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Oral history interview with Yadviga Petukhovskaya

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.437.47 | RG Number: RG-50.674.0047

Yadviga Petukhovskaya, born in 1931 in Navahrudak, discusses life during the German occupation of Belarus; peaceful relationships with Jews prior to the war; the bombing of the town; her brother’s friendship with a neighboring Jewish boy; seeing a procession of Jews, guarded by German soldiers, walking to the ghetto; open access to the ghetto on Peresek Street; seeing the bodies of two people who attempted to escape the Pereseka ghetto; the severe conditions of the second ghetto on Minskaya Street; witnessing a shooting of a group Jews by German soldiers and police in a market place in summer 1941; Jewish women being forced to wash blood off pavestones; delivering food to a family friend in the Minskaya Street ghetto; seeing policemen in black uniforms bring a group children, who were possibly in hiding, to the ghetto; a policeman’s attack on her mother because she wanted to give water to the children; the transfer of Jews in the ghetto to Litovka where they would be executed; watching German soldiers shoot 60 people, mostly Polish male intelligentsia; and identifying exhumed bodies after the war.

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Petukhovskaya, Yadviga
2012 February 15
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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