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All the blame for drafts. History of loneliness of one ostarbetterka Print
Monday, 03 June 2019 12:11

Little Kateryna was five years old when she was taken to forced labor with her mother to Germany. That was 1942. She remembers a little, even does not recall the name of the city, but something nevertheless was embedded in the memory of a woman. About the German candy, the work that destroyed the person and the rumors that prevented the creation of a family - the life story of Ostarbeiterke Kateryna Korfil.

In Germany, Kateryna’s mother worked on the field. She went to work when the daughter was still asleep and came late in the evening. They lived in the hostel, several families in the room. There were no other children, except Katia. The girl was playing in the yard. Her only friend was a German neighbor. They saw each other through the fence. German worked in the garden. She spoke to a girl in German, but she did not understand anything. She treated Katia with cookies, sweets.

"Candies were in the form of pencils, big, fragrant," the woman recalls, "I did not know how to thank, I did not know how" thank you "would be in German".

Besides conversations with a German which she did not understand, another fun for the child was going for water to the water pump. She does not recall the bad attitude of the Germans.

When they returned home in 1945, they had not mentioned years in Germany.

"There was nothing to talk about," says Kateryna Korfil, "because it was necessary to work further." The collective farm - again, the yoke on the neck, labor took away all the time and destroyed a person ".

A woman does not know his dad. She has never seen him even in a photo.

"Mom did not tell, she said that he had died "and I did not ask anything anymore," says Mrs. Kateryna.

Now Kateryna Korfil is 82. She lives in the Golyn village of Kalush district of Ivano-Frankivsk region. The fate has so happened that the woman remained completely alone. Her family life did not exist. The reason for this, in woman's opinion, is her illness in her youth. At 17, the girl was paralyzed due to the drafts at work. She worked at a shop in a forestry plant. For four months the girl was motionless, did not go and did not speak.

"In our village, they said:" Already, as she was weak, then healthy will not be. Therefore, the guys avoided ", sighs Mrs. Kateryna.

However, the girl recovered. She got a cleaning job at school. Then she went to Siberia. There she worked on the current. About her illness rumors have come even there.

Mom died when the woman was 46. Since then, Mrs. Kateryna lives by herself.

"I do not have anyone. No soul, - tells a woman, - people say to me: "It’s good for you, a man does not drink, you do not need to feed children". But I fill every moment with some kind of work, so as not to feel that loneliness so sharply."

Ivano-Frankivsk Caritas helps Mrs. Katerina as part of the project "Improving the quality of life of elderly people-victims of totalitarian regimes by creating conditions for their involvement in active participation in public life and the organization of volunteer support for the low-mobility and non-mobile representatives of the main target group".

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