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About Avraham Barron

Translated by Judy Grossman

 

View of Antaliepte

Shayke Glick:

Dusiat and Antaliepte - members of the same family…

The Glick, Barron and Levin families are related to each other.

The brothers Yankel and Avraham Barron were foresters, who originated from the shtetl of Antazova.

Yankel and his wife Hinde-Aide were my grandparents, the parents of my mother Rochl-Leah. My sister Adina-Hinde, is named after my grandmother.

Avraham Barron, whose name is mentioned among those injured in the pogrom in Dusiat (1905), had a long life, and when age limited his eyesight, his daughter Nechama-Dobre Levin cared for him devotedly in her home in Antaliepte. When I would come there to visit with mother, Avraham would place his hands on my head and bless me. I remember that he looked so old to me then, and his body was so wizened.

Ida Lunski (Levin): My mother Fania (nee Aharonowitz) was from Avante [Alunta]. My father Leizer Levin was the son of Nachman and Nechama-Dobre, the daughter of Avraham Barron. We lived in Rokishki [Rokiškis] and there were good relations with our family Levin in Antaliepte and with others from Dusiat who worked in Rokishki, and we'd visit one another.

I remember very well the tenth birthday celebration of my brother Nachman[1], and I even remember most of the guests by name, at our home in Rokishki.

 

Nachman Levin's (center top) Tenth Birthday Celebration

From right to left, , standing: The barber Berzin's ( ?) two sons, the teachers: David Berlowitz, Rosenstein (wearing a hat) and Karpuch (eating teiglech…), Henia Slep and Tzirka Kagan,(from Dusiat), Yehuda Levin (from Antaliepte) and his uncle Leizer and aunt Fania, Nachman, the teacher Kaplan (later married the teacher Rosenstein, Reuven Ruch and his mother Henia, (-), two Hashomer Hatzair counselors (extreme left)
Seated: Yosef Levin - Nachman's brother, (-), (-), Yosef Harmatz, 10 of Nachman's friends, Matale Shapira, Ida Levin - Nachman's sister, Sasha Ruch, (-), Hirshke Harmatz

Only a few of them survived the war.

Yehuda Levin: Avraham Barron was my great-grandfather (my grandmother Nechama-Dobre's father). I was still a little boy, and I remember that I would serve him a glass of alcohol every day. On the last night he woke me up, placed his hands on my head and blessed me. He also told me that the next morning he would no longer be among the living, and his request was that my parents inform all our relatives to come and accompany him on his final journey. And in fact, he died that same night.

Ida Lunski (Levin): When my great-grandfather Avraham Barron passed away, the newspapers in Lithuania wrote that he had lived longer than anyone else in Lithuania.

 

Beth Hamidrash in Antaliepte

 

Footnote

  1. Nachman Levin was among the partisans of Ghetto Kovno who made their way to the forests of Augustova and was killed. His father Leizer died before WWII. His mother Fania, together with her young children, was exiled to Siberia on June 14, 1941, one week before the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Return

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