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  • Yaakov Zvi Hirsh Frenkiel (1902 - c.1943)
    Hirsz Frenkel was born in Druskieniki in 1902 to Dov and Dina. He was a merchant and married to Sheina nee Ferber. Prior to WWII he lived in Poland. During the war he was in Druskieniki, Poland. Hirsz ...
  • Rivka Frenkel (1908 - 1942)
    Reweka Frenkel nee Ferber was born in Wilno in 1908 to Reuven and Khana. She was married to Yaakov. Prior to WWII she lived in Poland. During the war she was in Poland. Reweka was murdered in the Shoah...
  • Beila Frenkiel (1935 - d.)
    Beila Frenkiel was born in Druskieniki in 1935 to Yaakov and Sheina. Prior to WWII she lived in Druskieniki, Poland. During the war she was in Grodno, Ghetto. Beila was murdered in Treblinka, Poland. T...
  • David Frenkiel (1930 - 1943)
    testimony from his uncle Kalman (Kalonimus) Ferber: David Frenkiel was born in Druskieniki in 1930 to Yaakov and Sheina. He was a child. Prior to WWII he lived in Druskieniki, Poland. During the war ...
  • R' Yaakov Frenkel (1908 - 1942)
    Jakob Frenkel was born in Druskieniki in 1908 to Mordekhai. He was a rabbi and married to Rivka nee Ferber. Prior to WWII he lived in Druskieniki, Poland. During the war he was in Grodno, Ghetto. Jakob...

Grodno Ghetto was created by Nazi Germans in November 1941, in the city of Hrodna (Grodno), which was part of the Second Polish Republic until the Soviet invasion of Poland, and subsequently incorporated by the Soviets into the Belarusian SSR. Hrodna (German: Garten) was annexed by the Nazis to the Bezirk Bialystok district of East Prussia in the aftermath of the German attack on the Soviet Union.

The Ghetto consisted of two interconnected units about 2 km apart.

(1) The Ghetto One was established in the Old Town district, around the synagogue (Shulhoif), with some 15,000 Jews crammed into an area less than half a square km.

(2) The Ghetto Two was created in the Slobodka suburb, with around 10,000 Jews incarcerated in it. Ghetto Two was larger than the main ghetto but far more ruined.

The reason for the split was determined by the concentration of Jews within the city and less need to transfer them from place to place. Their situation however, had considerably worsened with the ghettos' locations highly inadequate in terms of sanitation, water and electricity.

The separation of the ghettos would later enable the Germans to exterminate their population with greater ease. The larger ghetto was liquidated a year-and-a-half after its establishment, and the smaller one a few months earlier.


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