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Oral history interview with Valentina Bashkevich

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.445.25 | RG Number: RG-50.653.0025

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Valentina Bashkevich, born in 1927 in Surazh, Russia, describes how in 1941 she was finishing the sixth grade in the village of Dalisichi, where her family had a second home; the numerous Jews living in Surazh before the war and the evacuation of many Jews at the beginning of the war; her father’s friendship with local Jews; her mother helping an elderly Jewish man (Pinka Zalmanovich Gureyev) who did not evacuate; the relocation of Jews to the ghetto; Jews having to wear yellow fabric on their clothing; a Jewish man who regularly took off his yellow patch and went to their home in the evening to get milk for his newborn child; bringing milk to the mother of the baby in the morning; the mass execution in Surazh in March 1942; being told about the massacre the Jewish man, to whom they gave milk, and how he survived the massacre; helping the man hide; the rounded up of Jews from the village in the summer and telling the Solomon children to hide in the bushes; helping two women from a town in Belarus, where Jews had already been murdered; Jewish houses being given to newly arrived people in the village; and being liberated by partisans right before the Red Army arrived.

Valentina Bashkevich
2014 July 13  (interview)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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