HILLER GREBETZ IN HIS ARMY UNIFORM
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
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.