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Aron Babkis was a Jewish doctor
in the town of Molodechno. He treated Anton Shnip's wife after she had
given birth. It was only after a number of meetings that the doctor revealed
his Jewish identity and told Shnip that his wife Hanna and her parents
had already been murdered and that he did not know how to save his children.
Shnip immediately promised to do his best. Aron
Babkis smuggled his two children, Ada and Yakob, from the Molodechno ghetto.
Shnip hid them in his home for a brief period, before finding them a safer
hiding place in May 1942. He brought Ada to live with his wife's aunt
in the village of Legezy. The family presented the girl as the daughter
of a Polish friend, and treated her as if she were their own daughter.
Her brother Yakob was brought by Shnip to the home of Alexander Belsky
in the village of Glei. There was no point in attempting to establish
a false identity for Yakob, since it was clear to the neighbors that he
was Jewish. The danger involved in hiding him was therefore that much
greater. After the area was liberated, Shnip wished to return the children
to their family. Aron Babkis, however, could not be found, therefore Shnip
contacted the missing father's family. In May 1945, the children's uncle
arrived and took them with him to Moscow.
Babkis ( babkes) Aron
Aron Babkis was born in Bialystok,
Poland in 1909. He was a physician and married to Khana. Prior to WWII
he lived in Molodeczno, Poland. During the war was in Molodeczno, Poland.
Aron died in 1943 in Belorussia at the age of 34. This information is
based on a Page of Testimony submitted by his daughter from United states
Khana Babkis nee Malot was
born in Vilnius, Poland in 1911 to Yefim and Sara. She was married to
Aron. Prior to WWII she lived in Molodeczno, Poland. During the war was
in Molodeczno, Poland. Khana died in 1941 in Molodeczno, Poland at the
age of 30. This information is based on a Page of Testimony submitted
by her daughter from United states
Arie Leib Babkes was born in
Bialystok, Poland in 1899 to Tzvi. He was a weaver and married to Pasha
nee Vesman. Prior to WWII he lived in Bialystok, Poland. During the war
was in Bialystok, Poland. Leib died in Bialystok. This information is
based on a Page of Testimony submitted on 02/07/1956 by his brother-in-law
Pesza Babkes nee Virman was
born in Bialystok, Poland in 1890 to Avraham and Khana. She was a seamstress
and married to Arie Leib. Prior to WWII she lived in Bialystok, Poland.
During the war was in Bialystok. Pesza died in 1943 in Bialystok at the
age of 53. This information is based on a Page of Testimony submitted
on 02/07/1956 by RUBIN MOSHE her brother-in-law, a Shoah survivor
Jehuda Babkes was born in Skidel, Poland to Mordekhai and Khana. He was a clerk and married to Tzipora nee Lampert. Prior to WWII he lived in Skidel, Poland. Jehuda died in 1942 in Auschwitz at the age of 42. This information is based on a Page of Testimony submitted on 26/09/1955 by his brother-in-law.