In April 2003, 94 year old man died in the USA. His children found in his archive old photos, some of which were signed by Russian and Yiddish. With the help of the friends the inscriptions were translated into English, and the children realized that these were pictures of the rest of the family remaining in Europe. The children asked their cousin Ari interested in genealogy to clarify the fate of the people in the old photos. In January 2012 Ari wrote to me via the JewishGen website. Ari told that his great-grandmother's brothers were married to sisters Sribnik from the village Logishin (Pinsk district in Belarus). Ari attached to the he letter those old pictures. I just did not believe my eyes, as I always knew my grandfather Volodya an elderly man, a veteran of the World War II. Even in the earliest pictures he was in uniform. Now I saw him as a child, yet close to his still not old parents and brothers. These photos were taken in about 1925. All photos are clickable.
Grandpa sits between the parents.
Grandpa is in the left.
So the American branch of the family found out that the people in the old photos were my great grandfather Israel Sribnik with his family. Israel’s sisters Rachel, Reyzel and Rebecca moved with their husbands to the USA before 1908. Until the mid-1920s, the families corresponded with, but because of the Soviet regime the connection was broken.
Now both parts of the family know of the fate of each other.
The link to this story in my blog in Russian (more family photos):http://dima75.livejournal.com/84119.html