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Oral history interview with Dova Gendelman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.280 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0280

Dova Gendelman, born on June 20, 1930, describes her father, who taught Russian, mathematics, and history at Heder (Jewish school) and later became an accountant; her family’s plan to evacuate at the beginning of the war to Dnipropetrovsk (her father could not evacuate earlier because of military duty); eventually evacuating on horses; being overtaken by Germans and having to return to Shargorod, Ukraine; going into hiding before they returned home; the order for all the Jews of Shargorod to move into the ghetto, which was characterized by constant shootings and Germans harassing Jews and making them work; living with hunger under overcrowded conditions; the Romanians taking over the administration of the ghetto; the continued harassments under the Romanians; continuing to hide with her family in a home in the ghetto; learning Hebrew and Jewish traditions from her grandfather while in hiding; the death of many people in the ghetto from diseases in 1942; the fate of her extended family in Shargorod and Dnipropetrovsk; the destruction of all seven of Shargorod’s synagogues; her life after the war; working as a doctor in her hometown for 42 years; the discrimination against Jews after the war; immigrating to the United States in September 1993; and her life in the US; her return to Judaism and hope to continue Jewish traditions in her family.

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Doba Gendelman
interview:  1994 January 14
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:49:17
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