Re: Cemetery register transcription - update 26 Dec.

From: Lucca Ginsburg <>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 09:46:35 +0200
To: czernowitz czernowitz <>,

  Dear Merle,
  I don't know exactly what the cemetery register transcription
  When I returned to Czernowitz after so many decades, I visited the
cemetery there with a picture of my grandmother's grave who died and was
buried there in 1931. The photo was supposed to help me find her grave, but
when I faced the destruction and the complete state of neglect there, I knew
that I did not have a chance.
  The name of my grandmother: Malka Weisinger.

  While I stood there sad and helpless, a man approached me and said: The
tomb stones right in front, which means the once located in the front rows,
can still be seen and identified. What you are looking for....I greatly
doubt that you will be able to locate this grave!

  The man who talked to me turned out to be Mathias Zwilling, who had shared
a school bench with me in the Meisler School. I remembered him as a pale and
delicate child, very spoiled, or rather very protected by his mother who was
a pediatrician. He had a photo in his pocket of the children of the 4th
grade, the kind of photo which is taken at the end of the school year of
pupils together with teachers. He always hoped to find former school
friends, just like I did - do.
  Anyway, this photo marked the end of 4 elemtary school years, as well as
the end of our carefree childhood.
  It was the memorable year of 1940.
  Mathias never left Czernowitz. He finished his studies and became an
engineer, and now, as a pensioner, he tried to exist on 10 dollars a month.
He told me furthermore that he tutored some children in math and physics,
thus trying to improve his income, but the demand for private lessons exists
, and sometimes doesn't.
  Back in Israel we corresponded for a while, but then one day I was
notified of his death. I mourned him as well as his sad and wasted life.

  Getting back to the initial subject, do you think there is a way to find
my grandmother's tomb? Hers was a sturdy and upright headstone. She died
when I was one year old.

  All the best to all of you,

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Merle Kastner <>
  To: <>; <>
  Cc: Paula Zieselman <>; Edward Mitelsbach
<>; Shimon Neumann <>; Peter Reiniger
<>; Fritz Neubauer
<>; Hymie Reichstein <>
  Sent: Friday, December 26, 2003 10:16 PM
  Subject: Re: Cemetery register transcription - update 26 Dec.

> You are all terrific!
> Congratulations.
> Merle
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bruce Reisch" <>
> To: <>
> Cc: "Paula Zieselman" <>; "Edward Mitelsbach"
> <>; "Shimon Neumann" <>; "Peter
> Reiniger" <>; "Fritz Neubauer"
> <>; "Hymie Reichstein"
> Sent: Friday, December 26, 2003 11:56 AM
> Subject: Cemetery register transcription - update 26 Dec.
> > At 9:28 AM -0500 12/16/03, Bruce Reisch wrote:
> > >The number of names entered by a dedicated team of volunteers stands
> > >at over 12,000. We're making terrific progress. We are perhaps 50%
> > >of the way toward completion and have nearly finished the most
> > >difficult-to-read sections.
> > >
> > >snip
> > >
> > >
> > >For those new to the list, this database will be posted to the
> > >JewishGen web site when completed; each name will be linked to an
> > >image of the tombstone. The JGS of Ottawa, working with George
> > >Bolotenko and family, is to thank for obtaining the registers and
> > >photographing the thousands of tombstones in the Czernowitz Jewish
> > >Cemetery on Zelena Street.
> >
> > Dear Czernowitz group:
> >
> > As of mid-day December 26, the number of entries transcribed stands
> > at an unbelievable 15,804 (considering we stood at 12,000 just 10
> > days ago)! We are making great progress especially since some of the
> > Dachau database transcribers joined the team. Our greatest
> > appreciation goes to all project volunteers.
> >
> > Enjoy the final night of Chanukah,
> >
> > Bruce
> >
> >

Received on 2003-12-27 09:43:49

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