About Meir Shiff of Volozhin
Here is some of what Lea told me;
My father Meir was born in 1888. He had a brother Chaim Shiff who was born in 1895. He had two sisters; Golda and Rashka. They were also some years younger then he. My father was forced to serve in the Russian army for many years before and during the First World War. When the war started the Russians ordered his younger brother Chaim to "enroll" in the army. My grandmother panicked, she could not let another son risk his life. The family quickly arranged for him a "trip" to Toronto where he settled and had two daughters.
My father’s sister Rashka had heart problems since her early childhood. Eventually she married Eliezer Levin and had a daughter named Lea. both of us were named for our grandmother who died shortly before I was born. When the daughter was still a very young child my aunt became very sick. The family did everything to find a cure for her, but she died Shortly after. Some years later Eliezer Levin married another woman. The family perished in the Holocaust. My cousin Lea was about fifteen years old when she perished.
My grandfather died at age 81 in January 1940 shortly before we were deported by the Soviets to Kazachstan for my father being a successful businessman and owning a mill.
My father other sister Golda lived with my grandfather Avraham Moshe the first year that I lived with him in Volozhyn. I lived there because there were no schools in the village were I lived with my parents. Some times later my aunt married Shimon Alperovitz son of Mendel from Kurenets. Our family visited them and I can still remember the train ride to Vileyka and the walk via the tree-lined road from Vileyka to Kurenets. They said that Catherine the great ordered to plant the trees when she spent a night there in the 1790’s. Mendel lived next to his brother Zishka and I remember that Zishka had a son named Shimon. (He was killed as a partisan while fighting the Germans). During my school years in a Vilna high school my aunt Golda came there to receive some treatments since she was unable to conceive. She perished in Volozhin with her baby.