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Our first meeting ever took place at the Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn New York on Sunday 6 August 2017 at 9:30am
After finding the whereabouts of my cousin Zara Smushkovich in September 2016 in Toronto, I sadly discovered that her brother Mendel had passed away less than two months before in Brooklyn NY. Mendel, originally from Riga, Latvia, had only ever met one of his Zeldin first cousins, the late Phyllis Jowell in Riga in 1960.
Here are the children and grandchildren of Isocher and Chassia Zeldin
Isadore and Chassia with 11 of their 17 grandchildren c1953
The children and grandchildren of Mendel Zeldin. There are also a couple of great grandchildren not listed here.
Meeting My Cousin Zara Smushkovich
Meeting My Cousin Zara Smushkovich
Toronto, Canada 30 July 2017 I meet my first cousin Zara Zeldin Smushkovich again after 42 years. It is a delightful reunion at a restaurant and then at her condo. The only other time we met was in…
The early August morning view from my room in my brother, Michael’s apartment in LIC, NY.
When I arrived in New York, I called Mendel’s daughter Bella. She invited my brother Michael and me to meet her, her brother Alex and their families at the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn on the Sunday morning.
Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn NY
Washington Cemetery is an old, historical, and predominantly Jewish burial ground located at 5400 Bay Parkway in Mapleton, Brooklyn, New York, United States.
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There is nobody alive today who can tell us his story or would recognise his image! As kids, my cousins and I were told that he perished in the Holocaust in Latvia.
With his generation now gone, no one can remember the details.
My cousin Sonia Bloch and I found this photo recently – we believe it is Moisey Zeldin!
In 2011 I commissioned Rita Bogdanova of the Latvian State Archives in Riga to research my mother’s family.
This is what she found specifically about Moisey.
Moisey’s parents (my grandparents):
1.5 Ishochor (Zachar) Zeldin a petty bourgeois from Dvinsk, aged 23, married on May 22, 1905 in Riga to Hasia Jonje – Hase Jonin, daughter of Jossel Jonin, a petty bourgeois from Dvinsk, aged 20, and marriage was registered in the marriage records of the Riga Jewish community for 1905. Ktuba – 100 rubel. Isochor and Hase:
1.5.1. son Moisey Zeldin, born on October 14, 1905 in Daugavpils (see copy of his birth registration entry). He was not married, lived in Riga at Parka Street 1–4 and Lačpleša Street 129–4.
Birth registration entry Nr. 411 in the birth records of the Dvinsk Jewish community for 1905:
Moisey Zeldin was born on October 14, circumcised on October 21, 1905 (Julian calendar) by Abram Leib Evzin.
Father – Dvinsk petty bourgeois Isochor son of Leib Zeldin.
Mother – Hasia daughter of Josel Jonin.
My mother, her 5 sisters and parents were all in South Africa by 1937.
Moisey’s brother David somehow survived, as did David’s wife Esther and their two children who escaped to Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
All members of the family were struck off the house-register of Lačpleša Street 129–4 on June 26, 1941 which means that they had fled.
David, his wife and children were living back in Riga when my late cousin, Phyllis Jowell met them in 1960.
Esther and her daughter Sofka were last seen in Israel in the early 1980s. They then moved to Canada.
We have lost contact!
In the last few months, I wrote to the Names and Fates Project so that they could update their database at: