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Oral history interview with Lidiya Parokonnaya

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.595.9 | RG Number: RG-50.575.0009

Lidiya Parokonnaya, born in Ukraine, describes the beginning of the German and Romanian occupation of Odessa; the atmosphere of fear during the occupation; posters ordering all Jews to report to certain locations within a short period of time; the imprisonment of her Jewish uncle; the actions of her aunt to get him out of prison; how her family hid her uncle; her family’s quartering of a Romanian officer for two years; her uncle’s flight from Odessa as a result of frequent raids by German forces; her uncle’s enlistment into the Soviet Army; the sight of Jewish women and children being forced to march through the streets by Romanian soldiers; one Jewish woman in the march who threw her child to a female bystander, who may have adopted the child afterwards; the sight of people who were killed by hanging; a burned down military warehouse in which Jews were rounded up and killed; and her fears when Soviet soldiers entered the city.

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Lidiya Parokonnaya
interview:  2005 July 28
1 videocassette (MiniDV).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:47:12
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