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06 April 2006


Just a brief thanks for your informative and stimulating website. I will be in Lodz next month for the first time and, though a Christian, have maintained a long-term study of Jewish history and the Shoah. Again, thanks.

Rick Meschino
Grand Rapids, Michigan

26 April 2006


I found the page [Noted Citizens of Lodz] containing a reference to my uncle: Majzner, Herszlik, member of Poalei-Tzion party or Bund.  
Following is some more information on him for your page:

Herszlik (Herschel) Majzner (changed to Mazner upon arrival in the US in March, 1941) was a member of the Lodz City Council and a senior leader of the Jewish Bund in Lodz. In early 1939 he correctly anticipated that the Germans would invade Poland and imprison or otherwise get rid of Jewish leaders. He decided to leave the country but was unable to get a passport or visa due to his political activities.


He borrowed the papers of his younger brother, Shmuel Majzner, and used those to leave Poland. He wound up in Lithuania where Japanese consul Kaunas issued him a transit visa to Japan. We are not certain how he got to Japan but in February 1941, he was a passenger on the Japanese liner Asama Maru that arrived in San Francisco on March 6, 1941. He appears in a group photo taken on the ship, which appeared in the US Holocaust Museum magazine. He is the short person in the back row standing two persons to the left of the Japanese naval officer in the white hat at the far right edge of the photo. The Japanese officer has his hand on the shoulder of Japanese man standing in front of the officer.


Upon arrival in the US as Shmuel (Sam) Majzner, the former Herschel Majzner officially became Sam Mazner and moved to New York where he worked as a tailor until entering the US Army Air Force shortly after the US entered WWII.


His brother Shmuel with his wife Esther (nicknamed Stenia) left Lodz shortly after the Germans invaded Poland and headed East into the Soviet occupied zone of Poland. With the exception of a 1-year assignment in a Soviet factory in Siberia, they remained 5-25 miles east of the German Army over a four-year period. When the Germans retreated to the West, they followed, eventually winding up in Poland in 1945. After discovering that the Germans had killed virtually their entire families, they continued West ending up in a displaced persons camp in Munich, Germany. In 1946 they established contact with Sam Mazner and with his help received permission to immigrate to the US. They arrived in Boston in 1948.


Since the USA already had a Sam Mazner, Shmuel Majzner become Steve Mazner and together with his wife and two-year old son Martin, traveled by train to Los Angeles, California to join his brother.


Sam Mazner died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 55 in 1959. He was survived by his wife Jacqueline Mazner, formerly Jacqueline Trester. Esther Mazner passed away in 2003 at the age of 86. Steve Mazner, born in 1913, was alive and living in Westlake Village, California as of April, 2006 and celebrated his 93rd birthday in March of that year.          


Submitted by Sam Mazner’s nephew, Martin Mazner.

30 November 2006


I'm so glad this web site is available. My mother and my father were from a small town near Lodz. The name of the town was Szczercow. My mother's maiden name was Komornik.  My father's surname is Gerzonwicz or GershinowitzWe're looking for family members.  

Esther, Birmimgham, Alabama 

12 March 2007


I was just trying to find any jewish relatives I may have who died in the holocaust and came across the name Berger, I remember in 1961 travelling through Belgium and my father (Marton Markovits - a jew born in Berehovo, Hungary) met some people there whom he introduced as 'family'. 
On searching the Yad Vesham I have found a Helene Berger, maiden name Hoer, put onto the shoah victims names by a Mireille Berger grandaughter.  I have a photo of this young lady which my father left among his belongings.  My father's sister was called Cecilia Hoer and his brother Yeno Hoer, why we never found out because they were his true brother and sister.  This Helene Berger could have been a relative of mine, as the only thing my father told me was that the name Roth and Kun came into his family somewhere along the line but as he was very secretive about his family I do not know a lot.
I have also found on the Yad Vesham Yeno's first wife - Sarah and his daughter Yudit who were holocause victims, I know this for fact as my cousin Meir, who lives in Israel has told me these names which he got from his father before he also died.
Please can you either help, or guide me to where I should be looking for these people.

Yours sincerely
Olga Shepherdson (nee Markovits)

02 June 2007


I am looking for information on Germaine and Jacque  Majzner. I was told the father came from Warsaw. Or was born in CHelm  My name is Helen Majzner and I was married to George Majzner.
I live in Melbourne and my son Mark has been searching for years to find some members of our family. We have found hundreds of Majzners but none that are related.
My husband George died in 1980 and finding family is most important for my 3 children.
We are Jewish and have found a number of the ones contacted are not of the Jewish faith. 
If you can help us we would be most appreciative.
Helen Majzner

04 February 2008


I am searching for any members of my father's family that may have survived the war. My Dad Edward Krawczyk was born in Zaborow District of Brzeziny on a small farm on the 5th August 1923. He was taken into forced labour in 1940, never to go home. On the 11.05.1945 he joined the Polish army at the Rally Station in Paris. Does any one know of him during those years? Or does anyone know of the Krawczyk family, my grandfather was named Jozef his wife was Jozefa nee Szewczyk? May god bless and help all who search.

Irene Krawczyk

22 February 2008


I am searching for anyone who may know my father's lost family. My dad was Edward Krawczyk. He was born to a farming family on 5th August 1923 in the village of Zaborow, district of Brzeziny. His father's name was Jozef. His mother was called Maria, she died when my father was young, his father then married Jozefa Szeczyk. He had both brothers and sisters. He was taken into forced labour in 1940. He ended up in Paris in May 1945, where he joined the Polish army under allied command. He served in Italy for two years. He arrived in the U.K in 1947 never to return to Poland. He died in 1998, so I now am trying to find any family or descendants to let them know that my dad had a happy life and never stopped missing his lost family. If anyone can help please contact me. God bless all who search and those yet to be found.  

Irene Krawczyk

5 May 2008



I would like to know if anyone has any information regarding my grandfather’s family. His name was Owsiej Asz, an industrialist who lived in Lodz together with 37 members of the family before the war in Juliusza St, where he had a textile factory, Jan Fial. He perished in Warsaw in the early part of the war, I believe, together with his wife Raisa/ Raissa née Rapaport. Also his young son Anatol (Tola), who was a student aged 15 in 1939 and about whose fate I have no information.

Oliver Ash   (Paris, France)   

19 June 2008


I am looking for anyone that knew the BRYN family in Lodz. My parents were Sonia and Samuel Bryn. My grandfather from my mother side was Leon Kraizer. 

Leon Bryn


31 August 2008


Czesc Friends,
I am trying to Trace my friend Teresa's sister who lives in Lodz. Her married name is Eva Rychter, and her maiden name was ROMANOWSKA. Eva has two sons and one daughter. At one time the family lived in Ul Zgierska Lodz. Teresa went to Lodz three years ago, and was informed that the house was demolished some time ago, and the neighbours did not know where the family Rychter had moved to. Eva works in a factory in Lodz, but Teresa does not know exactly which one. Teresa would very much love to contact her sister again, and if anyone can help me trace her relations, I would be extremely grateful. Incidently, Teresa was born in Lodz, and her Father Janek lived at Narutowicza 57, Lodz, and was born 13th May 1910, and served with the 3rd (DSK) Carpathian Infantry in North Africa, and Monte Casino Italy.
Robert John Wilton  bobwilton1783@livecouk

18 April 2009


There is a listing for Wolf Rogozinski who was killed in Gombin.  His picture was sent to me by a half sister.  He looks just like my grandfather, and we think that he may be an uncle or other relative of ours.  The spelling of our last name was changed by the nun who registered my father, who was the 10 of 13 children for school -- hence the 2 different spellings.
I have seen comments posted by a Sam & Sara Rogozinski.  Perhaps we are related.  I do have our family tree which goes back to the 1800's in Poland.  Please contact me for clarification at

Angela M. Rogosienski (Roselle, Illinois)
2/3 of my aunts and uncles spell their name Rogozinski

12 April 2010


It's already 5 years that I'm searching information about my family. Few times ago I had a chance to take a look at the documentation of 1938 of archive of NKVD about my grand father Rashkovkij Romouil (1904) and his mother Rashkovskaja (in youth KNIKER) Rosalie. I found that in Lodzi staid her brother with family - KNIKER Emanuel and even I had a chance to see the photo of 1930.

Then, I continued my research on internet and I found the following information:
dress in Ghetto: REIGERGASSE,13A, FLAT 4 and that he died in 13.11.1942. Now, I m stuck... I don't have any idea about how I can continue my research. It would be very nice from you if you could give me an advice about where and how I can continue my research about my family, who they were, their activities, etc.

I'm waiting for news from you,
Thank you a lot for your attention,
Best regards,

Svechnikova Elena. Russia, Moscow

02 March 2013


My family is from Lodz. Family names are Rozenberg (Zachariah and Francessca (Franya), nee Viarnitz (something like this). Francessca had a brother Salo, and 2 sisters, Sala and Bella. My mother Edzia Reibenbach; family names were Reibenbach and Grossman, living on Jaromskega 22. My father's family worked in textiles, my mother’s in real estate. My father went to Manchester England to study textile production right before the war broke out; afterwards he finished his college in Antwerp Belgium, Haute Etudes Commerciales.


This is an amazing site!


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