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Oral history interview with Aleksandra Sara Grigoryevna Otyevskaya

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

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    Oral history interview with Aleksandra Sara Grigoryevna Otyevskaya


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Aleksandra G. Otyevskaya
    interview:  1995 August 12
    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.

    Physical Details

    2 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Red Army (Soviet Union)

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak, project director for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Oral History Branch, coordinated the interview with Sara Vtyevskaya on August 12, 1995. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview in September 1995.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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