This section features the true experiences of Holocaust Survivors we see and visit today. This is to fulfill their requests,
“Remember us! Tell others of our experiences so we are not forgotten!”
(Caution: True accounts, as related by the Survivor, may be difficult to read)
Dora and Gabriel Borodovski
Dora was 9 years old when the war began. Her father was handicapped since childhood she was not sent to the front to fight in the war.
“On August 16, 1941, when I was now 10 years old, the Nazis marched into our city in Ukraine. Our neighbor helped us all escape. We began walking. My mother was pregnant and was hard for her to walk but she held onto the neighbor. I remember my mother cried.
We arrived at a train that was heading toward Middle Asia. We all got on the train. It stopped at every city to pick up people who were fleeing. When we arrived it was winter there and we had only summer clothes. I remember for the entire trip my back was against the cold wall. I got sick from being so cold.
I remember after that always running and running, hiding wherever we could. My father could repair shoes so he made enough money this way to buy some food, but not enough for clothes. I suffered so much from the cold. Their family went to Uzbekistan. When they returned to Ukraine after the war nothing was left; no home, everything was gone.
Gabriel, though he and Dora did not know one another at that time, was on the same train. He had a backpack with his belongings and that was all.
Dora and Gabriel met at work and soon married. They had one child, a daughter. When she was 16 years old, she died of a brain aneurism.
In 1995 they made Aliyah to Israel. They had always enjoyed ballroom dancing and continued dancing in Israel.
In 2013 Gabriel died; Dora is now alone except for her husband’s niece. She is lonely and battling kidney disease.
Dora’s comment about the Holocaust,
“Compared to that time, now we live like human beings.”