Surviving Transnistria A Memoir
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|There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you - Maya Angelou.
I stepped off of the city bus on my way to collect my first unemployment check after losing a job behind the candy counter of the small movie theatre in Astoria, Queens. In front of the bus stop was the sign with the name of a dentist: Dr. Bershad. That name suddenly hit me, and I started to cry in the middle of the street. A stranger walked up to me and said, Are you all right?
I looked at her and mumbled, I'll be okay. Thanks for asking. I'm just remembering something from a long time ago.
It had been ten years since my liberation by the Russians from the hell of Transnistria during World War II.
All through these years I tried to keep my memory of these times in the camp suppressed because I was preoccupied with surviving sweeping changes in my life. During this time, in 1946 I had gotten married Then I moved to Paris in 1948 and had two children in 1949 and then sixteen months later in 1950 I moved to America with practically no money.
We struggled to survive in America without speaking English or getting any assistance in finding employment for me or my husband.
I worked and spent all of my time with my family and tried not to think of the darkest days of my life in the concentration camp.
I was obsessed with keeping the household going with minimal amounts of money. By the time my older children Charlotte and Michael went to college, they insisted I start writing my memoir.
|Chapter 1||Childhood in Romania|
|Chapter 2||War Breaks Out in Europe|
|Chapter 3||Germans and Romanians return to Bukovina June 1941|
|Chapter 6||The Wedding|
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