137Zila was born in Radoshkovichi about 80 years ago
- Mar 7, 2003Subject: Re: Rakov, Volozhin and Radoshkovichi and Horodok
Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 16:19:51 -0500
Dave Fox wrote about Rakov and Volozhin..
I have some information regarding four Belarus shtetls heads of landsmen
societies in Israel.
I spoke with Zila Zilburg in Rishon Lezion (phone # 03-9647532). Zila was
born in Radoshkovichi about 80 years ago and she was there during the
holocaust. She escaped from the Ghetto in Radoshkovichi and joined the
Russian and Jewish Partisans from the area in the forests near Plashntzitz.
Today she is the head of the memorial meeting for shtetls in the area;
Radoshkovichi, Rakov, Horodok and Krasne. This year's meeting will take place
on March 25th at Beit Vitzo in Tel Aviv.(depending on the war) Zila told me
that they received money to video tape the meeting professionally and they
would like to send it to descendants who would not be able to join them in
Israel. She would also like to receive addresses of people who had families
in those places who nowvlive in Israel that she could invite them to join.
Zila told me about Aharon Gringoltz from Rakov who heads the Rakov Society in
Israel. Aharon Gringoltz; phone # 036042605. Aharon was born in Rakov in
1927. Aharon's mother was from the Botwinik family, Aharon and his father
were the only survivors from the family, the rest perished in Rakov. Aharon
told me that a few years ago he, with others, (mostly form the Horovitz
family who left Rakov for South Africa in the 1930s) collected $12,000 to
build a fence around the large Jewish cemetery in Rakov. Yuri Dorn took
charge of the project. (Yuri takes Jewish visitors from Minsk to Rakov, less
then an hour drive)
Zila also gave me the phone number of Shimon Greenhose (#039226130 ) the head
of the Krasne Society in Israel. He was born in Krasne about 72 years ago.
Shimon told me that he and his mother Rosa (from the Kopilovitz family of
Dockshitz) were the sole survivors from his family.
The Jews in ghetto/camp in Krasne were amongst the very last to be
annihilated. Survivors from other ghettos massacres were taken or escaped to
the Krasne ghetto/ camp. Some Jews from the Camp, including children, were
able to obtain arms. They escaped and joined the Russian partisans.
After the war, Shimon Greenhuse came with his mother to Israel. He was a math
teacher. A few years ago he took a group of students from "Camera abscura
school of Tel Aviv" to Belarus and they filmed a movie in Krasne.
I received a note from The head of the Volozhin Society;
Moshe Porat poratm@...
...As I wrote you , I spoke with Zila . She invited us (from Volozhin) to be
present at the next Radoshkovitsh reunion.
I'll be there with Lea Shif (Nahshon) and with Fruma nee Shulman Lifshitz
Fruma paid for the memorial site in the Horodok Cemetery
The Volozhin Region Book that I received from the district chairman contained
a list of Rakov martyrs in Belarus language. I will rewrite it into latin
characters. When ready I'll send it to you.
Kol tuv - Moshe
Moshe Porat (a descendant of Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin) has almost single
handily translated the Volozhin Yizkor book (written in Hebrew and Yiddish)
and other books about the area that were written in Russian and he also
posted many pictures (old and recent) from the area.
Moshe also wrote me in his note;
Next autumn two hundred years will pass from the day that Rabbi Hayim
Volozhiner founded the Volozhin Yeshivah "Eyts Hayim - Tree of Life".
It Should be a day to unite and devote our thoughts, prayers and
memories to Volozhin, its Yeshiva "Tree of Life" and its congregation that
was annihilated sixty years ago.
Could the representatives of prominent Jewish congregations in the States
organize such a celebration this year in Volozhin?
To understand the importance of the Volozhin Yeshiva for the Jewish people
"The Yeshiva in its first days"
Extracts translated from Volozhin Yizkor Book at www.jewishgen
Kol tuv - Moshe.
Ruth Wilnai (nee Lifshitz family of Rakow) and I would like to create a site
You could find other sites that I created at www.eilatgordinlevitan.com
The sites are for: Dolhinov, Krasne, Krivichi, kurenets, Radoshkovichi,
Vileyka, Vishnevo, Volozhin all in Belarus (and Vashki in Lithuania)
We would welcome all family pictures and information from families who came
from those shtetls.
Eilat Gordin Levitan
Milton E. Botwinick [professional genealogist] botwinick@...