20 real stories from Ukrainian refugees during the first days of Russian invasion
We present you a unique book “One-way Suitcase” based on the personal stories of refugees from Ukraine accepted by Agudath Israel in Moldova during the first months of the war. During this time, we helped to more than 25,000 refugees of different ethnicities and religions.
Despite our preparedness and willingness to help – what we experienced was beyond any imagination. When we heard their stories, looked at the eyes and faces of women, children, and elderly, we decided to preserve the memories of at least a part of them for whom for this period we became a shelter, friends and even a family. Keeping memory in general is one of the special characteristics of the Jewish people that helped us to survive and exist for over 3,000 years as a one long story.
The book consists of 20 most heart-touching stories. Families, kids, lonely elderly, handicapped people, abandoned pets… All stories are unique and unpublished before, collected and revised by professional journalists. It was vital for them to talk, baring their soul about all the pain suffered, lost people and belongings, destroyed property and businesses, crippled dreams. … And we carefully listened and supported them overcoming sleep and incredible fatigue: it all seemed like a terrible dream but it was a new reality full of tragedy and pain.
Unique photos taken by photographers from four different countries who were with us those days accompany the heartfelt stories.
We are sure this special edition will not only catch the present moment of the history, but also will serve as a document, a remembrance, a warning and will not lose its actuality after years pass.
Unfortunately, the war is not over. We continue praying for sooner peace in the neighboring Ukraine, in Moldova, in the entire world, for that people are able to return to their normal life.