I came by chance on these pages this evening: what a story.. Now maybe someone can help me to define mine. I start by apologizing for my imperfect english, since my mother tongue is italian and I've been living for 17 years in Finland. Anyway, I'd like to know if there are some Schiffer from the Galicia side of Europe (nowadays Ukraina), who can help me to unravel my grandfather history. He died already at 43 years old near Turin (Italy), where he worked as a doctor, when my father (Giampiero Schiffer, died in 1991) was only 13 years old. My grandfather name was, in italian, Martino Guglielmo Schiffer, which I supposed was the translation of Martin Wilhelm Schiffer and he was born in Kolomea (polish: Kolomyja)nowadays in the south west ukrainian region of Ivano-Frankvisk which was once Poland. He was born there on the 22 of march 1904, from Jacob Schiffer and Fanny Feige. I think that previously his family was living somehow norther in Poland. They had their own pharmacy activity before and presumably also after in Kolomea (but I'm not sure of it). Anyway my grandfather studied medicine and started to travel Europe, when he finally met my grandmother in Italy and put up his family there (in Castellamonte (Turin). Is there still somebody who used to know him and what was the story of his family in Kolomea? Did his relatives died during the second world war? I only have a couple of photos from him, in one he is skiing in the Carpatian mountains. I read that Kolomea was heavily affected by the war and by the holocaust. My grandfather death was also indirectly connected with war events. He was requested by the Nazi to collaborate to act as translator during negotiations between them and the local partisan armies of that italian side of the Alps. Finally he was accused by the Nazi to be impartial during the negotiation and put into jail, where he contracted tubercolosis and died 2 years after the end of the war. (Still, he was 'lucky' that his papers had been modified in order to make him work quietly as a doctor, during fascist time, since he was jewish..).
Thanks to those who can give me some more informations. Besides these pages are especially used in the Americas, and I remember my father saying that many people from Kolomea left to Usa after the war : so if I have some relatives somewhere there in the world, it would be great to get to know it. ( the only thing I know is that a couple of cousins of my grandfather, around same age, were from California and were once in Italy when I was a child).
My name is Pierpaolo Schiffer and I have three children: Lina, Miko and Teo Schiffer.