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Oral history interview with Batya Borisovna Lifshits

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1287.18 | RG Number: RG-50.226.0018

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Batya Borisovna Lifshits, born in 1926 in Berdichev (Berdychiv), Ukraine, describes her family, including the professions of her parents and the schools she and her siblings attended; the Jewish population of Berdichev; her sister, a Komsomol member, wanting her family to evacuate the town at the beginning of the war; her father’s refusal to leave the town because of the kind treatment of Jews by Germans during the First World War; the bombing of the town by German forces; German forces entering the town and killing Jews; German orders for Jews to wear Star of David badges, under punishment of beating should they refuse; living in a ghetto, from which they could not leave to find food; a mass shooting of Jews in 1941, which included her sister; escaping the mass shooting; hiding in the house of neighbor for one night; staying with relatives in Raigorod; hearing about a second mass murder of Jews by German forces; local townspeople hiding her from German soldiers; leaving the village after the second mass murder; working for a family in Sangorod until liberation; returning home after the Soviet Army entered Berdichev; soldiers of the Soviet Army refusing to believe her story, accusing her of collaborating with German authorities; and her marriage and life after the war.

Interviewee
Batya B. Lifshits
Date
1994 August 11  (interview)
Language
Russian
Extent
2 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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