So many thank yous are due...
- Many thanks from Steve and me for all the people who played roles in making
Czernowitz2006 so unique, meaningful, and memorable for us...
* to Mimi Taylor, of course, for undertaking the Herculean task of
organizing the week -- advising, coordinating, acting as liaison to the
hotel and the Jewish community, and so much more -- and for her continued
efforts on behalf of the Czernowitz cemetery
* to Danny Alon, for inspiring and coordinating donations to provide for the
medical needs of the Jews of Czernowitz; we thank him for allowing us to do
a mitzvah during our visit
* to Nadia Brunstein and Gabriele Weissmann for the "small Jewish world
connections" that brought us closer to our Czernowitz family
* to Raanan Ellran, for arranging to get us from Lviv to Czernowitz and back
safely, comfortably, and economically; we were even on his mind as he
himself was almost out of the country, and his concerned phone call got us
back to Lviv without stress and with a little time to snack and shmooze
* to Berti Glaubach, Abraham Kogan, and Alex Raviv, for the many times they
helped us understand everything from Czernowitz's history to its maps and
* to David Glynn, for setting up the enriching program of afternoon talks as
well as Professor Rychlo's Saturday morning literary tour (and Marianne
Hirsch, for patiently and carefully translating from German)
* to those who shared their deep knowledge and intimate memories in the
program of talks; how fortunate we were to have our "scholars in residence"
-- Florence Heymann, Marianne Hirsch, and Leo Spitzer -- and moving and
insightful presentations by David Glynn, Abraham Kogan, Joe Poras, Alexander
Raviv, Charles Rosner, and Rita Shilo
* to Mark Heckman for setting up and administering the Yahoo list with his
usual good humor and courtesy
* to Jackie Heymann, for leading our warm Kabbalat Shabbat "in the round" in
the hotel on Friday evening and the poignant memorial service at the
Czernowitz cemetery on Sunday
* to Simon Kreindler, for his care and attention to the details of the
shtetl trips; we were grateful for the opportunity to stand in the places
where Steve's grandparents and great-grandparents once walked (Kostryzhivka,
Zalishchyky, Tovste) and to say kaddish at the cemeteries where their
landsmen were murdered; thank you also to Mark, Kathy, Alex, Sharon,
Veronica, Raanan, and Bernardo for sharing those experiences with us
* to Michael Prokaziuk, Frederick Andermann's son-in-law, for ably serving
as our Ukrainian translator -- and saving us from dehydration on our long
ride from Lviv to Czernowitz!
* to Gabriele Weissmann, for arranging the screening of _Dieses Jahr in
Czernowitz_, about the experiences of Czernowitz "returnees" like ourselves,
and to our youngest participant, Emil Rennert, for sharing with us his
moving film about the Jews of Radautz, _Eine verschwundene Welt_
* and to those who worked behind the scenes, provided the input and advice
to shape our week, and more.
As a long-time volunteers, Steve and I know that all these arrangements must
have required many more hours of your time than anyone can ever guess. We
are most grateful.
Also, very special thank yous...
* to Bruce Reisch, without whose Czernowitz-L list we never would have
connected in the first place
* to all the new friends with whom we shared walks, rides, meals, and
memories -- for your company and friendship.
With warm wishes,
Dix Hills (Long Island), New York, USA