The Ra’hmel Family
The matriarch, ‘Hanah Ra’hmel (nee Aronowitz) was born, as said, in 1875 and died in 1928. On her gravestone is engraved:
Ho our mother!
Our hearts’ solace
Taken in her best days
A voice we shall be to her womb’s fruit
Daughter of R’ Moshe Avigdor
In the year 5688
19 3/5 28
One of her children, Kalman
Ra’hmel, had a tobacconery that neighbored the home of Blumeh, on 40 Laisves
Gatve. According to the Lithuanian
government’s census of 1931, Kalman had an additional business on that same
street, at #5. Kalman Ra’hmel was
murdered together with the rest of the Mazeikiai martyrs, on
In a witnessing written in the “Ledger of Lithuanian Congregations” page 308, is recorded that Kalman Ra’hmel suddenly lifted himself up from the mass of the murdered and wounded in the pit, and in a loud voice hurled at the murderers: “our blood will not stay silent! Our vengeance will come!” One shot silenced him forever.
According to a letter from his brother, Israel Ra’hmel (living in Mandatory Palestine), Kalman Ra’hmel married a woman from Tabrig a short time before his death, but no other details are known.
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