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Pessah Cofnas lights his wife's cigarette during an excursion to the Seklutski forest.

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    Pessah Cofnas lights his wife's cigarette during an excursion to the Seklutski forest.
    Pessah Cofnas lights his wife's cigarette during an excursion to the Seklutski forest.

    Overview

    Caption
    Pessah Cofnas lights his wife's cigarette during an excursion to the Seklutski forest.
    Photographer
    Ben-Zion Szrejder
    Date
    1938
    Locale
    Eisiskes, [Nowogrodek] Poland
    Variant Locale
    Eishyshok
    Eshishuk
    Eyshishkes
    Ejszyszki
    Eishishkes
    Lithuania
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of The Shtetl Foundation

    Rights & Restrictions

    Photo Source
    The Shtetl Foundation (Yad Vashem Photo and Film Archives)
    Copyright: Agency Agreement
    Provenance: Cofnas Family
    Source Record ID: RN97-16
    Restriction
    NOT FOR RELEASE without the permission of the The Shtetl Foundation

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    Administrative Notes

    Artifact Photographer
    Arnold Kramer
    Biography
    Pessah Cofnas is the son of Gedalia Cofnas and Fruml Cofnas. He and his father worked as skilled carpenters, and Fruml headed a circle of woman who gathered at her house on Saturday afternoons to organize charitable work for the town's poor. Gedalia was murdered in the September 1941 mass killing action. Pessah was an ardent Communist who used to leaflet for the party and even released pigeons with small red flags attached to their legs. He married Rivka Pruskin, and the two survived the war in Siberia. A relative, Nahum Hayyim Leib Cofnas was executed in the Soviet Union as a Trotskyite. Pessah's sister Rivka married Leibl Tenenbaum, a bus driver between Eisiskes and Vilna. They had three daughters Hayya Rochl, Fraidke, and Matle. Rivka, Leibl and their children also were murdered by the Germans in September 1941. After the war Pessah and his wife, Rivka returned from Siberia and made their way to the Beit Bialik DP Camp in Salzburg, Austria. There, Rivka gave birth first to a daughter and then to twins, Gail and Abe in 1950.
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    2002-11-18 00:00:00
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