Climbing the tree one branch at a time
My Tillinger family history begins with Aron Moshe Tillinger, born in Zablotow on August 15, 1856. At this time the identities of hisparents are unknown. At some point before 1882 he married Hanna Ettel Wax from Kolomyya. Hanna was the daughter of Wolf and Ruchel Mossler. Together they had seven children all born in Stanislwow, four of which have descendants that live on. At some point after the youngest was born Aron moved to Vienna.
Regina, the oldest, was born on April 17, 1883. At some point before 1908 she arrived in New York City already married to a man by the name of Paul Milstein. Together they had two children Minnie born on June 23, 1908 and Gertrude/Goldie born on February 16, 1911. Sometime before 1915 Paul passed away and the family moved back to Vienna. Back in Vienna Gertrude met a champion pair skater by the name of Karl Zwack and they married on June 24, 1934. On April 4, 1938 Minnie returned to the United States and eventually met and married a man by the name of Fred Herlinger. Gertrude and Karl also eventually settled back in the US. In the 1940’s Karl and his skating partner Idi Papez appeared in the Ice Follies. Minnie and Fred had one daughter who herself has two children and three grandchildren. Gertrude and Karl had two children and 3 grandchildren.
After Regina came Salomon Isaak on June 17, 1884. Salomon was married to a woman by the name of Mathilda Amalie Altmann, with whom he had no children. However he did have a son, Oscar, with another woman by the name of Gisela Krampf. During World War II Salomon was sent to Lodz Ghetto and as far as I know never heard from or seen again. His son Oscar spent time in Eastern Asia during the war. Oscar had two children and four grandchildren.
Next was Julius born on April 1, 1886. Julius was the first of the Tillingers to come to the United States. According to his only surviving daughter he was sent to the States by his parents because he was a bit of a trouble maker. He arrived in New York on May 30, 1905 and sometime after 1910 dropped everything and moved to Rhode Island after seeing an advertisement for jobs there. On May 26, 1918 he married a woman name Ethel Lilker. The following year on May 6 they had their first child named Herman. Their second child Goldie, born on July 5, 1920, unfortuantely died at the young age of 6 on June 7, 1927. Their middle child Mina was born on February 29, 1924. Next came Gertrude, born on February 13, 1926, who never married and appears to have passed away on August 22, 2009. Last came Esther on May 5, 1927. Herman married Frances Waldman and had 2 sons and had two grandchildren. He passed away on April 23, 1992. Mina married Irwin Stein and has two children, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Esther married a man by the name of Harold Carter as had one daughter and one grandchild.
Their fourth child was Israel Wolf, born on June 3 1889. Israel married a woman named Julia Silver and had two children – Alexander and Lucia. Their family was sent to Belzec during the Holocaust was never heard from or seen again. Julia’s older brother David survived and at some point immigrated to Israel. In the 1950’s he contributed Pages of Testimony for Israel, Julia, Alexander, and Lucia.
Of the seven children of Aron, Ernestyna is the most mysterious. All that is known is that she married a man name Israel (possibly also Tillinger and maybe a cousin of some degree.) They may have had a child but I have been unable to verify that. From what I understand she and Israel perished in the Holocaust but I have been unable to find any record of them on the Yad Va Shem website.
My great grandmother Bertha was born on August 28, 1893 – to read more about her see the Rothstein page.
Last came Joseph on October 21, 1897. Like Bertha, he met his wife Rose Garfinkel while living in Vienna. In Vienna is where their first child was born. Joseph and his wife and child immigrated to the United States on August 16, 1939. Their second child was born in New York City. Joseph passed away on May 17, 1983 and Rose on July 5, 1986. Joseph and Rose have five grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
When I visited Oscar Krampf’s son and his family a few years ago he was able to give me two possible death dates for Aron – either 1920 or 1929. That is also when I learned his birth date and birth place.