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Oral history interview with Pioter Ravinovich Ravechevich

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1287.28 | RG Number: RG-50.226.0028

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Pioter Ravinovich Ravechevich, born in 1923 in Drogichin (Drahichyn), Belarus, describes his family and education; moving to Pinsk in 1939; the bombing of Pinsk at the beginning of the war; the German invasion of the city; German soldiers taking Jew as hostages which they exchanged for items such as gold, silver, and warm clothes; the mass murder of Jewish men and boys in 1941 which included his brothers; life inside the ghetto, including the lack of food and water; the liquidation of the Pinsk ghetto in 1942; his German boss who hid him in his house during the liquidation of the ghetto and provided him with travel documents and found him work for him in Kiev; starvation in Kiev; German forces evacuating Kiev in 1943; some German soldiers knowing he was Jewish but not reporting him; his inability to reclaim his Jewish identity after the liberation of Kiev and Pinsk because of suspicion that he worked with German forces; the death of his family members in the ghetto; and his life after the war, including his attempts to find the German man who saved his life.

Interviewee
Pioter R. Ravechevich
Date
1994 August 15  (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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