Goldstein, Battalen, Challov & Ronen Family Histories

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  • A Chilling Detail

    “… At that time our relatives from Fastov came to us, escaping from armed gangs. The bandits killed our uncle, and they were so scared. There was nothing to do but to have them stay with us, though we had a very small apartment and their family consisted of eight people…” These words are from […]

  • Surviving the Holocaust:  Before, During and After

    The gates of memory opened for Pnina Goldsztern Shaufer (Perla) when I first spoke with her in October 2019, flooding her with memories and details of her young life in Poland.  Based on conversations with her and her brother Shraga (Fayvel), I have pieced together this story of their family’s life in Poland before World […]

  • Finding the Surviving Goldstein’s

    Finding Goldstein cousins who survived the Holocaust is the highlight and most gratifying success of my genealogical research.  Here’s how it happened: Clue Number 1:  Grandpa Sol Goldstein had told me that the family name in Poland was “Goldshtern” (Goldsztern in Polish).  The name was written as “Goldstein” on his brother Shimon’s ship manifest in […]

  • Navigating this Genealogy Rabbit Hole

    Click each FAMILY NAME above for information and photos.  There are sub-headings with much more material, including history, documents, photos and texts. Click on images to enlarge them; some may open in a new window and clicking the image again will enlarge it further. LINKS are in red and lead to documents, photos and/or articles.  […]