Last week I said I would write about Chaim Joseph Entel, my mother’s maternal grandfather, and so I did. What I wrote was clearly speculative and I’m enjoying imagining the personalities of my ancestors. I’d share a photo of him, but of course, he wouldn’t allow them.
Since I wrote about two great-grandfathers already, I might as well go for a third, my father’s paternal grandmother, Mordechai/Morduch/Mordka/Mottel/Morton Krasner, who immigrated from Borisov, Minsk Gubernia, Russia to Newark, New Jersey with his wife, Bryna, and youngest daughter, Hesia/Bessie, in May 1901. Three of this older children, including my grandfather, Max, were already in Newark by the time he arrived. There’s not much of a paper trail on him, and that will be the point of the snapshot. He was even detained on the ship for special inquiry because he had no documents.