This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #general

Bruce Drake

During World War 1, it was the Russian Army that the Jews of Vasilishki, Belarus
feared as its soldiers made their Great Retreat as the pre-Nazi Germans advanced.
"People went >from one to the other, seeking advice as to how to rescue oneself
because one heard that when the Russians leave, they cause pogroms, rape women,
destroy everything, and set fire to the shtetl. This caused everyone to be
deathly afraid."

"Yom Kippur in the Forest," a chapter >from the Vasilishki section of the Yizkor
book of Shchuchin, Lida District, Vilna and Grodno Gubernii is the story of Jews
fleeing for their lives as the holiest of days approached. It was cloudy with a
light rain as they reached what they hoped was a safe haven and ate the last meal
before the fast on Erev Yom Kippur. The Russians did loot the houses before they
left, but the story had a happy ending. The people were able to return to their
shtetl. "That Sukkoth was truly a time of rejoicing for the Jews of Vasilishok."


Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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