There Was Nowhere to Look – This Week with Nanny A

November 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm 6 comments

I asked Nanny Antoinette whether or not she had looked for her relatives after the war.  She told me, “where would I look?”

That being said, she did meet a few people after the war who knew what happened to her siblings and parents who were left in Poland.

Her sister Laura was hiding in a bunker and it was dynamited.

Her sister Mincha was taken away to the Belzec concentration camp.

Her parents had been staying/hiding with Ukrainian clients of her father’s.  Eventually one of their neighbours turned them in and they were taken away.  Their ultimate fate is unknown.

But what of the cousins and aunts and uncles?

Nanny is sure that no one survived.

But today, we have such a wealth of information at our fingertips.  I find myself compelled to do a little more digging.

I spent only a couple of hours and discovered the birth registrations of her father (my great-grandfather) and her nine aunts and uncles.  I also found the marriage registration of one of her aunts, and the death registration of one of her uncles who died as a child.

Nanny was so excited.  She did not know how old her father was when he was killed.  And now she does.  She did not know her grandmother’s name.  And now she does.

Nanny gave me my great grandmother’s maiden name too, and will look that up.  Perhaps, with some additional digging, I might find some long lost relatives.

But for now, I will continue with this story… the family tree can be the next project.

Have you ever discovered any long lost relatives?  If so, how did you find them?  Did you ever meet them?  Do you keep in touch?


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mom  |  November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Did you know that there is a Museum of the History of Polish Jews being built in Warsaw on the site of the Ghetto? It is scheduled to open in 2012, and will include ‘Virtual Shtetl’ pages for over 1000 communities in Poland. All the birth, marriage, death and census records for the Jewish families will be included and accessible online.
    This could be an ongoing project! (Reference: The Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, Nov. 8/2010)

  • 2. fitforakid  |  November 8, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I did not know that. This could definitely be an ongoing project. And this is just Nanny’s family. Then there is Buppy (nickname for my grandfather)…

  • 3. Finola  |  November 11, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I’m still loving the posts about your grandmother though they really break my heart. It is so worth documenting these stories.

  • 4. Lynn  |  November 12, 2010 at 1:14 am

    I know nothing about seeking relatives and tracing your family tree, but my friend Lee Ann knows a ton. She’s here in Ottawa and a few years ago she traced her own family tree and wrote a book about it. Now she teaches courses about how to write your family’s history, and how to research your family tree.

    You can see her blog here:

    And her professional site (with her classes) is here:

    She is super nice and friendly and I’m sure she would be more than happy to answer any questions you have by email.

    • 5. fitforakid  |  November 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks so much Lynn! I’m going to look at her site and her info. I would love to take a class.

  • 6. Nanny A’s Story: Putting It Together « Fit for a kid  |  October 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    […] -What happened to each of her family members: […]


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