Sarah & her sisters nee Voikhansky/Voichansky/Vaikhansky from Vitebsk Belarus to Canada & USA #general


Dror
 

Sarah and her sisters nee Voikhansky/ Voichansky or Vaikhansky who fled >from
Vitebsk Belarus to Canada and the USA

My name is Dror Vaikhansky and I try to trace information about two relatives of
mine, the sisters Voikhansky >from Vitebsk (my grandfather's sisters). One sister
was Liza Voikahsnky or Voichansky, Woichansky ... who immigrated to Canada around
1905 and lived probably in Toronto area (out side of Toronto), but I still do not
know her second name after marriage. Sara and Liza were born around 1885/1886 in
Vitebsk or in Gorodok a small town not far >from Vitebsk. Sara Voikhansky came to
the USA in 1905 and lived in Boston and also I do not know her second name after
marriage. Sarah lived in Boston in an area where Jews spoke Yiddish, in the down
town Boston (may be in West End?).

The Sisters were the daughters of Chaiim Beer Voikhansky (my great grandfather) and
I don't know his wife's name (my great grandmother). The only thing that I know is
that Sara got married to a Russian Jew who lived in the USA. I don't know if they
have got married in Vitebsk and then moved to the USA or they have got married in
the USA? Later came to America 2 other sisters, Rosa and Bassia Voikhansky may be
around 1918-1920. Rosa and Basia were born in 1892 and I think that they were
twins.

This new information I have got >from my Cousin who lives in Samara Russia. During
the Second World War (or after the war) the sisters tried to find their brother
Semion (Semen Vaikhansky) and his family. It is passable that they have applied to
find their brother. After the war they have found his family who all fled >from
Vitebsk to Buguruslan by Kuibishev - Samara area. They have sent letters to the
relatives in Samara until 1953 but then they stooped sending because they were
afraid of the Communist regime. In Vitebsk they lived in the house of my great
grandfather Haim Ber Voikhansky : 2 Slobodskay Lane/ number -11 All of the family
were tanners and had tanneries in Vitebsk and in Riga, Latvia. They lived in the
same house as Semion (who was born in 1881) the son of Haim with his wife Bella
Abramovna and their 2 children Yeruchim and Shifra, sister - a widow Lana Shapiro
(nee Voikhansky) with her 2 children and 2 twin sisters Rosa and Basia Voikhansky,
who were born in 1892. Perhaps Haim Ber had other children? Any information about
the sisters will be relevant for me.
Thank you very much

Dror Vaikhansky
Israel
dvi@mh.org.il

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