Thursday, September 6, 2018

Rosh Hashanah, 1935

Rosh Hashanah is coming up next week.  So I wanted to share a family Rosh Hashanah card with readers.

My grandmother's first cousin was Chaiky Wollich Chechman, who grew up in Sienkiewiczowka, Poland (now Senkevychivka, Ukraine).  Chaiky and her husband Mendel, as well as their young daughter Devorah, were all killed in the Holocaust.  But in 1935 things were still good, and they sent out cards to their friends and relatives.
Front of the Chechman 1935 Shana Tova Card

Mendel and Chaiky's 1935 Shana Tova (Happy Jewish New Year) card had a photo of the young couple and wished the recipient happy new year in Hebrew and Polish.  On the back, a message was written in Yiddish:
"A good year for all.  Best wishes for my dear uncle Yehoshua with your dear family. From me with Mendel.  Year 1935"  (Thanks to my father for helping on the Yiddish I couldn't make out.)

So this was written by Chaiky.  I don't believe Yehoshua was her uncle on her Fine side, so this was likely sent to a Wollich uncle or one of Mendel's uncles.

This card was found in my grandmother's basement after she passed away.  She'd told usabout how she went back into the Sienkiewiczowka ghetto after it had been liquidated, and she found some family photos in piles of household goods from around the ghetto.  This was one of those rescued photos.

To all those who read my blog, I wish you a wonderful year filled with health, happiness, and awesome genealogy finds.  To use Chaiky's words, "לשנה טובה / Z powinszowaniem nowego roku!"

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  1. I love this! L'Shanah Tovah to you and yours!

  2. L'shanah tova! What a very sweet---bittersweet---card.

  3. Thank you for sharing this. A beautiful reminder of all we have to be thankful for and to never forget. I wish you as well a wonderful year ahead filled with health, happiness and awesome genealogy finds ~ Sharon

  4. Saw your post in the Jewish Genealogy Portal. Poignant story - thank you for sharing it.

  5. Thank you for sharing this lovely story. L'Shana Tova to you and your family. I would like to volunteer to index vital records. Please advise.

    1. To you as well! Please email me at laradiamond AT gmail DOT com