searching for a relative who had a business in Rivne in 1939 #ukraine #holocaust


hmb02446@...
 

I would appreciate suggestions on next steps in searching information about a relative (great uncle) who I believe likely died in the Shoah. The last name is BRONSZTEJN, first initial S. (I thought the name was Simon, but it may have been Srul). He was probably born in the 1870s, probably in Ostrog/Ostroh.
 
I have a copy of a business envelope postmarked 1939 for his business (glassware) under the name Bronsztejn, S., located at 8 Pocztowa (Post Office Street) in Rovno. Recently I found online a 1939 list of Jewish businesses in Rivno which included Srul Brojnsztejn at 8 Pocztowa, which made me wonder if his name was Srul, not Simon. 
 
From the USHMM, I found the name of Srul Brojnsztejn of Warsaw, not Rovno, on a list of Jewish survivors.
 
In 2004, I wrote to the Red Cross Holocaust victims tracing center seeking information about Simon Bronsztejn. They apparently corresponded with the archives in Rovno. The archives forwarded a letter in 2004 stating that “in the list of  Jewish population of Rovno as of January 15, 1942 the name of Simon (Shimon) Bronshtein could not be found.” It also said “in the book of Ukrainian Grief of Rovno Region, Rovno, of the year 2002, Khaya Bronshtein is listed as an owner of the building at 8 Post Office Street during the years of 1937-38. It is further stated that she was shot by the German fascist occupiers in November 1941.”
 
At Yad Vashem, there is a page of testimony regarding Chaya Brojnsztejn of Rovno, stating that she was killed in 1942 in Rovno. There also two other listings  for Khaya Bronshteyn of Rovno without documents attached, one of which refers to a list of persons evacuated to Uzbekistan and the other of which states presumably murdered in the Shoah.   
 
I would appreciate any suggestions anyone may have regarding possible next steps and follow up, including the name of a researcher who could check property and other records in Rivne, if they exist. Or online sources I can check myself. 
 
Many thanks. 
 
Howard Brown
Stowe, VT
 
Researching BRONSZTEJN in Ostrog, Rivne and Warsaw, SHIKHMAN  in Makariv and Kiev, and SHVETS in Makariv.
 
 


hmb02446@...
 

Just after posting this,   I went to Yad Vashem online and, sadly, found a page of testimony for Israel Brojnsztejn of Rivno, completed by the same person who provided info about Chaya Brojnztejn of Rivno, stating that Israel was born in Ostrow, was a "merchant" and married, and was murdered in the Shoah. So this ties out to the 1939 listing of Jewish businesses and the information provided by the Rovno archives regarding Chaya. 

Still, if anyone has suggestions regarding additional sources, including property records, please let me know. 

Thanks again, 

Howard Brown
Stowe, VT
 
Researching BRONSZTEJN in Ostrog, Rivne and Warsaw, SHIKHMAN  in Makariv and Kiev, and SHVETS in Makariv.


Bernard Flam
 

Hi from Paris,
Dear Howard,
During inter-war period in Poland, business and companies had to be registered to Polish administration.
I don't know for Rivne, but in Lodz, these files have been preserved and can be copied at local (city) archives (in Poland, normally Polish USC archives).
So I could get copies of my GG-Uncle's business file who managed an "Irish Pub" in Lodz' main street.
One astonishing point : to definitely close this business file (which hadn't been closed after Holocaust, even if my whole Lodz family had been exterminated), Polish administration sent two official letters at business address in 1972'.
As nobody replied (they knew and we know why...), this administration could close the company's file.
Khavershaft
Bernard Flam
Archives & History of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen Circle of France)