Unfortunately last year my grandfather passed away, which is why I no longer have the opportunity to take the interview. His name was Semion Gelman. He was a Jew who survived the siege of Leningrad. He was born on October 15, 1927 in Leningrad. I don’t know much about his life, and the information I … Continue reading Semion Gelman →
When the war started, you were just a small child, of course you can’t remember much but what memories, if any, do you have from this period? If I were to start with the war, it would be the year 1942 or 1943, because when the war started I was barely 3 years old and … Continue reading Zofia Mazur →
I would like to present the story of Stanisław Iwach and his family – a family that travelled all the way to Wysoka, Poland from the Tarnopol voivodeship in the Eastern Borderlands. The story is presented by an elderly social activist in his eighties.
The interview was conducted by my grandfather and his wife with her father, Edward Szukiel, and then prepared by me.
The winter war became a horrendous test for the military. My grandfather said: “After the Nazi had left the Ukrainian village it was occupied by the Bolsheviks.”
A story of Lidia, a daughter, and Natalia, granddaughter about their mother and grand-mother Anna Fokina, who have been forcibly moved to Germany and worked there on a plant as ostarbeiters.
My great-granny didn’t know that in February 1943 her sister Motia, all her family including two children – Slavik and Valia – were killed by the SS officers.
Please introduce yourself and tell us about your family and relatives. I’m Poznyar Vladimir Yakovlevich. I was born in 1934. I have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. My life was not easy, there were many tragic moments. I was born in Chimkent (South Kazakhstan). My parents, Zaidel Ida and Poznyar Yakov, lived there. Tell … Continue reading Volodymyr Poznyar →
In August 1943 you were conscripted to the Reichsarbeitsdienst(labour service). What was the course of events? I had completed the last year at the town’s school, which was turned into a grammar school after the war. But the lessons were given like at a grammar school. That’s why I would have had to go to … Continue reading Karl Juesten →
Zofia Listosz was born in 1951, after the end of the war. In the interview, she spoke about the difficult life under the occupation, which her family and her dearest experienced. She also spoke about discovering history.