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Oral history interview with Nikolay Starovoytov

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

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.

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Starovoytov, Nikolay
2012 February 12
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:09:09
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