“Back there, people didn't eat and children were not able to comprehend. Later, as that thing had happened to me, I also didn't eat. They gave us all kind of stuff, there was nothing good in it. But tell me, how could a child even talk about something like this?”
“I was four-years-old. They would put us on a train. It was difficult, it was cold and they didn't provide us with food. When they took us to the place, they were laughing at us. They gave us soup. Soup instead of candy. And the kids ate it, and so did I.”
“They gave me my four-years-old brother. They wanted me to take care of him the whole night. Later, this patrol came. The Germans would take whips and they would beat us. And our Rodik, he looked like a Russian, he was a chubby little boy, so they were saying he was a Russian.”
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
Oleksandra Arsentivna Adamčuk was born on May 5th, 1937 in the city of Dubno in the Rivno Oblast in the then Poland. Her father had been working as a shoemaker, her mother was a housewife, and apart from Oleksandra Arsentivna they had three more children. From 1939 to 1941, the witness lived through Soviet occupation of Rivno Oblast and also the Nazi occupation after June 22nd, 1941. In 1942, Oleksandra Arsentivna’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 West Ukraine.