Emil Bunchuk's Story

Story posted on October 2, 2009 at 4:04 PM

I WAS BORN IN JEWISH FAMILY ON NOVEMBER 15 1934 IN BOBRUISK ON BELORUSSIA. DURING STALIN'S REPRESSION IN 1937 MY FATHER WAS ARRESTED AND SENT FOR 10 YEARS TO SIBERIA. HE CAME BACK TO US IN KIEV IN 1947. AFTER HIS ARREST MY MOTHER DECIDED TO MOVE TO HER PARENTS IN KIEV. WHEN THE WAR BEGAN, I LIVED WITH MY MOTHER.GERMANS STARTED TO BOMBARD KIEV FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR. IT WAS VERY DANGEROUS TO STAY IN KIEV. IN JULY 1941 MY MOTHER TOOK ME AND ESCAPED FROM CITY KIEV. WE WENT UNDER REPEATING BOMBARDING. DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH FOOD. CLOTHES. WE SUFFERED FROM STARVATION AND UNSANITARY CONDITION AND DID NOT HAVE ANY MEDICAL HELP. AFTER THE WAR WE CAME BACK TO UKRAINE CITY KIEV AND AFTER THAT TO LVOV. OUR FORMER HOME WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED. ALL OUR PERSONAL PROPERTY MISSED. THIS WAR TOOK AWAY MY CHILDHOOD AND MY HEALTH. IN 1979 THANK TO JEWISH UNITED FEDERATION I AND MY FAMILY LEFT SOVIET UNION AND MOVE TO UNITED STATE AS A REFUGE. ONLY IN UNITED STATE I FINDED FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS. I HAD PROBLEMS WITH MY BREATHING. MY DOCTOR RECOMMENDED ME TO TAKE BREATHING EXERCISES . NOW I AM A MEMBER OF CHOIR AND SING. IT HELPS ME WITH MY HEALTH PROBLEMS. I HAVE GOOD COMMUNICATION WITH PEOPLE IN THE CHOIR AND IT MAKES ME HAPPY. I AND MY FRIENDS FROM CHOIR (YOUNG AT HEART) WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO SING AND BRING JOY TO OTHER PEOPLE OF OUR COMMUNITY. ALL MEMBERS OF OUR CHOIR LIKE AND RESPECT OUR MUSICAL GUIDE MARINA EREMEEVA AND WOULD LIKE CONTINUE TO SING WITH HER.