CHAIM AND CHINKA
TO SZEJNA KAJMAN
SZEJNA AND HER FRIENDS
SARA, AND THE CUSTOMS HOUSE
SZEJNA'S OFF TO AMERICA
CEMETERY OF SZCZUCZYN
circa World War I
Chinka Chaja Kajman's children: Sidney (Jusua),
Alfred (Elias), and
Jeanette (Szejna) or Sylvia (Sara).
Three unidentified people at Chinka Chaja's gravesite.
Photo, above: The tombstone
inscription: "A dear man ???,
Loved by everybody, ? Respected and educated, ????.
Mr. Chaim ben Moshe Iosel Kaiman. He was forty years old at
the time of his death. He left behind four children to
Note that the letter "X" in this photo indicates that this
is the grave of the late Rabbi of Szczuczyn Vaseles.
"The last, youngest-known child of Moszk Josiel Kajman
and Szejna Itka neť Schariowicz was their son Chaim.
According to the Gregorian calendar, his birth date was
December 14, 1874. His birth was recorded a week later,
December 21, in Szczuczyn. He could have been named for
his great-great-grandfather Chaim Kajman. Chaim married
Chinka neť Schariowicz when he was twenty-seven years
old in Szczuczyn on February 3, 1901.
Chinka was thirty years old when she married Chaim,
which means that she was born circa 1871. She was born
in Grajewo, a town about eight miles northeast of
Szczuczyn. They were first cousins. Chaimís mother,
Szejna Itka, and Chinkaís father, Berko/Berel, were
siblings. Chinka was probably the oldest, or second
oldest, of her large family of as many as ten to twelve
siblings. Three of her siblings - Morris, Elias, and
Meyer - would later be crucial in saving Chinka and
Chaimís four orphaned children after the first World
War. Chinkaís three brothers immigrated to America when
they were young men. After they initially landed in New
York, they settled first in New Orleans, and later in
Bogalusa, Louisiana, a small town seventy miles
northeast of New Orleans."
Chaim and Chinka had at least six children. Their two
daughters were named Szejna (Jeanette) and Sarah
(Sylvia). Most of the photographs and postcards in this
exhibitions are of them, or were sent to them. The
photographs featured in this exhibition were passed down to
Miriam Levy Watsky, a daughter-in-law of
Jeanette, who in turn passed them on to Carolyn Kaiman
Rosenstein, who kindly sent the museum the images you
see in the "Kajmans of Lomza Gubernia."
photo, left: Chaim Kajman.