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Fania Brancowska (Jochelles)


Fania Brancowska (Jochelles) born 1922 in Kowno

At the age of just 19, Fania was locked up in the ghetto with her family. This was the end of her life as she knew it, all her plans and dreams were suspended. From then on, Fania had to work hard physically to survive. She was in the Vilnius Ghetto for 3 years, a world where she, as a Jewish woman, had no rights. When the chance came, Fania fled the ghetto and hid for a year in a forest in a village built by resistance fighters. It was her struggle to continue living and to express her opposition to the occupier. Today, Fania still lives in Vilnius and tells her story to show the consequences of classification, symbolization and discrimination.