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VINIF CLASS PHOTOGRAPH
Vinif (Yid. name), Ukraine
cir 1936-7
 

This is a photo of a graduating class from school in Vinif, 1936-1937. Note the lack of shoes. It is believed that these were all Jewish students pictured. Second from left in back row (looking bald because of the lighting) is Hersh Grossman. Next to Hersh is his sister Celie Grossman. Hersh and Celie were siblings to Helen Grossman. Celie and Hersh were the fifth and six oldest children in their family. Third from the right in the back is Gita Hoffman.

Two girls down from Celie in the back row is Leah Kahn and slightly below her and to her left is her sister, Tsuri Kahn. In the middle of the picture is the teacher. To the teacher's left is Chaika Kahn. Leah was shot with her parents in an aktsia in the Borshov ghetto in 1943. Tsuri stayed behind in Vinif and then died just after liberation from Auschwitz. Chaika was with Helen and her sister Ethel when they fled to the woods in Borshov in Fall of 1943.  Chaika, however, went back to try to find some shoes and was never heard from again. Presumably she was caught and killed then.

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