After the initial launch of this KehilaLinks page
(September 10, 2014), the people below have responded with the material
In June 2017, Peter Absolon suggested adding Ludovit FELD to this site, to remember this artist and his work.
Rabbi Ignac (Yitzchak Zvi) Zafir (or Safir) in soldier's uniform, probably World War I.
He was Yves Marton's maternal
grandfather. He was married to Jetti Grunwald, a descendent of
the famous rabbi, Rabbi Akiva Eger (Z"TzL).
mother was born shortly before he died.
His Birth Certificate
Ignatz Zafir, b. 23 July 1884, to Mor Safir and Czili Winkler, in Kassa (Kosice).
Note: The photo of Rabbi Zafir's tombstone was taken by Peter Absolon, an IT professional, whose hobby is to photograph such tombstones and post them in www.findagrave.com. He was able to locate this one for Yves and his family. Thanks, Peter!
The photograph and information below are courtesy of Debbie Raff, who received it from her 3rd cousin, Judy BIRNBAUM GRINSPAN, PhD.
"The older woman in the dark flowered dress 5th from left is my paternal grandmother Otilla (Toba) MANDL BIRNBAUM (1880 - 1944), to the right of her, the skinny young man [in light colored suit] is my cousin Bela MANDL (~1922 - 2009), the man in the suit two [more] to Bela's right is my Uncle Samuel (Samu) BIRNBAUM (1903 - 1944) whose name is on the store.
Judy is the daughter of Joseph BIRNBAUM and Helena Nelly Eisenberg (b. May 1917 Kharkiv, Ukraine).
Judy’s grandparents: Tzvi Yehuda (Hirsch Leib) Birnbaum (born in Nowy Sacz in 1884 and died in Hethars, Hungary (now Lipany, Slovakia) in Aug. 1924) and Sheindel Lea Birnbaum (born, most likely in Nowy Sacz about 1852 and died in Hethars, Hungary (now Lipany, Slovakia) on July 7, 1925.
Sheindel Lea Birnbaum was the sister of my ggrandmother. I believe that Tzvi Yehuda and Sheindel Lea were cousins although, I do not know how.
Note: Debbie is the creator of the Lipany KehilaLinks site!
Tom Venetianer, born in Slovakia, now lives in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Tom identified the people:
"Standing are my parents, Elisabeth and Alexander Venetianer. Sitting are my grandmother Adela, me and my grand-aunt Julia (Julka).Tom has ancestry connected to the town of Kezmarok, his great-grandfather, Nathan Neta Venetzianer, who had many roles in the community, while also having been something of the town's historian. See Jewish Religious Life in Kezmarok for more information.
Dr. Zahava SZASZ STESSEL, a retired librarian for the New York Public Library, was born in Abaujzanto and has written two books. The first is mentioned below, published in 1995, and the later one is "Snow Flowers: Hungarian Jewish Women in an Airplane Factory, Markkleeberg, Germany" published in 2009. Zahava and her sister (now known as Hava GINSBURG) survived their incarceration in Markkleeberg. Here, Zahava shares photos of her Kosice relatives.
Vivian KAHN's SIMKO Family
Stefan and Kovinka’s sons Dusan and Pavel were born in Kosice after WWII. Dusan SIMKO, was born Kosice 1945; his younger brother Pavel was born in Kosice in 1947 and now lives in the US.
Dusan (photo at left) is a professor at the University of Basel and well-known Slovak author whose work has also been translated into Hungarian.
Read the transcript of Roman Sorger's interview with Dusan in 2013. Dusan also wrote the script for video "The Sixth Battalion" about the Slovak version of the Labor Battalion.
He survived the Holocaust and is buried in the Kosice cemetery. Peter supplied both the photo at left and the tombstone. Judging by the number of stones placed at the base of his stone, he has been gone more than 25 years, but is certainly not forgotten.
Adapting from the tribute words on the findagrave website, provided by Helaine M. Larina,
"...as a 'little person,' he was among those taken in the attempt to exterminate all of the Jews during WW2.
He was deported to Auschwitz and discovered by Dr Josef Mengele, who was interested in the unusual and unique. Since Ludovit was a little person he was not sent to the gas chamber but to Dr Mengele who experimented on him as well as many other little people including those of the Ovitz family..."
His black marble stone in the Jewish Cemetery bears his given Hebrew names and that of his father: Yehuda Aryeh, son of Ephraim Fishel,
died 5 Sivan 5751.
Words in Slovak, imply Academic Painter (i.e. artist), 1904 - 1991
Peter also created a site in Geni for Ludovit and you can see samples of his beautiful artwork there.
To read more about him, see the article by Silvia FISHBAUM, who was his student: Unforgettable Uncle Lajos: The Life & Legacy Of Ludovit Feld, that appeared in the Jewish Press, 8 February 2017.
On Sunday, 23 September 2018, a ceremony was held in small park close to city center, named after the dwarf painter artist Ludovit Feld. A memorial was unveiled in his memory. This was driven by the artist's student Silvia Fishbaum née MOSKOVICS, who now lives in New York, and Jana Tesser, who acts as curator of Feld's gallery. Jana is shown standing next to the memorial, awaiting to be unveiled.
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Updated 26 September 2018
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