Anna and Natalia Lapteva, Ukraine

In November 1942, Anna Lapteva was living with her sister, Natalia, in Rovno, Ukraine. One year prior the Jews of Rovno had been forced to move into a ghetto from which one Jewish woman, Yevgenia Cherniavskya managed to escape after a difficult year. She made her way to Anna and Natalia’s home, whom she knew from working with prior to the war. Anna and Natalia did not turn Yevgenia away. However, when the neighbors discovered their secret, the two sisters sent Yevgenia with food, clothes and Natalia’s identification card to their in-laws in Vinnitsa where Yevgenia remained until the end of the war. All of the woman survived the war.

Edited by: Matthew London