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Oral history interview with Yelena Bondar

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.437.58 | RG Number: RG-50.674.0058

Yelena Bondar, born in 1924 in Lipniki, Belarus, discusses life in Gantsevichi during the German occupation; the large prewar Jewish population; peaceful relationships between Poles, Russians, and Belarusians before the war; the German invasion; the order for Jews to perform manual labor; seeing Jewish men in the ghetto pulling grass and being abused by German guards; seeing a procession of Jews being taken to an execution site; hearing gunshots and seeing a large pit in the forest outside of town; the story of a German soldier who fell in love with a Jewish woman; the looting of belongings from Jewish-owned homes by local citizens; villagers hiding themselves and their valuables during the German withdrawal; and the return of some Jews to the area after the war.

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Bondar, Yelena
2012 August 21
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 20:09:10
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