In my blog, “All Because Of Irving”, published on April 17, 2018, I alluded to a family rumor told to me by my maternal cousin, Stephen Winnick. Just what was this rumor and why did Stephen decide to tell me about the rumor after all of this time? He knew I was always interested in my family’s history and learning more about their past. When I started emailing him with questions during the winter of 2017, he thought I had discovered some new information online, and thus was curious if I had stumbled upon what he had been told. He suggested we meet for brunch. I thought he had old family photos and documents to share with me since both his mother and his aunt had passed away the year before. We met at Rein’s Deli in Manchester, CT, which was half way for both of us. Was I in for a surprise! After lunch, Stephen, visibly nervous to impart he news, told me what he had been told over 40 years ago by another family cousin. It involved a 2-part rumor about my mother:
- Part 1: He was told that my mother was part adopted. The rumor said Irving Wosnitzer, her father, had an affair that resulted in a little girl being born and that Irving brought home the baby to his wife, my Grandmother Minnie, to raise
- Part 2: He was also told that the birth mother of the baby was not Jewish
- Part 1: Was my mother half- adopted: False. She was completely adopted!
- Part 2: Was the birth mother of our mother not Jewish: False. Her birth parents were Ashkenazi Jewish.