Re: [Cz-L] Robert Burton's Comment on "The Jewish Hospital in Czernowitz"

From: Josefine Koch <>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:58:03 -0700
To: Merle Kastner <>
Reply-To: Josefine Koch <>

Dear Mr Burton ,
For more information about the Kula family in Rarancze you should
check out the Jewish Taxpayer book Chernowitz from 1784 . The name
originally was probably - Kullo then Kulla and eventually Kula . The
historical trail you describe is exactly the one I always heard about
. My grandfather Josef Kula , had four siblings , three sisters and
one brother , he was the oldest son and so inherited most of the land
his younger brother inherited 25 %. After Josef married his first
cousin , my grandmother Dora who's first husband died and she was left
with a two year old girl - he and his brother and Dora - who was an
only child ( and inherited a lot of land from her father -Hersh Kula )
sold all the land to somebody from the family around 1905 . ( Maybe to
Max Kula ? ) .They moved to Czernowitz and my grandfather together
with Emil Korn (also family ) established a big export import
business , They even owned plantations in Sumatra. His sons , my
father and uncle, studied medicine in France and Italy . My
grandfather died 1934 . My parents and my grandmother Dora survived
Transdnistria and eventually moved to Israel . My uncle stayed in
France were he died in 1984 . My grandfather's sisters were lucky and
moved to the USA before the Holocaust . I traced most of my family ,
the only one whose trail I lost are the descendants of Clara Kula my
grandfather oldest sister - she married a layer - Colombo Fishler and
moved to the USA around 1920 , they lived in Florida . ( Anybody
related to them ?).
Indeed , a very long trail . Th

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 4:16 AM, Merle Kastner <> wrote:
> Dear Edgar,
> Thank you so much for sharing this fascinating story with all of
> us. What is really amazing is that this family was able
> to immigrate to Canada at that time. Canada had the worst
> record for barring Jews (or suspected Jews). The landmark
> book, "None is Too Many" by the Canadian historians, Irving
> Abella and Harold Troper outlines this shameful aspect of our
> history.
> Merle
> Merle Kastner, Montreal, Canada
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Edgar
> Hauster
> Sent: March-29-17 4:47 AM
> To: Czernowitz Discussion Group
> Cc:
> Subject: [Cz-L] Robert Burton's Comment on "The Jewish Hospital in
> Czernowitz"
> Czernowitzers...
> Today I have the privilege to share with all of you Robert Burton's story
> (see below). From Bukovina via Ellis Island to Toronto, with side trips to
> Paris, Bucharest, Stockholm, but also to Cyprus, Palestine and even to Iran,
> what a thirilling family history! Thank you, dear Bob, and we are looking
> forward to reading more from you!
> Edgar Hauster
> ________________________________________
> From: Robert Burton <>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 19:22
> To: Edgar Hauster (
> Subject: FW: Robert Burton's Comment on "The Jewish Hospital in Czernowitz"
> Dear Edgar,
> Here is the additional story that I tried to send yesterday. Incidentally,
> there is another remarkable story in all of this. Ruth Lehr, my mother's
> cousin and daughter of Jacob (Cubziu) Lehr found herself in Stockholm during
> the war. There she met and married Selim Dangoor, an prosperous Iranian Jew
> also with a large family. They succeeded and prospered. Today, my "cousin,
> Valerie Beral, a renowned epidemiologist at Oxford, told me some years ago
> (with a chuckle) that they own half of Stockhom. I believe the family id all
> over the world. I am going to try to find a Dangoor contact, but perhaps
> someone on the List knows a Dangoor - maybe there is a Dangoor on the List.
> Best Regards
> Bob
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Burton
> Sent: March-27-17 12:53 PM
> To: Edgar Hauster (
> Subject: FW: Robert Burton's Comment on "The Jewish Hospital in Czernowitz"
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Burton
> Sent: March-27-17 12:34 PM
> To: 'Edgar Hauster'; Czernowitz Discussion Group
> Cc:
> Subject: RE: Robert Burton's Comment on "The Jewish Hospital in Czernowitz"
> Dear Mr. Hauster,
> Thank you for your kind words. I am taking the liberty of fleshing out my
> posting. My family history fascinates me - it seems to reflect a golden age.
> Noa Lehr was a direct descendant of Shevach and Dvora Lerner. I have been
> told that she is known to be a direct descendant of Rashi, and Rashi is
> known to be a direct descendant of King David.
> As I wrote, Rachel/Regina Lehr married Max Kula. The Kula land ownership is
> documented back to an 1808 register of land ownership. In 1808, both
> landowners in Bucovina were Kulas, presumably brothers. The history of the
> time is that the Austrians drove the Turks/Ottomans out in the 1740s and
> issued the Edict of Toleration in 1761. Only 2 Jewish landowners were
> permitted in each province, so it seems probable that in 1808, the Kulas had
> owned their lands going well back into Ottoman times. Kula is a common
> Turkish name. The town of Kula is a renowned rug weaving center. This
> reinforces the probability. As for the ranch, I remember my mother telling
> me it was so large that, when her father went to inspect it, he was gone
> from sun up to sunset - on horseback of course. Also, the peasants dressed
> their hair with butter; after a few months it went rancid and they smelled
> so bad that one could not go near them. It was also the custom for the
> peasants to take the ranchowner's name - a holdover, I suppose, from a more
> feudal time.
> My mother, Suzanne - Soska - married Friedrich Budabin (Susan and Frederick
> Burton after a name change in Montreal in 1939. I have the 1935 Marriage
> Certificate and extract from the Judenrat Register, and the Notarial
> "acte"). Friedrich's father, Bernard/Berthold, had been the representative
> to the Province of Bukovina from the Imperial Court of Austro-Hungary. After
> World War I he remained a prominent figure in legal circles. Friedrich's
> mother, Mina (Wilhelmina) was a partner with the Lermer Brothers in a cotton
> weaving mill, which was to be the family's salvation - I'll explain later.
> Around the time they were married, the sense of dread of a rising Nazi
> scourge developed, and the "smell" was in the air. Fred and Susan applied
> for an entrepreneur's visa to Canada, and it was granted. This was at the
> time that Jewish immigration to Canada was all but closed. But Friedrich
> Budabin was an entrepreneur, and could start a business and create JOBS. As
> well, as a cotton weaving owner in Czernowitz, the Budabins used the London
> banks to finance and bank for cotton imports. They were well known and
> regarded, particularly by Barclay's, and the Managing Director was prevailed
> upon to write a solid reference: that probably assured a visa. They sailed
> on the Staatendam, and landed at Ellis Island on August 22, 1939. They were
> detained for a few days and on August 27, crossed into Canada at Lacolle,
> Quebec. On September 3 they were in Toronto, and my father wrote his mother
> on the 4th, "So, yesterday they declared war ..." [two weeks after they
> reached American soil] But, he wrote, he had spoken to a policeman, and was
> told it wasn't at all likely that they would be interned ... He also wrote
> that Quebec was so xenophobic that even a Frenchman would feel shunned. He
> went on to found a woolens weaving business, and was one of the two weavers
> in Canada serving the civilian population. He had to settle for the most
> damaged yarn - the stuff carried in the bilges of the ships from Australia.
> I remember him telling me that he only felt they had run far enough when
> Rommel was defeated at El Alamein in 1943, and the tide of the war turned.
> In the meantime, Mina and Berthold had written in October 1939 - after the
> war had started - that they were renting a car and would be going to the
> countryside for a picnic on the weekend. Edward had gone to Paris and the
> Sorbonne. He told me that he was taken by science, because the only place in
> the soapworks that did not smell foul was the lab where the perfumes were
> made to scent the household soaps. There he married Lilly, who was a nurse.
> He joined the Air Force, and was stationed at Orly. He also told me that
> Lilly had gotten him a false baptismal certificate, but when things got hot
> in Occupied France, he got on his bicycle and rode to Vichy France, and when
> it got hot in Vichy France, he got on his bike and rode to Occupied France.
> At the end, he and Lilly were at a stone house on the Nazi side of a bridge
> with the Americans on the other. They lit out, zig zagging as they ran
> across the bridge in a hail of gunfire, and got to the American lines. They
> came to Toronto in 1948. He had to intern for a year, which he did in St.
> Catherines, a small city not too far from Toronto. They bought their first
> home on Roehampton, a classic Ontario style, where she took up art -
> beautiful enamelware, and they became prominent in French circles,
> entertaining the French Consul and other dignitaries. She was an amazing
> cook - to this day I remember her roast duck !
> Fina had married Licu Katz, and moved to Bucharest where he lived. Her Fall
> 1939 letter to my mother was "happy happy" - they were going to buy new
> furniture. When they had to run, they made it overland to Palestine, where
> their two children were born. Rachel-Regina also made it to Palestine via
> Cyprus, where - as I wrote before - she lost her husband, Max. My parents
> brought them all out to Canada.
> Mina and Max made it to Cyprus - they had also been on the same ship with
> Regina and Max. They flew to Beirut in 1943 and by land to Palestine, from
> where my father brought them to Canada around 1948. Berthold would die from
> a broken hip a year or so later. (Their partners, the Lermer brothers could
> not get exit visas - they didn't take out Romanian citizenship after the
> First War. No one ever heard about them afterward.) I have a letter from Max
> on Cyprus in 1943. He tells and how he showed up at his business one day,
> only to be told that the owner was a Mr. Balceanu, how they were so lucky
> they were able to get work permits - exemptions from "transportation",
> although they were called to the round-up places a few times. He told how
> they had been able to avoid the Nazi "sweeps", he guessed because, when Fred
> went to Budapest on business, he told the officers at the Austria-Hungary
> bordercrossing that his family were baptists, and that was the direction
> that the sweeps came from. He also wrote how he went into the water off
> Constantinople.
> My parents prospered in Canada - they had become citizens in 1944. When the
> textile business was overrun by imports - mostly from Japan - the government
> would not protect it, and my father turned to his little sideline,
> syndicating mortgages, and he prospered again, buying a few apartment
> buildings in the next years. This was at a time when Canada - as well as the
> United States - was exploding with pent up expansion that had been so
> stifled by the Depression and the War.
> I will end my story here, but I do hope to add to it from time to time.
> While "it is hard to be a Jew", we all have to remember "What a wonderful
> world, oh yeah". And we have to reemember all the world's inhabitants who
> can't say that.
> Bob
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