Tsilya Tochilnikov papers
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.
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