- Hi, all,
Although I am not able to join you this spring in
Czernowitz, my thoughts are with you. My immediate
family having lived in Wiznitsa, Sanok, Putila, and
other nothern Bukovinian villages and also many from
the southern Bukovinian town of Dorna Vatra, I cannot
say with any certainty that I had family living in
And yet, you give voice to a place and time that means
a great deal to me. Since I have no first hand
knowledge or memories to share, I have mostly been a
silent participant in the group planning process.
Yet, your experience gives me hope that I will one day
have time and funds to take this same trip [and of
course, I will have benefited from your trials and
tribulations - even as to which hotel.]
In the books referenced for reading in preparation to
the trip, I see that the book compiled by Felicia
Steigman Carmelly, my third cousin - "Shattered!
50 Years of Silence: History and Voices
of the Tragedy in Romania and Transnistria" is
recommended. This book is heart-breaking for me, as
both of Felicia's Rubinger grandmothers were first
cousins to each other as well as to my paternal
grandmother. In fact, until I read it three years ago
I didn't even know that Felicia existed. [My
grandmother had 55 first cousins just on her father's
Nonetheless, I was born in Brooklyn to American-born
parents - my grandparents having left Kolomea and
Dorna before 1920. I have always assumed that
Czernowitz was a larger and more active city than
Kolomea. While my Kolomea grandfather's surname was
Windwehr, there were Rubingers in Kolomea as well as
Bukovina. Without a doubt, all Rubingers are related.
I have relatives in Israel, Australia, Canada,
Europe, Argentina and Brazil and the U.S. Jane Reifer
and I have not spoken in a while but her family is
intermarried with 4th & 5th cousins of mine.
For almost 20 years I have lived in San Francisco with
my husband and two sons. My older son was born on
April 20 - which was Hitler's birthday, as well. When
the two boys killed students at Columbine HS in
Colorado on April 20, 1999, they left a note about
celebrating Hitler's birthday. This was talked about
often at the time, and mu son now hates his birthday.
I have mentioned that like the idea of the Messiah
being born on Tish B'Av, perhaps he is destined to do
some good in the world.
So, if you have any comments about Kolomea vs.
Czernowitz or any thing to say that is encouraging
about sharing a birthday with the most reviled person
on the planet, please drop me a note.
I remain a staunch Czernowitz supporter and wish you
only the best for the trip and for always.
San Francisco, CA
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