A 91-year-old resident of Mariupol, Wanda Obedkova, who survived the German occupation, died in the basement of her house, hiding from Russian shelling.
The death of a woman was reported by her daughter Larisa , who managed to get out of the city besieged by the Russian Nazis.
According to her, after the shelling began, the family had to hide in the basement of a store located next to their house.
“There was no water, no electricity, no heat, and it was unbearably cold,” Larisa said. “We took care of my mother all the time, but we couldn’t do anything for her. We lived like animals. Every time a bomb fell, the whole building shook. My mother kept saying that she didn’t remember anything like this during the Great Patriotic War [World War II].”
Unable to leave the shelled Mariupol, Larisa and her family had to helplessly watch as her mother’s life faded away, remaining by her side until the last moment. After the death of their mother, Larisa and her husband, risking their lives, buried Wanda Semyonovna in a public park less than a kilometer from the Sea of Azov.
“Dying in the basement of Mariupol, freezing and begging for water, Holocaust survivor Vanda Semyonovna Obedkova wanted to know only one thing: “Why is this happening?” The official website of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum reports. Sick and malnourished for the last two weeks of her life, the 91-year-old woman could not even stand up. She died on April 4, not peacefully of old age in her own bed, but as a victim of the terrible war of the 21st century that engulfed her hometown.
Wanda Obedkova was born in Mariupol on December 8, 1930. She was 10 years old in October 1941 when the Nazis entered the city and began rounding up the Jews.
When the SS came to the family home and took away Wanda’s mother Maria (Mindel), the little girl managed to avoid arrest by hiding in the basement.
On October 20, 1941, the Germans shot from 9,000 to 16,000 Jews in ditches on the outskirts of Mariupol, including Obyedkova’s mother and her entire family. Later, the girl was detained, but family friends came and convinced the Nazis that she was Greek. Her father, who was not Jewish, managed to put her in a hospital, where she remained until the liberation of Mariupol in 1943.
In 1998, Obyedkova spoke at length about her life and experience of the Holocaust to the USC Shoah Foundation.
DEATH TO THE RUSSIAN OCCUPANTS!