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Tsilya Tochilnikov papers

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    The Tsilya Tochilnikov papers consist of personal narratives and photographs documenting Tsilya's flight from Voznesensk, Ukraine, during World War II and the loss of relatives killed in the war and in the Holocaust. The narratives describe Tsilya’s happy early life in Voznesensk, fleeing from German bombs in 1941 on a long and arduous journey, finding refuge in Tbilisi, learning her relatives had been killed, her mother’s desperate grief, her own and her brother’s removal to children’s homes, being sent to Baku with her brother, and finding a foster mother in Baku but suffering from continuous hunger. The narratives also describe violence against her mother's family during a Vinnytsia pogrom following the 1917 Russian Revolution and her decision to leave Baku for the United States following the January 1990 progrom. Photographs depict her mother, grandmother, brother, and cousins Pinya and Asenka.
    inclusive:  circa 1930-1992
    Collection Creator
    Tsilya Tochilnikov
    Tsilya Tochilnikov (nee Donskaya, 1932) fled Voznesensk with her pregnant mother when Germany invaded Ukraine in June 1941, eventually making their way to Tbilisi, Georgia. Her mother gave birth to her brother Riven-Romochka en route. They learned that Tsilya’s grandmother Reisa Livshits, aunts Dora Groisman and Rivva Litvakm, uncles Mosey, Motl, and Girsh, and all her cousins had been massacred in Vinnytsia and that her brother Boris (Borya) had been killed fighting in the war. Tsilya and Riven-Romochka were moved to children’s homes in Tbilisi and later to foster care in Baku, Azerbaijan. Tsilya left Baku for the United States following the January 1990 Baku pogrom.

    Physical Details

    English Russian
    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    The Tsilya Tochilnikov papers are arranged as a single series.

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    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Donor retains copyright of the translation of her 15 page narrative "Children of War." Other material in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Tsilya Tochilnikov donated her papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1994 and 2004. The accession formerly cataloged as 2004.68 has been incorporated into this collection.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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