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Oral history interview with Marija Zanko

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.437.57 | RG Number: RG-50.674.0057

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Marija Zanko, born in 1923 in the village of Lyusino, Belarus, discusses how her father and local villagers saved a Jewish neighbor from German soldiers; witnessing a hanging carried out by German soldiers in Gantsevichi; escaping to a khutor when German forces announced plans to set the village on fire to kill all suspected partisans; the capture of 80 men, including her husband and father-in-law, by German soldiers; her husband’s conscription to dig a pit for German soldiers; her husband’s release with five others after a village women pleaded with high ranking German officers whom she hosted in her home; being closely guarded by German soldiers as she and other women were made to chop wood in the forest; and seeing a crowd of onlookers watch as a German soldier shot a man caught in the forest.

Interviewee
Marija Zanko
Date
2012 August 21
Extent
1 videocassette (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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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 10:17:05
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