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The newest feature at the Museum of Family History is entitled, "Chunya's Perilous Journey," an autobiographical account of a young man's emigration from his home in NE Poland, eastward through Russia, Manchuria, China, Japan, during the throes of the First World War. This story will appear in serialized form in six parts, i.e. once every two weeks for twelve weeks. The story is told very well and should be of interest to anyone interested in Jewish emigration from Europe around the time of the First World War, and of the subsequent immigration into the United States and attempt by the immigrant to assimilate to their new Jewish life here in New York City.

You can find Part 1 of "Chunya's Perilous Journey" at serial was first announced on the museum's e-newsletter, "New Perspectives," which the museum encourages you to sign up for. If you have previously requested to join the "Perspectives" mailing list in the past and your e-mail address has changed, please send your name and new e-mail address to the museum.
Write to and include your given and last name, e-mail address, and the town and state or country in which you currently live (purely for my own demographic study).
 I hope you will enjoy reading about Chunya's journey to his new home in the United States. I found it fascinating!

Steve Lasky, Founder and Director, Museums of Family History and the Yiddish Theatre.





Achieving a Long-Standing
Vision For the Future

A Design Proposal for a 3-D Museum


World Jewish Communities
Remembering Jewish life in the
cities, towns and villages in
which our ancestors once lived.


In the years that preceded the end of World War II, the photograph served a very important function, not only for families who were living in Europe at the time, but also for those who decided to emigrate and start new lives in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Many families went to large towns or big cities so that they could take one last photograph together before one of them emigrated. The families that had cameras, of course, could take their own photographs, and they often sent these photographs to their relatives living abroad by postal mail, accompanied by a letter, or a few words of affection written in Yiddish on the back. These photographs would often create one last visual memory that would remind the recipient, for the rest of their lives, of the years that they had spent together as a family, as for so many they would never see each other again. Visit this exhibition >>






Eastern European Jewry

A variety of exhibitions that deal with the history of European Jewry over the past centuries. More >>





     The Holocaust

Many aspects of this tragic
period of Jewish Life in Europe
is presented here, in hopes of contributing in some small way:
to educate and to remind
everyone that such an immense tragedy must never happen again.
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From the Pale to
the Golden Land

How Our Families Came to America

This part of the Museum provides information about how our families managed to come to America, and hopefully, it will paint a picture of the troubles and travail that our ancestors had to deal with in order to become denizens, if not citizens, of the United States. More >>



Living in America
The Jewish Experience

opics relating to Jewish
family life will be discussed.
The hope is that a proper portrait of the Jewish American, both young and old, can be drawn, from the early days of immigration to the present. More



Education and Research Center

An earnest attempt has been made to make available information that may benefit those who have an interested in learning more about modern Jewish history and their own family history in all its many facets.  More



     Museum of the
    Yiddish Theatre

The Museum holds a number of collections that are related in some way to the history of the Yiddish theatre. The collection consists of items such as photographs, theatre programs, sheet music, audio recordings. etc. More >







The Screening Room


The Films of Tomek Wisnewski

: Projections of Life: Jewish Life before World War II. Courtesy of the United States Holocaust Museum, via YouTube. (28m., 35s.)







Audio Tours
(to come)




Did you know that the Museum of Family History is a member of the AHO (Association of Holocaust Organizations)?








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