One day, like three years ago, I was going through one of my “hiting the wall” phases asking myself if I was going to be able to find the mystery behind my family story. Why do I feel that other people are able to find information and not me? Am I doing something wrong?, I asked myself. All I knew is that I was doing this research already for more than a couple of years and that the results I might found were getting slower and slower. Should I change the researchers?, I ask myself, too. I remember taking a deep breath and then sitting in front of the keyboard.
After a while, I found the site of the Yizkor book of Yedinitz and as I was reading through it I came across the title “Founders of the Loan and Savings Fund”. I remember then a voice at the back of my head telling me that my mother used to say that my grandmother´s father used to work with “money” or that he was something like “a banker” in the town they used to live. And then I saw it, a black and white photo taken in 1926. Immediately, my eyes started to scan the names written down there as fast as they possible could and stopped only when they saw it clearly typed: Asher Kaufman (Froykes). Where is he? Which one is he?, I asked myself in excitement as my heart started to pound hart. But all I could see was the blurry faces of men looking back at me. I reread which one of these names could possibly be him and then I saw a number written next to his name: the 1. I searched and then I saw him, Asher Kaufman standing tall at the very top right corner. But, was he really my grandmother´s father or was he not? I looked at the screen for a long time, in silence, as in a state of schock. You need to understand, I have never seen a photo of him before or of any of my relatives back in Europe. Did I really found a photo of my greatgrandfather?
I immediately called my mom and told her about my discovery, as well as my cousin Denise. They are both always happy and amazed when I tell them about my progress. But let me tell you that I feel until today that it is him as I have not found another Asher Kaufman of Yedinitz again. So this is the story of how I found him, my “potential” ggf.
By telling you this story, my story, I wish to inspire you to never stop looking for clues. Just go for it until your last drop of sweat. You never know what, where, or when you will find one day…
This is the photo I found…
1. Asher Kaufman (Froykes) 2. —- 3. Hillel Dubrow 4. Aharon Bronstein 5. —– 6. Meir Walevitch 7. Yechiel Nemichinitser 8. —- 9. Yosef Speier 10. Yankel Moteses Schwartzman 11. Shmuel Ludmir 12. Itsik Yaakov-Shayas Greenberg 13. Attorney Yisrael Korman 14. Yosef Riesman 15. —- 16. Lyovo Gukovsky 17. Mina Parnes (Yisrael), 18. Raphael Cooperman
Photo and information taken from : http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Yedintsy/yed0191.html