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



My Father was Ariel Arieli Kaluzynski.

His mother was Chana Kaluzynski nee Sznajderman.

Her parents were Eliezer Sznajderman and Eygda Sztatler.

Eliezer Sznajderman's parents were Icyk Zelig Sznajderman and Idessa Fajners.

Eygda Sztatler's parents were Mordechai Aharon Sztatler and Symcha Fajner.

Idessa and Symcha were sisters. Their parents were Moska Fayner and Sara Spuwak.

Eygda and Eliezer were first cousins.

The link to the extended Sztatler family is through our great grandmother Eygda Sztatler.

We find records of the Sztatler family members in Olkusz from the beginning of the 18th century.

Later, members of the family moved to Pilica, Zarki, Nowo Radomsk, Bedzin, Zawiercie, Sosnowice, Miechow, Czestochowa, Lodz, Sienno.

product image Eygda Sznajderman nee Sztatler

My Great grandmother

Zawiercie, Poland - 1847 - 1913

Ancestors Chart for Eygda Sztatler

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1919 - 1939

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1919 - 1939

The maps are for 1919 - 1939

Following World War I and the Treaty of Versailles, Poland was re-established as an independent nation after more than 100 years.  This Second Polish Republic (1918-1939) included most of the Kingdom of Poland, plus much additional territory.  It was divided into seventeen provinces, once again called województwa.  The former Kielce and Radom gubernias all became part of Kielce province.  This republic lasted little more than twenty years, as the Nazis occupied the area.

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visited Olkusz in 1935

We don't know the names of the people in the photo.

But we can record here the Sztatler Family members who lived in Olkusz between the years 1907 and 1940.

Sztatler Members, Olkusz 1907-1940

Rafael Sztatler and Tauba nee Poltorak and their children:

Hercka Sztatler - born 1928

Abram Dawid Sztatler - born 1926

Litman Sztatler - born 1929

Hirsz Lejb ztatler - born 1925

Berek Unger and Chaja Rejla Sztatler with their child

Maria Unger - born in 1911

Jakob Dawid Apelsztajn and Estera Malka Sztatler with their children:

Benjamin ApelSztajn - born 1909

Israel Szlama Kalma Apelsztajn - born 1908

Tomiasz Zimel Apesztajn - born 1911

Ruchla Liba Apelsztajn - born 1918

Szlama Apelsztajn - born 1925

Laja Apelsztajn - born in 1933

Nuta Apelsztajn - born in 1921

Szlama Hersz Fuksbruner and Symcha Sztatler and their children:

Golda Fuksbruner - born in 1903, married to Grinbaum Mojzesz in 1927

Srul Fuksbruner - born 1907

Fajgla Fuksbruner - born 1914

Rywka Fuksbruner - born 1911, married to Josek Federman in 1936

Jakob Lejb Fuksbruner - born 1917

Abraham Moszek Fuksbruner - born 1920

Dawid Fuksbruner - born 1923

Infant Fuksbruner - born and died 1909

September 1, 1939 – World War II ignited.
The extended Sztatler Family, before the war, was large. Most of the Sztatler family members who were alive during WWII perished. Few survived. Few members immigrated to Israel. Few members immigrated to the USA before the war or after the war.  I knew few members in Israel and when I started to research the family roots I met or became aware of few more survivors.  I will introduce you to the Sztatler family members who survived the Holocaust in the next chapter.

2002 September
My sister Ora and I visited Olkusz.  We didn’t find Jewish traces. The cemetery space was an empty green field. We came out of a visit to Olkusz Municipality with empty hands.

Olkusz Town's center - 2002
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Sztatler Pages of Testimony - The Hall of Names