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Kovno, Ponedel, Rakiskis and other Lithuanian Heritage

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  • Gittel Shahn (deceased)
    Ben Shahn Visual Biography YouTube Gittel Lieberman, born in Lithuania in 1872, was descended from a family of peasants, but her father educated himself and became an innkeeper, and later even worked...
  • Joshua Hessel Shahn (deceased)
    Ben Shahn Visual Biography YouTube Hessel, born in 1871, was a skilled craftsman who loved to work with his hands, as would his son. He taught himself to draw at an early age, as would Ben, and he wa...
  • Benjamin Shahn (1898 - 1969)
    Ben Shahn MoMA Ben Shahn ADC Hall of Fame "Ben Shahn: An Artist's Life" By Howard Greenfeld. NYTimes Review Art as Activism: The Compelling Paintings of Ben Shahn YouTube Visual Biography

Tracing Lithuanian Jewish Families

Trying to locate and map out Lithuanian families: Zisman, Zausman, Levin(e), Jaffe, Yoffe, Kader, and other various versions and many other names.

Jaffe Family

Read about the history of the illustrious Yaffe family starting from 15th century Rabbi Mordecai Jaffe and Descendants in Lithuania and Galicia in "An Ancient lineage: European Roots of a Jewish Family", by Edward Gelles -- Pages 220 to 223, 284 - 285, 337. ( will scan these pages to Project Documents Link).