Thursday, April 16, 2015

Remembering the Schwartz and Simonowitz families from Ungvar

On Yom HaShoah, a day to remember victims of the Holocaust, I want to pay tribute to my grandpa Tivadar (Teddy) Schwartz's family, all born in Ungvar (then Hungary, now Uzhorod, Ukraine). Tragically, all but one of the Schwartz family living in Ungvar perished in the Holocaust. Teddy's aunts, uncles, and cousins in the Simonowitz family (kin to his mother Hanna Simonowitz) also perished.

Above, probably one of Teddy's sisters and her husband, in a studio photo they sent to Teddy some time after he left and came to New York City. The inscription, shown at right, reads: "Affectionately, Lenke and Ignacz, Uzhorod, March 29, 1924."

Teddy's older brother Simon (who changed his name to Samuel) and his younger sister Mary came to New York, but the rest of the siblings remained in Hungary.

The only Schwartz survivor was Teddy's beloved niece, Viola, who now lives in Israel with her family. We're blessed to be in touch with them!

2 comments:

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

A very nice way to remember. I have recently learned I have family members who died in the Holocaust. I am still learning the details. It is good that you are honoring your family.

Marian Burk Wood said...

Good luck with your research, Colleen. As one of my 2d cousins notes, I can't say for *certain* that this is my grandpa's sister, but I know for certain the couple is related to him, either as his sibling or as his mother's family. So I wanted to honor their memories on this day.