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Oral history interview with Aleksandra Sara Grigoryevna Otyevskaya

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1283.31 | RG Number: RG-50.378.0031

Aleksandra Sara Grigoryevna Otyevskaya, born in 1912, describes growing up in the village of Kalinkovichi (Kalinkavychy), Belarus; getting married in 1936 in Slutsk, Belarus to a non-Jewish man; hearing about atrocities in the late 1930s from Polish refugees; living in Osipovichi (Asipavichy), Belarus when the war entered Belarus on June 22, 1941; the heavy bombing of Asipavichy during the next weeks; going on to describe the ghetto which the Germans established and the role of the Judenrat, whom she convinced not to register her; her husbanding getting a job as a bookkeeper and in that position was able to change her passport, designating her as "Aleksandra" instead of Sara and changing her nationality from Jewish to Belorussian; being detained by police once and accused, even with false papers, of being Jewish; how she and her husband began traveling in the partisan zone and were helped by people along the way who allowed them to stay in their homes; going to Babruisk, Belarus, where her husband worked as a courier for partisans; and Babruisk being liberated by Soviet troops.


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Interviewee
Aleksandra G. Otyevskaya
Date
interview:  1995 August 12
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.
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:50:45
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