Claims Conference, JDC help Shoah survivors who fell through the cracks
By MATTHEW WAGNER, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine

Standing among canned foods and paper goods with Muzak playing in the background, Fenia Shusterman, a Ukrainian Jew, shared painful memories from the Second World War with an Israeli camera crew as her friends, fellow war survivors, looked on sorrowfully.

A grocery store’s impersonal space is not normally conducive to intimate revelations. But at a branch of the Pik grocery store chain here last week, normal social conventions were not in play.

Shusterman told how she and her siblings were placed in an orphanage while their parents went off to fight in the Red Army. Her mother, a nurse, returned with an amputated leg and her father was also seriously wounded.

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