Elias Green

"Keep the faith."

Name at birth
Elias Czik
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Name of father, occupation
Gedalyahu Czik
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Fayga Czik
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Parents and children: Moshe Czik, Tuvia Greenberger, Sarah, myself, Avraham, and Yota
How many in entire extended family?
Large extended family
Who survived the Holocaust?
Moshe Czik, Tuvia Greenberger, Sarah, and me
I was an officer in the Czech army and I fought the Germans during World War II.  My brother Moshe was also in Czech army.
I met my wife after the war in Czechoslovakia.  We immigrated to Israel in 1947.  
Where did you settle?
We lived in Israel from 1947 until 1960. We had a small fruit and vegetable market.
How is it that you came to Michigan?
My wife found out that her brother Howard Jacobs was alive, living in Oak Park, Michigan. In Israel, after Shabbos (Sabbath) was over we found out; there was a radio program in which the names of survivors looking for other survivors were read. My wife heard that her brother Howard was alive. Together with my wife’s sister, Rozie, and we all immigrated to Michigan.
Occupation after the war
I had a small patent medicine store
When and where were you married?
1945 in Czechoslovakia
Lili Jakobovitz, My wife worked in a fruit and vegetable store.
Sam Green (born in Czechoslovakia in 1947), electrical contractor; Marlene born in Israel, real estate broker
Elana, Leora, Stacey, Avi, and Amanda Great-grandchildren: Mason, Jacob, Maya, Reena, Isaac, Ariella, Eli, Reese, Makenna, and Cole
What do you think helped you to survive?
My faith.
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
Keep the faith.
Biography given by Son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Sara Green
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