Palevsky Family
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1. Abraham & Celia Palevsky 
Tzipora (Celia) Tannenbaum ?,   b. Abt. 1864,   d. 28 Feb 1936  (Age ~ 72 years) 
1. Samuel Paller (nee Palevsky) ?,   b. Abt. 1885,   d. 26 Apr 1961  (Age ~ 76 years)
2. Ida Palevsky ?,   b. Abt.1894
3. Izchok (Isadore) Palevsky ?,   b. Abt. 10 May 1890,   d. Sep 1969  (Age ~ 79 years)
4. Pinches (Paul) Pierce (nee Palevsky) ?,   b. Abt. 1893
5. David Paller (nee Palevsky) ?,   b. Abt. 1893,   d. 1976  (Age ~ 83 years)
6. Lena Palevsky ?,   b. Abt. 1895,   d. 1998  (Age ~ 103 years)
7. Benjamin Paller (nee Palevsky) ?,   b. Abt. 1902
8. Mindel (Minnie) Palevsky ?,   b. Abt. 1904
9. Menachem (Manny) Palevsky ?,   b. Abt.1905
10. Malke (Mollie) Palevsky ?,   b. Abt. 1906
11. Moische (Morris) Palevsky ?,   b. Abt. 1909

2. Rivka Palevsky wife of Simon Perishe with their son

Shimon Palevsky 
April 2, 1903 
Vilnius, Vilniaus miesto savivaldyb?, Vilnius County, Lithuania
September 6, 2002 (99) 
United States
Immediate Family:
Son of Moishe Palevsky and Chaya Palevsky
Husband of Rivka Palevsky and Chayale Ray Palevsky
Father of Arkedia Palevsky; Moish Palevsky and Elliott Palevsky
Brother of Batsheva Palevsky; Sara Caplan; Golda Palevsky; Frayda Glazer and Yankel Palevsky
For his story; http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/e47661c0-02e0-0131-f8a4-58d385a7b928#
Paid Notice: Deaths

Published: September 8, 2002
PALEVSKY-Simon. On September 6, 2002. Beloved husband of Ray (Chayele). Devoted father of Moish (Cheryl) and Elliott (Donna). Cherished grandfather of Sholem. Service Monday, 11:15 AM, atThe Riverside, 76th Street at Amsterdam Avenue.
Featured Jewish Partisan: Chaya Ray Porus Palevsky Blog


Obeying a last-minute command from a friend, Chaya jumped off a train filled with residents of the Swieciany ghetto, bound for the town of Kovno. Not long afterwards, in Vilna, she learned that everyone on the train – including her entire family – was murdered by the Nazis.
Swieciany (Šven?ionys), the small town where Chaya was born, is located in the northeastern corner of Lithuania, 84 kilometers north of Vilnius. In June 1941, the Nazis forced all the town’s Jews into a ghetto. Chaya and her family became active in housing runaway Jews and their home became a meeting place for people who wanted to learn about the war. Chaya's sister Rochel, who was a registered nurse, worked in the secret hospital and was known as the “angel of the ghetto” for her tireless efforts helping the sick.

Sister of Chaya; Rachel ( 1918- 1943 perished in the holocaust)

The town of Šven?ionys, circa 1916 (German postcard)

Chaya's father; Eliyahu Leib ( 1893- 1943 perished in the holocaust)

Malka Parus (Michalson) 
1942 (48) 
Vilnius, Vilnius city municipality, Vilnius County, Lithuania (murdered by the nazis)
Immediate Family:
Daughter of Yitzhak Mikhelsone and Riva Mikhelsone
Wife of Elia Leib Prus
Mother of Bronia Chosid; Rachel Parus; Rivka Parus; Hersh Porus and Chayale Ray Palevsky
After she found out the Nazis murdered her family, Chaya turned grief into action by joining a partisan group led by Fedor Markov, a well-respected teacher from her hometown. Typically, women were not allowed to fight in resistance groups, but Chaya gained admittance by proving her usefulness with a small handheld Belgian gun she owned. Her group formed alliances with other Jewish partisan groups, and a Jewish unit was formed. They called it “Nekamah” – which means revenge in Hebrew. Markov boldly stated “You should be proud, you are young and very brave people.” Nekamah flourished into a thriving partisan outpost, with around ninety members, all living deep in the woods in zemlyankas (underground bunkers that held up to twenty people, carefully camouflaged into the forest floor). There were also smaller bunkers, including one designated for ill partisans.
Chaya's partisan group lived up to their name, as they participated in significant acts of retribution against the Nazis. Nekamah burned down an electric station, derailed trains, destroyed German weapons and food sources. They were also active in communicating news about the resistance and warning people in nearby villages and ghettos about the Nazis’ plans of mass extermination.
The small percentage of women – including Chaya – who had gained membership into partisan groups, experienced a different set of hardships than their male counterparts once they were accepted. Unwanted advances from male partisans were all too common. Women were often assigned to gender-related tasks like cooking and cleaning, instead of fighting.

Partisans from the "Nekama" unit. Photo credit: Ghetto Fighters House/Eliat Gordin Levitan.
Eventually, Nekamah was dismantled by the Soviets, who would not allow Jewish partisan groups under their watch. After liberation, Chaya went on to marry a fellow partisan, Simon and immigrated to New York City, where they opened up a jewelry business and spent the rest of their lives. They had two sons and remained active in assisting Holocaust survivors in finding employment.

Rivka Parus (Porus) 
Šven?ion?liai, Šven?ionys District Municipality, Vilnius County, Lithuania
April 5, 1943 (23) 
Vilnius, Vilnius city municipality, Vilnius County, Lithuania (Murdered by the Nazis)
Immediate Family:
Daughter of Elia Leib Prus and Malka Parus
Sister of Bronia Chosid; Rachel Parus; Hersh Porus andChayale Ray Palevsky

Hersh Porus 
Šven?ion?liai, Šven?ionys District Municipality, Vilnius County, Lithuania
April 5, 1943 (12) 
Vilnius, Vilnius city municipality, Vilnius County, Lithuania
Immediate Family:
Son of Elia Leib Prus and Malka Parus 

 find out more about Jewish women partisans, please visit our curriculum page.
–By Julia Kitlinski-Hong