Re: Use Obituaries for Research #general

Roger Lustig <trovato@...>

David Simon Bendory wrote:

I spent hours over the past weeks combing through local newspapers in
search of obituaries. While some are quite "standard" and don't have
any new information, others have a wealth of new tidbits.

As we all no doubt reflect upon our lives as Rosh HaShanah approaches,
we should remember that those we research are not just the composite
facts we gather. They had lives full of hobbies and interests, just
like we do.
Quite so! I'm currently going through the many letters my father
received when he gathered in the facts about his relatives in the late
1970's. Although I have never met most of these people, and never will
meet most of them (even counting only those alive when he was collecting
the information), the jokes, tragedies, family legends, and so on
are--to me, at least--even better than photographs. In the end, they
remind me of the (cosmically speaking) trivial things that I consider
important to my own life, and how we take turns looking into, now this
end, now that end of the telescope. I tell ya, we humans are the
*strangest* people!

And don't forget the paid death notices that appear nearby, often in the
days before or after the obituary. Families, friends, employers,
synagogue societies, lodges, unions, and others take out such
notices--and sometimes those notices can even provide leads to more

With all best wishes of peace, joy, prosperity, and fortuitous
discoveries to all of you, and all of yours, for the new year--

Roger Lustig
researching Upper Silesia in general, Gleiwitz in particular, and

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