By Levi Clancy for לוי on
- Hillel Lazarus: Lewin-Paltiel Family Book
IN MEMORY OF AUNTIE CHANA AND FAMILY
by Sarah and Nathan (Lewin) Levi
Chana Lewin (one of the nine Lewin Siblings of Devenishzki/Devenichok, circa 1892-1942) was married to David Baker from the town of Oshmani. He was a tailor but preferred alterations and repairs. Chana helped her husband in his work. He would travel to Oshmani sometimes for a few months at a time to work at his brother's shop, to supplement his income, and then return home to his family. The couple settled in Devenishok, closeto her brother, Pesach, who was always looking after the family.
David Baker was a very quiet man, and shy. Chana and David had three children. Their son, Mendel, was shy and quiet like his father. After school, Mendel would help his father in the little shop. Their oldest daughter, Rivka, went to live in Oshmani when she was very young David's brother raised her as if she was his own daughter. She got a better life, a good education, and became a school teacher. She would often visit the family. The younger daughter, Chaya-Minke, was bright and intelligent, with dreams of education and a profession of teaching like her sister.
The Bakers perished in the holocaust. Their branch of the family tree didn't blossom well for them. Their blossoms didn't leave seeds to keep their names alive. But, they were there and they are part of our family tree. They should be in our memories --- remembered.
THE BAKERS ARE PICTURED IN THE PESACH LEWIN SECTION OF THE FAMILY BOOK
THIS NARRATIVE AND THOSE PICTURES ARE THEIR ONLY PERSONAL MEMORIAL, A MASS GRAVE THEIR FINAL RESTING PLACE, WITHOUT CEREMONY, IN WORENOW, POLAND
WE WILL REMEMBER