January 18, 2023 / Modified jan 18, 2023 6:31 p.m.

Children of the Holocaust: The story of a survivor from the former Soviet Union

Also on Arizona Spotlight: How Marcus Doe and his organization WeReconcile are hoping to reconnect adult children with their estranged fathers.

Kvartovskaya young hero Ida Kvartovskaya, age 14 (bottom row, second from right), in 1954. When her family fled from the Nazi invasion they lost all their possessions including family photos.
Courtesy of Raisa Moroz

Arizona Spotlight

January 19, 2023

NPR

Featured on the January 19th, 2023 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • Find out about the mission of WeReconcile, from the non-profit organization's founder and CEO, Marcus Doe. He has put together a team of specialists and a multi-step program to help adult children reunite with their estranged fathers in a journey of hope and healing.

we reconcile logo spotlight According to their website, WeReconcile hopes to "repair and prevent fatherlessness in our culture by bringing separated adult children and their fathers together through a healing journey of forgiveness and reconciliation, in order to break the generational cycle of emotional, social, and relational discord."
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  • And, “Children of the Holocaust” is a living-history project launched by AZPM. Project producer Laura Markowitz interviewed 19 survivors who were children during the Holocaust, and now live in Southern Arizona. This week, hear the story of one Jewish survivor from the former Soviet Union.
Ida Oyser spotlight Ida and Oyser in 1962. He served in the military for two years. Jews were not allowed to be officers in the Soviet army.
Courtesy of Raisa Moroz
Raisa Moroz young spotlight Raisa Moroz, age 5. She was one of two Jewish people in her class and suffered from anti-Semitic bullying by classmates and teachers.
Courtesy of Raisa Moroz
Raisa Moroz family spotlight Raisa with husband and daughters when they arrived in Tucson from Belarus in 1996. They were among the more than 1,000 Jews resettled in the area.
Courtesy of Raisa Moroz
Raisa Moroz parents spotlight Raisa Moroz (center) with parents Ida and Oyser
Courtesy of Laura Markowitz

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