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Oral history interview with Beta Leibovna Pankina and Jon (Yuri) Isaakovich Kesel'brener

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2009.103.4 | RG Number: RG-50.632.0004

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    Oral history interview with Beta Leibovna Pankina and Jon (Yuri) Isaakovich Kesel'brener


    Interview Summary
    Beta Leibovna Pankina, born in 1927 in Tulchin, Ukraine, describes her father, who was a shoemaker and was drafted into the army during the war (he was later released); being in the Pechora camp with her mother and three siblings; her husband, who was from Kaluga and was not Jewish; her father’s death in 1994 and burial at the Jewish cemetery; her mother’s death at the Pechora camp; the many Jews in Tulchin before the war; the Jews in Kaptsonivka; the one Jewish school in Tulchin; the building of a non-Jewish school in 1939; her education; her daughter, who lives in Kiev, Ukraine with her family; the two synagogues in Tulchin before the war; Jewish careers in the city before the war; returning home from the camp after the war and finding that their house had been plundered; the conflicts with the Ukrainians after returning from camp; buying matzo for Passover; and the Jewish community in Tulchin.

    Beta Leibovna Pankina and Jon (Yuri) Isaakovich Kesel'brener (a neighbor of Ms. Pankina) describe how three generations of Ms. Pankina’s family are from Tulchin; her mother’s father, who was a klezmer musician; her two younger brothers who were circumcised in 1933 and the small biscuits (krishmeleynen), which were given to the children at circumcision; Mr. Kesel'brener’s aunt Voya Shayevna Rosenshtein, who was in the camp; the two synagogues in Tulchin; his grandmother Sura Leibovna Shraibman, who was born in 1887, lived in Kapsonivka, and died in 1964; Jewish burials; the ghetto in Bershad’, Ukraine; and a man named Yurkovestsky, who knows about the local Jewish rituals.
    Beta L. Pankina
    V. Fedchenko
    A. Kushkova
    N. Evseyenko
    interview:  2005 July 15-2006 July 11

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    The European University at St. Petersburg contributed the St. Petersburg Judaica Project to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives via the United States Holocaust Museum International Archives Project in June 2009.
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