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Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History
Vilniaus Gaono Žydų Istorijos Muziejus



Published: 2020-09-08
My second mother Fetinija Korablikova took me from the ghetto and registered me as her own son. She was in constant danger throughout the war fearing that somebody would inform on her. Indeed, there were situations where people would start saying that this was a Jewish child. To say that was as good as a death sentence.
Sergej Korablikov was born in the Vilna Ghetto. His father was a Russian from Vilnius, Makar Korablikov and his mother was Basia Kovarskaja, a Jew. Before the war Makar was married to a Jewish girl Bliuma Trockaja. They had a son named Ilja. At the beginning of the Nazi occupation
Bliuma was killed in Paneriai. Makar’s sister Fetinija Korablikova took the motherless Iljusha under her wing. After his wife’s death, Makar Korablikov frequented the ghetto to see his acquaintances. There he met Basia Kovarskaja. In 1942, they had a son they named Sergej, but a baby in the ghetto was in for a certain death. Therefore, in April 1943 the baby boy was put into a basket and smuggled out of the ghetto hospital window overlooking the ‘Aryan side’ where he was picked up by Fetinija, who was waiting for him there. Fetinija registered Sergej as her own son and together with her mother Jevdokija Korablikova brought up both of Makar’s sons as her own children. Makar Korablikov, a member of the anti-Fascist movement, was caught by the Gestapo and killed. Basia together with a group of comrades retreated to join a partisan group and was killed during a fight. It was only in his teenage years that Sergej learned who his biological parents were and under what circumstances they had perished.
photo Jevdokija Korablikova
From: Whosoever saves a single life, saves an entire universe
Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History, Vilnius, 2019
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