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Nadezhda Chernova Ukraine

Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine… January 1942 -Nadezhda Chernova and her mother struggled to make it through the winter of 1942. They had to trade clothes and other belongings to obtain food. One day in January of that year, they heard a knocking at their door. It was an unfamiliar man, dressed in rags and overcome with exhaustion.

Sevostian, a Jew, had nowhere to go and no one to turn to, so he sought out a stranger who might be kind enough to help him. Nadezhda and her mother decided to hide him. They fed the starving man and gave him clothes that had belonged to Nadezhda’s late father. When neighbors or visitors were around, they hid Sevostian in a large box. No one ever saw him.

Months later, Sevostian joined the Soviet army. They all survived the war.

Nadezhda Chernova passed away on October 30, 2016, at the age of 95.