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Righteous Among the Nations

Nadezhda Arkhiptsova
Lyubov Arkhiptsova-Volchek
Olga Belitskaya-Slabko
When the war broke out Nadezhda Arkhiptsova was living with her ill husband and their four children in the town of Glusk. In December 1941 eleven-year-old Olga Shulman knocked on their front door after escaping the mass murder of the Jews of Glusk. Despite the crowding and her financial difficulties, Arkhiptsova invited the girl into her home and hid her in a shed in her yard. Arkhiptsova’s eldest daughter, Lyubov, who was a school friend of Olga’s, looked after the fugitive and even slept in the hiding place to keep her company. When the Germans conducted house searches for Jews in the area, Shulman was forced to hide in a mud hut in the forest and Arkhiptsova and her daughter continued to take care of her needs. In the summer of 1943, when the German searches became even more intense, Arkhiptsova decided to send Shulman to her sister’s family, who lived in an area where the partisans were active. Within a week, however, Olga again fled to the forest, where she met Olga Belitskaya-Slabko, a resident of one of the villages near Glusk. She hid Shulman in her home for about two months, until the searches in Glusk subsided and the danger diminished. Shulman returned to Arkhiptsova’s house and stayed with the family until the liberation of Glusk in June 27, 1944. Throughout this time Belitskaya-Slabko regularly visited the Arkhiptsovas and brought the family food. Shulman maintained a warm relationship with her rescuers after the war: she visited them every year and tried to help them as much as possible. Their friendship continued after Shulman immigrated to the United States.
On January 29, 1998, Yad Vashem recognized Nadezhda Arkhiptsova, her daughter, Lyubov Arkhiptsova-Volchek, and Olga Belitskaya-Slabko as Righteous Among the Nations.