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Oral history interview with Marija Grichik

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.437.61 | RG Number: RG-50.674.0061

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Marija Grichik, born in 1928 in David-Gorodok, discusses the prewar Jewish community in David-Gorodok; peaceful relations among ethnic groups before the war; the German occupation; the removal of Jewish men to forced labor; the relocation of women, the elderly, and children to the special ghetto in Stolin; the order for 10-15 local Belarusian men to dig two large pits in a field; the execution of all the Jews in the ghetto; the looting of Jewish belongings by German soldiers, policemen, and local citizens; the execution of a policeman who hid his Jewish identity and helped Jews; the execution of Jewish women who escaped the ghetto and attempted to join the partisans; her attempt to help a Jewish woman whom she found hiding near her home; her father’s fear that their family would be killed if found giving aid to the woman; the differences between the regular police in blue uniforms who kept order in the town and the Wachman force in black which punished the local population under German control; and the postwar trial and incarceration of police by the Soviets.

Interviewee
Marija Grichik
Date
2012 August 22
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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