JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Toporow and the First Toporower Sick Benefit Society #general

Judith Elam

I was contacted a few months ago by someone researching his grandmother,
Cywja MARDENFELD, who married Nachman PARDES, presumably in Toporow. Yet
another MARDENFELD or MARDERFELD line I cannot connect to the main tree!
Cywia and Nachman PARDES had two sons, Wolf and Morris, both born in
Toporow, who emigrated to NY. In 1920 Wolf applied for a passport to go
back to Toporow to distribute funds collected by the members of the First
Toporower Sick Benefit Society, to help the desperate Jews of Toporow and
their neighboring villages, who were literally barefoot, starving and
freezing to death. The State Department had to conduct an investigation
before issuing the passport to confirm the legitimacy of the proposed trip.
It is a fascinating, but harrowing, document to read. Additionally, many
families are mentioned in this passport application, both as members of the
Society and those supplying character references for Wolf PARDES. It really
is a historical document in and of itself, so I thought you would be
interested to read it, especially if you are researching Toporow, now
Toporiv Ukraine.
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Judith Elam
Kihei, HI

Researching: MARDENFELD, PARDES, SIEGEL, TENENBAUM - all >from Toporow.
WIENER and WEISS >from Kamionka Strumilowa.

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