Tales from the Old Country III - The pogrom
Sixty two years later, my father received a strange phone call from someone who wanted to know whether his grandfather was named Wulf and whether his family came from the shtetl of Tetiev. The man on the phone said he thought that we were his relatives.
My father answered "yes" to both questions but he was very confused. He was sure that he had no relatives from that side of the family because they were all killed in the pogrom. It was at that point that the man on the phone told him the rest of the story which nobody in my family could have imagined.
It was the case that as the adults were being killed by the peasants and the soldiers, some of the kids in our family, other than my grandfather and his sister, managed to hide in the cellar and were not discovered. When the killing was over, the oldest girl, Manya, who was about 15, gathered her cousins and decided that they were going to Odessa, about 300 miles away. Somehow they made it to Odessa and boarded a ship to London. In London, Manya worked as a maid, and saved up money to buy tickets for everyone to go to America. In America, the family prospered and grew.
Sixty two years, when Manya, now in her late seventies, saw my name printed in the local paper, she called her nephew. Our name is very unusual; she wanted him to find out if there is any chance that these people were related to us. And sure enough that was the case and this ends the story of how my father found a big branch of his family, a family he never knew he had.