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Monday 11/21/2011 5:06:48pm

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Howard

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My great-grandfather, Eluzer Finkelstein, was a Founding Member of the Stuchiner Young Men's Benevolent Association in New York. I inherited a plaque containing his picture and the society's title. I also inherited a silver Kiddish cup with the title of society engraved; the cup was used at my children's Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.


Sunday 7/31/2011 9:55:20pm

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Wendy

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Too bad my grandfather isn't here to look at this wonderful website. Thank you so much for putting it together and maintaining it. My grandfather left Poland in the early 1900's, eventually making his way to NYC. His father, Velvl Zaborowski was a blacksmith in town. One of the many stories my father told me was of a metal tree his grandfather, Velvl, sculpted for the gravesite of a young Pole. I imagine it's still there in the Catholic cemetery.


Sunday 6/19/2011 5:40:01pm

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Alan

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Queens, New York

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I could not even start to thank you for this wonderful site you have created. I am the grandson of Abraham and Tauba Rosengart (Rosengard in the US). They immigrated to NYC 8 years apart. My grandfather first in 1913, then my grandmother along with my uncle Rubin in 1921. It is amazing to connect with their homeland and see where they lived. I only wish that they and their children were still hear to see this wonderful site.
Please keep up the great site and I will be back often hoping for more fact and photos.


Saturday 9/11/2010 1:06:26pm

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Rich Goldsmith

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Pompano Beach, Florida

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Great Site, I have been looking for this town for years. It is where my great grandparents were from. It is pretty comprehensive considering the time and history of the area. Thank you


Sunday 6/27/2010 3:25:59pm

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Bob Richer

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East Brunswick, NJ, USA

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Dear Sir:

Have spent more than two hours so far on your site; It is not possible to estimate the time that it took you to develop and maintain it. I am extremely excited about many features on the site; only one of which is the capability to contact other researchers of the same families, in my case the Szejnberg and Beker families. Thank you so much for this wonderful tool and source of knowledge.
Bob


Tuesday 3/9/2010 3:21:59pm

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Diana Harrison

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Hod Hasharon, Israel

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I was very moved by your excellent website. My grandmother's family was from Szczuczyn, but until I found your site I knew very little. Her parents were Haim Nehemia Pollack and Miriam Pollack, who had five children, Salman, Reuven, Beila, Rivka (my grandmother) and Toibeh. All left Szczuczyn for the UK except Beila. She married twice, each time to a Rabbi and had one child by each marriage, a daughter called Fruma and a son Moishe Shmuel, but I do not know their family names. Fruma was about forty years old when Hitler invaded and letters from her stopped arriving, but my family never found out what end she or her brother came to. If anyone reading this can tell me anything about them I would be very grateful.


Saturday 2/27/2010 4:30:27am

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Eyal Arubas

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Israel

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Thank you for this website.
My grandfather came from Szczuczyn (Finally i know how to spell it).
I'm now starting to seek some information on his family (Sosnowski), and this seems like a great place to start.
If anyone knows anything about the Sosnowski family, please contact me.


Tuesday 11/11/2008 6:54:50am

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Estrean Broyard Cannon

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Edgard, Louisiana

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I went to see the exhibit at the WWII Museum in New Orleans, and I bought the book. I have always been interested in the Jewish people. I had a lot of Jewish people in my life when I was growing up who I loved dearly. They are no longer with me, and I miss them a lot. This is a wonderful website, and my life has been enriched just by clicking a button. Thank you so much. The book is wonderful, and I am teaching my grandson about The Jewish people. I want him to know how warm and kind they are.


Friday 7/27/2007 8:03:46pm

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Lynn Orlowski Cutress

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Webster, MA USA

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I found your website while searching for information on my grandfather Stanley Orlowski, son of Peter Orlowski and Jessee Pablowska. My grandfather also went under the name of John Drenzek after his biological father, Peter was killed and his mother remarried. I didn't know the name of his town until recently when I came across his draft card with Szuzcyn listed as his town. I at least got to see pictures of where he came from. Very nice website.


Saturday 7/21/2007 6:13:31pm

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Isaac Tetenbaum

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Brooklyn, NY ----> Los Angeles, CA

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Wow! To think that all these people around the world have roots in this Polish town. I'm a pianist and student, son of Abraham Tetenbaum the playwright. His father is Dr. Herbert Tetenbaum. My great grandfather Isaac, for which I am named, emigrated from Poland at the turn of the century.

Great website!


Thursday 7/12/2007 11:08:32pm

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June Brumer

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Oakland, California, US

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This is a most helpful website; thank you, Jose Gutstein! I will be visiting Szczuczyn during the last week of August of this year, with my daughters. My mother was born in Szczuczyn in 1902; she came to the US with her parents, Jacob Horowitz and Ida Gabelman Horowitz in 1911. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who has visited recently, or who may know of this family. Thanks so much. June Brumer, Oakland, California


Sunday 7/01/2007 11:13:19pm

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Bill Krul

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Michigan, USA

Comments:

Very nice website--and helpful. Grandmother (Marianna Bukowski) born in Szczuczyn in 1896 and G-Grandmother, Jozefa Grajewska in 1870 in nearby Czarnówek. Grandfather, Frank Starzynski born in nearby Korejwa in 1892. My cousin and I hope to visit Szczuczyn in Sept. of this year (2007) and hope someone in the area can respond and help with our visit.


Thursday 2/08/2007 1:36:11pm

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Brad Rubin

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Woodbury, Minnesota, USA

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Jose has done an outstanding job assembling this website and gathering the information behind it. It is interesting and informative, and provides a context for my genealogical facts. My two favorite features are the studies of alternative town names (which can be a major research obstacle) and the potential to network with other researchers. Great Work! -- Brad Rubin


Sunday 12/31/2006 9:30:38am

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Mark Chelchowski

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Poland/Germany

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Your page is wonderful: content and design. I have found Chelchovski surname here. Can you or anybody else give me more information about this family, their history and what they do in present time. I have found in Ellis Island database Basia Chelchowska. Would be happy for more information about her.


Sunday 10/15/2006 7:28:32pm

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Michelle Cohen

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Location:

Chicago, IL USA

Comments:

My children and I enjoyed viewing your photos. I am the granddaughter of Lejba (Louis) Awensztern. He was a wonderful man.


Monday 8/14/2006 5:38:52pm

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Danny Beris

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Jerusalem, Israel

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Hi Jose,
I have just started browsing through the website and found several pictures of both my grandparents, Chaim Berys and Dvora Tetenbaum, who immigrated to Australia in 1938. Other relatives I found are the Leizerson and Pikel families. I'll have to visit again, and soon!
Keep up the good work.


Monday 5/15/2006 10:17:58pm

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Joelann (Gawel) Smith

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Murphysboro, US

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You have a very extensive site and I found it very interesting and informative. Keep up the good work. P.S. my great grandmother is Frances Grabowski. The surname is on your site but I didn't see any info.


Saturday 11/05/2005 5:39:04pm

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Russ

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Houston, Texas, USA

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I just saw the photographic exhibit about Szczuczyn at the holocaust museum in Houston, which mentioned this website. The museum exhibit was good, and since I am moving to Poland soon, it was especially interesting and moving. Dziekuje.


Monday 5/09/2005 3:39:38am

Name:

Clarita Malchi (Wapinski)

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Ramat Hasharon, Israel

Comments:

Dear Jose:
I don't stop admiring your work. I signed in a few years ago when you first started and see now your new job. You are exceptional and I am sure that each of us, Wapinski descendants, will appreciate forever what you are doing. Wish I could do more to help or cooperate with you. Please keep on.... for the sake of all of us who are still here and for the sake of the future and so our descendants will also know...


Monday 3/28/2005 9:43:59pm

Name:

Esther Simmonds

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Rockville, MD

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I am the granddaughter of Yitzchak Moishe Wapinski and the daughter of his eldest son, Chaim. I am also of the "Vaupen" branch. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a window on the past - much gratitude for your efforts in capturing a piece of our history!


Sunday 3/27/2005 11:45:17pm

Name:

Joanne Prass-Jones

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Location:

Fremont, CA

Comments:

My Grandfather, Abraham (Harry) Barres, came to the United States from Szczuczyn through Galveston and settled in Minneapolis. This website is great.


Sunday 3/27/2005 9:03:21am

Name:

Hy Vaupen

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Location:

Cooper City, Florida, USA

Comments:

I am proudly part of the Wapinski/Vaupen family tree, with large roots from Szczuczyn. Jose, I want to thank you for your efforts at retaining an important historical memoir and link for current and future generations.


Tuesday 6/29/2004 9:14:52pm

Name:

Dianne B. Stillman

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Scarsdale, New York

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I am the great-granddaughter of Moyshe David Korzhenkovski (sp.?) The name was changed to Korenstein at Ellis Island for the American contingent. My brother, David Stillman, named for him, just alerted me to this website. I am awed by your work. We will search among my mother's photos for additional ones from Szczuczyn. Thank you so much for your efforts. I am so curious about what made you begin this work.


Sunday 6/27/2004 7:20:38pm

Name:

Margaret

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Joliet, Illinois, U.S.

Comments:

Bardzo ciekawa strona. Jest tyle w niej historii,o ktorej nie mielismy pojecia. Moj maz Robert D. spedzil w Szczuczynie pierwsze szesc lat swojego dziecinstwa, mieszkajac z babcia. Bardzo milo wspomina te czasy...

Translation:

Very interesting website. In it there is so much information about the past that we knew nothing about. My husband, Robert D. spend the first 6 years of his childhood in Szczuczyn living with his grandmother. He has very fond memories from that period.

Tuesday 5/25/2004 10:18:46pm

Name:

Sandra (Kyman) Krystal

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New York City

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What a wonderful tribute to exceptional human beings. My grandfather Schmul Kyman and his wife and children all left for the US long before Naziism. But my Uncle Shimon stayed the longest and your site has a few pictures of him which certainly made me cry - remembering this erudite, gentle, loving uncle. He lost his wife and sons in the camps and when Chaya Golding came to America they married. So the letter that is on your site is from my Aunt Helen whom I knew as a dynamic, vivacious woman. I cannot believe she lived through all that is outlined in her letter. We were very close and she took me shopping in Manhattan until I was well into my late teens. She was great fun but, oh, my Uncle Shimon - he was such a fine, soft-spoken man whose heart was broken as he never got over the loss of his first wife and his sons.
Thank you so much for this excellent site. I wish you were able to gather more pictures; they are such treasures.


Thursday 4/29/2004 0:50:15am

Name:

Norm Kayman

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Melbourne, Australia

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My daughter Selina told me about you and your research on Szczuczyn. I am grateful to you; what a rich communal and cultural life existed there! My father would not talk about Poland and his lost friends and family, but my children and grand-children need to know what life was like in Szczuczyn. Thanks a million.
Hope to meet you at the exhibition in New Orleans in 2005. Norm.


Tuesday 2/24/2004 4:10:48am

Name:

Anna Andersson

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Landskrona, Sweden

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Thanks for great website. I would like to receive some information about my fathers Henryk Gierszko Sosnowski family who lived in Szczuczyn before the 2 war: Lejzor and Jospa Sosnowski.
Please contact me. Thanks.
B.Rgds/Anna Andersson


Wednesday 1/28/2004 2:08:16am

Name:

Anna Chorosz

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Location:

New Britain, CT, USA

Comments:

I lived in Szczuczyn all my life until I moved to us in 98. You did an excellent work, please feel free to email me.


Thursday 1/08/2004 10:39:27pm

Name:

Alan J Stern

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Halifax, Canada

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Hello Jose!

I continue to visit the site and admire your excellent work. Of course I enjoy looking at the Awensztern family in the context of other families from Szczuczyn.

Best regards, Alan J Stern


Tuesday 12/30/2003 7:32:10pm

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Phyllis Rosner

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Dear Mr. Gutstein:

Thank you for doing the site, "In Memory of Szczuczyn, Poland." I am writing a fictional account of a family that migrated to the States during that period when so many did and only luck and your hard work had me find this treasure of a site. Thank you. Fay's story, is it Felice, is by far more moving than my fiction although my work has a different emphasis. Please thank the person for me for writing it. Is she still alive? I think her plight, w/ its realism re the Polish neighbors, and her fantastic Mother, and equally fabulous young girl that she was, and the pitching in of all the relatives, would make a wonderful book for Young Adults.

Thanks again.

Phyllis Rosner

Wednesday 12/29/2003 11:21:13pm

Name:

M Bodenstein

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Brooklyn, NY USA

Comments:

My step-father, Rabbi Avrohom Yitzchok Lincberg born in Shtutsin, just passed away in Paris France, where he was the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Yosef. He is buried on Har Hamenuchos in Jerusalem, Israel. He studied in many of the famous Yeshivos in Poland including Bialystok, Nevardok. There is an Avrohom Lincberg living in Israel today who was a cousin to my step-father. It was wonderful seeing your home page as we really got a feeling of where he came from. Thank you.


Tuesday 12/23/2003 4:48:39pm

Name:

Peter

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Szczuczyn, Poland

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At first I have to say thanks for such a great website. I live in Szczuczyn, but I didn't know many of these informations about my hometown. I have a grandma, who was in captivity for years. Maybe, I could help with bringing some new photos or some other memorials.


Friday 12/12/2003 2:24:54pm

Name:

Adaire Klein

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www.wiesenthal.com/library

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Location:

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Comments:

Referred by Mike Marvins in Houston. Fascinating photographs and a great website.


Sunday 8/03/2003 0:16:03am

Name:

Flavia Berys

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Southern California

Comments:

Hello! Great site. I know next to nothing about my ancestry, but I do know that my grandparents on my dad's side are from Poland. I looked up my last name on a search engine and your site came up. I'm sure there is some connection... well, this is a great site and thanks for sharing this info with the world!


 

Wednesday 7/30/2003 7:09:44pm

Name:

Linda Berris

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Chicago, IL

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My father, Benjamin Berris (born Berek Berys) was born in Szczuczyn in 1902, and emigrated to the U.S. with his family c. 1907. I have been enjoying and learning from this site for a very long time now, and it's time I thanked you publicly, Jose, for your amazing work. This site, along with the site on Radzilow, are an amazing portal into a once-beautiful but now-lost world. Without people like you to help preserve it, most of us would have no way to trace it.


 

Monday 7/28/2003 2:56:35pm

Name:

Michal

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Location:

Jersey City

Comments:

I think this is an awesome website of Szczuczyn. I was born in Szczuczyn in 1981 and have migrated to US in 1993. It is great to share these memories with everyone who visited this website. I think the author did a phenomenal job in regards to history, pictures, and the information gathered. I tip my hat to the author. Good luck to all who have visited this awesome website.


 

Friday 6/27/2003 2:09:27pm

Name:

Sam Berry

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San Diego, Ca.

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Was referred to your website by my cousin Audrey Berry Bernstein. My father Abe Berry (Berys) came from Szczuczyn. His father was Chaim Laibl Berys. My uncle Chatskel Berys (a coppersmith) was killed by the Poles.

Jose, this website is magnificent. Thank you for a great job.


 

Thursday 6/26/2003 6:38:27pm

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Sandra Barton Bialostocky

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GREAT WEB SITE! AMAZING INFO!


 

Wednesday 5/07/2003 6:06:35pm

Name:

Rita Hilu

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Brooklyn, NY

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Jose, I don't have words of appreciation for all the extraordinary work you have done, thank you for all the memories. My dream is to go visit my father's SHTETELE.
My father, BENJAMIN SZEJNBERG was born in SZCZUCZYN in 1909. He was the son of
ISRAEL MORDECHAI SZEJNBERG and NECHE ELENSZTEJN. He was the only one that left town and came to Argentina in 1929. My father died in 1964 in Argentina. In 1982 my husband Leon, my 3 daughters and me, moved to the USA, and since then we live in Brooklyn, NY. Thanks, Rita (Szeinberg) Hilu.


 

Thursday 5/01/2003 8:19:53pm

Name:

Audrey Berry (Berys) Bernstein

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New York City

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Referred by relatives. Your photos add to what we saw at the Jewish Museum exhibition in NY last summer. I will spend more time at this sight--and refer other relatives.


 

Friday 4/11/2003 10:26:30pm

Name:

Charles Gamson

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My parents were at the fifty year party, and I have a picture just like the one you showed, I will look for it. My family name is Gamzon.


 

Thursday 12/19/2002 10:02:37pm

Name:

Shira Muhlstein

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Location:

Valley Glen, CA USA

Comments:

To my great-uncle Martin Wengrofsky and family. My parents, Herman and Perla Muhlstein, sent me this website to look at. It is very interesting. I am now in Israel for my year in Seminary. I will I"YH be going to Poland at the end of March and will take pictures to hopefully add to the photo gallery. I think it is very important to have a website like this to keep the memory of all our relatives alive and see the people who I am named after. Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in making this website available to be viewed.

Sincerely, Shira Yael Tzirl Malka Muhlstein


 

Saturday 11/16/2002 10:54:09pm

Name:

Susan Romain Speirs

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Paradise Valley, Arizona

Comments:

It is fascinating to know more about our family's history.


 

Wednesday 10/02/2002 5:00:40pm

Name:

Dafna Furst

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Location:

Jerusalem/Israel

Comments:

After viewing the web, we felt we have to go back, and see it all... for the first time, my mother who is now 85, wanted to go back! She left when she was 17, to come to Israel. We went there, not much changed!!! The same streets and houses are standing there... and no Jews.

We took some photos, they will arrive soon, through Ellen Massie, my cousin's wife, her mother-in-law, Felice Massie and my mother Hana Mazor are the Ozorowitch sisters: Fela and Hanka.

Thank you for the great work you have done.


 

Thursday 09/05/2002 2:25:05am

Name:

Dorothy Leivers

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Location:

UK

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I have been visiting this site regularly since it first went on-line and I am still learning from it. It is a treasure- like a good book which you reread and always find something you've missed. Thank you so much Jose....the hours you put into creating this page and to helping other researchers is an inspiration.

Dorothy


 

Saturday 08/31/2002 11:39:27am

Name:

Mark Gerson

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UK

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Very impressed with the website and all the painstaking research you have put into it. It is a wonderful piece of work. The information is greatly appreciated.
My father was born in Szczuczyn in 1876 and left for South Africa in the late 1880s. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who knows about the Gerson family in Szczuczyn, in particular my aunt Raitsa Gerson, who we know little about.


 

Saturday 08/17/2002 5:28:10pm

Name:

Lisa Schwartz ,Sandy Cohen, Carol Romoff

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New City, NY USA

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Our mother and grandmother was from Szczuczyn. Her name was Chana Frydman. She and her sister, Dora, came to America around 1927. Their brother Jack came a few years later. Their mother and younger sister were murdered by their Polish neighbors. Their sole surviving first cousins, Dov and Minna Ben Itzchak live in Ramat Efal in Israel.


 

Wednesday 08/14/2002 7:10:14am

Name:

Leo Sawicki

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Sydney, Australia

Comments:

My late father Chaim was born there and his father was Isaac the grain merchant. Chaim and his sister, Chaike are on the cover and rear plate of the book "Lives Remembered - A Shetl through a photographer's eye.


 

Tuesday 08/06/2002 3:55:51am

Name:

Ashley Kissin

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Location:

Ilford Essex, England

Comments:

My Grandmother Sarah Rosenbaum daughter of Rabbi Yitzchok Hershl Rosenbaum came to England just before WW1. This web site takes us back to those time and is a 1st class insight to what it was like before WW2.


 

Saturday 07/27/2002 1:36:24am

Name:

Moshe Karmin

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Location:

Rishon Le Zion, Israel

Comments:

Very important contribution to our knowledge. Is your next project will be Grajewo? Keep On doing your great historical works.


 

Tuesday 07/09/2002 4:32:22am

Name:

Ivan (Yitzchak) Kaiman

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Location:

Boynton Beach, Florida USA

Comments:

My father and his family come from this shtetl. My mother and her family come from Lomza. Father's name:Yaakov Yeshua Mother's name: Fruma Malka Alperovich


 

Saturday 07/06/2002 11:26:15pm

Name:

Howard I. Edelson

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Location:

Plainview, New York 11803

Comments:

My faher Saul edelson was born in Szczuczyn in 1894, his parents were Mordecai Edelson and Sheina Magit ,his brothers Morris, Louis, Issie and sister Jane came to he U.S. between 1912 & 1920. He came here in 1910.I found your site very interesting.


 

Wednesday 05/22/2002 9:56:05am

Name:

David Herson

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www.herson.co.uk

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Location:

Cheltenham, England

Comments:

Delighted to find this most interesting site at last. Well done! We're trying to find out more about the Gersons (last known address 5 Church St.) Particularly Harris (Zvi Meir) Gerson and his sons Isaac and Joseph (my own great-grandfather.) Our main interest is in the family during the 19th century.


Monday 5/20/2002 3:16:51pm

Name:

Chris Parypa

E-Mail:

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Homepage URL:

http://www.chrisparypa.com

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Location:

Szczuczyn

Comments:

Hallo every one I'm Chris I live in Szczuczyn I'm 20 years old man and now I study in Bialystok. I born in Szczuczyn in 1982. I was very happy when I find this page because I never see site about my family city. I was in New York City because there live my grandfather. I know many Jews, I Love Jewish culture and I Love Israel... If someone want know anything about present Szczuczyn please write me mail... PEACE, LOVE, EMPATION !!!!


Saturday 5/11/2002 10:07:26pm

Name:

Stanley Bernstein

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Location:

Syosset, NY 11791

Comments:

Excellent. Son David told me about it. I hope he sent you the disk with the picture of my mother's house as well as her memoirs.


Tuesday 4/30/2002  4:51:01pm

Name:

Bruce Zatz

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Location:

Monsey, NY USA

Comments:

You've done it again. The site is truly fantastic. I expect to re-visit the site many times in the future. What a treasure!


Tuesday 4/30/2002 8:18:41am

Name:

Galila-Clarita Malchi

E-Mail:

galmal@netvision.net.il

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Location:

Ramat Hasharon, Israel

Comments:

Dear Jose:

I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to sign in and express my admiration and gratitude for the exceptional work you have done. I am so happy that I am in touch with you and that I could contribute with the photos of my dear Wapinski family. I am sure that all of us descendants of Szczuczyn and Grajewo ancestors - the Wapinskis - will treasure the work done.


Monday 4/29/2002 1:46:57am

Name:

Nathan Kronenberg

E-Mail:

nkrone7551@aol.com

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Location:

Bellingham, WA

Comments:

My son located your site. My Father was born and spent the first part of his life there before immigrating to the U.S Born in 1886 and his Father Shimon Kronenberg was born there in about 1857. Still researching. Thanks for the opportunity to view all this history.


Sunday 4/28/2002 11:59:29am

Name:

Linda Saegert

E-Mail:

linda.saegert@verizon.net

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Location:

Valley Stream, NY USA

Comments:

What a wonderful piece of work. To see where all of my relatives were from and how they lived is priceless to me. Thank you.


Friday 4/26/2002 6:30:57pm

Name:

Judith Kubran

E-Mail:

jkubran@aol.com

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Friend

Location:

Brooklyn, New York

Comments:

Jose, what you have provided here is an extraordinary visual and tangible access to our roots. Words spoken by my mother, Lea Amrofel, have come to life. Thank you for your dedication to this enormous task. Beyond fabulous!


Sunday 4/21/2002 0:36:11am

Name:

Mina Goodman (Gutman)

E-Mail:

linder@ozemail.com.au

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Friend

Location:

Sydney, Australia

Comments:

I am the little girl on the right of a picture on page 2 of the photographs. I was aged 4 in that kindergarden picture of 1923. Thank you for the opportunity to revisit my friends nd hometown.


Sunday 4/21/2002 0:15:54am

Name:

Felice Oserowicz Massie

E-Mail:

Ellenm626@aol.com

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Friend

Location:

San Mateo, CA

Comments:

Dear Jose,

I thank you very much to give me a chance to look through the past inhabitants of Szczuczyn where I was born, raised, and went to grammar school, and enjoyed my close, warm friends, who if alive, would remember me well. Alas most of the young and old no longer inhabit our living world. Time heals all suffering from the past and it was a joy to contemplate the photographs of these people. Thanks to you, dear Mr. Gutstein, your well documented and aesthetically arranged work gave me great pleasure for which I thank you immensely. With best wishes and gratitude, Felice Massie


Wednesday 4/17/2002 7:36:18am

Name:

Saul Marks

E-Mail:

saulmarks@hotmail.com

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Location:

Northern England

Comments:

First Radzilow, then Wizna, now Szczuczyn - where next for this man? Jedwabne?! Jose - you're a legend!


Tuesday 4/16/2002 11:54:39pm

Name:

Rena Panush

E-Mail:

rapan@optonline.net

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E-Mail

Location:

Florham Pk, NJ and Arlington, VT

Comments:

How nice that the Forward mentioned the photo exhibit. My daughter noticed it and let the large Panush clan know about it and the website. We've heard about this stetle for years and even visited it maybe 10 years ago. Thanks for the hard work on the site.


Tuesday 4/16/2002 8:29:00pm

Name:

Phyllis Blumenfeld

E-Mail:

Pblumenfeld@msn.com

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E-Mail

Location:

Brooklyn, NY

Comments:

I just went through all the pictures and I have to tell you that they brought tears to my eyes just for the fact that most of them are not here and did not live long enough to enjoy the life they had in Poland. I have similar pictures from Wisnicz where my father's uncles and children & grandchildren that he never saw or knew lived. One of the surviving grandchildren out of the 40 sends me pictures from Israel where the lucky ones live. Whenever I see these pictures all I can think of is that a way of life which was so beautiful has been lost forever.


Sunday 4/14/2002 7:59:25pm

Name:

Rachel Panush

E-Mail:

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Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Comments:

My grandfather and his family emigrated from this town prior to the Holocaust. I visited with my family several years ago.


Friday 4/12/2002 4:08:04pm

Name:

Mike & Mickey Marvins

E-Mail:

marvins@pdq.net

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Houston, TX

Comments:

Dear Jose,

The Szczuczyn website is a real historical document and a major accomplishment on your part. The pictures will give everyone an important insight into the way their ancestors lived. I'm sure many people have found "new" relatives already or now know what long lost relatives looked like! I'm even prouder that almost all the pictures were made by my Grandfather, Zalman Kaplan, Szczuczyn's photographer from 1895 until 1941. Congratulations and sincere thanks for all your help.


 

Friday 04/12/2002 1:35:18am

Name:

Lisette Datnow

E-Mail:

shain@global.co.za

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E-Mail

Location:

South Africa

Comments:

Jose,

All your wonderful work. Thank you so much and so many people have been inspired by your work.

Lisette


Thursday 4/11/2002 6:33:56pm

Name:

Yitzchok Panitz

E-Mail:

kpanitz@sylmark.com

Referred By:

E-Mail

Location:

Los Angeles, USA

Comments:

Hi Jose. This is a wonderful web site! Congratulations for a job well done, and keep up the good work.


Thursday 4/11/2002 7:48:00am

Name:

Liz Goodman

E-Mail:

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Location:

Palmerston North, New Zealand

Comments:

My husband and I have spent this evening travelling through Szczuczyn on your wonderful website - and have much yet to read. We can not believe how much information you have gathered to share with those of us who have links to this town. The photos are a treasure. We are so grateful and excited that the few stories we have, are being confirmed through your meticulous research and we can begin through the maps and pictures and stories to visualise and enlarge the stories we have. Thank you so very much for your dedicated work to preserve our history for us, our children and grandchildren.


Wednesday 4/10/2002 4:15:59pm

Name:

Gene Cooper

E-Mail:

genecoopers@aol.com

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

New York, NY

Comments:

Dear Jose, My family and I want to thank you for your Szczuczyn website. The sensitive and comprehensive presentation generated an excitement in accessing and appreciating my mother's roots. My mother, Esther Kyman Cooper and her sister, Lily Kyman Goldberg, came to America from Szczuczyn in 1930 when they were in their early 20's. Your website filled in much of what their early life was like. Have been to the museum exhibit as well. Saw photos of family and friends of my mother. All this has opened much for me and my family. Was able to find out about all of this through the help of Carolyn Kaiman Rosenstein. Many thanks again. Gene Cooper (Grandson of Shaiyoudell and Rachel Kyman)


Friday 4/05/2002 11:21:34pm

Name:

Kay Denmark

E-Mail:

kdenmark8@hotmail.com

Referred By:

Just Surfed In

Location:

NY, NY

Comments:

Thank you. I already knew that the Denemarks were vital in the town (especially Yankl Denemark) but your site only reinforced that fact in all its sadness. I have one small photo of Yankl Denemark and another relative taken in 1932 (or 37 -- his handwriting was kind of messy to decipher) on what appears to be an Hakshara. I will try and get a copy to you. I'm still trying to learn how Yankl earned a living. He seemed to be very busy on committees, etc. Thank you.


Friday 4/05/2002 7:56:00am

Name:

Susana Zaritzky

E-Mail:

susz@barak-online.net

Referred By:

E-Mail

Location:

Mevaseret Tzion, Israel

Comments:

Thank you so much Jose, for creating this tribute to our past. My son is doing in these days a school work named "shorashim" that means "roots", and your web site will be added to his work. You have honored my Sztern family including them into your touching work. Thank you again.


Tuesday 4/02/2002 3:24:29am

Name:

Geoffrey Cohen

E-Mail:

glcohen@actom.co.il

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Raanana, Israel

Comments:

Thanks for an excellent web site. Have been told about your site by sister-in-law. My Grandfather - Yankel Moshe Dumai (Dumaj) came from Szczuczyn but changed his name to Silverston when he emigrated to England (his wife didn't like the name Dumai).


Monday 4/01/2002 4:11:13pm

Name:

Phyllis Smith

E-Mail:

eastonsre@aol.com

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Hamden, CT, USA

Comments:

What a wonderful site. We just returned from seeing the marvelous photographic exhibit of Szczuczyn and were delighted to see two family members Chaim and Chaike Sawicki included in the photographs. The other family name was Schwartzberg. This is a wonderful site.


Sunday 3/31/2002 3:49:31am

Name:

Nava Shenkman

E-Mail:

navas@zahav.net.il

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Tel-Aviv, Israel

Comments:

Dear Jose, marvelous and excited to read the stories and memories (specially my aunt's Felice Ozerowich) and to look at the photos that give a view of my family's history to my generation.


Sunday 3/31/2002 1:27:27am

Name:

Shirley Holton

E-Mail:

RandSHolton@cs.com

Referred By:

E-Mail

Location:

London UK

Comments:

I have heard of Szczuczyn all my life - from my grandfather and later from my mother-in-law whose father came from there. Our family names of interest are Ajminski, Sendzin and Dumaj. Many many thanks for all your hard work in assembling this wonderful compilation.


Friday 3/29/2002 6:52:10am

Name:

Hadasa Nachman

E-Mail:

hadnac@yahoo.com.au

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Israel

Comments:

This is a fantastic effort. My mother is from Szczuczyn and I have heard stories from her of what a rich (not necessarily in the monetary sense) life the community had, the destruction of which is a blight on mankind. Keep up the great work of never letting the memory die.


Wednesday 3/27/2002 1:26:45am

Name:

Naomi Gustafson

E-Mail:

readnspeed@aol.com

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Irvine, California

Comments:

Thank you for the most wonderful website, photos and information. My family and future generations will cherish the work and effort you have created for all of us to share. Thanks to Arlene Wiener Feller...a new found cousin and Szczuczyn detective !


Monday 3/25/2002 10:05:12am

Name:

Arlene Wiener Feller

E-Mail:

arlenewiener@comcast.net

Referred By:

E-Mail

Location:

Scotch Plains, NJ

Comments:

The website is wonderful. It transports me to my roots and where I began. The goosebumps are still lingering from seeing the photographs of my Ajminski Great-Grandparents in the collection. Thank you.


Saturday 3/23/2002 12:22:41am

Name:

Rafal Augustynowicz

E-Mail:

xaliennycx@aol.com

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

New York

Comments:

I want to say hallo to my friends and all people in Szczuczyn!


Monday 3/18/2002 7:57:53pm

Name:

Buz and Libby Marvins

E-Mail:

LibBuz@aol.com

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Houston, Texas, USA

Comments:

As the grandson of Zalman Kaplan, who made most of the photographs on this website, it is a real pleasure to see the work you've done and the photographs you've collected. We've just returned from the opening of the related show, Lives Remembered, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Your website, and this exhibit really bring the town back to life. I hope many of you will view the exhibit.


Friday 3/15/2002 2:13:23pm

Name:

Shepard (Szeraszew) Vineburg

E-Mail:

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Los Angeles, California USA

Comments:

Thanks to you Jose I feel like a proud Szeraszew descendant from the towns of Szczuczyn and Radzilow. Perhaps one day I'll even be lucky enough to travel there and see for myself!


Thursday 3/14/2002 11:55:09am

Name:

Roy Warshawsky

E-Mail:

roywar@juno.com

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Lombard, IL

Comments:

Jose, You have created another winner here. The detail is unprecedented. Keep up the good work.


Saturday 3/09/2002 8:06:07pm

Name:

Carolyn Kaiman Rosenstein

E-Mail:

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Comments:

Dear Jose,

Your Szczuczyn website is fantastic!!!! Thank you for making it. I especially appreciated your list of names from Ellis Island. I'll use it to double-check whether or not I found everyone that I was looking for.

Carolyn


Saturday 3/09/2002 5:03:56pm

Name:

Jessica Workman

E-Mail:

glyph.monkey@verizon.net

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Burlington, Vermont, USA

Comments:

Beautiful job! This site is a gift to all of those researching Szczuczyn (including myself). Your hard work, dedication, and love for the region come out in this project. Thank you!!!


Friday 2/01/2002 11:32:14pm

Name:

Ellen Massie

E-Mail:

Ellen626@aol.com

Referred By:

Friend

Location:

Mill Valley, USA

Comments:

Absolutely magnificent Jose!!! I give you a million thanks for all the care, hard work, and wonderful dedication to all those who lived in Szczuczyn and their descendants. This is a wonderful tribute to their lives. All because of your hard work and care. A million thanks!!

I just have to add that the entire layout and construction of the web site is magnificent. It is organized beautifully, clearly and is easy to read and access!!! You are a master at this! Much gratitude, Ellen Massie