Eta Kasten Dor has written a brief history of her family in Bukachevtsy.
Kasten family lived in Bukachevtsy at least since the beginning of the
19th century as shown in documents from the Central State Historical
in Lviv and the records in the archives in Warsaw found via the JRI-Poland
- Polish State
Archives Project. According to the information in these documents,
(Srool) Kasten was the owner of House # 123 in Bukachevtsy. They
also document that Mayer Hirsh Kasten, Dina's grandfather, was born in
1867 to Itzhak Leib and Chana Kasten in Bukachevtsy, married Etel-Dina Scheer
in 1889 and had four children:
Arye-Leib Kasten, who was missing in World War I; David (Doodje) Kasten,
who along with his family were murdered in the liquidation of the Rohatyn
ghetto; Rivka Kasten (Waisman), who was murdered in the Holocaust with her
family; and Joseph Kasten (Dina's father, born in Bukachevtsy in 1906).
married Lina-Liba Fuchs and with Dina-Eta (1 year and 3 months old) and
Samuel (2 years and 4 months old) were deported from Bukachevtsy to
the Rohatyn ghetto. In March 1942 they escaped from the ghetto, returned to
Bukachevtsy and hid in a self-made bunker in the Vitan
forest together with the Blitz & Drach families. While living in
hiding, Lina gave birth to Tonia in May, 1944. In August 1944 they were liberated by the Russian Army and in 1948
made Aliyah to Israel.