World War II the Yosselevska family led a happy life in the village of
Zagorodski, near Pinsk, highlighted by the births of the children Chaya,
Feige, Rivka and a brother named Moshe. Their father had a leather goods
shop and was considered one of the notables of the village.
Yosselevska was married in 1934 and
had a daughter named Merkele.
the family's feelings of security collapsed, when Hitler and Germany
invaded the country. The brutality of the Nazis accelerated with murder,
violence and terror and the family was herded into the Jewish Ghetto
with five hundred
the summer of 1942 the Einsatzgruppen arrived. They were mobile killing units of the
Nazi SS, established for the purpose of murdering Jews, Gypsies, political leaders,
the intelligentsia. They followed German armies into the Soviet Union in
June 1941 and executed over a million.
surrounded the Jewish Ghetto, ordering the families to stand for a roll
call all day. In the evening a truck arrived and Jews were loaded
onto the truck. Many were ordered to run after it.