80 Years After Her Fiance Died in a Car Crash, Their Descendants Found Each Other – March 16, 2021

I saw this on MyHeritage recently – 80 Years After Her Fiance Died in a Car Crash, Their Descendants Found Each Other: https://blog.myheritage.com/2021/03/80-years-after-her-fiance-died-in-a-car-crash-their-descendants-found-each-other/. Much longer article.

 by Esther March 16, 2021 User Stories

The new record collection recently added to MyHeritage, Lithuanian-Jewish records from LitvakSIG, 1795–1940, is of particular significance to people descended from the Jewish community of Lithuania and the surrounding areas. Today, we’d like to highlight a fascinating and bittersweet story from MyHeritage user Eli Rabinowitz, who is of Lithuanian-Jewish descent.

Eli Moses Rabinowitz is a filmmaker, web developer, and photographer who was born in Cape Town, South Africa and currently lives in Perth, Australia. Many members of the Jewish community in South Africa have Lithuanian roots. Eli began taking interest in genealogy in 1992, and has traced his family lines back to several Jewish communities in Europe. For example, his 3rd great-grandfather, Avraham Shlomo Zalman Zoref, was a follower of the Gaon of Vilna (a well-known sage from Lithuania) and immigrated to Jerusalem in 1811 from his native Kėdainiai, Lithuania. Avraham was a pioneer in rebuilding the Ashkenazi Jewish community in the Old City of Jerusalem and played a pivotal role in obtaining permits to reconstruct the famous Hurva Synagogue.

When Eli set out to research his family, he knew very little about the great-uncle whose name he inherited — Moshe. What he did know was that Moshe had died in a motor accident 6 weeks before he was supposed to be married, sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s.


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