Fay talks about her young years in Poland, fleeing the Nazis by crossing the border into the Soviet Union, her father ends up in a Siberian labor camp and she and her brother are separated from their mother when American planes bomb the train cars; after being stuffed into train cars, they are thrown from the window to save their lives. On the streets in Kazakhstan, nine year old Fay is arrested for selling cigarettes for food. She and her brother are tortured in the orphanage because they are Jews. After being reunited with her mother, they move back to Poland after WWII where Jews are being persecuted and murdered by the Polish state. They come to the United States. Later her father is released from Siberia after Stalin’s death and he comes to the United States, continuing his writing and becoming a celebrated Yiddish writer. Pastor Orgazaly reads excerpts from “My Yesterdays,” titled, “He was ashamed to be naked” and “Someday when you see my wife.”
Pylyshenko, Wolodymyr “Mirko”
He talks about life in the Ukraine under Poland, then the Soviet Union, then the Nazis before and during WWII. He describes his parents and their family backgrounds, fleeing the Soviets, being sent off alone by his parents at age eleven, then being reunited with his parents. His brother lives and dies in Siberia without any contact with his family. Mirko talks about life in the Displaced Persons Camps in Germany, the Boy Scouts, YMCA, and Sea Scouts, then leaving for America at age 15.
This is a blog where generations can interact. LSA is a show where the stories can be saved for the generations of your family, for the community, and for the world. Before they are lost forever. Do you have a story we should hear?
Episodes of Life Stories Archive will begin appearing here soon. The show airs on Public Access Television in New York: television that means something. The concept was simple. Young people don’t have many role models. For many reasons, parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents, neighbors and other folks in the community don’t serve like they used to. Yet our senior citizens have led fascinating lives, with stories that no one hears, and that will soon be lost to their families, their communities, and the world. With the help of my trusty cameraman, I began filming the life stories of senior citizens found through various organizations, civic groups, newspaper articles, recommendations from friends, people contacting me to suggest a subject person and just by being my, sometimes, gregarious self whenever not feeling like a hermit. My thought is simple, their great great grandchildren will never know them, but they will be able to hear their voice, see their face and their expressions, hear their stories as if firsthand. I think that is invaluable for their family’s generations, and also for their community and also for the world, for anyone who stops to listen. I hope you will agree. Do you have a story we should hear? leave a comment here, start a thread, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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