אני מעבירה כלשונה את ההודעה שכתבה לי בתו של האחין של יעקב מנקר. ניתן ללמוד ממנה עוד פרטים ולא פחות חשוב לובה זו התודה לך על מה שמצאת.
I cannot express my gratitude for your time! You and your friend Ljuba from Israel already did so much for my father and me! Thank you!
Yes, my great uncle was divorced from his second wife. He emigrated to Israel without her.
We knew that his first wife's name was Nina and their son's name was Lev.
Because Nina was sick they moved to much warmer and dryer climate after their wedding from Belarus to a resort town of Kislovodsk (southwest of Russia).
Lev was drafted to the army before the war and was killed during WWII.
We do not know about Nina's killing. Nazis did not capture Kislovodsk during WWII. Maybe KGB did it.
Yakov was prominent watch repairman and watchmaker like his father Aron and his almost of all sisters.
There were 7 sisters and only two brothers (my grandfather who has been missing in action since1942 in Smolensk region of Russia and Yakov).
Yakov has survived Stalin's GULAG.
He was imprisoned because he was listening to Voice of America radio at home every night which was forbidden and someone wrote a denunciation on him to KGB.
He received 25 years in GULAG but was released in 5-6 years after Stalin's death.
Also because he was very good in watch-crafting and he made watch repairs for his captors that helped him to survive GULAG.
My father visited Yakov in Kislovodsk, he served as a father figure during my parents wedding.
My father was the only family member who escorted him to Moscow train station when he emigrated to Israel in 1973.
Now you know a little more about Yakov Aronovich Menaker.
Thank you again!