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Captured by Nazis - Her Ongoing Memory

Her painful memories of the Holocaust remain. Rita was just nine when Nazi bombs fell on her native Moldova. A terror-filled escape attempt to Ukraine in a horse cart led her family into enemy hands and a Jewish ghetto. How did she survive and ... Read Transcript


REPORTER: Rita loves spending time

with friends in her apartment in Or Akiva, Israel.

Their company helps her cope with the traumatic memories

she has of the Holocaust in Moldova.

RITA: The planes came, and bombs started falling.

It was so scary.

Fire was everywhere.

REPORTER: Rita's parents quickly loaded her and her sister

onto a horse-drawn cart, and they fled

in the direction of Ukraine.

They were stopped by Nazis who confiscated their belongings

and forced them to walk all the way back

to their village, which was soon turned into a ghetto.

I saw everything.

Public humiliation, violence, executions.

REPORTER: In the chaos of the final days of the war,

a Christian neighbor was able to sneak Rita's family

into their home where they were hidden

until the area was liberated.

RITA: They saved us out of the goodness of their hearts,

and I will never forget that.

REPORTER: Years after surviving the horrors of the Holocaust,

Rita moved from Moldova to Israel.

But life hasn't been easy lately.

Bad wiring in her old TV caused an electrical fire.

Everything she owned was destroyed.

I was terrified, and I tried to get out as fast as I could.

But I have trouble walking.

And I thought I would burn up.

I had no idea what I was going to do.

I have no insurance and no money.

Everything I had was lost.

REPORTER: So CBN Israel got Rita brand new appliances,

including a stove, refrigerator, and washing machine.

We also bought her new furniture and a more stable walker

with a seat she can use when she needs to take a break.

Now she has new friends who she invites over

to enjoy her apartment.

I'm so thankful you were willing to help me.

Emotionally, I was destroyed.

But I have peace in my heart now.

I wish you good health and pray you

will continue to help others.

What you do is so important.

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