Welcome to The Wernick Family Website
This is the website for the Wernick family and is maintained by Sarah Minney.
There is a connection to the family tree and a forum with a messaging service to chat to other family members or add content to the site via Sarah. We hope you enjoy the site.
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The Wernick Family
Our part of the story starts in Poland in the early 1900s, where two brothers, Joseph and Samuel Wernick, met and married two sisters, Sheinche and Bena Cohn.
Life at that time was getting increasingly difficult for Jews in Poland. It had never been easy and there were rumblings of war. So both couples made the decision to leave Poland and make a new life in England. Sam had previously travelled to London in 1903 to visit his older brother Woolf, who owned a baker’s shop in the East End. The families arrived In London in the spring of 1914, having travelled overland to Hamburg and then by ship. Sadly, there is no record of their journey. Whilst they missed their families back home in Poland, England had its compensations. No pogroms for a start and a large Jewish community to join. In fact, it was almost unnecessary for them to learn English as everyone around them spoke Yiddish. However, Bena was well educated and already spoke French and Polish, so what was one more language! For Sam, it was a necessity as he was ambitious and needed to communicate well. Sam started his working life in England at his brother Woolf’’s bakery, but he realised quite soon that he needed to move on. Despite the demands of a growing family, by 1920 he had set up a kosher poultry business in Notting Hill Gate in West London. The children they took with them on this move were: Solly (born 1913 in Poland), Yetta (born 1915), Sadie (born 1916) and Nathan i(born 1918). In August 1914, the First World War had broken out and although more than 55,000 Jews served in the armed services, Sam was barred from service as he had not yet applied for naturalisation. In 1917 the situation changed following the Russian revolution. Now the revolutionaries were seen as enemies and in 1918 the 8th and 9th Russian Labour Battalions were formed. Sam was called up and served in the 9th Battalion. According to his service record, he served from 27th September to 22nd November 1918 and never saw overseas service.