The youngest of 13 children,
Chanan(ia) (Chonon), is in the middle of
the bottom row.
He is flanked on both sides by the
offspring of his (older) brothers/sisters.
In the middle of the row above are
his parents, Girsch Aharonovitz (son of Aharon) (Hebrew name : Shabtai,
Yiddish : Shabshe) and Tuva (Tova) Leibovna (daughter of Leib).
Family Leibowitz (Lubavitsch?)
(above:) The Leibowitz (Lubavitsch) family of
Mazeikiai (Mozeik, in Yiddish) Lithuania. During the First World War, the
Leibowitz family took refuge in Berdyansk, Ukraine. There they came into
contact with the Poliakov's. At the end of the war, Chanan (back row,
right) left with them when they returned to their hometown, Mazeikiai, and
subsequently married one of the 5 daughters, my grandmother, Tzirre
(later, Celia), next to him in the picture.
Mid 1920s, Chanan left for South Africa from Mazeikiai, Lithuania.
Tzirre joined him with their two children, in 1927.
Nothing was ever heard again from any other members of
the Poliakov family (top picture).
Their fate remains a mystery to this day. Chanan never
spoke of his brothers and sisters. None of his children or grandchildren
ever knew any of their names.
Recently, it has come to light that name of the figure
in the top picture, back row, second from the right, is Chanan's eldest
brother Leib. The woman next to him is (probably) his wife Rivka.
Information furnished by
Petah Tikvah, Israel, genealogist and author,
published here with his permission
Freedman's maternal grandfather Shlomo
Zalmen Komesaroff (Originally Komisaruk) (1886-1958) is holding the hat. His
wife Khana Reizel (1887-1955) stands behind him. Also in the picture are
their friends Leib and Rivka Poliakov (Polyakov). The picture was taken ca
1913, on the eve of the the Komesaroffs' departure for Australia.
A picture of the 5 Poliakov brothers,
Chanan is at the very bottom. From a
recently translated document, it has come to light that Chanan was born on
the 28th February, 1893, in Gulyaipole.
Leib is at the top.
It seems that over the years, the
name of one other brother was mentioned : Yasha (Hebrew : Yoseph). However,
it is unknown which brother was Yasha. Chanan passed away on the 5th
November, 1971, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Chanan Poliakov became known as Alex (Chanan)
Poliak, in South Africa (Vryburg, Northern Cape, later Johannesburg).
He is survived by one son, Archie, and two daughters, Shulamith (Lamie) and
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