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Elieser Samuel Loeser/Löser Goldstein-Smolenski (Goldstein)

Birthdate: (76)
Death: Died in Miejsce, Opole, Poland
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown Unknown and Unknown Unkownn
Husband of Grenetto Henriette Goldstein
Father of Lea Goldstein; Bernard Goldstein; Samuel Goldstein; jacob loeser Goldstein; Jonas (Yona/Jonah) Goldstein and 5 others
Brother of loeser Goldstein

Occupation: school teacher
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About Elieser Samuel Loeser/Löser Goldstein-Smolenski

Elieser Goldstein 1781- 1857

Written by Leopold Goldstein in dedication to his uncle David Goldstein for his 76 birthday (November 24th 1926)

Translated from the German by Ulrich Skaller for the Bar-Mitzvaw of his Grandson Nicholas Paul Alexander (May 13th 1972) in memory of his Great Gt.Gt.Gt. Grandfather.

One day in the last years of the 18th century, it was probably 1797, a coach with cattletraders stopped in front of the Arenda- this was in those times the name of a licensed Inn- of Abraham Abel Ucho at Schwirtz in the district of Namslau, Upper Silesia.

The traders left the coach, returning from a business trip from over the then open Polish Frontier and with them a young lad of about 16 whose intelligent face and pleasant exterior the innkeeper liked.

He started talking to him and found out that his name was Smolenski and that he came from the regions beyond Warshaw, where his father was a wool merchant also having a farm which he worked with the help of his older sons.

He himself had the wish to see more of the world and therefore undertook the journey to Germany. But it was not his fate to come further than the village of Schwirtz for the innkeeper retained him as tutor (bother) for his children. Until in 1802 or 1803 in the neighbouring community of Städtel a cantor, minister and teacher was looked for and the young Smolenski got the position.

Now he thought of getting his own home and he found a partner for life in his former pupil Henriette (Greunet), the daughter of the innkeeper Uko.

Under the government of the liberal Baron Stein in Prussia Jews aquired full civil rights, a Register Office was instituted and permanent family names, preferably German, were entered. Our Löser Smolehski-perhaps Smolensk was the town where the family originated- accepted about 1810 the name of Elieser Goldstein and so became the progenitor of the later widly dispersed family Goldstein.

Elieser reached the age of 76 when he died. He was held in great esteem among his contemporaries. He left tne following 10 children:

Bernard( Boruch ) Johanna ( Channe ) Karoline ( Keile ) Samuel (Sohl?) Jakob Lea ( Leye) Rahel ( Rachel) Jonas ( Joine) Julius and Amalie (Malke)

The grave of Elieser and his wife and of many of his issue were at the cemetry in Städtel, keept in good order by the piety of his Grandson in Beuthen, so that the writer could check the most important dates (in 1926). (Whether they are still intact after Hitler is unknown.)

Finally 2 short episodes out of the life of our forfather Elieser, the first illuminating his times, the second his character.

During those years a statute was issued in Prusia that all persons acting as teachers had to pass a state examination. Accordingly Elieser yourneyed to Breslau (now Wroclaw) on foot in his best suit, a blue tailcoat with yellow buttons and a high collar, a bundle with food for the way in one hand, in the other his tophat. In Breslau, the provincial capital, he passed the examination before the special commission as the first jewish teacher in the province Silesia. Then he made the return polgrimage to Städtel, again per pedes apostolorum, 70 Kilometers (about 45 miles) to curry on with his teaching.

It must not have been easy for Elieser with his certainly limited income to keep and nurish his multitude of children and to have them trained and educated. In spite of that fact he does not appear to have been a friend of compromises, as the following story shows:

Nothing is known about his later relations with his parents in Russia. But after their death one of his brothers came to the Russo/Prussian frontier to pay him out his share in the inheritance, said to be 7oo Rubels, (about £8o in those days.). Elieser however insisted, that he was entitled to a larger share in the estate of his comparatively well to do parents and that his family had wronged him. He demanded his rightful share, otherwise he declined to accept anything. And so ho let the brother depart with his rubels.

This has been written in decication to the Senior of the family, David Goldstein, for his 76th birthday (November 24th 1926) by his nephew Leopold Goldstein.

Reb Leizer Goldstein came from Smolensk in Russia and moved to Silesia on the advice of the first Belzer rebbe Rav Sar Sholom (family tradition, but I don't know if it's true...)

Miejsce is also known as Städtel. In Stadel, Lazarus Sarnuel Goldstein is recorded as Kinderlehrer (melamed) in 1810. - Source: http://www.namslau-schlesien.de/Juedisches_Leben_in_Staedtel.pdf Jüdisches Leben in Städtel by Eberhard Schlegel. This is him (Sarnuel should be Samuel).

There's a video of the cemetery here: http://www.sztetl.org.pl/en/video/703/ Pictures can be found here: http://www.sztetl.org.pl/en/article/miejsce/12,cemeteries/1611,the-jewish-cemetery-in-miejsce/?view=1

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Elieser Samuel Loeser/Löser Goldstein-Smolenski's Timeline

March 23, 1802
Age 21
Lipiny, Nowa Sól County, Lubuskie, Poland
December 14, 1805
Age 24
Bytom, Śląskie, Polska
Age 30
Miejsce, Wadowice County, Malopolskie, Poland
August 11, 1812
Age 31
Bytom, Śląskie, Polska
Age 33
July 18, 1816
Age 35
December 24, 1818
Age 37
Bytom, Śląskie, Polska
December 8, 1821
Age 40
Bytom, Śląskie, Polska