The above is a photograph of the Blum (Bliumas)
and their neighbors, the Lubeckys of Olite (now Alytus),
Pictured left to right, front row: Feige Blum (nee
Epstein), the youngest daughter, Shulamit (behind her), ???ese
Lubecky, Roma Lubecky, Kusiel Lubecky and on the far right,
Pictured left to right, back row: Meilach Blum,
Misha Lubecky, Chane-Mire Blum, the oldest Blum daughter, the
nephew of Lubecky Larry, and ? Lubecky.
All of those pictured in the above photograph
were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
From Howard V. Epstein re "Fayge Epstein Blum
and her Daughters": Our first cousins, z"l, daughters of our
Aunt Fayge, oldest sister of our Epstein parent, and their
father Uncle Elimelech (Max) Blum. The cousin's names were Chana
Miriam; Shulamit; Rachele and Chayele.
Re "Kusiel Lubecky and his Family in Olite":
Left to right: my
father Kusiel, his youngest brother Shmuel, his youngest sister
Tzipora, with their oldest sister Fayge. Photo
taken at the M. Abramowich studio in Olite (Alytus).
From Howard V. Epstein: "The Jews of Olite (Alytus)
were all marched into the forest outside the shtetl. And on the
first Sunday of September 1941 they were all murdered. And thus
my Aunt Fayge, Uncle Elimelech Blum and their daughters were
among those killed.
Aunt Fayge was the oldest sibling of my father's
Epstein family. This Blum family as the other Jews of Olite
refused to leave Lithuania despite efforts of my father and his
About one hundred and twenty Jews were killed on
that day. Their bodies were left for years where they died.
Finally when the Baltic States declared their independence when
the Russians left, honor was given to their remains by being
placed in a memorial among the trees of the forest--all that
remained of th bodies were placed in nine mass graves under
The entrance to the forest memorial of tears is
a huge "broken" Mogen David. And thus my Lithuanian family is
always in our memories.
MAY THEIR MEMORIES ALWAYS BE FOR A BLESSING!