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Oral history interview with Valentina Prilashkevich

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.445.32 | RG Number: RG-50.653.0032

Valentina Prilashkevich, born in 1929 in Lyubavichi, Russia, discusses the Jewish community in Lyubavichi and the good relations between Jews and non-Jews; her parents and two sisters; their Jewish neighbor (Kiva Zibelbord); the German occupation beginning in 1941; the relocation of Jews to a ghetto; Jews having to wear yellow patches; witnessing with her sister (Klavdiya Prilashkevich, RG-50.653*0031) as Jews were rounded up and shot; recognizing many of the Jews, including Doba, Zyama Raykhlin, and Yuliy Borisovich (her teacher); Jews being forced to put their belongings on a yellow tablecloth on the ground next to the pit before they were shot; how no Jews were left in Lyubavichi after the execution; the story of her father’s Jewish friend Meylikh, who returned from the army, found that all his family was gone, and was killed soon after; and the four local policemen hanged by the Soviets at the town center after the war.
[Note that part of the interview takes place at the site of the mass murder of Jews.]

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Valentina Prilashkevich
interview:  2014 July 16
creation: Liubavichi (Rudnianski? ra?on, Smolenskaia oblast', Russia)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-06-15 12:29:22
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