A pear tree in Yampil
Yampil is a small town in the Sumy Region in Chernihiv Oblast, North east Ukraine. This town was the home of my Mother from 1934- 1942.
At the beginning of the 2nd world war this spot was safe but after Hitler’s army invaded Poland and then crossed over the border into Ukraine all hell broke out!
My mother recalled that whenever the shelling started and the German tanks rolled through, her family would run for shelter in the underground vegetable cellar. Every house in the outer villages and small towns had a cellar to preserve vegetables and meat and pickles. Often these cellars weren’t under the house they were dug in the garden.
When the shelling and noise subsided they all ran outside looking for Motya!!
To their relief – they found her sitting in the top of the pear tree. Nobody knew wether to laugh or cry. I think my mother told me this to demonstrate how brave and sometimes very naughty her younger sister was. She was my role model- a spunky lady!!
We were lucky to find that pear tree when we visited Yampil in 2010
Travel discoveries bring reality to ones heritage