Yekaterina Panchenko Movchan

Ukraine

Yekaterina Panchenko Movchan receives a medal and certificate from Dr. Mordecai Paldiel
Yekaterina Panchenko Movchan receives a medal and certificate from Dr. Mordecai Paldiel

During the war, Yekaterina Panchenko Movchan lived in Krivaya Ruda, a small village in the Poltava region of East Ukraine with her mother and two sisters. With the German occupation of the area, the Jewish mother of a local family (Kachan) was deported with her baby and killed. On their return home that same evening the Kachan’s remaining two young children, Pavel aged seven and two-year-old Nina, were taken in by the Panchenko family where they were hidden until liberation in September 1943. During their period in hiding the police conducted searches for the children suspecting that they were being hidden by locals, however when they reached the Panchenko’s home, Pavel and Nina had already been moved to the cellar where they were being cared for by Yekaterina and her sister, Polina.

After the war the children’s non-Jewish father, who had been a member of the partisans, returned to the village, remarried a local woman, and the children were raised as Ukrainians. The Kachan family still live in Krivaya Ruda.

Yekaterina, who today lives in Yerocham, Israel with her daughter and her Jewish son-in-law, participated in the ceremony.

 

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