Mark C. Cohen talks about his great
grandfather, his great grandmother Bertha Ribner Weininger's second
" The occasion was that my grandmother Golda was emigrating to New
York to join her older half sister Bessie Weininger. She must have
asked them (she and her husband Aron Dovid Barak Kantorji) to have
these photos taken of them by which they could be remembered.
Aron was born in Khotin, Bessarabia cir 1843. In 1860, when
he was seventeen, he received a
draft notice from the Czar's army. The entire family then fled to
Bukovina in the Austrian Empire.
The family were engravers of metal and stone as well as monument
makers. They settled in Storozynetz, where Aron eventually became
the mazieve-schleger, the monument maker for the town. He died in
1927, passing the business on to his son-in-law, Schimon Schaeffler,
who was married to his daughter Clara by his first wife Leah