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Mechel (Michael) Fleischer, 1842 – 1908, Men’s Tailor in Czernowitz


Bukowinaer Post, October 20, 1908, p. 3

Edgar Hauster: This is the obituary for my great-grandfather Mechel (Michael) Fleischer, deceased on October 16, 1908 in Czernowitz, subsequently to a diabetic coma. He was the co-founder of the Men’s Tailor Store Binderer & Fleischer as early as 1858. In 1881 Mechel became sole owner of the well-established business on Herrengasse; his customers came mainly from the middle class and the civil service. Mechel’s colleagues from the Tailor’s Association carried him to his grave while his family was in mourning for him, i. e. his wife [Fanny Fleischer, née Ehrlich], his son [Emil Fleischer, Deputy Station Master in Czernowitz] and his two daughters, the first one [Gusta Bardach] married with the postmaster Bardach in Stanislau and the other one [Marjem Hauster, my grandmother] with the engineer Hauslich [correct, Elias Hauster, my grandfather] in Czernowitz.

The Lilien/Lilian Family

I am from Johannesburg, South Africa. I am investigating the Lilien/Lilian family who lived in Czernowitz. I have managed to find out the following:

My great grandfathers name was Wilhelm lilian ( must have become William when he arrived in Australia before WW2) – he had 2 brothers – Joseph and Ossies (all born in Czernowitz), their fathers name was Meier. Wilhelm was born in Czernowitz. I have found a picture of Meier Lilian tombstone in Czernowitz cemetary – but it is an unclear photo.

Meier lilian grave


Meier died on 12 July 1926 and is buried in Czernowitz. Wilhelm was born on 17 January 1891 or 1892 and died in Sydney, Australia 13 November 1964.

Does anyone have any further information about the lilian family? or know who would have info? I am also investigating if the lilian family in Czernowitz is related to the famous artist Ephraim Moshe lilien.

Please let me know
Thanks in advance

A Sunken Treasure of Czernowitz

Dragoș Olaru (01.09.2012): “Nearly all primary data to the censuses effected for the CITY OF CZERNOWITZ during the Austrian period for the years 1869/70, 1880/81, 1890/91 and some of them for the year 1900 are deposited in our [Czernowitz Regional] Archives. I knew before about their existence, but thanks to Eli [Eliezer Schaffer] I examined several files and realized that these primary data are hiding a real treasure: the names of all persons registered house by house including the dates of birth, the localities where they came from coming to Czernowitz, their professions, the degree of relationship among themselves, etc. The first censuses were effected by house numbers, the last ones by streets [and house numbers…].”


IMGP0413 Kopie 2


Just a short seemingly trivial notice, but in fact A GENEALOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH, made possible by the priceless persistence of Eliezer Schaffer from Haifa and by the thoughtful cooperativeness of Dragoș Olaru. Just imagine, at the end of the day you will be able

• to track the migration movement for your family,
• to interchange house numbers with streets [+ house numbers], etc.

As a matter of fact, the census sheets provide even more information than the civil records, i. e.:
– names (surnames, forenames, titles [of nobility])
– relationship (degree of relationship to the occupant)
– sex
– dates of birth
– places of birth
– rights of residence (places of origin)
– religion
– civil status
– common language
– regular occupation (description, position)
– secondary occupation (description, position)
– houseowning, landowning
– literacy level (reading and writing, just reading, none)
– disabilities (blind, deaf-dumb, idiotic, cretin [!?])
– residence
– remarks