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Oral history interview with Eleanor Khazan

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

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Eleanor Khazan, 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.

Interviewee
Eleanor Khazan
Date
1990 August 30  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Women's Auxiliary of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago
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