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Oral history interview with Semyon Berenshteyn

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.50 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0050

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    Oral history interview with Semyon Berenshteyn


    Interview Summary
    Semyon Berenshteyn discusses his childhood in Moldova; the family's move from Balta to Odesa after the beginning of the war in 1941; the occupation of the area by Nazi troops; the establishment of a ghetto in Balta; working for a Christian friend; passing as a non-Jew by wearing a crucifix; learning of war news from Christian neighbors; the forced labor imposed on Jews; the murders of Jewish men, women and children by German soldiers, including the death of his father; liberation by Soviet troops in March 1944; his service in the Soviet armed forces; his marriage and the birth of his son; and his immigration with his family to the United States in 1988.
    Semyon Berenshteyn
    interview:  1992 June 10
    interview:  1992 September 24
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

    Physical Details

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

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    Personal Name
    Berenshteyn, Semyon.

    Administrative Notes

    The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with Semyon Berenshteyn on June 10, 1992 and September 24, 1992. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tape of the interview from the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project in December 1999.
    Funding Note
    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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