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Oral history interview with Tetya Dusya, Iona Isaakievich Kesel'brener, and Klara Mikhailovna Kesel'brener

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2009.103.20 | RG Number: RG-50.632.0020

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    Oral history interview with Tetya Dusya, Iona Isaakievich Kesel'brener, and Klara Mikhailovna Kesel'brener


    Interview Summary
    Tetya (aunt) Dusya, born in 1919 in the village Krasnyi Soldat, located in the Stavropol region, describes having lived in Tulchin, Ukraine for sixty years; identifying as Russian; her late husband, who was Ukrainian; working at one time in a butter factory and then at a metal factory; her belief that Jews were more cunning than Russians or Ukrainians; how she was not interested in Jewish customs; her belief that some Jews are good people and each nationality has good and bad people; the very few Jews who are left in Tulchin as many left for Israel; and her belief that some Jews are good doctors.
    Iona Isakievich Kesel’brener (born in 1947 in Tulchin, Ukraine) and Klara Mikhailovna Kesel’brener (born in 1957 in Tulchin, Ukraine) describe being unable to immigrate to Israel because of their sick parents; their numerous relatives in Israel; the good relations between the Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews in Tulchin before the war; non-Jews helping Jews during the war; Klara’s grandmother who baked her own matzo, using flour and water, and kugel; Jews working as glassmakers, tinmen, hatmakers, tailors, doctors, and lawyers; how it is said that Jews made the atomic bomb; Jewish burial traditions, including the importance of burying the body right after death; Jews bringing small rocks to the cemetery; how many Jews lived in the Kaptsonivka district of Tulchin; Jews having special butchers who also performed circumcisions; Iona’s grandmother attending synagogue on Yom Kippur before the war; the two synagogues in Tulchin before the war; and his mother and grandmother being in Pechora camp during the war.
    Klara M. Kesel'brener
    Iona I. Kesel'brener
    Tetya Dusya
    interview:  2005 July 16

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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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