Photo courtesy of: Multicultural Center
Apr 9, 2013
By Heather Burnett
Holocaust survivor Fay Malkin will speak at Ohio University at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in Baker University Center Ballroom. Her story is included in the dramatic award-winning movie "No. 4 Street of Our Lady."
Malkin's family lived in Sokal, then part of Poland and now in Ukraine. Prior to the beginning of World War II, there were approximately 6,000 Jews living in Sokal. By the end of the war only 30 had survived, with half of them being sheltered with Malkin. The Malkin family, along with two others, went into hiding in a hayloft above a pigsty owned by a Polish Catholic woman.
Four-year-old Fay tried to stay quiet, but couldn't control her crying. This worried the families in the loft and they feared being captured and killed because of Fay. This fear caused the families to poison and sacrifice Fay in order to save the rest. While Malkin doesn't remember much of what happened during this time, she remembers pills being pushed into her mouth and being forced to swallow. Just before being placed in a bag for burial, one of the hidden felt a slight pulse.
"I became the miracle child," says Malkin.
The families continued to live in the hayloft for 20 months. In July 1944, the two were liberated by the Soviets. Malkin moved to the United States and has only recently begun spreading her story.
Malkin and several others returned to Sokal in 2007 as part of the film, "No. 4 Street of Our Lady." This film was based on the diary kept by Moshe Maltz, one of the other hayloft survivors.
Hillel will also host their annual bone marrow drive "Got Swabbed?" during the presentation.
This free event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs, Multicultural Center, Black Student Cultural Programming Board and Hillel at Ohio University. Co-sponsors include: Bobcats for Israel, Jewish Women of Ohio, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Senate Appropriations Commissions. It is free and open to the public.