List of girls in the Jewish Orphanage in Pinsk between 1920 and 1924 with birth date 15 January 1920 with possible first names of either Sora Basha or Tova Basha. #belarus

Marilyne Rose

I am seeking information regarding my mother who was in the Pinsk Orphanage between 1920 and 1924.
I have no knowledge of her real family.  She came to England with a group of 18 Jewish children who were
brought here by a group of Jewish philanthropic people from Pinsk, when it was part of Poland. Now Pinsk is
part of Belarus and difficult to obtain information.
I believe that there are archives held in, possibly, Minsk, related to the lists of children who were in the
Jewish Orphanage in Pinsk from 1920 to 1924.
My mother travelled to London with
a group of children from the orphanage.  Unfortunately one of the
children due to travel became ill, and my mother, who was only 4 at the time, was sent in her place.  My 
mother travelled on this other child’s document, so we don’t have her real family name.  I am sure, however,
that her real first names were either Sorah Basha or Tova Basha, and her date of birth was 15 January 1920.
My mother died in 2010 at the age of 90, never knowing who she really was.  I didn’t know until I was over 
21 and married that the wonderful people I had always known as my Booba and Zaida, were actually 
no blood relation to me at all.  For security reasons my Zaida destroyed what little my Mother arrived with
in documentation, however, as she had travelled on another child’s documents she had no means of
real identity.  It is only since the advent of DNA tests and the Internet that I am trying to find out who my
Mother really was, and therefore who I am..  Thank you for reading this.  MARILYNE ROSE,

Janet Furba

Hi, ask the Pinsk City archive.
Janet Furba,

Orit Lavi

Dear Marilyne,

Thanks for sharing your mother's touching story.

David Solly Sandler from Australia published a book on the Pinsk orphanages: "The Pinsker Orphans; The life and times of the children from the three Pinsk Jewish Orphanages in the 1920s", published by David Sandler, 2013. You can find the book in Amazon.

In addition the Brest Archive in Belarus holds a numerous number of files on these children. The files include questionnaires, applications to travel abroad and more. The documents are in Russian, Polish and Yiddish, so exhausting them is very hard. Years ago I tried to employ someone to find info on 3 orphans who came to Israel in 1923, also under a false family name, and nothing was found. In the end I established their identity thanks to press news: a cousin from Russia tried to trace the children in 1937. Perhaps you will have the same luck?

Orit Lavi
Tsukey Yam, Israel