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Rywka Gogol (Shilonchik), הי״ד

Hebrew: רבקה גוגול (שילונצ'יק), הי"ד
Birthplace: Różan, Mazovia, Poland
Death: Died in Slonim, Hrodna Province, Belarus
Place of Burial: Unmarked mass-grave in Slonim, Belarus
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Moshe Shilonchik - and Ita Shilonchik -
Wife of Ficzel Matityahu Gogol, הי״ד
Mother of Dr. David Gogol; Tuvia Gogol; Hanna Sarah Bursztyn; Batya Caspi; Ester Shlomkowitz and 3 others

Occupation: House wife
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About Rywka Gogol, הי״ד

Rywka (Rebbeca) Shilontchik was born in Rozhan, Poland to a Jewish Orthodox family. Her family owned and operated an inn. Fisczel Gogol and his father stayed there on a business trip, where he met Rywka Shilonchik. The "shiduch" was made, although the groom was somewhat too "modern" for the bride's orthodox family. The couple was married and settled in Rozhan. Ficzel owned an agency of Singer sowing machines and a workshop for bikes repair. Life was simple for the lower middle class family. The Gogols had 8 children. No 2. son - Tuvia drowned in the Narev river at the age of 17(?), while trying to rescue a drowning child, on a Shavuot eve.

The eldest son David, and 4 daughters: Hana, Batya, Esther and Ruth, emigrated to Eretz Israel (Palestine) in the 1930's (David in the late 20's).

In 1939, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union resulted in the invasion of Poland by the two powers and its division between them. Rozhan was in the area designated by the Pact to fall within the Soviet sphere of influence. The Soviets placed that area within the Byelorussian SSR. However, two years later, Germany invaded the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa) and Rozhan and the whole area was captured. The Rozhan Jews escaped through Slonim (now Belarus), but soon after, most of Rozhan Jews (including the Gogols) and 70% of Slonim's Jews had been killed in a single Nazi operation (9,000 on 14 November 1941). In this massacre, Ficzel, Rywka and their 2 younger children, Velvale (Ze'ev) and Chaya, were murdered. The second mass murder of 8,000 Jews took place there in 1942.

Today, there is not a single Jew left in Rozhan or in Slonim.

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Rywka Gogol, הי״ד's Timeline

May 25, 1905
Rozan, Poland
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
October 5, 1910
Różan, Mazovia, 2 Tishrei Tar'a'a, ב' תשרי תרע"א, Poland
December 21, 1912
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
December 29, 1918
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
Slonim, Hrodna Province, Belarus
Różan, Mazovia, Poland