Centropa’s AudioWalk – Chernivtsi

Introducing Centropa’s AudioWalk:

Explore the rich Jewish heritage of Chernivtsi

Developed by Centropa, the Bureau of Memory Culture, the Chernivtsi Museum of the History and Culture of Bukovinian Jews and NGO Mnemonics, the AudioWalk allows you to learn more about the unique multiethnic history of Chernivtsi, a city which today is located in southwestern Ukraine, but was once part of the Habsburg Empire, and known for its vibrant Jewish life.

The AudioWalk tells the Jewish history of Chernivtsi through eight personal stories of Jewish Holocaust Survivors who shared their memories in Centropa interviews. They will be your guides through the town, and to the places you are about to visit.

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Doomed – The History of the Rivne Ghetto

This documentary is about those who had plans for their lives, about adults who dreamed of a happy future and children who imagined what they would be when they grew up. The film tells the story of the fate of people whose dreams and plans did not come true. They were all doomed because of the Nazis’ inhuman regime. This documentary is a requiem, memory and warning for the future. It is about those Rivne residents whose descendants might live with us today. However, they were killed only because they were born by Jewish mothers.

Arnold Fabrikant: Jewish Soldier’s Red Star

With an introduction and epilogue narrated by Sixty Minutes correspondent Morley Safer, here is a story, produced by Brad Rothschild and Gustavo Villalonga in New York, of a Soviet Jewish soldier from the Ukrainian city of Odessa.

Arnold Fabrikant introduces us to his parents, who were both doctors. When war came, Arnold’s father served as surgeon in Kiev, and rather than be taken prisoner by the Germans, shot himself. While Arnold’s mother fled to Central Asia during the war, Arnold served in an artillery unit and fought all the way to the center of Berlin.

At war’s end, Arnold went looking for his girlfriend Natasha. When they married, they were so poor Arnold had only his army uniform; Nathasha’s shoe soles were made of wood.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Arnold became an active member in the Front Line Veteran’s Committee, where elderly Jewish veterans meet each month and talk of the times when these Jews fought the Nazis – and won.

Read the complete biography of Arnold Fabrikant here.

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Haya-Lea Detinko: Surviving Stalin’s Gulag

Haya-Lea was born in 1920 in Rovno, which then belonged to Poland. She grew up in a traditional Jewish family, joined a Zionist youth club called Hashomer Hatzair and looked forward to emigrating to Palestine, just like her sister. But the Soviets took eastern Poland in September 1939 and Haya-Lea’s membership in Hashomer Hatzair earned her a ten year sentence of hard labor in Siberia. The rest of her family remained behind, not knowing that the Nazis would overrun the town soon after Haya-Lea’s deportation to the east.

Haya-Lea survived the Gulag and moved to Leningrad (St. Petersburg), where she shared her story with Centropa in 2002. This film is dedicated to Haya-Lea, who died shortly after the interview.

Read the complete biography of Haya-Lea Detinko here.

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Return to Rivne – A Holocaust Story

Centropa’s most unusual film to date. Shelly Weiner and Raya Kizhnerman live in Greensboro, NC. But these two kindly grandmothers were born in the bustling city of Rivne—then in Poland, now in Ukraine. In 1941 20,000 Jews lived in Rivne, but when the German Wehrmacht and the Waffen SS stormed into town, they planned on murdering every Jew they could find. How Shelly and Raya survived the massacre is a story they tell themselves, not long after they visited Rivne in 2013. With old photographs and exquisite, custom-made drawings by artist Emma Fick. Motion graphics by Wolfgang Els.

Find more information in our comprehensive Study Guide.