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Grodno
BELARUS



 



THE FREEDMANS
Grodno, Belarus
cir 1902


Photo taken at the studio of Chaim Ezerskolgo,
address: ul. Sobrnaya (house of Borovskago)

"As far as we can discover, the picture shows my father-in-law's grandparents. They were left behind in Grodno when my wife's grandparents came to England around 1902. We have no idea whether they are the maternal or paternal parents for, when the grandparents arrived in England because they adopted the surname Freedman - as in "I am a freed man from Russia." If they are related through the maternal side, her grandmother's maiden name was Steingart- according to information on my father-in-law's birth certificate. I am hoping that someone, somewhere, may have records of the photographer's clients so that we can chase that angle.
 
There were seven children in all: Leah (the eldest, aged about two when she came with her parents to England, Simon, Yetta, David, Judah, Harry and Jacob (known as Jack) -my wife's father. He was the youngest, born in 1917, died 1996. 
 
It's his birth certificate that gives his mother's maiden name as Betsy Steingart, although my wife always knew her as Booba Balka. She died around the late forties or very early fifties. The certificate lists his father as Barnett Freedman and, in the space allowed for his signature, there is an 'X', noted by the registrar as 'The mark of Barnett Freedman'."

 


 


 

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