Two Regimes – A Mothers Memoir of Wartime Survival is the story of Teodora Verbitskaya and her young daughters, Nadia and Lucy; who were swept up in the collateral damage of war and survival- before, during, and after World War II. This memoir (Two Regimes), is the story of three young women’s love, faith, courage, strength, determination, intelligence, and sheer will to live – in the face of the worst adversity! This true survival experience is an inspiration to everyone, but particularly for girls and women, who must often pick up the pieces during or after war to start life anew.
The art and manuscript of Two Regimes, with paintings by Nadia Werbitzky, provides the perfect resource for springboarding a multi-course study for in-class discussion. The study of this collection can host or facilitate important conversations regarding the impact of World War II on families both then and now.
Our goal is to provide Two Regimes as a primary resource for guides and lesson plans for grades 4-12, utilizing this true story as a foundation for study. In this remarkable memoir, both mother’s and daughter’s works were created decades apart and published posthumously, thus Two Regimes brings their works together for future generations.
Presenting the works to a 6th grade class
Two Regimes meets three mandates as set for by Florida Next Generation Sunshine Standards. These three mandates address Women, the Holocaust and Character Education.
Importantly there are a number of situations in Two Regimes that magnify the issue of bullying and how the family was able to cope with it – creatively.
A copy of the book Two Regimes was hand-delivered and accepted into the library of Yad Vashem in Israel by Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Holocaust Educator and Child Survivor of the Holocaust.