Verkhok Leiba, Basheva Pesya, Verkhok Movsha Rafal, Verkhok Khana, Gref Rosa, Gref Gersh
Photograph of the very beginning of the XX century (~ 1900-1905 ) of the Vershok family from Ryzhitsa. In the center of photo Leib Vershok (born in 1844) and his wife, Pesya Basheva (born in 1845) on the left are their eldest son Movsha Rafal (1867-1941) and his wife Khana (1865-1941), on the right (presumably) daughter Roza (Reika, 1878-1942) and her husband Gersh Gref (1870-1941).
The photograph also captures daughter Sonia Izrailit and Rachel Shuster and sons Wulf (Wolf, 1879-1941), Elijah (born in 1884), and Solomon (born in 1894). In total, Leib and Pesya had 7 children (all in the photo could not be identified).
Movsha Rafal and Hana became victims of the Holocaust in Rezekne in 1941. In the family photo next to them, most likely their daughter Slovo Vinogradova (1895-1976).
A reference has been preserved regarding their place of residence in Rezekne (1st May St. 88, now Atbrivoshanas Alley), issued just a few weeks before the start of the war. According to this certificate, their relatives from Moscow were supposed to come to visit them, but they did not have time to arrive and this saved their lives.
In the Holocaust, Leib and Pesya’s son, Wulf, with his wife and three children, and Movsha and Hana’s children, Gita Leia (1903-1941) and Yankel Aron (1894-1941), with his wife and two children, also died in Rezekne.
Information and photos provided by Yuri Cooper who, in turn, received a photo from the son of Rachel Benzion Izrailevich Shruster (born 18.10.1919).