[Cz-L] Looking for Information

From: Zev Cohen <cohen.zev_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 15:30:12 +0300
To: czernowitz-l_at_cornell.edu
Reply-to: Zev Cohen <cohen.zev_at_gmail.com>

Dear Friends,

My name is Zev Cohen. I've been following the ebb and flow of he list for
some time and treasure it all. I would like to come in with a personal
My late mother Rosa Cohen whose maiden name was Wariten was born in
Czernowitz in December 1939. My sister Miriam (Mia) was born there in
September 1939 less than a month after the war broke out. She now lives in
Canada. Since my mother died at the young age of 51, I know very
little about her life in Czernowitz, our family there and her survival
during he Holocaust. My sister, who went through the Holocaust years as a
baby and small child, remembers nothing and was also told very little by our
I do know that my maternal grandmother Batsheva (Sheive) was a widow when
the war broke out. Apart from my mother she had a son named Jasha and a
daughter Chana. My mother's first marriage in Czernowitz was to Lazar
Pollack, a ladies' tailor. My Aunt Chana escaped from Czernowitz with a
group of Komsomol youth following the retreating Red Army in the direction
of Vinitsa and onward into Russia. Contact was lost with her and all efforts
to locate her since then were fruitless. My Uncle Jasha was exiled to
Siberia by the Russians, apparently in 1941, during their occupation of
Czernowitz. We also never heard from him again and do not know of his fate.
My mother and her husband, my sister as well as my grandmother were expelled
 from Romania in 1942 and reached the town of Zalischiki (in Poland at the
time). The husband managed to escape and return to Czernowitz. When it was
reoccupied by the Red Army he was recruited and disappeared. Some of his
relatives including his mother reached the States after the war. My
grandmother was murdered in Zalishchiki by the Germans. My mother and sister
were forced or managed to escape to a town called Melnica and from there
reached the Borschow ghetto. There they met my father (Rosa and he
eventually married in Israel in 1948), who was born in the nearby village
of Wolkowce, and together escaped, crossed the Dniester River and reached
Czernowitz. Their ways parted in there. My mother apparently worked for a
time at a factory called BACAUL S.A.R. Fabrica Sistematica De Tesaturi de
Lana in Bacau. In 1947 she and Mia made their way through war ravaged Europe
to a displaced persons (DP) camp in Vienna and from there to a DP camp in
Landsberg am Lech, Germany. In 1948, after being located by my father
through the Red Cross, they came to the newly established State of Israel.
That is the extremely condensed version of a terrible and heroic journey,
one of countless other Jewish odysseys.
I would be extremely grateful for any information shedding light on
my mother's life and family in Czernowitz. I'm planning to visit Czernowitz
and the area north of the Dniester where my father and his family came from

Warmest regards,

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