The below listed persons are only the few that I know of who lived in Dagda. I - and other Dagda researchers - will be grateful for any information about other persons, who lived in Dagda, - from Census-, Revision- or other lists, or just from family stories and photos.
If we all cooperate, we could perhaps "reconstruct" the life in Dagda. So please write to me: Elsebeth Paikin
I have received a some information about a few other persons/families with from Dagda:
Berele CHAGY (HAGGAI)
1. The world-famous cantor, Berele CHAGY (HAGGAI), was born in Dagda on July 25, 1892. He emigrated to the United States in 1913.
(Information from Paul Silverman)
2. The famous Cantor (Chazan) Berele (Boris) CHAGY, the son of Yitzchak and Sheine CHAGY was from Dagda.
(Information from Eli Goldstein, Johannesburg, South Africa)
3. Berele Chagy was a great hazzan and officiated at Smolensk by 17. Later he had congregations in USA (New York, Detroit and Boston) and in South Africa. The last few years he was at the great Brooklyn shul Bethel (Bethel Synagogue created some rushes towards a movie of its great cantors). He went from Dagda to Riga to study, thence to Smoilensky (a cigarette case given to him with inscriptions in Hebrew "From the Hassids of Smolensk" is still in the family). Because of his youth he required special permission to be a cantor presiding there.
His father and his father's father are supposed to have all been cantors. At nine he was accompanying his own father in singing and praying. One day he ran away to another village and was found davvening there!
He married very early a young woman, Esther, who was very active as a Zionist, though they never made aliyah together and she visited only late in life. His sons became philosophers and pianists. His grandchildren are in the arts.
He had a hard time escaping the army and came to America. He died while praying in Newark, New Jersey, in l954.
(He is listed in many Jewish encyclopedias.)
(Information from David Shapiro, New York, USA)
Any further information about Berele CHAGY (HAGGAI) will be greatly appreciated. Write to: Elsebeth Paikin
Abe Sidney GELFAND
Abe Sidney GELFAND was born May 1, 1906, in Dagda, son of Tevia Shimon and Rose GELFAND. Tevia is believed to have been the rabbi. They all left Dagda before approx. 1910.
(Information from Lewis Gelfand, Calgary Alberta Canada)
Baddanca ARONOFF/ ARONOV/ ARONOW
Baddanca ARONOFF/ ARONOV/ ARONOW, was born in the fall (probably) of 1889. Her father was the milkman for the community. My grandmother, at a very young age, was sent to live with the dairy family (non-Jews). It was her job to get up early every morning and watch that the family processed the milk according to kosher laws. Later (probably after her mother died shortly after giving birth to my great aunt Sarah), she lived at home and took care of her three younger siblings. She described Dagda and her home -- including such detail as e.g. they had no metal pots and pans in their home -- everything was earthenware; and that there was a community center (built in her time) where all the teens liked to hang out. Her father did not approve of the young women of the family going, but they snuck out and went anyway. Her father also forbade the girls from learning to read and write (Yiddish or Russian). My grandmother taught herself both and hid her brother's books to read on the sly.
They were nine children in all (the following are probably all "American" names acquired in the states. Mary took an American name and then she insisted that Bessie took one too.)
Sam was first to leave Dagda (probably around 1895). He settled in Montreal. He was successful and gradually able to sponsor all the others. Max, Mary, Hymie and Edna came over before my Grandmother. My grandmother traveled at age 16 with her two younger brothers (Bill and Morris) in tow. Her father and Sarah came shortly after.
(Information from Harriet Udin Aronow)
The people mentioned below is from a report prepared for me in 1998 by the Latvian genealogist and historian Aleksandrs Feigmanis, who has given permission to publish it on this Dagda-ShtetLink site.
|Paikin, Movsha Markusov||39||citizen of Rezhitsa (aka Rezekne), lived in Dagda on ground #82|
|Hirscha Leib||11||son of Movsha Markusov Paikin|
|Marcus||2||son of Movsha Markusov Paikin|
|Berka||½||son of Movsha Markusov Paikin|
|Shneyer||21||brother of Movsha Markusov Paikin||since 1874 on military service in Rezhitsa|
|Paikin, Aba Markusov||32||citizen of Rezekne, lived in Dagda on ground #111|
|Movsha||7||son of Aba Markusov Paikin|
|Marcus||1||son of Aba Markusov Paikin|
Movsha, Shneyer and Aba are brothers, sons of Marcus Hershenov Paikin, d. 1870, found in the 1874 Census of Rezekne.
|Paikin, Movsha Mordhelevitsch||citizen of Rezekne, owned one house|
|Paikin, Aba Mordhulevitch||citizen of Rezekne, owned one house|
On Moskovskaya street, in the house of Paikin, house of wood and covered by wooden planks, lived:
|Paikin, Sara-Haya Hirscheva||54||widow||born and registered in Dagda, illiterate, bakes bread|
|Beila Chaimova||16||daughter of Chaim and Sara-Haya Paikin||born in Dagda, literate Hebrew, learned at home|
|Clara||11||daughter of Chaim and Sara-Haya Paikin||literate Hebrew, learned at home|
|Haelhon||11||son of Chaim and Sara-Haya Paikin|
|Moisey||8||son of Chaim and Sara-Haya Paikin||illiterate|
|Abram||2||son of Chaim and Sara-Haya Paikin|
|Ester||1||daughter of Chaim and Sara-Haya Paikin|
On Moskovskaya street, this house was of Paikin, wooden, covered by wooden planks, lived:
|Paikin, Hirscha Movshev||36||born in Osveya, registered in Dagda, illiterate, butcher, never served in army.|
|Dobka Micheleva||35||wife of Hirscha Movshev||born and registered in Dagda, illiterate|
|Michel Herschev||13||son of Hirscha Movshev and Dobka Paikin||born in Dagda, illiterate,|
|Movsha||9||son of Hirscha Movshev and Dobka Paikin||illiterate|
|Chaim||7||son of Hirscha Movshev and Dobka Paikin||illiterate|
|Shlioma||2||son of Hirscha Movshev and Dobka Paikin||illiterate|
|Paikin, Sora Hirscheva||55||widow, mother of Hirscha Movshev||born in Osveya, registered in Dagda, illiterate|
|Paikin, Morduch Movshev||26||brother of Hirscha Movshev||born in Osveya, registered in Dagda, illiterate, tailor|
|Paikin, Berka Movshev||22||brother of Hirscha Movshev||born in Osveya, registered in Dagda, illiterate, buy and sell rags and bones|
The Census notes that the above Hirsch, Morduch and Berka are nephews of Aba Markusov Paikin, cousinds of Wulf and Jacob Paikin. However, the latter three are not mentioned in the Dagda 1897 Census, seemingly because the Census is incomplete.
The house on Lacplesa street 63, Riga,
|Paikin, Nachmans||married, born in Dagda 16. Nov. 1902, worker|
|Paikin, Sara-Zelda (née Bederova)||wife of Nachmans Paikin, born in Dagda 18. Aug. 1904, worker|
|Paikin, Tauba||daughter of Nachmans and Sara-Zelda Paikin, born in Riga 14. Jun. 1932|
This family previously lived in riga on Kurmanova street 20-13, and 8. May 1940 they moved to Gertrudes street 62-45.
|Paikin, Haims||owner of the house Upes street 2, meat trade in No. 4|
|Paikin, Berka||owner of the house Upes street 11|
|Paikin, Morduch||owner of the house Tirgus 13|
In this "Memory Book" is a long list of Paikins, most of them born in Polotsk or in the Jewish agricultural colony Romanovka near Nikolayev, Ukraine.
There are two, however, with no mention of birthplace, and they might have been born in Dagda. These two are:
Paikin, Jacob, son of Abram, born 1913, was in 121. detachment, perished 12. November 1942 near Staraya Russa.
Paikin, Jacov, som of Chaim, born 1915, was in 122. detachment, perished 13. August 1942 near Staraya Russa.
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Compiled and updated 27.11.2001 by Elsebeth Paikin
Copyright © 1999 Elsebeth Paikin and Aleksandrs Feigmanis
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