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Our Stories

On this page, you can hear directly from the survivors as well as their families through interviews and written testimony. 

     Below are stories of persecution, unimaginable hatred, and mass extermination - but also they are stories of survival, courage, and hope - all of which should never be forgotten. Many innocent men, women, and children were killed but thanks to brave Jews (such as the Bielski Brothers), who helped guide the survivors from Lida and surrounding towns for years in the woods, many managed to survive and our presence today will forever be a testament to their defiance.

      We have been collecting these stories for almost two decades. This collection of stories is an on-going project to honor and remember the people who called Lida and the surrounding areas "home". It is also a way to honor and preserve the memory and stories of all holocaust victims and survivors for the generations that followed.

     There are many stories below - including a very happy surprise for one family who discovered information after long lost family members, after many years of searching.

     If you are a member of the Lida community, we ask that you contact us to share your story with us. We hope this will continue to be a way for you to open the door, and step forward, to communicate with your children, family and others - to leave a footprint of an important time in your lives.

     Thank you for visiting and learning more about our history. The Lida community remains special and it is through these stories that the Lida spirit continues to live on.

From The Lida Community

My Bobba’s Story

(Ann Monka)

By Shari Lippa


By Fred Cutter

Bella Goldfischer, Why My Mother Is Special

By Doris Cultraro

By Betty Laboska

Tanchum Bojarski's Story

Send Us Your Stories

 Michael Stoll - A Family Survival Story

By Nancy Stoll

Eli Levitt's Story

By Miriam Levitt

Finding Chana and Fievel Boyarsky

By Ellie Roden

My Recollections

By Aron Lasky

A Sole Survivor: Sam Klenicki, My Beloved Father

By Silvia Klenicki Kier

A Turning Point in my Survival

By Helen Terris nee Elinka Cyderowicz

By David Herschthal MD

Defiance, The Story of Estelle Bielski Herschthal

By Peter Duffy

Heroes Among Us

(From The NY Times)

My Lida Story

By Irene Newhouse nee Pupko

Testimony From The Trial Of Nazis Windisch and Werner

By Harry Konopko

Autobiography of

Frances Dworecki

By Frances Dworecki

Please Send Us Additional Stories And Links 

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