Many members of my family as well as my friends have read Stored Treasures, since it's publication. I received great feedback all around, but one unexpected response occurred Almost everyone who knew me and read the book, told me how stuck they were by how my resembled my ancestor. "Which one?" I asked, even though after a few times, I knew the response. "The one in that amazing photo. The erie one," they all pretty much replied.
They were referring to my second great-grandmother Feige Kranowitz (Yarmovsky) in the picture where she appeared next to her husband, my second great-grandfather Moshe Aaron Kranowitz. Honestly, at first, I was taken aback by this remark. Feige, in this photo, must be one of the most frightening looking women I've ever seen. The photograph, one of only two known photos of Feige, spent many years hidden away in a box. It was too difficult for me to look at it.
|Moshe Aaron and Feige Kranowitz c1922|
I've written about this amazing photos, early on in this blog. The January 11th post—A Photo Worth A Thousand Word—to this day, is my all time most popular post with close to four hundred views. I'm pretty sure it continues to get hits, because the photo is so striking.
How can people think I look like Feige Kranowitz? I thought. Her face is completely scarred from what looks like the pox. Her gaze is very stern. Yet, so many people see the resemblance. "What is it you see?" I began asking, trying not to take offense. "It's the eyes," the reply would come. "There is something in the eyes". And then, I saw it. I have my second great-grandmother's eyes. She had light eyes. Blue? Maybe green?
Her eyes reminded me of another family story. For years everyone in the family wondered where I got my green eyes. My mother and all her siblings had brown eyes. My grandmother Ethel had brown eyes as did her mother, my great-grandmother Minnie. My mother repeated asked Minnie where the light eye gene could have originated but she couldn't recall and light eyes going generations back. They almost agreed it was a mutation, when my sister, five years younger than me, was born with blue eyes. One day, Minnie recalled: "My mother had the most beautiful light eyes you've ever seen," she said. I'm pretty sure she must have said Blue or Green, but sadly I don't know for sure which color she reported her mother's eyes to be. All I know is they were light colored, not brown. My mother was amazed. Everyone was relieved that the mystery was solved. I inherited my eyes from Minnie's mother, Feige!
|Kranowitz Family Reunion 2010|
Here I am at our family reunion with the image of Feige projected behind me. In this view, I can even imagine that maybe we share a bit more than the eyes. The cheek bones or the shape of the face perhaps? See what you think.
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