For Every Building, a Family: Re-building Jewish Memory in Rohatyn

“It is sometimes only through these secondary sources that the little details of an individual can be learned. ‘He had a beautiful singing voice’; ‘she had bright red hair’; ‘he loved animals’; these kinds of details—not present in the ‘hard’ data—humanize our ancestors and breathe life back into what is otherwise merely a name on a record.”

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A Tragic Romance: From One Photograph to a Journey of Discovery

By Eli Rabinowitz

“All I ever knew was that I am named Eli Moshe (Eli Moses, Hebrew name Eliyahu Moshe) after my great-uncle Moshe. Moshe died in a motor accident, six weeks before his planned wedding. The date of his death was unknown, but it was sometime between the late 1920s and early 30s. That was the sum total of my knowledge of Moshe until a photograph given to me in 2011 changed everything.”

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