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This site is created as a way to further research and publication of materials on the history of Lyakhovichi.If you have been aided in your research and wish to contribute materials and resources to further our knowledge, contact Gary Palgon and ask how you can help.

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Photos of Lechovichers Abroad
Copyrights of images retained by their owners, this is a protected publication not a release to the public domain. The Webmaster takes this opportunity to thank again all of the generous members of the Lyakhovichi Research Community who shared these valuable treasures!

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Former Residents of Lyakhovichi in Pictures taken in US, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Cuba, et al
Provided by the Generosity of those who participate in the Lyakhovichi Research Community
Deborah Glassman, copyright 2005;
(copyrights of images retained by their owners, this is a protected publication, not a release to the public domain

We will see many kinds of pictures taken in the United States, Canada, Cuba, South Africa, and all of the places in which Lyakhovichi natives settled. The first generation of Lyakhovichi emigrants, preserved pictures of themselves in all of the same kind of poses taken in Lyakhovichi - with their families, at their weddings, at celebrations of all kinds. They also had pictures taken in bathing suits on beaches, at music parks, and in front of their proudly owned businesses. Some were for their own enjoyment, some were to be sent home to the relatives in Lyakhovichi. A graduation picture from a public or private school was a source of pride to several generations and would have been cherished by the young immigrant's parents here and grandparents at home.

To say that the occassions on which pictures were taken were the same as back home in Lyakhovichi, is not to say that you can't see differences in the pictures. A wedding picture taken to be displayed in the homes of three generations (the couple, the parents, and the grandparents back in Lyakhovichi) would most clearly show the differences. Wedding portraits in the United States often showed the women in elaborate gowns and the young men in turn of the century formal wear, in contrast to the wedding pictures of their parents which showed well-dressed young men and women in clothes that could serve other "best-clothing" occassions. Graduation pictures were now made inexpensively enough that the school would get a special price for a group shot, and the chance to get a picture showing the graduate with all of his chums, was an incentive for the picture to be saved by the student whereas previously, single person graduation portraits were most likely to be preserved by parents and grandparents.

We have placed Lyakhovichi natives in 16 different countries, but so far have few pictures of any of them. Can you share your pictures of them in their new homes, concentrating on the first ten or twenty years after their arrival? For my grandmother, Rose Pilnick Kleiman, who arrived in the US in 1904, that would mean that we would emphasize those images of her before World War I and during the 1920s, rather than those she delighted in taking at her grandchildren's weddings in the 1970s. Do you have family memories preserved in albums and shoe boxes that we could post?

As all pages on this website, this is a work in progress, it will change often. And as all pages on this website, it is a collaborative effort where you can make a significant contribution. Add photos to this page by emailing images to the webmaster. Please clearly identify as many parties as possible in the photographs.

We can also create pages to show short videos made from old home movies, and link to shared audio interviews with your elderly family members. The webmaster will edit these submissions prior to posting.

Graduation of Evening Standard High School Of NYC's Lower East Side
Graduation Evening Standard High, Lower East Side, NYC

Jacob Lipshitz is the boy circled in red in the enlarged picture you can see by clicking on the title. If you know the identities of other people in this picture, please email the webmaster. As described above, this picture was of the type preserved by the graduates themselves. This picture was supplied by the generosity of Arthur Lowell and remains in his ownership. Click on the title to see a larger image.

Jacob Lowell ne Lifschitz/Lipshitz emigrated to the United States in 1902 with his mother and three siblings to join his father and two siblings already in the United States. Four years later his mother, then called Eva Lipshitz, died while Jacob was still a little boy. Before he turned thirteen, he was completely orphaned, his father, A. Samuel Lipshitz, was killed in a motor vehicle accident in September 1911. Jacob remembered that when his father met him at Castle Garden when the family arrived in April 1902 that one of the first things that his father said was "Yankel, you are going to school and learn how to speak English." Jacob told his own son that thanks to the sympathetic New York City schoolteachers, that he learned the language in only a few weeks. Look at the picture above and you will see that Jacob took his father's instruction to learn, to heart. It was taken at the Evening School for Men and Boys in the Lower East Side of New York. He studied, he worked, and was enabled to study, partially by the efforts of his sister Sorka who was ten years older and devoted to him and her other little brothers. She worked as a seamstress and took care of them after their father's death. Around 1915, Jacob decided to become a physician. He took the year of pre-med that was required at Fordham and entered medical school in 1916 at Long Island College Hospital. Because he needed to work to earn money for tuition it took him six years to complete medical school but he persisted. He graduated in 1922 and interned at Cumberland Hospital in Brooklyn and was a resident at Willard Parker Hospital for Contagious Diseases” in Manhattan. He eventually specialized in Pediatrics. He was on the staff of the “NY Postgraduate Medical School and Hospital”. He passed away at the age of 83 in June, 1980. (This information was supplied by his son Arthur Lowell)

The Photos in this Table and on this Page

You will see the variety of photos offered below and elsewhere on this page. We have family portraits, showing the youngest children born in the US for grandparents still back home. We have wedding photos, for events that the scattered family could not attend. which show both the happy couple and the proud parents and siblings of one of the parties to that union. We have a photo of a young ingenue, like Lillian Levy, that no doubt was pressed into the hands of parents of young men by the family in Canada and Russia. We have photos taken on the doorsteps of row homes that might not look rich by American standards, but were masonry homes of some respectability by European measurement of the time.

Photos of Lechovichers Taken Abroad

Yotvitzky Family of Lechovich and Cleveland, Ohio

Taken in Cleveland Ohio in the 1920s, the picture shows Mary Sornik of Lyakhovichi (c. 1883-1957) with her husband Leibel aka Louis Yotvitzky and their children Molly, Eva, Julius, and Simon. Leibel Yotvitzky had also been a resident, though not a native, of Lyakhovichi. Picture provided by the grandson of Leib and Mary Yotvitzky -William Yotive.
The Yotivitzky family portrait is also a good example of one of the important kinds of photos taken by first generation immigrants in their new homes - the image of the well-dressed, healthy-looking family, must have been incredibly reassuring to the family still resident in what was then Lachowicze, Poland.

Bogin Family of Lechovich and Connecticut

This picture taken in NYC in 1910 is supplied by the generosity of Carol Bogin

Lillian Levy of Lechovich and Sydney Mines Nova Scotia

We are grateful to Mark Horn for this picture of his grandmother Lillian (Levy) Harrison born in Lyakhovichi and photographed when she lived on Pitkin Ave in Nova Scotia.

Joe and Ida (Litovsky) Levy of Lechovich and New York City

We thank two different researchers for this photo - Harold Levy for this picture of his grandparents and Mark Horn for this of his great-grandparents. Thankyou to you both!

A candid of Ida Mary Cohen with a daughter and grandchildren 1933 Ida Mary (Kaplan?) Cohen (previously Kirshner), newly a widow, is photographed with her daughter Anna Temchin and a grandson Jack Cohen and a granddtr Lillian Temchin. Thanks to Jack Cohen for this picture!

Max Cohen ne Mottel Kirshner and his wife Fannie Rosen in Brooklyn NY 1930s

Sam Cohen ne Simkha Kirshner and his wife Ida Schwartz in Manhattan before 1910

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An American Wedding of a Lyakhovichi native in 1912
Bernard and Esther (BLOOM) BOGIN
This picture is supplied by the generosity of Carol Bogin. This couple lived in Connecticut, USA. Click on the image to see the lovely details of a formal US wedding dress in this time period.

Family Studio Portrait 1910

and their young family in the US c.1910. This picture is supplied by Ruth Kornbluth, who is researching her BUDOWLIA and POCZEPOFF ancestors in Lyakhovichi. Click on the image to see the larger print.

Philip and Dora (Litovsky) Gavsie in a candid taken in Nova Scotia Canada. This picture is presented by Mark Horn, thanks!

Left to right in the rear: Jeruchim Kalman Slonimsky holding grandson Hyman Shane, and daughter Annie Slonimsky (name later changed to Sloane). Left to right in the front: Henry O. Sloane, Jerucham Kalman's second wife Sara-Dvora "affectionately called "the Mumma" by children and step-children, and Ida (Sloane) Leshner. Youngest child Gertrude, was not yet born when this picture was taken in Philadelphia in the 1890s. Thanks so much to Shirley Serota!