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Oral history interview with Tamara Suschenkova

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.445.28 | RG Number: RG-50.653.0028

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Tamara Suschenkova, born in 1928, in Starodub, Bryansk oblast, Russia, discusses growing up in Starodub and her Jewish neighbors; her father’s death during the war; hearing stories of prisoner-of-war camps; the murder and mass burial of many of their Jewish neighbors in Belovshchina (now part of Starodub); the atrocities that the Germans and police officers committed to the Jews; how the police officers confiscated milk from her mother and her given the homes of their Jewish neighbors; being nearly killed by an SS officer because I thought she was Jewish and being saved by her mother; trying to find moments to enjoy life during the war; her Jewish classmates who perished; Jews having to wear a specific mark distinguishing them; being kicked out of their homes; being forced to leave the city with the Germans to act as shields; the execution of those who stopped; seeing the Russian planes overhead; escaping with her mother and sisters as the Russian Army approached; going to Novozybkov, Russia, where the girls were welcomed with open arms; and finishing school and becoming a teacher.

Interviewee
Tamara Suschenkova
Date
2014 July 14  (interview)
Language
Russian
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:47:47
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