Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date marks the anniversary on the Jewish calendar of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, but of course it represents so much more. The Holocaust directly impacted my family in ways that I know and do not know.

My mother’s mother’s brother, Chaim Weisskopf, lived in Germany with his wife and 3 children in the early 1940s. They knew they were in danger and wanted to at least get the children out of the country. They were in touch with the French Hidden Jewish Children program, but that program only accepted children in a narrow age range. The oldest son was too old, the daughter was too young. They accepted the middle child, Werner Weisskopf, and they managed to get him to America in 1942, where he was raised by my mother’s parents as a son. As far as we know, the rest of the family was killed.

My father’s father’s family, Sepersky, was from Kletsk in modern Belarus. They left around 1900. The Jewish population of Kletsk was killed in the early 1940s by the Nazis. This page lists several people named Sepersky who were killed at that time. Perhaps they were cousins?

Name
Year of Birth
Place of Residence 
Source
Fate based on this source
Ceperski,Aron Kleck, Poland‎ Page of Testimony Murdered
Tzeperski,Aron Kleck Area, Poland‎ List of persecuted pe … Murdered
Tzeperski,Leyba Kleck Area, Poland‎ List of persecuted pe … Murdered
Tzeperski,Avsey 1910 Kleck Area, Poland‎ List of persecuted pe … Murdered
Tzeperski,Yesel 1902 Kleck Area, Poland‎ List of persecuted pe … Murdered
Ceperski,Yehoshua Kleck, Poland‎ Page of Testimony Murdered
Ceperski,Ester Kleck, Poland‎ Page of Testimony Murdered

I know that the Holocaust affected my other ancestral towns of Pultusk, Poland, and Brody, Ukraine, possibly killing other unknown cousins. It’s difficult to research any town in Eastern Europe without encountering a phrase like, “most of the Jewish community was wiped out by the Nazis in the 1940s”. So, while today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am forced to remember it most days I research my family. This is the least appealing aspect of my genealogical journey.

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