79Re: [podhajce] Re: Trip to Podhajce
- Jan 5, 2011Hi Herb,
Wow, Podhajce Texans, now I've hoid everything!
Thanks for the email...Vienna would be a better starting point for a number of reasons...I live about 2 hrs from Vienna...Podhajce is about a 2 hour drive from Lviv, so driving from Vienna or Budapest isnt so crazy.
But there is a Vienna-Lviv flight on a cheap (possibly Romanian) airline.
It goes thru Budapest and is quite long...a rented car or van would be cheaper if a few people go.
I am not sure if the Ukrainians lifted their expensive visa requirements on Americans, someone told me yes but its worth researching.
Funny, my grandma (from Podhajce) had a cousin who didnt have the luxury of choosing where to get off, they immigrated to Brazil in the 30s as the US was cut off due to the then anti-immigration fever (!) I found my distant cousins first on the Vad Hashem Shoah databse and then skype and a few hours later we were hooked up! The miracle of the internet age, would have taken weeks by post...
--- On Wed, 1/5/11, goodmanherb@... <goodmanherb@...> wrote:
> From: goodmanherb@... <goodmanherb@...>
> Subject: [podhajce] Re: Trip to Podhajce
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 12:21 AM
> I am fascinated at how quickly...less than 24 hours...all
> of this info could come together for me. All of you seem to
> have been onto this Podhajce stuff for awhile....David and I
> are just digging in.
> To all who read this.... I am planning...not for sure...but
> planning to try to get to Budapest or maybe Vienna sometime
> in late June or early July. I will be traveling on award
> mileage on American Airlines from Dallas Texas...so I need
> to see what is available.
> My great Great garndfather is buried in the National
> cemetery in Vienna, hence the desire to possibly start or
> end a trip there. A cousin has been there...so she might be
> able to direct me to the grave.
> Our ancestors would never believe that the internet is
> starting to bring us all back together. As they headed in
> their carts or on foot pout to the port of Hamburg or
> wherever to escape the pogroms...surely they never imagined
> that anybody would ever want to come back to this place they
> escaped from!
> Finally...for today at least....our family came from
> Podhajce to the port of Galveston Texas in the late 1800's,
> early 1900's. There were a few other Podhajce families on
> the boat with them...and some families ultimately settled in
> Brownsville Texas...on the border of Mexico. The story goes
> that others on the boat did not get off in Galveston...and
> continued on to Argentina of all places. Some of the people
> in Brownsville have actually gone to Argentina to visit
> these other descendants of Podhajce!
> Perhaps we shall all meet this summer...
> Herb Goodman
> Dallas Texas
> --- In email@example.com,
> JK <jeffckellner@...> wrote:
> > Hi Francine,
> > I think we corresponded a few years back...
> > The cemetery received a fence, I think a couple years
> ago, due to the tireless work of Meylakh Sheykhet...
> > I secured $45,000 for Meylakh in 2009 from a fund left
> by my father's half-sister, who was born in Podhajce in
> 1902. The rules of the fund required the funds to be
> earmarked for the elderly and young, so money was spent on
> food, clothing, medicine and school supplies for the Lviv
> > Meylakh put together a written estimate to stabilize
> and clean the shul at a cost between $30 and 50,000. Someone
> replaced the roof several years ago...it would be nice if
> our group could raise the money to improve the
> building...are their any machers in our midst? Or anyone who
> knows a fund or org out there that funds these types of
> > As you can see from the video, expat Podhajcer Poles
> began fixing their ruined cathedral, also in the town.
> > If interested parties can agree on a date, we can all
> meet in a convenient city (Budapest?) and drive there.
> This may be the best approach (as any flight to Lviv
> requires two expensive flights and is still 2 hours from
> Podhajce by car). There is no Lviv-Podhajce train
> service and the Lviv-Podhajce bus trip was something like 4
> > The hotel is simple in Podhajce but could facilitate
> us. It is really worth staying a few days...one day wont
> do and you'll want to stay longer.
> > Sadly the one great man to meet in Podhajce, Dr.
> Bohdan Metik died last year. Apart from speaking English,
> he had many fond memories of prewar Podhajce life and
> counted several Jews among his friends...one of which, Alex
> Kimmel has a website and I believe the two spoke after 60
> years of silence!
> > Jeff Kellner
> > Brno, CZ
> > --- On Tue, 1/4/11, Francine Shapiro
> <franshap@...> wrote:
> > From: Francine Shapiro <franshap@...>
> > Subject: Re: [podhajce] Trip to Podhajce
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 10:51 AM
> > I was there in 2001 with Alex Dunai as my guide. It's
> a small town. The synagogue needs renovation and
> restoration. It's really a neglected gem. The mill was
> destroyed in World War II, and the one standing is a new
> building. The original owner's wife is very old, but alive
> in Yavne. The cemetery was also unfenced, and still is. I
> think the goats do good work trimming the grass, but mine is
> a minority opinion.
> > The town itself looks Jean Rosenbaum's pictures.
> They were building a Greek Catholic church, and I'm sure
> it's been completed by now. We actually had lunch in the
> little hotel. Things were pretty basic, but time moves on.
> > My family was from Podhajce on one side. My
> grandmother was really born in Biela Konice, a hamlet about
> six kilometers away, but lived in Podhajce too, I think. Her
> parents died, but her grandfather made liquor in Tarnopol.
> > Some of my Galveston relatives have Podhajce roots.
> They own a furniture store called Star Furniture, and it's
> been in business for the last 80 years. The woman who
> started the Podhajce blog, Jean Rosenbaum is the aunt of my
> late cousin's late husband.
> > We are Goldhirshes, Steins-- and whatever, if you
> happen to know them. Cindy Stein lives in Austin.
> > If I were to do the trip again, I think I would
> also go to some of the major non-Jewish sights in the area.
> All the small towns are just that. It doesn't take long to
> see them.It is helpful to put these places in some sort of
> context- what other towns looked like, etc.We went through
> Rohatyn, which is particularly beautiful. The Austrians put
> some effort into beautifying the centers a little, and it's
> really aesthetic.
> > The Perls are an interesting bunch. There was
> Josef Perl who started a modern school in
> > Tarnopol, and wrote the curriculum himself.
> > I am trying to remember if there was a Perl-I think
> there was- at the Podhajce ceremony in June at the
> Nachlaot Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv.
> > Francine Shapiro
> > Jerusalem
> > --- On Tue, 1/4/11, goodmanherb@...
> <goodmanherb@...> wrote:
> > From: goodmanherb@... <goodmanherb@...>
> > Subject: [podhajce] Trip to Podhajce
> > To: email@example.com
> > Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 1:42 AM
> > I am new as of this minute to this group....
> > Grandfather was from Podhajce. I am thinking of
> traveling there this summer...perhaps from Budapest. Any
> tips greatly appreciated.
> > Family name was Pearl or Perl.
> > Most left late 1890's to either Galveston TX or NYC.
> Some left earlier to Safed Israel, where they became a
> prominent family....recently one of the descendants was the
> mayor of Safed.
> > I have a cousin in Austin TX who is doing a major
> GENI.com family tree on Perl family...so if anybody out
> there is interested in or has a Pearl / Perl connection...he
> would love to know. His email is david.perl@...
> > Trip advice to Podhajce greatly appreciated. Please
> contact me at
> > herb.goodman@... Thanks!
> > Herb Goodman
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