My great grandfather's name was Michael Gindin. He was born in
Lithuania in 1905 (approximately), left at some point to soviet
Central Asia (Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) and died there a natural
death in 1981.
The thing is, we can't find any records about him... I've sent in the
past month a message here, regarding the city that we think he was
born in, which called Vysokaya Gora or Vysokaya Ruda (based on
documents that I've found about his brother [we think that it's him,
but not sure] who served for the Red Army). Some of you said that
Vysokaya Ruda is a place in Lithuania , while other said that Wysoka
Gora is a place in modern Poland, that was once under Lithuanian
I've been searching for my great grandfather for a year already
through the archives of Lithuania. I have an Israeli-Lithuanian lawyer
that conducts the researching for me. However, no results so far, he
has found nothing.... so there are few possible scenarios >from my
point of view:
1. The lawyer doesn't work well and doesn't put his efforts on this
case (very likely, he seems like he doesn't care enough, although I
paid him and he is one of the most reputable lawyers in my country
[top 10]) ---> which means I have to find a new lawyer.
2. My great grandfather, his parents, and his 4-5 brothers and sisters
weren't born in Lithuania but in Poland (Wysoka Gora probably). --->
which means I have to search in Poland's archives instead of
Either way, I can't find this part of my family (7-8 people in total)
on Jewish Gen data bases, which is very weird. And any other database
show no relevant results...
And that leads me to the next question: maybe the Jewish family name
Gindin is not of a Lithuanian origin? Because if it is, then it makes
no sense that my whole family has vanished >from the Lithuanian
records... (oh, and I've searched for other countries in JewishGen
too, and unfortunately no results).
Somehow there are other Gindins who were born around 1905 (and even up
to 50 years before, and up to 20 years after), and surprisingly their
records are shown on JewishGen, whereas my great grandfather's are
Any thoughts or ideas?
Happy Rosh HaShana,