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Rēzekne Families Stories and Pictures

The PASS Family

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Esther (Herschman) Rechtschafner

My Great grandparents were from Rezekne. They decided to leave. The son Morris went to South Africa, as did many Latvian Jews at that time. He worked in a shoe shop. He earned money and sent it to his family.

 Basya Pass photo

The parents and the 2 daughters Nomi & Esther immigrated to New York. Nomi married Simon Bleckman and Esther married Harry Herschman. This was at the turn of the last century.

Nomi 3

Morris saved a bit more money and went to England, where he again worked in a shoe shop. Then he earned more money and went to New York to join his family. There, he opened up his own shoe shop. Later on, he and his immediate family moved to California. The economic situation of the entire family improved and some of the descendants of Simon Blechman became millionaires. When Simon came to NY, he had $60 in his pocket. They were/are all very cultured and big Zionists

Oscar and Meir

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