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Oral history interview with Marieĭ Grigorevna Balkind

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.104.10 | RG Number: RG-50.633.0010

Marieĭ Grigorevna Balkind (née Vorob'evoĭ), born in 1921, describes her life before the war; going to school to become an accountant; having to evacuate with her entire family when the war broke out in 1941; going first to Kavkaz (Caucasus) then to Kyrgyzstan; living and working in Kyrgyzstan until Crimea was liberated; returning to Crimea; working as an accountant starting in 1944; her parents and their lives; her Jewish family’s lack of observance; her parents speaking Hebrew at home; how Jewish celebrations that were practiced tended to stay within the Jewish community; living well with her multi-cultural neighbors; her life when her family lived on a kolkhoz; how Jews would marry Christians in the kolkhoz, but often with a skeptical eye; seeing Jews who were not able to evacuate being hanged; Jewish life during her youth; how the funeral practices of the Jewish citizens were very similar to Russian funerals; and Jews being pushed out of their jobs during the war.

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Marieĭ G. Balkind
interview:  2005 August 08
Oral histories.
1 digital file : Mixed formats.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from Ukraïns'kyĭ t︠s︡entr vyvchenni︠a︡ istoriï Holokostu
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 09:25:23
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