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#vilp-42:Hershel Kagan of Vileyka son of Avrum and Rikla nee Zavodnik and his family in Moscow 1924.
#vilp-43:Boruch Kagan (Ben Cohen) and Vileika friend Max Tobias in 1913. Courtesy of his daughter; Beatrice Markel, Redondo Beach, California
#vilp-44: Avrum and Rikla nee Zavodnik Kagan
#vilp-45: Izak Laks, a middle class young man. 1924.
#vilp-46: Portrait study of the old 'shames' (caretaker of the synagogue) leaning on a wooden 'shtender' (prayer stand), smoking a cigarette. May 1931. Photographer: Kacyzne, Alter
#vilp-47: Sore and her sisters - a baker's daughters.October 1926. Photographer: Kacyzne, Alter
#vilp-48: Portrait study of a saddler at work. December 1926. Photographer: Kacyzne, Alter
#vilp-49: Two brothers. They are both 'shmidn' [blacksmiths] and 'frume yidn' [pious Jews]. December 1926. Photographer: Kacyzne, Alter
#vilp-50: Portrait study of Moyshe Norman. April 1936.
#vilp-51:Portrait study by a window. A young Jewish man. January 1927. Photographer: Kacyzne, Alter
#vilp-52: Sore Kugl, the baker, behind the bakery counter. January 1928.Photographer: Kacyzne, Alter
#vilp-53: Studio portrait of young men and boys, revolutionary youths of Vileyka. 1903.
#vilp-54: Studio portrait of Dr. Elias Sedlis, medical doctor and captain in the Tsarist army. 1915,
#vilp-55: Studio portrait of the board of directors on the tenth anniversary of the founding of the `Gimles khesed' (Free Loan Society). 1939. photographer: Berman, B.

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Israel Isaac Grejcer and nephew ( Retchki, Kurenitz or
Vileika

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Sarah (nee Grejcer) and Mr. Kugel (probably Retchki, Kurenitz or
Vileika).
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Sarah Kugel (nee Grejcer - probably Retchki, Kurenitz or Vileika).
Credit; Gene Richards

#vilp-59: The memoirs of Jakov Szafran.  
The memoirs of Jakov Szafran, 1919 - 1987, of Warsaw, and his biography by his wife Chana. At the outbreak of World War II he reached eastern Poland, resided in Lutsk and was arrested by the Russians. He escaped from a moving train and reached Baranowice where he worked as an electrician until 1941. With the occupation of the area by the Germans Jakov was transferred to the Baranowice ghetto and in 1942 he was sent to a labor camp of the "Todt Organization" in Vileyka along with another 450 young Jews and worked at laying railway tracks. In this camp he organized an underground cell and made contact with partisans outside the camp. An escape attempt by the prisoners failed due to an informer, and most of them were murdered. Approximately 10 of them reached the forests. Jakov Szafran fled from the camp under a hail of bullets and succeeding in reaching the forests, but the partisans he met refused to accept Jews without weapons. In order to obrain a weapon Jakov and a small number of Jews participated in an attack on a German factory and at the end of the year he joined a partisan group commanded by Markov. He was outstanding in the battles against the Germans and was awarded a "Red Star" first class, for valor and adhering to purpose.

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Chaim Giladi

Vileyka

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Chaim Giladi

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Tzipora-Feigel Kaliko, March 10 1938. The photo was sent to my mother
in the Land of Israel, and on its back Feigel wrote, "A memento for
Nechama and Israel from Tzipora." Tzipora joined the partisans in the
forest of Vileyka and was murdered there with her husband, Yehiel
Lieberman.

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Zusman Norman was born in Smorgon in 1894. He perished in Vileyka with
his wife Rashka ( nee Alperovich) and his daughter who was 5 years
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Dear Naomi,

Did you see the Yad Vashem reports by Yisrael michael's niece?
Yisroel Michael Solonowitz was born in Ilja, Poland to Yosef and Pasha nee Gordon. He was married. Prior to WWII he lived in Ilja, Poland. During the war he was in Ilja, Poland. Yisroel was murdered/perished in the Shoah. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by his niece Silvia nee Solonowitz of Jerusalem.

He must have at certain point moved to Vileyka since there are reports for him and his family ( wife and a child with unknown names ) in the Yizkor book for Vileyka. I do not see a report for him from those who survived from Ilja ( they gave many reports for their town people).
Solonovich, Yisrael Mikhael 
 
Wilejka, Poland 
List of murdered Jews from Yizkor books  
Solonovich, First name unknown 
 
Wilejka, Poland 
List of murdered Jews from Yizkor books  
Solonovich, First name unknown 
 
Wilejka, Poland 
List of murdered Jews from Yizkor books  

 

He had 2 sisters who also perished;

Elke Barshai nee Solonovich was born in Ilja, Poland to Yosef and Pasha nee Gordon. She was married. Prior to WWII she lived in Ilja, Poland. During the war she was in Ilja, Poland. Elke was murdered/perished in the Shoah. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by her niece.

On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:23 PM, Naomi Miller <naomiller@.com> wrote:
Dear Eilat,

I found this picture on your website of Yisro'el Micha'el Solonovich/Soloniewicz/Solonowich (variant spellings) of Ilya/Ilja, Belarus. Do you have any information about him? I believe his mother was Peshe/Pesya Solonovich (nee Gordon) & his maternal grandmother was Yehudit Gordon (nee Hendel or Gendel) married to Moshe Gordon. Yehudit Gordon (nee Hendel or Gendel) was my great-great grandmother's sister Drayze Kosovski (nee Hendel or Gendel). Is there anyone from Ilya/Ilja, Belarus who is living who may remember the man in the picture? 

Ilja

Yisroel Micha'el Solonovich (however it's spelled) is sitting down in the middle of the picture. He lived in Ilja/Ilya, now part of Belarus. I guess he was born there. I guess his mother Peshe/Pesya lived there as well. Maybe his grandmother Yehudit lived there as well. 

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