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Oral history interview with Zoya Semionova

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.445.38 | RG Number: RG-50.653.0038

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Zoya Semionova, born in 1932 in Dvorets, Russia, discusses growing up in Usvyaty (Usviat'), Russia; the Jewish students in her classroom before the war; the Jewish community; the good relations between the Jews and non-Jews; the arrival of the Germans; local men hiding grain; her father’s execution after being accused of hiding grain; the creation of a ghetto in Usvyaty and the relocation of Jews and non-Jews; the hiding of Jews by local families; seeing the execution of Jews briefly; returning to the execution site after the shooting was over and seeing people who were half-alive in a pit; seeing two hanged people, a Jew and a partisan; the execution of a local photographer, Khrapkov, because he was Jewish; leaving Usvyaty with her family when the bombings and battles began; returning in 1944; police officer who was tried for crimes after the war; and the return of some Jews to Usvyaty after the war.

Interviewee
Zoya Semionova
Date
2014 July 19  (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 10:49:53
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