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The Story of the Jews of Europe in the 20th Century- a Family Perspective

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  • Helena Gottdenker (c.1898 - c.1942)
    Norbert Gottdenker had been a soldier in the Austrian army in the Great War, as it was called, and had been captured by the Russians. Helena was from the border town of Podwolochisk, and was among thos...
  • Nachman Norbert Gottdenker (c.1894 - c.1935)
    Norbert Gottdenker had been a soldier in the Austrian army in the Great War, as it was called, and had been captured by the Russians. Helena was from the border town of Podwolochisk, and was among thos...
  • Binah Weinberg (1876 - c.1947)
    Married to Samuel Weinberg—Sister to Judah Zarwanitzer and half sister to mother of Norbert( Nachman Gottdenker) of Vienna. Daughter of Moses Zarwanitzer and Devorah Kahana. When my father was...
  • Samuel Weinberg (1878 - 1961)
    In Dolina, had General Store with ready to wear clothes, hats, food on ground floor, family lived on second floor ( which had a special roof to open for family Sukkah to be made inside the house). Had ...
  • Irene Weinberg (1922 - 2007)
    The full story of Irene Weinberg can be fond online at[ [ ]. Follow link at top of webpage for " Megillat Esther". Irene Weinberg, a native of Lwow, Poland(now Ukraine), was studying art and music wh...

Introduction to [http://www.courageofspirit.com] blog Note URL has changed

The Courage of the Spirit: The story of Europe's Jewry in the 20th Century from family accounts and documents.

All Jewish thought begins with a question. Here is my question----why write about one family?

Because, one Jewish family highlights the story of the Jews, and the Jews highlight the story of the Human family.

As the adage goes, Jews are like everyone else, only more so.

I am impelled to this primarily because of the story of my parents. My father, Rabbi William Weinberg, survived Nazi jail and Soviet exile. My mother, Irene Weinberg, survived Nazi head-hunters in the guise of an Aryan. They worked with the “ She’erith Hapletah”, the surviving remnants of the Holocaust who rebuilt their lives on the ashes of dead Europe and set off for the wonders of America, or for the new dream of a State of Israel. They both lived to see the blessing of the Psalms,

They shall see the children of their children

From whence the energy, not just for individuals, but for an entire people, to go on, despite all odds, from the moment Abraham was challenged to abandon “ your land, your birthplace, and your father’s home” through to our times. This is what my father wrote, towards the end of the 20th century, in his collection of essays, as yet unpublished,Jews in Search of a New Image:

Click on link to Blog: [http://www.courageofspirit.com]