Anna Trafimova, Belarus

When Germany invaded Minsk, Belarus they forced many families, including the Davidson’s to relocate to a walled ghetto. Here many Jews were murdered in random acts of violence called, aktions. When each aktion occurred the Davidson’s sought help from their friends, Anna and her mother, Fatima. Anna and her mother had already been smuggling food to Jews in the ghetto as well as hiding some. When the Davidson’s received secret information that their ghetto was going to be liquidated, the family managed to sneak out and make it to Anna and Fatima’s house. Unfortunately, the home was too small for the family. When Germans began deporting all Jewish males in June 1942, Anna and Fatima decided they would put themselves in danger and allow Israel, the father, to dig a whole in their barn and hide there for a year. The whole family survived, as did Anna and Fatima. Anna moved to Minsk and remained l in contact with the Davidson’s.

Edited by: Matthew London