Mrs. Moussia Schtroks of London, England, realized several years ago how little her children and grandchildren knew about their roots and ancestry decided to record as much as she was able to.
Schtroks held numerous interviews with her sister, Mrs. Riva Raskin, who passed away this week at the age of 84. She made the audio recordings available to everyone in their large Chabad family.
In 5762, Mrs. Raskin was interviewed for the Kfar Chabad magazine which ran a 10-page feature article in Hebrew about growing up as an orphan in the Soviet Union, surviving hunger and anti Semitism.
The full description of her memories was published in a 77 page booklet titled “My Name Is Riva” for the wedding of her granddaughter in 5764.
Her strong faith in Hashem and optimism despite hardships have led her to build a large family with her late husband Rabbi Sholom Ber Raskin and become a teacher and one of the founding families of the Chabad community in London.
“The story we present to you… is the original uncut version,” notes her son, Benny Raskin of Crown Heights about the booklet. “Although this story is not publication quality it is definitely worth reading.”
+ My Name is Riva (PDF)