20 October 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Max Shenkerman, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

Max Shenkerman, born in Labun, Volhynia Gubernia, Russian Empire, followed at least one of his children to the United States in 1923.[1]

Here lies
A man of integrity and uprightness
The wise Mordechai son of Pinkhas
Died at a ripe old age
The last day of Pesakh 5703
DIED APR. 27, 1943

Philip Schenkerman (Max's son) immigrated in 1914 and was met by his brother-in-law, Michael Holzman.[2] Since Philip was single at the time of immigration, presumably there should have been another of Max's children, a daughter, also in New York City. Max's manifest indicates that his closest relative in the old country was another son, Hersch Szeinkerman, living in Lubin.

Max was reportedly 65 when he arrived in 1923 New York Harbor, so he would have been about 85 when he died in 1943 - a relatively ripe old age.

The last day of Pesakh (Passover) is 22 Nisan. In 1943 that would have corresponded to 27 April.

I was unsure about the meaning of the abbreviation that starts the third line (before Mordechai). Robin Meltzer replied to my query on Tracing the Tribe Face Book page that this likely means either "ha chacham" (the wise) or "ha chasid." Either would indicate a traditionally observant man who was, likely, very learned. 

Max likely named his son Philip after Max's father, Pinkhas.

Max was a widower when he arrived at Ellis Island. His son Philip's marriage record, shows his mother's name (presumably Max's late wife) had been Dora Kopetz.[3] 

I have been unable to locate Max in any records between immigration and death. I have not found a death record in New York City. He is buried in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot in Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York: block 89, gate 156N, line 6R, grave 1. 
I am indebted to not only Robin Meltzer, but also Lara Diamond and Karen Gross Rubin. They were all very helpful with this translation.

1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 19 December 2010), manifest, S.S. Minnekahda, Antwerp to New York, arriving 4 August 1914, list 8 (handwritten), line 25, Mordka Szeinkerman; citing NARA microfilm publication T715, roll 2357.
2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 30 April 2011), manifest, S.S. Vaderland, Antwerp to New York, arriving 4 August 1914, list 20 (handwritten), line 19, Puic Schenikerman, as indexed  [Peric Scheinkerman]; citing NARA microfilm publication T715, roll 2357.
3. New York County, New York, marriage certificate no. 14350 (1917), Philip Schenkerman and Sarah Tabachnick; New York City Municipal Archives.

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