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Oral history interview with Sonya Borisovna Yakobova

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1287.39 | RG Number: RG-50.226.0039

Sonya Borisovna Yakobova (née Glezer), born in 1922 in Raygorodsk (Raĭhorodok), Zhitomir Oblast, Ukraine, describes her parents; attending school elsewhere and living with her aunt; her siblings and the death of her brother during the famine; becoming a teacher in Novogradskiy rayon; being with her family in Raygorodsk when the war began; the Germans entering their town on July 17, 1941; people being put to work; the murder of the sick and elderly; how some Jews were able to join partisans and escape east; the Jews being moved to several buildings on August 9, 1941; the shooting of some of the Jews on September 10 and running and hiding during the action; the surviving Jews being put to work; the shooting of all the remaining Jews in January 1942 and her escape; hiding in several places with her father; going to Alanovskiy rayon in Vinnytsia Oblast, where they stayed with an Ukrainian man; going to Popivka, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine in December 1943; going in March 1944 to Berdichev (Berdychiv), Ukraine; returning home to Raygorodsk; marrying and going to Berdichev; the Jewish community in Raygorodsk and the destruction of their synagogue before the war; collaborators during the war; and her memories of the day the Germans arrived in Raygorodsk.

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Sonya B. Yakobova
interview:  1994 August 11
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: 2020-03-26 09:51:49
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