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Senno, Belarus - Trip Report #belarus

David M. Fox <fox@...>
 

The following article was received >from Elliot Lepler about a month =
ago. The plan was to include it in our first issue of the Belarus =
SIG on-line Newsletter. Since no one has stepped forward to take the =
job of newsletter editor, I wanted to share Elliot's trip report =
rather than hold it any longer.

David Fox
Belarus SIG Coordinator

*********************************************************************
Reacquaintance

by Elliot Lepler

This spring the Leplers in America rediscovered family in Eastern =
Europe who had been lost to us for the past 60 years. For 10 days in =
May, Marcia and I journeyed with our new-found cousins back to =
Belarus and Saint Petersburg, Russia, a trip which became one of the =
most emotional experiences of my life.

My Grandfather left Senno in Belarus in 1912 to avoid serving in the =
Tsar=EDs armed forces. He kissed his family goodbye and traveled =
eventually to America, never to see his parents again. He =
corresponded with his family in the =ECold country=EE until Stalin =
made it unhealthy to receive mail >from America. In the World War II =
the Nazis overran all of Belarus.

As a young person I asked about life in Europe and about my family =
there. Like many other immigrants my grandparents did not like to =
talk much about the difficult lives they had escaped from. I was told =
that all of my relatives had been wiped out in the Holocaust. Off and =
on over the years I wondered if there were any of my kin still alive, =
and even thought of trying to find them, but my interest was not as =
strong as one of my cousins.

She listed our name on a Jewish genealogy web site, =
<http://www.jewishgen.org>. This spring we were very surprised when =
she received an email >from a Vladimir Lepler. He and a number of his =
family emigrated >from St. Petersburg to Denver in 1996. They seemed =
to be related as they knew much that corroborated what we knew about =
the Lepler ancestors. Then they sent us a scanned photo of my =
great-grandfather. The photo was an exact duplicate of the picture =
that has hung on my wall for the past 30 years! Vladimir is a =
grandson of my grandfather=EDs brother, a second cousin.

We heard that Vladimir=EDs wife and son, Svetlana and Alex, were =
going to be in St. Petersburg in May so we decided to go visit them. =
They were most anxious to get to know us and offered for us to stay =
with them in their apartment. We accepted, but we also wanted to =
visit Belarus to see Senno and Lepel, the city for which we are =
named. In the course of conversation with Svetlana we learned that we =
also have a cousin in Minsk who was also interested in meeting us.

So we began our trip flying into Minsk where our cousins met us at =
the airport. First introductions were a bit formal but the =
relationships warmed quickly. We were given a tour of Minsk for a few =
days and then set out on pilgrimage through the Belarussian =
countryside. We went to Lepel first and found the old Jewish quarter. =
Nobody there knew of the Leplers. Our Russian cousins had told us =
that all the Jewish Leplers in the former Soviet Union are descended =
from an Abram Lepler who was born there about 1800. There were only a =
few Jews left in Lepel and we did not spend much time there.

We drove then an hour or so to Senno, a town of about 11,000 current =
population. We knew some Leplers died there at the hands of the =
Nazis, but there seemed to be no record of them at City Hall. But one =
of the officials suggested we speak with a 90 year-old man, who was =
referred to as a =ECwalking encyclopedia.=EE Within 10 minutes his =
son arrived to take us to his house.

My heart leapt as the old man answered in Russian =ECAbsolutno!=EE to =
the question whether he remembered Leplers. He then mentioned an =
uncle and several cousins by name. He did not remember my =
grandfather, since he was 4 years old when he had left. His son then =
proceeded to lead us to the street the Leplers lived on. He did not =
know which house on this dirt path was theirs, but it did not matter =
since the Nazis had burned the village to the ground.

The son then took us to the site of the Senno ghetto and >from there a =
short walk to a memorial at the burial place of the 800 who were =
exterminated on New Years Eve, 1941. Although the names were not =
engraved on the monument, I felt touched by the Holocaust at that =
moment to a depth I had never felt.

Not far >from the mass grave was the old Jewish cemetery. It was not =
cared for and bushes and trees grew among the decaying stones. But =
Hebrew markings remained clear on some. My great-grandfather was =
lying there and I felt a deep sense of order coming back >from America =
to retouch the past.

We then left Senno and traveled to Vitebsk and on to St. Petersburg =
by overnight train for a week=EDs stay. During that time we talked =
late into the night about life on both sides of the Iron Curtain. =
Leplers did well on both continents. Three Leplers went to jail in =
Europe, for political crimes. But they prospered in jail! The stories =
entertained me and filled in a void that I did not realize until then =
was so important to me.

Our relatives in Russia had never set foot in a synagogue. They have =
little understanding of Jewish culture. They are very careful to keep =
their Jewish identity quiet. We hope to share with them Jewish life =
in America. Maybe next year some will partake in our Seder. I feel as =
though a new avenue in my life has been opened.

I write this for you in hopes that some of you can have a similar =
wondrous experience. The former Soviet Union is much more open now. =
The Internet is a new tool you can use in place of tedious searches =
through old records. I know a number of Kol Emeth members have found =
relatives through the Internet and I would encourage all of you to do =
so. If you would like to hear more of our experiences, please feel =
free to call me.

Elliot Lepler
ECL1@...


Belarus SIG #Belarus Senno, Belarus - Trip Report #belarus

David M. Fox <fox@...>
 

The following article was received >from Elliot Lepler about a month =
ago. The plan was to include it in our first issue of the Belarus =
SIG on-line Newsletter. Since no one has stepped forward to take the =
job of newsletter editor, I wanted to share Elliot's trip report =
rather than hold it any longer.

David Fox
Belarus SIG Coordinator

*********************************************************************
Reacquaintance

by Elliot Lepler

This spring the Leplers in America rediscovered family in Eastern =
Europe who had been lost to us for the past 60 years. For 10 days in =
May, Marcia and I journeyed with our new-found cousins back to =
Belarus and Saint Petersburg, Russia, a trip which became one of the =
most emotional experiences of my life.

My Grandfather left Senno in Belarus in 1912 to avoid serving in the =
Tsar=EDs armed forces. He kissed his family goodbye and traveled =
eventually to America, never to see his parents again. He =
corresponded with his family in the =ECold country=EE until Stalin =
made it unhealthy to receive mail >from America. In the World War II =
the Nazis overran all of Belarus.

As a young person I asked about life in Europe and about my family =
there. Like many other immigrants my grandparents did not like to =
talk much about the difficult lives they had escaped from. I was told =
that all of my relatives had been wiped out in the Holocaust. Off and =
on over the years I wondered if there were any of my kin still alive, =
and even thought of trying to find them, but my interest was not as =
strong as one of my cousins.

She listed our name on a Jewish genealogy web site, =
<http://www.jewishgen.org>. This spring we were very surprised when =
she received an email >from a Vladimir Lepler. He and a number of his =
family emigrated >from St. Petersburg to Denver in 1996. They seemed =
to be related as they knew much that corroborated what we knew about =
the Lepler ancestors. Then they sent us a scanned photo of my =
great-grandfather. The photo was an exact duplicate of the picture =
that has hung on my wall for the past 30 years! Vladimir is a =
grandson of my grandfather=EDs brother, a second cousin.

We heard that Vladimir=EDs wife and son, Svetlana and Alex, were =
going to be in St. Petersburg in May so we decided to go visit them. =
They were most anxious to get to know us and offered for us to stay =
with them in their apartment. We accepted, but we also wanted to =
visit Belarus to see Senno and Lepel, the city for which we are =
named. In the course of conversation with Svetlana we learned that we =
also have a cousin in Minsk who was also interested in meeting us.

So we began our trip flying into Minsk where our cousins met us at =
the airport. First introductions were a bit formal but the =
relationships warmed quickly. We were given a tour of Minsk for a few =
days and then set out on pilgrimage through the Belarussian =
countryside. We went to Lepel first and found the old Jewish quarter. =
Nobody there knew of the Leplers. Our Russian cousins had told us =
that all the Jewish Leplers in the former Soviet Union are descended =
from an Abram Lepler who was born there about 1800. There were only a =
few Jews left in Lepel and we did not spend much time there.

We drove then an hour or so to Senno, a town of about 11,000 current =
population. We knew some Leplers died there at the hands of the =
Nazis, but there seemed to be no record of them at City Hall. But one =
of the officials suggested we speak with a 90 year-old man, who was =
referred to as a =ECwalking encyclopedia.=EE Within 10 minutes his =
son arrived to take us to his house.

My heart leapt as the old man answered in Russian =ECAbsolutno!=EE to =
the question whether he remembered Leplers. He then mentioned an =
uncle and several cousins by name. He did not remember my =
grandfather, since he was 4 years old when he had left. His son then =
proceeded to lead us to the street the Leplers lived on. He did not =
know which house on this dirt path was theirs, but it did not matter =
since the Nazis had burned the village to the ground.

The son then took us to the site of the Senno ghetto and >from there a =
short walk to a memorial at the burial place of the 800 who were =
exterminated on New Years Eve, 1941. Although the names were not =
engraved on the monument, I felt touched by the Holocaust at that =
moment to a depth I had never felt.

Not far >from the mass grave was the old Jewish cemetery. It was not =
cared for and bushes and trees grew among the decaying stones. But =
Hebrew markings remained clear on some. My great-grandfather was =
lying there and I felt a deep sense of order coming back >from America =
to retouch the past.

We then left Senno and traveled to Vitebsk and on to St. Petersburg =
by overnight train for a week=EDs stay. During that time we talked =
late into the night about life on both sides of the Iron Curtain. =
Leplers did well on both continents. Three Leplers went to jail in =
Europe, for political crimes. But they prospered in jail! The stories =
entertained me and filled in a void that I did not realize until then =
was so important to me.

Our relatives in Russia had never set foot in a synagogue. They have =
little understanding of Jewish culture. They are very careful to keep =
their Jewish identity quiet. We hope to share with them Jewish life =
in America. Maybe next year some will partake in our Seder. I feel as =
though a new avenue in my life has been opened.

I write this for you in hopes that some of you can have a similar =
wondrous experience. The former Soviet Union is much more open now. =
The Internet is a new tool you can use in place of tedious searches =
through old records. I know a number of Kol Emeth members have found =
relatives through the Internet and I would encourage all of you to do =
so. If you would like to hear more of our experiences, please feel =
free to call me.

Elliot Lepler
ECL1@...


Searching: TICHAUER & DANZIGER in Silesia #general

Lars E. Menk <lmenk@...>
 

Looking for families TICHAUER in Silesia/Slask/Schlesien & DANZIGER in
Liegnitz/Legnica (ancestors & descendants).

Please contact Ines Danziger Tichauer. e-mail:
ines.danziger@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: TICHAUER & DANZIGER in Silesia #general

Lars E. Menk <lmenk@...>
 

Looking for families TICHAUER in Silesia/Slask/Schlesien & DANZIGER in
Liegnitz/Legnica (ancestors & descendants).

Please contact Ines Danziger Tichauer. e-mail:
ines.danziger@...


NY Times BEIGEL article #general

Ronisl@...
 

The article that Jonathan Goldmacher mentioned in his post was in September
16th (not 17th) NY Times, section F, page 3. I am posting this after
searching every article in the the 17th issue <g> . Thanks for the post, Jon,
I would have missed it.

<<Yesterday's New York Times (September 17) contained an article on the
Beigel Family of Crakow..>>

Yours,
Roni Seibel Liebowitz
Belchatow Shtetl CO-OP Coordinator
New York


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen NY Times BEIGEL article #general

Ronisl@...
 

The article that Jonathan Goldmacher mentioned in his post was in September
16th (not 17th) NY Times, section F, page 3. I am posting this after
searching every article in the the 17th issue <g> . Thanks for the post, Jon,
I would have missed it.

<<Yesterday's New York Times (September 17) contained an article on the
Beigel Family of Crakow..>>

Yours,
Roni Seibel Liebowitz
Belchatow Shtetl CO-OP Coordinator
New York


From the team to you all.... #general

Carol Skydell <skydell@...>
 

Folks, we are being inundated with New Years greeetings from
those wanting to wish their fellow JewishGenners the very best
of health, happiness and successful trips to the microfilm
readers <grin>.
Due to the space crunch we simply cannot post them. So, on
behalf of those who have written, on behalf of the moderation
team, on behalf of all of us who work behind the scenes, may
the new year bring all good and sweet things to you and to your
families.

JewishGen Moderation Team and the JewishGen Support Desk


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen From the team to you all.... #general

Carol Skydell <skydell@...>
 

Folks, we are being inundated with New Years greeetings from
those wanting to wish their fellow JewishGenners the very best
of health, happiness and successful trips to the microfilm
readers <grin>.
Due to the space crunch we simply cannot post them. So, on
behalf of those who have written, on behalf of the moderation
team, on behalf of all of us who work behind the scenes, may
the new year bring all good and sweet things to you and to your
families.

JewishGen Moderation Team and the JewishGen Support Desk


Searching: POLINSKY (Ukraine),GOODOVITCH (Vitebsk) #general

Zohar <zohar@...>
 

My name is David Zohar, I live in Jerusalem.
My mother's maiden name was POLINSKY, the family came >from Zvenigorodka in the Ukraine. My wife's maiden name was GOODOVITCH and her family came
from Vitebsk in Belarus.
Any information about both families would be appreciated.

Shanah Tovah uGmar Hatimah Tovah

David Zohar

MODERATOR NOTE: Have you searched the JGFF at http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff ?
You might find a surprise there...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: POLINSKY (Ukraine),GOODOVITCH (Vitebsk) #general

Zohar <zohar@...>
 

My name is David Zohar, I live in Jerusalem.
My mother's maiden name was POLINSKY, the family came >from Zvenigorodka in the Ukraine. My wife's maiden name was GOODOVITCH and her family came
from Vitebsk in Belarus.
Any information about both families would be appreciated.

Shanah Tovah uGmar Hatimah Tovah

David Zohar

MODERATOR NOTE: Have you searched the JGFF at http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff ?
You might find a surprise there...


Searching: ISRAELSON, Riga #general

BSHRINK@...
 

I am looking for any Israelson or Meyersohn >from Riga...particularly, Mary and
Yetta and their descendants...

Thanks,
Betty Feir


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: ISRAELSON, Riga #general

BSHRINK@...
 

I am looking for any Israelson or Meyersohn >from Riga...particularly, Mary and
Yetta and their descendants...

Thanks,
Betty Feir


Email address for Aryeh (Louis) BLAUT? #general

Marian Brown <mbrown@...>
 

Dear All:

Does anyone have a current e-mail address for Aryeh Blaut (a.k.a. Louis
S. Blaut) or know of him? I found a message >from February '94 in the
archives relating to common Huebschman relatives, I think, and would
like to communicate with him. The address listed there does not seem to
work.

Thank you,

Marian Brown
Cincinnati, Ohio


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Email address for Aryeh (Louis) BLAUT? #general

Marian Brown <mbrown@...>
 

Dear All:

Does anyone have a current e-mail address for Aryeh Blaut (a.k.a. Louis
S. Blaut) or know of him? I found a message >from February '94 in the
archives relating to common Huebschman relatives, I think, and would
like to communicate with him. The address listed there does not seem to
work.

Thank you,

Marian Brown
Cincinnati, Ohio


Yad Vashem - BROCHSZTAJN #general

COL HARRY E STEIN <YTPT23A@...>
 

I am in receipt of BROCHSZTAJN Pages of Testimony >from Yad Vashem for
the Warsaw branch of the family. The names were submitted by the
following individuals:

Michel Brochsztajn - France

Sarah Nordon - Brazil

Yachimowiech Sapiro - Israel

Hana Steinhorn - France

I would like to get in touch with the submitters of the BROCHSZTAJN
names. I am also a BROCHSZTAJN.

Harry Stein


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Yad Vashem - BROCHSZTAJN #general

COL HARRY E STEIN <YTPT23A@...>
 

I am in receipt of BROCHSZTAJN Pages of Testimony >from Yad Vashem for
the Warsaw branch of the family. The names were submitted by the
following individuals:

Michel Brochsztajn - France

Sarah Nordon - Brazil

Yachimowiech Sapiro - Israel

Hana Steinhorn - France

I would like to get in touch with the submitters of the BROCHSZTAJN
names. I am also a BROCHSZTAJN.

Harry Stein


Transport list to Sobibor #general

Carla Divinsky <carla_divinsky@...>
 

I have in my possession the transport list >from Westerbork, The Netherlands,
to Sobibor on April 27, 1943.
Anyone interested please, contact me privately.

Carla Divinsky
Researching:
KREMERS/HOOIVELD/KIEK/MANHEIM /JACOBS/PINTO/ISRAEL(S)/ /WALLACH/DE LEEUW/
AUERHAAN all of the Netherlands
GOLDEN,Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Russia
CHERNIACK, Winnipeg,Toronto, Russia
DIVINSKY, Winnipeg, L.A., Russia


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Transport list to Sobibor #general

Carla Divinsky <carla_divinsky@...>
 

I have in my possession the transport list >from Westerbork, The Netherlands,
to Sobibor on April 27, 1943.
Anyone interested please, contact me privately.

Carla Divinsky
Researching:
KREMERS/HOOIVELD/KIEK/MANHEIM /JACOBS/PINTO/ISRAEL(S)/ /WALLACH/DE LEEUW/
AUERHAAN all of the Netherlands
GOLDEN,Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Russia
CHERNIACK, Winnipeg,Toronto, Russia
DIVINSKY, Winnipeg, L.A., Russia


Social Security Application #general

Rialan <rialan@...>
 

I would like to know how to write for a copy of a Social Security application.
I do not see the information listed on Jewish Gen.
Richard Eisner
Merion, Pa.
Rialan@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Social Security Application #general

Rialan <rialan@...>
 

I would like to know how to write for a copy of a Social Security application.
I do not see the information listed on Jewish Gen.
Richard Eisner
Merion, Pa.
Rialan@...