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Oral history interview with Nikolay Starovoytov

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2011.437.39 | RG Number: RG-50.674.0039

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    Oral history interview with Nikolay Starovoytov


    Interview Summary
    Nikolay Starovoytov, born in 1929 in the village of Rakutino, Gomel Oblast, discusses living in Rakutino during the war; the lack of a Jewish population in Rakutino; attending school in neighboring Sverzhen with Jewish children; the Jewish community in Sverzhen; the German occupation of Sverzhen and the rounding up of Jews into yards guarded by local policemen; some poor Jews who fled before the occupation; wealthy Jews who remained to maintain their belongings; seeing Jewish men working on the highway to repair pits caused by bombings in Serebryanka; German soldiers marching approximately 50 Jewish men from Sverzhen to the forest across a river; trenches in the forest which served as graves for Jews shot by policemen; hearing pistol shots while skiing; hearing about German soldiers and police shooting elderly Jews in their homes; seeing pits with bodies covered with soil; the killing of a policeman named Kozhan by partisans; the liberation of military prisoners from the Gomel labor camp; the wives of the military prisoners who gave the Germans port fat in exchange for their husbands’ freedom; and a young teacher in Sverzhen who spied for the Germans prior to the occupation.
    Nikolay Starovoytov
    2012 February 12
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..

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    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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