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Oral history interview with Pavel Mashchonsky

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.437.49 | RG Number: RG-50.674.0049

Pavel Mashchonsky, born in 1930 in Turets, Belarus, discusses life during the German occupation; peaceful relationships between Jews and non-Jews prior to the war; increasing restrictions on Jews; Jews being forced to perform manual labor jobs under the occupation; seeing Jews being collected in the town square and guarded by policemen wearing black uniforms; young village men being deported to a camp in Minsk; the transport of the remaining Jews to an execution site; seeing Jews being forced to undress by a pit before they were shot by policeman; villagers covering the pit with soil; an incident in which German soldiers shot a Jewish woman hiding in a well; public hangings; hearing about drunk partisans shooting columns of German soldiers as they passed through the village; policemen from neighboring villages inhabiting Jewish-owned homes after the mass execution; the retreat of local policemen along with German troops; and the return of Jews who had been sent to the camp in Minsk.

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Pavel Mashchonsky
2012 February 16
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: 2022-07-28 19:53:31
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