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Oral history interview with Sonya Leybovna Birman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1287.6 | RG Number: RG-50.226.0006

Sonya Leybovna Birman, born on September 10, 1928, in Zhitomir (ZHytomyr), Ukraine, discusses the outbreak of war; returning to Staraya Kotelnya (Stara Kotel'nia), Ukraine; mass shootings in 1941; the shooting deaths of her parents and grandmother; wandering from village to village; asking for food and lodging near the town of Andrushovka (Andrushivka), Ukraine; being given food and shelter by a partisan woman with whom she stayed for six months; the arrival of Soviet troops in 1944; participating in a post-war trial of police who were involved in the killing of her family; returning to Zhitomir then Staraya Kotelnya; meeting the man who later became her husband; receiving a summons by the NKVD; and the psychological effects of her Holocaust experiences.

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Sonya L. Birman
interview:  1994 August 09
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:51:42
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