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Oral history interview with Galina Savenko

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.437.40 | RG Number: RG-50.674.0040

Galina Savenko, born in 1932 in Bobruysk, discusses the German occupation of Belarus; positive relationships with her Jewish neighbors prior to the war; attending school with her Jewish friend, Sonya Kaznelson; the mandatory wearing of the yellow Star of David badge and the labeling of Jewish homes with a white “R” following the German occupation; the harsh treatment of Jews by local police; watching German soldiers and local police force Jews out of their homes and into trucks for deportation; seeing her friend Sonya Shapiro board a truck; the emotional reaction of onlookers during the events; hearing machine gun shootings from the direction of a nearby internment camp; the rumor that German soldiers were hanging people at town squares; her grandmother’s exclamation that “they are killing our Jews;” the disappearance of all of the town’s Jews following the deportation; the looting of Jewish belongings by local citizens and policemen; individual acts of resistance; a German soldier giving her family bread and margarine; her family housing a Belarusian boy named Arkasha who German soldiers beat because of his Jewish appearance; a gendarme who nearly released a grenade in her vegetable garden during the German retreat; a churchwarden who looted Jewish belongings; and the churchwarden’s sentence of 10 years in jail after the war.

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Galina Savenko
2012 February 13
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: 2021-02-16 16:06:24
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