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Oral history interview with Sofya Prokopchik

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.437.43 | RG Number: RG-50.674.0043

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Sofya Prokopchik, born in Lazovoye, Mogilev oblast, discusses life in Grodzyanka during the German occupation; peaceful relationships with Jewish colleagues and neighbors prior to the war; working on a farm alongside Jews; the German invasion in the fall of 1941; Jews being collected and forced into manual labor by German authorities; the participation of policemen in guarding Jews; providing food to starving Jews; the looting of Jewish-owned home by policemen; seeing a procession of Jews being taken to a cemetery by German soldiers and local policemen; her fondness for Jews and feelings of sympathy for them; her uncle’s report that Jews were being shot and were falling into the pits; the survival of two Jewish sisters, one in hiding and one with partisans; the blockade of the village by German forces in 1943; the shooting of peasants who attempted to escape to the forests; the search for partisans in the forest; being shot by German soldiers as she tried to escape into the forest; a Finnish soldier who brought back escapees; seeing a Jewish mother being separated from her daughter; the shooting of the Jewish mother at the village council; being chased by Russian, Ukrainian, and Finnish volunteers for the German military as a result of her connection to partisans; and the arrival of the German military at the partisan camp.

Interviewee
Sofya Prokopchik
Date
2012 February 14
Extent
2 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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