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Svetlana Kolesnik

OHMS Object

Date of Interview

31 March 2016


Jake Sperber and Zach Kolesnik


Sveltana Kolesnik

Biographical Text

Svetlana Kolesnik is an immigrant from Berdichev, Ukraine. She dealt with persecution growing up due to her religion and felt the only way to feel free was to leave her home country. She immigrated to the United States in 1989 with her husband. She came to the United States in hope to provide her children a better life and a Jewish education. She now lives in New City, New York where where she is active in the Jewish community with her husband and three children.


58:51 minutes

Digital Publisher

Binghamton University

Digital Format


Material Type



Ukrainian Oral History Project

Interview Format


Subject LCSH

Kolesnik, Svetlana.--Interviews; Ukrainians--United States; Diaspora, Soviet Union—History; Russian; Jews; Migrations; Persecution; Communism and culture--Soviet Union; Ethnic identity; Manors and customs; City and town life--New York (State)--New York

Rights Statement

This audio file and digital image may only be used for educational purposes. Please cite as: Ukrainian Oral History Project, Special Collections, Binghamton University Libraries, Binghamton University, State University of New York. For usage beyond fair use please contact the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections for more information.



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