Two Regimes

A Mother’s Memoir of Wartime Survival

by Teodora Verbitskya, Cover design or artwork by Nadia Werbitzky, Editor Mimi Shaw, Editor Kelly Bowen & With Dr. Jonathan Grant



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/17/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 170
ISBN : 9781462007622
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 170
ISBN : 9781462007615
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 170
ISBN : 9781462007608

About the Book

This is a verbatim memoir of Teodora Verbitskaya. Very little is known about Teodora, a gentile Ukrainian woman who bravely chronicled the years before, during and after World War II, in Soviet Ukraine.

The Two Regimes Memoir specifically includes deportation to German forced labor camps. Through it all, Teodora was a woman who strived to feed and protect her children under very severe conditions, and she did so with sheer survival mode determination, integrity, prayer, and perseverance.

These are Teodora’s thoughts concerning her children and what they lived through. Teodora and her daughters, Nadia, and Lucy were survivors and witnesses to the Holodomor and the Holocaust. Teodora wrote her memoir to document that these events took place, and, most importantly, to validate that the people she knew and lost would never be forgotten.

Teodora’s daughter, Nadia Werbitzky, was haunted her entire life by what she had experienced. As a professional artist, Nadia used a paintbrush to express her thoughts. Nadia understood the importance of her mother’s manuscript, memories shared by both mother and daughter. Nadia painted feverishly in the last years of her life so that her story would not perish with her.

About the Author

About the author Teodora Verbitskya

Very little is known about Teodora Verbitskya. According to her daughter, Nadia, Teodora recorded her years of labor and concentration camp interment for many reasons:

1.) To hopefully set right the facts surrounding the death and destruction of people and property.
2.) For her children and others to know what had happened to them (her family).
3.) For her children to survive and (should she pass), to understand what she was thinking at the time, and to comprehend why it was she made certain choices, for herself and for others during an impossible war.
4.) To preserve the memory and dignity of those who lost their lives.
5.) For her own sanity.
6.) To chronological horrific situations and experiences in order during the course of events also helped her to mark the passing of time in days, months and years.
7.) So she could remember, should she survive, what she survived!

About the Artist Nadia Werbitzky

Nadia was a professional artist who’s painting, “Eternal Motherhood” won first prize at Frankfurt’s International Art Show in 1973.