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Irina Aleksandrovna Khoroshunova collection

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.335 | RG Number: RG-31.056

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    The collection contains two items: a photocopy of a typed interview with Irina Aleksandrovna Khoroshunova on April 24, 1982, and a photocopy of a printed version of her personal 1941-1944 diary during the Nazi occupation of Kiev. Ms. Khoroshunova, an ethnic Ukrainian (then 28 years old) provides a detailed account of the events in Kiev under Nazi occupation, including the September 1941 Babi Yar massacre, activities of the Communist underground, shortage of food, Nazi repressions against civilians and her own family.
    inclusive:  1941-1944
    interview:  1982
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Collection Creator
    Irina A. Khoroshunova
    Irina Aleksandrovna Khoroshunova was born in 1913 in Kiev. She had one sister, Tatiana. Her father, Aleksander Fedorovich Khoroshunova (1973-1922), graduated from law school at Kiev University. He continued his legal work both before and after the 1917 Revolution. He suffered from epilepsy though, and became ill and died at the age of 49. Her mother, Aleksandra Aleksandrovna Markevich was born in 1886 and attended Smolenskii Institute. She studied in the pedagogical department for German language, but did not become a teacher. Instead, she worked as a factory worker. Her mother also had health problems, and began receiving an invalid’s pension at the age of 46. In December of 1941 she was arrested, mistaken for someone else. She was never released. Irina Aleksandrovna Khoroshunova spent from 1919 to 1923 in a home for children. She was 28 years old in the summer of 1941 when the Nazi army invaded and occupied Kiev. During the Nazi occupation (1941-1944) she worked temporarily as a bookbinder and a dishwasher. During this entire period, Irina Aleksandrovna was connected to a local, underground reconnaissance group. After the war, she graduated from what was then Gorkii Pedagogical Institute of Kiev, Department of Russian Language and Literature, in 1951. She did not work in this field, however. Instead she worked as a stage designer and decorator, a profession she first adopted in 1929, continued even after her education. From 1947 to 1957 she worked as an artist in the Kiev branch of the Lenin Central Museum. From 1948 to the mid-1980s she worked for the Artists’ Fund of Soviet Ukraine. In January of 1967 she also worked on a project combining the arts of geology, botany, zoology, paleontology, and archeology into the establishment of a Central Scientific Museum in Ukraine. She also worked on other projects for the rest of her career.

    Physical Details

    Diaries. Testimonies.
    410 digital images : TIFF ; 27.2 MB.
    2 folders
    System of Arrangement
    Organized by two main sections: photocopy of a 1982 oral interview with Irina Aleksandrovna Khoroshunova, and a photocopy of her printed, personal diary covering the years of 1941-1944

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing stations. No other access restrictions apply to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Publication by a third party requires a formal approval of the Judaica Institute in Kiev, Ukraine. Publication requires a mandatory citation of the original source.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Kyïv (Ukraine)

    Administrative Notes

    Source of acquisition is the Center for the Studies of History and Culture of East European Jewry (Judaica Center) of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archives Project in May 2006. .
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