Daniel S. Jason’s Grandmother-A light in the darkness of the world,

Introduction to the Story of Phyllis Jashunsky

 

 

 

Preface-By Joseph M. Jason

 

Phyllis Jashunsky, my mother died on March 13, 2005.   She survived the holocaust and came to America.  The following is what was read at her funeral and then it is followed by an abbreviated version of her life story regarding her life in Poland during WWII while Jews were being exterminated.  She was a very special person who was the heart and soul of the family.  The story of her life is dedicated to the members of our family who perished in the holocaust.

 

“My mother Phyllis Jashunsky has been my hero.  She was the most loving compassionate person.  She was the soul of our family.  She was a very warm person who many people loved. She led a very hard life. She was born in Dalhinow, Russia and married my father jack in 1939 before the war broke out.  They were married 63 years until my father, her devoted partner died in 2002.  During WWII, my mother lived in Vilna and fled into Russia.  They escaped many times from harms way.  One time German squadrons killed most of the people around them.  My mother’s mother and sisters perished in the holocaust as well as her little nephews and nieces.  My mother took in and helped many people during the war in the United States, she was devoted to Israel. She was twice a President of Na’Amat and other roles for many years in the Rishona group.  She joined the Na’Amat organization to help Israeli children, young adults, and women to build a better life.  They have many homes for young children and many other installations.  She was continuing her work where she belonged before the war in her beloved Vilna.    She also helped Russians get settled in the United States.  When the emigration started from Russia, since she had the experience of being a refugee, she started to help these Russians with housing, furniture, health care and disabilities.  My mother had the respect from all of the people that she came into contact with.  In the recent year, my mother also enjoyed participating and reading in a Yiddish group. 

 

Her best role was Jewish mother and grandmother. She loved us and worried about us with all her might.  She loved her children, Jeanette, Abbie, and Joe.  She loved the spouses of her children, Nancy, Neal and Tatiana.  She especially loved her grandchildren Diana and Daniel and Heather and Joel.  She loved her great grandchildren Ari and Abbey.  She loved my father and religiously took care of him after he had a stroke for many years. I always prayed that she could live a long life for the hardship she endured.   Thank you god for granting that wish. She will live forever in our hearts.  We will always love you mom.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTHER’S FAMILY

 

 

Sonie Cheifec was born in Wilno, Poland to Yakov and Esther nee Reskin. She was a teacher. Prior to WWII she lived in Wilno, Poland. During the war was in Baranowicze, Poland. Sonie perished in the Shoah at the age of 25. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed to the left) submitted on 01/01/1993 by her sister from United States

 

 

Basia Budowicz was born in Wilno, Poland to Jacob and Esther nee Reskin. She was a housewife and married to Lazar. Prior to WWII she lived in Wilno, Poland. During the war was in Wilno, Poland. Basia perished in Ponary, Poland at the age of 28. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed to the left) submitted by her sister from United States

 

Lazar Budowicz was born in Lodz, Poland. He was a tailor and married to Basia. Prior to WWII he lived in Wilno, Poland. During the war was in Wilno, Poland. Lazar perished in Ponary, Poland at the age of 30. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed to the left) submitted by his brother-in-law from United States

 

Yankele Midzuk was born in Wilno, Poland to Chaim and Sima nee Cheifec. He was a child. Prior to WWII he lived in Wilno, Poland. During the war was in Wilno, Poland. Yankele perished in Ponary, Poland at the age of 4. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed to the left) submitted by his uncle from United States

 

Yankele Budowicz was born in Wilno, Poland to Lazar and Basia nee Cheifec. He was a child. Prior to WWII he lived in Wilno, Poland. During the war was in Wilno, Poland. Yankele perished in Ponary, Poland. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed to the left) submitted by his uncle from United States

 

Chaim Midzuk was born in Glebokie, Poland. He was a clerk and married to Sima. Prior to WWII he lived in Wilno, Poland. During the war was in Wilno, Poland. Chaim perished in Ponary, Poland at the age of 29. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed to the left) submitted by his brother-in-law from United States

 

Yentele Budowicz was born in Wilno, Poland to Lazar and Basia nee Cheifec. She was a child. Prior to WWII she lived in Wilno, Poland. During the war was in Wilno, Poland. Yentele perished in Ponary, Poland at the age of 5. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed to the left) submitted by her aunt from United States

 

Sima Midzuk nee Cheifec was born in Wilno, Poland to Yakov and Esther nee Reskin. She was an accountant and married to Chaim. Prior to WWII she lived in Wilno, Poland. During the war was in Wilno, Poland. Sima perished in Ponary, Poland at the age of 29. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed to the left) submitted by her sister from United states

 

Esther Cheifec nee Reskin was born in Dolhinow, Poland to Zelig and Miriam. She was a shop owner and a widowed. Prior to WWII she lived in Wilno, Poland. During the war was in Wilno, Poland. Esther perished in Ponary, Poland at the age of 63. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed to the left) submitted by her daughter from United states

 

Malkele Midzuk was born in Wilno, Poland to Chaim and Sima nee Cheifec. She was a child. Prior to WWII she lived in Wilno, Poland. During the war was in Wilno, Poland. Malkele perished in Ponary, Poland at the age of 7. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed to the left) submitted by her aunt from United states

 

FATHER’S FAMILY

Teibe Jasunski was born in Wilna, Poland in 1907. She was a seamstress and married. Prior to WWII she lived in Wilna, Poland. During the war was in Wilna, Poland. Teibe perished in the Shoah. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed to the left) submitted on 30/12/1956 by her friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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