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Oral history interview with Izrail Radunsky

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

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.]

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Radunsky, Izrail
interview:  1991 January 31
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Women's Auxiliary of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:48:00
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