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Oral history interview with Arkady Isakovich Pukhovitzki

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1283.27 | RG Number: RG-50.378.0027

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

Arkady Isakovich Pukhovitzki, born on November 7, 1923 in Vitebsk oblast in the village of Chashniki, describes his parents (father worked in a fishing cooperative and his mother was a seamstress); the good relations between Jews and non-Jews until the Stalinist repressions and purges of the late 1930s; how many of his Russian childhood friends spoke Yiddish; the outbreak of war and life in the Chashniki ghetto, where food was at first sufficient; his work at turf-drying facility; the mass shooting of Jews that took place on February 13-14, 1942, during which his parents and sister were killed; escaping the roundup and going to Gribin; meeting with partisans and local commanders; more details about the shooting and the monument erected after the war on the site where the shootings were carried out; his experiences with the partisans and being assigned to an explosives detail and intelligence scouting unit because of his knowledge of Yiddish and a bit of German; joining the Soviet Army in November 1942; being assigned to an airfield and capturing 11 German soldiers; becoming a teacher after the war and going to Mogilev; and working in banking for 46 years.

Interviewee
Arkady I. Pukhovitzki
Date
1995 August 11  (interview)
Language
Russian
Extent
2 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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