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Podolia Province

Kryzhopol in Podolia


Esther (AVERBUCH) VATNICK and daughter Chaie VATNICK

This photo was taken in 1918 in Kryzhopol, Podolia Gubernia, where Esther lived after her marriage to Boruch Vatnick, and where Chaie (VATNICK) AIZIM was born.

Boruch VATNICK was killed in a pogrom in 1919. In 1978, Deborah Glassman interviewed a cousin of her grandfather, who remembered the pogroms of 1919. She had been a little girl in Chigirin, a large city in Kiev gubernia. She quivered as she told of being hidden in the large Russian stove in her house, with only her doll to comfort her. She remembered that her sister was hiding in a closet because she couldn't squeeze in with her. She had been terrified that when she finally came out, she would find everyone murdered.

After her husband's murder, Esther VATNICK made her way to Brazil with her two little girls.

Information and picture supplied by Eliana Aizim.


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