Sunday, March 17, 2019

Three sons of Jozef and Chaja KATZ

My last blogpost was about the family of Berl KATZ.

The parents of Berl KATZ were Josef / Jozef KATZ and his wife Chaja nee RINDLER.

A rough estimate would give Jozef and Chaja's birth years around 1840 - 1845, and their year of wedding around 1863 - 1868.

From the fact that Berl named his oldest son Josef when he was born in 1904, we understand that Berl's father had died before 1904.

From the fact that their son Berl named his daughter born in 1914 Chaja, we understand that Chaja KATZ nee RINDLER had died before 1914.

The three sons we have found so far, all lived around Lubaczow , in Basznia, but had completely different fates.

Their youngest son, Hersch (Zvi)  KATZ, was born around 1889, and died, 26 years old in 1915. 1915 was the year that so many died in Lubaczow.

Their son Berl KATZ was born in 1874, was first married to Malka. After Malka's death in 1915,  Berl married Chaja. Berl was murdered in the Holocaust.

Their son Izrael / Israel KATZ was born either in 1864 or around 1869. He died in June 1936, either 67 or 72 years old.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Berl KATZ family

A letter from Argentina and then an email from a grandson caused me to look closer  at the family of Berl KATZ.

Berl KATZ was born in 1874 and was married twice.
His first wife Malka LUDNER/ LUDMER , died in 1915, only 32 years old.
With Malka he had the following children:
Jozef KATZ  born 1905
Tobias Jakob KATZ born 1907
Rachmiel KATZ born 1909
Mendel KATZ born 1911
Chaja KATZ born 1914

In 1923 he married his second wife Chaja GOLDSTEIN.
With Chaja he had the following children:
The twins Hersz and Moses Rabon KATZ  born in 1923. Moses died as a baby.
Rachel KATZ born 1926
Chaim Lazar KATZ born 1928
Ester Sara KATZ born 1932. Sara Ester died as a baby.

Berl KATZ' son from his first marriage, Mendel KATZ, born in 1911, managed to emigrate to Argentina in 1939. Mendel's brother Rajmiel/Rachmiel KATZ, born 1909, was already in Argentina.
So we now know that the two brothers Rajmiel/Rachmiel and Mendel KATZ survived by escaping to Argentina.
We also know that their sister Chaja, born in 1914, survived the Holocaust.

Can you help Mendel KATZ' daughter find out  what happened to the other siblings of her father?

Rachmiel KATZ submitted  Pages of Testimony for the following three  in 1979, one with his sister,  though the handwriting is not so clear:

1. His father Berl KATZ

2. His stepmother Chaja KATZ 

3. His brother Tobias KATZ

(Please correct me, if I am wrong.)

Josef KATZ
There is a Page for Josef KATZ born 1907 in Basnia Dolne, married to Eidel and with two young children, Yecheskel 11 and Zlata, 3 years old. They were in Wielkie Oczy during the war. There is no name of the parents of this Josef KATZ,  so it is not quite clear if this is Berl and Malka's oldest son who was born in 1905.

Is this Josef KATZ on that Page of Testimony,  indeed the son of Berl KATZ?