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Holocaust survivor, 91, dies while hiding from Russian shelling in Mariupol basement

A BRAVE Holocaust survivor has died while seeking refuge from Russian shelling in the besieged city of Mariupol.

After surviving the horrors of the Nazis, Vanda Semyonovna Obiedkova, 91, died after spending weeks in a freezing basement with no water or heating.

The 91-year-old died while hiding from Russian shelling

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The 91-year-old died while hiding from Russian shellingPhoto credit: Chabad.org
Pictured with her mother and father

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Pictured with her mother and fatherPhoto credit: Chabad.org

She was forced to move into the emergency shelter with her family when Russian forces began bombing the city in early March.

And Vanda, left bedridden, has endured her last few weeks of cold with limited supplies.

Her grieving daughter Larissa said her mother spent her last days comparing the invasion to the Nazi occupation of the city in 1941.

she said Chabad.org: “Mom didn’t deserve such a death. There was no water, no electricity, no heating – and it was unbearably cold.

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“Every time a bomb fell, the whole building shook. My mother kept saying that she couldn’t remember anything like that during the Great Patriotic War [World War II].”

Larissa and her husband were able to bury their mother after her death on April 4 amid non-stop shelling at a local park.

Vanda was only 10 years old when the Germans entered Mariupol, but managed to evade SS troops by hiding in a basement.

However, her mother was taken away.

Vanda survived because her father was able to examine her in a hospital until the end of the war.

She later married after the war in the city, where she lived all her life.

“Mom loved Mariupol, she never wanted to leave,” said Larissa.

Chabad-Lubawitch Rabbi Mendel Cohen said she was an active member of the Jewish community, adding: “The whole of Mariupol has turned into a graveyard.

“Vanda Semyonovna experienced unimaginable horrors.

“She was a kind, cheerful woman, a special person who will forever remain in our hearts.”

The port city of Mariupol, home to more than 450,000 people, has been under constant attack by Russian forces since early March, with satellite imagery showing the devastation of 95 percent of its residential areas.

Russia has given Ukrainian troops at the Azovstal Steel Works an ultimatum demanding complete surrender.

However, the heroic Ukrainian forces, led by their leader Captain Sviatoslav Palamar of the National Guard’s Azov Regiment, are not expected to surrender He vowed to take on the bayonets against Putin’s army when their ammo runs out.

Holocaust survivor pictured in the 1990s

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Holocaust survivor pictured in the 1990sPhoto credit: Chabad.org

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