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Taking Care of Each Other

IFCJ Canada  |  May 24, 2024
Born as World War II began, Lidiya never knew her father. The young Jewish man left his young wife to be a pilot, fighting the Nazis. With a baby in her arms, Lidiya’s mother soon received word that her husband had been killed in battle. The young Jewish mother was left all alone—to flee with her loved ones and her beloved baby as the Nazis approached.
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Someone to Help

IFCJ Canada  |  May 7, 2024
Luiza was born in Russia in 1927. She was one of five siblings. And she remembers World War II: “The war broke out when I was 13 years old, we all took part in the evacuation; somehow we survived.
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‘It Is a Big Help’

IFCJ Canada  |  April 26, 2024
Genia, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor, was born to a Jewish family in Ukraine in 1936.
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You Saved Her

IFCJ Canada  |  April 22, 2024
Nina remembers when World War II arrived. Nina was just seven years old and lived with her Jewish family in Russia.
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‘I Will Never Be Hungry Again’

IFCJ Canada  |  April 2, 2024
World War II began just one month after Zoya turned six years old. “My mother did not take me to kindergarten,” Zoya recalls, “and I was very happy about that, but then the terrible days began.”
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You Give Nina a Sense of Comfort

IFCJ Canada  |  March 25, 2024
“I felt that finally I was home, and nobody would ever treat me badly simply because I’m Jewish.”
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‘Thank You for Remembering Me’

IFCJ Canada  |  March 6, 2024
Mira’s life was miraculously saved twice. The first time was when she was just a one-year-old during World War II, when her mother managed to escape with baby Mira from the death march to Babi Yar in Ukraine.
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Helping Maya Through Wartime

IFCJ Canada  |  February 22, 2024
“We didn’t know where we were running to. We only knew that we were running from death.” That’s Maya, a Holocaust survivor, who vividly remembers the beginning of World War II.
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Hope for Better Days

IFCJ Canada  |  January 30, 2024
Yolanda is a Holocaust survivor who survived the Libyan Jewish Holocaust.
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Resilience and Hope

IFCJ Canada  |  January 17, 2024
Ninety-three-year-old Holocaust survivor Mina had a difficult childhood growing up in Ukraine during World War II and escaping the Nazis with her mother and stepfather.
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Wartime Food Deliveries

IFCJ Canada  |  December 28, 2023
Yosef and Ruth live in the Holy Land and have been married for 60 years. And for Yosef, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor, this is the second time he’s faced war firsthand.
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You Are Her Ray of Light

IFCJ Canada  |  December 22, 2023
“God heard my prayers and saved us. Every time they tried to break down the door, I chanted the ‘Shema Yisrael’ (Hear, O Israel) prayer, and God heard me.”

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