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Havana, Cuba: Class Pictures Centro Israelita, 1942-43 #photographs


Adam Cherson
 

Comments: Photo from family collection of Samuel BENYAKONSKI. This photos shoe the 5th and 6th grade classes of 1942-43 at the Centro Israelita of Havana (located on Muralla/between Zulueta and Egido). Reasonable to suppose that some of these kids were of parents from Divenishok (Dieveniskes).

 

Families known to have been associated with the Centro Israelita of Havana during this period and who may have family in these photos:

ABRAMCZYK, AFRIN, ALTMAN, ARLIUK, BAUM, BAUMGART, BEYZER, BEREZDIVIN, BERGER, BIMBLICH, BLOCH, BOLTINSKI, COHEN, DREIMAN, EDELSHTEYN, FITER, GEITZHOLZ, GOLDSTEIN, GOLDWATER, GORFINKEL, HERTZBERG, HIMMELSHTEYN, HAIMOVICH, HANIVIESTKI, KATZ, HERSZFELD, KLEIMAN, KRAMER, KRIEGER, LAZAR, LEVINSON, LUBIN, MARKEVICH, MILINIFKER, MILLER, ORDER, RYBAK, SANDBERG, SCHLESINGER, SZLIPAKH, SCHUCHINSKI, SCHWED, SHAFTAL, SHKLAR, SHKOLNIK, STUTMAN, SZECHET, SZPRYNGIER, TAUBER, TENENBAUM, TUREK, WAGNER, WAHL, VOLBE, WEINER, VOLSON, YARMUS, ZAJAC, ZOLL

1941: 5th Grade (top row 3rd from viewer's left: Samuel BENYAKONSKI)

 


1942: 6th Grade:
(2nd row from back, furthest on viewer's right: Samuel BENYAKONSKI)


Adam Cherson


fredelfruhman
 

Although my family was in Cuba during the war years, my brother was too young to have attended this school.

If anyone reading this had family in Cuba at that time, I recommend a documentary called "Cuba's Forgotten Jewels:  A Haven in Havana".  It tells of the experience of Jewish refugees in Cuba, with a particular focus on the diamond industry that was brought to Cuba by Belgian immigrants, and the refugees who worked in this industry.
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Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA