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Muschon Kamhi Family of Monastir
 
A distinguished member of this family was Leon Muschon Kamhi. Leon was a secular and Zionist leader of the first order in the Monastir Jewish Community, during the period which culminated in the destruction of the community at the hands of the destroyers and their Bulgarian fascist allies. He campaigned tirelessly for the well-being of the community and for emigration to Eretz Israel. Although he personally arranged for the escape of many, he himself remained to the end, and was finally captured by the evil ones, and deported to the Treblinka extermination camp.
 
The 22 souls of this family who remained in Monastir to the end all perished together, as far as we know.
 
Monastirlis who escaped before the Shoah contributed to the creation of a 1,000 tree Leon Kamhi Memorial Park in Jerusalem.
 
Related Sefaradí families include: Baruch, ______.
 

This section compiled June 2004ce from material extracted from the following research sources:
  • A Town Called Monastir, Uri Oren, Dror Publications, Israel, 1971.
Read about the Treblinka death camp in Treblinka, by Jean-Francois Steiner

 

Material in this section compiled from documentary sources by Elie Cassorla, WebMaster.

  • [??]
    • [??] Kamhi
      • RaphaelOf blessed memory. B. 1866? , d. 1971. Kamhi
        At the time of the Shoah, he was living in Salonika.
        He escaped to Sofia, and settled in Israel at the end of the 1940. He passed away there in 1971 at the age of 105.
      • [??] Kamhi
        At the time of the Shoah, she was living in Salonika. with her brother Raphael. She was saved from the round-up in Salonika by her brother. Possibly she may have escaped to Sofia with him.
      • ShlomoOf blessed memory. B. ?? , d. 1931. Kamhi -m. [??]
        Shlomo Kamhi built up a business which held a monopoly on the export of cement, asphalt, cattle and wheat from Yugoslavia to Albania, and served as an agent for foreing machinery companies. Upon his death in 1931, the business passed to his three sons. The two eldest sons managed the business locally, while the youngest son, Josef, while still a bachelor was in charge of external relations and did whatever traveling was necessary to maintain the business contacts throughout Europe. The family was considered one of the three wealthiest Jewish families in Monastir.
        • [??] Kamhi -m. [??]
        • [??] Kamhi -m. [??]
        • DianaOf blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. Kamhi -m . NissimOf blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. Kamhi
          Nissim was a cousin.
          • [4 children]Of blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers.
        • Josef Kamhi
          Josef was one of the 6 who escaped from the deportation train in Skopje. In the 1970s he was still alive, a businessman in Tel Aviv, Israel.
    • [??] Kamhi
      The patriarch of this Kamhi family, arrived in Monastir from Turkey [??] at the beginning of the 19th century.
      • *Moshe "Mushon"Of blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1938. Kamhi -m. EstherOf blessed memory. B. 1884 in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. [??]
        At the time of their arrest, Frieda was living with her son's (Leon's) family at No. 141 Dr. Reis Street, in Monastir.
        • ErnestaOf blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. Kamhi -m. EshaelOf blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. [??]
          • [5 children]Of blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers.
        • NissimOf blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. Kamhi -m. DianaOf blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. Kamhi
          Diana was a cousin.
          • [4 children]Of blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers.
        • *LeonOf blessed memory. B. 1898-9? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. Mushon Kamhi -m. *FriedaOf blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. Baruch
          Although among those who had attended the Alliance, his secular name was Louis Maurice Kamhi, he was always known among his countrymen as "Leon." Likewise, his father was always known as "Mushon."
          Frieda was born in Monastir. Her family moved to Salonika. Their engagement was announced in 1938, in Monastir's Jewish community newspaper, "Zhidov" ("Jew"). They were married shortly thereafter, in Salonika.
          • *Batala "Batya"Of blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. Kamhi
        • VidaOf blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. Kamhi -m. EroyistiOf blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers. [??]
          • [3 children]Of blessed memory. B. ?? in Monastir, d. 1943 in Treblinka, in the ovens of the destroyers.
        • Matilda Kamhi -m. [??] Berman
          Matilda went to Israel in 1934 as a member of Hashomer Hatzair. As of the early 1970s, Matilda was living in the Monastirli Kibbutz, Shaar Ha'Amakim, in Israel with her husband and children.
          • [??]
 

This section compiled from documentary sources by Elie Cassorla, WebMaster..
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