Important people from Michael Edelstein's early life phase
Image Name Description Life Phase
Advocat Mishkin
Jewish lawyer in Czortkov who obtained Shulem's discharge from the Red Army Childhood
Artur Engel
German border guard who terrorized Jews in Skala Childhood
Captain Mikhel Nikolai Kaminin
Red Army officer who commanded unit that liberated Skala Childhood
Eliyahu Engelbach (Uncle Elio)
The pious brother of Munye's mother was killed at Borki-Wielke Childhood
Feige Epstein
The author's mother who urged him to "Run, my child." Childhood
Gedalia Lachman
Educator and survivor who wrote the history of Skala’s Jews Childhood
Israel Blutstein
Munye witnessed the horrible murder of Lonye's father by Rembocha Childhood
Isser and Tziril Pecker
Survivor couple who lived with Munye in the aftermath of liberation Childhood
Itzig Epstein (Uncle Itsche)
Shulem's younger brother who took his place at Borki-Wielke Childhood
Lonye Blutstein
Munye's closest companion in the bunkers Childhood, Adolescence
Max Mermelstein
Skala survivor and community leader who passed away in 2018 Childhood, Adulthood
Mayor Ivan Kowalyszen
Ukrainian mayor of Skala who "safeguarded" Jewish valuables Childhood
Melamed Yossel
The author's stern Hebrew school teacher Childhood
Menachem Brettschneider Chemye
Munye met up with his school chum in the aftermath Childhood
Michael Edelstein
The author reflecting on life Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood
Mikhail, Tinsmith Commissar
Red Army sergeant who collectivized Munye's tin "business" Childhood
Nicolai Getman
Ukrainian livery driver who smuggled Munye and Shulem out of Borshchow Childhood, Adulthood
Obersturmfuehrer Kelner
Chief regional SS officer who directed actions against Jews Childhood
Olena Kovalshina
Ukrainian townswomen of Skala who provided sustenance for Munye, Shulem and Lonye Childhood, Adulthood
Police Captain Rembocha
Ukrainian police official who brutalized Jews Childhood
Rabbi Judah Drimmel
Last rabbi from Skala's family rabbinical dynasty Childhood
Schloma Peretz Engelbach
The author's grandfather was a prominent figure in Skala Childhood
Shulem Epstein
The author's father, a tinsmith by trade, was also a survivor Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood
Simonia Woycik
Polish resident of the Mazury who who scorned Munye in 1942-43 Childhood, Adulthood
Sroel the Tailor
Munye's bunker buddy who joined his household in the aftermath Childhood