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Oral history interview with Charna Gilbovskaya

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1287.9 | RG Number: RG-50.226.0009

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Charna Gilbovskaya, born in Zhitomir (ZHytomyr), Ukraine on May 20, 1927, discusses her early schooling; the hunger in Ukraine between 1933 and 1934; the war beginning in June 1941; leaving Zhitomir; arriving in Staraya Kotelnya, Ukraine; returning to Zhitomir; pretending to be Ukrainian rather than Jewish for a short time in Zhitomir; the establishment of the ghetto in Zhitomir; escaping from the ghetto; finding shelter with a Ukrainian girl who gave her a birth certificate; obtaining a place in a children's home; assisting partisans by letting them know where the Germans kept their ammunition; the liberation of Zhitomir in 1943; the offer of adoption by Vera Lysenko; sewing uniforms for the army in 1944; her marriage in 1946; and feeling grateful for all those who assisted her during the war.

Interviewee
Charna Gilbovskaya
Date
1994 August 15  (interview)
Language
Russian
Extent
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:41:43
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