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Freedman Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: RG 2245

Scope and Contents

1 2.5" box of family history material, personal correspondence, and photos of the Roth, Barsky, Friedman, and other families, including the following:

Photo of men at a factory Photo of Simon Barsky by a car, 1930s Passport in Russian and Yiddish, with list of different cities in Yiddish, 1910 Small residency-permit book with other official documents, including an army discharge, for Simon Barsky, Vinnytsia [in which Zhmerynka is located], Russian Empire [now Ukraine], 1896-1903 Train ticket, Kyiv, 1904 Soviet postcard with a Yiddish message sent to Simon Barsky, 1932, from Yalta in the Crimea Short book by Phyllis, My Family and Yours: The Past and The Future, with family history, autobiographical recollections, and recipes Oversized photo, probably of Rose Roth, at a writing desk, 1956 Album of members of the Roth family in Ryglice and elsewhere, 1920s-1930s; includes separate page with photos of the same kind

1 banker’s box of photos, mainly in envelopes, including copies, photo albums, and copies of newspaper clippings relating to the Barsky, Roth, Sokolow, Schnecks, Kaplan, Volkman, and other families, 1915-1964

2 flat boxes, one containing a photo of Hyman and Minnie Roth from ca. 1900 and a 1957-58 photo album celebrating the birth and babyhood of Howard Shainmark; the other containing a photo album of members of the Barsky, Volkman, and other families from 1951 and two separate pages, one with a photo from 1916 and one with photos from the 1930s

1 2.5’’ box with genealogical information for members of the Roth family and others and a box of photos of the wedding of Phyllis Shainmark and Henry Freedman, 1961

Dates

  • Creation: 1900 - 2019

Creator

Biographical / Historical

Family history collection of Phyllis Roth Freedman, born in Brooklyn in 1934, with ancestry from Zhmerynka, modern-day Ukraine; Ryglice, Poland; and Strelisk (now Novi Strilyshcha), Ukraine. Friedman was born at the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital on November 30, 1934, the daughter of Rose née Barsky [1910-1987] and Harry [1910-1988]. She has two younger sisters, Ann and Nadine. Her maternal grandparents, Shimon/Simon and Gittel Barsky, came from Zhmerynka, then in the Russian Empire, now in Ukraine; Simon was a blacksmith/gunsmith in the Czar’s army from 1893-96. Her paternal grandparents, Chaim/Hyman and Menie/Minnie Roth, came from towns in Galicia, her grandfather from Ryglice [Poland; Jews had lived there since the 14th century] and her paternal grandmother from Strelisk [now Novi Strilyshcha, Ukraine]. In 1955 Phyllis married Avrum Shainmark [1930-1960] and had two sons, Howard [b. 1957] and Steven [b. 1959?]. She remarried in 1961 to Henry Freedman [1930-2010] and had two further sons, Lawrence [b. 1964] and David [b. 1966]. She was trained as a teacher and worked for 10 years as assistant director of the SUNY Plattsburgh Art Museum and for 10 years as director of Literacy Volunteers.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet

2 Boxes

1 Boxes

Language of Materials

English

Yiddish

Russian

Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Repository

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