Re: Surnames in Podhajce

Cynthia Singer

Hi all,
My name is Cindy Lacher Singer.
My maternal grandfather, Menachim Mendel Walfish was from Verbiv, and his brother,my uncle, was Shea Walfish (Wolfisch) who lived and perished in Podhajce (or more likely Berezhany) on Yom Kippur 1941. He was married to Babcia Milch.  Family lore was that he survived in the woods along with a son, returned to claim his home, and was then murdered. However, upon reading Dr. Bernard Milch's "Can Heavn Be Void" and his testimonies, I learned that Shea (his brother-in-law)was killed in Berezhany.  It is one of those mysteries of fate that my daughter and I were in Berezgany in 1996We and met a man who was willing to talk to us about the War. Later that day he assembled his entire family and told them for the first time what he had witnessed as a young boy. He spoke of how the ground moved for days and the blood flowed. We did record this but he was unwillng to provide permission to publish it. Now, I can hardly believe that I saw where, and heard from an eyewitness, about the probable slaughter of my uncle.

Other family were GGF Ohring and  Chaim Muhlstock (from Glina).

Any further information is greatly appreciated.

By the way, I am just now reading "Together and Apart in Brzezany" by Simon Redlich. It covers the period 1919-1945. Some of my curiosity pertains to what "war" my grandfather was enlisted by the Poles and endrd up in Siberia as a POW around 1920 or so. He returned to Glina (home of my grandmother  Yidis Muhlstock Walfish, where my mother was born. They also lived in Pomurin and in Peremyshliany.

On my paternal side, my Grandmother was Anna Paget from Bibrka. My grandfather was Isadore Lacher from Chororov ( or nearby).

My last visit was in 1998. However, i am in frequent contact with Meylach Schocket. Some of you also have this pleasure of knowing him. I am hoping to raise money so that the Jewish Cemetery in Glina ( Glinianny) will be protected from privatization. We worked  on getting the Bibrka mass grave protected as well.

I welcome another visit- with your group if that can be arranged.

All the best.
Cindy Lacher Singer
Westport, CT

On Jul 2, 2012, at 10:39 AM, "gwhaken" <gwhaken@...> wrote:


It has been a long time since I posted so I am repeating my info. From the LDS Podhajce film I found Jutta Hacken married to Yechil David Loewe. They had two children, Isaak Loeb b. 1876 died at age 2 and Sara Gittel born 1879 and died at 5 months. The record did tell me that Jutta's mother Shaindel Leah Hacken was the midwife. Shaindel Leah Buchwald was married to Moishe Mendel Hacken and they lived in Vishnevchik which was very close to Podhajce. Many of the Hackens lived in the area. Always glad to share what I have found.

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