All four of my grandparents come from the Ukraine. My father's side is from a shtetl known as Medzhybizh.
In the early 1920s my grandparents got out of there. They took my father as a baby to Argentina, because they could not get a visa into the United States and it is there that my grandfather died. My grandmother, Sarah, brought my infant father into the United States via Ellis Island in 1922.
The rest of my father's family was slaughtered, along with about 3,000 other Jews, by the Nazis in Medzhybizh during Operation Barbarossa.
The picture above is of Medzhybizh Castle located here:
Medzhybizh is where the Chasidim were born in the 18th century and where the movement's founder, Baal Shem Tov, lived and is buried.
And thus this guy is my brother: