|The SAFIER Family of Tarnobrzeg, Poland|
|Safiers are recorded in the town
of Tarnobrzeg, in the Galician province of Poland for over 200 years.
Descendants of these families now live in England, the USA, Israel, Argentina and Australia. My father Oscar Gewurz was born in Krakow and
was detained in three work/concentration
camps during WW2. Oscar emigrated from Poland to Australia in 1949 and took his mother Chaya (Klara)
Safier's surname not long after arriving in Melbourne. He moved to
Brisbane, Queensland and worked as a waiter and then settled on the Gold
Coast 50 miles south of Brisbane in the mid 1950s initially working as a waiter and
then started working as masseur on beach in Surfers Paradise, eventually moving
into a shop nearby "Oscar's Health Studio". Some years later his cousin Ruth Nathanson (nee Safier)
emigrated to Sydney in 1974 with her mother Jose, husband Michael and two children.
Many of my father's family including his parents and only sister disappeared
in the concentration camps including the infamous Treblinka and Auschwitz. His step-grandmother Malka Safier and several uncles survived the war by fleeing to Russia.
Galicia in Eastern Poland originally was part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire. The town was also known by the name of Dzikow in the 18th century and Tarnobrzeg was founded in 1593 as residence for the family of Count Tarnowscy. It is situated about 170kms west of Krakow, on the eastern bank of the Vistula River on trade routes linking Warsaw to the cities of southeastern Poland. On 17 September 1939 the German army occupied Tarnobrzeg. In October of that year the Jews were robbed and expelled. The final liquidation of the Jewish community took place in July 1942.
After the war my father's uncle Paul Safier eventually settled in
Holon, Israel where he lived for many years and he is survived by his wife
Ruth and daughter Sylvi. His uncle Simon Safier emigrated to New
York and is survived by his children and grandchildren. Cousins Barbara Welner (nee Safier)
the only survivor from her family and Sonia Kerzner also settled in America and have
raised families there. Through the internet I have discovered distant cousin's
including Emil Safier who lives in L.A. and
Stefan Zellner in Buenos Aires. Edward Gelles in London and Judith
Ritter of the USA also have Safier ancestors were
also from Tarnobrzeg but a clear connection between our families has not been established.
My great grandfather Chaim Safier
My great grandfather's second wife Malka with four of her sons,
Efroim is on the left and Paul is in front
My grandmother Klara with her brothers Paul (left) and Eisik c.1937
1. Mojzesz Ehrlach SAFIER, b. 1843, Tarnobrzeg, Poland,
d. 29 Sep 1905, Tarnobrzeg, Poland (son of
1815, Krakow). He married Szyfra ENGELBERG b. 1845, Tarnobrzeg, Poland.
2. Malka/Malcia Blima SAFIER b. 1866, Tarnobrzeg,
Poland, d. 1942, Debicy ghetto, Tarnobrzeg, Poland. She married Josef HAUSER.
Majlech/Milech SAFIER. He married Gitale/Gitla.
Eisik (Isaac) SAFIER, b. 18 Nov 1890 in Tarnobrzeg, Poland.
He married Sarah TAUBE b. 1895, Przemyśl, Przemyśl County, Podkarpackie
Voivodeship, Poland (daugher of Faivel Taube and Golda Ginzberg)..
8. Regene SAFIER b. c.1898. She married
Doneck or Moische ASCHEIM.
9. Doneck (David) Leib SAFIER, b. 12 Aug 1900 in Tarnobrzeg, Poland, d. 31 Dec 1953 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He married Jose SHERON, d. 28 Jun 1996.
Simon A. (Shimek) SAFIER, b. 15 SEP 1903 in Poland,
d. OCT 1984 in New York, USA. He married Sheva (Sabina) HAMFLING, b. 30 MAR
1909, Rudnik, Tarnobrzeg, Poland, d. JUN 1994 in New York, USA (daughter of
Shraga Feivel HAMFLING and Esther FREISER).
11. Blima (Bianka) SAFIER, b. in Poland. She married
Sana (Sandi) HEMELE.
12. Paul (Pinek) SAFIER, b. 9 DEC 1916, d. 8 MAR 1995
in Holon, Israel. He married Ruth HORN, b. 15 Feb 1924.
13. Eisig (Isaac) SAFIER, b. 1902 in Tarnobrzeg, Poland,
d. 1978. He married <private>
14. Carola SAFIER. She married <private>
18. Oscar (Yohoshua) GEWURZ, b. 11 Oct 1925 in Krakou,
Poland, d. Aug 1993 in Bellevue Park, Queensland, Australia, buried in Allambe Gardnes
Cemetery, Nerang, Queensland. He married 24 Nov 1958 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Ruth Margaret
PERRY, (daughter of Hubert Andrews
PERRY and Elizabeth Watson McMORRAN).
19. RUTH SAFIER. She married 1966,
SONIA SAFIER. She married BENNY KERZNER.
21. HENRY L. SAFIER. He married
FELICIA SAFIER. She married MARVIN R. DAVIS.
SYLVI MALKA SAFIER. She married EYAL SIMHONY.
24. SIMON PAUL MOSES SAFIER, b. 24 SEP 1959 in Southport,
Queensland, d. 17 JAN 1994 in Southport, Queensland. He married ARLENE DOHINOG.
25. BARRY SAFIER, He married
† Sandra Welner (16ii) - my second cousin and eminent doctor sadly succumbed on October 20, 2001 to severe injuries suffered in a fire at her Maryland home. † A website covering the gynaecological exam bed for people with disabilities that Sandie designed is at http://www.welnerenabled.com/index.html and it includes a bio sketch by her brother Michael.
The JewishGen website on Tarnobrzeg contains the following information:
Jewish Graduates of the High School for Science and the High School (Gimnazjum) in Tarnobrzeg from the years 1909-1939: Aaron Safier, Karolin Safier, Efroim Safier, Eisig Safier, Szymon Safier and Dawid Safier. It also lists Eisig, Kalman and Leib Hauser who may be children of Malka/Malcia Safier and Josef Hauser. (from http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Tarnobrzeg/html/2nd%20level/class%20list%201.htm)
Josef Safier appears in the inventory of Jews in the city of Tarnobrzeg from
Feiga Safier died on 4 Aug 1910 in Tarnobrzeg.
Ozyasr Abach Safier died 21 Nov 1915 somewhere outside Tarnobrzeg.
Efroim Safier died 15 Dec 1916 in
M. Safier appears in the 1923, 1929, 1930 and 1933 Directories of Tarnobrzeg with the business of matériaux de construction (construction materials). This would be Milech Safier as with his brother he ran a lumbar mill and they owned a tract of forest near Tarnobrzeg.
Another M. Safier appears in the 1933 Directory of Tarnobrzeg with the business of produits en béton.
G. Safier appears in the 1929, 1930 and 1933 Directories of Tarnobrzeg with the business of articles divers (presumably a mixed or general business)
Meilech Safier is listed as living at 51a Kolejowa in Tarnobrzeg.
Genealogical Researchers List on Yahoo.
I have set up a site
HISTORY for anyone interested in the SAFIER surname.
Created 18 May 1997 and last updated 25 June 2020. Maintained by Marcel Safier, P.O. Box 239, Holland Park, Brisbane, Queensland, 4121, Australia. Contact, corrections, comments and additional information welcomed! E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org