Writings, Documents and Photographs of Herschl Jaslowitz (Dr. Harry
I was born on
16 June 1922 in Cuciurul-Mare (Romania), where my
father was district medical officer, and where he met my mother Lotte
in the nearby villaga of Voloca.
My first ten years were spent attending the local primary school.
Grandma Singer from Voloca owned property in Czernowitz and
gave my parents a first floor flat at Str. Stefan-Mare 10a
previously the Siebenburgerstrase.
My father's mother (Bertha Sommer), married sister and child Ruth
Baumgarten lived in the Bahnhofstrasse; my mother had a cousin
Dr, Moritz Einhorn whose son was Ehrich and we went to the same
school, Seminarul Pedagogic Universitar until I was 16 1/2 years
old. (See my article below: 'Relative values and Poetic Licence'; it
tells the story and my interest in Paul Celan)
Threatening political storm clouds gathered on the horizon, and I
had English lessons and was eventually sent to England in care
of Bassia Jaslowitz in London.
I attended the Grocers Company School to Matriculate, and then
then St. Marys' Hospital to qualify as a Doctor. I later
devoted most of my life to anaesthesia.
I married Anne
Shineberg and we had two children Ruth and
Allan. Before the marriage, once naturalised as a British citizen, I
changed my name to Jarvis to avoid any stigma in the childrens
index of Harry Jarvis' documents housed at
the Wiener Library in
London. The library collects material related to the
Holocaust, its causes and legacies.
1987 Shemot Article:
A visit to
Post-Glasnos Chernovtsy. If you think travel to Czernowitz is difficult
now, you must
read this account of Dr.
Harry Jarvis' visit when the Russians were still in charge.
Harry Jarvis' 2001 article from Shemot: Relative
Values and Poetic
Harry describes landsman Albin Eisenstein's
deportation to Siberia and
his survival story, along with his family tree.
Harry Jarvis tells about Josef Schmidt in
this 2009 Shemot article
2010 Shemot article: "This Year in
Harry's story 'A Shot in the Dark',
which shows how
connected we all are.
Harry's Czernowitz and family photos
returned from Transnistria in 1944 very ill,
and wrote this, his last letter to Harry .
The elder Jaslowitz died shortly after.
The first six pages from Harry's Family History
A poem written by Harry's sister Sonja
Jaslowitz while in the Transnistria camps. Sonja joined her mother
voluntarily to go into deportation to Transnistria. When liberated
by the Russians they returned to Bukarest where she was killed in
an allied air raid on the city. I brought my mother to England
and she gave me all the documents.
In September of
2012, Harry sent a packet by post to the Ehpes webmaster containing all
of his documents, photos, and papers, collected during 40 years of
family research. It is now complete and available in two volumes on our
website in pdf format. It's more of a scrapbook than a history
and/or photo album. Volume I is the
story and Volume II contains the
trees and photos. There's approximately 40 pages in each volume. Each
page has been photographed rather than scanned -- it's faster that way.
These are fairly large pdf files and may take a bit of time to download
depending on your internet connexion. I think it's worth it. Once I
started reading the material I found it facinating -- I read it all the
way through. An Addendum Volume
has been added reflecting Harry's Czernowitz trip in May 2011.