Miriam Lava's introduction
- Dear Czernowitzers,
I am sending you a copy of a letter I received from Miriam and Elan Lava.
Miriam had tried to send this letter to our yahoo group, but had trouble
with her computer, so I am sending it on her behalf.
> A bit about myself, and my Buckovina roots, and more:So far, Miriam's story.
> My great-grandparents lived in Kiselitze, a small village, not far from
> Vishnitz. My grandparents lived in Putila,( 95 Km. from Cz), where my father
> and his sister were born. Their brothers and sisters lived in Cz. and
> surrounding villages. Around 1912 my grandfatherand his family emmigrated to
> Vienna, where I (1930) and my brother (1936) where born
> Although I never visited Cz. In my life, I heard so many stories about the
> city, that I feel as if I have been there.
> ( Miriam if you read Hebrew, I can fax you my father¹s memoiars from his
> childhood years in Putila. If you are interested, please, let me have your fax
> It Is my father¹s Czernovitzer uncle, Bernhardt Rosner, to whom my family
> probably owns its lives. Due to Bernhardt¹s generous financial help, my father
> was able to obtain ³Kapital Zertifikate² for the four of us, and in Februar
> 1939 we reached Eretz Israel, our home since then.
> I am a retired librarian, and Elan, my husband ,( born in Buckarest) a
> retired Engineer. We have 3 married sons, and 8 grandchildren.
> Do you remember, perhaps, the ³Finaly Affair². Which took place from 1945 till
> 1953? (There is an item in the Enc. Judaica, 7th vol.) In short: The French
> Catholic Church did not want to return the two Jewish brothers, both orphans,
> since their parents died in Auschwitz, Robert and G¹erald Finaly, to the bosom
> of their family after the war. It was my parents, beeing Robert¹s and
> G¹erald¹s uncle and aunt, who did not give up, and even reached the French
> high court of justice, who decided that the Church must return my cousins to
> the family. Since 1953 both grew up as my brothers.
> ( I think that this is a bit too long as an introducing letter to the whole
> list, but I felt an urge to tell you also my maternal¹s family story, although
> it has nothing to do with Cz.)
Eventually it might be a good idea if we all followed suit,
does anyone agree?