A Russian New Testament with a piece of parchment from a Sefer Torah stuck on the inside cover

A Russian New Testament with a piece of parchment from a Sefer Torah glued on the inside cover A Russian New Testament with a piece of parchment from a Sefer Torah (Genesis 54-55) glued on the inside cover Yad Vashem, Museums Division, Artifacts Collection A Russian New Testament with a piece of parchment from a Sefer Torah (Genesis 54-55) glued on the inside cover A Russian New Testament with a piece of parchment from a Sefer Torah glued on the inside cover Yad Vashem, Museums Division, Artifacts Collection Lyudmila (Lyusya) Blekhman, 1944 Lyudmila (Lyusya) Blekhman, 1944 Yad Vashem, Museums Division, Artifacts Collection

At the end of 1941, Lyudmila (Lusya) Blekhman, born in 1929 in Miropol, Ukraine, escaped from a killing pit where the Jews of the nearby town Ostropol were shot. She had fled to Ostropol after her parents had been murdered in their hometown. After a number of hardships, she found a place of refuge under an assumed identity with a Ukrainian family, employed as an apprentice in their bookbinding business. In June 1942, after the murder of the Jews of Starokonstantinov, the son of the Ukrainian bookbinder returned with a scroll of parchment from a Sefer Torah (Genesis 54-55) that had been left there. The bookbinder cut the tough parchments and asked Lyudmila to glue them to the inner cover of a Russian New Testament.

In 1964, the bookbinder's wife gave the book to Lyudmila.