Alan Shnider <shnider@...>
Shavuah Tov. I am looking for help. My daughter is currently studying at
Machon Gold in Jerusalem as part of a Bnei Akiva year-long program. On July 17
they travel to Poland for a week as part of her program.One place they are
visiting is Bialystok. My late father and his family came >from there as did
my mothers parents Samuel Pajes (Later spelt Payes) and my mothers mother's
family known as Beder. Some of the Pajes family and many of the Beder Family
went to Wellington New Zealand as did my late father Max Shnnider who went
to the Deckston Orphanage there in about 1937.
Below is some information I have about my father;
For some time now I have been trying to search for details, relating to my
late father and his family who came >from Bialystok. I have had little
success and may be I am searching incorrectly. My father was born we believe
on or about 1st June 1924 in Bialystok. His name was Max or he was also
known as Mottel. He was the second child of Alexander and Chava Sznajder and
he had an older sibling know as Guta . Chava I believe died in or about
October 1934 between Yom kippur and Succoth.We believe that Chava is buried
in the cemetery in Bialstok. The date she died was the 13th Tishrai. Her
name was Chava bus Shlomi Zalman. We believe her maidname was Fried My
father was about nine or ten. On his Polish Passport he was known as
"Mordchaj Beniamin Sznajder"
His father sent my father >from Bialystok on the day of Purim in 1937, which
I believe to be the 8th February 1937 to an orphanage in New Zealand run by
Max and Annie Deckston who were a distant relative. His stay in the
orphanage was short, as he didn't like the place misbehaved and was sent
back by the Deckston's to Poland only to be taken off the boat in London by
the then Jewish shelter
and sent back to New Zealand where he stayed with relatives.
It appears that on his Polish passport his surname was spelt SZNAJDER but
was changed we believe at the time of entry to New Zealand to Shnider.
My father spoke like many others very little of his childhood and it was
only recently that my mother and brothers met a man now living in Los
Angeles (Bernie Giel) who actually travelled on that day of Purim by train
from Bialystok to the port and then by boat to New Zealand and finally tothe Deckston orphanage. This man although >from Bialystok didn't know my
father in Bialystok and only met on the train as they left.
I am interested to try and piece together some information about my father
and his family. As far as my late father knew who passed away on 31st
January 1981 his father and sister perished. There is some suggestion that
his father may have remarried.
Any assistance you can give me, or any advice that you can give me on how to
continue my searching I would be very grateful. A number of my friends have
successfully searched and found information although some of them still have
parents who can at least provide some background information.
With my daughter Natalie leaving for Poland in 3 weeks, if any one has any
information that may assist whether it is remembering a street name or some
other information about my family I would be very grateful. I look forward
to hearing >from you at your convenience.
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