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Oral history interview with Vladimir Izraelovich Lubarski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1287.20 | RG Number: RG-50.226.0020

Vladimir Izraelovich Lubarski, born in 1927 in the village of Loghkincy, Ukraine, describes his family; their move to Kharkiv, Ukraine; the professions of his parents; the conscription of his father to restore buildings in Kharkiv destroyed by German forces, resulting in his inability to evacuate; remaining in Kharkiv for his father; the German invasion in 1941; his father receiving an order to prepare important building sites for destruction should Kharkiv fall under German occupation; attempting to relocate to the village of Saltov, but finding it under German occupation; returning to Kharkiv; German soldiers entering his apartment and beating his parents; his family leaving the apartment to live with his grandmother; forced labor under German authorities; his relocation to the ghetto; the cruelty of ghetto guards and the poor living conditions there; German soldiers taking Jews away to murder; his family’s escaped from the ghetto; being sheltered by local townspeople; his mother forging passports for them without their Jewish names; the betrayal of his father by a colleague; discovering that his father had been killed; leaving Kharkiv and traveling to New Vodolaga with the new passports; finding the Soviet Army and being given food and shelter by soldiers; living with the soldiers and helping as much as he could; leaving the Soviet Army to stay in the village; working in a camp with German prisoners of war; escaping the prisoner of war camp to the village of Barvenkovo and living with a family there; reuniting with his mother and brother; deciding to go toward the North Caucas, avoiding villages with German soldiers; staying in the village of Vysotskoe for the winter working as herdsman; the beginning of the German retreat; his family leaving the village of Vysotskoe; traveling with his mother to Baku then Tbilisi to stay with friends; leaving both cities as a result of the lack of clothing and food; staying for the remainder of the war in a vacated house which had been occupied by Germans; returning to Kharkiv in 1944; and life after the war, including his studies and family.

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Vladimir I. Lubarski
interview:  1994 August 03
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
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:18
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