tracing relatives that moved to Israel in 1960 #romania

John Hoenig

I’m delighted to say I recently learned my great grandfather’s brother Moses Honig had two children who survived the Holocaust and moved to Israel around 1960. They were originally from the area of Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar), Transylvania, Romania. I would now dearly love to locate their descendants (if there are any).


My relatives were David Honig and Mali Honig. I found David’s grave. It says David Hoenig was the son of Moshe and Tilah; he died on July 13, 1973 and is buried in Haifa.


I’m not very familiar with research techniques for Israel. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions about how I can learn more.


Many thanks.


John Hoenig

Williamsburg, VA



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John M. Hoenig

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Israel P

Does the grave say "my dear father" or "our dear father?"

Valentin Lupu

Hi John,
I was able to find the photo of David's grave in Haifa. Although his mother name is not inscribed, it is probably the person you are looking for. David's age at his death was 73, therefore born in 1900. The inscription says "Here lies my husband, my father, our brother and my dear grandfather". 
In an official publication from March 1974, Robert Honig is declared as David's legal heir. Robert Henig is an known actor in Israel. Here is  a translation of a short biographic note in Hebrew: "Robert Henig (born September 17, 1945 in Transylvania), an Israeli theater and film actor, born in Romania. Henig immigrated to Israel in the 1960s and lived in Haifa with his parents. Married and father of two daughters. He graduated in 1971 at the Beit Zvi Theater School and played in many shows and films."
If you would like a phone number, let me know your personal email address.
Valentin Lupu

אבא ואמא

היי ג 'ון מצאת משהו? ב לעשות את זה עובד (בלי כסף כמובן). אם אתה צריך לכתוב לי.


I also have a relative that I’m searching that moved to Haifa in the 1960’s. She’s my great-aunt Piroska Bernath/Bernat.
I have met her on her visit to the USA in the late 60’s/early 70’s. 

She died in Israel in about 1989, probably buried in Haifa. I don’t have a birth record. Her father was Mozes Bernath and mother Mari Grosz Bernath, both from Hungary. Her siblings were born in Demecser, Hungary, Beregszasz, and Debrecen. I know she lived in Romania as well, probably Carei where my dad was born. 

I would love some help on this search. 

Lisa Bernath
Ivins, Utah
searching: Bernath, Weisz, Grosz, Weiner, Kornstein 

Theo Rafael


You may want to search for her grave. There are several sites which specialize in tombs and at least one local one (the name of which i can't remember right now) has indexed most if not all Israeli tombstones.

Theo Rafael