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Mikhail Rivkin, Arkady Shulman
RELATED BY WAR

Memories of Larisa Kaim

Memories of Yelena Zibert

Memories of Inessa Ivanova

Memories of Igor Baranov

Arkady Shulman
I HAVE GONE THROUGH HELL…

Ludmila Khmelnitskaya
FROM THE HISTORY OF VITEBSK SYNAGOGUES

Vera Shufel
ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED…

Irina Levikova
IT SEEMED THAT THIS KIND OF LIFE IS FOREVER

Eduard Menakhin
THE MENAKHINS

Pavel Mogilevsky
MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER

Arkady Shulman
THE KEEPER OF FAMILY MEMORIES

Arkady Shulman
THE LIOZNIANSKYS

Mikhail Matlin
THE MATLINS

Lev Polykovsky
STORY OF A FAMILY FROM VITEBSK

Vladimir Kostukevich
GIRL FROM GHETTO

Polina Falikova
STORY OF A FAMILY

Memories of Raisa Yalova

Vera Knorring
FOLKLORE RESEARCHER FROM VITEBSK

Arkady Shulman
UNUSUAL BIOGRAPHY

Arkady Shulman
MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD IN THE WAR

Arkady Shulman

THE KEEPER OF FAMILY MEMORIES

Maya Markovna Alesker is the youngest in the family of the Aleskers. She is soon turning 70. She was born in 1941 in Vitebsk.

"That year was horrible for everyone. However, the date of my birth is May 9. At that time nobody knew that this date will be a special one for the whole world."

The Aleskers and the Kozlianskys are Vitebsk residents in many generations.

Maya Markovna's mother, Rahil Haimovna Kozlianskaya, was born in Vitebsk in 1909. She studied at the Jewish pedagogical college.

Morduh Mendelevich Alesker.
Morduh Mendelevich Alesker.

Rahil Haimovna was from a family with a lot of children.

"My grandmother was born in 1879 and grandfather – in 1870. Grandfather, Haim Ioselevich, was illiterate, but he was called "an illiterate engineer". He was a construction worker and participated in the construction of the veterinary academy in Vitebsk.."

The people, who managed to evacuate their families from Vitebsk during the first weeks of the war, moved east and survived. Those, who stayed in Vitebsk, were murdered…

Maya Markovna's grandparents, the Aleskers (father's line) stayed in Vitebsk. They both were killed.

Father Morduh Mendelevich was 30 in 1941. He and his brother were mobilized on the first days of the war. Rahil Haimovna did not receive a single letter from him. She made numerous inquiries but the answer was always the same: he is missing. He probably was killed on the first days of the war, when chaos and panic were everywhere. His brother survived and returned home after the war. All of his brothers and sisters survived as well.

Еврейское местечко под Минском


Jewish settlements in Vitebsk region

Vitebsk Albrehtovo Babinovichi Baran Bayevo Begoml Beshenkovichi Bocheikovo Bogushevsk Borkovichi Braslav Bychiha Chashniki Disna Dobromysli Dokshitsy Druya Dubrovno Glubokoye Gorodok Kamen Kohanovo Kolyshki Kopys Krasnopolie Kublichi Lepel Liady Liozno Lukoml Luzhki Lyntupy Miory Obol Oboltsy Orsha Osintorf Ostrovno Parafianovo Plissa Polotsk Prozorki Senno Sharkovshina Shumilino Sirotino Slaveni Smolyany Surazh Tolochin Ulla Verhnedvinsk Vidzy Volyntsy Yanovichi Yezerishe Zhary Ziabki

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