alternate spelling: Glazer
Sister and brother Dvora and Herzl Glezer,
with Troskunai's landmark church
bell tower in the background
MORTCHEL GLEZER was born ~1790-1800. He had a son named Boruch Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1817. Boruch married Sheyna, born in 1820.
The four sons of Boruch and Sheyna Glezer:
I. Orel Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1834. He married Musha Gena, born in 1836. Orel died in 1891 in Vilkomir (Ukmerge).
- The five children of Orel and Musha Gena:
- Chana Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1868.
- Sheyna Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1871.
- Abram Mendel Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1874.
- Chaya Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1879.
- Rocha Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1889.
II. Mortchel Orel Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1838. He resided in Trashkun but was registered in Raguva. Mortchel Orel married Gita Enta, born in 1842. Gita Enta died in 1897.
- The four children of Mortchel Orel and Gita Enta:
- Shimen (Shimel) Glezer was born in Trashkun between 1863 and 1870. He was a butcher, and he married Etka, born in 1869, daughter of Chaim Berel. The five children of Shimel and Etka:
- Freyda Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1902 or 1903. Freyda married Israel Noach Peres in 1924.
- Gershel (Gershon Berel) Glezer, born in Trashkun between 1903 and 1907.
- Idel Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1905. Idel was a butcher, and he served in the Russian army in 1926.
- Gitl Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1906.
- Yisroel Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1907.
PHOTO Yisroel Glezer at reunion of Trashkuners in Israel (1987)
- Shneyer Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1875. He worked as a loader. Shneyer married Paya Sheva née Levin, born in 1880. Shneyer and Paya had two daughters:
- Gita Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1901. She was a tradeswoman. On 19 June 1931 she married tradesman Yosl Shtiler, born in Malat (Moletai) in 1894, son of Vulf Shtiler and Leya Dveyra Frumer. (Read about Gita Glezer's wedding in Berl Glezer's memoir.)
- Mina Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1909. She was a tradewoman. On 8 August 1939 in Trashkun she married Nisn Podrugs, born in Kurkl (Kurkliai) in 1909, a miller and son of Fayvel Podrugs and Rayna Gordon.
Ortzik (Aharon Wulf, Orel Berko) Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1875. He married Buna-Gitl Berk, born in Trashkun in 1877, daughter of Zalman Berk. Ortzik and Buna-Gitl were murdered in the Holocaust in 1941.
PHOTO Aharon (Ortzik) Glezer, his wife Buna-Gitl, and six of their seven children
- The seven children of Ortzik Glezer and Buna-Gitl Berk:
Rivka Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1903. She married Ovsey (Yeshiahu, Yeshike, Shaya) Puner, born in Trashkun in 1899, son of Abram Puner and Tzira Michla Grinshteyn. Rivka, Ovsei and their children were murdered in the Holocaust in 1941. (See recollections of Rivka Glezer and her husband Osvei [Yeshike] Puner in Itzhak Konkurovich's letter about Avram Puner.)
PHOTO Rivka Glezer Puner
- The two children of Rivka Glezer and Ovsei Puner:
- Chaim Puner, born in Trashkun in 1938 or 1939; killed in the Holocaust in 1941.
- Michla Puner, born in Trashkun in 1941; killed in the Holocaust in 1941.
Gershon (Gershke) Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1904. In 1934 in Kupeshok (Kupiškis) he married Rivka Pesa Bas, born in Trashkun in 1905, daughter of Paltiel and Basha Bas. Gershon and Rivka lived in Birzh (Biržai), where they were murdered in the Holocaust, presumably in 1941, along with their children.
PHOTO Gershon Glezer with his bride Rivka
- The two children of Gershon Glezer and Rivka Pesa Bas:
- [first child], name and birth date unknown; killed in the Holocaust.
- [second child], name and birth date unknown; killed in the Holocaust.
- Leybe Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1905. He was murdered in the Holocaust in 1941.
Boruch Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1908. In 1932, he and Chaya Katkish entered into a fictitious marriage solely for the purpose of emigration to Palestine. He later married his actual wife, Rachel Gafni, born in Petah Tikva in 1917. They both died in Israel, Boruch in 1985, Rachel in 2004.
PHOTOS Boruch at school, wedding photo, with sister Dvora, with wife Rachel
PHOTO Boruch with Trashkun pioneers (1930)
PHOTO Boruch with his sister Dvora, her husband, and two first cousins
DOCUMENT Passenger list for ship to Palestine (1932)
The three children of Boruch Glezer and Rachel Gafni:
- Amos Glezer, born in Palestine in 1945.
- Aharon Glezer, born in Palestine in 1946.
- Bina Glezer, born in Israel in 1948, died on 26 December 2016.
Rosa/Roza Glezer was born in Aniksht (Anykščiai) ~1909. She married Jacob Fisher, born in Trashkun in 1915. In 1941, Jacob and the couple's young child were killed in an aktion in the Kovno ghetto. Rosa survived as a forced laborer in Lithuania and later in Germany, where she met Chaim Golandski, born in 1887. Chaim lost his first wife and four children in the Holocaust in Pinsk (then Poland, now Belarus). Rosa and Chaim married in Germany and went to Palestine in 1947. They had two children. Chaim died in 1986, and Rosa died in 1990, both in Israel.
DOCUMENTS Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony for Jacob Fisher (Rosa's first husband) and Miriam Golandski (Chaim's first wife).
DOCUMENT Stutthof concentration camp record for Rosa Glezer Fisher
PHOTOS Rosa Glezer Golandski, Chaim Golandski, children Gitl and Aharon
MEMORY Rosa as remembered by her cousin Saul Rifkin
- The child of Rosa Glezer and Jacob Fisher:
- Chaim Fisher, born ~1939, murdered in the Holocaust in 1941 at age 2½.
- The two children of Rosa Glezer and Chaim Golandski:
- Gitl (Tova) Golandski, born in Germany on 13 or 14 March 1946.
- Aharon Golandski, born in Israel in 1948.
- Herzl Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1920. He was murdered in the Holocaust in 1941.
PHOTO Herzl and his sister Dvora in Trashkun
Dvora Glezer Lor
Dvora Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1921. In 1939 she emigrated to Palestine, where she married Israel Lor. Israel died in Israel in 2003, and Dvora died in Israel in 2014.
PHOTOS Dvora Glezer Lor, husband Israel Lor, brothers Herzl & Boruch
PHOTO Dvora Glezer Lor, Israel Lor, and their two daughters (1955)
PHOTO Dvora Glezer Lor with her husband, brother Boruch, and two first cousins
- Sora Beyla Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1878. She married (husband's name unknown), and it is not known whether she had children.
III. Khonel Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1840 He married Dvora, born in 1844.
- The four children of Khonel and Dvora:
- Meir/Meyer Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1869. He married Chaya Feyga, born in 1867. (See recollections of Meir Glezer's family in Berl Glezer's memoir.) The two children of Meir and Chaya Feyga:
- Necha (Zelda Nechama) Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1894.
- Sora Etlia Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1896. On 30 December 1924 Sora married Shmuel Grin, son of Hirsh and Etel Dina of Ponevezh (Panevėžys).
- Sora Feyga Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1871. She had a child out of wedlock and married in 1891 (husband's name unknown). Sora Feyga's only known child:
- Izrael Glezer, born on 4 September 1890 in Kovno (Kaunas), registered in Trashkun.
Mendel Leyb Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1876. He married Buna-Gitl,[NOTE]Surname unknown. Not to be confused with Buna-Gitl Berk, who married Ortzik (Aharon) Glezer, shown above. born in Trashkun in 1880. Mendel Leyb and Buna-Gitl both died in the Holocaust in 1941. The four children of Mendel Leyb and Buna-Gitl:
- Botske (Boruch) Glezer, born in Trashkun.
- Dvorka Glezer, born in Trashkun.
Leah in 1927
Roska Glezer, born in Trashkun. During World War II, she spent time in the Kovno ghetto and was deported to the Stutthof Concentration Camp with Sheyna Beyla Berk (later Sonia Propis). Both survived. Roska was married, but her husband's name and fate are unknown. After the war she moved to Israel. The only known child of Roska and her husband:
- Leah, birth date and fate unknown.
- Rivka Glezer, born in Trashkun.
Eliash Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1878. In Kupiškis on 24 February 1906, he married Chaya Yuter, born in Kupiškis in 1878, daughter of Shmuel. The two children of Eliash and Chaya:
- Shmuel Leybe Glezer, born in Kupiškis in 1907.
- Boruch Glezer, born in Kupiškis on 3 June 1912.
IV. Hirshe Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1841. His first wife (name unknown) was born in 1845. His second wife was Chana Rocha Kantsipovich, born in 1853.
- The eight children of Hirshe Glezer and his first wife:
- Chaya Glezer was born in 1872. In 1891 she married Berl Yuzent (born in Trashkun in 1870, died in 1941) .
- Sheyna Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1876.
- Malka Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1880.
- Sora Rivka Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1885.
- Leyzer Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1890.
- Chana Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1893.
- Dina Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1896.
- Nechama Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1898.
- The three known children of Hirshe Glezer and his second wife, Chana Rocha Kantsipovich:
- Yochana Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1899. On 6 April 1933 in Ponevezh (Panevezys) she married Yisrael Milchman, who was born in Postava in 1905 to Moshe Milchman and Beyla (Strachansk) Milchman.
- Rafael Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1902 or 1903. In Ponevezh on 6 June 1933 he married Chana Kamber, who was born in Shadeve (Šeduva) in 1907 to Bentsel Kamber and Musa Golda (Lazarov) Kamber.
- Reyza Glezer, born in Trashkun in 1908.
Mortchel Glezer Family Tree (Geni)
PHOTO Several Glezer family members appear in this 1927 group photo taken at the Trashkun railroad station.
ITZIK GLEZER was born ~1790-1800 and had three sons: (back to top)
I. Yankel Meyer Glezer was born in Rogeve (Raguva) in 1834, and married Gita (Gitl, Gutl) Kovnovich, born in 1835. Yankel died in 1905. Gita died in 1907.
- The four children of Yankel and Gita Glezer:
Mortchel (Motl) Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1864. He made windows and doors. (See reference to Motl Glezer in Berl Glezer's memoir.) Motl married Basha (Basl) Rayna Kavalsky, born in 1865. He died in Trashkun on 14 October 1932. The four children of Motl and Basl Glezer:
Family of Dobl (Glezer) and Berl Katz
(Vilnius, 1966) (enlarge)
Dobra (Dobl) Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1896. She married Berl Katz, who was born in Utyan (Utena) in 1888. During World War I, Dobl and Berl were forcibly expelled to the east, along with tens of thousands of other Jews. They spent the war years in Penza, Russia, and returned to Utyan after the war. At the outbreak of World War II, the family fled to Russia and spent the war years in Siberia. Both Dobl and Berl died in Israel in 1981.
PHOTO The family of Dobl (Glezer) Katz and Berl Katz (1966)
PHOTO Dobl and Berl Katz in Israel (1972)
- The five children of Dobl and Berl Katz:
- Meir Katz was born in 1918 in Penza, Russia, during the family's expulsion during World War I. He was killed as a soldier during World War II.
- Aba Katz, born in Utyan on 16 August 1920. He married Sheyne Kreynowitz, born 23 February 1925. Aba died in Israel in 2006. Sheyne died in Israel in 2011.
- Leybe Katz was born in Utyan in 1922. He died in Utyan as a young child on 28 December 1924.
- Shimen (Simche) Katz was born in Utyan in 1927. He married Sarah, born in Plungyan (Plungė). Shimen died in 2016, and Sarah died in 2021.
- Meite Katz was born in Utyan in May 1933. He died in Utyan at the age of two months, on 12 July 1933.
Dvora (Glezer) Yuzent with Nosn,
their children and Nosn's family
Dvora (Dvera) Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1897. She married Nosn Yuzent, a stonemason. In 1915 (World War I) the family was evacuated to Penza, Russia, and returned to Trashkun after the war. In August 1941, Nosn and Dvora were killed in the Holocaust, along with five of their six children.
PHOTO Dvora with husband Nosn Yuzent and family (1933)
PHOTO Dvora, her daughter Zelda and others at wedding of Musya Yuzent (~1934-36)
- The six children of Dvora Glezer and Nosn Yuzent:
- Sarah (Sorele) Yuzent, born in Trashkun in 1919, married Itzik Luria. Both died in the Holocaust in 1941.
- Shmerl (Shmerke, Shmariahu) Yuzent, born in Trashkun in 1921 or 1923; died in the Holocaust in 1941.
PHOTO Shmerke Yuzent with his uncle Berl Glezer
- Zelda (Zeldka) Yuzent was born in Trashkun on 20 December 1924. The only survivor of her immediate family, she escaped to the east at the beginning of World War II. During the war she was in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and later in Yurga in Siberia. Zelda returned to Lithuania after the war and then traveled to Birobidzhan, where she married her first cousin Misha Kotkis, the oldest son of her father's sister Etel Yuzent. In 1995 Zelda and Misha Kotkis made Aliyah to Israel with their two sons, Boris and Viktor. Misha Kotkis died in 2000, and Zelda died on 8 March 2016, both in Israel.
PHOTO Zelda as a child with her family in 1933
PHOTO Zelda with husband Misha Kotkis and son Boris (~1950's)
PHOTO Zelda (Yuzent) Kotkis' family with the Glezer family (1958)
PHOTO Zelda Kotkis with husband and relatives
PHOTO Zelda Kotkis with family in Birobidzhan (1975)
PHOTO Zelda with her uncle Avrom Yuzent in Israel (1996)
- Tzivya (Tzivele) Yuzent, born in Trashkun in 1928; died in the Holocaust in 1941.
- Noyma (Noymele, Ela Naomi) Yuzent, born in Trashkun on 15 October 1932; died in the Holocaust in 1941.
- Basya (Basele) Yuzent, born in 1939; died in the Holocaust in 1941.
Elya (Elke, Eliahu) Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1902, and died in Troshkun in 1938 after a logging accident.
PHOTO Elke with his brother Berl, cousin Motl Shepshelevich, and friend Avrom Yuzent (1933)
Berl (Berke, Berchik) Glezer was born 23 July 1905 in Trashkun. He married Frida Kozhenetz, born 20 July 1911, daughter of Aizik and Chaya Beyla (née Kremer) Kozhenetz. Berl and Frida survived the war by fleeing to the Soviet Union (Siberia) (see Berl Glezer's memoir). After the war they returned to Lithuania and lived in Vilnius until 1990, when they moved to Israel. Berl died on 19 December 1991 and Frida died on 6 October 2001, both in Israel.
Berl Glezer's family with the family
of his niece Zelda (Yuzent) Kotkis.
(Vilnius, 1958) (enlarge)
DOCUMENT Berl Glezer's internal passport (1927)
PHOTOS Berl Glezer with Trashkun pioneers (26 April 1930 and 1930)
PHOTO Berl, brother Elke, cousin Motl Shepshelevich, and friend Avrom Yuzent (1933)
PHOTO Berl with Frida and Peska Kozhenetz
PHOTO Berl Glezer with machine used in his furniture-making business (1937)
PHOTO Glezer family with Itzhak Konkurovich (1951)
PHOTO Glezer family with Kotkis family (1958)
PHOTO Glezer family at reunion of survivors from Troskunai in Vilnius (1962)
PHOTO Berl, Frida, Misha Glezer with Avrom & Hadassah Yuzent (1976 and 1990)
VIDEO Berl Glezer in 1989 (Yiddish) [1:00]
- The three children of Berl Glezer and Frida Kozhenetz:
- Misha (Moshe, Motl) Glezer, born in Siberia in 1944.
- Aizik (Isaac) Glezer, born in Vilnius in 1947.
- Basia Glezer Grinberg, born in Vilnius in 1949.
Chana Basa Glezer was born in Trashkun in 1865. She married Leybe Elye Shepshelevich (Šepšelevič), born in Trashkun in 1865. Leybe was a bricklayer, son of Abraham Shepshelevich. Chana Basa died in Ponevezh (Panevėžys) on 20 December 1924. Leybe was killed in the Holocaust in Birzh (Biržai) in the summer of 1941. The eight children of Chana Basa and Leybe Elye:
- Leyzer Shepshelevich was born in Trashkun in 1886. In 1905 he became a revolutionary, and under threat of arrest, he escaped to America using the surname Abramovich. (Abram was the name of his paternal grandfather.) Leyzer was married to Keyla-Riva (Clara).
PHOTO Leyzer with his wife Clara, daughter Madeleine, brother Hirshl, and other relatives
- The two children of Leyzer Shepshelevich and Clara:
- Etel (Ethel)
- Nechama (Nechka) Shepshelevich was born in Trashkun in 1888. She married Hillel Vospe (born in 1890). During World War I they fled to Russia with the rest of the Shepshelevich family, but stayed there after the war and then moved to Crimea. After Hillel's death and after learning that her children did not survive World War II, Nechka lost her eyesight and eventually went to live with her cousin Berl Glezer's family in Vilnius, where she died on 14 January 1967.
PHOTOS Necha Shepshelevich Vospe with her husband and children
- The three children of Nechama Shepshelevich and Hillel Vospe:
- Emma Vospe, born in 1921, killed in the Holocaust.
- Liza Vospe, born in 1923, killed in the Holocaust.
- Izye Vospe, born in 1925, killed in the Holocaust.
- Shimen Shepshelevich was born in Trashkun ~1891. He trained in Riga as a hatmaker, but was called to military service and was killed in World War I.
- Hirshl Shepshelevich was born in Trashkun in 1895. He became a tailor and married a young woman from Rogeve (Raguva) whose surname was Peysachovich. (Her sister married Hirshl's brother Moyshe-Itzik.) Hirshl's wife was killed in a tragic accident in 1918. After the war and after the family had returned to Trashkun, Hirshl married Luba Sherman. They emigrated to Brazil around 1925.
PHOTO Hirshl with his wife Luba, brother Leyzer, and other relatives
- The three children of Hirshl Shepshelevich and Luba Sherman:
- Fruma (Frumele) Shepshelevich (Sepselevitz) was born in Trashkun in 1921 and emigrated with her parents to Brazil. She married and had two children, but she died while still in her thirties.
- Eva (Chava, Chavele) Shepshelevich (later Sepselevitz) was born in Trashkun in 1924 and emigrated with her parents to Brazil, where she married Maurio and had two children.
- Chaim Sepselevitz was born in 1929 in Brazil, where he married Paulina and had two children.
- Moyshe-Itzik Shepshelevich was born in Trashkun in 1895. He became a tailor, and while living in Penza, Russia, during World War I, he married Tzivya-Pesya (Cila, later Celia) Peysachovich, born in Rogeve (Raguva) in 1898. Cila was the younger sister of Hirshl's first wife. Moyshe-Itzik and Cila moved to Ponevezh (Panyvezys) after the war, and around 1925 they emigrated to Brazil with their two oldest children. Celia died in Brazil in 1976. Moyshe-Itzik died in Israel in 1980.
PHOTOS Moyshe-Itzik and his wife Cila/Celia (undated and 1956)
DOCUMENT Police clearance for emigration to Brazil
DOCUMENT Travel documents for emigration to Brazil
- The four children of Moyshe-Itzik Shepshelevich and Cila/Celia Peysachovich:
- Simcha Shepshelevich was born 6 February 1921 in Ponevezh (Panevėžys), and emigrated to Brazil with his family as a child. He moved to Israel in 1952. His wife was Allegra (later divorced). Simcha died in Israel in 2012.
- Gita Shepshelevich was born in 1923 in Ponevezh. She emigrated with her family to Brazil, where she married Waldemar Zaclis (born in Brazil) and had three children. Gita died in 2018.
- Riva Shepshelevich was born in São Paulo, Brazil on 18 June 1929. She married Chaim Bulka, and in 1948 they moved to Israel. They had a son and a daughter. Riva died in 2018.
- Chana-Basya (Hanna) Shepshelevich was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1934. She married Leon Sondak (born 1923 in Romania). They moved to Israel in 1952 and had two children. Leon died in 2010.
- Sara (Sorele) Shepshelevich was born in Trashkun, birth year unknown. She married Moyshe (Meyshe-Itzik, Meyshitzik) Katz. They lived in Birzh (Biržai) and had three daughters. One daughter went to Brazil. Sorele, her husband, and the remaining daughters were killed in Birzh in the Holocaust, in the summer of 1941.
- The children of Sorele Shepshelevich and Meyshe-Itzik Katz:
- Mere-Zisa (Mere-Ziska) Katz was born in Trashkun and went to Brazil to join the families of her uncles Hirshl and Moyshe-Itzik. She married Paulo and had two children.
- Rochla Leya Katz was born ~1926 and was killed in the Holocaust with her parents in 1941.
- Chana Basa Katz was born ~1928 and was killed in the Holocaust with her parents in 1941.
- Motl (Motke) Shepshelevich was born in Trashkun in 1905. On 13 December 1927 he married Chana Kreytzer, born in Birzh in 1902, daughter of Shimon and Sora-Leya Kreytzer. They emigrated to South Africa.
PHOTO Motl with friend Avrom Yuzent and Motl's cousins Berl and Elke Glezer (1933)
PHOTO Motl, his wife Chana, and his sister Mere-Yentka in South Africa
- The daughter of Motke Shepshelevich and Chana Kreytzer:
- Sora (Sorele) Sepselevitz. Her husband's name was Joe.
- Mere-Yenta (Mere-Yentka) Shepshelevich was born in Trashkun ~1907. She went to Johannesburg, South Africa, to marry her Trashkuner friend Itzik Katz, whose family had emigrated not long before. Itzik died in 1978, and Mere-Yenta died in 1991, both presumably in South Africa.
PHOTO Mere-Yenta Shepshelevich and Itzik Katz
PHOTO Mere-Yentka with her brother Motl and his wife
- The two children of Mere-Yenta Shepshelevich and Itzik Katz:
- Haim Katz was born in South Africa in 1927. In 1949 he went to Israel. He married Dafna.
- Jane Katz was born in 1928 in South Africa. She married Edgar (Eliahu), they had two children, and they now live in Canada.
Yudel Glezer was born in 1870.
Peysach Zalko Glezer was born in 1872. He married Chaya Tsesna, born in 1878. Peysach was conscripted in 1892. PHOTO Peysach Glezer's house
II. Mortchel Itzik Glezer was born in Trashkun ~1840. He married Mushka, born in 1845.
- The three children of Mortchel Glezer and Mushka:
- Yankel Glezer, born in Raguva in 1875.
- Freyda Glezer, born in 1881.
- Hirshe David Glezer, born in 1884.
III. Shmerel Itzik Glezer was born in 1847. He married Rochla.
- The four children of Shmerel Itzik Glezer and Rochla:
- Itzik Glezer, born in 1874.
- Zlata Glezer, born in 1875.
- Dvora Glezer, born in 1882.
- Etlia Glezer, born in 1886.
Itzik Glezer Family Tree (Geni)