Sisters from Lita Unite After 73-Year Separation


litaRachel Raskis hadn’t seen her sister since 1937. With rumors of increasing Nazi subjugation and war looming near, the family fled from Lithuania to Uruguay.

“I can’t remember why my sister stayed behind,” says Rachel. “I was very young. But I knew it had something to do with her studies and not wanting to stop in the middle of the year. My sister was 15 at the time.”

At first the family received letters from Luba, who was staying with her grandparents and aunt, but when the war broke out and the Nazis invaded, the letters stopped arriving.

Seven decades later Raskis’s granddaughter, 16-year-old Yarden Suissa, started asking questions and doing research in preparation for a heritage trip to Auschwitz. While reviewing a page of the Shoah Names Database operated by Yad Vashem, she noticed it had been written by her grandmother’s sister, who had long been given up for dead. Eventually Yarden and her mother managed to track down the long-lost sister, who moved from Uzbekistan to Haifa nine years ago.

A meeting was arranged, and a few days later, on Erev Shabbos Parshas Noach, the two sisters reunited after a 73-year separation. “I knew right away that it was my sister,” says Rachel Raskis. “Everything fell into place.”

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. They sure are going to have a lot of catching up to do. So sad they had to miss out on 73 years of not having each other. I guess better late then never.