About Etl Shiff of Volozhin (Kivelevitz)
Lea said; "....My mother was from the Kivilovitz family. She had four sisters and one brother. Her brother was Shneor Kivilovitz, he married Rachel nee Meltzer who was a teacher in the "Tarbut" school in Volozhin, and they had a son. Shneor was very involved with the Zionist organization in Volozhin. During the Holocaust Shneor was appointed as the second head of the Jodenrat in Volozhin. Pnina nee Potashnik wrote in the Volozhin Yizkor book;…
"Sunday, May 10th, 1942, at five in the morning Shneur Kivelevitsh appeared in our home and told us that the ghetto is surrounded. He advised every one to hide…" Shneor was not able to save himself, he perished with his family.
His sister Sonia shared the same fate. she married Mordechai Berman and perished with her family. Berman Mordhay, his wife sonia Sara, their children; Monia, Moyshe
My mother other sisters came to Ertz Israel prior to the war; first came her sister Fanya in 1925. She married and had two sons, one died as still a young man the other changed his last name from Levizki to Landers and now lives in Mexico.
My mothers’ sister Fruma made "Aliya" in 1932. Her sister Lea came in 1936 she has family in Chavazelet Israel (Hotman family). My mothers’ mother died in 1939 a heart attach after hearing the news of the start of World war II. My grandfather died shortly after. (1940) at that point I moved back to Volozhin. ( In 1939 I was in Vilna sometimes after the Russians invaded the eastern part of Poland Vilna became part of Lithuania and Volozhin was on the Soviets side so I went to high school in Molodechno, the Town of my mothers’ mother from the Shrira family.