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Telekhany
BELARUS



 



HILLER GREBETZ IN HIS ARMY UNIFORM
Telekhany, Belarus
cir 1910-1920
 

Hiller (Hillel/Harry) Grebetz (Grybetz) was born in Telechan, Lithuania (now Telekhany, Belarus) in 1890.  He had a sister named Fejga who was born in 1894 and another sister who died in childbirth in Telechan. Fejga had a son named Donel Gotdyner who was most likely born in 1912.  Hiller had a brother, Tedder, who changed his name to Tedder Wilson when he came to the States, pre-1920.

Hiller's father Aron was born in 1855; his mother Leja in 1861. They came to the States in 1920.  According to their listings on their ship manifest, they entered the United States through Ellis Island. Their nearest relative back home is listed as Josel Basewitsch who was living in Pinsk, Wolkagasse at the time. He was a brother-in-law of Aron and Leja, as well as an uncle to Hillel and Fejga.

In the photograph above is pictured Hiller on the left. The men belonged to the 100th Ostrov Infantry Regiment, which at this time was part of the garrison of the city of Dvinsk, now Daugavpils in Latvia.

 


 


 

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