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Oral history interview with Gennady Reznikov

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1286.40 | RG Number: RG-50.405.0040

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Gennady Reznikov, born on April 16, 1937 in Moscow, Russia, discusses his parents Lev (1904-1975) and Sofia Libenson (1906-?); his three siblings, including a sibling who died early, his older brother Yefim (1929-1979), and his younger brother (1950-?); his father’s move to Moscow after the Revolution and was an active Communist and part of the Komsomol; his parents’ marriage in 1928 and their belief that the Communists would help Jews get rights; his father, who some cheder training and worked at a mill and later as an economist; his mother, who worked as a salesperson in a food store and had approximately eight years of education; not having much Jewish identity except for his maternal grandmother, who went to synagogue every Saturday and made latkes; living in one room of an eight family communal apartment; his older brother, who was a vocal protestor and was detained and questioned circa 1949 at Lubyanka prison; the anti-Jewish wave circa 1948-1954 when the synagogues and Jewish theaters were closed and Jews were fired from jobs; graduating from school at age 17, and being unable to enter Moscow University because he was Jewish; attending the Moscow Automobile and Road Construction Institute, but not being able to get a job after he graduated because he was Jewish; getting a job at an aviation plant at a low salary; being hired at the Engine and Research Institute studying fuel cells, which was very specialized; working later for the National Research and Scientific Institute of Power Resources in 1962 despite the antisemitism; becoming chief of the lab and earning a Ph.D in 1971; getting married to Sulamith Shternberg in 1958; their three sons, Sergey (1965), Vladimir (1970), and Michael (1979); Sulamith’s work at the Institute of Printing Technology; and living with his family in Chicago, IL.

Interviewee
Gennady Reznikov
Date
1990 December 02  (interview)
Language
Russian
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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