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Oral history interview with Orest Zahaikewicz and Helena Melnyczuk

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

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    Oral history interview with Orest Zahaikewicz and Helena Melnyczuk


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Halina S. Melnyczuk
    Orest Zahailkewicz
    Gay Block
    Malka Drucker
    interview:  1988 February 18

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    Oral histories.
    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Gay Block
    Gay Block and Malka Drucker produced the interview with Orest Zahailkewicz and Helena Melnyczuk on February 18, 1988 for their book "Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust," Holmes & Meier, 1992, as well as their documentary film "They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust." The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch received the tapes of the interviews from Malka Drucker and Gay Block in March 1989.
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