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Oral history interview with Genya Moyseyevna Kobrina

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1283.18 | RG Number: RG-50.378.0018

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Genya Moyseyevna Kobrina, born in 1924 in the village of Kalishki, Lestyanskiy rayon, Vitebsk (Vitsebsk) oblast in Belarus, describes her early life; being raised by her grandmother; attending Jewish schools; her studies at the Vitebsk Medical Institute; the repressions in 1937 when local residents were accused of being Kulaks; how in the pre-World War II period people did not think the war would reach them and that the Red Army would quickly defeat the Germans; the Germans entering her village and burying her family members alive; the arrival of the Karatelniy Otryad; how she and her immediate family managed to escape; going to Cheboksary, Russia with no money or documents; finding a job; being joined by her mother who had been with partisans near Smolensk, Russia; corresponding with her father, who was in the army; her family being able to return to Smolensk after liberation; and life after the war and her feelings about war.

Interviewee
Genya M. Kobrina
Date
1995 August 05  (interview)
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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