RECOGNISE ANYONE? Get your thinking caps on, folks. Glasgow
reader Mrs AM Rubin wants to know if anyone can identify people
in this photograph. If so, telephone 0141 577 5649 any evening
KAZIK HUBERTZ of Pontypridd is trying to find out more about
his grandmother who died recently.
He has no marriage certificate or birth certificate but believes
her name to have been like Mary Anne Matza.
Her parents were possibly Alice and James or Arthur, married some
time in the 1890s.
Her brothers and sisters all have variations on the spelling of
their surname - Masser/Massey/Matza.
He says: "My mother Mira Turner, who was born on October 15, 1945,
cremated my grandfather Harry (Henry) Turner. According to my mother
he became a Catholic on her deathbed.
"I am not sure if he was Jewish but I know there was a terrible
fight when my grandfather died. I was not yet 13 at the time and
neither I nor any of my siblings.
"There is only circumstantial evidence that my grandmother was
Jewish. When we were very young our own family used to describe
itself as Jewish even though we did not practise Judaism.
"My mother claimed some Jewish origins on her side and my father's
mother's side is also Jewish.
"The lullaby she used to sing us was Rodzinkes Mit Mandalen .
. . Chicken soup, Cholent. We always had foods I found out later
were of Jewish origin."
Mr Hubertz added: "I married a non-Jewish woman and she became
pregnant. In my naivety I thought I would contact the local rabbi
to circumcise the baby when he was born to keep the Jewish family
"He explained about the problem of my marriage and that the baby
would have to choose to be Jewish when he grew up. I called my mother
and was not a little shocked when she said we were not Jewish.
"This just didn't add up with what I had heard as a child, and
there was something strange about the way she jumped to this phrase
before I had finished my sentence."
Mr Hubertz planned on asking his grandmother about their background
but she died before he had a chance.
"I expected to meet the family at her funeral. I know she had
made a will but my mother decided to have a private ceremony and
"I would still like to make contact with that side of the family,
not to cause trouble, I just feel that I failed to get to know her
properly and somehow by finding out about her family it will help
me say goodbye."
Write to 1 Rockingstone Cottages, Pontypridd CF37 4AW, telephone
01443 491992 or email KHubertz@glam.ac.uk
MICHAEL Glick of America is looking for any relatives of a
Mr Ash, who lived on Stock Street in Cheetham, Manchester in 1923.
He was the nephew of Sarah and Zachariah Gershon of Manchester.
Write to 1388 Canterbury Way, Potomac, MD 20854-6104, USA or email
Sharron Rutherford of Bristol is trying to find information
about her grandfather Jacob Bloomberg (Blumberg) who appears on
the 1891 census in Leeds as a boarder with the Lubelski family.
Jacob, who was 19 in 1891, married Fanny Lubelski, the eldest
daughter of the family.
"I do not know where he came from or anything about his family
and he seems to have been quite alone," Sharron said.
Write to 136 Chiltern Close, Warmley, Bristol BS30 8UP or email
SANDRA Bergman of Australia is searching for family members
Sonny and Audrey Gooblar; Dolly Ziff; Amy Ettinger or Tinger families
in Leeds or connected to Glasgow; Silverbeck of Liverpool; Anita
Gold (Gould) who used to live in Leeds; Bergman/Berkman; Purcell;
Sandra is the daughter of Rae and Dave Michael.
Write to 3/ 55 - 57, Moylan Street, Bentleigh East, Victoria 3165,
Australia or email email@example.com
ISRAELI Shmuel Kehati is looking for Louis J Mintz who in 1965
dedicated a book (Kinot for 9 of Av) to his father R Yisrael Yitzchak,
son of Avraham Pinchas Zelig Mintz.
Shmuel has tried three Mintz families in the London phone book
but to no avail. He can also find no record of the I Labworth &
Co, who published the book.
Write to PO Box 254, Ra'anana, 43401, Israel or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at
email@example.com Please include your home address.