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Oral history interview with Eleonora Khazan

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1286.30 | RG Number: RG-50.405.0030

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    Oral history interview with Eleonora Khazan


    Interview Summary
    Eleonora Khazan (née Eleonora Kogan), born on February 28, 1959 in Kiev, Ukraine, discusses her childhood in post-World War II Soviet Union and her experiences being Jewish in Kiev; being an only child; her maternal grandmother who lived with her family; her extended family in Kiev; her daily routine as a child, including school, music lessons, chores, and homework; living in a two-room apartment with four people; celebrating Passover with a few Jewish neighbors in the apartment building; having fish for holidays; her mother, who worked as a construction engineer; her father, who was a chemical engineer; experiencing antisemitism; attending high school until the 10th grade and then attending a technical college; studying computer programing; vacationing to Crimea with friends after the first year of college; getting married in 1970 to a man who was Jewish; their daughter Julia; her father who was a child in WWII; deciding she wanted to leave the Soviet Union and receiving invitation from Israel, but deciding not to go; how life did not change much when Gorbachev came to power in 1985; the one synagogue in Kiev and being afraid to go there because they might be harassed by the KGB; the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986; and trying to leave the Soviet Union again in 1987.
    Eleonora Khazan
    interview:  1990 August 30
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Women's Auxiliary of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Khazan, Eleonora.

    Administrative Notes

    The Women's Auxiliary of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago conducted the interview with Eleonora Khazan on August 30, 1990 as part of an oral history project to document the experiences of Jews who fled the former Soviet Union. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in June 1995.
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