Re: [Cz-L] More on the museum -- Materials needed

From: Miriam Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 08:45:40 -0400
To: Marianne Hirsch <>, Czernowitz Genealogy and History digest <>
Reply-to: Miriam Taylor <>

Miriam (Mimi) Taylor <>

I am leaving today for my drive to Washington, and have no time
to gather some of the material which Natalya requested.
I was at the Yiddish conference in Toronto, where I met
the two grandsons of Nathan Birnbaum. They have a lot of material
about the Yiddish conference of 1908 and about their grandfather.
They were very friendly and ready to share information.
I do not have their email addresses, but I think you can obtain them
 From Prof. Kalman Weiser at York University.

Kalman Weiser <>.

At the conference there were also people who's research includes the
participants in the conference, such as: Perets and Zhitlovskii.
Kalman can probably introduce you to them.
The grandson of Shalom Ash wrote to us some time ago, Bruce probably
has his Email address, and he certainly has information about his



> Dear all,
> Below please find the latest letter from Natalya Shevchenko. There
> are some specifics about the materials that are most urgently needed.
> I have contacted Radu Ioanid at the Holocaust in Washington and they
> are ready to send materials. We will also contact YIVO about
> materials on the Yiddish conference. I am hoping, however, that you
> all have things that will be appropriate for these exhibits. Leo and
> I can bring things from the US and Florence can bring them from
> Israel. Of you want to email me scans, that would be fine, or you
> could mail me things at 455 Central Park West, apt 15A, NY NY 10025.
> We can bring images, books, documents, objects you might be willing to
> donate or lend, related to the topics below and the ones I sent earlier.
> I also met today with Josef Zissels who is spending a few days in NY.
> We had a very good conversation about the museum. He has clearly put
> lots of energy into making it happen and is very earnest about it. He
> is quite open to responses and advice that is offered in a
> constructive spirit. He is working closely with Natalya Shevchenko
> and the design right now reflects both of their vision, and that of
> the designer they hired from Lviv. The museum will need materials and
> financial support: this is an entirely privately funded enterprise.
> I feel I have a good insight into the basic exhibition plan. The
> idea is to tell the story of 200 years of Jewish life in the Bukowina
> through a variety of images, objects and symbolic displays. I have a
> feeling that the content will in some ways be shaped by the available
> materials, and I did not get a totally concrete idea of what
> specific materials they already have. and how we can add to those.
> Thus I think we should just collect as much as possible. There will
> be a storage space for objects that cannot be displayed. The exhibits
> will be secure. There will only be one computer, I believe. But there
> are plans, eventually, to extend the exhibit beyond the two rooms on
> the ground floor, to include a literary/cultural display on the 2nd
> floor, as well as a research center and library on the third.
> Leo an I will be leaving on May 26, so please send things as soon as
> possible.
> best, Marianne
>> Dear Marianne,
>> Sorry for the delay in responce. Iosif Zisels was here and we were
>> working out the details of the exhibition. Right now he is in the
>> US, and is supposed to meet up with Mimi. I can say the following in
>> regard to your questions. I have materials for the topics that I
>> have planned out, however I'm not satisfied with all of them. For
>> example I have very few materials on the Yiddish Conference, a few
>> portraits of Birnbaum and one book of articles that was published in
>> Chernivtsi in 1910. Thats not really enough to put something
>> together. Do you happen to have any materials on the participants,
>> such as Ash, Perets, Zhitlovskii, etc?
>> Volf Moskovich sent me some materials from Jerusalem but that is not
>> enough either. We need displays about the books and articles that
>> they published.
>> That is the first point.
>> The second point is that I have virtually nothing about 1940 to 1941.
>> Also I don't have any information on Traian / Popovich. We also
>> don't have any of his book in Chernivtsi. So, if you can, please
>> gather all the information you can. Though, we did find his old
>> address in the archive. It seems that they will be installing the
>> commemorative plaque that you had mentioned.
>> I don't have any materials regarding the pogroms against the Jews
>> that were orchastrated by the nationalists in the first days of the
>> war in Milievo and other villages (in June and July,)
>> This is a particularly sensitive issue in Ukraine today and I don't
>> even have anyone to contact regarding it.
>> It goes without saying that we could and should use memoirs. A few
>> years ago, Marianna Hausleitner, a researcher from Germany, along
>> with her students, collected the recollections from Jews in Israel.
>> However, the book has not been translated into Russian or Ukrainian,
>> furthermore, I don't have it.
>> It would be good to show all the events of the 1940s, as well as
>> Jews crossing over into the Soviet Union. I don't have anything on
>> this. For example the fate of General Kleber (Manfred Shtern,) how
>> he ended up in the USSR. I know that quite a few young people from
>> Chernivtsi fought in Spain (I. Burg's brother perished there.)
>> All the best,
>> Natasha

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