Children of the Holocaust Adelya "Alla" Plotnikova


Adelya "Alla" Plotnikova

Adelva Plotnikova
Born 1935 in Odessa, Ukraine A few days after she turned six, the Germans attacked Odessa, and she and her family fled east by steamship and freight train to escape the Nazis, spending the rest of the war as refugees.


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Adelya “Alla” Plotnikova, age 4.
Alla (right) with her mother, Ida, and sister Bella in 1939. Of the 200,000 Jews living in Odessa before the Holocaust, only 90,000 survived.
Alla’s Aunt Asya. 'She was like a second mom to me.' Her child died on the train during the evacuation.
During the evacuation, Alla and her cousin Gedeon contracted typhoid fever. Alla recovered, but Gedeon died before they reached Tashkent.
Alla (center) with her sisters Ira (left) and Bella (right) in 1962 in Odessa.
Alla’s father, Isaac, was severely wounded by a German bomb at the beginning of the war when he was in the Ukrainian army. He received this document certifying that he was unfit for further military service.
Alla’s parents Isaac (left) and Bella (right) at the wedding of Alla’s daughter.
Alla’s mother saved the Red Cross papers certifying the evacuation of Alla’s family in 1941.
Alla was one of five students who earned high honors in college. She planned to study refrigeration at university but was denied a place because she was a Jew.
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