Extra Videos – Hungary and Israel

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Here are selections from Hungary, Turkey and Israel.

Please refer to my previous posts for more photos and detail.

 

Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest has many highlights including the Parliament. 

Changing of the guard:

 

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the Shoes on the Danbe Promenade     <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoes_on_the_Danube_Promenade.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoes_on_the_Danube_Promenade.</span>

 

 

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Jewish Budapest including the beautiful Dohany St Synagogue.


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Gerbeauds – great for coffee and cakes.

 

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Touring both sides of the Danube.

 

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First time meeting with my 2nd cousin Feri at our hotel. A well known 1982 photo of him.

 

 

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Family Tree – Feri and Eli


 

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First cousins Neil and Ronen meet for the first time. Neil is at Oxford and Ronen lives in Israel.

Also Shachar, Ronen’s daughter.

Short video:

 

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 Meeting my Turkish 2nd cousin Mehmet and his wife Billur for the first time.

 

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Family Tree – Mehmet and Eli

 

 

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Meeting other members of the family at Feri’s interesting apartment nearby.

 

 

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The Friday night  family dinner. An incredible gathering!

Video:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#101136

 

 

 

Istanbul, Turkey


 

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Flew in from Budapest with Mehmet and Billur.

 

 

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 My hotel, the Point Barbaros was excellent!

 

 

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First time meeting with my 2nd cousin Ahmet and his wife Pinar and Mehmet and Billurs’ daughter Yasemin at a restaurant in Asia. We were picked up by the restaurant’s boat

on the Eurpean side of the Bosphorus.


 

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 Istanbul is a great city to tour!

 

 

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The Neve Shalom Synagogue and the Jewish Museum.

 

 

 

Israel

 


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The Hurva Synagogue

 

 

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Family Tree: Avraham Shlomo Zalman Zoref to Eli

 

 

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Meeting Feigele Gold and her family. Her parents also came from Orla, Poland

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#101143


 

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A Wedding montage at the Beit Hafutsoth Museum, Tel Aviv Unversity.

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100928

 

 

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Meeting 3rd cousins Elissa and Ruti at the Port, Tel Aviv.

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100940

 

 

 

 

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Met Saul Issroff at my cousins Hannah and Isaac Bloch. Saul provided the link between Feri and me in 2001.

 

 

 

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My Mom’s Passport photo at the age of 15 with the question from iPhoto. a very intelligent bit of software!

My videos in Poland

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Part 1:

Bialystok NE Poland. Before the war, nearly half this city was Jewish.

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Maps of the region and the Old Town.

 

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Hotel Branicki was recommended by my friend and research specialist, Wojciech Konończuk.

Excellent position, nice friendly staff, well appointed rooms and great breakfast.

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Wojciech arrived from Warsaw and drove me the 45km to Orla. 


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My Zaida Nachum Mendel Rabinowitz was born in Orla in 1887 – his early bio

Orla was part of the Grodno district at the turn of the 20th Century. The town Grodno is in Belarus and Orla is in Poland.

 

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My Zaida is on the the right (in bow tie with hands on his knees) next to his father Avraham Yaakov Skaresjewski.

 


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Descendants of NM Rabinowitz.

 

 

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My Great Uncle Moshe Rabinowitz appears in the bottom left corner of this 1920 photo of the Orla Yiddishe Folk School. 

 

 

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We were met at the synagogue by:

Marek Chmielewski, the local town councillor

Darius Horodecki, the director of an elementary school in Orla

Radek Gebicz from Warsaw, a film maker and his assistant Kasia.

Here is an edited video:

 

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With my my Zaida in the early 60s in Johannesburg.

During our visit to the synagogue, I had the sudden inspiration to play a recording of my Zaida bensching at (my sister) Sorrel’s and Gidon’s wedding in 1961.
It was very special for all of us!

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100960

 

 

 

Part 2:

Bialystok with Tomek Wisniewski

Tomek is a well connected reporter looking for good stories! He is an expert on Jewish Bialystok and has a huge collection of Jewish postcards, photos and videos. 

 

 

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These are a couple of his books he gave me.

 

 

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This is a wonderful video of the Orla Synagogue made by Tomek.



 

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A short video Tomek made of me.


 

 

 

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My video of Tomek.

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100830

 

 

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The book given to me by the Deputy Mayor of Bialystok, Aleksander Sosna, who was born in Orla.

 

 

 

 

Part 3

Warsaw – please see my previous blog on Warsaw for more photos and details

 


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Map of Warsaw.

 


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Very little evidence of the ghetto.

 


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The Jewish Heritage Centre is highly recommended.

 


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The Nozyk Synagogue.

 

 


Part 4

Krakow – Galicia. SW Poland.

 

 

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Maps of SW Poland and Krakow.

 

 

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The Jewish Quarter, the Kazimierz is well preserved.

Many synagogues, museums, Jewish style restaurants and hotel, bookshops and klezmer. The ghetto is across the river Vistula.

 

 

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My son Dean in 2004 at the grave of his 13th great grandfather, Yisrael Isserlis, father of the REMA, Moshe Isserlis.

 

 

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Doing the same in 2011!

 

 

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The family tree showing the relationship between the Yisrael Isserlis and Dean Rabinowitz.

 


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I stayed at the Klezmerhois Hotel, a “Jewish” style hotel which features a Klezmer concert every night. Some famous people on the wall.

Video clip of Klezmer concert.

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100954

 

 

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Machek showed me around the Old Town and Castle.

The Jagelonian University is in Krakow.

Although he was born in Wadowice, Krakow was officially the home town of the Polish Pope, John Paul II.

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Krakow is 90 minutes by bus from Auschwitz – Birkenau.

 

Videos of Latvia

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Here are some new images and links to short video clips of my visit to Latvia,

The images below also include books and brochures you may find of interest.

If you missed my original post of Latvia,  click on the second last numbered tab at the bottom of this page.

 

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I was met by Michael’s friend Ilona at Riga airport. I received a warm welcome to the country of my mother’s birth.

Here is a video intro to Riga by my guide, Elena Spungina:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#101060

 

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We visited the Riga Synagogue.

It is in the Old Town (Vecriga) and had been beautifully restored. It hadn’t been destroyed by the Nazis as it was too close to other buildings in the Old Town.

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#101071

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Rita Bogdanova at the Latvian State Archives was commissioned a couple of months before my visit to search for my mother’s Zeldin family records. Rita was successful in finding census information, passports and addresses. 

 

 

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Elena was given this information by Rita and was able to take me to several family addresses in Riga and Daugavpils.

Elena explains:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#101079

 

 

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In between, we visited the ruins of the Choral Synagogue and the memorial to those who saved Jews during the Holocaust, and the Ghetto and the Jewish Centre. The video:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#101099

 

 

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On my second day in Latvia, we visited the Central Market originally built as Zeppelin hangars.

 

 

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On our way to Daugavpils we stopped at Rumbula Forest where 25000 of Riga’s 30000 Jews were murdered in two days in November and December 1941.

Video: http://gallery.me.com/elirab#101113

 

 

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Some of the views on the road to and from Daugavpils 

 

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Daugavpils was largely destroyed in WW2, so we were not as successful here finding our addresses – old buildings had been replaced by new buildings and parks.

Video: http://gallery.me.com/elirab#101101

 

 

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The highlight of our visit was the Daugavpils Synagogue and Museum, where Honon Shperling showed us around. The centre was recently refurbished with funds from the family of artist Mark Rothko.

Video: http://gallery.me.com/elirab#101087

 

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Honon Shperling has a brother in South Africa with whom he has lost contact. If anyone knows Haim Shperling, please contact me as I will be in Johannesburg this week.

Video: http://gallery.me.com/elirab#101124

 


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On the final day, Ilona drove me to Majori, Jurmula, a popular resort on the Baltic Sea, about 25km from Riga. It is referenced on one of my mother’s documents.

 From there we went to the Central Market where I caught the bus to Vilnius.

 

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While on the bus, which had WiFi, I received an email from Cecil Jowell with the diary and photos taken by my late cousin Phyllis Jowell during their 1960 visit to Riga.

 

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They met my uncle David, his wife Esther and children Sophia and Mishka. Some of the family eventually moved to Israel and then to Canada.

 

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There were also photos of buildings I had just visited.

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Video clips of my Trip

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I have now edited some video of my trip to Central Europe, Turkey, Israel and the UK.

I have uploaded some short clips and these can be accessed via the links below. They do not need passwords.

 

If you have not seen my previous posts, please scroll down or visit http://elirab.posterous.com


The first group of videos are from my visit to Vilnius. The others of Latvia, Poland, Hungary and Israel will follow.

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My guide, Regina Kopilevich, kept me on my toes for 12 hours from 9am until 9pm when I left by bus to Bialystok. 

I can recommend Regina who is very knowledgeable, also a researcher and well connected. She has lots of energy!

The Vilna Jewish museums (there are several) are excellent and I was fortunate to meet Rachel Kostanian who is now the Curator at the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum.

What a gem!

 

In the first clip Regina discusses the map of Jewish Lithuania at the time of the Holocaust:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100888

 


Regina shows me an exhibit of the synagogues in Lithuania, especially Kedainiai, where my 3rd Great Grandfather Abraham Shlomo Zalman Zoref was born in 1785:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100840

 

 

Kruk vs Krok – the confusion as to where Michel Avraham Herison (Hirschsohn), my Great Grandfather was born in 1862. Has it been solved?

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100880

 

 

Regina then translates an extract from the book by Berl Kahn: Yidishe shtet, shtetlekh un dorfishe yishuvim in Lite biz 1918. This book, published in 1992, is kept in the museum and these pages are about Kedainiai and Zoref:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100853

 

 

Rachel also helps with the translation:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100860

 

 

The pages in Yiddish:

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A page in English with more info about Kedainiai:

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Rachel sends a message to all her friends:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100867

 

 

A moving exhibit at the museum:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100885

 

 

We visit the gravesite of the Vilna Gaon:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100899

 

 

Another clip from the Vilna Jewish Cemetery:

http://gallery.me.com/elirab#100914

 

 

For descendants of the Zoref or anyone connected to or interested in the Salomon family, there are celebrations and exhibits this October in Israel, marking the 200th anniversary of the Zoref’s arrival in Israel.

For more information, visit the Salomon Family Website (in English or Hebrew) at:

http://www.salomon200.com/index.asp?langid=2

 

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From left: Aryeh Leib Rabinowitz, Isaac Rabinowitz, Chana Chesha Miriam Rabinowitz (nee Herison), Sarah Leah Gittel Herison, Chaya Dvorah Alte Herison (nee Salomon – Zoref’s grandaughter) , Osher Smuel Herison, Esther Breine Herison (nee Levite), Yisrael Yehuda Yudel Herison, Rae Kiersen (nee Herison)

 

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Michel Avraham Herison married to Chaya Dvorah Alte Herison, grand daughter of Zoref.

 


Cheers

 

Eli

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