The Unread Letters of 1941 - Kamianets-Podilskyi #ukraine #holocaust #announcements


Tsiporah Trom
 

I would like to bring to your attention a collection of letters that could be of interest to those of you who had relatives in the town of Kamianets-Podilskyi in Ukraine.

This collection called “The Unread Letters of 1941” is presently held at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, in Kiev. The Museum's goal is to return each letter to their rightful owners, surviving relatives, when they can be located. 676 letters have found their home so far, but more than 500 remain unread. Most of them are in Russian, and only about a 100 of those epistles were written by Jews, of which about 35 in Yiddish.

The Jewish part of this collection is especially significant for us, as most likely it contains the last written communications of people, many of whom, if not all, were murdered during the Jewish massacre of Kamianets-Podilskyi. Most of these Jews were from Carpathian Ukraine, but some had also been deported from Hungary. 

How did those epistles survive the war? In July 1941, shortly after Operation Barbarossa, a German officer, Gustav Olschlagër, seized mail comprised of 1.215 letters from the town of Kamianets-Podilskyi. In 1942, he sent it to Vienna and asked his colleague Dr. Riedel to keep the collection for future research. They believed the epistles would paint an accurate picture of the mood of the Soviet population at the onset of their war. The letters remained in Austria for 70 years. In 2010, they were returned to Ukraine and placed in the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, in Kiev.

The envelopes corresponding to those letters are viewable at this link: https://warmuseum.kiev.ua/_ua/projects/search  They are written in Cyrillic.

With the help of some friends, I created a list of names (addressees and senders) for you to check.
There may still be some mistake. A few of those names may in fact not be Jewish. It’s sometimes difficult to ascertain from just an address on an envelope.
I may also have missed some Jewish names, as there are 1.215 envelopes to check.

That’s why I welcome corrections from the Russian knowledgeables among you, who have time on their hands to review those envelopes.
The envelopes’ images are separated by towns of destination. One needs to click on each town to view the respective batch.

If you find an envelope that you believe to be connected to your relative, please contact the Museum at this address: info@...

I worked on the translation project for the letters in Yiddish for the Museum, so you can also reach out to me to get the English translation of your letter, once you have received the digital version from the Museum.

 

Thank you for reading my message and happy hunting!

Here is the list of names:

KAMIANETS

1 – To Lizi GULIK

5 – To Mari Gulmanov

10 – To R. L.  LURYE (in Proskurov) from O. L. BLANK

17 – To BACZYNSKI from ANDRUSZKI

20 – To BONDER Musi Mikailov

31 – To L. I. SHEINBERG (in Dunaev) from Kh. L. SHEINBERG

34 – To Dora STEINBERG from sister BERGER

35 – To Zeida UBERMAN from RIKIN

36 – To Olga Izakovna SHEVCHUK

46 – To M. KECHMAN from R. KECHMAN 

59 – To LISOVI from LISOVOY

80 – To KORBA Marusia

88 – To BLOCH G. I.  from BLOCH V. Ch.

91 – To KUSHNIR from I. M. KUSHNIR

95 – To Anni KULCHISKI from KULCHISKI

106 – To L. LACHTERMAN from TRACHTENBERG

107 – To Z. Kh. FAITENZON from FAITENZON

110 – To Ita TZIFERMAN

114 – To Fani FINGERET Srulivich from Itzko FINGERET

115 – To Rosalin KLEINMAN from KLEINMAN

116 – To YAMPILCHUK from Lyub GAVRILOV

122 – To A. E.  ? from TRACHTENBERG

128 – To GERNISHKOV E. Ia.

135 – To S. CHANKIV

136 – To SMOTRICH from Paia KAIMAN

139 – To KRASILOV from Adel VAISBURG

142 – To SMOTRITZKI from TZIMBALIST KALLIN

146 – To KOMARNIUK

152 – To S. G. MELNIK

154 – To Sonia SOBOLEV from G. N. SOBOLEV

157 – To S. CHANKIV Yosel

159 – To Blima SHERMAN

160 – To VINOKUR

165 – To S. SAVITZI

176 – To RUBIN STEINBERG from I. I. ?

178 – To BRICHAK Vera

179 – To Riva ZEKEL Aronovna from R. M. ZEKEL

180 – To Fani FINGERET Srulivna from Itzko FINGERET

181 – To Maria Alterovich SPOKOINOY from SPOKOINOY

183 – To Gita GOYKHMAN from S. M. GOYKHMAN

184 – To Chantzi TKACH (in Dunaev) from FEFERMAN

185 – To Meir VINOKUR

191 – To P. Z. FAITENZON from FAITENZON

192 – To LECHTZIR From ROTENBER

193 – To Riva VOMORDUNI from Sh. VOMORDUNI

194 – To S. MARTINOVSKI from Isaak ROTENBERG

196 – To MELNIK

197 – To Chantzi TKACH (Dunaev) from Abram FEFERMAN

198 – To Yankel VISOIKOY (Dunaev)

199 – To ? from Etel Roza CHEMEROVICH

202 – To Fane KADESH from KADESH

204 – To I. M. GRINBERG

206 – To Aron BABICH

207 – To Ch. M. KATZ

208 – To Yankel TABACHNIK from M. L. NAIMAN

209 – To Peysach SIDILKOVER from SIDILKOVER

210 – To R. L. LURYE (Proskurov) from O. L. BLANK

211 – To Gutzalik Fishnovna SAMIELENKO

213 – To VOZNIUK Mari from VOZNIUK G.T.

218 – To O. YAKOVLEV

219 – To Yozek GRUSHKEVICH (Dunaev)

238 – To Maruse SIRAIT

245 – To SHNAIDER REKHMAN

268 – To Eta BRONFMAN Abr.

271 – To M. SOLOBKOVICH from Mordku KATZMAN

285 – To Mari EFRIMOVICH KOTIK from Mikola KOTIK Pavl.

298 – To Riva VAISMAN (WEISMAN)

302 – To Mane Efim EPSTEIN

308 – To Mani FELDMAN

310 – To GAVRILOV

320 – To P. GINSBURG

322 – To M. A. ZAIDMAN from Ch. U. ZAIDMAN

331 – To Miki BILENKOY from Mani BILENKI

333 – To Itzku STUDNER (Horodok) From Kh. R. SCHWARTZMAN

336 – To M. L. VEKSLER (Frampol)

342 – To ? (Dunaev) from E. DAICHMAN

343 – To MOKHLOKH Ekatarina Aronovna from M. T. PETRIUK

345 – To T. T. KOTIK and Z. M. KOLOSOVSKOY from SHUSTER

367 – To Yosel BARENBOIM (in Dunaev)

368 – To KOLESNIK from KOLESNIK

372 – To SLOBODANIUK Yakovlev

373 – To KARAKUL from BERKUN A.

397 – To Musi BONDER Mikhalovna


RIVNE/LVIV

1 – To Zina VINIK from S. V. VINIK


KHARKIV

1 – To ZIVERT

9 – To Tani PLATONOVOY from ABRAMOVICH

42 – To PRESHMAN

43 – To M. NUSINOV


KHARKIV Region

5 – To LUGOV Semkhaievich

9 – To Mari Yakovlevna NEDORUBKI

12 – To KARNOVI Moiseienkovoy


BELARUS

15 – To Prokhor Alexeievich ABRAMOVICH

17 – To Mor VOLKOVOY

44 – To RUBASHENKO Lizi

45 – To RUBASHENKO Lizi


CHERNIVTSI

6 – To Zissel FINGER


CHERNIHOV

2 – To Anne BARANOVOY


TERNOPIL

2 – To Berta VANGARTEN (WEINGARTEN)

3 – To Berta VANGARTEN (WEINGARTEN)


ZHITOMIR

7 – To Yudel Leib KATZ from Ch. E. GEYKHMAN

9 – To M. Sh. ZILBERMAN

10 – To SPIVAK


VINNYTSIA

40 – To TARNAVSKI Katerina

 

KIEV

2 – To GERSTEIN from Kh. P. AVERBUKH 

11 – To BONDAR

13 – To ORLOVETZKAIA from Lyubi NARUTZAK

16 – To GERSTEIN

22 – To GERNER

26 – To KATZ

31 – To A. S. SCHWARTZ


KIEV CHERKASSY

50 – To KOMARNIK

56 – To GERNER

60 – To KATZ (Kiev)


CRIMEA

4 – To Raye ROYZEN


KHERSON

17 – To STEINGART (Stalin Donbas / Donetsk)


ST PETERSBURG / LENINGRAD

3 – To A. NUDELMAN


SARATOV

2 – To Grina A. NUDELMAN


VORONEZH

9 – To SOKOLOV Tamar Lwowi


MOSCOW

2 – To P. I. TUTELMAN from A. M. TUTELMAN

3 – To AKERMAN from SHENKER


MOLDAVIA
4 – To Chaim FURMAN

 

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Geraldine Tsiporah Trom
Antwerp, Belgium
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