08/30/15

Bershad Document

From Ruth Glasberg Gold

I found a document from Bershad, Transnistria where I signed for the receipt of 90.- R.K.K.S sent by my relatives in Czernowitz. I was 12 years old. RKKS stands for „Reichskreditssheine“ (a German military currency used in occupied countries during WWII).
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07/7/15

Mogilev Podolsky Documents & Photos

From Sylvie Gsell…

I saw these documents from Ethel Stern, good friend of my mother’s cousin.

Ethel was deported at the age of 7 years in Mogilev Podolsky as much of my mother’s family.

She had prepared documents for me:
– The pass of her future husband to go to work at the plant Turnatoria Jagendorf
– A picture of a theater show organized deportees orphans
– A photograph of the deportees Mogilev Podolski

When MP was liberated, my family ( my grand father Riwen Reicher, my aunt Luca Reicher, my great uncle dr Fabian Stern, his wife Lana and his daughter Gaby , Ethel and her parents) were living in Cz one year before coming home in Radautz.

This is all I know. Perhaps List members can say more.
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04/25/15

Physicians [from Czernowitz], Deported to Transnistria

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Ervin [Erwin] Adler, Ioan Blidner, Leopold Bremer [Brenner], Lazar [Lezer] Buxbaum, Maier Drucher, Isidor Furmann, Natan [Nathan] Ghetzler [Getzler], Iosif Goldstein, Solomon Heier, Suchar Herschman, Martin I. Herzberg [Hertzberg], Iuda Hollinger [Holinger], Guido Hornstein, Iosif Iahr, Julius Kessler, Berl Korn, Karol [Carl] Korn, Max Kremer, Carol [Karl] Leindenbaum [Lindenbaum], Isac Likvornic, Comrat [Iacob Conrad] Mardler [Merdler], Pincas Napler, David Nier, Ossi [Ossy] Orest Noe, Iacob Rauch, Arthur Rosemblat [Rosenblatt], Iulius Rotlender, Izu Salzberger, Ludovic [Ludwig] Samler, Leizer [Leiser] Schachter [Schächter], Paul Pincas Schapira, Zigard Scherf, Adolf Schifter, Simion [Simon] Schlosser, Wilhelm Schvartz, Carol Schwartz Skapf [Schwartzkopf], Alfred Seidner, Wilhem [Wilhelm] Solomon, Natan Teitler, Isac Vikman, Herman Walter, Hema [Herman] Wasz Kutzer [Waszkautzer], Baruch Wenistock [Weinstock], Adolf Winter, Bernhard Teodor Zulflucht [Zuflucht].

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Captured by Dr. Sergij Osatschuk at Czernowitz Street Market in January 2010

03/27/15

From Anne-Mette Prent of Norway – Her Czernowitz Connection


Just received today from Anne-Mette Prent of Norway, and I hope she will write soon to the list telling us more about the following documents.  Here is an abbreviated version of what she just wrote to me:

Hello Bruce,
A friend has helped me to scan some of the documents from my grandmother. Here are “ Heiratsurkunde”( 2 pages) “Trauungs-Matriken-Schein”( 2 pages), Lehrbefahigungs-Zeugnis”, and two pictures from Weissensee graveyard in Berlin. The poem on Karl Ernst`s stone, I am very anxious to know if anyone in the group knows anything about. I have asked Germanists here in Oslo, but it seems to be quite unknown to all. The inscription on my great-grandparents` stone is in Hebrew, and I have already sent you the German translation. All these documents are in German, my German is worse than my English, consequently, it`s been a job translating everything into Norwegian. But it has been rewarding! I got around 100 documents from The Archive, most of them in Norwegian. I also got papers from the German SS in connection with my uncle Karl Ernst, he commited suicide while being tortured in Berlin, since he was Jewish and a communist. It was in these papers I found that he was born in Czernowitz. The story of my grandmother is in Norwegian, to translate it into English, do you think that is worth it? It will take me weeks! But if you think the group is intterested I will do it. I think I owe her that.

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10/28/14

“A Shtetl in the Caribbean”, a Roadmovie Documentary…

…across Belarus, Ukraine, Israel, USA and Curacao is now on the way to your heart and to your cinema!

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Trailer A Shtetl in the Caribbean from Memphis Film & Television on Vimeo.

A SHTETL IN THE CARIBBEAN tells the compelling story of two childhood friends who grew up on Curaçao, in search for their family history in Eastern Europe.

Mark and Tsale, children of Eastern European Jews that fled to Curaçao, travel back to the home countries of their ancestors. In a documentary road-movie across Curaçao, the United States, Belarus, Ukraine and Israel, we witness their discoveries, courage and despair while they are reminded of the sacrifices their parents had to make to provide their family with a better future.

This unknown story is revealed in a journey from the desolate wastelands of Eastern Europe to the exotic Caribbean, a contrast metaphoric for the history of Mark and Tsale’s ancestors.

A SHTETL IN THE CARIBBEAN originated from a strong emotion: we are all part of the same family, no matter how different we are. The film is also an homage to Curaçao, a small island with a big heart, and a place that has been a safe haven for strangers. Only in such a place a human being can truly build a home.

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BIOGRAPHY MARK WIZNITZER
Named after his two deceased grandfathers per Jewish tradition, Mark Leon Wiznitzer was born in the US and brought to Curacao as a baby. There he was called “ Buchi, ” a popular island nickname that legend dates back to the strongest African slave broken by the loss of his beloved wife, and is still often given to a native first son. In Willemstad, Mark attended the Dutch-language Hendrikschool before he moved to New York City at the age of eleven with his mother. But he returned to spend all his school vacations on Curacao, where he worked with his father in La Confianza, the family-owned department store. After studying political science at the State University of NY in Buffalo, Mark went on to complete a Masters in Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He worked in Curacao for Wiznitzer Brothers, the family’s retail and wholesale business, for a year before he was selected to join the US Department of State as a career diplomat in 1976, at which time he left Curacao for good. During his various assignments in Washington DC, Latin America and Europe, he earned awards for his performance in political and politico-military affairs, and strategic trade. After retiring in 1999, Mark completed an Executive MBA in Vienna. He was a volunteer for Barak Obama’s campaigns for the Democratic nomination and election as President. As a result of his first visit in 2010 to Vashkivtsi, Ukraine, the birthplace of the four Wiznitzer brothers, he organized his family’s restoration of the neglected Jewish cemetery there. He currently lives with his wife, Paula Goddard, in Virginia, where he recently became a volunteer advocate for senior residents of Arlington County.

BIOGRAPHY TSALE KIRZNER
Tsale Kirzner was born on Curaçao as the oldest son of Socher Kirzner and Fania Shusterman, refugees who built a home on the Caribbean island in 1948. He was named after his grandfather from his mothers side, Bezalel, who was killed by a firing squad in Mikasjevits in Belarus, as a warning to the Jewish people living in the town. Tsale went to the Hendrikschool and the Radulphus College on Curaçao, after which he moved to the US to study Sinology at Harvard University and economics at The George Washington University, graduating cum laude. Since 1974 Tsale lives in The Netherlands. Tsale is married to professor Lorraine Uhlaner and is father to five children.

Read more at: http://www.memphisfilmtv.com/een-sjtetl-in-de-cariben/?lang=en