The Family of Symcha Szczekacz and Brandla Kremski



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.

Fela Kaluzynski

Minutes from Fela Kluzynski's Life in Photos

Fela Kaluzynski

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 Family of Symcha Szczekacz and Brandla Kremski

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Symcha Szczekacz (1860-1918)
Brandla Kremski (1865-1948)

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Grave of Brandla (Krenski) Szczekacz,
wife of Symcha Szczekacz,
in Enfield Cemetery, North London, England. Taken in 2001.

SYMCHA SZCZEKACZ was born on 01 Feb 1860 in Czestochowa, Poland. He died about 1918. He
married Brandla Krenski, daughter of Yehuda Leib Krenski and Ruchla Prusicka on 19 Feb 1883 in
Czestochowa, Poland. She was born on 13 Aug 1865 in Czestochowa, Poland. She died on 11 Jun
1948 in London, England.

Symcha Szczekacz and Brandla Krenski had the following children:

i. BAILA SZCZEKACZ was born about 1885 in Czestochowa, Poland. She died about
1942 in Treblinka, Poland. She married JOSEF WAJSBERG. He was born on 10 Nov
1882 in Plawno, Poland. Baila and Josef Wajsberg had four children: Rywka Ruchla, Berek Bernard, Benjamin Wolf and Izrael Nachman.


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Regina (Rywka Ruchla Wajsberg) granddaughter of Symcha Szczekacz and
her grandson Adrian Zak
Montevideo, 1998

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Family of Symcha Szczekacz and Brandla Kremski
Czestochowa, Poland, about 1918
Top Row: The Eldest daughter, Baila Szczekacz and her husband Josef Wajsberg
The youngest daughters: Ruchla, Zisla and Lily
Sitting right to left: Symcha and Brandla with three of their grandchildren:
Standing: Regina (Rywka Ruchla), Bernard (Berek) and Benjamin sitting.


ii. RIFKA SZCZEKACZ was born about 1888. She died on 21 Oct 1953. She married
SAMUEL ALTMAN. He was born about 1885. He died on 17 Jan 1951.

iii. NACHMAN SZCZEKACZ was born about Apr 1892. He died on 14 May 1892 in
Czestochowa, Poland.

iv. ANNIE HENDEL SZCZEKACZ was born about 1896. She died on 04 Apr 1975. She
married JOSEF YEHUDA KOSKY. He died on 01 Jul 1964.

v. ESTER SZCZEKACZ was born on 15 May 1896 in Czestochowa, Poland. She died
about 1993 in Paris, France. She married DAVID VROCLANS.


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Czestochowa, Poland - About 1927
Top Row: Baila and Josef Wajsberg's children:
Berek, Regina,Benjamin and Izrael Nachman
Bottom Row: The son of Ester Szczekacz - Bernard and her husband Dawid Vroclans
Baila Szczekacz and Josef Wajsberg

vi. RACHEL SZCZEKACZ was born on 26 Aug 1899 in Czestochowa, Poland. She died in
Concentration Camp. She married but her husband name is unknown.

vii. ZISLA SZCZEKACZ was born on 02 Aug 1903 in Czestochowa, Poland. She married

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Top Row, right to left:Ryfka Szczekacz, her husband Samuel Altman and
their son Dawid Altman
On the left: Zisla Szczekacz
Sitting: their mother Brandla Szczekacz nee Kremski

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London 1946
Top Row: Simone Calecki daughter of Zisla Szczekacz
and Benjamin Wajsberg - son of Baila Szczekacz
Bottom Row: Zisla Szczekacz, Brandla Szczekacz nee remski and Genia - Benjamin's wife

viii. LILY SZCZEKACZ was born on 22 Oct 1906 in Czestochowa, Poland. She died on 18
Feb 1992. She married WOOFIE KOSKY