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Oral history interview with Faina Vladimirovna Oleinikova

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.103.14 | RG Number: RG-50.632.0014

Faina Vladimirovna Oleinikova (Feiga Vol’kovna in Yiddish) born in 1919 (birth name Dvorkis), describes her deceased husband, who was Russian; meeting her husband in the army and being married for 50 years; working as a doctor’s assistant and nurse; growing up in a small old house in Tulchin, Ukraine; her very religious family; speaking Yiddish at home; going to the synagogue with her father; her parents’ religious practices; their celebrations of Passover, Roshashona, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Purim, and Hanukkah; being very poor; her mother, who worked as a seamstress and sang Yiddish songs when she was sewing; her brother, who attended “cheder” (Jewish religious school) and could write in Yiddish; the neighborhood in Tulchin called Kaptsonivka where poor Jews lived; being in a labor camp with her mother during the war and singing Yiddish songs at the camp; the famine in 1933; attending a Ukrainian school for seven grades and then a medical technical school for three years before the war started; the two synagogues in Tulchin before the war; her father, who was from a village called Mikhailovka; being at five death camps during the war, including one in Romania and four in the Vinnytsia region of Ukraine; the killing of her mother and her relatives from Bratslav at one of the camps; joining the army; the birth of her son in 1949; and her hope to be buried as a Jew.


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Interviewee
Faina V. Oleinikova
Date
interview:  2005 July 19-2005 July 23
Extent
1 digital file : MP3.