Sol and Ann Kotzin

Sol Kotzin was born on May 20, 1906, in Stary Olesiec (called simply Olesiec before WWII), a small village around 18 miles northwest of Kalisz, Poland. He passed away in Raanana, Israel, in 1994.

He married Ann (Chana) Mae Brickman and they had two children: Michael and Morissa (birth on March 28, 1938, recorded as “Marissa Simone” but listed in the 1940 census as just “Morissa”).

In 1993, he shared some memories, which Michael Kotzin recorded and, after Sol passed away, made into a memorial booklet, shown below. At the top is the record of Sol’s birth, written by Moritz in Hebrew.

The nephews mentioned by Sol in the second paragraph below were probably related to Jessie Karpas. Jessie was:
* Married to Jack Karpas
* Daughter of Mari Sacks (who was apparently the one who first moved to South Africa)
* Granddaghter of Lea Dwora Cohen (the sister of Max and Moritz).

Jessie and Jack Karpas moved from South Africa to Jerusalem, probably around 1948. They had three sons.

Lea Dwora married Icchak (Isaac) Cohen, and they had five children: Dawid Zelig, Moshe Ber, Miriam, Cypora and Tyla.

Many thanks to my cousins in Israel – Ari, Morissa and Allon – for sharing this with me!

This is Ann’s obituary:
(nee BRICKMAN). Oct. 3, in Israel. Wife of the late Solomon. Mother of Morissa Amittai of Jerusalem, and Michael (Judy) Kotzin, JUF/JF executive vice president, Chicago. Grandmother of Allon (Esti), Dekel (Simi) and Oren (Einat) Amittai; and Daniel, Joshua (Dorian) and Abigail Kotzin. Great-grandmother of 7. Daughter of the late Morris and Bessie Brickman. Sister of the late Gertie Chertkow, Joseph and Louis Brickman, and Nettie Pollock. Aunt and great-aunt of many. Born in Odessa, Russia, and grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. Chicago resident for nearly 5 decades, active in Pioneer Women (now Na’amat) and Labor Zionist movement. Longtime member of Ner Tamid Cong. Made aliyah in 1971 and was a founder of the Raanana Masorti (Conservative) Cong. Interment Raanana, Israel. Memorials to Jewish United Fund, Sol and Ann Kotzin Israel Scholarship Fund, 1 S. Franklin St., Chicago 60606.

Below is the passenger list from the Grampian, listing only Moshe (Moritz), Sol, Abram (Adolph) and Helen (lines 12-15).

It does not menton Bernard or Ted.  They were the two oldest, so perhaps they travelled on their own a bit later. (It could be that they couldn’t afford tickets for everyone immediately: As Sol said, “Father bought our tickets and didn’t have a penny left.”)

Shlomo Solomon Kocyn Kotzin
b: 1906
d: 1994
  • 1906 - Birth - ; פולין
  • 1994 - Death - Y
Tobiasz Tuvya Kocyn Kotzin
1831 - May 7, 1874
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Moses (Moshe, Moritz) Kocyn Kotzin
Death1927 Chicago
Marriageto Helen (Chaya Feigel) Friedland
FatherTobiasz Tuvya Kocyn Kotzin
MotherElka Razajczyk
PARENT (F) Helen (Chaya Feigel) Friedland
Marriageto Moses (Moshe, Moritz) Kocyn Kotzin
FatherCheskel Frydland
MotherMiriam Batszeva Kocyn
MShlomo Solomon Kocyn Kotzin
Marriageto Chana Ann Kotzin (Née Brickman)
MAdek Abraham Kocyn Kotzin
Marriageto Leah Lewartowicz
MBernard Kocyn Kotzin
Marriageto Kocyn Kotzin
MTheodore Todros Kocyn Kotzin
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Shlomo Solomon Kocyn Kotzin
Marriageto Chana Ann Kotzin (Née Brickman)
FatherMoses (Moshe, Moritz) Kocyn Kotzin
MotherHelen (Chaya Feigel) Friedland
PARENT (F) Chana Ann Kotzin (Née Brickman)
DeathOctober 3, 2003 Israel
Marriageto Shlomo Solomon Kocyn Kotzin
MMichael Kotzin
Birth6 MAY 1941U.S.A.
DeathABT OCT 2015
Marriageto Judy Walchirk
FMorissa Kocyn Kotzin
BirthABT 1937
Marriageto Elazar Amittai
Descendancy Chart
Shlomo Solomon Kocyn Kotzin b: 1906 d: 1994
Chana Ann Kotzin (Née Brickman) b: 1907 d: October 3, 2003
Michael Kotzin b: 6 MAY 1941 d: ABT OCT 2015
Judy Walchirk b: 11 NOV 1943
Morissa Kocyn Kotzin b: ABT 1937
Alon Amittai b: 1969
Dekel Amittai b: 1971
Oren Amittai b: 20 AUG 1975
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