Re: [Cz-L] 70 Years from the Liberation of Transnistria Camps

From: <Shelley.Mitchell_at_att.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:46:11 -0700
To: Irene Fishler <irenef_at_netvision.net.il>
Reply-To: "Shelley.Mitchell_at_att.net" <shelley.mitchell_at_att.net>

Thank you for that beautiful story with translation. Very moving.

Shelley

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On Thu, 3/20/14, Irene Fishler <irenef_at_netvision.net.il> wrote:

 Subject: [Cz-L] 70 Years from the Liberation of Transnistria Camps
 To: "'CZERNOWITZ-L'" <Czernowitz-L_at_cornell.edu>
 Cc: "Marianne Hirsch" <mh2349_at_columbia.edu>, "Leo Spitzer" <ls2307_at_columbia.edu>
 Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5:11 PM
 
  Shalom to All ,
 
 Do you know who  Mishu Wolf was ? Was he a Bukovinaer?
 See his story below.
 
 The following information comes from my friend Paula. Her
 mother, Sally
 Abramovici (nee Buium) donated the artifacts to Yad vaShem.
  Here is the story , published on the commemorative on-line
 exhibition at
 YadVashem :
 
 http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/he/exhibitions/bearing_witness/transnistria_misu_wolf.asp
 
 
 Translation ( with the help of Angelo Segal):
 
 The story of a box containing a pendant created by Mishu
 Wolf - a Rybnista
 prisoner, for Sally his girlfriend imprisoned in Vapniarka /
 Transnistria .
 
 With increasing anti-Jewish activity in Romania before World
 War II Sally
 Buium, born in 1918, joined the anti-fascist movement even
 though she
 understood the danger involved.
 In 1939, Sally at age 21, was arrested  and imprisoned
 with a group of young
 Jews, accused of subversive anti-fascist activity punishable
 by one year in
 prison.
 After her release she was arrested again, this time she was
 send to Tirgu
 Jiu, and from there  in September 1942, was deported
 with a large group of
 Jews accused of communist activities to Vapniarka camp.
 During her term in Vapniarka Sally met Mishu Wolf and the
 two fell in love
 and had hoped to start a family in a better future. However,
 Mishu and other
 prisoners were  later  sent
 to   the Rybnista prison, and the two were
 separated. 
 
 While in the Vapniarka camp, despite difficult conditions,
 the prisoners
 received some degree of leeway. But the Rybnista was
 conducted as a prison
 where the SS and Ukrainians were the jailers.
 In early 1944,  news came that  the  Russian
 army is approaching. The echoes
 reached even the Rybnista prisoners. During this period
 Mishu Wolf carved a
 gift for his girlfriend - a pendant consisting of small
 wooden box engraved
 with the name Sally, and within  it,  two carved
 objects . One   medallion
 shows a watch with the hands at five to twelve 
 illustrating the  nearing of
 liberation . But the hope expressed by Mishu turned out to
 be a false hope.
 On the night of the 19th to March 20, 1944, the German
 decided  to retreat
 from Rybnista, and the prison guards killed all prisoners,
 including Mishu
 Wolf.
 
 With the evacuation of Vapniarka, Sally was moved to other
 camps and in
 August 1944, with the fall of the Antonescu regime she was
 released. .
 .Sally  kept   all her life these
 beloved little souvenirs.
  In1945 Sally married Sandu Abramovich . 
    
 
 Captions for photos:
 
  1.+3 .The Box containing a pendant created by Mishu Wolf in
 Revnitza a gift
 for Sally when she was detained in Vapniarka
  2. Sally after beeing liberated from Vapniarka
 4.  Medallion  "Rybnitza"  March 8th, 1944
 and  watch  "5 minutes to 12"
 5. Back of  carved  pendant signed Mishu
 6. Front side of pendant:   portrait of a
 prisoner
 7.Sally Buium and Sandu Abramovici   
 
   Hebrew site -virtual exhibition -  more 
 artifacts from Transnistria:
 
 http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/he/exhibitions/bearing_witness/transnistria.asp
 
 English site -virtual exhibition of artifacts from
 Transnistria ( only one
 story):
 
 http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/bearing_witness/life_camps_frenkel.asp
 
 
 Regards,
 
 Irene
 
 

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