The Pearl Szczupakiewicz Room
The Spalaniecs at Motel's Lumber Yard
Schleime Spalaniec, Pearl's first husband,
from l. to r., front, sibs Chana, Yosel and
|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.
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.