|Posted By:||Jane Garzilli|
|Subject:||Re: Joseph Feinberg & Larry Fine|
|Post Date:||November 04, 2009 at 07:37:29|
|Forum:||Feinberg Family Genealogy Forum|
Here is a 11/2/09 letter from Naomi Stein Berlin to Linda Levine, which I'm posting at Naomi's request:
Jane Becker Garzilli(my niece/cousin) forewarded your post to me. This is what I know:
I am Naomi Stein Berlin. My mother was Francis Feinberg. Her father was Morris feinberg, an uncle of Larry Fine. (There is a good book written by Larry's brother, I believe, called "the Stooge in the Middle"). My maternal grandmother was Esther Mazer Feinberg.
I have a picture of the whole Mazer clan which is probably the same as Jane's.I also have pictures of my grandmother Esther and grandfather Morris. I'd be delighted to scan and send any that I have.
I live in Daytona Beach, Fl. and in Manhattan (we spend about 2 weeks each month in each place). My sister is June Stein Fuhrman, and they live half the year near Phila. and half in West Palm, Fl...Just in case any of you are local to those areas.
I didn't have too much contact with the Feinberg Phila. relatives but I remember Larry performing at a Camden theater and having June and me back stage..also he came to see us in the hospital when we had our tonsills removed. June had more contact with the cousins as she stayed in the area while Jerry and I moved away when we married.
As far as the Mazer clan...the only one I knew well was Bella Mazer Becker. I know that the youngest brother, Sammy was a down and out alcoholic whom Bella would bring into her home and help him get on his feet. She really was an angel. She and Julius lived in the Bronx and my grandparents lived in Philadelphia. I have a very basic family tree that I made for the grandchildren (with pictures) that I'd be glad to send you.
There is a story about Esther that is probably embellished, but my grandchildren loved hearing it. Esther was apparently beautiful and came over from London in either steerage or some very low class of passage. Someone who was a young Jewish man (Lord Somebody) saw her and invited her to the upper decks as his guest, danced with her (I assume no hanky-panky) and when they docked in Phila. gave her his contact information. Aunt Hinda (one I've never met), who had brought my grandmother to be her child sitter and household helper, took the paper and tore it up. Esther then said she would marry the first man she saw (!) and that was my grandfather Morris Feinberg. (Does this sound like Cinderella?) My grandfather was a lovely man...a carpenter when they met...a contractor later. How I wish I had asked questions when they could be answered.
I'd love to hear from you. (If you post a response to this post, Jane will pass it on to me)
Naomi Stein Berlin