Elizabeth Lis
       
     
Loxtor Wrey, Lustleigh
       
     
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Helena Lis M.O.D. record.
       
     
My grandmother, Helena nee Rothenberg
       
     
 Bex Bellingham
       
     
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Doig Simmonds
       
     
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Janusz Ral, Polish Military Historian
       
     
Michael Tobias,
       
     
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Peter Bellingham
       
     
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Anna Forbes
       
     
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Searching the face of his father
       
     
Jessica Workman
       
     
Portrait of a son
       
     
Debby Taylor
       
     
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Jennie Milne
       
     
       
     
Jennie Milne Fragments That Remain WARSAW 2018 IAJGS

In this presentation, Jennie Milne will describe her extraordinary journey to understand her mother’s mysterious background. Elizabeth Lis was abandoned in a babies home in 1943 in Devon, England. Her father was a highly decorated Polish Officer under British command. Her mother, at the time of her birth, had also been serving in the Polish army and was reputedly Jewish.

In March 2014 Jennie began searching in earnest for her grandparents and broke the silence of years after teaming up with Michael Tobias and Mark Halpern. She has been able to connect with cousins through recent DNA results, assisted by Karen Franklin.

This talk will describe the extensive research through records, and Jewish connections through JRI Poland, JewishGen, DNA, Tracing the Tribe, FTDNA & Ancestry. Recorded at the IAJGS Conference, Warsaw 2018

Elizabeth Lis
       
     
Elizabeth Lis

in the garden of Loxtor Wrey, Lustleigh, Devon 1950

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Loxtor Wrey, Lustleigh

2017

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Helena Lis M.O.D. record.
       
     
Helena Lis M.O.D. record.
My grandmother, Helena nee Rothenberg
       
     
My grandmother, Helena nee Rothenberg
 Bex Bellingham
       
     
Bex Bellingham

at our grandmothers grave

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Doig Simmonds
       
     
Doig Simmonds

Helena’s former next door neighbour.

Dear Jennie,

I have found the only photo I have of Helena your grandmother – on the day of her marriage to Jan Konopka – probably at Kensington Registry Office.

I am also sending you a brass joss stick vessel for incense which Helena used constantly as an ash tray! Id love you to have these things. Ruth and I loved Helena in our different ways. When your letter arrived, I burst into tears not realising then why. Now I do! She represented so much to me- Broken lives, the terror of war – being a refugee, fighting back etc etc. I’m so glad I had the privilege of caring for her during ng the last phase of her life.

We the British owe an immeasurable debt to the Poles. They led the way to breaking the enigma codes, their fighter pilots taught our air force how to win at aerial combat and then we had the gall NOT TO INCLUDE them in the victory parade after the war – we were scared of Stalin!!

We will carry on our love of Helena till we reach the great horizon ourselves!

Yours Doig

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Janusz Ral, Polish Military Historian
       
     
Janusz Ral, Polish Military Historian

Janusz Ral helped me locate and translate many of my grandparents (particularly my grandfathers) records.

Michael Tobias,
       
     
Michael Tobias,

Vice President programming at JewishGen, Co founder and Board Member of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Jewish expert (Q&A) WDYTYA Magazine.

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Peter Bellingham
       
     
Peter Bellingham

Holding a portrait of our father Derek Workman.

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Anna Forbes
       
     
Anna Forbes

Oldest grandchild of Stanislaw and Helena Lis

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Searching the face of his father
       
     
Searching the face of his father

Tomas Workman

Jessica Workman
       
     
Jessica Workman

Tom’s wife

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Portrait of a son

Seth Milne with his grandfathers image

Debby Taylor
       
     
Debby Taylor
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Jennie Milne
       
     
Jennie Milne