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February 03, 1995 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-02-03

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hundred live there.) There was a
movie theater where the Grand
Synagogue once stood, and a
warehouse on the site of the spot
where Nazis had boarded Jews
on trains bound for death camps.
Mr. Berry believes he found
the street, Milonya, where his
grandparents lived. But with all
the changes in the city — much
of it was destroyed and rebuilt in
the two world wars — he couldn't
be certain.
It was a bittersweet discovery
but, however tenuous, it offered
another link to Mr. Berry's past.
While in Brest-Litovsk, Mr.
Berry met a contact of Mr. Pozez's
and secured the list. It comprised
500 pages of names of the 12,465
Jews who had been taken from
the ghetto on Oct. 15, 1942. All
had been taken about 65 miles
outside the city and shot, their
bodies thrown into trenches.
Among the names on the list
were 19 members of the Pozezin-
sky family, including Louis
Pozez's mother, father and broth-
er.

The list comprises
500 pages of more
than 12,000 names.

Mr. Pozez was born in Brest
and came to the United States
with his sister in a trip arranged
by his mother, Bashia. She had
been concerned about the in-
creasing power of Adolph Hitler.
Louis and his sister settled in
Topeka, Kan., where an uncle
lived. Bashia and her husband,
Zalman, and their youngest son,
Aron, stayed behind. Eleven-
year-old Aron, Bashia feared, was
too young to make the journey.
Mr. Pozez had spent the first
17 years of his life in Brest. His
home had three rooms and a
kitchen behind the tobacco store
his father operated. But his fa-
ther's greatest commitment was
to the Jewish community, espe-
cially the chevra kadisha, the bur-
ial society.
Mr. Pozez remembers his
mother as dedicated to caring for
the family and Aron as "an ath-
letic boy who played soccer all the
time. He was good in school, and
he was attached to my mother."
One of Louis' good friends in
Brest was a boy named Men-
achem, who lived just down the
street. After the war, the two
reestablished contact and visited
each other.
Louis became a businessman.
Menachem Begin became prime
minister of Israel.
In Kansas, Louis went to
school and worked in his uncle's
store for three-and-one-half years,
then served for four years with
the U.S. Army during World War
II. When he returned from the

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