Bukengolts Family

Raisa Oyvetsky honors her family members, including her parents, Moishe (Mikhail) Bukengolts and Chaya (Klara) Bukengolts, who were born in 1912 and 1917, respectively. Both were from Glusk, Belarus, but at the time, the city was a part of Russia. They lived in a town not unlike the village portrayed in “The Fiddler on the Roof.”  The couple survived the war, but the majority of their relatives were killed in Belarus. Raisa describes her paternal grandfather, Israel Bukengolts, as a short, redheaded man who was known to be a workaholic and whose trade was blacksmithing. Raisa’s maternal grandmother was a business owner, and was quite beautiful but very shy. Raisa recalls that she was named after her grandmother Rochelle, while her brother was named after the other grandmother. She notes, however, that “I never had any contact with my grandparents.” Raisa states that because of the tragedy of their untimely deaths, “it made me aware, very early, of the atrocities caused by Nazis.”

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