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In this exhibit, a project of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford , forty Nina Aronov was three years old when she posed for this photograph with her mother, Miriam Segal. (Courtesy of Nina Aronov)Connecticut residents describe their experiences as Jews in the Soviet Union during World War II. Through oral history, photographs, andVladimir Kaplan was 17 when he volunteered for the Soviet Army. (Courtesy of Vladimir Kaplan). historical documents, they speak compellingly about courage, patriotism, compassion,and endurance in the face of catastrophe. They also convey the powerful identification with their native country felt by many Jews during this era —and their dilemma when fellow citizens treated them as outsiders.

After a brief overview of the changing situation of Jews in the Soviet Union prior to World War II, the exhibition focuses on fiveRoza Lundina posed with her Soviet Army unit on a monument in Berlin following the city’s fall. (Courtesy of Roza Lundina) main topics: Defending the Motherland, Rescuing the Wounded, Fleeing the Nazis, Surviving in Hiding —Ghettos and Camps, and Fighting in the Forests. Most of the survivors portrayed came to Connecticut as refugees from the Soviet Union in the 1990’s, and the exhibit includes a brief update on each of them.

. Naum Gupper enlisted in the Soviet Army the day after graduating from high school. (Courtesy of Naum Gupper) Also on display is a video of some of the interviews,and a copy of the Memorial Book compiled by one of the survivors, the original of which is housed at Yad Vashem, a Holocaust museum, archive, and memorial in Jerusalem.

Babbidge Library,Plaza Level, West Alcove
Curator: Michele Palmer

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