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Oral history interview with Zinaida Khomenko

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.333.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0773

Zinaida (Zina) Khomenko (née Zaznobina), born June 3, 1928 in Leningrad, Soviet Union (Saint Petersburg, Russia), describes her childhood memories; her Orthodox parents; state-sponsored repressions and purges; the start of the war; extinguishing the flares dropped by enemy planes on the roofs with her friends; the conversion of their school into a hospital; the beginning of the siege of Leningrad; leaving with her mother and others around November 1941 and going to the train station in Lychkovo; the train station being bombed and the death of many people on their train; going to Prokopeva in Belokholunitsky District, where her disabled mother worked as a nurse; experiencing antisemitism; her mother going to Kirov; life in that region; hearing rumors that her mother was dead and her father was missing; returning to Leningrad with her mother before the siege ended; her mother working in the Izhorsk brickyard; her life after the war; attending high school and a university; the persecution of anti-fascists, poets, and writers; and immigrating to the United States in 1989.

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Zinaida Khomenko
Liliya Meyerovich
interview:  2014 November 17
1 digital files : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:01
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