The "Righteous" ("Les Justes")

This page is devoted to those non-Jewish men and women who put their lives - and their families' lives - at risk to help the Jews of Rohatyn.

Does anyone know the name of the family that hid my Mother born Dzidza Sckolnik (today Shoshana), her parents were Yitchak Sckolnic, her Mother Rut/Ruth Kartin (Owned the Hotel), Her Grandfather was Chaim Schkolnik, there is a picture of him the Yizkor book, he owned the printing press. Herman / Zvi who I am all sure you know, passed a few years ago. I was fortunate to meet, interview and record much information about Rohatyn. If anyone knows any information about how this family perished, I Would be mostgreatful.I am a writer and have every intention of recording and preseving the memory of each and every jew that was destroyed in our town. My Mother lives in South Africa, but will never speak of the horrors of March 20, 1942, she lived in Israel untill 1964, and moved to South Africa, any information would be so important to me. Thank you. Avi Baer

It is important to recognize their bravery, generosity, and selflessness.

Please add to this list so that their memories will also not be forgotten......

- MICHAEL BILAN, manager of the Rohatyn electrical plant. Photo

DORA (last name unknown), a Ukrainian woman who smuggled food to Jews in ghetto and in hiding-- including Dovid and Bronia (Hornstein) Horn and their daughters, as well as Rosette Halpern. Photo



Date of birth – 16 January 1917

Place of birth – Lviv

Interviewed 18 May 1995, Toronto, Ontario

Audio interview (hard copy transcript available)

Language – Ukrainian

For a part of the War, Maria lived in Rohatyn, a small city outside Lviv, with her mother. She describes how her neighbors in Rohatyn – Nahorniak, Dr. Melnyk – helped to hide Jewish Ukrainians. States that her mother helped these men hide Jewish Ukrainians, and that her neighbor Nahorniak was arrested and tried by the Germans. Says that it was generally well known amongst the townspeople that Jewish Ukrainians were being hidden, but that it wasn’t talked about because of the danger. Describes the German policeman Devyante, who tried to find those who were hiding Jewish Ukrainians.


Dr. Lionhyn Melnyk, a physician from the Rohatyn region, who treated Ukrainian insurgents during the German occupation; with the return of the Soviets in 1945, he was arrested.