After years of searching, I've located Ibolya (Viola) Schwartz W___, daughter of my great-aunt Paula Schwartz. I posted about her on an Israel genealogy forum and a kind local volunteer called her and learned that she's still at the same address as she was when she submitted her mother's name to the Shoah Victims Central Database. My family is very excited about this connection! We now know about our 2d cousins in Israel, and learned that they never had any idea they had American cousins.
At left is Ibolya (family nickname: Ibolyka) in a traditional Hungarian costume, sent from Ungvar to my Grandpa Teddy just before WWII. Grandpa apparently didn't know that Ibolyka had survived. Above right, one of Teddy's sisters and her husband, photographed in a studio in Ungvar before WWII.
Children of Herman Schwartz and Hana Simonowitz Schwartz:
- Samuel (originally Simon) Schwartz (1883-1954), the oldest son and my great-uncle. He married Anna Gelbman in Bridgeport, CT and was employed as a printer and then owned a grocery store in Queens, NY.
- Theodore (originally Tivador) Schwartz (1887-1965), my grandpa, who came to America first. He married Hermina Farkas in Manhattan and was a runner for the steamship lines, then became a grocery store owner in the Bronx.
- Mary (Marushka) Schwartz (1891-1959), my great-aunt. Her passage to New York was arranged by her two older brothers and she later married furrier Edward Wirtschafter.
- Etel Schwartz (??/dates unknown), my great-aunt who I know only from the photo at right. She remained in Hungary when her three siblings left, and was a Holocaust victim.
- Paula Schwartz (1906-1944), another great-aunt, the other stylish lady in the sisters photo. She married and had a daughter, Ibolya (Viola); Paula remained in Hungary and was definitely a victim of the Holocaust. Viola survived and settled in Israel, as I said above.
- How I know Ibolyka survived the Holocaust (and her mother Paula did not).
- My mother tells me what my Grandpa Teddy said about coming to America (not an easy crossing, apparently).
- Simon Schwartz changes his name to Sam Schwartz once he arrives in America (I found his ship records.)
- Chasing the wrong Violet Schwartz Weinberger. (My adventures trying to track down Violet/Viola led me to the wrong family at first.)
- The mystery of Margaret Schwartz and her son Michael (Sam Schwartz's second wife and stepson in Queens, NY).
- Trying to puzzle out the Hungarian writing on the back of a photo to Teddy from Ungvar.
- Being found by Mary Schwartz's granddaughter and seeing what Mary and her husband Edward looked like later in life (a handsome couple indeed).
- Receiving help with translation of Ibolyka's inscription on her photo postcard to my Grandpa (thank you!).
- Learning more about the Kossuth Ferenc Society, which my Grandpa was active in for two decades (also members were my grandma Minnie Farkas and my great-aunt Mary Schwartz, listed in the documents as Marie). Even more about the Kossuth Society here.
- Puzzling over a mystery photo sent to Grandpa from Hungary (no luck figuring out who's in it).
- Tracing the life of Sam Schwartz (who knew he lived in Bridgeport for years?).
- The ships that brought Theodore, Sam, and Mary to America (not very luxurious in steerage class, to say the least).
- Grandpa Teddy's Dairy in the Bronx (photos and all).
- Grandpa Teddy writes his son during WWII.
- Holocaust Remembrance Day and memories of how Teddy came to America.
- Who Grandpa Teddy Schwartz left behind in Ungvar when he came to America.
- Identifying the photo of my great-grandpa, Herman Schwartz, from Ungvar, Hungary.
- Teddy's daughter Dorothy serves in WWII.
- Photos of Mary Schwartz's husband and children. Mary and husband Edward Wirtschafter visit Coney Island.
- Photos of Hani and Herman Schwartz, my great-grandparents.
- On Yom HaShoah, remembering my family's Schwartz and Simonowitz relatives who perished in the Holocaust.