent
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
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:00:05
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