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Shimeon Dov

the son of Haim haKohen,

1917, 12 Shvat

Plot 672

Shimon Dov Hakohen

Shimon Dov lived in Volozhyn.

He is burried in Rakow.

The photo was provided by Bennie Kahanovich.

Bennie remembers his mother's words

about his grandfather Shalom Kahanovich.

Shalom Kahanovich used to stand outside the rakow cemetery fence, watching his father's, Shimon Dov, grave and prayed Kadish.

He was Cohen and could not enter a cemetery.


Botvinnik Neham'ya the son of Shlomo, 1909Benni Kahanovich's grandfather

Plot 801

Shlomit the daughter of Hirsh Rafael 1893.

Benny Kahanovich assume that she is his great grandmother.

Plot 327


Kahanovich Family Tree

Alperovich Ester 1940

Plot 641


Beyla - Shimon Dov's wife.

The family had a leather business. Grandmother Beyla managed the shop. Her Polish neighbors came into the shop one day, announced that she is a rich person and claimed her assets in money and jewelry. Grandmother did not give in but the despicable robbers did not give in either and they murdered her.

The event happened befor the murder of Rakow Jews in the Synagogue.




Shalom Tzvi and his wife Beyle (sitting)

Right to Left:

Sonia, Shabtay Seniizky, Duba (Sonia's sister)

and her son Zeev (standing)





Shalom Tzvi

Arrived at Rakow from Volozhyn


Etl Kahanovich and her husband Kohos Goldshtejn and their daughter Miryam


The Three Kahanovich sisters:

Left to Right:

Doba, Sonia, Etl

In Rakow



Shalom Tzvi (drawing)


Sonia Kahanovich

immigrated to Israel in 1932

Sonia And Chaim Kahanovich

in Israel



Sonia and Chaim Kahanovich

Wedding Day

The Family in Kfar Vitkin Israel

Right to Left:

Grandfather Shalom Zvi-Hirsh

Lea - Benny's sister

Sonia - Benny's mother

Erik (Arie) - Benny's brother who was killed in Yom Kippur War

Chaim - Benny's father

In the front row, Sonia is hugging her son Benny The youngest brother Shimon



August 1938, Sonia Kahanovich travelled to Rakow

with Lea, her 3 years old daughter.

Sonia did not know it then,

but her trip was a far well trip.

At that time her uncle

Chaim Shaya and his wife Ester

were also visiting Rakow.

She and her father, Shalom Hirsh Zvi,

were the only survivors in the family.

In 1938 Shalom Hirsh Zvi

travelled to America by himself.

He planned to bring over his family,

but time was short.

The whole extended family

was murdered in the Holocaust.



The Senitzky family lived in Vilna. Grandmother Bayla lived in Rakow. Ahabtay Senitzky was a successful

accountant. The senitzy family suffered in Vilna's Ghetto. Shimon, fell ill with scarlatina. The family perished in the Ghetto.



Meir and Chana Finger.

The parents are Bluma Kahanovich and Arie Finger. The Family lived in Volozhyn and perished in the Holocaust.


Yeshayau is Benny's uncle, his father brother

Henia's maiden name was Tabachovitz.

The couple had a daughter Lea

The family used to live in Volozhyn.

They all perished in the Holocaust.


Shabtay and Doba Senizky and their children Zeev and Shimon