Chaya Miriam Shulman (Sher)
Hebrew: חיה מרים שולמן (שר)
|Birthplace:||Kaunas, Kauno miesto savivaldybė, Kaunas County, Lithuania|
|Death:||Died in Israel|
Daughter of Rabbi Yizhak Aizik Haim Sher and Mariasha Guttel Sher
|Managed by:||Eilat Gordin Levitan|
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Shulman Family ( of Slabodka) http://www.eilatgordinlevitan.com/kovno/kovno_pages/kovno_stories_shulman.html
My husband and I would often meet Rabbi Natan Shulman and his gracious wife; Lea (the daughter of Rav Yechiel Sclessinger) , during their stay in Los Angeles. Every winter they would come from France ( Strasbourg) and spend a few months in Los Angeles. They modestly spoke about their most distinguished ancestry when I probe them to talk about their childhood.
Reb Mordechai Shulman married Chaia Miryam, the daughter of Rabbi Isaac Sher of Slobodka. Her mother was the daughter of Rabbi Nosson Hirsh Finkel ( The Saba from Slobodka) They had three children. Their only son ; Natan Zvi-Hirsh ( named after his illustrious great grandfather , Nosson Hirsh Finkel) was born in Kovno in 1930. They also had two daughters; Ester Rivka and Avigail Gutl...Reb Mordechai Shulman replaced his father in law as one of the heads the Yeshiva of Slobodka ( in Kovno) after his father in law left to establish a Yeshiva in Eretz Israel. Hard times fell on the Yeshiva during the late 1930s’ and Reb Mordechai traveled to America in the hopes of finding a place for the Yeshiva in the United States. As the war started in 1939 he was trying to get his family to join him in America, but this was not to be…..In 1940 the Soviets annexed Lithuania and did not let Lithuania citizens leave the region other then exiling them to Siberia
In June of 1941 Germany attacked the Soviet Union. From this point of time there was no communication between Rav Mordechai Shulman in America and his family in Kovno for the next four years.
Chaia Miryam Shulman was a brilliant woman by accounts of all who knew her. She was determined against all the odds to save her children. Already in the first months of the Jews being transferred to the Kovno Ghetto many of the children who lived in what was known as the small ghetto were killed. One day Chaia Miryam was able to leave the Ghetto and get in touch with a Jesuit priest named Smilgevi?ius. She implored him to help her as her colleague. First, it was well known in Kovno that her family was connected to a dynasty of Jewish religious leaders. Second; her husband is a Rabbi, which is similar job to his- So, he should help her children to find Lithuanian families who would keep them safe until the area is liberated. The Jesuit priest promised to help. Some guards were bribed and the children were transferred to the priest..- The priest arranged for her son, Natan, to hide with the family Tautkuvenia. There was another Jewish girl who hid with the same family. Each of the family members hid with a different Lithuanian family. For the daughter Ester it was a little easier, she was red head and did not look Jewish. It was difficult for Natan who had to hide from the neighbors and the Germans. He could not keep Kosher and the years of the Shoah left a big imprint on his life. As the area of Kovno was liberated by the Soviets in the summer of 1944, the family united again. They got in touch with the father in America and eventually they all moved to Eretz Israel.