title (top): Michael Lasky at Sam's Wedding
Photo title (bottom): Michael at Connie's Bar Mitzvah
Place of residence: From Zambrow, Russian Poland to the Lower
East Side of Manhattan, to Brooklyn, New York.
Date of both photographs: Sep 1946
Family surnames: LASKY, LASKI, BERNSTEIN, BORENSTEIN
Holocaust: Michael (Michal) left Zambrow in 1902 for the United
States, and was living in Brooklyn, Kings, New York with his
wife and youngest son when the war broke out. Both this son and
the next oldest son named Sam were
drafted into the U.S. Army and served proudly. They were discharged at war's end.
The photo (above, left) was taken as he stood next to his wife
Ida at their son Sam's wedding to Sylvia Seger, in Brooklyn, Kings, New York.
The photo (below, left) was taken again with his wife Ida at
their grandson Connie's bar mitzvah in Brooklyn.
His grandson Steven speaks of his grandfather:
"I never knew either my paternal grandmother Ida (Chaya) or
my grandfather Michael (Michal), as they had both passed away a few
years before I was born. Through my many interviews with older
family members who knew them, I have learned a lot about them.
I am told that Michael was a very quiet and unassuming man, and was often seen davening by members of his family. It is assumed
that Michael, son of Joseph, married Ida nee Bernstein (or
Borenstein), daughter of Jacob, as a result of a shiddach made
Like so many immigrants, he left his wife and child back in Poland
and came to the United States in order to pave the way for their
eventual immigration. They immigrated to the United States in 1904.
They all lived for a time on the Lower East Side before
eventually making their way to Brooklyn.
His wife Ida was quite the savvy salesperson and was very active in
the business world. She used to run estate sales, and at one
point, she and Michael opened up a clothing store on Prospect
Place in Brooklyn. She did the selling and Michael did a little
Michael and Ida had six children; the oldest and youngest were
fifteen years apart in age. My father was the youngest of the
six, and since he believed in strong family ties, he was close to all of his