I was convinced that there only existed one photo of my grandmother Feigl, and one only, but while going through my family photos, I came across the one above. I can’t recognise anyone, except Gitta, my mother and Feigl, my grandmother, probably not long before she died. They must have been visiting someone.
There is no date at the back, but I would say that it must have been taken around 1927, from the way my mother looks.
In order to get my brand new passport, I had to get quite a lot of different ID papers, among which my parents’ Marriage Certificate and my mother’s Death Certificate.
One weird thing I noticed, is that my grandmother’s name is not the same on both documents.
On the Marriage Certificate, she appears as Fajga SZESZEL, (at least that’s what I read) and on my mother’s Death Certificate, her name is Fania KWINT.
The Marriage Certificate is a handwritten document, and the second one is typed. However, the names look pretty different to me. I would tend to think that Fajga Szeszel would be right, as Gitta was alive and well then and must have provided the necessary documents when she got married.
However, I always heard her refer to my grandmother as Feigl KWINT.
I suppose that Feigl was the Yiddish transcription of Fanya, but KWINT and SZESZEL have little in common. Maybe they are my grandmother’s father and mother names?
One of those things that I’ll never know, as no one is alive to testify.
However, the Internet brought me a small birthday present today. Googling my grandfather’s name, JELJAN with the name of his hometown, Slonim, I came across this link that lists part of the telephone directory of Slonim, in 1937.
How moving to see his name, listed as Jeljan, Josef, owner of a cinema, with his address: Sienciewicza 44.
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