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Oral history interview with Yelena Kleyner

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.381.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0950

Yelena Kleyner (neé Feldman), born February 1, 1942 in the village of Vil’va in Solikamskiy Rayon, Perm Krai, Russia, discusses her family, including her eight siblings; her family’s background; her mother who was from Batsėvichy, Belarus; her father who was from village of Klichaŭ (Klichaw), Belarus; her parents’ moves, separate of each other, to Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), Russia in the 1920s; her parents meeting in 1934 and getting married in 1935; the German invasion of Russia in June 1941, at which time her family was at their dacha; her father joining the infantry and going to the Leningrad front; her mother’s work as a nurse at a kindergarten; her mother and sister Fira evacuating in July 1941 to the Urals; her father being wounded at the Kharkov (Kharkiv, Ukraine) front and then going to Mongolia; her grandparents remaining in Batsėvichy and the massacre of Jews that occurred there; the survival of some of her relatives in Belarus; her father being released from the army in February 1945 and his return to Leningrad; returning to Leningrad with her mother and sister; living with her aunt in Valdai for a year in the late 1940s; life in the postwar years for Jews in the USSR; and immigrating to the United States circa 1991. (Family pictures are shown at the end of the interview.)

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Yelena Kleyner
Liliya Meyerovich
interview:  2017 September 14
creation: Rockville (Md.)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:54:22
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