Benjamin Spiegel and Fannie “Feiga” Shechtman Spiegel lived in the area of Russia known as the Pale of Settlement (see also Spiegel Family Outline and Outline of Flo’s family). They lived in Kiev, Russia (now Ukraine)–most likely in the nearby shtetl Pavalitch since few Jews were allowed to reside in the city of Kiev at the time.
Contemporary map showing location of Pavolitch, Ukraine
Yetta was born on August 12, 1895, in Russia. She was known by her Yiddish name Etel. Her parents were Benjamin Spiegel and Fannie “Feiga” Shechtman Spiegel (see Spiegel Family Outline). Records list Kiev as her birthplace. She most likely lived in the nearby shtetl Pavalitch since few Jews were allowed to reside in the city of Kiev at the time. In 1906, when Yetta was 11 years old, events in Russia resulted in pogroms throughout the area known as the Pale of Settlement. According to a family story, Cossacks attacked the shtetl. Yetta and her family fled for their lives.
Sam Glicker was born on February 8, 1889, in Yedinitz, Bessarabia, Russia (now known as Edinet, Moldova). Sam was known by his Yiddish name Schaje. His parents were Israel Glicker and Bindel Rosenblatt Glicker (See Glicker Family Outline and Flo’s Family).
Sam most likely had at least five siblings:
A sibling whose name is unknown
Sam left Yedinitz and on December 18, 1909, he boarded Holland-America Line’s steamship Ryndam in Rotterdam, Holland. The ship’s manifest spelled Sam’s name as Schaje Glucker. Continue reading