Photos and Documents
(Detail) Photo of Narewka Wedding - 1918
- Courtesy of Batya
Szyfra (Shifra), nee
Rubinstein, as a young girl, was identified
by her son Phillip Schreibman in the 1918
photograph of a wedding in Narewka (see
below). He wrote, "I believe I see in it my
Mother as a little girl, as well as her
sister, Pearl.... I ... asked [my
sister] if she could see our Mother in it.
She picked out the same little girl without
my prompting. You can imagine my excitement
because we have never had any photos of my
Mother as a little girl. She is the little
girl with the big white collar [at right in
photo above], just to the left of the hat on
the groom (the tallest man in white shirt
and dark tuxedo jacket ...) in the centre.
And to the left of my Mother, past two faces
in between, in a dark dress and collar with
white trim, stands her older sister, my Aunt
Pearl." (2 March 2011)
Courtesy of Batya Dashefsky
Phillip Schreibman also recognized his mother Shyfra in the back
row, second woman from the left (directly under the word "House")
in a photograph of members of the He-Chaluts ha-Tsa'ir youth
movement branch in Narewka in 1930.
Other photographs can be viewed on the Narewka KehilaLinks
of Narewka: Past & Present
Courtesy of The Ghetto Fighters' Museum, Israel/The Photo
Another photograph shows Shyfra
and her mother Rywka
Shyfra is standing third from the right; Rywka is seated just to
/ID of Rywka's father Benjamin Rubinstein from
1917, when Narewka was under German
Occupation during World War I, can be seen here
Courtesy of Phillip Schreibman
Phillip Schreibman has contributed the following 1935 certificate,
written in Polish in Narewka just before his mother emigrated to
of Phillip Schreibman
attesting that Szyfra (Shifra) Rybinsztejn, daughter of Benjamin
was born in Narewka
and was single and had never been married -
28 October 1935
signed by Rabbi A. Grajewski
Rabin Gminy Wyzyznaniowej ż
Rabbi Jewish Religious Community
Narewka, pow. Bielsk Podl.
Szyfra Rubinsztain departed from Gdynia, Poland on the S.S.
Pilsudski on 30 November 1935
and arrived in New York on 10 December 1935, in transit to Canada.
She gave the name of her mother, Rywka, in Narewka (Bielsk
Podlaski) as her nearest relative in the country from whence she
her brother-in-law Harry Cohen in Toronto as the relative she was
going to join.
On 11 December she crossed the border from the United States
to Canada at the Port of St. Armand, Quebec.
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