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Anna/Chana Brinen (Silbert)

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Birthplace: Novozybkov, Bryanskaya oblast, Russian Federation
Death: (Date and location unknown)
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Daughter of Moshe/Mojsche Silbert and Dora/Dwoira Silbert
Wife of Morris Brinen
Mother of Aaron/Aron Brinen; Sophie/Shiffra Sylvia Rahinksy; Abraham Chaim Brinen; Joseph Brinen and Rose Spiegel
Sister of Nathan/Nechemie SILBERT; David Silbert; Ida Sislen; Rachel (Rosie) Rifkin and Barnett/Beryl Silbert

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About Anna/Chana Brinen

Anna Silbert married Morris Brinen and they had five children (from oldest to youngest): Aron, Shiffra, Abraham, Joseph and baby Rose. (According to immigration records taken at Ellis Island in 1923, Anna's birth name was "Chana").

Robert Brinen remembers his grandmother Anna Brinen's personality very well: "My grandmother, Anna was a very good cook; mostly, if not all Jewish cooking. The family was gathered together for all high holidays, Passover, Rosh Hashanah. She was a great hostess with a good sense of humor. I remember she was always smiling and laughing..." (despite the many hardships she and the family had faced).

Anna and Morris had started their family in the small village of Novozybkov, Russia. They lived in a tiny house on a farm with many animals: chickens, cats, dogs, sheep, cows, etc. Morris assigned his children to take care of the animals; including milking cows & sheep to make milk and cheese, gathering eggs, and selling these products (as well as other homemade goods) at the family's small "store" they ran out of their house. Anna was in charge of the store, and selling the products to the neighbors.

This small "store" not known by the Russian communist government at the time (early 1900's) was kept as secret as possible as the government was strictly against them owning or selling. The Brinens knew their store was risky and they lived in constant fear.

In 1913, Morris temporarily left his family in Russia in order to set up a new life for them in America. His intention was to escape Communism, and also find better medical care for their oldest child Aron who was born with a heart condition. Settling in Nebraska, Morris worked in a slaughter house until 1923, when Anna and their 5 children: Aron, 17 yrs old, Shiffra, 16, Abraham, 15, Joseph, 13, Rose, 12, arrived on President Harding's ship on Ellis Island, NY to reunite with him. Anna's mother-in-law, RACHEL BRINEN, 70 yrs old at the time, came as well.

Soon after Anna and Morris reunited the family at Ellis Island, Morris opened a busy dry cleaning business in Bay Ridge, NY, at 69th and 4th Street. Their children helped out which helped them quickly learn English. Russian and Yiddish were spoken only in the house.

Anna was very a family oriented person who always saw the bright side of life.

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Anna/Chana Brinen's Timeline

1877
1877
Novozybkov, Bryanskaya oblast, Russian Federation
1905
February 10, 1905
Age 28
Novozybkov, Bryanskaya oblast, Russian Federation
1906
July 4, 1906
Age 29
Novozybkov, Bryanskaya oblast, Russian Federation
1908
January 5, 1908
Age 31
Novozybkov, Bryanskaya oblast, Russian Federation
1909
May 29, 1909
Age 32
Novozybkov, Bryanskaya oblast, Russian Federation
1911
1911
Age 34
Novozybkov, Bryanskaya oblast, Russian Federation
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