[Cz-L] hello all!

From: Dara Hill <dfishber_at_purdue.edu>
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008 01:11:11 -0400
To: Czernowitz-L_at_cornell.edu
Reply-to: Dara Hill <dfishber_at_purdue.edu>

Hi. I just joined your list and want to introduce myself. Wow, you all have
so much information on-line. Thank you for sharing what you know and your

I'm in my late thirties and (after a retail career) am now a grad student in
Jewish Studies and philosophy, specializing in the works of Emmanuel Levinas.
My parents are first generation American and probably b/c I'm the youngest and
never got to know my grandparents as an adult, want to know more about where
they were all from. Here's what I know so far:

My maternal grandmother, Regina/Ruchel Schachner was born in 1901 somewhere
near Czernowitz. My maternal grandfather, Seinwel Teitel, was from Stryj, just
south of Lvov, and I have AGAD records for his family. But still trying to
find my Nana's info. She only ever mentioned Bukovina, and Czernowitz as the
closest city, although we know that her parents, Groinem and Rivke Schachner,
had some land and a house, and they left during the WWI conflict but returned
afterwards. She used to talk about the soldiers shooting across the "yam" (she
called any river or water a yam) and hitting the roofs of houses, but she also
mentioned going out to the Dniester at times. The line ran from Nowosieliza,
south and east of Czernowitz, up to Onuth on the Dniester, which is almost
straight north of Czernowitz, so their land should have been somewhere in the
area. I also know Groinem was a merchant and sometimes supplied headstones,
but I don't know Rivke's maiden name or Groinem's father's name.

All of the siblings immigrated to America prior to WWII except for one sister,
Lena/Lea, who survived the war but was widowed, and went back to claim the
family land. She was killed by the squatters who had taken it over and
supposedly the people in the area remembered their family and "strung the men
up." I was told that a relative who went back in the 50's or 60's was told
that all of the records were destroyed, but there's no record of exactly where
he went.

Thank you again for for providing a place to get help rather than just
searching databases alone.


Dara E. Hill
Graduate Student
Department of Philosophy
Purdue University
"All our interior world is reality - and that perhaps more so than our
apparent world." -Marc Chagall
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