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Oral history interview with Yelena Kleyner

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

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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.)

Interviewee
Yelena Kleyner
Interviewer
Liliya Meyerovich
Date
2017 September 14  (interview)
Geography
creation : Rockville (Md.)
Language
Russian
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
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Record last modified: 2018-11-15 14:43:11
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