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Pages of Testimony

Yad Vashem – The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names

The Central Database of Shoah Victims Names is a unique enterprise undertaken by Yad Vashem to commemorate the names of the six million Jews, victims of the Holocaust.

The Pages of Testimony, a project that began in the 1950s, bear the biographical details of many of the victims and reveal to us the story of the Jewish individual during the Shoah and beforehand.

The following Pages of Testimony reveal the fate of the Piernikow and Slotzky families from Mir.

The Slutcki Family

  • Sarah (first row, center) Slutcki (later Piernikow) with her friends in Mir before WWII
  • Group of schoolgirls in Mir before WWII. The teacher in the photograph is Szifra Brojda-Slutcki
  • Szifra Brojda-Slutcki
  • Liba Slutcki
  • Szachna Slutcki
  • Shlomo Slutcki
  • Szifra Brojda-Slutcki

Shlomo and Liba Slutcki lived in Mir, and were owners of a lime factory. Shlomo had four children from his deceased first wife, and five from his second wife Liba: Szifra, Szachna, Sarah, Shmuel and David. Szachna was a dental technician and Shmuel, his younger brother, followed in his footsteps, working for Dr. Sutin, the Mir dentist.

After Nazi Germany's invasion of the USSR, Szachna escaped to the nearby town, where he was murdered. Shmuel ran after him, and at first worked treating teeth among the town's residents, with the permission of the Germans. From 1942-1944, he and his girlfriend Shulamit hid in a pit in the courtyard of a house belonging to Jadwiga and Antush, farmers in Ivenets, and thus survived. In 1945 their first son, Shlomo, was born, on their way to Germany. In 1947 Shmuel and Shulamit emigrated to Eretz Israel on the Exodus. They were arrested and exiled by the British authorities to Germany, but they emigrated again in 1949. Their second daughter Chana (Chanita) was born in Israel.

Shlomo and Liba Slutcki were murdered in Mir during one of the aktions, together with their daughter Szifra Brojda. Their daughter Sarah, who had married Irshl Piernikow before the war lost her infant son during the tumult of the escape from the Mir ghetto on the night of 9 August 1942. Sarah and Irshl fled to the forest, where their second child was born, but after less than two weeks on a cold winter's night, the baby died. When the Soviets liberated the region, Irshl and Sara returned to Mir. Irshl and his brother Israel, who had survived in the forest at the Bielski brothers' family camp, were recruited to the Red Army. Israel survived and emigrated to Israel. The fate of Irshl remains unknown.

In the 1950s Sarah emigrated to Canada, where she got married for a second time, to Avraham Sherman. The couple did not have any children.

David, the younger son, was conscripted to the Red Army before WWII, fighting in their ranks during the war. After the war he emigrated to Israel with his brother Shmuel on the Exodus, and later went to live in Canada with his wife Helen, where they had two children. At the beginning of the 1990s they returned to Israel.

The Piernikow-Shifron family

  • Members of the "Hashomer Hatzair" group in Mir. First row, from right: Moshe Rabinowicz, Leah Gershowicz, leader Avraham --, Yitzhak Zinkin. Second row, from right: Naftali Plantzki, Zina Schusterman, Esther Piernikow, Fruma Levin, Araon Koch. Third row, from right: Yitzhak Reznik,  Sonya Trobowicz, Zvi Mezorwicz, --, Chaim Ger, Avraham Levi
  • Feigel Piernikow née Rassel, Mir
  • Members of the "Hashomer Hatzair" group in Mir. Third row, right: Esther Piernikow; second from right: Fruma Stoller
  • Members of the "Bund" youth movement – "Zukonft" – before WWII in Novoyelnya. Among those photographed: Yirshel Fiernikov
  • Miriam Piernikow
  • Esther Piernikow
  • Feigel Piernikow
  • Aharon Piernikow

Aron Piernikow was a pharmacist and pharmacy owner, married to Tziporah. The couple had four children: Irshl, Miriam (Mirel), Esther and Moshe. After Aharon was widowed, he got married for a second time, to Feigel (Tziporah) née Ressel. The couple had one child, Israel. In time, Feigel left her husband, and moved with her son to her mother's home in Mir. Israel grew up in the house of his Grandma Chasia, who made a living selling dairy foods she manufactured from milk she bought from non-Jews.

Irshl, Aaron's son, was conscripted to the Polish army. The daughters Esther and Mirel were members of the "Hashomer Hatzair" youth group together with their brothers, Moshe and Israel. Moshe emigrated to Eretz Israel in 1938.

After Nazi Germany's invasion of the USSR, Aaron Piernikow and his daughters fled to Horodok (Gorodok), where his sister lived. Aaron and his daughters Miriam and Esther were killed in the summer of 1942, during the liquidation of the Horodok ghetto.

Irshl and Israel were left in Mir. They escaped the ghetto on the night of Sunday 9 August 1942, and fled to the nearby forest. Irshl Piernikow escaped with his wife Sarah. During the tumult of the escape, Sarah and Irshl lost their young son, who was left in the ghetto. They arrived in the forest, and wandered from place to place. Sarah gave birth in the forest, but after less than two weeks on a cold winter's night, the baby died. After a string of events, Israel arrived at the Bielski brothers' family camp in the forest. When the Soviets liberated the region, Irshl Sarah and Israel returned to Mir. Irshl and his brother Israel were conscripted to the Red Army. 

Israel Piernikow survived. In 1948 he emigrated to Israel, changed his name to Shifron and established a family. From 1989-2008 Israel Shifron was Chairman of the Association of Former Mir Residents, which worked tirelessly to commemorate the community in Israel and Belarus.

The fate of Irshl Piernikow remains unknown.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of:

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany works to secure compensation and restitution for survivors of the Holocaust.

Since 1951, the Claims Conference - working in partnership with the State of Israel - has negotiated for and distributed payments from Germany, Austria, other governments, and certain industry; recovered unclaimed German Jewish property; and funded programs to assist the neediest Jewish victims of Nazism.

To learn more about the Claims Conference, click here.

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

The Foundation in Memory of Mir Jewry in Belarus