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Isak Grigori Clurman.

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A Harbin street photographer posed Miriam Grant Clurman (nee Grodsky) as a laundress in the early 1920s.

Isak Grigori (Isko Chaim Gershowitz) Clurman sat for this studio portrait in Harbin in 1908. At the bottom of the picture is a dedication he wrote to his father in Russian.

Isak Grigori Clurman poses with his racehorse Plavnii (Smoothy)  in front of his newly constructed apartment building at 83 Yamskaya (now Daan) Street in 1936. The building was still standing in the 1980s but has since been torn down.

Isak Grigori (Isko Chaim Gershowitz), far left, poses with his wife Ethel (Roza) and youngest son Israel (Izra, Johnny) in front of their Harbin apartment building circa 1936.
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Harry Clurman, far right, is shown with his first cousins Charles (Ruvim) Clurman and Sylvia Clurman (later Epstein), shortly before Harry left Harbin for California. Isak Grigori Clurman, center, poses with his son Charles (Ruvim) Clurman and daughter Sylvia (Tziva) Clurman (later Epstein) in Harbin in the late 1920s.
The Clurman/Keilis family gathers at the Harbin train station. From left is the unnamed family cook, Yelena Keilis, Yelena’s daughters Ethel Keilis Clurman and Shura Keilis Archer and Sylvia (Tziva) Clurman, Ethel’s daughter. In the front are Shura’s daughter Anne Archer Bawden and a neighbor, Emanuel Ingerman.
Betar scouts and other volunteers brought supplies and aid to stranded  residents when the Sungari ( Songhua ) River flooded in 1932.
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Long Harbin winters and the frozen Sungari (Songhua) River made skating a popular sport among young people, including Betar scouts. Students of the First Harbin Public Commercial High School gather in front of their building. Many Jewish young people joined the Zionist Betar scouts. The Gideon Betar troop includes Charles (Ruvim) Clurman, front row second from right. Students from the First Harbin Commercial High School pose with their teacher Nikolai Nikolaevich Mamaev, center, second row.
Harbin's Jewish High School had limited space, so many Jewish students attended the Russian school. Charles (Ruvim) Clurman is in the third row from bottom, third from left. Top row includes Izia Zeitlin and Walter Rivkin, second and third from left; Vladimir Volodin, third from right, and Rudy Fomil, far right. Ziama Ogranovsky is second from right, seated. Beba Boorkoon is seated second from left in the second row.
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Israel (Izra, Johnny) poses on one of the family horses in Harbin, 1930s. He got the nickname “Johnny” during U. S. Army service. Israel (Johnny) Clurman celebrated Purim as Mozart, circa 1935. Isak Grigori (Isko Chaim Gershowitz) Clurman and son Israel (Johnny) Clurman, age 9. Inscription on back says “city gardens, Harbin, April 20, 1937.” A year later Isak Grigori was taken away by the Japanese secret police and never seen again.  A rowing crew, probably at the Harbin yacht club on the Sungari (now Songhua) River, September 5, 1937. The Russian inscription on the back says “Standard 1500 meters, Time: 5 minutes, 3.6 (?) seconds. Crew members Shishov, Orlov, Clurman (Israel Clurman in white cap), Michailov, Kukushkin at helm.”
Harbin theater group, Harbin, possibly at Purim, late 1930s. Israel (Izra, Johnny) Clurman is on lower right, front row. Israel (Johnny) Clurman, possibly his Bar Mitzvah photo, in Harbin, 1941. Israel (Johnny) Clurman is second from the bottom in the photo of the Harbin Jewish ping pong team, early 1940s. Johnny is on upper right with the ping pong team, early 1940s.
Harbin ping pong match, probably at the Jewish Betar Club, Harbin, late 1930s or early 1940s. Israel (Johnny) Clurman is on the right. Harbin gymnastics team, possibly the Betar scouts in the early 1940s. Photo of Israel (Izra, Johnny) for an official ID card, dated July 14, 1942, probably taken in Harbin. Official ID photo of Israel (Johnny) Clurman, dated November 8, 1943, taken in Harbin or Shanghai.

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