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Oral history interview with Vladimir Melnikov

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.437.65 | RG Number: RG-50.674.0065

Vladimir Melnikov, born in 1930 in Ozarichi, discusses the large prewar Jewish community in Ozarichi; peaceful relations between non-Jews and Jews; the looting of Jewish-owned belongings by German soldiers at the start of the war; two local policemen who, on orders from German authorities; shot Jews in their homes; Jewish friends who were hiding in his family’s shed; the fate of his friends’ family members; the escape of his friends to partisans units; his reunion with his friends after the war; seeing bodies on the streets and inside houses; policemen searching for Jews and looting valuables; seeing policemen shoot an elderly Jewish woman and her grandson who were hiding in a house; locals from Novoselki looting Jewish-owned belongings; escaping a deportation to Germany in 1943; the concentration camp in Ozarichi; the death of prisoners from lack of food; the horrible living conditions in the camp; his mother’s survival; and liberation by the Red Army.

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Melnikov, Vladimir
2012 August 23
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:09:11
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