I have just begun my family history search and I have no idea how or where to begin. So this could be a long shot. My name is Chris McDonald and I am 38 years old and living in the United States. My Grandfather was said to have come from Austria in about 1910 at the age of 10 his name we thought, was Edward Kirschner but I have recently discovered his real name was Abe. His naturalization papers say he was Hebrew as were his parents Lemmel and Etel and his sisters Zipra, Fenny and brothers Jossel, and Mershel. They came to New York on the Konigin Luise from Bucachovice, Austria. They stayed with an Uncle in New York named Schmil Schwartz.
The main reason I tapped into your message is because someone once told me that the town of Bucachovice sounds like a town(Bucovice)in an area which is around Czechoslovakia. I know thats not Poland but so much has changed with borders and they are so close.... This is a long shot as we don't know if they understood his yiddish accent or got the spelling right on the name of the town on the entry papers.
I just thought I would give this a try. My grandpa never spoke much of Austria. He had one memory of hundreds of lights coming down the side of a mountain like a river. His mother told him it was the "Catholics" I am guessing it was a candlelight procession of some kind. My grandpa never spoke of being Jewish.We think his family disowned him when he married my grandma who was Catholic. My grandpa eventually converted to Catholic but not until 1960.(He crossed out Hebrew and wrote in Austrian on his Naturalization papers).
I do not know much else about him or his parents but I have only just begun my search. If I find anything out that may be more relevant than the ramblings which I have just told you, I will be happy to share them with you. You live in a wonderful country. I have never been there but have read much about the suffering and courage of the Polish people as I helped my son research a project on Pope John Paul II. What a man! What a country!Thank you for taking the time to read this