Good morning all and Happy New Year!
I've been working on my family history for about 17 or so years. Over the past 5 or so years, thanks to Jewish Gen, I've made lots of headway. I found relatives on my mother's (Feigenbaum) side that I never knew, established some relationships, some cousins ignored me, while some said "Hi" and it never got much further than that. My mom's family was from Lublin. My grandparents moved to NYC with their immediate family, including both of their mothers as well as my oldest aunt and oldest uncle. My aunt who was born and raised in Lublin told me outright that anyone who did not leave Lublin before WWII was killed by the Nazis.
Through one 3rd cousin who I have a good relationship with, I discovered that indeed, a relative survived the Shoah. Her name was Pola Kuperschmidt (ne: Feigenbaum). She was my grandfather's first cousin. Their fathers were brothers.
I did research all over - Yad Vashem, Bezeq 144 and long story short after about a year or so of research, I found the family of the man she married when she moved to Israel. She remarried a man named Chaim Bavitch who was the President of the Beit Ha'avoda in Tel Aviv for many years. I met with his children, grand children and great grandchildren in Rishon L'tzion. Was a lovely meeting. Chaim Bavitch's daughter gave me an envelope of Pola's pictures, which to me is worth like diamonds. This family told me that Pola had relatives here, yet although they have met them decades ago, they had little or nothing to do with them, nor do they remember any of their names.
Going through the pictures which most of them were not labelled or dated, I found a couple of group shots (probably from the late 1950s or very early 1960s) with people at some simcha. What was striking was that some of these people resemble my family very much. One man looks very much like my uncle Hy, a couple of young girls look like cousins of mine and, as my friend Trisher Wilson (a fine genealogist herself) pointed out, one man looks like me. Picture is attached.
These people had families and live or lived in Israel, and I'm determined to find them. I need help to do so. I tried lots of ways and I've gotten nowhere.
Please contact me via ancestry or via my email at: Rashi67@hotmail.com