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Courtesy of Karen Glikman, daughter of Joseph Glikman

Joseph Israelevich Glikman was born in Odessa on November 3, 1921, to Chana Samoilovna Felger Glikman and Israel/Ezra Mendel Glikman. In addition to Joseph, the Glikman children included Aaron (born 1912 in Nancy, France), Samuel (born 1916 in Odessa) and a daughter Paula/Polina (born in Harbin in 1924, the year the family moved there).  In Harbin, Israel worked as a butcher and Chana took in boarders.

Chana Glikman's uncle, Solomon Felger, brought Aaron Glikman to Los Angeles in 1930, followed by Samuel and Joseph in 1939, and Chana and Paula in 1940. Israel/Ezra moved to Israel.  Joseph served in the Pacific during World War II in the U.S. Army 81st Infantry Division known as the Wildcats. He eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he died in 2005 at the age of 84.

In Harbin, Joseph was active in athletics, including boxing, and was a member of the Betar Zionist Scouts. He also was a violinist and played in a symphony. His photos show his family, friends and many of his activities. The Glikman family documents include birth certificates, identity cards, visas, a Russian passport and U.S. naturalization papers.

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Glikman Documents        Glikman Harbin Photos        Photos of Harbin Unknown Females        Photos of Harbin Unknown Males


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Harbin Postcard Front. Harbin Postcard Back. Joseph Trumpeldor.
Front and back of Harbin postcard, titled
"Spring on the Sungari (River)"
Russian-born Joseph Trumpeldor (1880-1920) was an early Zionist activist and military hero who helped bring Jewish immigrants to what was then Palestine. He lost an arm fighting for Russia in the Russo-Japanese War and died defending the settlement of Tel Hai in Palestine. The name of Betar, the popular Zionist youth movement in pre-World War II Harbin, was derived from a Hebrew acronym for "a covenant of Joseph Trumpeldor."  

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