|First name:||Anna Andzia Chana|
|False name during the war:||Katarzyna|
ANNA ANDZIA'S STORY
Sonia and Shabtai Mirski
In September 1939 the war broke out and Sonia was stuck in Europe, unable to emigrate. This area of what was then Poland was occupied by the Soviet Union from the end of September 1939 under the Ribbentrop-Molotov agreement.
The Jewish population there before Holocaust was 2844.
FEIGELSON EMIGRATING TO THE USA THROUGH ELLIS ISLAND
Through Ellis Island http://www.ellisisland.org/ several persons named Feigelson from Glubokoye open up an interesting new possibility for finding relatives of Chana's mother.
In 1904 a tailor named Schimen ( Simon) Feigelson from Glubokoye is on the ship manifest but his name is crossed out. Did he have to return to Europe without being able to enter the USA? He was born ca 1878.
In 1910 a tailor named Chaim Feigelson, born ca 1889 in Globokoye, son of J. Feigelson was going to his married sister .
In 1912 a tailoress named Feige Feigelson, born ca 1892 in Globokoye, daughter of Rubin Feigelson , named her uncle as her contact person in the States
In 1914 Hersch Feigelson, a tailor born ca 1891 in Glubokoye, was going to his brother Philip Feigelson in New York.
In 1921 a mother and her two daughters are leaving one son/brother named R. Fejgelson in Globokoye and going to another son/brother named S. Fejgelson in the States. The mother is Zelda Fejgelson, born ca 1866 . The two daughters are named Dobe-Leja ( born ca 1902) and Esja (born ca 1904).
Could any of these be relatives of Chana's mother Sonia Mirski nee Feigelson?
Could Zelda's brother R. Feigelson be Rubin Feigelson, father of Feige Feigelson who emigrated in 1912?
Could Zelda's brother S. Feigelson be Shimen Feigelson, whose name is on the ship manifest from 1904, but whose name was crossed out?
In other words were Zelda born ca 1866, Rubin born around 1870 or earlier and Shimen born ca 1878, siblings?
PADRADE / PODBRODZ IN LITHUANIA
Pabrade (earlier Podbrodz) is located 50 km NNE of Vilnius.
Jan Swietlikowski and his family, the Polish family that saved Andzia
When they in 1946 moved into what had become Poland after the war, they settled in Krosno near Poznan - Krosno Orszanskie.
Photo of Swietlikowski family
Standing: Jan "Janek" Swietlikowski Junior ; Marysia Swietlikowska (his sister)
Sitting: Mrs. Swietlikowska ( mother of Jan and Marysia, wife of Mr. Jan Swietlikowski Senior); Mrs. Swietlikowska (wife of Jan Swietlikowski Junior)
Sitting on the knees of the grandmother and the mother: The children of Jan Swietlikowski Junior and his wife.
According to the photo, the the oldest girl seems to have been born in 1949 or 1950. The youngest girl seems to have been born in 1951.
Marysia Swietlikowska and the children of her brother Jan.
In this case, the youngest child (girl?boy?) seems to be three years old and the middle one around six and the oldest around eight. From this, the guess is that the photo was taken around 1957 and that the youngest child was born around 1954.
Andzia would also like to know as much as possible about herself, her parents and her other relatives.
RESEARCH JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 2005
DNA testing gives interesting possibilities for locating lost relatives and learning about the roots of your ancestry. After studying the website for Family Tree DNA http://www.ftdna.com , I see the following possibility for a DNA test for Chana Mirski:
She knows her father and his family, but more or less only knows the name of her biological mother Sonia Mirski nee Feigelson from Gluboyke.
We have seen that some persons named Feigelson who emigrated from Gluboyke to the States before and after World War One.
In the database of Family Tree DNA there are presently 40000 samples of DNA, of persons of both Jewish and non Jewish origin.
In this case a test for the Maternal DNA could , at least in theory, give Chana the possibility to locate relatives on her mother's side. Such a test would cost 129 US dollars ( September 2005). To see how a DNA kit looks like, you can click on http://www.ftdna.com/kit.html .
We are still in the learning process about DNA and genealogy for Missing Identity, so please comment on this.
RESEARCH JOURNAL OCTOBER 2005
SWIETLOWSKI FAMILY LOCATED IN KROSNO ODRZANSKIE
On October 11th 2005 searching on the internet, I found that Krosno Odrzanskie, the town near Poznan, had a website http://www.krosnoodrzanskie.pl/ and an email for contact.
As Chana’s profile is already on the internet with the photos of the family who saved her, it was an easy matter to send an email to the town.
Imagine my surprise when the next day Ms. Ewa Pakula, the secretary of the Mayor of the town Krosno Odrzanskie, wrote that she had located the family and that somebody from the Swietlikowski family now will contact us.
Thank you to Ms. Pakula and to the town of Krosno Odrzanskie for making this happen!
RESEARCH JOURNAL JANUARY 2006
MARYSIA SWIETLIKOWSKA AND CHANA MIRSKI NOW IN CONTACT
Since our last report Marysia Swietlikowska contacted Chana and for Chana this was the dream come true! Finally she had found the family that saved her . There is of course the language problem as Chana has forgotten Polish, but good people are helping the two translating their messages to each other. Chana's uncle Zvi Mirski living in North America also was delighted that he could talk with Marysia Swietlikowska.
In April 2006 the plan is that Marysia will come to Israel to spend some time with Chana and her family, and as Zvi Mirski will be in the country too - this will be a whole reunion.
FEIGELSON IN GLUBOKOYE
In an attempt to locate any of Chana's maternal relatives, we have contacted persons named Feigelson or descended from Feigelson families in Glubokoye or from that area.
Several of those who answered want to try to help, so perhaps we will be able to find some answers continuing in this direction.
FEIGELSON IN GLUBOKOYE IN 1929
In the 1929 Business Directory for Poland, online on JRI-Poland on JewishGen
http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/ you can find Glebokie , now Glubokoye.
Here are the Feigelson listings I found, included the three different spellings of the family name:
Fejgelson and Braun Leather
A. Fejgelson Blacksmith
Cer. (Ger.?) Fejgelson Dentist
Ch. Fejgielson Beer hall (Piwiarnia in Polish)
D. Fejgielson ( Comestibles in French. What is this in English?)
E. Fejgelson and J. Gordon Horse Merchants
I. Feigelson Haberdashery ( Galanteria in Polish.)
SPELLING OF FAMILY NAME: FEIGELSON, FEIJGELSON, FEJGIELSON
Based on the Business Registry from 1929 we should now consider all these three spellings of the family name.
RESEARCH JOURNAL MAY 2006
Marysia Swietlikowska has come from Poland to visit Chana and her family here in Israel. Chana' s uncle Zvi came from abroad to meet Marysia too, so it has been a very emotional time. "Marysia is an amazing woman", says Chana.Chana's daughter videotaped the three - Marysia, Zvi and Chana - telling their story.
written by M, October 26, 2008
written by Steven Schwatyz, September 29, 2008
written by James Fagelson, November 26, 2007
written by Bernice Rosenzweig, June 21, 2007