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Ida Shenderovich.
JEWS IN CHAUSY

Memories of M. Danilovich

From the story of Mikhail Isaakovich Danilovich

Isaak Danilovich with son Mikhail.
Isaak Danilovich with son Mikhail.

My grandmother's name was Riva, grandfather's – Aron. They originated from Chausy. I know that grandfather had three more brothers: Abram, Ruva and Girsl. I did not see my grandfather but I know that he was born in 1910. Everything I know is from the stories of my father. I will try to share my story here.

The most memorable story is about father's uncle Girsl. In 1919 or 1919 he immigrated to America with his elder son. I do not know anything about their life in America but in 1931 Girsl came to Belarus. I know this date exactly because he was in Belarus when my father was getting married. I almost don't have any per-war photographs but I clearly remember the photograph of Girsl sitting on a bench with my mother. He was wearing a big hat, which was not typical of that time; and he had a big beard. Unfortunately, this photograph is lost.

Kirk Douglas. Michael Douglas.
Kirk and Michael Douglas.

I do not know what happened to Girsl later – whether he went back to America or stayed. I have no information about his elder son, either. His younger son, who was born in the US, Iser, became a great actor, more widely known as Kirk Douglas. His real name would be Iser Gershelevich Danilovich-Demsky. His son Mark (Michael) Douglas is, therefore, my second cousin. I know that after the war the connection with our relatives in America was lost.

My grandfather Aron was a carrier. He had several horses that would take people to Mogilev. This was a family occupation: Abram and Girsl were carriers as well.

"History of Mogilev Jewry", book 2, part 1.

Еврейское местечко под Минском




Jewish settlements in Mogilev region

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