“One day they took my mother and grandmother, and shot them before my eyes.”
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“One day they took my mother and grandmother, and shot them before my eyes.”

Faina Groisberg was just seven years old when World War II started, living in Ukraine with her mother and grandmother.

From her small apartment in Amigour, a Jewish Agency sheltered home community in Israel, she recalls: “The Ukrainian police drove us out of our homes and sent us to the Ghetto. There were 10 of us in a small room. We received one meal a day: A handful of bread and watery soup”.

“After the Ghetto they transferred us to a concentration camp. They housed us in cowsheds – 150 people in each. One day they took my mother and grandmother and shot them before my very eyes. I eventually escaped with two friends. We ran to the river and hid. We lay there until nightfall, and miraculously survived.”