Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Grandparents lost, grandparents found, Part II

In our Zweighaft Family Archives (what I'm calling the 10 boxes of letters, documents and artifacts pulled together mostly from Blauvelt filing cabinets, closets, attic and basement), we have several clues about the final resting places of our grandparents and great-grandparents.  (see post #1 for a picture of mausoleum keys; also have hand-written notes from Aunt Belle with cemetery directions).

     After several phone calls to cemeteries around New York City, I located the relatives listed below at:
                 Hungarian Union Fields
                 83-45 Cypress Hills Street
                 Ridgewood, NY 11385
      The information on graves is maintained by Mt. Carmel Cemetery (718-366-5900)

       Simon and Sofia Zweighaft, our great grandparents
       Bernard and Blanche Zweighaft, our paternal grandparents
       Adolph and Helena Zweighaft Hirschberg, our grand uncle and aunt (Helena is the sister of Bernard)
       Seymour and Jane Hirschberg London (Jane is the child of Adolph and Helena)
       Leo and Jolan Hirschberg (Leo is the child of Adolph and Helena)

I was hoping to visit the cemetery on the way back from upstate New York, but as it was a Friday afternoon in the summer and the traffic was likely going to be horrific, plans were made instead to return sometime later this summer or fall with mauseleum key in hand.  Mary and I will make the trip together and would welcome other brave souls who dare to venture into a mauseleum probably unopened for at least 50 years.

Here is a copy of the letter from the cemetery in 1994, sent while I was corresponding with Leo's 2nd wife, Alva.


In my first post, I mentioned that the Sachs and Zweighafts might both be in Bayside, but now it seems clear that Hungarian Union Fields has the Zweighaft ancestors and Bayside likely the Sachs family.  Bayside is the Jewish cemetery which is in a state of disrepair.  I have requested information from Andrew Schultz, Executive Director, Community Association for Jewish At-Risk Cemeteries (CAJAC) who sent on my request to the rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zedek, the owner of Bayside and official custodian of the cemetery records. 

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