Rakhil D. – Pinsk, Belarus

PINSK, BELARUS – August 30, 2005

Dear Friends,

I received your letter and the money. Thank you very much. I hope that G-d will reward your kindness with good health. To me this is a great help.

You asked me several questions: where was I born? I was born in a small place called Stavische, around the city of Kiev, on July 1, 1916. When I was 2 years old, my parents were killed in the pogroms against the Jewish people. I was in an orphanage until I was 14 years old, in the city called “White Church” (Bella Tzirkiv). This is also around Kiev.

I live alone. I never had a family and I don’t have one now. I found several photographs because you asked me to do this.

1. My brother and me. He was a little older that I. He was killed in the war. I am 12 years old in this photo (1928).

2. In this photo I am at a resort in Zhitomer and I am first from the right in the boat, at the bottom, holding an oar. (TRANSLATOR NOTE: The resort was named Tzrupa after a 1920s political leader). I am 20 years old in this picture.

3. I don’t remember what age or year but I am #1 from the right on the bottom.

4. This is a current photo (2005). I am in Synagogue wearing a fur beret.

5. Taken in the year 2000 when I was 84. (Note: she is 92 now).

I also found some more photos that may be interesting to you which I will send in my next letter.

After the orphanage, my brother and I went to Kiev and I was taught to make clothes from fabrics. And all my life I worked for the same company in the same pace making clothing.

One more time, thank you very much for your help and kind words.

Be healthy and G-d bless you.

Rakhil

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