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Oral history interview with Orest Zahaikewicz and Helena Melnyczuk

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.67.55 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0055

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Orest Zahaikewicz (born in 1925) and Helena Melnyczuk Zahajkewicz (born in 1921) were born in Przemysl, Ukraine (now in Poland) and describe growing up in moderately religious families; Orest helping several young people to finish their education before the war; Ukraine going under Soviet control in 1941; Orest meeting several Jewish people at his father’s factory; creating a hiding place in a pantry to hide Jews; Orest’s arrest but later getting released with the help of his father; Helena and her family fleeing to Kraków, Poland; Orest returning to the Ukraine in 1950 and Helena returning in 1951; and their reflections on the Nazi atrocities.

Interviewee
Halina S. Melnyczuk
Orest Zahailkewicz
Interviewer
Gay Block
Malka Drucker
Date
1988 February 18  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:52:26
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