Small family stories
SMALL FAMILY STORIES
"My father came from Radomyshl.
His name in America was Samuel MALIN
name originally had been MACHNATSKY. Two of his brothers came to
America. The first one to come was Jacob, who came first, then my
father, and then my Uncle Leon. The three brothers are no gone. There
were about eleven brothers and sisters in the family who never left
Russia, as far as I know. I will now send this to the Radomyshl site and
maybe I will get some feedback."
"My mother was born in Radomysl
and lived there until she came to the U.S.
at age 16 in 1923. Her father, Avram Melamed, left Radomysl in 1911.
He came to the U.S. with his two oldest daughters. They were to work and
accumulate funds to have the rest of the family come. My grandfather came
into the U.S. through the Port of Galveston. I have all of the records.
For a reason which I have not been able to determine, he immediately
changed his name to Miller and came to Chicago. He left his wife Eydce
(maiden name Bruchman), and in order of age, daughter Basel (Bessie),
daughter Faigle (Fanny) my mother, son Mottel (Max).
All of these arrived in the U.S. through Ellis Island in 1923.
My grandfather sent them funds in about 1919. This was the period of
the pogroms and as a youngster my mother often told me stories of the
2 or 3 years that it took my grandmother and 3 children to flee from
the "bandits" until they arrived in Antwerp. They slept in forests and
in barns and were constantly hungry. I believe, but am not sure, that
my grandmother was born in Radomysl. My grandfather, I believe was born
in Zhitomir. My grandmother apparently left relations in Radomisl but
other than a few similar names on the list of people killed by the Nazis
I have no information. All of the members of my family, for many years,
were active in the Radomishler Unterstitzungs Verein. My grandparents and
many members of my family are buried in the Radomishler section of the
Menorah Gardens cemetery in Maywood, Illinois."
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