I am very surprised and delighted to have received your e-mail from Israel. I want to respond to you as soon as possible, but I ask that you forgive the brevity of my message since I am just back from vacation,and I have much to do at the office and not much time to do it in because of the holiday.
I have very only very recently become interested in searching my family's history. I do know Barry Brower but have not been in contact with him for perhaps 10 years, although now, of course, I will rekindle that relationship. Briefly, Barry's father, Simon, was my father' George's nephew. At this time, I do not know the name of Simon's mother, although obviously she must have been my father's sister. We are to told that my father's father, Eliezer Ha'kohen, and his mother, Chuma, had 11 children, seven of whom emigrated from Warsaw to the United States. We believe that Simons's mother must have been one of the four children remaining in Europe. Of course, Barry may have some more information, and I intend to get in touch with him a next week to say "hello" and to find out what other history he has.
Chuma, my father's mother, did emigrate to the US, but my grandfather, Eliezer Ha'kohen, died in Poland when my father was 15 years old, which would have placed the year of his death in 1919.
There is one other piece of the puzzle that I would love to discover. My father had relatives - cousins?, nieces? nephews? -- who lived in Paris, and whom I visited in 1966. Their last name was Shvertok (or some variation). I am hoping that someone may have some information on them. I remember that he was a tie maker - he gave me one of his ties which I still have! They were wonderful people.
We are planning a reunion of as many of my cousins who are available, and since I am the "baby" -- at age 63 -- of all of them, I am hoping that they will have more information and better memories than I do.
I will say in touch, but once again, in the meantime, thank you for writing. May you, your family and your friends, and the entire State of Israel, had a peaceful, healthy, and happy New Year.
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