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LUDMILLA TEMERTEY


Date and Place of Birth: 1944 in Kosice, Slovakia

Date of Interview: July 30, 2015

Place of Interview: Toronto, Ontario

Interviewer: Sophia Isajiw

Length of Interview: 02:01:45 (raw)

Mother (Survivor): Raissa Maximovna Novikov, b. 1921 in Novoteretsk, Donetsk, Ukraine




(Excerpt):


I: She sounds amazing.


LT: She was an amazing woman. An amazing woman. What I think...in fact there is something I’d love, I’d love you to read. Someone had wrote [sic] her last words before she died. What I loved about her, in fact why I wanted to take on this project of the Holodomor, the monument, was to honour that indomitable spirit. Because here is a woman who has, upon whom every tragedy was visited, if you can imagine, starting from the collectivization, you know, being thrown out of your own home with nothing but your shirt on, the Holodomor, which was horrific, and then the loss of her first child, the war, you know, the camps in Germany, and so on, and here’s this woman who had experienced just about everything. And she was the most loving, forgiving, joyful, you know, generous person. I mean, I wish that would represent the Ukrainian people, you know. Maybe it does, maybe it does. We will always rise.




CROSS REFERENCES:


  1. Oksana Zakydalsky, "UCRDC interviews Ludmilla Temertey, a child of Holodomor survivors." Ukrainian Weekly, September 18, 2015. Online PDF.

http://www.ukrweekly.com/uwwp/ucrdc-interviews-ludmilla-temertey-a-child-of-holodomor-survivors/

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excerpt from the Interview with LUDMILLA TEMERTEY
CHILDREN OF HOLODOMOR SURVIVORS SPEAK