Biography and Family
History for Avi Raanan
I'm 60 years old
(born in Bucharest) and now live in Israel.
Czernowitz period of my mother (and her family) was a "black
little knowledge and no motivation to "dig in to the past". This
is also true
about the period in Bucharest before arrival to Israel in 1958.
Too much agony,
to many tears from mother, and no motivation from me to ask!
For my 60th
birthday celebration, my wife and kids make me a present - A family
with my children
and my granchild, to my roots in Bucharest and mother's
Then I realize
the very little knowledge I have about the place, the people
Unfortunately most of the family who was able to tell from
experience is no more with us. Only my uncle Shalom Katz is alive and
I learned a lot
of info from him. But he also didn't remember some of the
The forum the
web provided me with a lot of stories and valuable info.
I succeeded to
identify the street were my mother's family live, where her
(Yudengasse) , even in the Ukraine maps - of course with
Now I'm looking
to try and find:
1. The school
she was attendaning. I don't have the name of the school.
2. The Bus
company my grandfather (Simplon? - not sure about the
Katz own until confiscated by the Russian in 1940.
My late mother
Feige (Foggi) Katz, was born Sept 1922 in Czernowitz . The
living on O. Iosip st or Steingasse. The roots of the Katz family are
(Sammi) Katz married to Esther Blanc.
My grandfather ,
Samuel was the owner of bus company named Simplon ? (not
sure - living
relatives don't remember exactly).
They run away
from Czernowitz on Pesah 1944 a few months after 2nd Russian occupation
& uncle (Sisters & brother of Samuel):
+ Scharf Osias
+ Landman Shlomo
Katz Ethel (Adela)
(formerly was Frisch)
& friends photos
Mother+school friends ~ 1939-40
Mother+friends Vatra D. July 1939
Mother in School uniform
My Grandfather Samuel Katz
My Grandmother Ester Katz's permit to stay in Czernowitz - 1941