Survivors and Rescuers
Zinaida Klimanovskaia
Leonid Serebriakov
Fenia Kleiman
Mikhail Felíberg
Mikhail Rossinskii
Iurii Pinchuk
Mariia Zanvelevich
Bronislava Fuks
Mariia Golídberg
Evgenia Podolskaia
Polina Belískaia
Tsilia Shport
Irina Maksimova
Mariia Egorycheva-Glagoleva

Mariia Egorycheva-Glagoleva

Born to a Christian family in 1903, in Kiev, in the former Russian Empire (now Ukraine), Mariia believed that she was born under a lucky star. Her father worked as an accountant and her mother was a homemaker. She had five siblings. The family spent evenings reading and listening to classical music. After graduating from Fundukleev Gymnasium, Mariia worked as a music teacher in a kindergarten. She married the son of an Orthodox Christian priest. In the late 1930s, Mariia enrolled in the Kiev Conservatorium to become a classical singer, but her training was interrupted by the war in 1941. While at the Conservatorium, she became acquainted with Mikhail Brendorf, a Jewish student who studied piano. When the war began, she helped Mikhail, who went into hiding, by providing him with shelter, food, clothing, and false papers.

Mariia also hid her sister-in-law Izabella Mirkina, her niece Irina Egorycheva, and two acquaintances, Polina Sheveleva and her mother. After the war, Mariia worked as a professor at the Kiev Conservatorium. In 1992, she was recognized with the "Righteous Among the Nations" award by Yad Vashem. When asked about her nationality, she said, "First and foremost, I am a human being; and, secondly, I am a person who was born in Kiev."

"When the Germans did reach Kyiv, they put posters up all over the city, on poor-quality paper, with huge letters saying in Ukrainian, ďAnyone who hides Jews, Red Army soldiers, communists, or Komsomol members will be executed on the spot.Ē Short and sweet."
M. Egorycheva-Glagoleva

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