|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 and Australia. My father Oscar Gewurz was born in Krakow and
was interned in three work/concentration
camps. He 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 purchasing a tanning oil business on the Surfers Paradise beach before
starting work as a masseur. Some years later his cousin Ruth Nathanson (nee Safier)
emigrated to Sydney 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 Austrian-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 from Krakow. 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 the only survivor from her family (nee Safier) 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. (whose aunty Carola is the last blood related Safier of her generation) and also Edward Gelles in London and Judith Ritter of the USA whose Safier ancestors were also from Tarnobrzeg.
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 ?
8. REGENE SAFIER b. c.1898. She married DONECK or MOISHE 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.
10. 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. BIANKA SAFIER, b. in Poland. She married SANDI.
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>
15. BARBARA (SYDZIA) SAFIER. She married
NICK (NIKODEM) WELNER b. Birmingham, England, d. 6 JUL 1996, New Haven, CT, buried 8 JUL 1996, Betty
Rosenberg/Parkway Jewish Center Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA..
16. 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 (1) RUTH.
He married (2) 24 NOV 1958 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, RUTH MARGARET
PERRY, (daughter of HUBERT ANDREWS
PERRY and ELIZABETH WATSON McMORRAN).
17. RUTH SAFIER. She married 1966,
18. SONIA SAFIER. She married BENNY KERZNER.
19. HENRY L. SAFIER. He married MIRIAM.
20. FELICIA SAFIER. She married MARVIN R. DAVIS.
21. SYLVI MALKA SAFIER. She married EYAL SIMHONY.
22. SIMON PAUL MOSES SAFIER, b. 24 SEP 1959 in Southport,
Queensland, d. 17 JAN 1994 in Southport, Queensland. He married ARLENE DOHINOG, b. in Negros, Phillipines.
23. BARRY SAFIER, He married JANET BYRNE.
† Sandra Welner (15ii) - 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. (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.
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HISTORY for anyone interested in the SAFIER surname.
This will be an expanding Safier internet resource so please check it out.
Created 18 May 1997 and last updated 27 November 2009. 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