200 Years of the Leslau Family
In an emotional ceremony held at Beit Hatfutsot on February 10th, 2015, the Leslau family tree was added to Beit Hatfutsot’s database. Attending the ceremony were the siblings of the Leslau family: Etty, Yitzhak, Chana and Ziporah, as well as Beit Hatfutsot’s CEO Dan Tadmor, Director of Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, Irit Admoni Perlman and Director of Databases, Haim Ghiuzeli
The family tree of the four Leslau’s; actress and comedian Chana Leslau, Etty Propper married to leading industrialist Gad Propper, Yitzhak Leslau, and Zipora Tuchner, reaches back 200 years to the turn of the 19th century.
Etty Propper, an active member of the Board of Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, initiated preparation of the Leslau family tree, involving the whole family in collecting information. Haim Ghiuzeli, Director of the Data Base Department of the Museum, helped the family research additional materials in order to complete the picture.
Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot, thanked the family for their generous gift which will be available to the general public who wish to explore their genealogy. “There is nothing more Beit Hatfutsot than researching one’s family roots. Adding the Leslau family tree to our database is an opportunity to reach out to the public and ask them to partake in the ongoing story of the Jewish People. Help us ensure that future generations will know their heritage. In just a few short months, as part of the initiative of the “Online Museum of the Jewish People”, Jews around the globe will be able to enter their family’s details from personal computers and ensure its preservation.”
The family surname derived from the Polish town Wloclawek, Leslau – in German. Relatively uncommon, it can be assumed that anyone holding this name is related to the family. The parents, Miriam and Moshe, Holocaust survivors, met at a train station in Poland at the end of WW2 while searching for family members who might have survived. However, both Moshe and Miriam (nee Erster) lost most of their family. Miriam’s sister, Shoshana, immigrated to Israel in the 1930’s.
For over 30 years, Beit Hatfutsot has amassed rich and varied materials documenting generations of the Jewish people. The Museum of the Jewish People’s databases includes Jewish surnames and communities, rare photographs, films and music, as well as Jewish family trees from Israel and around the globe.
Today, visitors may either request searches via the website or explore the museum’s research center in person. A major goal of Beit Hatfutsot’s renewal process -currently underway – is making these databases accessible online so that these resources will be available to anyone with internet access, anywhere in the world. In addition to our current ever expanding databases, an innovative website is being developed. This website will act as a virtual Jewish community, reaching across international borders and utilizing the tremendous potential of modern technology. BH Online will serve as a self-sustaining, content-rich platform, establishing an indelible connection between Jews the world over, spanning both time and distance.
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