Shaina Riva Cantor, born in Rokiskis in 1886, was the daughter of
Chaya Ruchel Orelovitz and Avram Cantor. Mayer Rif,
born in Rokiskis in 1875, was the son of Dina and Yankel Berko Rif..
Although there is no record of their marriage, it probably took place
around 1910. They had the following children, all born in
Rokiskis: Breina, 1911-1996; Basha, 1915-1964; Zelig, 1916-1941;
Dora, about 1920-1941; and Daniel, 1925-1941. (See the Cantor
family page for
Shaina and Mayer,
along with Zelig and his family (wife unknown, children Shulamit and
Avram), Basha's first husband and two children (names unknown), Dora,
and Daniel were all killed in Rokiskis in 1941. Basha and Breina
and her husband and son survived the war by traveling east to Uzbekistan and
after the war, returned, first to Rokiskis and then to Vilnius. By
the 1970's Breina and her family and Basha's second husband and two sons
all moved to Israel.
l to r: Dora, Zelig, Bryna, and Basia Rif
Seated, l to r: Shaina, Daniel, and Mayer
This photo was probably taken in Rokiskis in 1937.
courtesy of Linda Cantor
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