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Outdoor portrait of Itsik Popel. 1938
Outdoor portrait of Itsik
(Itsinke) and Raya (Raykele) Popel
|Many years ago David
Tomback gave 9 pictures of the Popel family of
Kovno to Yivo. He must have not known that one family member in the
pictures survived the holocaust. I am posting here the original email
that I received after posting the pictures on my site; My father,
Popel Aron, son of Ezra from Kowno, had his first
family :wife Rivka and sons Ezra, Itsik, Noah ( born in 1939-40). On
June, 22 1941 my father was not in Kowno and has not had time to
return before the arrival of the Nazies to the city. His family has
been killed during the first action in the Kovno ghetto in November,
Father was a soldier at war and in 1946 he married the second time to
Lea (Leya) Bick,
daughter of Dovid from Kriukai (near Jonishky). In 1946 I was born
and in 1948 my sister Riva. In 1991 my family came to Israel from
daddy has died on 10.10.1983 .He had no any photo of the first family.
Due to you I could see them (kovno-portraits-# 12,13,14
www.eilatgordinlevitan.com) .Believe me when I have seen
them I cried in front of the screen. It is one of the strongest
in my life. I do not have words which can express my gratitude.
Besides in the list of emigrants in the USA from Kowno I have found
Josef. In Kowno there was only one family Popel, therefore it,
brother of my grandfather Ezra.
The name of father is incorrectly written to photos kov-p-# 14. His
Aron (Aharon), instead of Yitskhok. Father of my cousins was familiar
the daddy before war and has recognized them in the photo.
I very much ask to be informed where these photos came from. Very
much I hope, that someone from the family of Rivka (nee Tombak) has
survived and I want to find them.
Once again thanks with all my heart. My e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
I wrote to Yivo and Daniel received an email;
Your letter was forwarded to me by Eilat Gordin Levitan and I will try
to provide you with the most information that I have. Unfortunately I
do not have much. I am including with this email the 9 photos in our
collection that feature members of the Popel family. They are
available along with the majority of our pre-War Eastern European
photos on our online catalog - http://yivo1000towns.cjh.org. These
photos were donated many years ago to the YIVO Institute by David and
Leah Tomback. Unfortunately, I have no other information about the
donors. Before the 1970's, YIVO kept very little in the way of donor
information except for in the case of large collections. I can tell
you that there is a stamp on the back of each photograph that reads:
101-57 108th Street.
Richmond Hill 19.
Long Island, NY.
This is an old stamp, and I have no information as to whether or not
this person still lives there.
I hope that this information is useful, I wish that I could offer
Assistant Photo and Film Archivist
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Daniel forwarded to me the email he received from Yivo.
I check on Ancestry.com and found out that David died in 1963 and
Leah died in 1990.
I checked Jewishgen family finders for Tomback- I was happy to see;
Searching for Surname TOMBACK - Number of hits: 8 ( 4 Researchers )
all looking for Tombacks fro Kovno or Jonava and one looking for
Tomback from both places ( made me sure that they all must be related)
I wrote them and on the same day received two answers;
....My mother's family were the Tomback's. At first I didn't remember
any David Tomback from Richmond Hills, but now I do. I remember he
was married to Leah, who I have met (she is now deceased, as is most
of my mother's family). And they did live in Richmond Hills. I think
we was my mother's uncle which would have made him my great-uncle. I
so wish my mother were still around to ask her. I don't remember if
they had any children, but I don't think so. I do know that my
mother's parents came from Lithuania. My mother's maiden name was
Kroshinsky, but her mother's name was Zelda Tomback Kroshinsky....
I received an email from Dr. Richard Tomback and I am pasting some of
"Thank you for your E mail.
David Tomback was my second cousin. He passed away many years ago. His
Leah Tomback, has also died. I believe that she passed away at least 15
Aron Popel returned to Kovno
after the war and found out that his
Leah Popel with her daughter,
Riva and Rivas' son; Solomon (Kovno,
An_°, her husband Oleg, My grandaughter Ana and grandson
Daniel Popel with wife Rina and grandson; (Israel, 2004)
1930 the wedding of Pesah and Wihna ( Vera nee Kaplan) Popel in Kovno Credit; Mina Pilo from Tel-Aviv -her mother was the sister of the bride and Daniel Popel who found Mina in 2005. His father was the brother of the groom. Mina was born in 1925 in Palestine. She attended the wedding in Kovno with her mother. They arrived to late to be included in the picture. The Boy in a sailosuit on the right- Fetka Grinshpan (Greenshpan);brother-Moishe (Moses); young girl-?; the young woman-Tzila (Cila) Grinshpan (maiden name Kaplan); the man between two women-Jehoshua or Joshua Kaplan; women-?; the man-brother of the bride-name it is not known; brother of bride Yerahmiel (a name inexact);
Pesah and Vihna (Vera) Popel with daughter Raya
Pesah and Vihna (Vera) Popel with daughter Raya
Children at a birthday party in Kaunas, Lithuania for Raya Popel who
turned 2 years old. Raya Popel was the daughter of; Pesach and Vera
Popel nee Kaplan
Photo Credit: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, courtesy USHMM.
During the time in which
I am engaged in drawing up a family tree, a