Looking for my Brother

Zenus Wang, born in August 29, 1939, supposedly in Drohobycz or Stryj, was given to a Christian family sometime after June 1941, that is, after the German invasion. My parents went into hiding and they could not keep him because he would endanger himself, them and their hosts. The last name of the Christian family where he was received is unknown to me. My parents are already gone, so I have no one left to ask. What I remember hearing when I was a small child, was that they were somehow related to their saviours.

Cesia and Mesio (my mother and father) got married on December 12th, 1937 and went to Drohobycz where they had a furniture store and where their first child, Zenus was born. When the German invasion happened, they went back to Stryj where they found a place to hide and the people that accepted to hide them. They were the Zachodny family that had a flat on the Berka Joselewicka Ulica, one block from the Rinek in a building that was already Judenrein, free from Jews. The Zachodny family was formed by Mr. and Mrs. Zachodny and their two children: a girl whose name began with an "L", about 14 years old and a boy, Roman, about 12 years old (if Roman Zachodny is alive, he must be today, 2002, about 70 or 72 years old). In that building, in an attic, my parents stayed during nearly two years, along with my aunt Fryda and her 5 year old son, Marcel. The Zachodnys fed them and took care of their needs during all that time. Zenus was given, allegedly, to one of Mrs Zachodny´s sisters that lived in Tarnopol with her family.

When the Red Army freed the zone, my mother went to look for Zenus and was told that he had died but nobody could tell her where he was buried nor show her his corpse. So she looked for him in churches, orphanages and wherever she could but found no trace of him. Eventually she abandoned her search and went back to Stryj.

If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact me immediately.


Zenus


Cesia and Mesio in Cracow in 1946

Father


Mesio, 20 years old

Mieczyslaw (Mesio, Mendel) Wang, born in Stryj on March 11th, 1911. Son of Adolf Wang (born in Boryslaw) and Lina Schwartz or Gelb (born in Stryj). He was their forth and youngest child. Adolf belonged to a big and wealthy family, but had some argument and left home for good and was never in touch with them again. He went to the USA sometime between 1908 and 1910 but he could not make it and ended up returning to Poland.


Mesio, 25 years old

 Mother


Cesia, 20 years old

Czeslawa (Cesia, Cipele) Baumoehl, born in Turka on October 5th, 1912 or 1913. Daughter of Eleazar Baumoehl (born in Sassów) and Dvoire Horowitz (born in Zwierzyniec). She was their youngest and sixth child. Dvoire´s family, though not rich, could afford to have their daughter marry a Talmud schollar like Eleazar. When WWI broke, they left Poland and went to Lundenburg and then came back finding nothing left. They went to Stryj where Dvoire passed away when small Cipele -my mother- was only 8 years old. Her father lived 7 more years. So she was an orphan at the age of 15.

Our Family in Argentina

Mesio, Cesia, Buenos Aires, 1950

Buenos Aires, 1952, Mesio, Cesia (parents), Diana (me) and Alberto (born in Argentina in 1951)

Me and my younger brother Alberto, nov. 2001

Mesio, Cesia y Hernán (my older son when he was 4), Punta del Este, 1972

The Wang Family in Poland

The Wang family around 1918. Mesio is the one on the far right.

Grandmother. Lina Wang (nee: Schwartz or Gelb). Circa 1930, Poland.