Did father die in the war?

MAX Majer Gottlieb is looking for information on his father Jakob Chajem Gottlieb.

Jakob was born in 1892 in Pruchnik, in the Galicia region of Poland. During the Second World War, Max, who was born in 1936, one sibling and his mother, were in Russia, while an older brother and Jakob were in Lwow, which was then under Russian control.

“The last time we heard from my father was in 1941 just before Germany attacked Russia,” Max said. “I always believed my father had died in the Shoah.”

But this year, he received information from the American Red Cross indicating that Jakob had turned up in the UK after the war or was expected to arrive in the UK.

Dr Paula Horowitz — who lived at 41 Newark Drive Glasgow in 1943 and on Pollockshaws Road, Glasgow, three years later — is listed as Jakob’s guarantor.

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Grave mystery

AJEX archivist Martin Sugarman is searching for information about a grave at Streatham Jewish cemetery, in London.

The grave is marked as ‘Ernest Cave killed in the armed forces 1918, mourned by parents, wife and children’. He was the son of Adolf and Fanny Cave

There is no such name in the British Jewry Book of Honour of the First World War, nor on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records.

AJEX is also looking for the families of a couple of ex-servicemen.

Private Abraham Bernstein, of Liverpool, was the son of Barney and Gertrude. He was killed in the First World War.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission argued that records show his family never objected to a cross being put on his grave, so they will not change it. If AJEX can find a surviving relative, they may be able to get it changed.

AJEX is also searching for the family of First World War soldier Hyam Arlick.

A distant relative contacted Martin, but he can only find a brief record of him in the British Jewry Book of Honour in the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry with his brother Reuben.

Arlick is not on the CWGC website, nor do any records of him survive in the few Great War records that exist.

Other names being sought by AJEX are Pinkus Nirenstein and children Philip and Freda, who were killed in 1940 bombings in London; and Morris Gould/Goldberg, Commandant of the British Red Cross, killed in a bombing in London in October 1940.

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Dina memories

DINA Souchotinsky Klayman is looking for anyone who remembers her from her time in Preston. She lived in the Lancashire town from 1941-45 after fleeing from Belgium.


Birth father

PAUL McGarry is trying to trace his birth father Vince Cohen. Paul, 49, discovered that Vince, who would be around 74, lived in London in 1967/68.


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