Majer Kaluzynski's Family



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.


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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

Majer Kaluzynski's Family

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In the page Introduction to My Father’s Family I’ve laid out the four main branches of my father’s roots, Kaluzynski, Szczekacz, Sznajderman and Sztatler. On the current page I introduce you to the living descendants of Majer Kaluzynski, my great-great-grandfather (1829 - ?).
To follow the family tree from 1744 up to Majer Kaluzynski’s birth, turn to the pages:

While researching the family branch of Majer Kaluzynski’s from 1829 up to the current time I was sad to find out that most of the family members perished or disappeared during  WWII in the Holocaust. Only a few left Poland before WWII and immigrated to Israel, USA and South America. Hardly any relative survived the Holocaust and reached Israel after the war. I must admit that the dreadful feeling of reaching a dead end of a branch during the years 1939-1947 scares me with every family in the tree. I always stop working and approach my husband with the same saying: “When I research my family roots I always reach to a point where almost every uncle, aunt, cousin perish with no one to continue the thread.”
Below, next to the photos of Majer Kaluzynski’s children are links to photos and stories about the descendants of his extended family, those who left Poland before the Holocaust, the few who survived and some of the victims.  In the search for family roots it was most important for me to meet in person the living relatives. In the following paragraphs I will briefly list the names of these relatives next to their ancestor. With all of them I try as much as I can to keep in touch. More details about the exact lineage appear in the Family Tree.
Majer Kaluzynski was married twice. His first wife was Liba Najman with whom he had two sons, Jochym Kaluzynski and Jankiel Kopiel Kaluzynski. I haven’t been able to track down Jochym Kaluzynski. All I can find is his birth certificate from Jan 2nd, 1853. The second son, Jankiel Kopiel had 8 children. I traced some of his descendants only up to about 1920. One of his daughters, Rywka Kaluzynski, married Aron Zoberman and they immigrated to Brazil. Rywka’s great grandson Luiz Fernando Zoberman and his children live in Brazil. The story of how I discovered them will appear in Jankiel Kopiel’s page.
Majer Kaluzynski’s second wife was named Laja Dressler. They had five children:

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  1. Abram Kaluzynski, my great grandfather. Abram’s first wife was Frajdla Szczekacz, my great grandmother. Abram’s second wife’s name was Chaja Helena Dresler. A few of Abram Kaluzynski’s children immigrated to Israel before WWII – my grandfather Yosef Kaluzynski, Yosef’s sister Sara Kaluzynski and their two nieces Frania Kaluzynski and Lena Ufner. They all passed away, but my sisters, Ora and Ofra, and I, my uncle Yigal, his children Udi and Tami, Frania’s daughters, Tzafrira and Chana, Sara’s children, Yoram and Didi, Lena’s children, Moshe, Michal and Rami, all try to keep in touch. Abram Kaluzynski and his other children and grandchildren perished in the Holocaust.

  2. Udla Kaluzynski married Szlomo Librowicz. They had seven children. One of their sons, Hirsz Aba Librowicz with two of his three children, Esther Dayan and Szlomo immigrated to Israel before WWII. Only one of their granddaughters, Irit Amiel nee Librowicz, survived the Holocaust. I visited Esther a couple of times at her apartment. Few years ago she passed away. I enjoyed Szlomo’s company when I visit him in Tel Aviv. I visit Irit and we keep in touch by phone and email. Irit Amiel’s poems and novel are all about the pain and agony of the Holocaust, but hardly hint into her own experience.

  3. Fajgla Kaluzynski married Wolf Szperling. They had eight children. Their daughter, Rywka died when she was one year old (1901-1902). Their daughter Sabina immigrated to Israel before WWII. Sabina had two sons: Ariel, who was killed on the battlefield during Israel Independence war, and Zeev Ankelevitz, who lives in Israel with his big family. Nolek Zacks, one of Fajgla and Wolf’s grandsons immigrated to Israel before WWII.  Only two of Fajgla and Wolf’s grandchildren who stayed in Poland survived the Holocaust, Rina Irmay nee Zacks and Severin Szperling.  Rina immigrated to Israel immediately after the WWII. Severin left Poland years after the war ended and he currently lives in Arizona, USA.  Rina gave a detailed testimony about her life during the Holocaust in Yad Vashem and it will appear among these pages as well as Severin’s story. Wolf Szperling died in 1928 but his wife and most of his immediate family were murdered during the Holocuast.

  4. Lajzer Kaluzynski married Malka Libe Jakubowicz. They had six children. Five of their children, Balicia, Olga, Enrique, Eda and Carol Kaluzynski, left Poland before WWII and immigrated to Cuba. Today they live in the USA and in Columbia. Lajzer, Malka Kaluzynski and their daughter Fela, perished in the Holocaust in Treblinka.

  5. Masza Kaluzynski married Szlama Liberman. One of their daughters, Chawa, immigrated to Israel before WWII and her sons and grandchildren live in Israel. I remember Chawa Adler nee Liberman visiting my grandparents. Chawa passed away a few years ago. Lately I’ve talked with her sons, Yitzhak and Szlomo. My father visited Poland in 1935 and spent time with Masza Liberman’s granddaughter, Marusza Fajerman. She appears in the story about my father‘s travel to Poland.

    The photos below are linked to the stories I’ve heard from my relatives. They are stories about  Zionist pioneers, Holocaust survivors, Holocaust victims and about those who were wise to leave Poland and to seek a better life in the USA, Cuba, Brazil and other places.
    I have devoted a page to the list of the family victims. The information was extracted from Yad Vashem pages of testimony.


product image Jankiel Kopiel Kaluzynski

1854 - 1935

Son of Majer Kaluzynski and his first wife Liba Najman.
product image Tauba Epsztajn

1854 - 1839

Jankiel Kopiel Kaluzynski's wife

product image Jankiel Kopiel Kaluzynski Tombstone


Radomsko Jewish Cemetery

product image Abraham Kaluzynski

1865 - 1942

My great grandfather. Son of Majer Kaluzynski and his second wife Laja Dresler.

My great grandmother Frajdla Kaluzynski nee Szczekacz Frajdla Kaluzynski nee Szczekacz.

Abram Kaluzynski's first wife.


My great grandmother

product image Chaja Helena Dzialoszynska

1865 - 1912

Abraham Kaluzynski's second wife

product image Udla Kaluzynski

1865 - about 1942

Married to Szlomo Librowicz

product image Szlomo Librowicz

1859 - about 1909

Szlomo Librowicz was married to Udla Kaluzynski

product image Fajgla Kaluzynski

1886 - ?

Married to Wolf Szperling

product imageWolf Szperling

About 1863 - About 1928

Wolf Szperling married Fajgla Kaluzynski

product image Layzer Kaluzynski Family

Photo - 1923

Layzer Kaluzynski Family

product image Masza Kaluzynski

1873 - ?

Masza Kaluzynski married Szlomo Liberman 0n June 8 1894

product image Szlomo Liberman

About 1868 - ?

Szlomo Liberman married Masza Kaluzynski on June 8, 1894