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Just a brief thanks for your
informative and stimulating website. I will be in Lodz next month for the first
time and, though a Christian, have maintained a long-term study of Jewish
history and the Shoah. Again, thanks.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
I found the page [Noted
Citizens of Lodz] containing a reference to my
uncle: Majzner, Herszlik,
member of Poalei-Tzion party or Bund.
Following is some more information on him for
Majzner (changed to Mazner upon arrival in the US in March, 1941) was a
member of the Lodz City Council and a senior leader of the Jewish Bund in
Lodz. In early 1939 he correctly anticipated that the Germans would invade
Poland and imprison or otherwise get rid of Jewish leaders. He decided to
leave the country but was unable to get a passport or visa due to his
He borrowed the papers of
his younger brother, Shmuel Majzner, and used those to leave Poland. He
wound up in Lithuania where Japanese consul Kaunas issued him a transit visa
to Japan. We are not certain how he got to Japan but in February 1941, he
was a passenger on the Japanese liner Asama Maru that arrived in San
Francisco on March 6, 1941. He appears in a group photo taken on the ship,
which appeared in the US Holocaust Museum magazine. He is the short person
in the back row standing two persons to the left of the Japanese naval
officer in the white hat at the far right edge of the photo. The Japanese
officer has his hand on the shoulder of Japanese man standing in front of
the officer. http://www.ushmm.org/research/collections/index.php?content=search/ph_catalog.php%23search
Upon arrival in the US as
Shmuel (Sam) Majzner, the former Herschel Majzner officially became Sam
Mazner and moved to New York where he worked as a tailor until entering the
US Army Air Force shortly after the US entered WWII.
His brother Shmuel with
his wife Esther (nicknamed Stenia) left Lodz shortly after the Germans
invaded Poland and headed East into the Soviet occupied zone of Poland. With
the exception of a 1-year assignment in a Soviet factory in Siberia, they
remained 5-25 miles east of the German Army over a four-year period. When
the Germans retreated to the West, they followed, eventually winding up in
Poland in 1945. After discovering that the Germans had killed virtually
their entire families, they continued West ending up in a displaced persons
camp in Munich, Germany. In 1946 they established contact with Sam Mazner
and with his help received permission to immigrate to the US. They arrived
in Boston in 1948.
Since the USA already had
a Sam Mazner, Shmuel Majzner become Steve Mazner and together with his wife
and two-year old son Martin, traveled by train to Los Angeles, California to
join his brother.
Sam Mazner died of a
cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 55 in 1959. He was survived by his wife
Jacqueline Mazner, formerly Jacqueline Trester. Esther Mazner passed away in
2003 at the age of 86. Steve Mazner, born in 1913, was alive and living in
Westlake Village, California as of April, 2006 and celebrated his 93rd
birthday in March of that year.
Submitted by Sam Mazner’s
nephew, Martin Mazner.
30 November 2006
glad this web site is available. My
mother and my father were from a small town near Lodz. The
name of the town was Szczercow.
mother's maiden name was Komornik. My father's surname is
Gerzonwicz or Gershinowitz. We're
looking for family members.
Esther, Birmimgham, Alabama
12 March 2007
I was just trying to find any jewish
relatives I may have who died in the holocaust and came across the name
Berger, I remember in 1961 travelling through Belgium and my father (Marton
Markovits - a jew born in Berehovo, Hungary) met some people there whom
he introduced as 'family'.
On searching the Yad Vesham I have found a
Helene Berger, maiden name Hoer, put onto the shoah victims names by a
Mireille Berger grandaughter. I have a photo of this young lady which
my father left among his belongings. My father's sister was called
Cecilia Hoer and his brother Yeno Hoer, why we never found out because
they were his true brother and sister. This Helene Berger could have
been a relative of mine, as the only thing my father told me was that
the name Roth and Kun came into his family somewhere along the line but
as he was very secretive about his family I do not know a lot.
I have also found on the Yad Vesham Yeno's
first wife - Sarah and his daughter Yudit who were holocause victims, I
know this for fact as my cousin Meir, who lives in Israel has told me
these names which he got from his father before he also died.
Please can you either help, or guide me to
where I should be looking for these people.
Olga Shepherdson (nee Markovits)
I am looking for information on Germaine and Jacque Majzner.
I was told the father came from Warsaw. Or was born in CHelm
My name is Helen Majzner and I was married to George
I live in Melbourne and my son Mark has been searching for
years to find some members of our family. We have found
hundreds of Majzners but none that are related.
My husband George died in 1980 and finding family is most
important for my 3 children.
We are Jewish and have found a number of the ones contacted
are not of the Jewish faith.
If you can help us we would be most appreciative.
I am searching for any members of my father's family
that may have survived the war. My Dad Edward Krawczyk was born in Zaborow District of Brzeziny on
a small farm on the 5th August 1923. He was taken
into forced labour in 1940, never to go home. On
the 11.05.1945 he joined the Polish army at the Rally
Station in Paris. Does any one know of him during
those years? Or does anyone know of the Krawczyk
family, my grandfather was named Jozef his wife was
Jozefa nee Szewczyk? May god bless and help all who
I am searching
for anyone who may know my father's lost
family. My dad was Edward Krawczyk. He was
born to a farming family on 5th August 1923
in the village of Zaborow, district of
Brzeziny. His father's name was Jozef. His
mother was called Maria, she died when my
father was young, his father then married
Jozefa Szeczyk. He had both brothers and
sisters. He was taken into forced labour in
1940. He ended up in Paris in May 1945,
where he joined the Polish army under allied
command. He served in Italy for two years.
He arrived in the U.K in 1947 never to
return to Poland. He died in 1998, so I now
am trying to find any family or descendants
to let them know that my dad had a happy
life and never stopped missing his lost
family. If anyone can help please contact
me. God bless all who search and those yet
to be found.
5 May 2008
I would like to know if anyone has any information regarding
my grandfather’s family. His name was
Owsiej Asz, an
industrialist who lived in Lodz
together with 37 members of the family before the war in
Juliusza St, where he had a
textile factory, Jan Fial. He
perished in Warsaw in the early part of the war, I believe,
together with his wife Raisa/
Rapaport. Also his young son
Anatol (Tola), who was a
student aged 15 in 1939 and about
whose fate I have no information.
Oliver Ash (Paris,
19 June 2008
I am looking for anyone
that knew the BRYN family in Lodz. My parents were Sonia
and Samuel Bryn. My grandfather from my mother side was
31 August 2008
I am trying to Trace my friend Teresa's sister who lives
in Lodz. Her married name is Eva Rychter, and her maiden
name was ROMANOWSKA. Eva has two sons and one daughter.
At one time the family lived in Ul Zgierska Lodz. Teresa
went to Lodz three years ago, and was informed that the
house was demolished some time ago, and the neighbours
did not know where the family Rychter had moved to. Eva
works in a factory in Lodz, but Teresa does not know
exactly which one. Teresa would very much love to
contact her sister again, and if anyone can help me
trace her relations, I would be extremely grateful.
Incidently, Teresa was born in Lodz, and her Father
Janek lived at Narutowicza 57, Lodz, and was born 13th
May 1910, and served with the 3rd (DSK) Carpathian
Infantry in North Africa, and Monte Casino Italy.
Robert John Wilton
18 April 2009
There is a listing for Wolf Rogozinski who
was killed in Gombin. His picture was sent
to me by a half sister. He looks just like
my grandfather, and we think that he may be
an uncle or other relative of ours. The
spelling of our last name was changed by the
nun who registered my father, who was the 10
of 13 children for school -- hence the 2
I have seen comments posted by a Sam & Sara
Rogozinski. Perhaps we are related. I do
have our family tree which goes back to the
1800's in Poland. Please contact me for
Angela M. Rogosienski
2/3 of my aunts and uncles spell
their name Rogozinski
12 April 2010
It's already 5 years that I'm searching
information about my family. Few times ago I
had a chance to take a look at the
documentation of 1938 of archive of NKVD
about my grand father Rashkovkij Romouil
(1904) and his mother Rashkovskaja (in youth
KNIKER) Rosalie. I found
that in Lodzi staid her brother with family
- KNIKER Emanuel and even I had a chance to
see the photo of 1930.
Then, I continued
my research on internet and I found the
Address in Ghetto:
REIGERGASSE,13A, FLAT 4 and that he died in
13.11.1942. Now, I m
stuck... I don't have any idea about how I
can continue my research. It would be very
nice from you if you could give me an advice
about where and how I can continue my
research about my family, who they were,
their activities, etc.
I'm waiting for news from you,
Thank you a lot for your attention,
Svechnikova Elena. Russia, Moscow
02 March 2013
My family is from Lodz. Family
names are Rozenberg (Zachariah and Francessca (Franya),
nee Viarnitz (something like this). Francessca had a
brother Salo, and 2 sisters, Sala and Bella. My mother
Edzia Reibenbach; family names were Reibenbach and
Grossman, living on Jaromskega 22. My father's family
worked in textiles, my mother’s in real estate. My
father went to Manchester England to study textile
production right before the war broke out; afterwards he
finished his college in Antwerp Belgium, Haute Etudes
This is an amazing site!
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