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    CHAIM AND CHINKA
  
THE KAJMAN SIBLINGS
   BOYS' GROUPS
   TO SZEJNA KAJMAN
   SZEJNA AND HER FRIENDS
   PICTURE POSTCARDS
   SARA, AND THE CUSTOMS HOUSE
   SZEJNA'S OFF TO AMERICA
  
   
LETTERS FROM SZCZUCZYN
     
     

   THE
  KAJMANS OF
  
LOMZA GUBERNIA


THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF SZCZUCZYN
circa World War I
Szczuczyn, Poland

 


Photo, top: Three of Chinka Chaja Kajman's children: Sidney (Jusua),
Alfred (Elias), and
either Jeanette (Szejna) or Sylvia (Sara).

Photo, left: Three unidentified people at Chinka Chaja's gravesite.

Photo, above: The tombstone inscription: "A dear man ???,
Loved by everybody, ? Respected and educated, ????.
Mr. Chaim ben Moshe Iosel Kaiman. He was forty years old at
the time of his death. He left behind four children to (Ana?).
Note that the letter "X" in this photo indicates that this
is the grave of the late Rabbi of Szczuczyn Vaseles.

Chaim Kajman

"The last, youngest-known child of Moszk Josiel Kajman and Szejna Itka neť Schariowicz was their son Chaim. According to the Gregorian calendar, his birth date was December 14, 1874. His birth was recorded a week later, December 21, in Szczuczyn. He could have been named for his great-great-grandfather Chaim Kajman. Chaim married Chinka neť Schariowicz when he was twenty-seven years old in Szczuczyn on February 3, 1901.

Chinka was thirty years old when she married Chaim, which means that she was born circa 1871. She was born in Grajewo, a town about eight miles northeast of Szczuczyn. They were first cousins. Chaimís mother, Szejna Itka, and Chinkaís father, Berko/Berel, were siblings. Chinka was probably the oldest, or second oldest, of her large family of as many as ten to twelve siblings. Three of her siblings - Morris, Elias, and Meyer - would later be crucial in saving Chinka and Chaimís four orphaned children after the first World War. Chinkaís three brothers immigrated to America when they were young men. After they initially landed in New York, they settled first in New Orleans, and later in Bogalusa, Louisiana, a small town seventy miles northeast of New Orleans."

Chaim and Chinka had at least six children. Their two daughters were named Szejna (Jeanette) and Sarah (Sylvia). Most of the photographs and postcards in this exhibitions are of them, or were sent to them. The photographs featured in this exhibition were passed down to Miriam Levy Watsky, a daughter-in-law of Jeanette, who in turn passed them on to Carolyn Kaiman Rosenstein, who kindly sent the museum the images you see in the "Kajmans of Lomza Gubernia."

photo, left: Chaim Kajman.

      

All translations courtesy of Miriam Goldvasser.

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