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"Jews of Ecuador" welcomes copies of photographs, copies of documents, and scanned memorabilia for inclusion in this section of the Web site.  Selections are presented in alphabetical order by last name.  (By clicking on them, all images are downloadable onto your computer.) 

 

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Index of photograph galleries in this section:
  • ALBERS Family
  • ALEXANDER, Gabriel (Gaby) & Family
  • ALMEIDA (nee Svecenski), Manya
  • ARON (Werner & Gert) -- Puyo, Ecuador
  • BALCAZAR, Joseph Patrick
  • DESROSIERS, Michael
  • EICHLER, Arturo -- from his book, "Nieve y Selva en Ecuador" ("Snow and Rain in Ecuador"), published in 1952
  • "El Club" -- Guayaquil, Ecuador (also known as the Centro Israelita)
  • FIRST ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO ECUADOR, TUVIA ARAZI, PRESENTS HIS CREDENTIALS (May 1957), plus additional documents
  • FISCHLER, Robert (Robby)
  • FRIED, John (Puli)
  • FRUHMAN, Fredel (nee Jacobs)
  • GELY (nee Zurita), Sonja
  • GERBER, Susanjulia
  • GOLDBAUM, Roberto
  • GRUNEWALD Family
  • GRUNEWALD, Fred (Freddy)
  • GRUNEWALD, Heinz
  • GRUNEWALD (nee Koppel), Ilse -- photo album from 1939 - 1952
  • GRUNEWALD (nee Koppel), Ilse -- photo album given to her by her parents, Magda & John Koppel (1939 - 1950)
  • GRUNEWALD, Ralph (Ralphy)
  • GUMPEL Family
  • HIRSCH, Carola
  • HOLLAND (nee Cohn), Cati
  • ISRAEL, Leslie
  • KATZ, Bert Family
  • KOPPEL Family
  • KYWI, Margo
  • LEMBKE, Renate -- Frau Renate Lembke's Kindergarten Class, Guayaquil
  • LINDENBERG (nee Sifnaghel), Katja
  • LUXNER, Larry
  • PIENKNAGURA, Vera
  • PINES, Eve --Photos of 1963 Passover Seder in Guayaquil at home of Ruth & Alberto Czarninski, and 1963 photo of Eve Pines at Escuela Moderna (Guayaquil)
  • PLAYAS -- Photos of Playas & the Humboldt Hotel, from the Collections of Various JOEs
  • QUITO JEWISH COMMUNITY -- from the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (Jerusalem)
  • RATNER (nee Grunewald), Peggy
  • REINSBURG Family
  • RUBIN, Moshe & Rama
  • SAGIV (nee Pieniek Prutchi), Sara
  • SCHAECHTER, Moselio (Elio)
  • SCHWARZKOPF, Jimmy
  • SELIGMAN, Ralph
  • SHEFER (ne Sifnaghel), Niko
  • STEINER, Pedro
  • SUSTER, Boris (Bumy) & Family
  • SUSTER, Saul & Family and Friends
  • TAUBE (nee Aron), Renata and Rene
  • VINTAGE POSTCARDS of Ecuador
  • WACHSNER, Sylvia
  • WELLISCH Family
  • In Memory of Yitzhak Navon (z"l), the 5th President of Israel (1978 - 1983), who visited Ecuador in 1957, and passed away on November 6,  2015

Albers Family 

Albers Family

 
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Alexander, Gabriel (Gaby) & Family

Alexander Family

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Almeida (nee Svecenski), Manya

Almeida (nee Svecenski), Manya

 

Aron, Werner & Gert

Aron ‎(Werner & Gert)‎ Family -- Puyo, Ecuador

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BALCAZAR, Patrick Joseph                       
Posted on JOEs Facebook page on July 29, 2014:


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Posted on JOEs Facebook page on July 29, 2014:

December 1938 on a ship between Panama and Ecuador.    This is Colonel Pablo Borja Larrea, on his return to Ecuador after serving as the Military Attache for Ecuador in Rome.  My Grandfather, Siegfried Rosenthal became his bridge partner (Blackwood Convention) after getting on the ship to Marseille with a visa to Peru, which unbeknown to him was fake.    While going through the Panama Canal, the US Customs Officers notified the Captain of the ship that the visas were fake and the Captain told my Grandfather that he had to return to Germany.    Naturally he was not at his best during the bridge game that night while going through the Canal. Colonel Borja noticed that his partner was not himself.  My Grandfather explain, and before he could finish, Colonel Borja interrupted and quietly said, "play bridge Siegfried, you have a visa."  Colonel Borja sponsored other Jewish families and was quick to recognized and capitalize on the edcuation, skills, knowledge and experience this unwanted people brought to Ecuador.  Ecuador at that time was mainly an agricultural economy. Case in point my Grandfather help build and manage the first paint factory in Ecuador, Pinturas Condor.      In many ways the spirit of welcoming un-wanted people inside the borders of Ecuador has always been an Ecuadorian tradition.  I am proud to know that my classmate from the Colegio Americano, Mr. Francisco Carrion Mena has maintained that tradition when he was Minister of Foreign Relations for the Government of Ecuador and has argued before the United Nations about immigration on the belief that there is no such thing as an illegal immigrant, and that Ecuador is an open country to immigrants. Ecuador, in spite of my misgivings, has provided a safe haven for Mr. Snowden in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Is in keeping with that tradition.  Now in tradition of Colonel Pablo Borja Larrea, my firm is preparing a proposal to house children that cross the US border.  It is time to repay a debt, and may hard work and good luck support my goal.  Everyone please support our goal to house 6,000 children who are pushed across the American border.  Something tells me if we do this right, they will be great citizens.

December 1938 on a ship between Panama and Ecuador.

This is Colonel Pablo Borja Larrea, on his return to Ecuador after serving as the Military Attache for Ecuador in Rome. My Grandfather, Siegfried Rosenthal became his bridge partner (Blackwood Convention) after getting on the ship in Marseille with a visa to Peru - which unbeknown to him was fake.

While going through the Panama Canal, the US Customs Officers notified the Captain of the ship that the visas were fake and the Captain told my Grandfather that he had to return to Germany.

Naturally "Papi" (my Grandfather) was not at his best during the bridge game that night while the ship was going through the Canal. Colonel Borja noticed that his partner was not himself. He definitely was not playing his normal high score bridge game. Grandfather started to explain his problem with the visa, and before he could finish, Colonel Borja interrupted, calmly and quietly said - "play bridge Siegfried, you have a visa."

Colonel Borja sponsored my Grandparents, Mom and other Jewish families and was quick to recognize and capitalize on the education, skills, knowledge and experience these unwanted people had for Ecuador in 1939 before WWII. Ecuador at that time was mainly an agricultural economy and the Jews brought European (if you are arrogant 'world class') standards to industry, business and even agriculture. Case in point my Grandfather help build and manage the first paint factory in Ecuador- Pinturas Condor (now a Sherman Williams factory).

In many ways the spirit of welcoming un-wanted people inside the borders of Ecuador has always been an Ecuadorian tradition. I am proud to know that my classmate from the Colegio Americano, Mr. Francisco Carrion Mena has maintained that tradition when he was Minister of Foreign Relations for the Government of Ecuador. Francisco has argued before the United Nations about immigration on the belief that there is no such thing as an illegal immigrant, and that Ecuador is an open country to immigrants. Ecuador, in spite of my misgivings, has provided a safe haven for Mr. Snowden in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. This is in keeping with the Ecuadorian tradition of open borders. As a direct beneficiary of the open policy, I have stayed mute on my views about Mr. Snowden.

Now in tradition of Colonel Pablo Borja Larrea, my firm is preparing a proposal to house children that cross the US border without their parents. It is time to repay a debt, and may hard work and good luck support my goal. I ask that everyone who reads this page to please support my firm's goal to house 6,000 children in Puerto Rico who are pushed across the American border. Something tells me if we do this right, they will be great citizens.


  • Rose Klein Rosenthal We all have wonderful memories. I put mine on a tape for my Granddaughters who are very interested. One of them made a movie about my years in Quito as a school project.
  • Lilly Lane Thanks for sharing something so interesting
  • Erica Minkus Anthony I am so thankful to the Ecuadorean Government and the people if Ecuador for opening up their borders and their hearts to all the Gringos Judios.


Posted on JOEs Facebook page on July 29, 2014:

Some old pictures of my Mother, Grandparents and Great Grandparents.


The first picture is Mom's first day of school in Berlin. In 1994, we walked the same path she would take to go to school. The yellow benches are gone, but the memory is there. We are so lucky to be alive given the hate and prejudice. Other shots are taken from their first days in Quito up to the wedding night of my parents in Quito in 1952.


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Werner Levy's Birthday -- Quito, 1945
Posted on JOEs Facebook page on November 20, 2014, by Elio Schaechter and Patrick Balcazar (second photo):
The following list of JOEs in this photo was submitted by Elio Schaechter (Nov. 24, 2014); "know deceased" are indicated by asterisk:  
Fritz (Frisco) Adler*

Peter Kuttner

V. Freudmann

Walter Karger*

Alfred (Fredi) Heinz

Alfred Adler*

Elio Schaechter

Renate Scharlach

Dita Ginsberg*

Hanni Steinlauf

Rolf Scharlach

Eva Mendl

Lutz Nadelmann*

(front row) G. Heim

Eva Rosenthal

Werner Levy

Edith Schwamenau

More information about this photograph:

OK...a better picture this time. I used a Surface while in bed the first time and the quality was shaky. The picture comes from the DVD so Eva [Zelig] don't hold me to any copyright responsibilities. Since Mom is in it, I don't feel guilty.

Mom promised me to put names on the faces. But here is a lesson in history... people forget and that is why we need to document this and support Eva Zelig.

Go to the FB page and find "An Unknown Country". Everyone should be able to handle to technology and buy their copy of the DVD.

Make you kids see it. I think you may be surprised at the questions in history they ask and you cannot answer without great difficulty. I though I was good until they asked the question... the most important one: "Why did Grandma have to leave Germany?'....





DESROSIERS, Michael
Dr. Geza Fisch with a young patient, 1936, Vienna.




From Michael Desrosiers (May 14, 2014): This is a photo of my mother, Eva Fisch Desrosiers, in 1956 with my brother Jim, born in Quito in 1955.  Eva Fisch was the daughter of Dr. Geza & Greta Fisch.  Geza was the brother of Bela Fisch and brother-in-law to the well-known Olga (Anhalzer) Fisch of "Folklore" fame.  They, along with Olga's brother, Pali, and his two sons, Juan and Jorge, Anhalzer, and my mother's brother Henri Fisch reached Ecuador 75 years ago this year, in 1939. Of this group of immigrants Eva is the sole survivor and now lives in the Washington DC area where she is still working (at 84) as a simultaneous interpreter.  A vocation she owes to her facility with languages acquired during their journey through the diaspora of the late 30s.

The Fisches fled Austria in 1938 (her native tongue of German) to Holland, by steamer to New York City (where in 6 months she learned English at a Brooklyn public school).  They were, in fact, close to being deported from New York back to Europe (!) due to the fact that the quota for immigrants from either Austria or Hungary (part of the family was Hungarian) was full.  Ecuador very graciously (for which we are forever grateful!) granted the entire family acceptance.  I believe they met up with Pali Anhalzer and his family in Panama for the steamer trip to Guayaquil.  Geza Fisch, a Vienna-trained physician at a time when Vienna was at the forefront of medical expertise, was before long well established in Quito, and was the personal physician to President Galo Plaza.



    • Hello Mr.Desrosiers:

    • My name is:Kitty Janowitzer.  In February 1939, I arrived with my parents, Albert and Matilde STERN, from Germany (Koeln) to Ecuador, after 
      my father came out of the concentration camp (of) Dachau.  Of course I know your family and know that Gogo Anhalzer (the widow of Pablo (who passed away in an air-accident from Lima(?) or Guayaquil(?) still takes care with [manages] "Olga Fisch" store in the house where Olga was living (and passed away!).  As I am in the group of women who do the "Tahara" (washing the body etc. before the funeral), I still remember the family very well...

    • Gogo"s daughter was married to one of the Ecuadorian presidents and is now married again to a Jewish architect who is building a lot of houses.  Eva Fisch (Hungarian) was married again [to] Walter Seckel.  Her grand-son visited Quito in 1969 (if I remember well the year..?) and [he] attended my mother"s funeral.  She passed away with 100 years and 5 months!

    • Sorry about my faults!  [I once lived] in Canada for 10 years, but with the "Old Age" (age 92) your head is not the same any more.  
    • Best regards from the old "grand-ma."  Kitty
    • Sylvia Wachsner Michael Desrosiers My mother told me, that as a child, Dr. Fisch was my Pediatrician. I don't remember him, but in the '80's while living in Ecuador, I visited Olga Fisch at Folklore [her store in Quito] and spent many a Saturday drinking coffee and chatting [with her].  Her hand-woven rugs are in my home here in Rio de Janeiro, and will always remind me of my friendship with Olga.  Best regards
    • Michael Desrosiers Kitty Janowitzer : It was Eva Anhalzer (not Fisch) who married Walter Seckel.  This Eva was the younger sister of Olga and Pali and arrived a little later, in 1940 or 1941 (?).  Thank you for the note, and, far from "many faults," it sounds like you are doing wonderfully!

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Michael Desrosiers: Eva Fisch as a girl scout, Quito, circa 1945-46...


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Michael Desrosiers: ... and as a young woman (Eva at left with a friend, most probably also Jewish) in the early 1950s

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Michael Desrosiers: Eva Fisch with her parents, Geza and Greta and a family friend.

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Michael Desrosiers Eva Fisch marrying (pictured is the ceremony held in Olga Fisch's Folklore building, 1954) the American Russell Desrosiers, tropical plant pathologist then working with USAID.  (The gentleman on the very far right is former President of the Republic of Ecuador, Galo Plazo, who served from 1948-1952.)

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Michael Desrosiers:  Prior to her marriage, Eva Fisch worked as a secretary/translator for MD Nichols and (later) a Mr. Waters who were dairy cattle specialists working for a USAID predecessor agency.  Pictured is Mr. Waters judging a calf.

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Michael Desrosiers: By 1958 (now moved to San Jose, Costa Rica), Eva Fisch had her hands full with 3-year-old Jim, 2-year-old Mary Ellen, and twins Michael and Michelle.

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Michael Desrosiers:  Photo of Eva (far left), her brother Henry and a friend circa 1934 in Austria.

A Final Note from Michael Desrosiers, dated May 15, 2014:

Eva is the only Jew left in an extended family that had never been very religious nor observant while living in Europe.  Pali Anhalzer and his wife had converted while still in Hungary (in the late 20s or very early 30s?) and baptized both their sons Jorge and Juan at birth.  The Nazi racial laws decreed them as Jewish, though, forcing them to flee along with the Jewish Fisches. 

Both Anhalzer brothers (who were very young, perhaps 4 and 6 when they arrived in Ecuador) later married Ecuadorian women, and the Anhalzers today comprise a well-known, accomplished, and notable Ecuadorian family.

The tie between the Anhalzers and the Fisches was the marriage of Olga (Anhalzer) and Bela Fisch.  They were nonreligious and did not have any children.  Geza and Greta (Gotzl) Fisch had two children, Henry and Eva.  Henry Fisch married an American Catholic and their children were raised as Catholics, mostly in Nicaragua (he took a job while still in Quito with Panagra/PanAm).  His three children and their families live in the US.

Eva's own children were raised in a secular/humanist/occasionally vaguely Unitarian household; mostly in Costa Rica and then (starting in 1972) in Reston, Virginia.  There was a third Fisch brother, Djulia, who decided to stay in Europe and subsequently a survived concentration camp -- due in part to his accomplished athleticism.


EICHLER, Arturo -- from his book, "Nieve y Selva en Ecuador" ("Snow and Rain in Ecuador"), published in 1952

"Nieve y Selva" by Arturo Eichler (1952)

Submitted by Gabriel Alexander
 
Note from Gabriel Alexander (November 22, 2010):
In 1952, Bruno Moritz published in Ecuador, with great success, Arturo Eichler's book, "Nieve y Selva en Ecuador" ["Rain and Snow in Ecuador"]. The book, in album format, was printed in France, has 132 text pages and includes 191 black and white photos as well as a map of Ecuador.
Arturo Eichler was born in Berlin in 1911; he was a journalist, film producer, press photographer, and a mountaineer,  He left Germany because of political reasons (was active in anti-Nazi organizations) and arrived in Ecuador, via different European countries, in 1939.  He made his living in the country mainly as a press photographer for "El Commercio," Quito's main newspaper.
 
Bruno Moritz (born in Germany in 1900) was an international chess master; he married my grandmother Lilly, mother of my father, who divorced my grandfather, in Germany 1939.  He got a fake invitation for a chess mach in London in 1939, and my grandmother could provide for the needed monies for the immigration.  They made a living in London as refugees, thanks to the help of Jewish organizations and selling merchandise in subway stations.  In September 1939 [when World War II began], they became German aliens and were considered illegal immigrants; they had to chose between imprisonment or leaving the country.  Since they were afraid of a possible German invasion of the British Isles, they took HICEM-HIAS's offer to immigrate to Ecuador.
 
They arrived in 1940, penniless, in Guayaquil.  Oma Lilly made a living working at a laundry and providing food for immigrants at what was know as a "Mittags Tisch."  Her husband, Bruno, who during my first years of life I assume was my grandfather, made a living as a "Kloper," selling books from door to door.  However, Bruno was also very much welcomed at Guayaquil's Chess club, where he got to know university professors, doctors, lawyers, etc.
 
That led him to establish the "Libreria Cientifica."  Very soon the Libreria had two branches: one in Guayaquil at Luque 233 and in Quito, Pasaje Drouet-Perez (as far as I can remember as a very little child, very near by the Beneficencia Club).  In 1956, Bruno divorced Oma Lilly and returned to Germany.  My father [Alex], took over as gerente general of the Libreria Cientifica; in July 1960, Bruno returned to Ecuador.  We immigrated to Israel and in 1964, my father sold Moritz his remain part in the Libreria.  Arturo Eichler and his wife, Isabella, visited us in Jerusalem in November 1961.
 

"El Club" -- Guayaquil, Ecuador (also known as the Centro Israelita)
 
"El Club" was the center of communal life for the Jews of Guayaqul in the 1940 - 1960+ period, prior to the construction of the current community center complex.   Most of the images in the slidewhow are of the Club located at Aguirre y los Rios streets.  These phots come from the photo collections of various JOEs, and the captions are theirs.  If you have additional photos, please send them.
 
Also included below the slideshow are recollections from some JOEs.
 

"El Club" Guayaquil

 
 
Comments from various JOEs:
 
 
Fred Grunewald:   We would jump from the “roof” of the porch into the pool when parents were not around.  One day my “gang” threw all the furniture from the patio into the pool and we “sailed” on it, until Miriam Alexander came and gave each of us a spanking.  Ah memories.
 
Gabriel Alexander:  I do remember the Club's furniture swimming in the picina. If I'm not mistaken, part of it came from the higher floor and was transferred down from the window one can see in the photo. I also remember my mother's reaction. I believe it wasn't the only incident between her and Fred. I also remember Heinz [Grunewald] jumping up from the poker card game table when I ran up to inform him that Peggy [Grunewald] was hit falling from the steps that led to the picina. There are some very short sequences on our home movies from the Club's picina. There are also sequences of Moshe and Rama [Rubin] wedding which took place in the Club's garden, beside the picina.  
 
Ralph Grunewald:  ...and I had the misfortune, as a very young boy, of somehow falling down by the pool and hitting my skull against the edge of the pool; I was taken to the clinic and given stiches.  I still have a scar from that incident!
 
Gabriel Alexander:  Could be that I'm mixing up you and your sister Peggy? Maybe. It happened more than 50 years ago...  Why do we remember so many details from our childhood in Guayaquil? Anyhow,  I do remember very well seeing Peggy at the club bleeding from her nose. Different incident? Maybe. No doubt, I also remember your father jumping up from the poker table. Everything that was on the table went in all possible directions. 
 
Peggy Ratner (nee Grunewald):  Actually, it was Ralph that fell from the steps of the picina -- and Gaby, you and I must have together ran up to tell my father because I, too, remember how he got up so quickly from his chair that it fell over.  I then remember Pepe (I think that was his name) carrying Ralph and blood dripping everywhere!
 

 
First Israeli Ambassador to Ecuador, Tuvia Arazi, Presents His Credentials (May 1957), plus additional documents
 
In May 1957, Tuvia Arazi, the first non-resident ambassador of the State of Israel to Ecuador, Tuvia Arazi, submitted his credentials to the President of the Republic, Camilo Ponce Enriquez.
 
Photos courtesy of: Central Achieves for the History of the Jewish People (Jerusalem); Alexander Family Collection; and  Manya Almeida (nee Svecenski).
 
 
Submitted by Gabriel Alexander, who added (October 17, 2010):  "I do remember very well the ceremony at the Malecon. Mother was very furious since the special taxi my father sent to pick us up (she and me) from home didn't arrive on time and we almost arrived too late."
 

First Israeli Amb. to Ecuador, Tuvia Arazi, Presents His Credentials (May 1957)

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Fischler, Robert (Robby)   

Fischler, Robert (Robby) & Family

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Fried, John (Puli)   

Fried, John "Puli"

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Fruhman (nee Jacobs), Fredel

Fruhman Fredel Jacobs

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E-mail message (July 11, 2012):  I have just stumbled across your wonderful website about the Jews of Ecuador.
 
My grandfather, Salomon Neumann, and my uncle, Walter Neumann, both of Kassel, found refuge in Ecuador, later immigrating to the United States.  (My parents and brother were headed there are well, but were lacking transit-visas through Argentina and ended up in Cuba instead).
 
My grandfather was in his 60's at the time.  As a former Jewish community leader and "Lehrer" in Kassel, he seems to have been actively involved with the religious affairs of the community in Quito, too.
 
Attached are 4 photos.  One shows my grandfather, Salomon Neumann, in 1945.  The other three photographs are from 1944.  One shows my grandfather reading the Torah.  The other two show him officiating at a wedding, under a Chuppah.  He was a Cohen, and one photo shows only his hands as he blesses the new couple.  There are other people in three of the photographs, but I do not know who they are. 
 
Fredel Jacobs Fruhman
 

 
Gely (nee Zurita), Sonja
 
September 4, 2010
 
...This was made by my mother's [Marianne (nee Rosenbaum Nebel)] employee as a present for her 80th birthday last year!!!  I thought it was nice to share it with JOEs!
 
Sony
 
 
 
Rear, from left to right: Paiman's daughter, Mr. Paiman (the owner of the Hotel Colon, in Quito), Ena Stagg, Mrs. Paiman, Ilse Grunewald (nee Koppel), Georgi Albers, Susi Albers, Marianne de Zurita.  Front, from left to right:  Antuco Stagg, Freddy Grunewald, Sonja Zurita, Peggy Grunewald, and behind her is Nury Zurita. 
 
From Sonya Gely (nee Zurita) -- July 4, 2011
 
Ralphy,
 
This picture was sent to me from my friend Sylvia Stagg, she used to be part of all those vacations that we did in Quito at the Hotel Colon....  She is not in the picture, but her mother is; her name was Ena and she passed away a couple of years ago. She is standing next to Mr. Paiman, and the girl standing on his right is his daughter (according to my mother, who confirmed that to me today, because I didn't know or reconize him.  Ena's son is in front of Mrs Paiman; his name is Antuco (Antonio). and the others you know!
 
Enjoy this picture; maybe your Mom remembers everybody.  Show it to her!
 
Besitos
Sony Gely

 
From Peggy Ratner (nee Grunewald) -- July 3, 2011
 
Hi Sony, 
 
Good to hear from you.  Thanks for sending that great picture; I wonder what you and I were discussing?  I also see Georgi Albers next to my mother and Susy Albers behind us.  Of course I remember the Hotel Colon [in Quito]; I have wonderful memories of spending time there.  I recognize the owner, too.  She would sometimes come to our table in the dining room and talk to us; I especially loved the merengue desserts.  I also loved playing with those huge (at least from a little kid's perspective) dogs in the wonderful yard and collecting the little coconuts, then pounding them on the benches with a rock to eat them.  Ralph and I wanted to find the Hotel Colon location while we were in Quito in December (though I know it no longer exists), but were unable to do so.
 
Con cariño, Peggy



Gerber, Susanjulia 

My mom, Helen Gerber, is on the far right. Perhaps others will know who the other women are. This was a gymnastics group in Quito. Everyone one of these women found refuge in Ecuador. When this photo was taken, I would imagine most did not know what happened to their families left behind.

Susanjulia Gerber's photo.
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Goldbaum, Roberto & Family

Goldbaum, Roberto Family

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Grunewald Family

Grunewald Family

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Grunewald, Fred (Freddy)

Grunewald, Fred (Freddy)

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Grunewald, Heinz

Heinz Grunewald -- Old Photos from Heinz Grunewald's album


Photograph of Margot Helga (known as "Helga") Grunewald (sister of Heinz Grunewald), born in Dresden on November 9, 1924, shortly after her wedding to Hans Weinberg, in the Netherlands, and shortly before their deportation to Sobibor on July 23, 1943.

Photograph of Margot Helga Grunewald (left) with her sister, Eva Rosenbaum (now, Chava Trubowitz, of Kiryat Onno, Israel), born in Dresden on July 21, 1933. Photo taken by the renowned German photographer, Genja Jonas, sister of Eva's step-mother, Erna Rosenbaum (nee Jonas).


Photograph of Margot Helga (known as "Helga") Grunewald (sister of Heinz Grunewald), born in Dresden on November 9, 1924.


Grunewald (nee Koppel), Ilse 

Ilse Koppel Album ‎(photo album: 1939 - 1952)‎

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Grunewald (nee Koppel), Ilse -- photo album given to her by her parents, Magda & John Koppel (1939 - 1950) 

John & Magda Koppel Album for Daughter, Ilse

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Grunewald, Ralph (Ralphy)

Grunewald, Ralph (Ralphy)

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Gumpel Family

Gumpel Family


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Ralph Seligman & Jerry Gumpel Bar Mitzvah -- Quito, August 1968

Ralph Seligman & Jerry Gumpel Bar Mitzvah -- Quito, August 1968


 
Hirsch, Carola 

Hirsch, Carola

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Holland (nee Cohn), Cati  

Holland (nee Cohn), Cati

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Israel, Julie

Julie Israel <julisrael@hotmail.com>; submitted on June 6, 2013:





This is a photo of Ambato in 1975.  The families in the photo are Ivan Berger his wife Erica his sons Daniel and Steven.  Julie Reinsburg Israel and her two sons Edward and Alex.   Diana and Josi Kandelman and their son Oren. Mery Alaluf and her children Vivian and Jose. All living in Ecuador at the time. The Berger’s are still living there.
Thanks very much,





Katz, Bert

March 4, 2013

I have come across some pictures from Ecuador taken by the JDC (Joint Distribution Committee) circa 1941-43. 

I found two pictures of my family on farms in Calderon and Cotocollao.  One of the pictures is of my uncle, Isidor Katz.  The other picture is of my mother, Martha Katz, uncle Joseph Katz, my twin brothers Carlos and Manfred Katz, and myself, Bert Katz.  There are 8 other photos of functions of the Maccabi Sports Club around the same time, and of a teenager, on a farm in Cumbaya.

The JDC would like people to identify the people in the pictures.














Koppel Family

Koppel Family

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Kywi Family (Margo Kywi)

From Margo Kywi, dated March 30, 2014, posted on the Jews of Ecuador Facebook page.  

Kywi Family

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Lembke, Renate -- Frau Renate Lembke's Kindergarten Class, Guayaquil
 
From Gabriel Alexander -- November 6, 2010
 
Attached are a few photos from "Mrs. Lenky's Kindergarten."   If I'm not too much mistaken, the kindergarten teacher's real name was Lempke.  However, we kids couldn't pronounce this name, so she was Mrs. "Lenky."
 
Gabriel
 
From Katja Lindenberg (nee Sifnaghel) -- November 6, 2010
 
Gabi, these are wonderful!! I also went to Mrs. Lemke' class a number or years earlier. (I remember, maybe incorrectly, "Lemke" rather than "Lempke.")  She had a son who I played with also outside of class, Kelly (or Keli or Kelli or ...?) Lemke. Wow!! Thank you!
 
Katja
 
Note:  For the history of the German School of Guayaquil, founded by Renate Lembke in 1957, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_School_of_Guayaquil
 

Frau Lembke's Kindergarten

 
From Gabriel Alexander -- November 8, 2010
 
Thanks to Cati Holland, who had this note (below) from Renate Lembke's son, Kjeld, the family's last name was spelled "Lembke."  I called her "Mrs. Lenky." 
 
Gabriel Alexander
 
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Lindenberg (nee Sifnaghel), Katja 
  

Lindenberg ‎(nee Sifnaghel)‎, Katja

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Luxner, Larry
 
To view Larry Luxner's extensive photograph collection of contemporary Ecuador, click here:
 
Mr. Luxner is a journalist and author and resides in Rockville, Maryland
 

Pienknagura, Vera
 
 
Fiesta de Januca en Quito, 7 de Diciembre de 1969.

 


Pines, Eve

July 18, 2015

Hi,
 
  My father and I just discovered the website for Jews of Ecuador, and it was  very interesting to us.  We were in Guayaquil from 1962 to 1964, when my father was posted there to organize the first Peace Corps office in that city.  I was ages 8-10 when we lived there, and later went back when I was 19 and spent another year there.   I don’t have many photos from that time, but am attaching two photos here. The first photo is of a Passover seder in 1963 in the Guayaquil home of the Czarninsky family Mr. Czarninsky is in the white shirt at the head of the table. Next to him in the dark jacket and glasses is my father, Jim Pines. Mrs. Czarninsky is standing on the right next to the table.  The second photo is a picture of me, Eve Pines,  in a school pageant in 1963 at the Escuela Moderna de Guayaquil, when I was 9 years old.
 
    As a Jewish American family arriving in Guayaquil in 1962, we were welcomed immediately by the tiny community of Jewish families there. Mr. Czarninsky, at that time the owner of El Rosado....the city’s only big grocery store....and his wife, were particularly kind to us. They welcomed us into their home and at Jewish services that were occasionally held in people’s houses.  The only other  family that I remember is the Fischler family, who were very hospitable in making us feel part of a Jewish community. 
 
      When I returned to Ecuador on my own in 1972, I have a vague recollection of visiting a Jewish family in Ambato. I remember that someone gave me their name, and I knocked at their door in Ambato and spent a day with them. It was a German family that had fled the war, and they ran a sweater factory. I remember thinking how unusual it was to be in a small Ecuadorian mountain town, and to  find a family that spoke only in Spanish, with a clear German accent, and were so different from the other residents of the town....but were clearly at home there. 
 
      I am glad that  you have made the effort to document and preserve the history of this unique community.
 
Eve R. Pines
Springfield, Virginia

Playas -- Photos of Playas & the Humboldt Hotel, from the Collections of Various JOEs

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    Quito Jewish Community -- from the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (Jerusalem)

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    Submitted by Gabriel Alexander 
     
    From Ruthie Horvath (nee Abrahamson) -- October 17, 2010:
     
    "Wonderful pictures, I have some of them, which were part of the photographic exposition I made for the 70th anniversary of the Quito Jewish Community."
     
    From Pedro Steiner -- October 17, 2010: 
     
    Dear Gabi:
     
    These are wonderful photos. I am amazed every time you send us information about our community that you keep finding wonderful information in the Jerusalem archives. It certainly makes a new trip to Israel for me very attractive just to study those archives for many days!
     
    There are of course many people that I recognize in the photos. It may interest you that the very attractive couple in photo No. 7 standing in the front row are my parents. The picture was taken in the mid sixties in the synagogue of our community. At that time my father was the Vice President of our community.
     
    Next to my father, looking to the back of the room, are Mrs. and Mr. Carlos Liebmann, well known members of the community. Mr. Liebmann was a leader of B'nai B'rith for many years, member of the board of the community also for many years, and ran the community newspaper for as long as I can remember. Next to my mother is Mrs. Gedalius, wife of then President of our community, Mr. Herbert Gedalius. And in the row behind my parents looking towards the camera are other two important leaders of the community, Mr. Hugo Deller (wearing a hat) and Mr. Kurt Lenk. Unfortunately all these people have passed away.
     
    The community celebrated 70 years of existence in 2008 and for that occasion Ruthie Horvath and I, with the help of many friends, collected pictures of the community and presented them at the celebration. I hope that we find some time to have a look at them during the visit of the JOE´s to Quito. Most of the pictures that you have sent us were included with those pictures of the history of our community.
     
    Best regards,
     
    Pedro


     
    Ratner (nee Grunewald), Peggy

    Ratner (nee Grunewald), Peggy

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    Reinsburg Family

    Reinsburg Family

     
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    From Julie Rachel Reinsburg -- October 22, 2013

    THIS WAS TAKEN AT A WEDDING IN AMBATO. EVA ZELIG SENT IT TO ME AND I HAVE IDENTIFIED MY SISTER SUSY , BOTTOM RIGHT BEHIND HER AT THE VERY CORNER MY MOTHER MARGARITA REINSBURG. AT THE LEFT FRONT CSIBI KLERMAN. IN THE MIDDLE BESIDE THE BRIIDE, I PRESUME, MY GRANDMA BABY HELENA GROSZ. BEHIND A LITTLE BEARDED MAN , MY GRANDFATHER EUGENIO GROSZ. BEHIND GRANDMA GROSZ , WE HAVE ROSITA AND ALEJANDRO KRELL AND ROSITA KIPPERMAN. STANDING AT THE VERY BACK IN THE MIDDLE MY DAD JOSE REINSBURG. — with CSIBI KLERMANROSITA KRELLALEJANDRO KRELLJOSE REINSBURG and EUGENIO GROSZ.


    November 3, 2013

    Martin Klein Yes, he was my father, but after some inquiries, we think it is not him.


    November 3, 2013

    Rose Klein Rosenthal We did not know the Reinsburgs even thou they lived in Ambato and we had a Tanery there.


    November 4, 2013

    Eva Zelig The wedding took place in 1940.

    Eva Zelig The bride was my aunt.




     
    Rubin, Moshe & Rama

    Rubin, Moshe & Rama

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    Sagiv (nee Pieniek Prutschi), Sara
     
    September 3, 2010
     
    Hola,

    Podrias por favor poner este video en la galeria de fotos del site de Ecuatorianos en el Mundo? Es sobre la vida de la familia Prutchi Pieniek. La hice por el cumpleanios 80 de mi mami Rosmari (que hace poquito esta viviendo en Israel).  Gracias.

    Sari
     
    Click here for YouTube presentation:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0z8shckypw
     

     
    Schaechter, Moselio (Elio)

    Schaechter, Moselio (Elio)

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    Schwarzkopf, Jimmy

    Schwarzkopf, Jimmy

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    seems like a lifetime ago....
     — with Eva Poleac WolbromskiMiriam KannanMargarita MantillaSra. Jervis and Doris Pienknagura.
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    Seligman, Ralph
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    Seligman Family Collection



    Ralph Seligman &amp; Jerry Gumpel Bar Mitzvah -- Quito, August 1968

    Ralph Seligman & Jerry Gumpel Bar Mitzvah -- Quito, August 1968


    Shefer (ne Sifnaghel), Niko

    Shefer (ne Sifnaghel), Niko

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    Steiner, Pedro 

    Steiner, Pedro

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    Suster, Boris (Bumy) & Family 

    Suster Family

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    Suster, Saul & Family and Friends
     
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    Taube, Renata & Rene  

    Taube, Rene & Renate (nee Aron)

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    Vintage Postcards of Ecuador 

    Vintage Postcards of Ecuador

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    Wachsner, Sylvia   

    Wachsner, Sylvia

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    Wellisch Family 

    Wellisch Family

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    In Memory of Yitzhak Navon (z"l), the 5th President of Israel (1978 - 1983) , who visited Ecuador in 1957, and passed away on November 6,  2015

    Gabriel Alexander
    Yitzhak Navon, Israel's fifth State President passed away in the age of 94 November 7, 2015. October 1957 he visited Guayaquil as a special messenger of Israel's government. At this point diplomatic relationships between Israel and Ecuador didn't exist yet. October 7, 1957, father, Werner Ahron Alexander (in the white suit) hosted Navon at a dinner at the Centro Israelita Guayaquil. Navon sits beside father in a dark suit. I can't remember who were the other community members on the photo. It might be, that the lady besides father is Mrs. Windmüller, head of Guayaquil's WIZO committee.


    Ralph Grunewald

    The lady on the far left is Lieschen Gumpel, the sister of my grandmother (Magda Partos Koppel, married to my grandfather, John Koppel; they were my mother, Ilse Grunewald's, parents).


    Lieschen (born Elisabeth) was married to Gustav Gumpel, and they had two children: Gerda (who married Manea Sifnaghel), whose children are Katja Lindenberg and Niko Shefer, and also Erwin, whose children are Lynn Green and Jerry Gumpel. The great-grandchildren of Lieschen and Gustav include Leslie Gumpel Linn, Stephanie Gumpel Krutz, David Gumpel, Danny Green, and Jessica Widro, as well as Orit Prahm, Adam Adam Shefer, Daniel Shefer, Nathan Shefer, Ben Ben Shefer, and Joel Shefer.


    Both born in Budapest in the 1890s, they moved to Hamburg with their parents and siblings at a young age, around 1900. My grandmother and Lieschen were very close in age and were the closest of friends until their deaths, in San Diego; both lived well into their 80s. (In fact, their graves are just a few feet apart at the Home of Peace cemetery.)


    In between, they grew up, married, and had their children in Hamburg, until the Nazis cast their murderous shadow over Germany. They and their children were the fortunate ones in the extended families; they eventually found refuge in Ecuador, where this photo was taken. So many others in the family tried but were unable to escape Nazi Europe, where they were murdered for the sole reason of being Jewish. There was no Jewish homeland at the time that could provide refuge and protection.

    Given her family's recent history, one can only imagine how proud Lieschen and the entire Jewish community of Guayaquil must have been to host Prof. Navon just 12 years after the end of that horrible war that engulfed their families and of the Holocaust.


    I, too, met, Prof. Navon, but in his role as Israel's President, in his official residence in Jerusalem, capital of the sovereign state of Israel. He was a distinguished scientist and a beloved leader of his nation. May his memory be for a blessing.


    Other relatives of Lieschen and Gustav include: Fred S. Grunewald, Verdant Blue (Madelyn), Max Grunewald, Peggy Ratner, Eric M. Ratner, Daniel Ratner, Emily Grunewald, and Jon Jon Grunewald.

    Ralph Grunewald's photo.

     

     
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