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Oral history interview with Larisa Antonova

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.445.27 | RG Number: RG-50.653.0027

Larisa Antonova, born in 1930, in Novozybkov, Russia, describes her life before the war; the numerous Jews in the town; the beginning of the war; the evacuation of some of the Jewish residents, while others were forced to stay in the town; her interactions with the Jewish children in the community; how the Jews had to wear yellow stars on their backs, but were allowed to stay in their own homes; seeing three sleds full of Jewish men, women, and children being taken to the woods to be killed; witnessing the massacre; a young boy who was able to escape, but was too scared to accept any help from Larisa’s grandmother; how, after the killings in the woods, there were no more Jews in Novozybkov; the police officers in charge robbing the Jews of their belongings; hearing stories of the partisans causing trouble for the Germans; hearing stories of Jews having to give up their valuables and belongings; the accidental shooting of a 17 year old girl by Germans; the Germans’ protocol to shoot partisans and anybody who involved themselves with the partisans in any way; the signs around the city that warned of capital punishments for hiding Jews and partisans; moving into her aunt and uncle’s home during the war; and the aerial bombing of Novozybkov by the Germans and the death of many people after a train station was struck.

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Larisa Antonova
interview:  2014 July 14
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:48:35
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