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Submitted by Ezra Zalman MAGID

Information Picture Question
Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 5/31/2017 4:01 PM
Family Surname: MELNIK, LIPETSKY, KUSHNER, DOBRIANSKY
Country: Moldova
Date of Image: c. 1930
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Cylindrical [not dome nor cone] kippah suggests place, time, sect?
My wife's grandfather, Arsen MELNIK, [c.1891 - c.1944] is wearing a kippah quite different from my modern black dome size 9 Kippah.
Family legend has "dedushka" [then age 7!] arriving alone on foot to the family LIPETSKY in Bessarabia from nearby Yampol, Ukraine.
Naming his son "Tzodek" or "Zotik" [c.1939 - c1941] matches better with a possible ancestor, Tzodek MELNIK, found in Marijampol, Lithuania.
The MELNIK and extended family CUSNIR had abandoned Judaism before the arrival of Einsatzgruppen, but were nevertheless informed upon and "selected".
Marriage to a Kaarite Jew also occurred in the extended family to surname SHMIELOV.
Arsen MELNIK married Sanda CUSNIR after this photo was made.
The MtDNA Haplogroup of HER direct female descendants is commonly found among so-called "Mountain Jews" and Krymchaks.
What, if anything, can be understood from the kippah and any other clues in this photo?
Chag Sameach!
Thanks!


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On  Response 
6/3/2017 10:27 AM Hi Ezrah!
In his last picture (1938) my grandma's brother Eminel wears the same cap or kippah, he was born and was martyred by a polish mob in Wloczszowa, Kielce province in 1939. Nor was he very religious, and even less part of a sect, he was a well to do citizen of his town.
I think this kind of cap is something related to fashion or a symbol of some social prestige.
Best regards!

Miguel (miguel.freixa@gmail.com)

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