[Cz-L] Re: czernowitz-l digest: October 04, 2014

From: Helene Ryding <hryding_at_yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 14:52:46 +0300
To: Czernowitz Genealogy and History <czernowitz-l_at_list.cornell.edu>
Reply-To: Helene Ryding <hryding_at_yahoo.co.uk>

Dear Hardy

Some of us are still here, and reading like before, everyday, appreciating the supply of memories, photographs, stories and history. But we do not have as many personal experiences of Czernowitz to relate, as those who lived there, or whose parents had stories to tell. So it is harder to take part in the debates or contribute to the memories. I think that is inevitable as time goes by.

I have no grandchildren yet, so as yet there are few questions about the Grandad born in Czernowitz in 1905. That might promote more internet searches to supplement our meagre understanding of my father's life before he met my mother immediately after the war in Brussels and came to the UK.

In my small family, we had no Jewish upbringing and that ancestry was hidden, while my father was alive. So I feel a bit outside some of the discussions and memories, whilst others bring back fond memories of my father's values, quirks and customs, and make sense of his stories. They tended to be terribly inconsistent, as well as incomprehensible to someone growing up in an insular northern English village, with little understanding of life across the Channel, let alone Eastern Europe. Only after 1989, and working in Eastern Europe did I begin to understand what sort of an upbringing my sisters and I had had, and why two out three of us now live in Eastern Europe. Later reading the stories in the Czernowitz List, we began to recognise more of his customs and values, and why if he was Jewish, his native tongue could be German, and why he was interested in Paul Celan.

So please keep reviving the past while it still lives in people's memories. We certainly recognise that life in Czernowitz is part of our personal inheritance.

I have been to Czernowitz only once, but regularly work in Ukraine. Speaking for myself only, I am concerned these days about the general situation in Ukraine.

Sent from my iPad

Helene Ryding

> On 5 Oct 2014, at 07:09, Czernowitz Genealogy and History digest <czernowitz-l_at_list.cornell.edu> wrote:
> CZERNOWITZ-L Digest for Saturday, October 04, 2014.
> 1. [Cz-L] OUR POSTS
> 2. [Cz-L] Tarmac
> 3. RE: [Cz-L] Selma
> 4. =?windows-1255?B?+vnl4eQ6IFtDei1MXSBPVVIgUE9TVFM=?=
> 5. Re: [Cz-L] OUR POSTS
> 6. Re: [Cz-L] OUR POSTS
> 7. RE: [Cz-L] OUR POSTS
> 8. [Cz-L] Deutsche Welle on "Searching for Traces"
> 9. [Cz-L] Book
> 10. Re: [Cz-L] Book
> 11. =?windows-1255?B?+vnl4eQ6IFtDei1MXSBCb29r?=
> 12. [Cz-L] 17th Album of Bukovina Photos & Postcards is posted
> 13. =?windows-1255?Q?=FA=F9=E5=E1=E4:_=5BCz-L=5D_17th_Album_of_Bukovina_P?=
> 14. [Cz-L] Evening

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