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Oral history interview with Maria Tarasenko

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.276.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0897

Maria Tarasenko (née Kiptenko), born on October 31, 1926 in the village of Sinevka (also Synivka) in Sums'ka oblast', Ukraine, discusses her mother Sophia Davidovna Kiptenko (née Vovnitskaya), who was Jewish but hid her Jewishness; the German occupation of Sinevka in the fall of 1941 and the German commandant setting up his office in the Kiptenko house; her family being forced to live in the barn; her job cleaning the house; her family not having enough food; the Germans’ requisition of the fruits and vegetables from her family’s garden; how her grandmother attempted to get food for the family and was beaten by the Germans; being taken three times to a nearby camp where young people were gathered for transport to Germany for forced labor and escaping from the camp each time; witnessing how the Jews from Sinevka and nearby villages were taken by foot through Sinevka by the Germans and local policemen; the subsequent execution of the Jews in a ravine in Hadiach, Poltava region, Ukraine; her father, Emelyan Kiptenko, and her sister, Galina, helping their Jewish neighbor (named Motya) to escape execution, after which the neighbor joined the partisans; and living in Ukraine until her immigration to the United States in 2003.

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Maria Tarasenko
Liliya Meyerovich
interview:  2016 August 28
creation: Union (Union County, N.J. : Township)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.