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You can view outlines showing the descendants of the following families :

(There is an index on the last few pages of each tree, showing the page number where details of each individual can be found,
or you can use the "find" function [CTRL F, or the binocular icon] to find a specific name).


(There is an index on the last few pages of each tree, showing the page number where details of each individual can be found,
or you can use the "find" function [CTRL F, or the binocular icon] to find a specific name.)

You can view ancestor trees of:

Danielle and Lior Ron(and also Aviv and Vered)
Itamar, Amit and Ilai Levy  (and also Aviv and Limor)
Maayan, Lotem and Zoe Segoli  (and also Moran and Mikhal)
 Asher Zelig Klaff

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A letter from Shulamith Goldberg (Siaulaia, Lithuania) to her cousin Dora Shapiro (Johannesburg, South Africa)
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The original letter is in the possession of Shulamit's sister Sarah Olkienitski. Sarah and Shulamith went through the 2nd World War together. They were in the ghetto in Siaulaia, and then in the  concentration camp at Stutthof. The camp was liberated by the Russians in March 1945. Sarah was in a high fever for a couple of weeks, and when she could walk again she found that Shulamith was in hospital and very ill. They were transported in cattle trucks to a place near Moscow, and Shulamith died in a hospital on 1st August 1945. Sarah recovered, and returned to Lithuania in October that year, from where she fled illegally to Poland and then to Munich. Two years later she sailed to Israel on the ill-fated ship "Altalena".

letter 1939
letter 1939

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Sarah Olkienitski gave me 11 postcards from Ukraine to South Africa written by Zelig Goldberg (her grandfather and my great-grandfather) to his daughter Roddeh and husband Isaac Shapiro (my grandparents) in 1915-1916. 
At the time of writing, Zelig Goldberg and his immediate family had moved and were living and working in the Bilopillya (Belopolye) Kiev Province in the Ukraine.  Other family members were still in Lithuania, some in Zeimilis near Sialai (Shavel). The letters were addressed to Isaac Shapiro in Kimberley South Africa. (see picture of address side of one of the postcards.)
In the next few weeks I will post pictures of all the postcards with translations. The contents give a good picture of the hard times faced by our ancestors in Easter Europe at the time of World War I.
One of the postcards is reproduced below, with a translation of the original Russian into English. The Wissotzky referred to is the tea company which still exists today. When the postcards were written the Wissotzky Tea Company, owned and managed by a Jewish Russian family, was the largest tea company in the world, and apparently they helped Jewish families in South Africa (presumably through their agents there) transfer money to relatives in (Russian) Eastern Europe.


Belopolye, 17 December 1915

Dear children! We are all in good health thank God and mother is in good health thank God too.
It is astonishing that we do not receive letters from you. We received
S21 r from you via Wissotzky, Moscow. I wrote to you.
Golde, Leyzer and the children are in good health, thank God. She lives in the city of Kursk 6 hours of travel. Neither we nor they have income.
Write to us about yourselves and about the children. Are you in good health. My address is the city of Belopolye, Charkov Guberniya,
Kladbishenskaya St., House #10, Potetni. I am waiting for your letter.

Father Goldberg.



canlestickegg cups
Doreen's grandfather Leiba Nickel was a wood carver in Slonim, Belarus. His son Julius(Yudel) tells us that he carved by sight without measuring instruments. On a visit to Julius, he showed us this wooden candlestick (on the left), perfectly symetrical, carved by Leiba.
We have a few egg cups carved by Leiba (on the right). We still use them, although it is obvious eggs were much smaller in those days, as only a small part of the egg bottom fits in the cup.
 See Nickel/Nochimovicz family tree.