My Goldschlager Cousins: New Connections and New Photos

Lately it’s been sort of raining Goldschlagers.  First, I received an email from someone named Jeanne who matched me very distantly on the DNA testing website, but who’d spotted that one of my ancestral names was Goldschlager.  Jeanne had had an aunt named Anne Goldschlager; although her aunt was an aunt by marriage only, not genetically, Jeanne had loved her greatly and wondered whether we might be related since Anne Goldschlager’s family also had ties to Romania.

According to Jeanne, Anne’s father Max had moved to Dresden in the early 20th century where Anne and her sister Sabina were born.  In 1939, Max, his wife, and Sabina left Germany to go to Romania (I assume they thought it would be safer), and they left Anne behind.  She was 15 years old.  Somehow Anne got to England and survived the war, but her sister was killed in one of the concentration camps. Her parents survived the war and emigrated to Israel. Here is Sabina’s Page of Testimony at Yad Vashem, which includes this photograph:

Unfortunately, Anne has no biological descendants, and Jeanne knew nothing more about her family tree, so I don’t think I can get any further back to determine if her Goldschlagers were related to mine.

Then around the same time that I heard from Jeanne, my cousin Jim and his wife Jodi emailed me to say that their son Michael was in Spain for the Model UN and had met a fellow student named Eva Goldschlager.  Michael wanted to know if Eva could be related to our Goldschlagers.  After obtaining Eva’s father’s contact information, he and I have emailed several times.  His Goldschlager family is also from Romania—from the town of Siret, which is a little more than 100 miles from Iasi where my grandfather was born.  We’ve not gotten any further than that so far, but are trying to figure out how to learn more.

And then finally just the other day I received a whole bunch of new photographs from my cousin Richard, who lives in Australia but was in the US visiting his parents.  Richard is my second cousin; his father Murray is the son of David Goldschlager, my grandfather’s younger brother.  Although Murray changed his surname a long time ago, he is nevertheless a Goldschlager.  Here are some of the photographs Richard sent me of his grandparents.

Here are three photographs of David and Becky as young people.

David Goldschlager

David Goldschlager


Rebecca Schwartz

Rebecca Schwartz

Rebecca and David Goldschlager

Rebecca and David Goldschlager

Here they are with their sons Murray and Sidney  at Brighton Beach probably in the 1930s:

David and Murray Goldschlager

David and Murray Goldschlager

David Rebecca Sidney and Murray at Brighton Beach

All four Goldschlagers at Brighton Beach


The others were taken when David and Becky had moved to Arizona where Murray and his wife Edna and their son Richard lived.

Richard Leonard and David Goldschlager

Richard and his grandfather David Goldschlager

Richard with his grandparents at his bar mitzvah

At Richard’s bar mitzvah

David and Becky at Richard's bar mitzvah David and Rebecca Goldschlager


Thank you so much to my cousin Richard who so generously shared these photographs with me.  I am so happy to have more pictures of my grandfather’s brother David and his family.


20 thoughts on “My Goldschlager Cousins: New Connections and New Photos

  1. Hello. I’m looking for Goldschlager relatives from Siret, Roumania. My grandfather was Samuel Goldschlager; he died in Dzhurin. I don’t know his birth or death dates. His wife, my grandmother, Fannie Goldschlager survived, along with my mother, Clara. Beresh Goldschlager, my grandfather’s brother and his son Abraham (known as Umi) also survived. Can anyone help me find information on my grandfathr, please?


    • Hi Shari, I will email you. As you can see from this post, I am in touch with someone whose Goldschlager family came from Siret also. Mine came from Iasi.


      • Hi Amy, Hi Shari,

        First Amy, what a nice job you are doing compiling all this information. I get emails all the time from, but you have really inspired me regarding genealogy.

        Hi Shari,

        My Grandfather, Charles Benjamin Goldschlager (I included the middle name, because I’ve named my son in honor of him.) was born in Siret / Sereth about 1889 (at the time, part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire).

        I’m leaving my email address with Amy, should you or Amy wish to contact me.




      • Thank you, David. I just tried to email you, and it bounced back. Can you give me your email address again?


  2. I found the place where Sabina Goldschläger was murdered on a map. It is called Obadovka. It is in Ukraine, further east than I would have thought (my mom’s mother’s family was from Mogilev-Podolsky). It was a ghetto where people were murdered. I don’t know how the parents survived. Sabina looked so much like my aunt. Their father filled out the Page of Testimony.


    • How awful. Is that where she lived or was she taken there to be killed? I am not aware of any Goldschlager roots there in my family, but who knows… I am glad you were able to find some answers, terrible as they are.


  3. I’m sorry-I just saw this. They didn’t live there—she was taken there somehow. Clearly her parents knew where she was killed and I have no idea where they were. I would have asked Max the one day I spent with him but it was well before I had seen the Page of Testimony and Anne herself had no idea he had filled it out.

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