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Posted by: Gelena Bronshteyn (ID *****2347) Date: January 10, 2007 at 23:50:18
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I was looking for the Bessarabia or Moldova section on this forum but did not find it. I know that my mother's mother was born in Kishinev in 1919 when it was a part of Romania. Bessarabia was ceased by Romanians in 1918 and they held till 1940, the year when the Soviets entered Bessarabia. I haven't found any difference in language and culture between native Moldovians and Romanians, in fact the entire 1980s native Moldovians were screaming at the top of their lungs that Moldova had to rejoin Romania but nothing came out of it. I myself was born and raised in Kishinev as well as many of my relatives but in this message I was wondering whether anyone has any info about ancestors of my mother's mother. My mother's mother was Hannah Ikhielievna Miliavskaya, maiden last name-Revich, born in Kishinev to a Bessarabian Jew, Ikhiel Revich and his Jewish wife, Sonia Slavina, from Rechytsa. Again, after I emailed millions of organizations and archives worldwide asking them to help me find something about my ancestors, they gave me nothing. I even paid one genealogist, Vyacheslav Stavila, in Kishinev, a few months ago $100 to research some other Bessarabian ancestors of mine, and he showed me the door. I am very frustrated (I, of course, typed in the names of my relatives on millions of genealogical websites, also-nothing). Especially now, when the Israelis are demanding us to present them the proofs of our Jewishness (we are 100% Jews, we have millions of papers to show that, there is nothing to prove), the genealogical results might be a nice addition to our unbearable ordeal in Israel. Anywho, I think I should call it quits here today, I don't have a lot of money, and this is not my computer but if you know anything about ancestors of Ikhiel Revich, please let me know, if only archives in Kishinev could get me papers about Hannah stating that she was born there in a Jewish family. Hannah died in Kishinev from breast cancer in 1990 and was survived by her only child-my mother-and her sister, Haya who now may live in Moscow with her son, Alexander Eshanov, a theatre director, his Russian wife, an architect, and their two children, a boy and a girl. As you understood Sonia, Hannah, and Haya outlived the war (Sonia died in Kishinev in 1988, in her 90s or something) but Ikhiel passed away in Kishinev in the early 1930s, died from a heart attack after carrying a box of heavy wine bottles from the basement of his own restaurant upstairs.

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