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Oral history interview with Izrail Radunsky

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1286.39 | RG Number: RG-50.405.0039

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    Oral history interview with Izrail Radunsky


    Interview Summary
    Izrail Radunsky, born in 1929 in Minsk, Belarus, discusses his parents Ilya Radunsky and Elizavet Kaplan Radunsky; his life as an artist and his views on art; speaking Yiddish in the home; as a child, celebrating Jewish holidays until being forbidden to do so by the Soviet government; still feeling Jewish despite the laws; studying for five years in Minsk and then six years in Moscow, Russia at the Art Institute, where, as a Jew, it was difficult to gain admittance; being evacuated during the war from Minsk to Novosibirsk, Russia, where he remained with his mother (his father worked in a military hospital) and attended school until 1945; losing more than seventy of his relatives who were not evacuated from Minsk; returning to Minsk after the war and life under Stalin; meeting his wife, Nella, in Minsk in 1955, and marrying her in a civil ceremony; having a son, Michael, in 1962, who now resides in Chicago; the Chernobyl disaster and subsequent decision to immigrate with Nella to the United States. [Note: A second interview, attended by his daughter Lyuba and wife Nella, is almost entirely devoted to Izrail’s life as an artist, both in the Soviet Union and subsequently.]
    Izrail Radunsky
    interview:  1991 January 31
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Women's Auxiliary of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Radunsky, Izrail.

    Administrative Notes

    The Women's Auxiliary of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago conducted the interview with Izrail Radunsky on January 31, 1991 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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