Oleksandra Arsenivna Adamčuk

* 1937

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My brother was ten years old, he had to carry bricks under a mountain; he kept falling, he kept getting up and he was crying, so the Germans wanted to kill him because of that

Marija Arsenivna Adamčuk, a portrait
Marija Arsenivna Adamčuk, a portrait
photo: archiv Marije Arsenivny Adamčuk

Oleksandra Arsenivna Adamčuk was born on May 5th, 1937 in the city of Dubno in the Rivne Region in the then Poland. Her father had been working as a shoemaker, her mother was a housewife, and apart from Oleksandra Arsenivna they had three more children. From 1939 to 1941, the witness lived through Soviet occupation of Rivne Region and also the Nazi occupation after June 22nd, 1941. In 1942, Oleksandra Arsenivna’s family had been transferred to a camp on German territory, to a place the witness couldn’t identify. Their parents were working in an aircraft parts factory while the children were spending their days in the barracks. After the war, the family got back to Ukraine. Later, the witness got married and had been working in a hospital and in a clothing factory. In 2019, she has been living in the city of Dubno in Western Ukraine.