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Oral history interview with Constantin Burla

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.595.104 | RG Number: RG-50.575.0104

Constantin Burla, born in 1927 in Ciudei village (Chudeĭ), Ukraine, describes the prewar Jewish population of Ciudei, his Jewish classmates; tending cows in a field when he heard gunfire and shouts from a former prison; the sight of victims being thrown out a staircase window; a group of soldiers and townspeople who, covered in blood, dragged corpses to mass pits; the 2 to 3 days during which groups of Jews were brought to the killing site; watching the events of the massacre on each day; entering the former prison afterwards and seeing bullet marks on the walls and blood on the floor; seeing a Jewish classmate driven through the village with other Jews; the shooting of two local Romanian villagers for collaborating with Soviet activists; how one Romanian villager managemd to escape after being thrown into the mass pit; the smell of the mass burial pits; the looting of Jewish homes by local townspeople and people from nearby villages; the rumor that Jews were killed because they fought against Romanian forces; a Jewish man who was hidden by local townspeople and returned to Ciudei after the war; and the postwar trial of local townspeople for their participation in the murder of Jews.

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Constantin Burla
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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