Do you recognise Kate's class-mates?

FATE: Two sides of Aaron Victor Cohen (also below)

JOHN Martins, of Manchester, wants help identifying some of the girls on this school photograph, taken in Gnesen, in Provence Posen, Germany, on October 10, 1919.

John's aunt Kate Schmalz is pictured on third right on the front row. Gnesen is now called Gniezno in Poland.

Kate moved to then-Palestine before moving to Baden Baden, Germany, in the 1950s, where she ran a yoga studio.

She died in the early 1970s.

John has identified some of the girls on the photograph.

They are, not in any order: Erika Weidemann, Margarete Joboen, Erika Albricht, Gertrud Theine, Heani Kleiss, Ruth Krsywyuis, ****** Fretz, Ruth ******, Else Kochmann, Martha Scheffler, Hedrvig Wagnor, Alice Berne, Hildegard Nokes, Elly Ludwig and Kate Brach.

If you can identify any of the missing names, email

Kids in America

Monica McMullin, of Liverpool, is tracing descendants of David Freeman and wife Fannie Gertrude, née Greenfield, who lived in Dublin.

David died there in 1910, while Fannie passed away three years later. Their children were Louis,Henry, Maud, Sybil, Ralph, and Noel.

Louis lived in Brighton, while the other children went to Baltimore in 1913 with their uncle Abraham Greenfield.

Another uncle, A Freeman, lived in Polygon Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, circa 1920. Noel married Ada Layton/Levansky and had children Fredrick, who settled in Virginia, and Ronald, who stayed in Baltimore. Sybil married Maurice O Lewis.


Liverpool family

JEAN PIGDEN, of Surrey, wants to trace family members who lived in Liverpool from about 1890.

She is searching for Matilda Hyams and Hyman Shanock, parents of Dorothy Yetta Esther Shanock, Fanny Shanock and Louis Shanock.

Write to 6 Hillsborough Park, Camberley, Surrey GU15 1HG, telephone 01276 62537 or email

Synagogue memories

BLACKPOOL United Hebrew Congregation, above, wants to contact former members about a 'special service of reflection and a reunion' on Sunday, May 13.

It follows the report in the Jewish Telegraph that the synagogue is to merge with St Annes Synagogue after 98 years.

Former members Russell Grossman and Russell Kett, who now live in London, said: "We hope to see as many current and former Blackpudlians as possible, to mark the impending sale of the synagogue and its deconsecration, as well as to share memories of this once flourishing provincial community."

Those interested in attending should contact

The Jewish Telegraph would also like to hear from members past and present.

Send your memories and pictures of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation to or telephone 0161-741 2631

To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at
Please include your home address and contact telephone number.

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