SPERBER - Sieniawa, Poland; later Vienna?

Joseph Lonstein

A few months ago I sent this request to the Galicia SIG, but am now sending it broadly because I can't get past this brick wall:

I'm searching for descendants of Marim SCHYRAK/SHERAK/SZYROK (b. 1874; daughter of Solomon Chaskel SCHYRAK and Reisel SCHIPPER) and her husband Moses Wolf SPERBER (b. 1870; son of Lieb SPERBER and Lea LAUFER) all from Sieniawa, Galicia, Poland.  This couple legally married in Sieniawa in 1909, and Moses Wolf SPERBER died in Sieniawa in 1915. 

One of their sons, Liebisch SPERBER (b. 1900) lived in Vienna starting in the 1930s until being deported and killed in Auschwitz in 1942.  The IKG Wien sent me some records and Liebisch was single and had no children.  No close relatives in Austria were listed.  The Sieniawa archives has a 1920 petition to legally state that Moses Wolf SPERBER was his father.

I can't find anything about four other children of this family born in Sieniawa.  These four nor their mother Marim are not found in any Sieniawa vital records after the children's births through the end of indexing in 1945, so presumably they did not die in childhood?  I've searched for them using their birthdates and many variations on their names on the relevant JG databases, Gesher Galicia, Myheritage, Ancestry, Familysearch, Ellis Island Database, IKG Wien, GenTeam, Yad Vashem, Bad Arolsen, Auschwitz.org, Terezin.cz.  The IKG Wien said they have no records of these four, at least based on the names I have for them from their Sieniawa birth records.  In 1938, their brother Liebisch does not list them as possible sponsors to come to the U.S., but instead a mutual cousin in New York who I know of, so presumably these siblings did not come to the States by 1938 if ever?

1) Beile SCHYRAK, parents were unmarried at birth but possibly later took her father's name SPERBER (b. February 27, 1902)
2) Mendel SCHYRAK, parents were unmarried at birth but possibly later took his father's name SPERBER (b. July 24, 1906)
3) Lea SPERBER (b. March 13, 1909)
4) Zelig SPERBER (b. May 21, 1911)

I found other SPERBERs from Sieniawa a generation older than these four children:  On Ellis Island database an Israel SPERBER (b. 1874) coming to NYC in 1893, Sam SPERBER (b. 1887) coming to NYC in 1905 to meet a Vinea Raudsis (Raudnitz?), and Liebish SPERBER  (b. 1872) coming to NYC in 1898 to meet sister E. BURSTEIN.  I can trace these three men in the U.S. Census records, but so far find no connection.  Israel SPERBERs gravestone indicates he was not a brother of Moses Wolf (different father's name).  Elsewhere I found an Abraham SPERBER (b. 1892) from Sieniawa who was killed in Brussels in 1942. 

Any connections or suggestions?

Thank you,

Joe Lonstein
East Lansing, MI, USA 

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