Goldstein, Battalen, Challov & Ronen Family Histories

Category: Soviet Union

  • The Ronen Family Turns up in Florida

    Today on Zoom I met the granddaughter of Franya Ronen, my grandmother Fannie Ronen Battalen’s sister.  Her name, “Aleksandra Medvinsky,” kept appearing as my top DNA match on both MyHeritage and FamilyTreeDNA.  A few years ago, I contacted the owner of the family tree on which she appears, Eric Reznik, but didn’t hear back; it […]

  • Our Politically Suspicious Forbear

    Our great-grandfather, Meier Yankelevich Ronen, was labeled “politically suspicious” by the fledgling Soviet government in 1922.  What does that mean and how do I know this? In March 2022 I received an email through the Family Finder from a man named Stas Tarasov: “I’m interested in your info on “Ronen” from Loyew and Kyiv […]

  • 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 […]