Nigel Wilson <wilsonettess@...>
I am writing on behalf of a Jean-Claude LONKA in France as he
feels that his written English would not enable him to express fully
the contents of a posting. Information received >from this posting will
be passed on to him.
LONKA - Kaluszyn - Poland.
Elie LONKA - patriarch. His son was Yankel Kopel mentioned in the
Duma elector list 1907. Family were stonemasons/builders.
Yankel Kopel LONKA married Genta/Bella nee Epelbaum. Children -
Joseph b 1920 in Warsaw, Chaim, Mendel, Elie, Reuben, Israel,
Mirka Menura, Rachel. Chaim (Jean-Claude's late father) believed
he was the only survivor of the Shoah until last year when
Jean-Claude received information >from the USHMM that his Uncle
Joseph had not been murdered, in fact paperwork showed that he
had been deported to Mauthausen, liberated and then spent >from
1946-8 in Bad Reichenhall Displaced Persons Camp, address
1L / 68 Bad Reichenhall, US zone. He also attended the ORT school
there to learn the trade of a locksmith.
On Feb. 8th 1948 an official form shows Joseph applying to
emigrate to Palestine, it was signed by a Dora Strassberg. However,
there are no records in Israel indicating that Joseph ever arrived. So
where did he go?
Two cousins have been found - one in the USA where the surname
was changed to LONKY and another in Australia. Communication
with the Australian cousin revealed that yet another cousin lived in
Israel, Meilich and his wife Ethel and Meilich's brother Isaac. All
cousins are related through Jean-Claude's grand-fathers sibling
Abraham, all 3 are buried in the Herzlyia cemetery yet the Chevra
Kadisha has no information as to who arranged their funerals. The
Australian cousin even has photographs of this family unit.
Jean-Claude has written over 50 letters to organisations worldwide
in the hope of someone somewhere being able to assist him as to
what happened to his Uncle Joseph, who arranged the funerals of
his cousins in Israel (all Lonka families in the Israeli tel. directory
have been contacted, to no avail) and did any other members of
the LONKA family >from Kaluszyn survive. Pages of Testimony at
Yad Vashem have also been thoroughly searched and a person
called Ita HUS >from Petach Tikva gave testimony to several
members of the immediate family, however she cannot be traced,
even through the Chevra Kadisha. Again all HUS families have been
If anyone has knowledge of what happened to Joseph LONKA or
any other members of the LONKA family that may or may not have
survived the Shoah please contact me privately. Thank you.
Patricia Wilson (Israel)