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June
June 1941 - A group photo of the Rodkin Family from Orsha, Belorussia, fleeing the Nazi advance





June 1941

A group photo of the Rodkin Family from Orsha, Belorussia, fleeing the Nazi advance

The photograph documents the flight of the Rodkin family of Orsha, Belorussia, eastwards in June 1941, before the arrival of the Germans to their town. It was taken by Jakov Rodkin, who perished in Bogatov, Russia, on January 30, 1943. The child standing in the railroad car is Josef Rodkin, Jakov’s brother. The girl standing on the right is Jakov and Josef’s sister, Liza.

Before the war, their hometown of Orsha had a Jewish population of 7,992 in 1939. The Germans captured the city during Operation Barbarossa on July 16, 1941. A Judenrat was appointed and two ghettos were established in the town, and on November 26, 1941, over 5,000 Jews were murdered at the Jewish cemetery.

To view a Page of Testimony completed by Josef in memory of his brother Jakov, click here.

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