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

Tsilia Shport

Born in 1925, in Kirnasovka, in the former Soviet Union (now Ukraine), Tsilia was a very active child who enjoyed sports, the outdoors, and school. She aspired to be an attorney to protect human rights. Before the war broke out, Tsiliaís parents went on a trip to Moscow, leaving Tsilia and her 9-year-old sister, Klara, behind with extended family members. Little did they know that this trip to Moscow would turn into four long years of separation from their daughters. Following the German invasion in 1941, all the Jews living in Kirnasovka were expelled to Tulíchin, and Tsilia and her extended family, along with other Jews, were forced to live in the Tulíchin ghetto. In November 1941, they were deported to a concentration camp in Pechora. In the summer of 1942, Tsilia was transferred to a concentration camp near Nemirov to work in a quarry.

Warned about an impending execution, Tsilia escaped from the camp and went to a ghetto in Shpikov. There she learned that some of her family members were still alive in Pechora, and she snuck back into the camp to find them. Pechora was liberated by the Soviet armed forces in March 1944. Tsilia and Klara returned home to Kirnasovka and were soon reunited with their parents, who were convinced that the girls had perished.

"Among the Ukrainian policemen, there were some good people, but there were also some terrible ones. I remember the name of oneó Sabansky. When we were liberated by our troops, he was executed. Because he couldnít be forgiven."
T. Shport

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