Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland Oct 27 program

Susan Steeble

Speaker: Kira Dolcimascolo

Title: “The Heymann Family of Greifenberg”

Date and Time: Sunday, October 27, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Location: Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD


Please join us on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, when Kira Dolcimascolo presents our next program: “The Heymann Family of Greifenberg.


In this presentation, Kira Dolcimascolo tells the story of her great-grandmother Emma Heymann, and her 10 siblings from Greifenberg in Pomerania and Berlin. Members of this unusual family include not only circus strongwoman Katie Sandwina, but a boxer, a soap opera actor, a dancer, a “sausage man,” a “hobby-dentist,” Shanghai refugees, and descendants around the globe. As a result of her research and social media, she reunited with Heymann family members in Berlin in 2019. Kira will provide a short history of Jews in Pomerania and background on the Heymann family’s origins in Posen, West Prussia, and Pomerania, today all part of Poland. She shares her research techniques using Polish archives, web sites, and books specific to Pomeranian research, as well as research tips for small Jewish communities in the German Empire.


Kira Dolcimascolo has actively researched her Jewish-German and Sicilian roots for the past 6 years; her knowledge of her ancestors from Germany/Prussia now extends to the 17th and 18th centuries. When not obsessively researching her family’s genealogy, she works as a school-based occupational therapist and assists her husband with their painting and decorating business. She has lived in Baltimore for 30 years. 


The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first meeting. Please check our web site at for late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.

Susan Steeble
Baltimore, MD
JGSMD Public Relations


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