Re: New subscriber

From: jerome schatten <>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 08:56:02 -0700

David... welcome to Czernowitz-L, and thank you for your
family bio, and your constructive comments re the website.

As for the website: It's been up only a week or two, so
it's just taking shape. People sending scans are asked
to send at the highest resolution possible. I then work
it down to something more manageable, 1024x768 max.

Most of the postcards have been garnered from the net
and sent to me as jpg's. So, what folks have found is
what you get. For example, I have maybe 100 Czernowitz
postcard jpg's, but I've never scanned an original card.

As Lilian pointed out, she decided where she wanted her
photos placed; indeed Mimi did the same. I agree that
an overarching 'story' with links to the pictures or the
picture links to the story would be would provide the
needed context, but perhaps that will come later.

A page that does have pictures and captions and will
have pictures linked to the 'story' is under construction at:

If you are interested in a particular photo, I can trace back
to who sent it, so you can contact the sender and see if they
have a higher resolution version than that which I posted on
the site.

Best regards, and glad to have you aboard,

> David Glynn wrote:
> Dear fellow subscribers,
> I have subscribed to the List for a few weeks now, and have
> been most interested to observe Jerome Schatten's efforts with
> the Czernowitz-L web site. I thought I should say a few words
> to introduce myself - and also I have a few thoughts on the
> site.
> My mother Erica (nee Grunberg) was born in Czernowitz in 1923 -
> she spent her childhood there, and came to England with the
> family in 1938. Since her retirement she has become
> increasingly interested in the Czernowitz of her youth, in
> particular the strong literary culture (Paul Celan was one of
> her childhood friends) and how German-Austrian culture survived
> the Romanians in Jewish Czernowitz until it was destroyed
> (ironically!) by the Germans. We hope that with the advent of
> the list we can broaden our knowledge further.
> A few words re genealogy: Our wider family has the name
> Peretz. My mother's maternal grandmother was Chana Peretz.
> The Peretz's came to Czernowitz from Itzkany (there are several
> to be found in the list of "Bukovina small businesses 1914").
> We are reasonably knowledgeable regarding the genealogy of the
> Peretz's. My mother's maternal grandfather was Schulem Landau,
> who was head of our immediate family when my mother was a
> child. He in earlier days had run the village store in Eisenau
> (in the Southern Bukovina mountains) - his name is also to be
> found in the list of small businesses. His father was Aaron
> David Landau, and his brother was Moshe. Beyond that we know
> nothing about the Landaus! I would be most interested to learn
> more if by chance anyone has any information. (Landau is of
> course quite a common name, so Landaus in general may not be
> related to us.) There is a similar situation regarding
> mother's father Rafael Grunberg. He was separated from my
> grandmother, so my mother hardly knew him. We therefore know
> absolutely nothing about his family. Again if perchance anyone
> has any information, it would be greatly appreciated.
> The origin of the Peretz's may be of interest. My
> great-grandmother Chana's grandfather was Hersch Rosenberg, who
> was "Kreisrabbiner" in Ludomir. His son (i.e. her father) came
> to Itzkany to avoid military service in Russia, and married a
> girl from Odessa, adopting her family name Peretz.
> But my interest in Czernowitz is not so much genealogy as
> learning more about the town in which my mother grew up.
> Therefore postcards, photographs, family reminiscences are of
> very great interest to me.
> Now a few words regarding the site, which I hope will be
> constructive! These are mainly for Jerome's benefit, but I
> thought I would mention them here as other people may wish to
> comment.
> It seems a good plan to have both personal pages, and pages
> organised around subject (e.g. photographs, maps etc). However
> where any of the latter are personal in their main interest
> (e.g. photos of iniduals), it is important to indicate the
> source, and to give names of people shown. Mimi Taylor's
> interesting photographs prompt some thoughts in this
> direction. Ideally they should be separated from the
> topographical postcards, and should have as much information as
> possible by way of description.
> I would imagine that in general considerable use could be made
> of links, so that the same material could be accessible both on
> personal pages and on subject pages, where appropriate.
> Concerning photographs, it is most interesting to see photos
> such as Mimi's which show aspects of prewar life in
> Czernowitz. If more such photos are collected on the site,
> it might be helpful to organise them into categories, e.g.
> * photos of people where there is not much else of
> significance in the photo,
> * photos which (possibly in addition to the people)
> illustrate some aspect of the town or or life there (e.g. the
> market, the Herrengasse).
> But also, each contributor's photos would probably benefit from
> being collected together rather than dispersed.
> One more thought. I really appreciate it when looking at
> postcards / photographs on the site when they are scanned at a
> high resolution. For example, the postcard showing the Rathaus
> in the First World War (czern1915.jpg) has a significantly
> higher resolution (984x714 pixels) than many of the others, and
> really benefits from it. My mother was particularly thrilled
> to see this picture, as it shows in great detail a most
> interesting event in the town's history, with lots of
> interesting detail in terms of people - soldiers, Jewish types,
> etc - (which in fact would benefit from an even higher
> resolution!), just a few years before she was born.
> I would strongly support the highest resolution for pictures
> that Jerome thinks is feasible.
> Best regards to all,
> David Glynn
> (London)

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