Tomer Minuskin honors his grandfather’s brother Berale Minuskin, who was born in
1935 in Zhetel, Poland. Before the Holocaust, the town consisted of approximately
4,000 Jews. The community was very active, with Hebrew and Yiddish schools, several
Zionistic and other political organizations, and a rich cultural life. The first
Jews came to Zhetel in 1580. Shepsele and his older brother Berale were in a synagogue
that was used as a transfer station where Jews were led away to trucks. Shepsele’s
mother held on to her sons with “all her might,” but they were taken from her arms
by Nazi soldiers. The family never saw them again; both boys died in 1942.