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Oral history interview with Sheindl Olevsky

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1021 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1021

Sheindl Olevsky describes her childhood in Kiev, Ukraine; the pogroms in the 1930s; Soviet restrictions on practicing Judaism; the underground religious practices undertaken by Jews after synagogues in Kiev were closed in 1935; the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941; her flight with her female family members to an unidentified location; her brother's and father's deaths during the war; the deaths of other family members during the liquidation of her home village; her return to Kiev in 1945; visiting the site of the Babi Yar massacre; witnessing locals stealing jewelry from bodies buried there; learning about the concentration camps and atrocities committed by Nazis; her wish to immigrate to Israel; her husband's death; and her immigration to the United States with her daughter in 1979.

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Sheindl Olevsky
Ruth Durling
interview:  1993 September 23
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:53:17
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