Don’t Forget History.

For Earth Below

My family, from Lodz, circa 1912, Brooklyn, New York.

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I decided to post this image of my mother’s side of my family. It’s the side I am closest to. I posted this image previously on Facebook and Pbase, where it has generated quite a lot of responses.

We tend as we grow older, when friends and family have begun to pass away, to begin an exploration of our own personal histories. This picture is one, among others, that has always fascinated me. There she is, my grandmother, Rose, second from the left, circa 1912/13, when she was just about 15. There are her brothers, sisters, and her parents. My grandmother always told people she was born in 1900, but the truth is she was born in 1898. When her family came to America, she wanted to go school and learn English. She couldn’t if she was 14 or 15. So…

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About Keith Goldstein

Lives and works in New York City.
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5 Responses to Don’t Forget History.

  1. loisajay says:

    I had my uncle on my father’s side (the Italian side) and my aunt on my mother’s side (the Polish side) write out a family tree for me many years ago. Both sides came to the US from the ‘old country’ and I wanted a record of that. Both aunt and uncle are long since gone now but I am glad they were able to share what they had. The photos….those I love. This one is wonderful, Keith.

    • Thanks Lois. I wish I had research of my father’s family. My parents divorced when I was very young. I hardly know much about that side of the family, except that most of my father’s side is in the Philadelphia area. I don’t like speaking with my father much. Stories always change. I met his father once 30 years ago. I had many questions for him, but he offered very little in the way of answers.

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