I suppose this heading is misleading – it is impossible to show the whole cast of characters or even to introduce them all – the best I can do is a few family photos and family descendant trees!

Perl Buchbinder and Moses Silberman

Moses Silberman and Perl Buchbinder

Great-grandparents, Perl Buchbinder and Moses Silberman from Gusiatyn, Galicia and Suceawa, Romania.  Gusiatyn is pronounced “Husiatyn” in Ukrainian, which is where the town is now located.  Moses, like me, is a descendant of Mayer Hersh Silbermann.  To see that tree, click here:  Mayer H Silbermann descendants

The family story tells us that Moses was apprenticed to Perl’s father who was a bookbinder.  Moses and Perl emigrated from Gusiatyn to Suceawa (now in Romania) where he practiced his trade as a bookbinder.  Perl, too, was a bookbinder.  When she arrived in the US in 1928 after Moses’ death, she often bound prayerbooks to preserve the resources and sacred texts at her shul in Brooklyn.  Many decades later, Grandpa Harry did the same at Bayswater Jewish Center in New York.

Blima Grass and Harry Silberman picnic

Blima Grass and Harry Silberman picnic

Grandpa Harry Silberman arrived in the US from Suceawa around 1920 and Grandma Blima Grass arrived in 1921 from what was then Stanislawow.  They met in Brooklyn and married.  Grandma Blima is a descendant of the Gras/Kreisler family, and there are two trees to view:Moses Gros descendants and Markus Braunstein and Sheindel Zweifler Descendants

When Grandma Blima arrived in New York, with her sisters Fanny and Clara, they left behind their parents, Chana & Zelig and 6 brothers and sisters.  Zelig died soon after they arrived and Clara returned to Europe to help her mother care for her siblings.

Zelig Grass

Zelig Grass

Chana was killed, along with almost all her children, their spouses and their children in 1941 by the Nazis.  One of her children, Samuel along with his wife Diana and their son, Eugene, amazingly survived.

Eugene grew up, married and had a daughter of his own, Ella.  She and her family still live in Stanislawow (now called Ivano-Frankivsk).

Gras family abt 1987

Gras family abt 1987

The Moldofsky family arrived in Bklyn in 1910 from Zhitomyr.  Great-grandparents Minnie Farber and Sam Moldawsky with their four children thrived in the US and spread out from Brooklyn to Washington, DC .

Moldofsky Seder circa 1917

Moldofsky Seder circa 1917

Poppa (Barnett Moldofsky – standing, 3rd from rt) married Momma (Sylvia Miller) whose family had arrived in Bklyn in the 1890’s from Viljeka – a place whose location she described as being between Minsk and Pinsk!  Her original family name was Millonchek (choose a spelling, any spelling).  This family married into the Czidovetsky family who became Goldberg!

To view the Moldofsky tree, click here Moldofsky descendants and the Millonchik clan Millonchik descendants

Of course there are more lines – the Farbers, Formans, Kaminers, Zwirns among others.

Momma

Momma

The fuller story of these families was explored in my Doctoral dissertation, “In Living Memory.”  To read that, please send me an email at mytree@relativatree.com .  To learn more about the areas my family lived, visithttp://www.geshergalicia.org/   or http://www.jewishgen.org/Ukraine/

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