Photograph : Paper : Handwritten : Ink : B&W ; Ht: 12 cm x W: 7,5 cm
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B&W photo, white border. Full-face portrait of a woman and a girl. Woman is Manya Bilich, she is on left, seated, wearing dark clothing. Child, Olga Bilich, standing on something, is posed at same height as woman. She is wearing long-sleeved shirt and pleated skirt in dark colors and her hair is tied back with a fabric bow. Child's arms are around woman's shoulders. Narrative: Photograph is of donor, Olga Rabinovitz Bilich, and her mother Manya. Manya was born c. 1904 in Liubar. She and her husband Zelik were hidden by Kiril Chernish at the beginning of the German occupation, but he asked them to leave because he felt it was too dangerous to shelter Jews. Manya was raped by Nazis and Ukrainian police. She and her husband were murdered in 1941 by Ukrainian police. Olga was 5 years old in this photo. She went to Odessa in June 1941, where she cared for wounded soldiers. She was evacuated to Kazakhstan, and returned to Odessa after the war. She went back to Liubar in 1944, when it was liberated. She eventually settled in Kiev, teaching Russian literature and language.