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Bronstein Family <sygaa@...>

My story is somewhat different but is in the same time frame. My paternal
grandmother's family >from Ostrog was separated by World War I. My
great-grandfather & a number of his children including my grandmother were
already in Philadelphia while my great-grandmother and the balance of the
family - children, grandchildren and son-in-law's siblings came to the
United States after World War I in 1920. I asked a second cousin, whose
father was one of those who came with my great-grandmother if her father
ever told her any stories about life in Ostrog. She told me that every year
before their Thanksgiving dinner he told them the same story. When rumors
that the Cossacks or Petlura bands were approaching Ostrog circulated, it
was his job to go to their Ukrainian neighbors and borrow pigs to put in
their front yard. When the marauders would see pigs, they passed them by
assuming that they were not Jews. I have related this to a number of people
whose field is Jewish history in Ukraine and no one had heard a similar
story. Perhaps others can share similar accounts.

Shalom Bronstein, Jerusalem, Israel
Researching - SHULMAN/SHILLMAN - Panevezys, Pumpenai; BLOCH - Ramygala,
Krekanava (Lithuania); the DIMMERMAN, BECK & GELMAN families >from Ostrog &
(Moldava); GOLDSTEIN - Iasi (Romania) - those who came to America all
settled in Philadelphia; GOLDZWEIG & LETZTER - Cholojow/Uzlovoye (Eastern