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 →
Tell me about your childhood, please. Yustyna and me slept on a skrynya next to a stove. We kept our clothes there and called it skrynya. At 4 am we heard an aircraft noise. Planes would buzz, throw bombs. The house remained intact even though it should have been a target. There was a garden in front of our … Continue reading Vira Paripsa →
I don’t know where my dad went. He wasn’t at home for almost a week. When German soldiers left the village he came back and his friend told him: “Don’t show the dog!” But how to hide a dog, where?!
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.
The war began when Nadiia was not even a one year old, but the worst memories are connected with the post-war times, the famine of 1946-1947.
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 →
The war killed and scattered many Ukrainians all over the world among whom the relatives of Mrs. Dariia Zavoiska appeared to be.
Mykola Pavlish wrote a story of his life in five school notebooks. His parents found these diaries in the old grandfather’s office. Stories, written by grandfather in his notebooks, are interesting and humanized, containing the information about historical events, specific people’s names and adventures. Such oral stories usually allow you to immerse yourself in not only your family history but also into the history of your homeland. I personally did not know my grandfather, because I was born a year after his death, but my father Oleh Pavlish told me this story.
He worked on a farm at the beginning of the war. Some of his fellow farm workers and him were once sent to the exhibition of National Economy. The exhibition took place in Moscow, which was the capital of the USSR at that time. Having returned back home from the exhibition, they wanted to organize … Continue reading Volodymyr Voitiuk →