A Jewish family journeys from Grodno to Brooklyn
Maier Suchowljansky was born in 1902 in Grodno, Russia. His parents, Max and Yetta, named him after an historic rabbi. After many challenging years in Grodno, Max Suchowljansky decided to move his Jewish family out of Russia and immigrate to the United States. Traveling ahead in 1909, and landing on Ellis Island where the surname "Lansky" was given, Max quickly set about making a home for his family in Brooklyn. On April 8, 1911, the rest of the family arrived, including Yetta and sons Maier and Jacob. (Max and Yetta's daughters Rose, Lena, and Esther were born in America, although Rose and Lena did not live to adulthood.)
Meyer's grandparents immigrate to Jerusalem
In early August, 1910, Max's parents Benjamin and Basha made a different journey, from Grodno to Jerusalem. In just over one month, on September 10, Benjamin died. Exactly one month later, on October 10, Basha followed Benjamin. And while the family will never know what became of Benjamin and Basha after they arrived in Jerusalem, there is solace in that they rest side by side on the Mount of Olives.
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