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Dated: July 2010
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Family Album
Solomon -
a Dvoirei
Rosenfeld - Ițic
Beenstock - Croitoriu

Solomon family known in Răducăneni as

Solomon family known in Manchester as

Rosenfeld family known in
Răducăneni as

Rosenfeld family known in Manchester as

Croitoriu family known in Manchester as

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                                                               People from Rǎducǎneni

David Ițic
father of  Rifca
Married three times
Ita Ițic
nee Codican
3rd wife of
David Ițic
in England

Rifca Solomon
nee Ițic
daughter of
David Ițic & Lea Lemberg
wife of Mendel Solomon
Mendel Solomon
in England
Solomon Mendelson

Ghitla Goldstain
nee Solomon
sister of Mendel
Chaim Solomon
brother of
Mincie Ițic
nee Solomon
sister of  Mendel
Yankel Ițic
son of David & Ita Ițic
brother of  Rifca
Minnie Beenstock
nee Ițic (Rosenfeld)
daughter of
David & Ita Ițic
sister of  Rifca
Betsy Brodie
nee Ițic (Rosenfeld)
daughter of
David & Ita Ițic
sister of  Rifca
Dora Redler
nee Ițic (Rosenfeld)
daughter of
David & Ita Ițic
sister of  Rifca
Rosy Rosenzweig
nee Ițic (Rosenfeld)
daughter of
David & Ita Ițic
sister of  Rifca

Sai Ițic
son of David & Ita Ițic
brother of  Rifca
Paulina Ițic
daughter of Yankel
& Mincie Ițic

Malca a Dvoirei Solomon
daughter of
Mendel & Rifca
David Solomon
son of
Mendel & Rifca
Harry Solomon
son of
Mendel & Rifca
Kate Solomon
daughter of
Mendel & Rifca
Fanny Solomon
daughter of
Mendel & Rifca
Esther Solomon
daughter of
Mendel & Rifca
Isaac Solomon
son of
Mendel & Rifca
Marly Swartz
daughter of Itamar
wife of
David Solomon

Mendel Solomon

traded in

horses and oxen

Click link to see collection of ox carts

Nothing is known about the childhood and youth of Mendel Solomon. He was conscripted into the Roumanian army at age 21 and served for the obligatory 8 years. This would explain why he married at 29, a relatively late age in that world. He was a bugler in the army and his experience with the wind instrument no doubt provided him with the skills that made him an excellent shofer bluser (shofat blower) in one of the synagogues of Manchester years later.

After he married, his life  was typical of the lives of many Jews from Rǎducǎneni. Most were petty traders or dealers in grain or livestock. Mendel Solomon traded in horses and oxen. Like many of the Jews of Rǎducǎneni, his dress distinguished him from his non Jewish neighbours. The family lived in a small, poor home with a large stove in the centre of the living area around which the family slept in the cold, winter months. Water was obtained from a well outside the front door.

In 1908, the family joined the great wave of emigrants. Mendel Solomon left for England and settled in Manchester where he became a chicken dealer serving the Jewish community. His wife Rifca, with the first seven of their nine children, followed him making a horrendous journey from a quiet, green, urban village to the dirt, tumult and bustle of a large industrial town. The couple lived all their lives in the same house, surrounded by the homes of their landsleiten (people from the same town), speaking Yiddish, and praying in the New Romanian Synagogue built according to the architecture with which they were familiar and praying in the nusach sephard. (The Spanish oriental style of prayer)

When Mendel Solomon arrived at the immigration in the port in England, he was asked his name. As it was customary in Romania to state the family name first, he gave his name as Solomon Mendel, so the immigration officer registered him as Solomon Mendelson and that became his English name.
Rifca's maiden name was Rosenfeld; she was the daughter of David and Lea Rosenfeld. Her mother Lea died in childbirth and Rifca was brought up by her maternal grandfather, a money lender in Rǎducǎneni. Prior to his granddaughter's marriage, the grandfather put on his kapota & stramel (Sabbath hat and coat) and emigrated to die in the Holy Land.

The eldest daughter Malca, see her birth certificate below, had the village family name of a Dvoirei, derived from her great grandmother Dvoira who lived till 110 years old and was the village midwife.

The Romanian passport of Rifca Solomon and her seven children was issued in Huşi on the 3rd May, 1908. Rifca's brother Yankel Rosenfeld applied for the passport on behalf of his sister and her children. The passport states that they were Romanian citizens.

Yankel Rosenfeld was married to Mincie Solomon the sister of Mendel Solomon, a brother and sister married a brother and sister, uniting the two families. Yankel and Mincie remained in Romania, their daughter Paulina was a concert violinist.

Shiah Rosenfeld emigrated to Manchester. David Rosenfeld remarried three times after the death of his first wife Lea. He had six more children with his fourth wife Yetta, two sons, Shia and Yankel, and four daughters, Minnie, Dorah, Betsy and Rosy.

David and Yetta Rosenfeld had a nephew also called Shiah Rosenfeld, who also settled in Manchester, his grandsons are Leonard & Brian Rosenfield.

In May, 1908, Rifca Solomon, a young woman in her early thirties, made her way from Rǎducǎneni, a small village in Moldavia, to Manchester, England.  She travelled with her seven children, the youngest born prematurely and still wrapped in cotton wool, the incubator of the time. The vicissitudes of that journey must have been horrific. With no languages except Yiddish and a smattering of Romanian, carrying clothes, possessions, food and drink for all the family, the little group went by horse and cart from Raducaneni to Iasi, the big town. From there, they went by rail north to Hamburg and from Hamburg, they took a boat to Grimsby and on by rail to Manchester. Finally, they went by Hackney cab to the place that was to be their home for the rest of their lives in a working-class district of Manchester, close to the Romanian synagogue and a number of fellow immigrants from the old country.

Eighty-eight years later, the photograph below of that family when they arrived in Manchester, was submitted to the Jewish Social Services in response to an appeal for photographs for the cover of a book describing the early days of Manchester Jewry. It was chosen for the frontispiece of the book.

In December, 2004, Marcel Glaskie, the grandson of the eldest daughter, Malka, found himself in Budapest with four days to spare.  He knew about Rǎducǎneni from his grandmother who had told him stories of the village in which she had lived. He took an overnight train to Bucharest and hired a car to Moldavia.

To his amazement, it was like stepping back in time. The village was just as his grandmother had described it: there was one main street about 3 kilometers in length winding through the town crossed by a few dirt tracks with poor,  simple houses on each side with a well to serve every house and populated by simple, village folk. There was no time for him to do more than visit the town council offices and get the birth certificates of a few of the children. A visit to the cemetery proved to be a waste of time as all the gravestones dated from 1901 -1983. It was clear that there had to be another cemetery but there was no time to look for it. The story of the visit excited the members of the family and, at the end of May, 2005, a trio set out to experience the world of their grandparents.

Many of the photographs of Rǎducǎneni in this web site, were taken during their visit to Rǎducǎneni.

Birth certificate of
Mendel Solomon
Birth certificate of
Malca (Dvoirei) Solomon

Birth record of
Kate Solomon
Birth record of
Fanny Solomon
King Carol I - on passport below King Carol I
Passport of
Rifca Solomon & children
issued in Huşi on 3rd May 1908
Back of passport

In August 1938, Eugene Lieberman age 9, wearing
a Romanian blouse, visited Rǎducǎneni  with his
parents, Malca Solomon & Iancu Lieberman
Romanian Lei, pre WW II
The Lei was established in 1880
Haim Croitoriu & Minnie Rosenfeld
(Mr & Mrs. Beenstock)
Yankel & Dora Rosenfeld
brother & sister

David & Ita Ițic
Minnie & Dora
Marley & David Solomon
Married 9th July 1922 in Manchester

Chaim (Shiah) & Hansa Rosenfeld
nephew of Ita Ițic
Photo courtesy of Amory Hall

The Solomon family in 1908
after arriving in Manchester

Rifca in 1934
Rifca with Jack & Aby
the two sons born in Manchester

Death record of Leia Ițic nee Lemberg
mother of Rifca

Marcel Glaskie in 1940
with great grandmother Rifca Solomon

David & Harry Solomon (Mendelson)

Devoirei the village midwife
was probably not born in Rǎducǎneni,
she probably came from Galicia,
because the Jews did not arrive in Rǎducǎneni
before 1838

Document from Paris France
for Haim Croitoriu (Beenstock)
Memorial plaques from Manchester

Birth record of Mincu Croitoriu
daughter of Shloimie Meir & Rivka.
In England they changed their name from
Croitoriu to Beenstock
Mincu (Minnie) went to live in the USA
later returned to Manchester.
The children of Shloimie & Rifka were:
  Isaac, Mincu, Berel, Frieda, born in Raducaneni
Eli, Srule, Cissie, born in Manchester
Shloimie was the brother of Chaim Beenstock
& Smelki Croitoriu
From 1916 to 1920 Shloimie Beenstock & Jack Lieberman
were in partnership making army uniforms,
after the war they made uniforms for the
postal service & the tram car companies.

Shloimie Meir & Rivka
Probably the Barmitzvah of Berel in 1919
Shloimie Meir Beenstock

Isaac (Ike) Beenstock
Minnie Beenstock
See above birth record Mincu Croitoriu

Bernard (Berel) Beenstock Cissie,   Eli,   Frieda,
Frieda married Motty Sherman

Eli Beenstock Srule Beenstock
in Palestine

  Shloimie Meir & Chaim
Cissie Beenstock
Married Alex Brown

Link to - Avraham Crotoriu memorial by The State of Israel, Ministry of Defense
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