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Oral history interview with Khaya Alperina and Yelizabeta Yerushevitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1283.20 | RG Number: RG-50.378.0020

Khaya Alperina, born in Gorodok (Haradok, Belarus) in 1912, describes her early life and the war's outbreak as the Germans arrived in the village of Lahoysk (Lahoisk); the police looting Jewish houses and driving Jews to ditches; escaping from the ditch with her children; staying with a woman who was Jewish but had converted to Catholicism; remaining with this woman until the Soviet troops arrived; returning to Beyadry to look for her husband, from whom she had been separated on the day Jews were shot at the ditch; and her life after the war.
Yelizaveta Yerushevitz, born in 1935 in the village of Beyadry, Belarus, describes the war only vaguely; being driven with her family to a ditch where people were being shot; sitting with her mother on the edge of the ditch when a group of people including her mother and brother suddenly got up and ran toward the woods; and surviving in the woods on food provided to them by strangers. Both Alperina and Yerushevits show the interviewer the place where they think the ditch was located.


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Interviewee
Yelizabeta Yerushevitz
Khaya Alperina
Date
interview:  1995 August 06
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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