Category Archives: Identification

Spa near Czernowitz – where is this photo taken?

From Frederick Kron, M.D.: “I have attached a photograph of my great aunt, Ana (Kron) Biener, and my cousin, Sidi Biener, who lives in Israel. Both were from Czernowitz. I shared this picture with Sidi, who remembers that it was taken at a spa near Czernowitz. She remembers especially the doll, which her mother bought for her at the spa.”

Ana (Kron) Biener and Sidi Biener

The Boyanner Rabbi

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Ian Beitel / ianbeitel@sympatico.ca: “I believe that this building was the home of the Boyanner Rabbi. The rabbi arrived in Czernowitz from Vienna. He  was the son of the first Boyanner rabbi who fled to Vienna after the Russians invaded Boyan at the beginning of WW1. Does this building still exist? His shul was adjacent to his home. Would anyone have photographs of the synagogue and of the street that it is/was on? What was the name of the street? Your help is greatly appreciated.

Joel (Ioil Ben Schmuel) Schmatnik

joel-schmatnik-great-grandfatherIn some terrific databases on the ehpes site I have found the 1936 address of my great-grandfather Joel (Ioil Ben Schmuel) Schmatnik’s shop.  It was a “Galanterie” which translates to “Dry Goods” or “Haberdasher”.  Joel was born around 1870 in Sadagora and died June 2, 1941. His kids were Max, Samuel (my grandfather), Sabine, Sigmund, and
five others. His brothers were Morris and Josef.

The 1936 address for the Schmatnik Dry Goods was General Zadik #4 (Romanian address). According to the street name table on Czernowitz Blog, it seems that the old German street name was Senkowiczgasse, or Senkoviczgasse. […] I would love some help if anyone is aware of this neighborhood, and nearby attractions, so I can find some photos online and get a better idea of how the neighborhood looked for my blog. […]

Iris AlRoy (mermamma@gmail.com)

Emunah Czernowitz – “Heimkehr” Essays jüdischer Denker

Another of the Jewish fraternities was “Emunah”.  On June 3, 1903, the Jewish National Academic Reading Society was “thrown open,” with the club colors gold-violet-gold. “Emunah” was highly active in the field of Zionism – a  characteristic for all the Jewish fraternities –  and also set up a library open to the public. Furthermore, “Emunahs” intellectual athmosphere culminated in publishing several books. To mention is especially “Heimkehr. Essays jüdischer Denker”  with a preface by Leon Kellner. (Homecoming. Essays of Jewish Thinkers). This anthology contains contributions by notable Jewish authors like Balaban Majer, Nathan Birnbaum (who coined the term “Zionism”), Max Rosenfeld, Salomon Schiller and Leon Kellner. It came out 1912 and is now available online via the university library of Frankfurt: http://sammlungen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/freimann/content/titleinfo/936863

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JNAV Heatid Czernowitz

Hi all, i am currently worlking on a Research paper on Czernowitz Jewish academic fraternities. With “Hasmonäa”, founded 1891 by members of the Viennese “Kadimah”, this new type of Jewish academic fraternity appeared in Czernowitz and found successors throughout the German-speaking Universities. The Jewish academic fraternities were modeled after the traditional type of “Studentenverbindung”, that existed in Czernowitz from 1875-1938/40. The members of the various “frats” distinguished themselves by wearing ribbons and caps showing the club colors of their fraternity. In the Romanian period the University organisation was changed to the “college System” and members of the fraternities were issued membership cards. here i have got one issued by JNAV “Heatid” for Josef Stark in 1922. “Heatid” came into being in 1918/19 and existed until 1936. Its club colors used to be green-silver-black shown in the ribbons with white caps. Any further information on “Heatid”, Josef Stark or any of the Czernowitz fraternities – especially photographs – would be highly appreciated. Thank You!Heatid_Cz0001

Death Certificates Issued by the Czernowitz Jewish Hospital for the Year 1915

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Excerpt from the article “On the history of the Jews in Czernowitz” by Prof. Dr. Herman Sternberg: “During the war years, Czernowitz could hardly be recognized. People frightened and weighed down with troubles, hurried like shadows through the streets. Military uniforms dominated the cityscape. Officers and tired soldiers were on their way to or from the railroad station. The station building, heated in winter had become a dormitory. Soldiers slept on the floor pressed closely together, leaving no space free. Anyone seeking the entrance had to step over them. The closer the war came to its end, the greater became the lack of food and other necessities. The most difficult articles to obtain were fuel and foot wear. Prices rose from day to day. The greatly reduced Jewish population suffered indescribable difficulties. Intellectual life had died completely. After the fall of darkness, all traffic ceased because the street lights didn’t work. Families generally restricted themselves to one room, dimly lit with an oil lamp. The only topic of conversation was the war and its consequences.”

Courtesy: Jewish Genealogical Society Of Ottawa

The Mysterious House of Radauti

12970268_10209113862500693_2083153153_o 12947014_10209113862620696_714101614_o 12959307_10209113862580695_846798231_oDear all, I’m looking for few details about a house in Radauti. Only few things I discover. The house is on Kirchengasse street in Radauti. In 1938 used to live in that house 2 families, Rebeka the daughter of Joel David and Puskas Postilniuk. Since 1959 once the colectivization settle in Romania, the house was in the state property as a part of agricuture minister. Maybe someone knows the person, or maybe the house. We are working on a project which include the rehabilitation of the house and transforming it into a museum, The Minorities Museum From Bucovina. Alexandra Nichitean

Please come back with details to: alexa.nichitean@gmail.com

Sidy Dankner – Another Beauty from Czernowitz?

czernowitz-dankner-sidy-f-1929.06.16-1Steve Lasky (Museum of Family History): This one was taken from the Forverts of June 16, 1929. No other information. The photo came from the pictorial page entitled, “Old Beauty and Charm Contest.” The contest was contested by the Forverts. Her name was Sidy Dankner. I wonder whether anyone knows this family…..

J.N.A.V. Hasmonaea, Czernowitz in 1935

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Courtesy: Hedwig Brenner

I found in my photo/archive a picture of an “Davidea, and Hasmonea ” party in Czernowitz from year 1935. May be some list members will findtheir grandmothers or grandfathers on it…in the first row, sitting I from left is Burschi Abeles, he died 2 years ago in Duesseldorf, the other 2, O do not remember..row 2: Lotte Hirsch/Gottfrie, mother of Marianne, may be Drimmer and Langhaus/Brenner. , Erna Grauthammer/Fluessig,Tussia Baltinester,Herbert Gabor, the dancing teacher,Ms. Boris, , Lulu Hornsteinn, Kaethe Krauthammer/Zallik, my classmate for 8 years, , living in T.A. and many others, ASidi Kassner, Hanny Beiser, Resi Gottesmann , Ferry Kardos, Jili Tsimand, and the young Paul Celan, a small boy in the 4.row, the only boy with a “Schlips”
Best regards
Hedwwig