Arthur Chinkis: Leaving Moscow during WWII Bombings

Posted by jyuhasz
Interviewee: 
Chinkis, Arthur (Abruzi)
Location: 
Richmond, BC
Interviewer: 
Averbach, Gary
Date: 
Sunday, September 18, 2011
ID: 
Digital audio recording #: 20.11-16
 
 
AC:         But meantime, the government of Russian, not the governor of Moscow, announced that all children up to the age of 17 should leave the city because the Germans were bombing the city already and there was a lot of injuries. Mostly they were throwing fire igniting bombs from the airplanes, you know. And at night you would see, you’d think the whole city’s on fire because at night, you know, they turn, all the windows in the cities were taped with tape, you know. So from the bombing the glass won’t shatter. So all the windows were taped like that. So they announced that all the children can go south of the country. South of the country means go to Tashkent. The idea of going to Tashkent that it’s always warm, there is no winter there, there is no snow there. And because we were like that we didn’t have anything with us. I took just a pair of…what is this?
 
GA:         Pants?
 
AC:         Pa…Underwear…to change, socks, and that’s it, that’s all I took because I was going just for a visit, you know. But in Tashkent they said you’re okay, that you can sleep in the park and go [inaudible] in the river and wash your clothes and in an hour it’s dry because the sun is so hot like in Palm Springs, you know, it doesn’t take too long to dry a pair of…Anyways, the government organized a train to take all the people, all the young people to Tashkent.

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