Life History

How Many Cousins Do We Have?


Release October 16, 2022

Yigal Writing

Yigal used to write short chapters and read them at various events in the nursing home where he lived in the last years of his life.

The large and interesting part of the chapters are part of his life history.

Few are translations or abridgments of facts related to general education.

Release Feb 23, 2020

Berek Szczekacz and Chana Szmidt

Berek Szczekacz and Chana Szmidt had 12 children. Searching for Birth, Marriage, Death records (BMD) brings us occasionally to meet living family members. I admit, getting to know new blood related family members is the most exciting part of doing genealogy. Lately I met Yoram Shachar, one of Berek and Chana’s great, greatgrandchild about whom I haven’t heard until Dec 15, 2019. The meeting has prompted me to create pages for the descendants of Berek Szczekacz, our mutual great, great grandfather. The released page will introduce you to the 12 children and to their children. Currently there are only two documented stories, about Layzer Ludwig Szczekacz and about Frajdla Szczekacz. The stories about Yoram Shachar, Samuel Szczekacz (The artist, Shmuel Tzur), the many Shakter’s descendants and others will follow soon.

Release Nov 9, 2019

Yosef Kaluzynski and Chana nee Sznajderman

Lebanon About 1909-1914


Release Jan 6, 2018

Fajgla Kaluzynski and Wolf Szperling

Wolf and Fajga Kaluzynski

The Holocaust Had no Mercy for the Szperling Family

Stories and Photos

Release June 26, 20

Ludwig Layzer Szczekacz

A Telephone call from Australia to Californiaswept Jane and me into a research in the Czech Republic. Several families appeared for a moment and then disappeared during the Holocaust. Very few suvivors, many Yad Vashem testimony pages and research in the Czech Republic declared Jane, Dov Kuflik, his sister, Idit, and the five grandchildren of Josef Arieli, my self included, are 3rd cousins. Jane, Dov and his sister, Idit, are 2nd cousins.

Dawid Borejdo Sznajderman

The following story is about Dawid Sznajderman, the son of Abram Moshe Sznajderman and Ajdla Koenigsberg, who survived the tumultuous time of WWII.

Dawid Borejdo Sznajderman



Marek Kaluzynski

Marek Kaluzynski was son of my great grandfather, Abram Kaluzynski, and his second wife, Chaja Dzialoszynska.

Marek Kaluzynski

Marek’s mother, Chaja, died around 1912 in Czestochowa, leaving his father with five young children;

the youngest, Sara, was two years old. Marek was fourteen years old.


Release History



Important Links

Zawiercie Yizkor Book Project

Read the Beautiful translation by Jerrold Landau

Connect with Czestochowers all over the wold.

The World Society of
Czestochowa Jews
And Their Descendants

Family History


Memories, like sand stones
Slowly, a grain follows a grain,
Erode, crumble, and vanish.
Sea waves and wind
Sweep them away
Listen to the voices
Collect the words,
The names, the episodes, the moments…
Carve and seal them
In a meticulously crafted pendant
Close to your heart
Allow them to live forever.



Let Us Start With Basic Steps:

Write down everything you know about yourself and about your family:

  • Full names
  • Date of Birth, Marriage and Death
  • Where these events occured
  • Talk to your grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts
  • Write down family anecdotes
  • Scan family photos
  • Scan Family documents


The author Yosef Haim Brener wrote in one of his stories: "I am not the son of a prince, nor am I the son of a baron. My family is of no interest for history writers."

            My stories are not about princes and barons. My stories are songs praising the small details of life, rising as a melody out of meetings and conversations with simple but wonderful people. These pages are words and sounds coming from near and distant relatives.

            I bring before you all those conversations and memories that were captured and have settled in my mind and in my soul. The memories interweaved here will lead you through the convoluted and complex dirt roads in Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Germany, Holland, Israel, Lebanon, USA, Mexico, France, etc, etc.

            Do you believe these tales cover all our family's stories?

            That is far from the truth.

            Our parents who survived the pogroms, the Holocaust, the exiles and wars, kept silent. Only on rare occasions did they break the wall of silence and utter a few words, hinting about their life in the old, abandoned world. A generation passed before our parents realized they must give their descendants two important gifts: roots and wings.

            The stories, photos and documents will slowly fill this family site. Hopefully these materials will be part of the important gifts to the upcoming generations: deep roots and strong wings. The two gifts will help them build a more stable world of their own.

Perhaps reading, observing and reflecting upon the stories brought here will remind family members, friends and other readers of an additional memory, a forgotten picture, a detail about a relative, a description of a home, a street or a village, a document or a key to a life puzzle.

This site will always be under construction, and all the coming contributions will enrich, extend and refresh our story, as well as strengthen our connecting threads with the many relatives scattered throughout the world.