Heniek and Hanka Kuzusznik



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



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Family History


Memories, like sand stones
Slowly, a grain follows a grain,
Erode, crumble, and vanish.
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Sweep them away
Listen to the voices
Collect the words,
The names, the episodes, the moments…
Carve and seal them
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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

Hanka Szperling and Heniek Kozusznik Family


Hanka and Heniek had one daughter Wanda.





Wanda Kozusznik

Wanda Kozusznik (1938 - 1945)

Wanda appears in the list of Czestochowa Survivors CRARG:

Surname: Kozusznik

Given Name: Wanda

Page: 23


Year Born: 1938

Wanda survived the war years. When Wanda was born she had a nunny. Her nunny took care of her during the Holocaust and she survived.

Rina Zaks nee Szperling tells:

At the end of the war I heard that two children from our extended family survived. One was my cousin Severin Szperling. The second, Wanda Kozosznik, her father died of typhus and the mother, Hanka Kozusznik nee Szperling, no one knew exactly what had happened to her. But the girl, I knew, was outside the ghetto. Of course I did, but I did not know where. When she was born she had a nanny, she had such a responsible nunny, and when the child was already 4 - 5 years old, the caregiver took her and registered herself as her mother, as a single mother after her name, who is single but has a daughter. She did not adopt her, she gave her a false certificate, because the girl was not baptized. She gave her the certificate with her priest. So I got the address of the Gentiles who know where she is.

Meanwhile, in Passover,1946,I went to visit the girl - all this is a very sad story. I returned from Krakow to Lodz and I found a telegram telling me that the girl was shot. A police officer shot a target and the girl passed in the street, the only girl left. I went back there. I've been late for the funeral, because it's been two days on the train. On the train ride it was something terrible. It was not the end of the war. This is the first Pesach. So the girl is not alive.



The archive of the "American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee" has several documents about Wanda Kozusznik:


  • an application for Wanda Kozusznik to immigrate to Palestine.


Item ID   1121562    
Document Name   JDC Emigration Service Index Cards: Warsaw Office, 1945-1949    
  Found In JDC Emigration Service Index Cards, Warsaw Office, 1945-1949
Description of Document   JDC's operations in Poland were reestablished immediately after the end of World War II. One of JDC's principal activities was to provide assistance to those seeking to emigrate. Most of Poland's surviving Jews, including those repatriated from the Soviet Union, left Poland during this period, particularly after the Kielce pogrom of 1946. This collection includes approximately 6,400 index cards.  
  Primary Name   Wanda Kozusznik  
  Birth Date      
Destination   Palestine
JDC Emigration Office   Warsaw, Poland


Wanda Kuzusznik name appears also in Pinkas Hanizolim II page 151.


Announcement of the JDC about Wandas death

The emigration Service closed Wanda's emigration application.

Wanda Kozusznik is burried in Krakow.

The source:

Poland, Jewish Records Indexing-Poland, Deaths, 1808-1942


Name: Wanda Kozisznik
Death: 21 Apr 1946
Death City: Krakow
Death Place: Krakow
Registration Date: 21 Apr 1946
Registration Place: Krakow
Burial Place: 7
Other Information: page: 218
row: 7
section: 3
sort: 6












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