Re: [czernowitz2006] PROUD UKRAINEAN
- I would like to add a little to what Mimi said. I am not a very
religious Jew. I go to synagogue mostly on the holidays. However, twice
in my life I wore a kippa continuously. First for three weeks when I
visited Israel in 1987, and again last May when i visited Czernowitz. I
did this as a tribute to my ancestors, and to show the population there
that Jews have returned.
Though I noticed some curious looks, not once was I approached nor did
I feel threatened. It was one of the best parrts of my trip; that I
could be a Jew here in Czernowitz, as easily as I could in Israel.
While I am not promoting this type of activity for everyone, as a
great man once said: "It couldn't hurt".
The real point is that this wonderful journey you are embarking on is
a wonderful opportunity to show the natives, that this city is so
special, that decades and decades, possibly generations might separate
us, nevertheless we return. We share the pride of the natives of today,
as our ancestors once did.
Your actions will have an effect on the future of the Jewish presence
in Czernowitz as surely as our ancestors did.
- Dear Mimi,
I want to congratulate you for having reminded the
Participants (myself included) that there were Ukrainians
who helped Jews during the war, and that not all the
Ukrainians are antisemites. Not only for the sake of truth,
but if we remember this we shall feel much better during
our stay in the Ukraine.
You are right: adopting an attitude of superiority may
arouse antisemitic feelings.
N.B. As Alex's wife I am following with great interest what's
going on on the web of the Reunion, although I will not
(to my regret) participate at it.
Now I have a question: Did you,Mimi, or anybody else who
reads these lines go to Henka and Ety's Kindergarten
(1942-44)? I myself was one of the little ones - my name
was Renee Teiler and at the time we lived on Neuweltgasse
corner of Josephsgasse.
Best wishes and Pesakh Sameakh
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Miriam Taylor <mirtaylo@...>
>> Miriam (Mimi) Taylor <mirtaylo@...>has given
> > I believe Mr Breier's poem summarizes quite nicely what Ukraine
> > our world...city
> > Danny
> Dear Czernowitzers,
> The fate of Jews in the Ukraine has certainly not been a happy one.
> Many of us carry bitter memories, but as we prepare to visit the
> of our birth and or the birth of our ancestors, let us not do sowith an
> attitude of contempt and or hatred.Ukrainian
> While I remember being called a "persheve jidd", I also remember
> pheasant women who brought us food during the war and others whofought a
> Russian "Natchalnik" so my mother would not have to work fellingtrees.
> During my two previous visits to Chernivtsi I encountered neither
> Anti-Semitism nor meanness and I do not expect to encounter any,
> this time either.
> Let's not cause it by behaving superior.
- Miriam (Mimi) Taylor <mirtaylo@...>
> Dear Mimi,
> I want to congratulate you for having reminded the
> Participants (myself included) that there were Ukrainians
> who helped Jews during the war, and that not all the
> Ukrainians are antisemites. Not only for the sake of truth,
> but if we remember this we shall feel much better during
> our stay in the Ukraine.
> You are right: adopting an attitude of superiority may
> arouse antisemitic feelings.
> Moadim le-Simkha,
> N.B. As Alex's wife I am following with great interest what's
> going on on the web of the Reunion, although I will not
> (to my regret) participate at it.
> Now I have a question: Did you,Mimi, or anybody else who
> reads these lines go to Henka and Ety's Kindergarten
> (1942-44)? I myself was one of the little ones - my name
> was Renee Teiler and at the time we lived on Neuweltgasse
> corner of Josephsgasse.
> Best wishes and Pesakh Sameakh
I am very glad to meet another Czernowitzer.
My Czernowitz name was Reifer and my Mother's maiden name was Steinmetz.
It seems you and I are the same age, but as one of the less important
consequences of the war, I did not go to Kindergarten. I lived very close
to you on the Schmiedgasse (Strada Cronicarul Neculcea) and had there not
been the war, the two of us would probably have gone to the same school.
Did you too, go to the Yiddish school after the liberation?
Do you, or anyone else remember the entrance of the Russian troops in March
of 1944? It was a sunny day and not cold for that time of year. They came
down the Siebenburgerstrasse in open trucks and when they saw children in
the crowd, they yelled "malchik" or " dyevushka" and threw candy. How very
happy we were to see them! And now it is 62 years later.
That year there was "Shmira" - Matzah shmurah for Passover.