They treated us well, said my mother, but when we came, mother said, they just had haymaking, they were mowing there. And they, she said, did not know anything, she said, they were sitting in the ditches and she said, did not move hand or foot. And he said nothing, he said. And then she said the evacuees came and they, she said, the evacuees were to eat only bread. And there was such a chairman; he said they would work themselves. Mom said I had got a job as a groom. Our grandmother went to mow. They got wide-eyed. They, she said, everyone was lagging after her. And then they said – what are the Jews. It is a good nation that was mowing, yes, mowing. She was doing everything, so this chairman gave us a house, she said, and gave us also wheat and everything. We simply relived there, we ate. And my grandmother, and the whole family, not just mom but also children, and all her daughters, the children. But being there, mom said, the Bashkirs treated them well, then she said that they had dry season, and so on. And the chairman said, well, that our family is large, he said that we would not survive and it was better to go to the city.
Researcher: Наталья Иващенко, кандидат исторических наук, ГрГУ им. Я. Купалы, Светлана Силова, кандидат исторических наук, доцент, ГрГУ им. Я. Купалы