Children of the Holocaust Ida Kvartovskaya


Ida Kvartovskaya

Ida Kvartovskaya
Born 1939 in Mogilev, Belarus At age two, the Germans attacked Mogilev, Ida escaped with her family. They fled east and became refugees. She lost her mother and infant sister during the arduous journey by freight train.


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Ida’s father, Mordukh Yankelevich, was born in 1898 in Belarus. He worked as a tailor in a clothing factory.
Ida (bottom row, second from right) in 1954 with her classmates. She is close to age 15 in this photo.
Ida, age 16. She left school and went to work in a factory in Mogilev as a machine embroiderer.
Ida, age 18.
Ida (left) on her wedding day in May 1962 with her father and sisters Yeva and Stella. There were ten children in Ida’s family. Six remained after the war.
Ida with her husband, Oyser Kvartovskiy. He was one of two Jews in his unit during his three years of military service, from 1962–1964.
Ida’s daughter, Raisa Moroz, age 5. She was one of two Jews in her class. During the Holocaust, the Nazis killed 90 percent of the Jews in Belarus.
Ida retired as a master embroider after 35 years working in a factory in Mogilev.
Raisa Moroz with husband Valeriy and daughters Marina and Yelena. They emigrated from the United States from Belarus in 1996. Today, Raisa is the Program Manager for Services for the Holocaust Survivors at JFCS.
Ida (left) with daughter Raisa and husband, Oyser, in 2022. Her son and his family also emigrated to the United States. They all settled in Tucson.
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