Niš, Serbia

Ниш, Србиjа

Nisch [German], Niş [Turkish], Naissos [Greek]

Lat: 43° 19´ N, Long: 21° 54´ E

Ruso Family
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Solomon Ruso, a second great-grandfather of Emil Lewinger was the president of the Niš
community early in the twentieth century. Solomon's grave in Niš is one of the few graves that are still reasonably intact.

Emil's grandmother Streja often spoke both about her aunt Klara Ruso, the only one in the family who was religious,
and about Baba Bukas (Solomon's wife), who is buried near Solomon in Niš.

Emil's great-grandmother Vinuca's brother, Mosa, died in WW I. His name is inscribed on WW I monuments
in the Niš and Belgrade cemeteries. There is a picture of Mosa in the book Spomenika.

Solomon Ruso's family probably came from Ruse, in Bulgaria, though there is no documentary
evidence to support this idea. The clue is the similarity of the Ruso surname to the town's name.

Here is the Ruso family (probably in 1895):

  • Solomon Ruso, household head, age 32
  • Streja mother age 48
  • Bukas wife age 30
  • Klara daughter age 12
  • Vinuèa daughteri age 9
  • Moša son age 5

Itzi & Rafa


Lenka & Vinuca
Vinuka Ozmo
née Ruso
Lenka Levy

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