I have just had an opportunity to read Janova by Jonava-born Frances
SENIOR Melamed z"l. The book was published by Janova Press, Cincinnati,
Ohio, 1976, ISBN 0-917294-01-7. I recommend the book to those researching
families >from Jonava, and also >from Lithuania, generally.
The subject matter is distinctive in that it focuses on the period
prior to WWI, and on the Russian government's 1914 order for Jews to
leave their homes within hours, before the arrival of the advancing German
Army, out of Russian fear that the Jews would support the Germans. It
brings alive the harrowing exodus >from Jonava (and other towns) and the
journey to Chernigov in the Ukraine as well as the equally arduous return
to a changed Jonava in 1920.
The author, born into the SENIOR family in about 1895, provides a
detailed description of family life,childhood activities, relationships
within the community, and daily life in the first years of the 20th
What is quite remarkable and moving is that the author was a writer
at heart, even in her early years. She made and kept notes of her
observations which she brought with her to the United States. After a
full life, she returned to these notes and wrote as freshly as though she
were still in the haim.
In addition to the SENIOR family, other families mentioned in the book
are SISITSKY, BLAKHONSKY, BURAK, SABLOVITZ, GINSBURG, LUBIN, and in
Chernigov, RIVIN and FRAIDIN.
If you wish to obtain a copy of the book please write me privately and
I will forward your message to the publisher Rita Edlin. I have no financial
interest in the book.
GOLDSHMIDT,GITTES (GADIE,GADYE,GIDUT,GDUD), F(P)ILVINSKY, SHLOMOVICH,
DRUSKOVICH, LANGMAN, NEKRITZ, RANDMAN, ROCHELSON, ZHIZSMORSKI, ZUKHOVSKI
Lithuania: Seta, Kaunas, Jonava, Ukmerge, Vandziogala, Kedainiai, Krakes,
Adutiskis, Zemaiciu Naumiestes
TOBIAS, ROZHANSKY, MIRANSKY, BILINSKY, FOGEL, PROTAS, RUSEK, TRIBUKH
Belarus: NovyySverzhen, Stolbtsy, Mir, Yasevichi, GUREWICZ, DRASNAN
Belarus: Dolginovo, Vileika
Above names + TSOREF, AMORON, LUKMAN, ZILBOVITZ Israel