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Searching for the rest of our family

Michael Scharf's story posted on December 04, 2012 at 6:53 pm. Michael emigrated from Buchacz, Ukraine to Los Angeles, United States in 1948

We're looking for relatives named Scharf (also spelled Sharf and Szarf), Landman & Hausknecht.

We hope that are NOT the only remaining children of the Scharf family. During World War II, our family was either killed or scattered. The family lived in Buchach (Buczacz), in the Ternopl Oblast (county) region in Western Ukraine, at the time it was part of Poland. This area has changed hands several times between Russian, Ukrainian, and polish control. At the turn of the 20th century it was under control of the Austro-Hungarian (Hapsburg) Empire. The nearest large city in that area is Levov (Lviv), in the historic region of Galicia. 

Two famous (at least in the Jewish world) individuals were born in Buchach. World-renowned Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal & Shai (Shmuel Yosef) Agnon won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966.

Our grandfather, Menachem (Mendel) Hausknecht was married to Bronia Landman. However, there was some issue with the registration of their marriage, and the authorities changed the family name to Scharf. This name change occurred in 1932, when one of the brothers was called to register for military service. The authorities told him that their grandfather was not legally married and their last name will now be Szarf (Sharf).  Our grandparents lived on Podhajceka Street and Koscielna Street.

The children are as follows:

Hayim (1906) (Who later became a Rabbi)

Ester (1910)

Milech (Milton)(1913)

Yaakov (Yasha) (1916)

Izak (Irving) (1918)

Naftali (?)

They would have attended the “Adam Mickiewicz” (Polish National Poet, a museum in his honor exists in Paris) elementary school.  Sometime in the late 30's some of the bothers went to find work in Nadworna (Nadvirna), about 90 KM from Buczacz.

The next thing we know is that during the war, Yaakov escaped East into The Soviet Union and the city to Alma Ata and met his future wife. Issac and Milton were captured and spent time in a labor camp. They escaped and fought with the Polish partisans.

After the end of the war, Issac and Milton searched for their family, but were unable to find anyone. In the late 40's or early 50's, they came to Miami Florida, where they had distant cousins.  December 25, 1952, Irving married Ruth and moved to Los Angeles the next year. Milton also moved to LA, and married.

Irving and Ruth had two kids, Michael (1956) and Barbara (1959). Milton and his wife did not have any children.

Yaakov, after unsuccessfully searching for his family, married Cyla in Alma Ata and moved to Riga after the end of WWII. They had a son, Boris (1952). Eventually, in 1958, they moved to Israel.

In March 1972, Irving received a letter. It was from an individual, working with Hadassah, trying to reconnect the family. He was working with Yaakov and contacted the three individuals that fit Yaakov’s description of his brothers. June of that year, Michael traveled to Israel and met his uncle, aunt and cousin. The next year, Irving and Ruth traveled to Israel and reconnected with their family.

Yaakov and Cyla moved to Los Angeles in 1989. Boris has moved to Los Angeles in 1975.

We are attaching pictures of Izak and his wife Ruth and Yaakov and his wife Cyla.

Please respond in English, Russian, Hebrew or Yiddish.


Michael, Barbara, and Boris Scharf