At nine o’clock in the evening on the sixth of April 1985, Jeremy was sitting at a seder table while the women cleaned up the remains of the dinner. Suddenly diverging from their conversation, Jeremy’s grandfather mentioned that his brother had a first marriage mostly unknown to the family. Jeremy had grown up knowing his great-uncle’s second wife, but this revelation was news and launched Jeremy on a genealogical quest.
Over the ensuing years Jeremy established that his great-uncle and his first wife had a daughter, but failed to find her. In June 2014 he had a breakthrough and was finally able to find the family. The daughter, Leatrice had met and married a Nigerian engineering student, and had gone with him back to his home country where they raised a family. Several years ago some of their children moved to Wales and England, and Leatrice and her husband Charles later immigrated as well.
We went to London for a family reunion and here are the photos. Click on each photo to enlarge.
View of London from the footbridge
in front of the New Tate Gallery.
The Time and Talents Settlement building, completed in 1908 and designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, was built by an association founded by young women who came to Bemondsey from more prosperous areas and campaigned for issues of girls’ safety at work.
Canal boat near Camden Town
Please click on photos to enlarge.
All photos by Jeremy G. Frankel.
Chasing Portraits is the story of Moshe Rynecki’s art and his great-granddaughter’s quest to find her family’s lost art legacy that went astray during the Second World War. This documentary film trailer will introduce you to the story.