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Family research in Camenca, Moldova - remaining mysteries #bessarabia #general #ukraine


Seffy Efrati
 

Hi all, 
 
Apologies in advance for the lengthy message.
 
I am accepting Yefim Kogan's suggestion and writing down the main remaining mystery (for now) surrounding my family research of the EFROIMSKIY family from Kamenka, Podolia / Camenca, Moldova. The research has hit a dead end.
 
The main unknown is my Great-Grandmother Khana Efroimskiy. This is her marriage name, her maiden name remains unknown. However, there is reason to believe that she was from a family that originated in Kamenka. According to living memory, she died and was buried in Kamenka after 1932, however her grave was not found in the existing records from the Kamenka cemetery. The graves of her husband, Moisey Efroiskiy; her daughter, Liba Bochkis; and a few of her grandchildren who passed away after her death, are there. The family lived in Kamenka at least until the 1960s.
 
Records for that town from 1880-1920, the period I need to research in order to move forward, were apparently lost. I am writing this after discussing with both Yefim and Inna Vayner. Hope remains that some records will be dug out from somewhere in the future, but as of now there simply aren't any.
 
As for Soviet-era death records, if they still exist, those seem inaccessible due to privacy laws and legal limitations on access.
 
Khana is said to have lived with her daughter Liba Bochkis after the passing of her husband. One theoretical option remains, and that is that Khana died outside Kamenka during the war. However, the lists of evacuees that I found did not include her name, or Liba's, so I have no clue regarding where they were evacuated to.
 
I am adding a few additional details in case anyone comes up with an idea on how to continue this research: Moisey Efroimskiy ran a leather tannery in Kamenka and his family was in a relatively good financial state. He was almost certainly not born in Kamenka. When his first daughter married, her husband joined the business and it is his name (Menashe Zelter) that appears on business listings found on the JewishGen Kamenka page. So, in theory, it is possible that Moisey took over this business from Khana's father in the first place.
 
Members of the following families from Kamenka married Moisey and Khana's children: Katz, Zelter, Bochkis, Shabsovich, Kotlyar and Tessler. All family members worked with leather into Soviet times. In the 1910s or 1920s, three branches of the family moved or were moved to Sinelnikovo, outside today's Dnipro. Three of the family's sons emigrated to Palestine, two of them in 1919 and another during the 1930s.
 
I'd like to thank Inna and Yefim for kindly replying to my questions and for the advice to write this down here. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.
 
Seffy Efrati
Tel Aviv
 
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