Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day

Tonight begins Yom HaShoah--Holocaust Remembrance Day.  I grew up knowing that my father's parents were Holocaust survivors and had lost most of their families.  But my mother's family came to America well before WWII, and I never heard mention of anyone on my mother's side having been impacted by the Holocaust.  But as it turns out, my mother's family was greatly impacted as well--my maternal grandmother had aunts and uncles who were killed as well as first cousins and many others more distant.

Below is a list of my nearly 100 relatives who I know were killed in the Holocaust--many of whom were just small children.  There are many others for whom I have birth records and who disappear from records and were likely killed as well.
The back of my paternal grandparents' tombstone--their immediate family members killed in the Holocaust

Below are my relatives killed in the Holocaust, their approximate age at death, and how they are realated to me.

Name Age Relationship to Me
Baich, Avrohom Bajcz 57 Great grandfather
Diamond, Avrohom Tzvi 63 Great grandfather
Suttleman Diamond, Tzivia 52 Great grandmother
Fine, Moshe Dovid 80 Great-great grandfather
Diamond, Shlomo 13 Great uncle
Beitch, Molly 18 Great aunt
Diamond Mazurik, Kreina 27 Great aunt
Mazurik, David abt 28 Great aunt's husband
Fine, Baila 45 Great-great aunt
Fine Wollich, Sara 51 Great-great aunt
Joshowitz Katz, Frieda 62 Great-great aunt
Rutner Holder, Malka 46 Great-great aunt
Rutner, Boruch Hirsch 63 Great-great uncle
Fuchs Rutner, Kreindel 57 Great-great uncle's wife &
Third cousin, twice removed
Holder, Yosef 46 Great-great aunt's husband
Wollich, Yosef 55 Great-great aunt's husband
Grunberger Rutner, Etya Sheva 61 Great-great uncle's wife
Rutner, Wolf 88 Great-Great-Great uncle
Mazurik, Rivka 5 First cousin, once removed
Fuchs, Dovid 17 First cousin, twice removed
Fuchs, Shlomo Solomon 27 First cousin, twice removed
Holder, Itzik 18 First cousin, twice removed
Joshowitz, Esther 18 First cousin, twice removed
Joshowitz, Issac Myer Morris 35 First cousin, twice removed
Josovits-Katz, Itzik 34 First cousin, twice removed
Rutner Davidovics, Henya Rochel 36 First cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Mendel 42 First cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Rivka 19 First cousin, twice removed
Wollich Chechman, Cheike 32 First cousin, twice removed
Davidovics, Chaim 40 First cousin, twice removed's husband
Chechman, Mendel abt 35 First cousin, twice removed's husband
Michel Rutner, Zelda 24 First cousin, twice removed's wife
Eizikovic, Menachem Mendel 45 First cousin, three times removed
Eizikovic, Avraham 33 First cousin, three times removed
Eizikovic, David Isaac 38 First cousin, three times removed
Engelman Steinmetz, Leah Mindia 48 First cousin, three times removed
Rutner, Mendel 37 First cousin, three times removed
Steinmetz, Shalom Zelig 46 First cousin, three times removed
Steinmetz, Shaul Aryeh 40 First cousin, three times removed
Zubkis, Tania 49 First cousin, three times removed
Lazovnik, Ovadia 53 First cousin, three times removed
Feig Rutner, Rochel Ruzena 33 First cousin, three times removed's wife
Yunger Eizikovic, Devorah about 45 First cousin, three times removed's wife
Lazovnik, Lena Devora 42 First cousin, three times removed's wife
Rutner, Dovid Yitzchak Eizik 1 Second cousin, once removed
Chechman, Devora 8 Second cousin, once removed
Davidovics, Dovid Yitzchok Eizik 8 Second cousin, once removed
Josovits-Katz, Yosef 13 Second cousin, once removed
Rutner, Chana 13 Second cousin, once removed
Rutner, Shmuel Moshe 9 Second cousin, once removed
Rutner, Dovid Yitzchak Eizik 1 Second cousin, once removed
Elio Kriger 4 Second cousin, once removed
Eizikovic, Rephael 35 Second cousin, twice removed
Eizikovic, Roizie 11 Second cousin, twice removed
Eizikovic, Yaakov 3 Second cousin, twice removed
Eizikovic, Yosi 14 Second cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Esther 2 Second cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Ezra 6 Second cousin, twice removed
Eizikovic, Yosi 16 Second cousin, twice removed
Eizikovic, Mordechai abt 15 Second cousin, twice removed
Eizikovic, Neshka 13 Second cousin, twice removed
Eizikovic, Shmuel abt 15 Second cousin, twice removed
Eizikovic, Yechiel Mechel 5 Second cousin, twice removed
Eizikovic, Mordechai 37 Second cousin, twice removed
Bogomolny, Klara 24 Second cousin, twice removed
Bogomolny, Yosef 10 Second cousin, twice removed
Eizikovic, Yosef Leib 8 Second cousin, twice removed
Eizikovic, Zelda 11 Second cousin, twice removed
Fine, Chaya Clara 27 Second cousin, twice removed
Fine, Yechiel Mechal 30 Second cousin, twice removed
Fine, Yehudah Leib 21 Second cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Ita 4 Second cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Mendel 32 Second cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Ruchlya Rozi 35 Second cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Smil 42 Second cousin, twice removed
Lazovnik, Mirelia 15 Second cousin, twice removed
Lazovnik, Suzelia 16 Second cousin, twice removed
Fuchs Eizikovic, Rivka 35 Second cousin, twice removed's wife
Feintuch, Herrman Hersh 81 Second cousin, three times removed
Feintuch, Nachman 67 Second cousin, three times removed
Rutner, Chaim 61 Second cousin, three times removed
Veisberger Feintuch, Chaya Sara 78 Second cousin, three times removed's wife
Eizikovic, Batsheva 2 Third cousin, once removed
Eizikovic, Menachem 4 Third cousin, once removed
Eizikovic, Shmuel 8 Third cousin, once removed
Eizikovic, Shmuel 6 Third cousin, once removed
Eizikovic, Shoshana 6 Third cousin, once removed
Rutner, Berko 15 Third cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Aharon Mordechai 27 Third cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Avraham Yehuda 28 Third cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Dovid 24 Third cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Etia 32 Third cousin, twice removed
Rutner Lebovics, Rivka Regina 35 Third cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Shmuel Moshe 20 Third cousin, twice removed
Rutner, Zelda 27 Third cousin, twice removed

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6 comments:

  1. I went through five years of elementary school with a friend whose mother went to school with Anne Frank. Her family's story was similar to Anne's except that her mom and uncle survived in hiding. Her grandparents did not. The family never talked about their experiences when we were growing up. It wasn't until I looked for her online that I discovered her family's memorial site. Sadly, your family story is all too common. History teaches lessons that we must never forget.

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  2. What a beautiful gesture to memorialize your relatives like this! May their memory be for a blessing.

    I also didn't think that my family was touched by the Holocaust, as my grandparents immigrated in the 1890s and early 1900s. Then, thanks to genealogy, I discovered cousins who were sent to Auschwitz, as well as more distant cousins who suffered similarly tragic fates.

    On another note, I used to know a Feintuch family here in Baltimore. The son, David, would be about your age. Any relation?

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    1. Susan, this is quite common in Israel.

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  3. Thank you Lara I compare those children to my grand children's ages and brings tears to my eyes.

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  4. Lara, this is a loving and thoughtful tribute--may your relatives who perished never be forgotten.

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  5. I am so sorry for all your losses. My list is not yet as long, but until a few years ago, I didn't know that I had any relatives who'd been killed in the Holocaust. It's been one of the most heartbreaking lessons I've learned doing genealogy.

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