From the papers of the late Elimelech Benari, contributed in 2005 by his son, Shmuel. Table of Contents.
Edited for clarity, slightly reorganized, headings added, by the Page Coordinator.
Part 1: A 500 Year-Old Community
2. The Soviet Invasion
17 September 1939
The first strong shock wave passed through the town's relatively quiet way of life over generations with the entrance of the Red Army's tank columns on September 17, 1939. They were greeted with warmth by the citizens. The new government made efforts to integrate the town into the mold of the constitution of the Soviet regime. This revolutionary change undermined the generation-old Jewish way of life.
Part 3: The Germans Arrive; The Cruelty Begins
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