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Oral history interview with Chanya Libish

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1287.36 | RG Number: RG-50.226.0036

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

Chanya Libish, born in 1909 in Staraya Kotelnya (Stara Kotelʹnia), Ukraine, discusses her early family life; the death of her parents; being taken to a children's home with her brother in Zhitomir (ZHytomyr), Ukraine; working in a factory; her marriage and the birth of her children; her husband being sent to war; being sent to the Berdichev (Berdychiv) ghetto and finding homes with families outside the ghetto except for her youngest son; the daily killings in the ghetto; escaping from the ghetto at the end of 1942; staying in her girlfriend's home for over a year; traveling to a nearby village to obtain food; living in various places during the war; being interrogated by the police; obtaining Russian documents; her husband's escape from captivity in 1943; returning to Zhitomir with her husband and children; her husband's return to war; her husband's demobilization in 1946; and assisting other Jews who could not find housing after the war.

Interviewee
Chanya Libish
Date
1994 August 09  (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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