ViewMate: help with translations from Yiddish #romania
If I were a poet, I'd write an ode to the wonders of JewishGen.
Before I'd even had a chance to compose my posting to the SIG list, two
volunteers had translated the caption for the photo I'd posted on
ViewMate, a page >from the Briceva Yizkor Book, and sure enough, they
confirmed my guess/hope that I'd found a member of the extended family.
Each time someone helps, I am amazed by this international network of
people searching for the fragments of historical memory. Thank you all!
So here is my current posting to the group. I've posted five items on
ViewMate: one more page >from the Milstein family passport; two more
postcards to Chava/Eva Spiwak; and the page >from the Briceva Yizkor
book. Now that I know I have found Gabriel LICHT, I have more probing
--The last page of Israel and Chane Milstein's passport for their
journey >from Romania to New York in 1921. they sailed >from Cherbourg.
I'd like to know anything and everything there is to be gleaned >from
what appear to be visa pages:
--A postcard addressed to "Miss Eva Spiwak," Chava/Eva Spiwak, Abram
Spiwak's sister >from Orgeyev, the first member of his family he brought
over. She arrived in 1910. I would be grateful for a full translation
of this postcard, including the return address and name of sender, and
help with the year in the postmark--is it 1913? 1915?
--It's very hard to see, but maybe someone can translate the Yiddish on
the front of the card, too?
--Another card to Chava/Eva Spiwak, undated, no postmark, with a message
from her sister-in-law, Esther Cirifcan.http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=3D18866
--The caption for this Yizkor book photo of the Keren Hayesod committee
in Briceva, 1921, has already been translated (Thank you so much, Miriam
and Zvi!). Can anyone translate the rest of the text on the page beside
the photo? I wonder if it might shed any light on my search.
The man second >from the right in front is, indeed, Roza LICHT VOLMAN's
father. Now I know his name: Gabriel LICHT. And I have a sense of the
importance of this group. According to their website, the Keren Hayesod
organization was "Established at the Zionist Conference in London, 1920,
Keren Hayesod - United Israel Appeal (KH-UIA) was created as the
official fundraising arm of the World Zionist Organization (WZO)."
When I try to search Gabriel LICHT in the all Romania database, or Yad
Vashem, or virtually any Jewish Gen point of entry, I can't get
anywhere. Just as for the entire Spiwak family, I cannot find a record
of Gabriel's birth, marriage or death. Can anyone suggest where to go
next--what kind of search I should do now?
The little I know about Gabriel LICHT I have gleaned >from a photograph
found among Chava Spiwak Cohen's papers, an image of Gabriel LICHT and
his wife (I do not know her name) with their daughter, Roza, and her
husband, Yakov/Yankel VOLLMAN/WOLMAN of Capresti. Yakov was the son of
Leizer WOLMAN and Sore SPIWAK WOLMAN (Abram's oldest sister). All six
of them are in the photo. There is no information on the back of the
photo at all, so I don't know if it was made in Briceva or Capresti,
where Leizer and Sora lived, and where Roza settled with Yakov. Since
Yakov is wearing formal attired (it looks like a tuxedo), it must have
been a very important occasion. But since Roza is in black, I don't know
if it could possibly be their wedding--could it? when would a young
Jewish bride wear black for her wedding?) The photograph dates >from =
around 1920. I know only one more thing about Roza, Yakov, and Leizer:
they are listed among Shoah victims in the Capresti Yizkor book and in
the Yad Vashem database. No details of their deaths are listed in Yad
Vashem, nor is there any testimony regarding their fate. (Roza is also
listed in the Briceva Yizkor book, which, like the Capresti Yizkor book,
has not yet been translated. It was the Yizkor Book Necrology Database
that gave me her maiden name, LICHT, and her native town. I then went to
the library and got the Briceva Yizkor book and turned every page,
searching the faces for someone I'd recognize. That's how I spotted the
man I thought must be her father, recognizing him >from the photo
mentioned above). I have been unable to find anything at all about the
fate of Sore SPIWAK WOLMAN or her granddaughter, Yakov and Roza's
beautiful child, Peirale, who was born around 1928 or 1929. Peirale was
named for Sore's mother (of whom I have been unable to find even a
trace; I only know her given names, Pearl Leiba, and when she died
(1888) >from family stories). I don't know where to go next. Any ideas?
As always, thank you all for your help. It is wonderful. It is more
Guilford, CT USA
SPIWAK /SPIVAK of Orgeyev & Kishinev, Bessarabia; Mendoza, Argentina;
SCHAPOSCHNIK / SAPOSNIK / ZAPOSNEK of Orgeyev, Kishinev, Elisavetgrad,
or Mendoza, Argentina; and their related names, SHAPIN, SHAPIRO of
Mendoza, Argentina, Chile, Canada, and the US.
SCHOCHETMAN of Odessa (who became SCHACHT in the US).
MILSTEIN of Orgeyev & Kishinev.
WOLMAN/VOLLMAN of Orgeyev, Kishinev, Capresti.
TSAREVKAN/CIRIFCAN/SARAFCONN of Orgeyev, Teleneshti, Uruguay, becoming
COHEN in the US.
BELINKSY of Odessa and Philadelphia.
KALIK of Orgeyev and Kishinev.
BURD/BORD of Chukelteny and Orgeyev, Bessarabia.
LICHT of Briceva and Capresti.