DAPHNA Brafman wants to find her father's twin brother who has been missing since the 1940s.

Chaim Moshe and Mordechai Brafman were born in Warsaw to Avraham and Bracha (nee Kasner) Brafman. They lived at 50 Nowolipje, Warsaw.

Chaim Moshe moved to Israel in 1937 but Mordechai stayed in Poland. He reportedly survived the Holocaust but Chaim Moshe has been unable to trace him.

Write to 3 Rambam Street, Givatayim 53429, Israel, email or telephone 9723 7322604.

CHRIS Lockwood of Doncaster is trying to trace descendants of Joseph Morris.

Joseph, a tailor, was born in Russia around 1872 and came to live in Leeds circa 1880. His wife was Esther and some of their children were Kalman, Hyman, Cecil, Jack and Fanny.

Joseph died in Leeds in 1943, seven years after Esther.

Write to 45 Norman Crescent, Sunnyfields, Doncaster DN5 8RX or email him at

STEVE Maggs of Berkshire wants information on booksellers Benjamin Marks and Mark Cohen, who ran Marks & Co at 84 Charing Cross Road, London WC2.

Steve runs a website chronicling the history of the shop made famous in Helene Hanff's book. The site entitled '84 Charing Cross Road - Revisited' can be found at

Mr Marks died in 1968 and his more famous son Leo passed away a couple of years ago. Mark Cohen died in 1971. He had a daughter, Deborah, who would be into her 70s now.

Steve would particularly like to know where Benjamin and Mark were born, what schools they attended and when they started up in business.

Write to 6 The Glade, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 7AT or email

AMERICAN Jack Winkleman needs help to complete his family tree.

Jack's aunt, Hytobe Winkleman Bartell, moved from Suwalki, Poland, to Manchester before 1932. Hytobe had some 13 children.

Harry, Leslie (who died in World War II), David, and George were some of her children.

Jack knows that Hytobe was in Manchester in 1932 because his father, Abraham, and uncle, Arthur, visited the Bartell family after visiting family members in Poland during the summer of 1932.

David Bartell was born on December 30, 1917, and he died in Brooklyn in 1985. George and Harry also settled in the US. Leslie Bartell was 33 years old when he died in Burma.

Write to 141 South Airline Road Wallingford, CT 06492, USA or email

ANNA Bloom of Canada would like to get in touch with her second cousin Dr Joel Kaplan of Glasgow.

Dr Kaplan is married to Elaine and is the son of Harry and Bella (Ferrar) Kaplan. He has a sister Lena.

Write to Anna Bloom, 450 Hounslow Avenue, North York, ON M2R 1H8 Canada or email

DAVID Pearlstein of Las Vegas is trying to find family or friends of Morris Levenson from Leeds who was buried on November 24, 1967.

David's father, Wolf/William, was the younger brother of Morris.

Write to 1400 S Valley View Blvd, Apt2067, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102 USA or email

MICHAEL Shpectorov of Israel is searching for any information on his grandfather's brother, whose last name was Spectorov, and his descendants.

He was born presumably in Vitebskya Gubernya (Belarus). Michael's grandfather's name was Minka Spectorov, born around 1870, the son of Shimon/Shmuel.

Write to Omer Street 29/2, Karmiel 20100,Israel or email

DR ANTHONY Perlman of Maryland is trying to find information on his grandfathers - Solomon Pearlman (Perlman) of Leeds and Chaim Guttwoch of London, who attended one of the Zionist congresses in Basel or London.

Write to 6108 Ivydene Terrace, Baltimore, Maryland 21209-3522, USA, email or telephone 410 4666908.

ABE Nagal of California stayed with a Manchester family for Rosh Hashana in the 1940s.

Abe, a US airman, was stationed at Heaton Park. He would now like to get in touch with members of the family, but he can't recall their names.

Write to 144 Desert Fall Circle, Palm Springs, California CA92211, USA or telephone 760 5681633.

DENISE Kersh of Glasgow would like to trace the family of Rocky and Victor Hose who lived in Sheepfoot Lane, Manchester.

Denise is trying to compile a family tree of the later Laban Kersh of Sunderland. To date she has managed to contact family in Australia, Israel and South Africa.

Write to 4 Orchard Court, Orchard Park Avenue, Giffnock, Glasgow G46 7BL, telephone 0141 577 1779 or email her at

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