Rafael Genis with his sister Tsilya and brother Liber

Rafael Genis with his sister Tsilya and brother Liber

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This is me, Rafael Genis. on the left; in the center is my sister Tsilya, to the right is my brother Liber. The picture was taken in Rietavas in 1928. After the wedding my parents settled in the house, given by Grandpa Bentsion to my father. In 1916 the first-born, my elder brother Dovid, came into the world. Liber was born two years later, Isroel ? in 1920 and in 1922 ? Abram. On 21st June 1923 I was born. Mother was expecting a difficult parturition, so she left for Klaipeda to give birth there. Thus, I came into the world in Klaipeda and my birth certificate in Lithuanian and German was issued there. I was named Rafael. In 1927 a long awaited girl, Tsilya, was born. Everybody adored the baby. The elder ones carried her in their arms and played with her like with a doll. When she grew up, all of us pampered her. We, the elder kids, were made to work about the house and in the garden, and Tsilya was our little princess.
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Rafael Genis