by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Yaffa Eliach’s Pre-Holocaust Portraits

On June 23. 1941. German Einsatzgruppen mobile killing squads] stormed into Ejszyszki (pronounced E-shish-key], a Jewish shtetl south of Vilna in Poland. 3500 Jews lived in Ejszyszki, a village that had harbored Jewish life since 1073. By the time the war was over, just 29 of these Jews were left alive. One of them was Yaffa Sonenson Eliach. .She was only four when the Germans came; she survived because a Polish friend of her parents hid the family in a cave under a pigsty.

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