Paula Kienzle of Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany, is researching
the fate of Jews from her home town before and during the Holocaust.
In particular she is looking for relatives/descendants of Sigmund
and Fanny Gidion. Three of their sons emigrated to Britain in March
1939 — Walter Gidion, Ernest Gidion and Hans Karl Israel Gidion.
Walter Gidion, born May 25, 1907 in Rottenburg/Neckar. The address
given on alien registration papers issued on November 11, 1939 was
St Mark’s Road, London W10.
No occupation was given. Previous research has yielded a Walter
Simon Gidion who died in October 1992 in Macclesfield, but his date
of birth is given as May 22, 1907 — however this may have been a
Ernst Samuel Israel Gidion (aka Ernest Gidion) was born on October
31, 1909 in Rottenburg/Neckar. His address, according to alien registration
papers issued on November 8, 1939, was 6 Westleigh Drive, Prestwich,
His occupation was listed as trainee architect, Moston Brick Co,
Hans Karl Israel Gidion (aka John R. Gordon), was born on June
10, 1918 in Reutlingen. He married Eva and his address on alien
registration papers issued on October 9, 1939 was 8 Albert Road,
Whalley Range, Manchester.
His occupation was listed as a trainee in raincoat manufacture
with H I Hershcovici, Cheetwood Road, Manchester.
Contact Paula Kienzle c/o Goethe-Institut Manchester, Churchgate
House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6EU or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Theobald of Germany, has also contacted the Goethe-Institut
Manchester about obtaining a photograph of Salomon Feibelmann.
Salomon was born on March 5, 1890 in Rülzheim/Pfalz (Palatinate)
and died on August 21, 1971 in Manchester. He wants the photograph
for a new edition of a book by Dr Reinhard Weber called Das Schicksal
der jüdischen Rechtsanwälte in Bayern nach 1933 (The fate of Jewish
lawyers in Bavaria after 1933).
Salomon had a daughter and may still have relatives in Manchester.
Write to Paul, c/o Gabriele Reinsch, Goethe-Institut Manchester,
Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6EU or email@example.com
ABBY COOPER of Pennsylvania is looking for relatives in Leeds.
Her maternal grandfather, Albert Hyman’s parents grew up in Leeds
and relocated to Brockton, Massachussetts. Albert recently died.
Abby’s great-grandparents were Frances (Fanny) Goldman Hyman and
Morris Hyman. Her mother, Paula (Hyman) Irwin, recalls meeting a
cousin who was from Leeds on a trip to Israel. His surname was Black
and he was related to a professor at a university in Leeds.
Abby’s great-grandmother Frances Goldman Hyman’s brother was Jack
Goldman, who relocated to the America and owned a chain of stores.
Her other siblings were Harry Goldman, Dora Goldman Berg and Moriah
‘Mash’ Goldman Davis. Her great-grandfather Morris Hyman’s siblings
were Sarah Hyman Gray.
Write to 1007 Helene Lane, Lewisburg, PA 17837, USA, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 001 570 428-3188
Rhoda Lavine of San Diego is searching for a family named Davis
(originally Dubinsky or Dubrovsky) who settled in Newcastle-on-Tyne
probably in the early 1900s.
Her grandmother, Mary Davis, emigrated to New York in 1897 or
1898 with her husband, Hyman Berman. Her brother remained in England.
Mary, who was originally from Lithuania, and Hyman had four children.
Mary died in 1909 soon after giving birth to a fifth child.
The oldest daughter, Ada Beder, was in contact with the Davis
family whose son was a doctor.
Rhoda’s mother, Cecile, was the youngest, 18-months-old when her
Write to 17614 Marymont Place, San Diego, California 92128, USA,
email Rhoart@pobox.com or
phone 001858 6745718.
Terri Stern of Connecticut hopes to meet relatives in London
when she visits with her mother in the spring.
They are particularly looking for my great-grandfather’s family,
related to Sarah and Nathan Lefkowitz or Lefkowits, who arrived
in England from Poland in the late 1850-1860s.
They settled in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where their children were
born. There were three boys: Morris (Terri’s mother’s maternal grandfather),
Samuel, Jack and a girl, Fannie or Florence (mother of her mother’s
cousin,David Shiroff, who died about 10 years ago).
All the children eventually came to America, but there are apparently
other extended relations still in England. Other names she knows
are Selwyn Egglash; Joseph and Sylvia Rose, and their son Michael,
who had a petrol station and mart in Manchester or Wakefield; Betty
and Sydney Napper, and their son, Ian, a London barrister who is
married to another barrister.
Write to 44 Orange Street, Apt 601,New Haven, CT, 06510, USA or
Dr Lea Haber Gedalia of Jerusalem is trying to locate descendants
of Mina and Sheina nee Zalcberg, born in Lithuania to Doba nee Mozesson.
Doba died young and her husband abandoned the five children —Pessia,
was sent to South Africa and married Sax, Abraham, Mina, Sheine,
Nechemia — who were raised by grandparents in Zagare —Yitzchak and
Gittle Mozesson. Lea is trying to locate Leo and Reuben, born to
Etta nee Mozesson in Lithuania.
They were both medical doctors, probably not married and came
together with sisters Helena, Bertha and Betty.
or write to 45/18 Bar Kochva Str. Jerusalem 97875
HAROLD Pollins has a query about a casualty on the Hull Memorial
plaque. “Private M Kaye is listed as a casualty on the plaque,”
Harold said. “It gives his unit but the photograph I have of the
plaque is not clear. The only Pte M Kaye who is listed as dead in
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is S/18817 Pte Mark Kaye,
6 Cameron Highlanders, died July 31, 1917.” According to another
source he was born in Glasgow but lived in Leeds.
Telephone 01865 764487 or email HPOLLINS@aol.com
Heather Marks-Vomberg of Canada is looking for her mother’s
Her mother’s name was Maisie Melrose and her grandfather was Harry
Paul (Herschel Peretz) Melrose. Heather’s grandfather died in 1939
in Manchester. Her mother had four siblings — Sylvia, Pearl, Joan
Maisie was in the Women’s Land Army during World War II. Heather’s
grandmother, mother and siblings emigrated to Toronto in 1948. Her
grandfather had married Hetty (Yetta) Brodie.
Write to 648 Beechwood Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2T 2J7
or email email@example.com
Daniel Hoenig of Australia is looking to trace his family history
His grandmother, Annie Jackson, was born in 1910 in Glasgow. She
had a sister Rose and a brother Jack. Her parents were Abraham and
Leah Jackson who would have been born in the 1880s or 90s.
They moved to Australia in 1927 or thereabouts where Annie met
her husband Solomon Gilovitz.
Daniel’s grandparents visited family in Glasgow in the 1970s.
Write to 7 Roberts Ave, Randwick, NSW, Australia or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Myra Waddell of Australia wants a photograph of the graves
of her great grandparents, who are buried in Rice Lane Cemetery,
Liverpool. Their names were Chaim (Hyman) Goldenberg and Deborah
Leah (maybe Dora) Goldenberg.
Write to 67/12 Marina Avenue, Belair, South Australia, 5052 or
Alan Gunn of Buckinghamshire is searching for information on
Velma and Pauline Clyne/Kleyne, daughters of Samuel and Hilda Clyne.
Samuel and Hilda, nee Avery, were married in 1923 in Prestwich,
Manchester. They had four children — Doreen born 1923, Michael 1926,
Pauline 1928 and Velma 1931 — registered in Salford or Manchester.
Pauline married in 1950 to Abraham Wild, Velma married in 1955
to Peter Hickman. Samuel was the son of Isaac and Esther Kleyne/Clyne
nee Carp, both born in Russia — Isaac was a tailor living in Cheetham
Hill in 1901. They had married in 1897 at the Subrini Synagogue,
Write to 32 Deansmeadow, Dagnall Nr Hemel Hempstead, Buckinghamshire,
telephone 07930389006 or email email@example.com
Jim Bennett’s grandfather, Stefan Bennett, was born as Shabtai
Dawidowicz in 1872 in Wielun, Poland.
In the 1890’s he moved to Lodz to work in the textile industry,
and in about 1900 he emigrated to Manchester, possibly with relatives.
In Manchester he became a ‘tailor’s cutter’ according to his December
1902 entry record to America.
He may have lived with relatives from Wielun. He may have had
a brother, Abraham Bennett, Davis, Davidson.
As well as any of these families, Jim is also looking for other
Wielun families in Manchester, including: Szaja, Moskowicz, Herszlikowicz,
Brum, Wohl and Tobias.
He would like to find relatives of tobacconist Herbert Bennett
and printer Charles Bennett of Bury New Road, who are listed in
the 1927 Manchester Street Index.
or write to 48 Vitkin St, Haifa, 34754, Israel.
Mark Liebman of Australia is looking for information on his
great great grandfather Myer Leibman, who was born in Lithuania
in 1860. He had three brothers — Moritz, Abram and Julius — and
a sister Hinde. Myer left Lithuania and settled in South Africa.
or write to Dunoon Street Murrumbeena Melbourne, Australia.
Helen van Hoorn of Amsterdam is tracing her grandfather Joseph
van Embden’s family history.
She found information about her great-grandfather Salomon van
Embden and her great-uncle Eliazer van Embden at the Yad Vashem
The information was derived from a form filled in by David Harris
from Liverpool in 1983. Mr Harris describes himself as Eliazar’s
first cousin twice removed. Helen wants information about another
of her grandfather’s brother, Nathan (Nardus) van Embden, born December
31, 1889 in Rotterdam. Nathan married Jacoba Sluijter on November
26, 1913, and they had one son also called Nathan, born on April
Write to Olympiaplein 44 A-2, 1076 Ad Amsterdam, The Netherlands
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Coleman of Middlesex is researching the Smolensky/Smoliansky
Sue’s great-grandmother was Jane/Jenny/Shayna Smolensky. She married
Max Cohen and had nine children including Sue’s grandmother. The
family lived in Liverpool.
Through her research, Sue has found that the family came from
Memel or Heydekrug in what was then East Prussia.
Contact Sue at email@example.com
or write to 20 Churchill Avenue, Kenton, Middx, HA3 0AY.
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