Family trees

Family Trees

The picture above was taken on December 16, 1925, my parents wedding. There are a couple of peculiarities here.  First, the bride and groom are positioned way in the back in the very last row between both sets of parents. My guess is that the photographer merely stood on one side of the room, apparently on a stage so as to get a better view of the entire ensemble.  The fact that the main attractions are hardly visible didn’t phase this artist one bit.  I also notice that other than my father’s parents, his family is totally missing from this event.  Unfortunately I never asked about this.  It may be that his siblings had not yet arrived from Europe. Alas I do not have any better answer. 

A little peek into our family’s lineage.  I have attached three family trees. To record six generations I begin with our grandparents and continue up to our great grandchildren. So we have included trees forthe  STEINWEISBERG, and JACOBSON families.  Regrettably these displays are quite large and do not fit legibly on a single page.  Therefore when viewing it is necessary to scroll a bit to get from one side to the other … as well as using the ‘zoom’ tool.   Sorry, but don’t blame me for the abundant productivity of our ancestors.

Fortunately, MY DESCENDANTS, even at four generations deep is considerably less cumbersome.  A great group with whom I am intimately involved with … and happily so.  More on these individuals as my history unravels.

Sadly, I have no knowledge of any genealogy from the Grauer side. Florence’s dad, and one sister, Bella, who emigrated from Poland to Palestine at a very young age, are the only survivors. 

The entire remaining family perished during the Holocaust. Up until a few years ago Bella was still living in Israel, her husband Ben Sharoni passed away in 2000.  Some 60 years ago, during the formative years of the state of Israel he would often visit with the family in the Bronx … on the way to some secret meetings in Canada and other places. We never knew exactly what his role was. In the attached “1949” photo he poses with from left to right, Florence, an unknown friend, Millie, Lee, and sister-in-law Dora Grauer.

We estimate the photo Jacpbson Beginnings was taken in 1915. The six children and their parents posed for this in Europe, probably in Sosnowitzer, Poland. Standing from left to right, Claire, Jack, and an unknown who died soon after this photo was taken, Dora, Lilly, and Irving Jacobson. Seated are Anna and Morris.

The 1922 Grauer photo was taken in Berlin, Germany on their way to the USA.  The bulge in Mama Grauer’s stomach is Jack, patiently waiting to be born in the USA.

Another photo, the Jacobson Girls, was taken much later, probably in the USA. Included are the three sisters and two sister-in-laws. From Left to right, Rose Sauber, Dora Grauer, Lilly Jacobson, Claire Sperber, and Lena Jacobson … Lilly and Lena were both the outsiders, (daughter-in-laws). There is one more photo of interest, Family Roots, which can be found in the following section.  At our wedding we were fortunate enough to have five of our eight grandparents present.  It is these seniors who are our immediate roots.