Sunday, April 25, 2010

Family Sporn/Shacham

Here is an email to me...
Both my father and mother's families were from Pshemishl.
My mother's family was Swartz, and they were lucky to leave Poland just before the war.
However, my father's family were probably lost in the WW2.

I am trying for a long time to find out what happened to them, and maybe your blog may help.

My father was Itzhak Sporn, came to Israel in 1934.

He left behind a married sister (Sali Diamand, husband Yoseph, and 3 kids: Hela, Milek and Buzia),and two unmarried sisters: Sofia and Cila.

Please publish this note, maybe someone will know something about my lost family.


Zvi Shacham (Sporn)
As it turns out, I am familiar with the name via Martin Sporn,a man who married a cousin of mine after the Shoah.

Florine Getter was born in 1926 in Paris. Her mother was Chaya Silberman (photo, right), my grandfather's sister. Chaya and husband Muni Getter (photo, left) were both arrested in France and put on trains to Auschwitz where Chaya perished. Muni, miraculously, survived. Their child Florine was hidden for the entire Shoah in a convent in Grenoble. After the war, her father found her in Paris and they immigrated to New York where she married Martin Sporn. I do not know if Martin was from Przemysl...


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Looking for Grandmother's school mate

I received the email below from the grand daughter of one of the students at The Primary School for Girls in Przemysl. Unfortunately, the email I have for Anna Demby (nee ŚWITALSKA) is no longer valid. Does anyone have her contact information?

I’m writing to you because on the one of photos you have published on your web site.  I recognized my grandmother. Her name is Irena Popiel (nee Osmak). On the photo she is the last person at the bottom right of the picture (a sitting girl with a dark hair, and dark school uniform - ).

Grandmother is living in Poland in Bydgoszcz now. Unfortunately she has a health problems. She can not recall any details of her youth. If there is any possibility that you could put us to touch with Mrs. Demby, I would really appreciate it. As a grandmother’s friend form the class - maybe she will be able to help us uncover history of my grandmother.

And maybe you have some information about my grandmother family – Osmak from Przemysl?

We (me and my family) will be grateful for any help.

Best regards,

Małgorzata Popiel

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