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Dunsky, Yehudah

Male 1874 - 1946  (72 years)


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  • Name Dunsky, Yehudah  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 1874  Golynka, Grodno, Belarus Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth 1877  [8
    Emigration 29 Nov 1912  [9
    London-Capetown 
    Name Yudel Dunsky 
    Died 2 Nov 1946  Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I17269  Our Family | All Descendants of Hirsz Dunsky (I6345)
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2024 

    Father Dunsky, Zelig,   b. Abt 1840, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother [Dunsky], Temme,   b. Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F6244  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Butcovsky, Miriam,   b. 1889, Radzilishki, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1966, Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Dunsky, Sarah
    +2. Dunsky, David
     3. Dunsky, Israel
    +4. Dunsky, Isidore
    +5. Dunsky, Mina
    +6. Dunsky, Sidney
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2024 
    Family ID F6423  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Yehuda Dunsky had travelled to South Africa in 1914 or 1915 to earn money for the family. Miriam would sell items in the market place. At some point, Israel [aged 11] wrote to his father, and told him to send for them, that Lithuania [Europe] was no place for Jews. Sarah was the eldest, then Israel, then Minnie, then Dave. I think that they emigrated in 1919 by ship. Minnie's parents - Rachel and Abraham Butcovsky - came with them.... unless these were Yehuda's parents... I have to check up on that. I just know that they were one set of grandparents. Abraham was very strong, fearless, a chazan who wrote his own music and a shochet. At one point during the Russian Revolution [this story is from Dave who told it to me when I sat with him one night in the hospital just before he died], soldiers came to the house, rummaged thru and found Abraham's shochet knives and wanted to confiscate them. He refused to let the soldiers take them away to Rachel's intense distress. She was petrified that the soldiers would kill them all. Minnie remembered the Jews being thrown out of Rotsvalishki. They buried the family silver in the backyard, and had to travel to Odessa by ox cart. When they came back to Rotsvalishki [an undentified time later], the neighbors returned the goods and silver taken from their home during their absence [they respected the grandfather].

      from Sally Esakov

      Yehuda Dunsky had travelled to South Africa in 1914 or 1915 to earn money for the family. Miriam would sell items in the market place. At some point, Israel [aged 11] wrote to his father, and told him to send for them, that Lithuania [Europe] was no place for Jews. Sarah was the eldest, then Israel, then Minnie, then Dave. I think that they emigrated in 1919 by ship. Minnie's parents - Rachel and Abraham Butcovsky - came with them.... unless these were Yehuda's parents... I have to check up on that. I just know that they were one set of grandparents. Abraham was very strong, fearless, a chazan who wrote his own music and a shochet. At one point during the Russian Revolution [this story is from Dave who told it to me when I sat with him one night in the hospital just before he died], soldiers came to the house, rummaged thru and found Abraham's shochet knives and wanted to confiscate them. He refused to let the soldiers take them away to Rachel's intense distress. She was petrified that the soldiers would kill them all. Minnie remembered the Jews being thrown out of Rotsvalishki. They buried the family silver in the backyard, and had to travel to Odessa by ox cart. When they came back to Rotsvalishki [an undentified time later], the neighbors returned the goods and silver taken from their home during their absence [they respected the grandfather].

      from Sally Esakov
      Yehuda Dunsky had travelled to South Africa in 1914 or 1915 to earn money for the family. Miriam would sell items in the market place. At some point, Israel [aged 11] wrote to his father, and told him to send for them, that Lithuania [Europe] was no place for Jews. Sarah was the eldest, then Israel, then Minnie, then Dave. I think that they emigrated in 1919 by ship. Minnie's parents - Rachel and Abraham Butcovsky - came with them.... unless these were Yehuda's parents... I have to check up on that. I just know that they were one set of grandparents. Abraham was very strong, fearless, a chazan who wrote his own music and a shochet. At one point during the Russian Revolution [this story is from Dave who told it to me when I sat with him one night in the hospital just before he died], soldiers came to the house, rummaged thru and found Abraham's shochet knives and wanted to confiscate them. He refused to let the soldiers take them away to Rachel's intense distress. She was petrified that the soldiers would kill them all. Minnie remembered the Jews being thrown out of Rotsvalishki. They buried the family silver in the backyard, and had to travel to Odessa by ox cart. When they came back to Rotsvalishki [an undentified time later], the neighbors returned the goods and silver taken from their home during their absence [they respected the grandfather].

      from Sally Esakov

  • Sources 
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      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965


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