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Oral history interview with Gennady Reznikov

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

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    Oral history interview with Gennady Reznikov


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Gennady Reznikov
    interview:  1990 December 02
    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
    Reznikov, Gennady.

    Administrative Notes

    The Women's Auxiliary of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago conducted the interview with Gennady Reznikov on December 2, 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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