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Oral history interview with Sofia Binyaminova Kustonovich

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1283.15 | RG Number: RG-50.378.0015

Sofia Binyaminova Kustonovich (née Shapiro), born January 5, 1916 in Pogost (Pahost, Salihorski raion), Belarus, recalls her family and religious upbringing; pre-war life as a telephone operator; the arrival of German troops in Pogost; the murder of her father and two brothers; the establishment of a ghetto in Pogost; leaving with her mother and sister and going to Slutsk; life in the Slutsk ghetto; the Jewish administration of the ghetto; the murder of inhabitants of the Slutsk ghetto; her escape from Slutsk and returning to Pogost; joining a partisan unit and serving until 1944; getting married; when the area, near Mikashevichi, was liberated by Soviet troops; life in the partisan unit, which was based near Mikashevichy; and moving from Pogost to Pinsk after the war, in order to avoid memories too difficult to live with.


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Interviewee
Sofia B. Kustonovich
Date
interview:  1995 August 04
Language
Russian
Extent
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
Interviews conducted in association with the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University and with the participation of Beit Lohamei Haghetaot in Israel.
 
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