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  THE BURAK-GNIAZDOWICZ WING 

 Second Floor

 The Pearl Szczupakiewicz Room

The Spalaniecs at Motel's Lumber Yard

Schleime Spalaniec, Pearl's first husband, and Pearl;

from l. to r., front, sibs Chana, Yosel and Sura

cir 1936-7

Czyzewo, Poland

 

Perel Szczupakiewicz was possibly the youngest child of parents Juszk and Itka, my maternal great grandfather's sister.) She had at least two brothers, Motel and Chaim, the latter never having emigrated with his family and presumably perishing in the Shoah. Perel married Schleime Spalaniec and lived in Czyzewo, Poland, and had three children.

In 1941, during a pogrom against the Jews there, Schleime and two of the children were killed. Perel and her daughter Sura barely managed to escape through a back window. They hid in the woods outside of Czyzewo for nearly two years, and then traveled to Lodz. There, Perel met her second husband-to-be, Israel (Saul) Fenster, whom she would eventually marry. From there, they immigrated to the United States, and set up their permanent residence outside of New York City.



 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


 



 

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