From: Judith Keller To: dan Subject: It's Auntie Goldberg Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 09:03:16 -0800
It's Auntie Goldberg and my deduction is: Probably the reason you can't read the writing on the back is because the word "side" was wanted for "at the side of the house". However there was confusion as to how to spell side -- sight, site or side... English isn't easy to spell if you've never studied it, only learned to speak it by hearing it. I believe that may have been Auntie Goldberg's situation.
My father could speak English OK, but his spelling was not very good, like his pronunciation. My Mom was a proud and perfect speller. As the proof you have hanging in your stained glass "schul" indicates, she graduated from 8th grade. She was born and raised in Boston and did not speak Roumanian. She did speak Yiddish which was the only language her mother, born in Poland and raised in the shtetl, knew.
We all sat around the dining room table in Dorchester, doing our homework and helping to write my father's letters to "Margery Daw", the children's hat company he represented as a traveling salesman (ref. Willie Loman). These were horrible, wild sessions with fights about how he should word and spell his letters. We never seemed to get what he wanted to say and how it's said in written English to his satisfaction.
Re pic w. Simon: my guess is it's the side of the house where Auntie Goldberg lived with Uncle Boris in Somerville. A young Simon was visiting, perhaps a recent arrival from Roumania? Auntie G. is her usual, elegantly dressed self. I could go on and on. Each pic conjures up a whole life.
From: Burton Herman Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 15:11:36 EDT Subject: Re: ice cream for Teddy To: dan
In response to "ICE CREAM FOR TEDDY"...
On Sundays we would get dressed up to visit Aunt Celia
and Uncle Boris at the pharmacy.
On the way, we were cautioned not to accept offers
of ice cream and candy as they couldn't afford it.
Seeing Ted at the soda fountain leads me to believe
that it was one of the few times we were allowed
to accept ice cream or whatever.
Anyway, that's my commentary on the great photo of Ted...
probably at the age of 8 or 9.
...In that email, I responded to your question, who was in the pic with Cousin Simon. Went into a fulsome, detailed description of life as it was lived then. These pics conjure up extensive memories, moods, and atmosphere. Explained that while the Roumanians (Romanians) spoke English they learned it by ear. So how to spell "side" for "at the side, sight, site of the house". Also went into the difficult and explosive scene around the dining room table trying to help G'pa Harry write his letters to Margery Daw, the children's hat company he represented in his Willie Loman traveling salesman, depression days, as we did our homework. We never did seem to get it right -- to say what he really wanted to say, which was unsayable and unspellable. G'ma Celia was born and bred in Boston, and, as your stained glass "schul" attests, she graduated from "grammar school". She was an excellent speller but would Harry listen?
Enjoyed Ted's response. I never knew that Boris had dedicated his opera, Life's Shadows, to Sunshine. Boris and Celia's dogs were almost always named Sunshine, but I think perhaps there was a Rita.
-- excerpted from a letter from Judith Keller
Uncle Boris and Auntie Goldberg -- as told by JHK on 6/24/2011
In the Depression, Celia and Boris Goldberg had a drug store. The store was in Cambridge, on the corner of Hampshire and Windsor, I think, I'm not sure. They were so poor they had almost no inventory. Auntie Goldberg would put one box of Kotex on a doily in the center of each shelf so it wouldn't appear empty. Nobody bought anything; nobody had any money. Except the bookies, who played what they called the "nigger pool". A bookie would occasionally buy a pack of cigarettes. Auntie Goldberg would write down their bets on a special block of paper. The kids loved to get those blocks of paper.
When Auntie Goldberg and Uncle Boris could no longer afford the rent on their apartment, they had to give it up. They moved into the back of the store. This embarassed them. They didn't want anyone to know. At closing time, they would put on their coats and hats, turn out the lights, go out the front door of the store and lock it, and walk through an alley and in to the back of the store where they had a cot to sleep on.
Uncle Boris became the community doctor and mixed potions of his own for patients who came every day. Nobody could afford a regular doctor.
Auntie Goldberg really believed in Boris and when Eddie Cantor came to Boston she tried very hard to see him and get him to read Boris's opera. I don't know whether she succeeded.
Subject: Prosofsky Males From: "Herman, Larry" Larry.Herman@hermanagency.com Date: Sat, February 11, 2012 10:13 am To: "Herman, Burt" Burton.Herman@hermanagency.com (less) "'Herman, Theodore'" email@example.com "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" email@example.com Cc: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" email@example.com More from my Boston research trip this week Birth records for four brothers (including the twins) of your mother's who died at infancy or soon thereafter. Male born Jan 6, 1890 (parents are Abram and Anna Prosafsky). Though father listed as Abram and not Julius, this seems to be them. Male born May 1, 1897 (not sure if this was Zelig, who died at age 3 and is buried in West Roxbury next to Thomas and near Julius and Annie) The twins were born Dec. 28, 1897 (obviously very premature given that were born only months after the prior son's birth). Other birthdates per my records: Dora born 8/18/1988 Celia born 3/27/1899 Thomas born 7/2/1901 I also recently found Julius' birth record from Polish Archives, along with several of his siblings and info on his parents -- more on that in the future.
|11/16/2013 -- Larry writes:
Here are the two recently obtained records -- the first is Marcu's marriage certificate from 1921 which is still in German (the language of Czernowitz during Austrian empire days which ended 1918), and the second might possibly be Brana's (Harry's mother) death certificate (1929, in Romanian)but I'm not at all sure about that.The Romanian geneologist, Banai Lynn Feldstein [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org], wrote:
Your Czernowitz record scans are attached. The file names contain film number, year, page number, and surname. If there are any discrepancies in the page numbers from the index, it is because the pages have been renumbered sometimes three times and I used a different one than the original index.Click on an image to see it full size.
Burdujeni in 1900 was a shtetl of perhaps 3,000 people. It is now incorporated as part of the larger city of Suceava separated by a river. 50 or 75 miles from Suceava is Czernowitz (as it was called in Austrian era, now Chernvisti in Ukranian) where there is a robust Jewish history. Harry's brother Marcu and sister Hana moved there, probably just after WW1, when it changed hands from Austria-Hungary to Romania. Czernowitz is now in Ukraine.
I found the marriage records for Harry's brother Marcu in Czernowitz, which has his address on it. I need to research that. I also found a death record for Brana Herscovici in Czernowitz, but am still trying to determine if it is Harry's mother.
Looking forward to heading back to the place Harry left in 1906.
|Here's a link Larry found: http://jbat.lbi.org/locality/burdujeni. Click on the photos. They're beautiful!|
|In May, 2014, we followed Harry's footsteps in reverse, back to Burdujeni, Romania, where he was born, and to Chernivtsi, Ukraine, too, where other family members came from. Here is the photo travelog of Roots in Romania and Ukraine -- Three Hermans and a Keller.|