#52snapshots–Week 29

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.

This Week

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.

Mordechai Krasner (1838-1915)

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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