Mark “Maniek” Solow

The story I was told about Maniek is that at the beginning of World War II, when he was in Russia (perhaps Minsk *) he got a job in a factory. And he was competent (and, knowing him, probably well-liked), so he kept getting promoted. However, promotion was a dangerous thing, because Stalin was afraid of anyone with leadership potential, and there was a tendency for managers to get sent to Siberia. (Perhaps especially Polish-Jewish managers?) So Maniek volunteered for the Russian Army, thinking they would not take him away from combat duty to work in a factory. However, that proved to be a false assumption. The factory yanked him back, and once again he was in a perilous position. So he volunteered for the Russian Army again, but this time as a motorcycle mine-sweeper! He felt that was safer than being in management! And perhaps he was correct, since he did survive the war, coming to Canada in 1948. (Maniek’s daughter, Guela, wrote in an email, “I actually have pics of him with the Russian army in Berlin post-war”.)

She also says:

“My dad was born in 1905 and is Adek and Stefan’s generation. He didn’t marry and have children until after WWII when he met my mom in NYC through his sister Madzia Solowiejczyk. (Both my mom and his sister were physicians interning at Bellevue Hospital.) So my brother Henry and I were born when my father was about 50.”

I also vaguely remember being at Henry Hurwicz‘s house in Palos Verdes Estates (near Los Angeles), where there was a swimming pool in the back yard, and Maniek jumping out of a second story window into the pool. “He was a bit of a wild man.”

* Adek Kotzin said in November, 1939 that he had received a postcard from Maniek in Minsk. (http://leonidhurwicz.org/letter-from-adek-kotzin/)

Mark Maniek Solow
b: 3-16-1905
d: 9-14-1983
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  • 3-16-1905 - Birth -
  • 9-14-1983 - Death -
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Mark Maniek Solow
3-16-1905 - 9-14-1983
  
 
  
 
   
  
  
 
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Henryk Solowiejczyk
Birth
Death
Marriageto Gitla Friedland
Father?
Mother?
PARENT (F) Gitla Friedland
Birth
Death1942 Warsaw, Poland
Marriageto Henryk Solowiejczyk
FatherCheskel Frydland
MotherMiriam Batszeva Kocyn
CHILDREN
MMark Maniek Solow
Birth3-16-1905
Death9-14-1983
Marriageto Hala Rutkowski
FLucia Solowiejczyk
Birth
Death1942Warsaw, Poland
Marriageto Dawid Lewin
FMadzia Solowiejczyk
Birth
Death
Marriageto Sol Quasha
FBernice Halpern
Birth
Death
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Mark Maniek Solow
Birth3-16-1905
Death9-14-1983
Marriageto Hala Rutkowski
FatherHenryk Solowiejczyk
MotherGitla Friedland
PARENT (F) Hala Rutkowski
Birth
Death
Marriageto Mark Maniek Solow
FatherHenryk Rutkowski
MotherManja
CHILDREN
FGuela Solow
Birth28 AUG 1958Toronto, Canada
Death
Marriageto Harry Ruda
MHenry Solow
Birth
Death
Marriageto Cathryn Tobin
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