05 July 2010

Family History pt. 1

A few months ago I visited my dad in North Carolina and after years of hinting and wondering about the old photos that my grandparents were rumored to have had, we finally went into the attic and found them. Lovingly tucked into empty chocolate tins, wrapped in tissue paper, there were the young faces of my grandparents and their families that they lost in the Holocaust. Both of them were Jewish and from Eastern Europe, they came to Italy after the war where my dad was born and then moved to Brooklyn. On a modern personal note: they didn't have jobs or even speak English when they moved to Brooklyn, so to all the haters who think I can't do it: kiss my ass. I come from brave stock.
My Hungarian great-grandparents, whose names we don't know and there is no one left to remember.
My grandma Rose's sisters and mother, only Bertha (with the braids) survived WWII.
Grandma Rose and the writing on the back of her photo.

My grandparents' wedding in Italy after WWII.
With one of their friends on a beach in Italy.
Swimming in Italy
My grandparents swimming and the writing on the back of the photo. Can anyone translate that? I would be eternally grateful.
Rose and Joseph in Italy, and Rose with one of their friends (I think it might be her brother-in-law) on an Italian street in Naples.
Two photos of my grandma and my dad in Italy.

24 comments

  1. Hi! First of all, thank you so much for sharing! It must be very intriguing to have a past connected to WW II and direct relatives who survived it. I loved this post, and i'm sorry i can't translate that. Hope someday you'll find more and more about that part of your family heritage, because that's also a part of who you are :)

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  2. This is fantastic, thank you for sharing. The photo of them in the water, where your grandfather is smoking a cigarette is my favorite.

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  3. im glad to hear your opinión darling!
    i like very much your blog, is amazing!
    nice photos!
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  4. Great that you were able to keep these old photos... they are priceless. xoxo

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  5. Those photos are amazing. I'm inspired to do a family history post too. Though mine isn't that interesting.

    Theres something so beautiful about old photographs. Even seeing people I don't know, I feel some sort of connection.

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  6. Kallie, this post was amazing. I only wish that I had some older pictures like this of my family. I might have some of my parents, but most were burnt in fires. You family is strong and has been through a lot, I am glad that they are all healthy and happy today :)

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  7. This is a very cool post, thank you for sharing! All I have to teach me about my ancestors is a copy of their tickets from Denmark to the US and what my family tells me. It's good to know that you were able to learn so much about your own background. x

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  8. On the back of your grandma's picture, under the one of her sisters and mother- that looks like an SS number. Which, to me, is kind of beautiful- nothing more American than immigrants and taxes.

    Two more things: 1) Congrats on the job, 2) haters can hate all they want, but also should be punched in the face, and 3) (because I don't know how to count), I finished A History of Love, which gave me goosebumps in 100 degree heat.

    Love you lots and will see you soon!

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  9. This is so great, thank you so much for sharing. We can learn so much from our family histories and it's great to see these fabulous pics!

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  10. these are pretty old pics !!
    thanks soooo much for sharing them !
    its good to know more about your family background :)

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  11. i love looking back into history. that's amazing.

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  12. These photos are amazing! What an inspiring family you have.

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  13. Wow! What an amazing story and pics you have of your family history!!!! This is so cool!

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  14. Oh Vintage pictures :) there is something about them that takes to an era , lovely :)

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  16. thank u for sharing ur family history, kallie:) it's awesome that ur family still have these photos. they're priceless! have a great weekend:)

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  17. These are so cool. Thank you for sharing! I find this so interesting. Can't translate it, but it's signed Rozi (Rose) and Joseph. And google tranlate says that emlek (the beginning of the first word) means memory in hungarian...
    xxx

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  18. Thoroughly enjoyed looking at those photos, so so interesting!

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  19. Family history is so interesting and I'm always intrigued by the stories and lives of the individuals who are long gone. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Lovely photos! I'm Jewish as well and don't know of any family I have that survived the Holocaust other than my uncle's dad. Unfortunately, we don't have any photos of past relatives!

    Amazing blog by the way, I'm definitely following you now :)

    -Jess
    http://darknightholdtight.blogspot.com

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  21. Well thats hungaro. I'm having a little issue on understanding the hand writting but emlékul means suvenier, I don't understand the next word, then it's Rosie and Iosh or Josh and then i don't understand the handwritting again and two names

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  22. On the back of your grandma's picture, under the one of her sisters and mother- that looks like an SS number. Which, to me, is kind of beautiful- nothing more American than immigrants and taxes.

    Two more things: 1) Congrats on the job, 2) haters can hate all they want, but also should be punched in the face, and 3) (because I don't know how to count), I finished A History of Love, which gave me goosebumps in 100 degree heat.

    Love you lots and will see you soon!

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  23. Those photos are amazing. I'm inspired to do a family history post too. Though mine isn't that interesting.

    Theres something so beautiful about old photographs. Even seeing people I don't know, I feel some sort of connection.

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