Hear granddaughter Annette talk about her paternal
grandparents from Jedwabne
Charlie, Sam and Sheina Gitel Burak
Sheina Gitel Burak, nee
Drejarska, seated, with two of her sons: standing left, Charles
(Yechiel) Burak, and standing right, his brother Samuel (Chone) Burak.
BURAK, BURACK, DREJARSKA, DREJARSKI
Place of residence: JEDWABNE
Date of photograph: cir early 1920s
Holocaust: Charlie and Sam (as they were better known) had already
immigrated to the United States and were living in Brooklyn, Kings, New
York before World War II began. Presumably, their mother Sheina Gitel,
who did not emigrate and stayed behind in Jedwabne with her son Zelman
and his family, most likely died during the 1941 Jedwabne pogrom.
Sheina Gitel Drejarska married Aron Burak, who passed away
between 1903 and 1905.
It is for certain that Sam Burak (later Burack) emigrated from Poland
and went to Cuba. The family feels that Sam and Charlie were
inseparable, so it is possible that Charlie left Poland with Sam and
also immigrated to Cuba.
Under the provision (c) of the Immigration Act of 1917, Sam's record for
legal entry for permanent residency in the United States was 15 Apr
Nothing is known to this point about how or when Charlie entered the