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Oral history interview with Ioana Buzatu

Oral History | Accession Number: 2004.728.3 | RG Number: RG-50.574.0003

Ioana Buzatu discusses being deported with her family from Zimnicea, Romania to the Bug River; how the Romanies were transported in Roma wagons to Turnu Măgurele, Romania, then transported to Russia by train; how the Romanies were promised houses and tractors in order to be deported; the bad living conditions; having no clothes and having her hair shaved in order to prevent lice infection; the lack of sanitary facilities; how she did not think she would survive; how her little brother would scream because of hunger; how her father asked the Russians for food; the “silversmiths,” who were Roma who stole and were shot by the Germans; a mill from which they gathered grain; being so desperate for food that they even picked grain out of the droppings of horses; her family and the number of family members she had; her brother’s planned escape and his death afterwards; how she caught and ate raw fish from the Bug River and how she drank salty water from the river; a little store room where they lived; keeping the dead in the room until they were taken by Roma wagons to the Bug River and dropped in a soil pit; how her father wished to bury her brother in a Russian cemetery, but had no power to transport him; how approximately 10 to 15 people died in a week; how only three members of her family returned to Romania; and trying to beg from the Germans and being chased away as stones were thrown at them.

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Ioana Buzatu
interview:  2004 September 25
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:53:23
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