Nadja Skiba was born in the Ukrainian village of Roskischna (Rozkishna), 135 km south of Kiev, on November 30, 1926. She was only 16 years old when she was abducted from the occupied Soviet Union for forced labor in Nazi Germany in 1943.
The identity of this forced laborer, who had to wear an »OST« [East] identification patch on her clothing, is only known from a registration file of the German Reichsbahn in Salzburg. On April 10, 1943 the Operations Office I of the railroad registered the arrival of this »Eastern Worker« in the workers’ quarters at 18 Elisabethstraße. A few days later, on April 23, 1943 the 16 year old Nadja Skiba was dead.
The cause of her death is unknown, as is where she was buried. It can be assumed that her body, as with all of the victims of the terror regime made anonymous, was buried in the »Tomb of the Forgotten« in Salzburg’s municipal cemetery. Most likely Nadja’s parents were never notified of her death. We do know that forced laborers and their survivors were given no claim to victims’ compensation in liberated Austria.
- Salzburg City Archives
Translation: Stan Nadel
Laid 24.09.2019 at Salzburg, Elisabethstraße 18