I am looking for information about the Russian roots of the Blumkin
side of my family. My great-grandfather, Joseph (Jasel) Blumkin immigrated
from Gomel, Russia to the USA in 1912. His sisters, Rose Blumkin Gluskin andFannie Blumkin Olsen, also immigrated to the USA. Joseph reported a
brother named Solman as his nearest relative in Russia on his immigration
ship manifest in 1912. The parents of Joseph, Rose, Fannie and Solman
are believed to have been Arthur Blumkin and Edith Selma (anglicized names).
Joseph never commented on the fate of his brother, Solman. I found a
testimonial in Yad Vashem for a Zalman Blyumkin of Gomel, son of Aharon,
with an 1885 year of birth (only two years after Joseph). I would like to
know if this is the brother of my great-grandfather. The testimonial was
made by his nephew, Kim Shustin, in 1996. The Zalman Blyumkin listed in
Yad Vashem had a wife named Sosya and daughters named Fanya and Sima,
all of which perished in the Holocaust.
Please contact me if any of these names are familiar.
Katie Brownstein Knostman
Columbus, Ohio USA
Other surnames I am researching: Brownstein/Bronstein of Rezina,
Romania/Moldova; Serlin/Serling of Bialystok, Russia/Poland; Golinsky/Galinsky
of Svisloch or Bialystok, Poland/Russia; Siroka of Russia/Poland;
Grossman of Dubasari, Russia/Moldova; Serby of Sverdlovsk, Russia.