§03 Meyer Lewin

By Levi Clancy for לוי on

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MR. AND MRS. MEYER LEWIN, DEVENICHOK, OLD RUSSIA, PROBABLY TAKEN CIRCA IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY. THESE ARE THIRD GENERATION COPIES FROM EARLIER COPIES LEILA LEVI MADE FROM ORIGINALS BORROWED FROM FANNIE FORMAN. WE ARE NOT CERTAIN OF HER PROPER NAME. APPARENTLY SHE WAS KNOWN AS BOTH RIVKA DAVIDOVITCH AND SARAH TROTSKY BEFORE HER MARRIAGE TO MEYER LEWIN. WE KNOW OF NO DATES EXCEPT THAT MEYER DIED IN 1916. SINCE THEIR OLDEST CHILD, MALKA LEWIN (ANNIE LAZARUS), WAS BORN IN 1874, WE MAY ESTIMATE THEIR BIRTHDATES TO HAVE BEEN AROUND 1850, GIVE OR TAKE A FEW YEARS.

THE MEYER LEWINS ARE THE TWO COMMON PROGENITORS FOR ALL THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ETC. OF ALL THE LEVYS AND LEVIS IN THIS BOOK. WE ALL HAVE THEM IN COMMON AS ANCESTORS. THEY WERE THE PARENTS OF THE NINE LEWIN SIBLINGS WHICH, ON THE CHARTS, YOUR EDITOR HAS LABELLED AS THE "IMMIGRANT GENERATION". WE KNOW NOTHING OF THE HISTORY OF THE LADY BUT WE DO KNOW THAT THE NAME OF MEYER'S FATHER WAS MATTIS LEWIN. HE MUST HAVE BEEN BORN AROUND 1830, GIVE OR TAKE A LITTLE. WE ASSUME THAT THEY ALL ORIGINATED IN THE LITTLE LITHUANIAN TOWN OF DZIEWIENISZKI/DEVENICHOK BUT THAT IS ONLY AS ASSUMPTION.

YOUR EDITOR THINKS THAT ROSALYN (LEVI) BLOOM, IN FRESNO, HAS A STRIKING RESEMBLANCE TO MRS. MEYER LEWIN. WHAT DO YOU THINK? ROSALYN IS MRS. LEWIN'S GREAT-GRAND-DAUGHTER.


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EMBASSY OF THE
UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS
CONSULAR DIVISION
1825 PHELPS PLACE, N.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20008

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HILLEL DON LAZARUS
14547 Titus Street, Suite 207
PANORAMA City, CA 91402 USA

January 9, 1989

Dear Sir:

According to information received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuanian SSR there are no records of birth of your relatives in its archives.

Yours,

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N. PARSHENKO,
CONSUL

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