Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Lazovniks' Fate

My grandmother had told me of her grandmother, Ronia Lazovnik Bajcz/Baich.  She also mentioned Ronia's brother Shaya Lazovnik, but she didn't tell me much of anything about him or his family.  But now, thanks to a new document that appeared in Yad Vashem's database, I know about one of his sons, that son's family, and their unfortunate fate.

Lazovnik Family in the Rovno Ghetto, January 1942

Ovadia son of Isaiah (which is the translation of the Hebrew Yeshaya) Lazovnik was born in 1889 in Horochov, my grandmother's hometown, and he was a saddler by profession.  He and his wife and two daughters were listed with people who were in the Rovno Ghetto (in what is today Rivne, Ukraine) in a list made on January 15, 1942 by the Judenrat.

Closeup of the Lazovnik Family in the Rovno Ghetto, January 1942
Ovaria's wife, Lana-Dvoira, was born in 1890 in Klevan (about 20km NE of Rivne).  The couple's daughters were Mirlya (born 1927) and Sosilya (born 1928), both natives of Rovno/Rivne.

A bit more searching for them found their ultimate fate.  JewishGen has a database for "R√≥wne (Rovno) Victims Killed in the Kostopol Forest" and explains that "to create more office and residence room for incoming Germans who would work in Rovno, the Germans decided to clear out many of the remaining Jews.  Between November 6th & 7th, 15,000 to 18,000 Jews who thought they were reporting for work assignments were marched into the Sosenski Forest and murdered."

Within that database are the following records (note that the spellings are odd since this database was taken from Russian-language documents and translated into Hebrew and then that Hebrew version was then translated into English):
Lazovnik Family in the Kostopol Forest Database
Ovadia Lazovnik (first cousin to my great grandfather) was murdered along with his wife and their two daughters (my grandmother's second cousins) sometime on November 6 or 7, 1942 in the Sosenski Forest near Kostopol, less than ten months after being enumerated on the Rovno Ghetto census I found on Yad Vashem's site.

It seems like way too many of my posts find relatives who I then discover were killed. :(

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  1. Every time I discover a relative who was murdered during the Holocaust, I find I have to catch my breath. Just horrifying and heartbreaking.

  2. It's chilling to read the brief sentence, "to create more office and residence room for incoming Germans" but realize that, for the NAZIs, necessitated the extermination of innocent people.