From Bernard Sarna, a Survivor in Poland (submitted by Marianna Hoszowska, on behalf of Bernard Sarna, a child Holocaust Survivor from Zambrow (later from Bialystok).

Mr. Bernard (Benek, Beinush) Sarna was born in 1941. He is the son of Michel Sholim Sarna (his mother’s name is unknown). Bernard’s father was born in Zambrow in 1916 to Alter and Sima Leya nee’ Cybulko (the Cybulko family was from Lomza).

Bernard survived the war with his mother, but she was murdered at the end of 1945 (or beginning of 1946). He was then adopted by a Polish Jewish couple. His foster father’s surname was Finkelstein. They moved to Bialystok and lived there.

He remembers that soon after the end of the war a woman, named Chava Desse (Bleier) nee’ Cybulko (or Cybulska),who claimed to be a relative, came to his house and wanted to take him with her

to South America. She was born in 1909 in Lomza, a daughter of Mendel and Ester Gitla, nee’ Flatau.

She was with her son, a boy of his age probably 5 to 7 years old at that time. Somehow she didn’t manage to take him with her and they left. That was the last time he ever heard from any of his family.

Chava was married to Mosze Desse from Ostrow Mazowiecka. They had two sons; Yuda and Jozef, of whom only Jozef (born 1941) survived the war. Chava Desse had a sister in Mexico; her married surname was Kremer (it is possible that her full name was Tauba Reizl Kremer). They left Poland in the late 1940s. She gave Pages of Testimony in 1957, giving her address in Netanya, Israel. Her name given in Yad Vashem was Chava Bleier.
We are trying to locate her family, especially Jozef Desse (Bleier?). If anyone has ever heard of the family and can give us any clue how to find them, please do not hesitate to contact me! Some additional information about Bernard, including his picture as a child, can be found in the Zambrow Yizkor Book on page 211.


From Nurit Sheps (Caspi), a 2g in Modiin, Israel:
My mother, Alisa Sara Caspi (nee’ Strudler) is a survivor. She has been searching for her sister, Klara Chaya Strudler, from Lvov, for many years without any success (please see the photo below). Klara Strudler was born on July 26, 1924 in Zalosche and lived in Lvov. Klara had studied in “Stashitca” an elementary school and afterwards in the Jewish high school. Klara Strudler was in the Lvov Ghetto in 1942. Their family had lived in Lvov: 6 Rouska St., then, 7 Volnush St. and the last apartment was at 5 Bema St. She disappeared after being captured by the Gestapo on August 4, 1942. Years later relatives said that she came back to Lvov and stayed there from 1945 – 1947 and was about to immigrate to the USA. She might be living today in the US.
My mother survived by pretending to be a Christian and participated in the Polish rebellion in Warsaw by joining Armia Ludova. She was captured and then transferred to Ravensbruck in Germany which was a forced labor camp. Now she lives in Modiin, Israel. She is a painter and has sold some of her pictures in New York and New Jersey.


From Leon Kanners:
Would be very grateful to hear from someone who was in Dzalal Abad in Kyrgystan, from 1942 to 1946.


From Marlene Simanlovich,a 2g in Vienna, Austria:

My father, Pandele Minas Galidis was 7 years old when he was deported to Russia; however, I have no details – maybe someone knew him? I was born in Dorohoi, Romania and live and work in Vienna, Austria.

From Frederica Barlaz (forwarded by Gini Lazar in Los Angeles, California):
Frederica Barlaz, is looking for a Thelma Feinblat (maiden name), daughter of Martin Feinblat, last known living in Beverly Hills, California. Martin Feinblat lived in Philadelphia in the early 1950’s then moved to Los Angeles. He was a friend of Abraham Barlaz from Dubnow, Poland. His niece is Frederica Barlza, who is looking for Thelma Feinblat for family information.


From Michael Skolnick, in Albuquerque, New Mexico:

I am trying to find Henry Retkinski, a Holocaust Survivor.

He lived in New York in the 1960’s. He was an embroiderer by trade and worked for my dad at Arista Flag Co. in Manhattan.

From Allgenerations:

Seeking an America Liberator, Jerome Rosenthal, last known to be living in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of the first American soldiers to enter Mauthausen; I believe he was in the 11th Armored Division. A survivor who met him at Liberation would like to thank him.

Contact directly


From Dirk Stallaert, in Buggenhout, Belgium:

Seeking Eva Bamberger. Ms. Bamberger went into hiding for some time during the Second World War with the Vincke family in a town called Buggenhout in Belgium. I met with Eduard Vincke at an event of local War Veterans in Buggenhout, (he is the son of Jozef and Romanie Vincke, the couple who provided accommodation to Eva Bamberger). Jozef Vincke was a member of the resistance and got killed in one of the concentration camps. After the war, Ms. Bamberger left to the US and stayed in contact with the Vincke family until the late sixties. Since then, there were no further contacts.

Mr. Eduard Vincke clearly indicated during some of our conversations that he would love to see “Gaby” (that was how the Vincke family called Ms. Bamberger) again. The last known address per Eduard Vincke is below; however, this address is from the late sixties. Ms. Bamberger had two children at the time, and was presumed to have divorced later on.

Lewinson (Name of Ms. Barmberger’s spouse)

7 Saddle Club Road

Lexington, Massachusetts

Unfortunately, despite many efforts, I have been unsuccessful at tracing her back through databases in Belgium.

From Ellen Minkwitz, a 2g in Dover, Delaware:

Would like to hear from anyone who remembers my mother and father, Ettel and Max Bomze; my father – either from Vienna, Dachau, Buchenwald, or Camp Kitchener, (in Kent, England), and my mother, nee’ Ettel Wechsler, born in Poland, lived in Palestine in late 1920’s, early 1930’s and finally in London (Whitechapel) 1939, early 1940?

Searching for internees or, most likely at this time, children of Camp Kitchener internees who were there during 1939-early 1940, who might have known or have information on my father. Also, I can e-mail photo of inside of barracks if anyone wants.

Does anyone have data or references regarding my father’s incarceration in Dachau and Buchenwald 1938-1939. (All I have is documentation from the International Tracing Service with prisoner numbers.)

Also, would like to know what happened to my Grandmother Ettel Bomze, nee Vogelbaum, I believe, of Vienna, Austria. Family has no idea what happened to her, other than she did not survive WW II.

And does anyone know of my uncle Moses (Moishe) Steinwolf, of Vienna; fled to Belgium alone around 1939. He most likely died after the Nazi invasion of Belgium, – nothing in Yad Vashem’s database.

From Sharon Lehman, a 2g in New York, New York:

My mother was in a convent in Mollem, Belgium, (about 2 hours out of Brussels); it was the convent of the Urseline Sisters. She was there for 2 years; she is unsure of the exact years, but it could be 1942-1944 or 1943- 1945.

Her assumed name was Leoni Leurs. If anyone was in this convent, we’d love to hear from you.


Edie (Leibowitz) Feinstein, a 2g in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey:

I am looking for anyone who may have known my father, Efroim Leibowitz. He was from Galicia and the son of Ades and Joseph Leibowicz. His birth date was December 15th; I believe either 1914 or 1917. I only have his release papers from Auschwitz and no birth certificate. I know that he had been married before the war and his previous wife probably was killed.

He met my mother after the war in Germany, Rose (Diament) Leibowitz. I do not even know if he had any brothers or sisters. He passed away in 1958 and I do not know much more. I did get a tracing from the American Red Cross.


From Michelle Katz, a 2g in Freehold, New Jersey:

My father was in a DP camp in Bari from 1945-1950. His name is Abram Belzycki (now Belz) and he was originally from Lodz and then Piotrkow. He was a tailor in the DP camp and from what we were told, had a very positive experience in Italy. In fact, we have many pictures of the time he spent there. Unfortunately, he is now suffering from some memory issues so it is difficult to get any information. I would love to know if anyone knew him there.

From Heni Stein, a 2g in Richmond, Virginia:

Seeking: Yoel Langbart: He posted information about the Szac family in 1957 so he may not be alive today. He was a neighbor to my father’s family in Bilgoraj, Poland. Does anyone out there know of this person?

From Hilda Slivka, a 2g in Avon, Connecticut:
I am looking for my great aunt’s family. Her name was Miriam Nadel (maiden name: Rosenwein) who moved to Kfar Hasidim near Haifa, Israel before the war. Our family was from Czentochowa, Poland.

From Jennifer Mittelman, a 3g in New York, New York:

We are planning a trip to Ukraine this summer to see where my grandparents were born. My grandmother, Frida Herskovitz’, nee’ Veig, was from the town of Apsche (or Nizne-Apsche?). Unfortunately she passed away a year and a half ago, and none of her siblings are still living, so we are in need of help from some other survivors or 2Gs who are familiar with this town.

I believe (but am not sure) it is now in Ukraine, but I don’t know. I know when my grandmother was born there it was part of Czechoslovakia, but later became part of Hungary during the war.

My grandmother’s parents were Sholom and Haya Veig; sisters were Blanka, Goldie, Berta, and one oldest one who already had her own family by wartime. Brothers were Mordechai and Eli.

From Suzanne Sondheimer, a 2g in West Bloomfield, Michigan:

My father, Moshe (Martin) Goldberg, and his brothers Oscar Goldberg and Kalman Goldberg, and his sister Kala Katz, lived in Radom, Poland before the war.

They survived the concentration camps and lived in Stuttgart for a few years after the war. Does anyone know if Stuttgart was a DP camp? Does anyone remember my father and his family?


From Heni Stein, a 2g in Richmond, Virginia:
Was anyone on the Af-Al-Pi-Chen when it was caught by the British Fleet and forced to go to Cyprus? Does anyone know where all the documents taken from the people who tried to make it to Eretz Israel on the Af-Al-Pi-Chen were taken? The ship instead was boarded by the British and brought to Cyprus DP Camp. Do these documents still exist somewhere today? I have tried in vain to find them. My father had an important letter along with all his documents taken that day.

From Michelle Katz, a 2g in Freehold, New Jersey:

My father, Abram Belzycki (now Belz) was in a DP camp in Bari, Italy from 1945-1950. He was originally from Lodz and then Piotrkow.

He was a tailor in the DP camp and from what we were told, had a very positive experience in Italy. In fact, we have many pictures of the time he spent there.

Unfortunately, he is now suffering from some memory issues so it is difficult to get any information. I would love to know if anyone knew him there.