Sat, 07 Mar 1998
I am researching my wife's maternal side of the family. They are the
POLANER's from Debica. Her gfather's name was Moses POLANER. He was born in
Debica in 1871. He became a citizen of the U.S.A.(along with his wife,Ella)
in 1920. I don't know exactly when they came to the U.S.A. I have this
POLANER listing in JGFF. My research number is 5395.
If you would like more information, I have a little bit more.
Thank You for your wonderful home page. I will be going through it very
carefully, since I have almost no information on Debica.
After talking with my mother-in-law, this past week-end(at her 62nd wedding
anniversary party), I have come up with a few new things. I looked at the
Dembitz Yizkor book, and it appears that Zalman and Israel POLANER were
brothers. Also there is a strong possibility that Israel POLANER was the
father of Moses POLANER(my wife's mgfather). Moses was born in Dembitz
(1871- Feb. 9,1930). Moses married Elka MILLER-SCHORR at Paulizon Hall on
The Lower East Side of N.Y.C. Paulizon Hall was a meeting place Labor
Zionists. They had three children, one son, Mardy, and two daughters,
Esther(my mother-in-law), and Sarah(married a GELLERMAN). This is a quote
from Mardy(now deceased) about his father(Moses): "He was a knitter,
bartender, an intellectual who never made it. He wanted to go to the
University of Berlin, but couldn't get in because the 3% quota for Jews had
been exceeded. He was too ashamed to go home so he went to the U.S.A.
instead. There he met Elka MILLER-SCHORR. My mother-in-law is the sole
survivor. Moses had a younger brother named Pincus and another brother,
name unknown. Moses had cousins named WEISEN, one known, was Bernard.
That's it for now.
Bruce W. Goldstein
Glen Rock, New Jersey; U.S.A.