This is the story of Lydia Rohowich Zakrewsky, who was born in Belorusia in 1929, and whose account provides a glimpse into the 20th century experience of hundreds of thousands of Belorusians who fled their homeland due to Nazi invasion and WWII. It is the account of one woman who managed to escape the fate of the more than 2,200,000 Belorusians who lost their lives during this time, and gives voice to a nation of people whose experiences have been largely eclipsed by other Diaspora stories. “Lydia’s Story” was filmed by Nan Bress and written and produced by Alex Zakrewsky and Heather Fenyk. The documentary combines clips of Lydia telling stories from her life with archival footage obtained from the National Archives. It is narrated by Alex Zakrewsky, Lydia’s youngest son. The film begins with Lydia recalling her girlhood in Belarus in the years after the Russian Civil War. She describes how her family’s lands were collectivized, and also testifies to the Nazi invasion and execution of family members and other villagers. She describes the destruction of her village by Nazi soldiers, the loss of family members, her narrow escape with her parents and the family’s flight to Germany as forced laborers. In the final segment of the film Lydia also tells of her trek across Germany in advance of the Red Army. She describes her life in a refugee camp, her immigration and life in the United States and her eventual return visit to her native village.

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  1. Bob Brander | October 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    My mother in-law experienced pre WW ll life in Belarus the ravages of the German and Russian armies and post war life under Russian subjugation Her family was wise enough and strong enough to escape to Germany as displaced persons There family was comprised of a local politician a doctor a priest all with moderately extensive land holdings This capitalistic approach to life along with a sense of individualism did not sit well the Russian communists authorities They soon realized their only logical option was to escape to Germany Therefore in 1945 they packed up what they could carry and left Belarus going west and eventually finding protection in Germany then immigrating to the US in 1950