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Courtesy of Yosef Sa'ar   (Goldman, Cutler, Farberman)

 

My great-grandmother's name was, to the best of our knowledge, Sarah Mariashe GOLDMAN.  It is believed she came from the area of Kobylnik (Narach) or nearby Globuyke, what is today Belarus.  She was probably born around 1830-40 and it is believed that she never came to the US.  Her husband was Beral Cutler. My father and his sisters used to speak of Kobylnik and sometimes Globuyke or Dunilovich. These were the towns (or rural area) where they were born in the period of 1880's-1902. I had always thought my father, Abe L. Kotler, was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan. It turns out he was brought there at about the age of six in 1904. When all of the eight siblings died, so did any knowledge of their European background. We found a handwritten sheet of paper with all the names of the siblings, birthdates, and "born in Kobylnik" written out for each of them. Nevertheless, I still believe that they resided on a farm somewhere between the three towns. My grandfather Joseph Farberman (Abe's father) listed Farmer as his profession on the immigration landing document at St. John, New Brunswick.
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Courtesy of Simon Goldman  (Goldman, Mindel)  

 

My father was Izhak El Hanen (in some lists: Iche Chone Goldman).  He originally married Gensia Mindel. In my fatherís family most of his brothers and sisters married Mindels.  My father lost his entire family on Nov 22 1942 including his wife and three children. The only survivors were a niece (still alive) and a nephew.

 

My father joined with the Russian Partisans, and was able to kill/ wound the German responsible for actually killing the Jews there. He also was able to save about 30 Jews, some he got out of the Glebokie Ghetto including Joseph Riwash, who wrote a book called Resistance and Revenge where he recounts my father going in there and pulling them out.  My cousin Miriam survived the 1942 killing with my father. She joined Markov's Brigade in 1942 at the age of about 16. She remembered that our grandmother died in 1930 and her name was Heiha Sara Goldman (buried in Dunilovichi cemetery) 

  
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Courtesy of Judith Wolkovitch (Alperovich, Edelman) 

 

My information about the children of Shneur Zalman Alperovich and Rifka Edelman is uncertain.  As far as I know they had six children.  The oldest was named Faigle Raize.  The youngest daughter was Nechamah (born in Dunilovichi), the fifth of six children.  The last child born after her was Avram.  The middle daughters apparently emigrated to Philadelphia but as I am not certain of their names I have not been able to trace them.

 

Nechamel was taken on as a nanny to the well known Strashun family and was supposed to travel with them to the U.S. to join her sisters.  They stopped in Antwerp for some time and there she met Itzik Meier Engel who became her husband. She eventually went to England with him.  Nechamah is supposedly a descendant of the Lubovitcher Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Lyadi.

 

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Courtesy of Marla Deutsch   (Taitsch)

 

My great-grandparents were Minnie and David Deutsch. David emigrated at the age of 54 in 1912. The family name was spelled Taitsch in Dunilovichi 


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Courtesy of Shmuel Engelson          (Engelson or Anygelson)



My great-great grandfather was Nosson Nota Engelson (b. 1842 d 1916). My great-grandfather's brother Tzvi Hirsh Anygelson (Engelson) is buried in the Dunilovichi cemetery.

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Courtesy of Eliahu Homburger    (Cepelowicz)

 

Joseph Zuzman Cepelowicz, born in Dunilowicz, emigrated & died in Brazil. Brother Myashka (Moshe) died in US, two sisters - Hainke died in Holocaust, but husband Kotshin escaped to Russia. Hainke's baby died in the ghetto, Itke emigrated to Brazil.  Parents were Eliahu & Basia Cepelowicz. 

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Courtesy of Ron Swirsky   (Goldman, Swirsky)

I believe my mother's family (Goldman) spent the pre-WW2 and WW2 years in Dunilovich.  I am told they were murdered in the town with other Jewish families in November 1942.  I am trying to identify the names of my mother's siblings.  I know of a David and Nachum Eli, but she had one or two sisters and possibly a third brother.  Tiba Yonah (my father's sister) was married to Nacum Eli (my mother's brother) and their children were Esther Libby and Yenta. 

My mother Bertha (Basha Gita) was born in 1909.  She immigrated to Newfoundland in 1930 where she married my father Ernest, also known as Yitchak Swirsky from Myadel (18 miles SW of Dunilovichi) who had immigrated a few years earlier.  My father's sister Katie, who was married to a Levitz, lived in Newfoundland and was able to help bring my Dad over.  Newfoundland was a British colony until after WW2.  Apparently it was easier for Jews to get into Newfoundland than Canada or the USA prior or during WW2.  My Grandfather Swirsky was Yosef Tzvi.  My Grandfather Goldman was named Avrham Chaim. His brother was the grandfather of Simon Goldman (see history on this page).

My mother's oldest brother was David Goldman.  He was born Jan 7, 1897 and died Sept 2, 1956. I believe David, his first wife and children lived in Kharkouv just prior to WW2.  During the initial stages of WW2 his first wife and children were killed.  I am not sure of the details, whether as a result of a bombing or a more violent event. Sometime thereafter, David joined the Russian army and remarried, to a Russian woman named Klava.  they had a son who became a physicist.  He and his son and their families now live in Germany.

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