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)
~ Fira and Felix ~
Fira was born in Ukraine in 1935, after Hitler had taken power in Germany, before he began attacking the countries in Europe. Her father was an Army official and when the Nazis attacked their area, he went to serve.
When she was six years old, with two sisters seven and four, their mother took the children to flee from the Germans. They were on a train and the Germans bombed the train in which they were riding. They were forced to run from it and then walk until they found another train. This one they took, not knowing the destination- only that it was away from the fighting. Where they arrived it was very cold- it may have been Russia or Siberia. Eventually they reached Uzbekistan. There they found shelter and slept on the floor.
Fira’s mother wrote to her husband asking him to send documents to her so she could get a job and work. She found a job and later her husband came to stay with them for three months. He was so happy to find them alive and had his position transferred to be close to them.
After this they moved to Kazakhstan. Her father went back to the Army and he never returned. At the end of the war she, her mother and sisters returned to their home and found it was completely destroyed.
Felix was twelve years old when the war broke out. They lived in Belarus and both his parents were factory workers. They were all evacuated and moved to Saratov where his father had to join the Red Army.
The Russian Army required older children to work, so he did milling (lumber). His mother worked in the same place.
When the war ended, his father returned to them. He took the family back to Belarus. Life became very hard as food was scarce and they slept on the floor. The Americans helped them with aid in the form of clothes for the children and food for all of them.
and Felix marked their 60th wedding anniversary in July of this year. They had two sons. Both sons moved to Israel asking their parents to visit. After visiting, they also made aliyah.