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Yad Vashem The Story of the Jewish Community of Bălţi, Romania (today Moldova)


Pages of Testimony

Feiga-Fanya née PynernskiFeiga-Fanya née Pynernski
Shaul GorochovskiShaul Gorochovski
Middle row, fifth from right: Chaim Gorochovski (Gur) in Red Army uniformMiddle row, fifth from right: Chaim Gorochovski (Gur) in Red Army uniform

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 Gorochovski family fromBălţi.

The Gorochovski Family

Shaul Gorochovski and Feiga-Fanya née Pynernski arrived in Bălţi at the beginning of the 1920s as refugees from Râbniţa in Ukraine. They were warmly welcomed in the town, where their only child, Chaim, was born. Shaul worked in trade, and Chaim, a keen football player, joined Beitar. He studied at the Bălţi Hebrew Gymnasium for one year. He then transferred to the vocational high school, where he completed his studies. Chaim yearned to emigrate to Eretz Israel, but his mother wanted her only child near her, and dreamed of sending him to university.

In 1940, after Bălţi was absorbed by the USSR, Chaim began a driving and engineering course in Bălţi, and found work in a local factory. In 1941, after Germany and Romania invaded the Soviet Union, he was captured by Soviet soldiers and forced to join their army even though he was only 17. They didn't even give him the chance to say goodbye to his mother. Shaul was killed in one of the German bombings of Bălţi. Feiga fled from the ruined town to her hometown of Râbniţa, where she was executed for helping the underground.

Chaim fought in the Red Army ranks using the Moldavian name Yafim. He was injured and hospitalized in Stalingrad. After a while he fled to Asia, where he met Genya, who later became his wife. When he had recovered, he returned to the army and fought in the paramedic corps. During the battle over Berlin he was injured and lost his left eye. He was liberated in 1945, and presented with a military decoration. Chaim and Genjya emigrated to Israel at the end of the War of Independence. Chaim (who changed his surname to Gur) joined the IDF, working with vehicles and military equipment. Chaim and Genya have two sons.

In 1956, Chaim filled out Pages of Testimony at Yad Vashem in memory of his parents.


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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.