Burial: Puchovitzer Section, Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Flushing NY
Shmuel arrived in the U.S. in August, 1921. He remembered Puchovitz, which he left at age 11, as a village of about 200 families 1 to 1½ miles from the railroad, among small lakes in which he fished. It had a synagogue and only one store he could recall, a pharmacy. The butcher sold meat from his slaughterhouse, a barn behind his house. Most food was purchased when farmers came to the town market once a week. Shmuel lived on a street with two rows of wooden houses 40 to 50 feet apart. They had an outside well, a large brick woodburning stove that heated the house; the family slept beside it in the winter. He described Smilovichi as a very small town compared to Puchowitz. Shmuel petitioned for naturalization August 21, 1921
Spouse: Anne Samekin5,6,44,29
Birth: 10 Apr 1913, New York NY
Death: 24 Apr 2000, Freehold, Monmouth NJ
188.8.131.52a.3.3.1 Linda Sutin5,8
Faige’s great-grandson has said that his father told him that Faige was the youngest child of Itzchak, and that her birth date as indicated was taken from a photograph of her grave stone. This information seemingly is contradicted by Judel’s documented date of birth—after Faige’s--and his son’s knowledge that Itzchak and Miriam also were Judel’s parents.
Spouse: Mordechi Hacohen Rappaport55 184.108.40.206a.4.1 Rosa Rappaport55
Aaron met Vered in the Kibutz Eni Hahoresh in 1933. Among Aaron’s jobs in the Kibutz was beekeeping. One source indicates that since “dvora” is Hebrew for “bee,” Aaron added “Dviri “to his name. His daughter Aya wrote that he changed his name in 1950 “… when the state of Israel became independent. Most of the members of the kibbutz decided to have a Hebrew name.”
Spouse: Vered Konstantinovska5,57,58,60
Although several documents give Julius' date of birth as 3 Mar 1884, his son Jack indicated that Julius was born to Itzchak and Miriam 3 Mar 1898. The later birth date, in combination with other data, would indicate that Julius was born when Itzchak was married to Yehudit Goldberg.
Julius moved from Puchowitz to Warsaw as a young man, to avoid being drafted by the Russian army. He operated a leather goods store in Warsaw. He met Sarah in Warsaw. Later he studied to become a dental technician, and he and Sarah had a successful dental practice in Warsaw. He survived the Holocaust, came to the U.S. about 1949.
Spouse: Sarah Garmize6,13
Birth: 18 Jun 1905
Death: 10 Sep 1941
Julius and Sarah separated in 1931.
220.127.116.11a.6.1 Izik (Jack) Sutin6,5,67
Jack and Rochelle grew up in nearby Polish towns close to the Russian border. They first met in a Soviet high school in Stolpce before World War II. Jack found Rochelle attractive, asked her to dance at a school dance. It was almost two years before they were to meet again.
When the Germans invaded eastern Poland in 1941 Jack escaped and hid in the forest. Living in the degrading confines of Jewish ghettos (Jack in Mir, Rochelle in Stolpce), both Jack and Rochelle witnessed first-hand the German campaign to rid the land of Jews. Jack, his father, and many other Jews escaped from Mir after hearing that all persons in the ghetto were to be killed. Terrified, they ran fast, splitting into small groups in the woods. Jack’s group dug a bunker, foraged for food, and according to Jack “lived like squirrels” during the 1942-43 winter, focused on not being captured or killed.
During this time Jack dreamed that he would meet Rochelle in the woods. He took this dream so seriously that he built a space for her in the bunker. Having heard of the crazy Izik Sutin saving a space for her, Rochelle arrived at the bunker about three months later, accompanied by two other women. Rochelle, initially skeptical about the Jack’s affection for her, eventually grew to appreciate and return that affection.
The more they grew to love each other, the more they thought about living to survive their ordeal. They dealt with lice, a terrible infection and boils for Jack, food scarcity, and other miseries. Later, although the Soviets had outlawed anti-Jewish discrimination, they realized that anti-semitism still remained rampant. To avoid induction into the Russian army, Jack dressed as an old woman, and later he and his father posed as dentists, which were much needed for civilians.
As Soviet attempts to control Polish Jews became more blatant, Jack decided that they must leave Poland. They escaped first to western Poland, beyond Soviet control, but soon realized that they must move further west. In August, 1945 they reached Berlin, then ran on foot to reach the American portion of the city. They were in a United Nations displaced persons camp near Munich, eventually were able to move to the U.S. in 1949. They went to St. Paul, Minnesota, where Rochelle had an uncle.
Jack and Rochelle’s powerful story continues to be used to create later generations’ awareness and understanding of the Holocaust. The Sholom Foundation’s Jack and Rochelle Sutin Fund was established in recognition of their heroic experience, and in August, 2011, The Jack and Rochelle Sutin Center Lounge at the Knollwood Place Apartments was dedicated in memory of Rochelle, Jack’s wife and best friend.
Spouse: Rochelle Schleiff6,29,32,34
Birth: 15 May 1924, Stolpce, Poland
Death: 19 Dec 2010, Minneapolis MN
18.104.22.168a.6.1.1 Cecilia Sutin6,13,68,32
Education: University of Michigan, Harvard Law School
Since 1984 Larry has been a writer and teacher. He is a professor in Hamline University’s Creative Writing and Liberal Studies programs, and teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He’s written several books, including Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance, the story of his parents’ partisan life during and after World War II.
Spouse: Mab Kathryn Nulty6,72 22.214.171.124a.126.96.36.199 Ceallaigh Vance72
Marriage: 6 Jul 1921, Warsaw
In an unidentified document with the dual language heading “Description/Signalement” Louis is described as 5’2” tall with dark brown hair and brown eyes
Spouse: Clara Goldberg5,66,12,75
Birth: 10 Jul 1893, Puchowitz, Belarus
Death: 16 Jul 1971, Cape Town, South Africa
Clara, Louis’ first cousin, was a Russian gold medalist and a dentist.
Clara was engaged to Solomon Levine, and may have been married to him. She believed that he had been killed in the war and married Louis. According to Norman Sutin, “She was very surprised (and upset) when, circa 1935, she accidentally encountered Solomon on Muizenberg Beach in South Africa, We and he were independently vacationing. We subsequently saw a fair amount of Solomon and of his son and daughter.” Norman was not sure if Solomon was actually related to their family or if he was only introduced as a relative.
188.8.131.52b.4.1 Freda Sutin5,56,14