4/21/2013 4:36 PM
Family Surname: Steinman family and Yegelevitch elders
Date of Image: ca. 1925
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The older couple are my paternal grandparents. They died of natural causes before the Holocaust. The young family resisted overtures from my father and his sibling for them to migrate to the U.S., as the young wife, Sura Harva, was their youngest sister, all five other siblings already in the U.S. But Obadia Steinman resisted, not believing they were in danger. All, including the children, were murdered by the Nazis and Lithuanian collaborators in June 1941 and dumped in a pit adjoining the Jewish cemetery of Meretch. There is a memorial inscribed stone at the site, which my son and I visited in 1999.