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Oral history interview with Olga Moseyevna Svetlichnaya

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1287.35 | RG Number: RG-50.226.0035

Olga Moseyevna Svetlichnaya, born in 1910 in Bobrinets (Bobrynets'), Ukraine, discusses her early family life; moving into a children's home in Bobrinets; moving to Kiev, Ukraine to study; her marriage to a Ukrainian man; moving to Zaporozhye (Zaporizhzhia), Ukraine; the birth of her son; moving back to Kiev; the beginning of the war in Kiev; staying with friends in Kiev until the Germans entered the city; witnessing thousands of Jews being sent to Babi Yar; obtaining Russian documents from her friends so that she could live in Kiev like any other Ukrainian or Russian person; earning money making patties; housing a woman named Petrushko who was a member of the Kiev underground; her apartment becoming a secret place for the Kiev underground organization; being captured by the Germans but escaping after a week; being liberated by the Russians; her husband spending time in a hospital during the war because his plane crashed; and her post-war family life.

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Olga M. Svetlichnaya
interview:  1994 August 01
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
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:26:25
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