Survivors of the Holocaust: Fanya and Misha


MISHA AND HIS MOTHER WHO HOLDS PHOTO OF HER DEAD HUSBAND, A DECORATED WAR HERO

Their friends – a blind old woman Fanya with her unique son Misha. Misha is a middle-aged man who, as he puts it himself, is unmovable; his life is only his job and his mother, who cannot stay alone. Misha dresses and washes her, gives her medicine in time and cooks for her, does shopping and laundry and alongside with this remains cheerful, ironical, amiable and extremely hospitable.

Here I also always stay long, and raise a toast with him to his mother’s health. Misha gives his mother expensive pills which he buys for full price not waiting for any preferential prescriptions, he spends all possible money to make his mother’s sufferings less.

Why cannot this man hire a nurse to stay with his blind mother while he is away so as not to worry all the time that she will fall or kick herself on the way to the bathroom? Because his salary and her pension are enough only to survive through their everyday difficulties.

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