Oskar's maternal uncle Asher Kanat was a teacher in Beresznitza which was close to Dąbrowica where the family lived. It was a shtetl, a small town where a large part of the population were Jewish. Oskar's mother had many siblings: four sisters and three brothers. Two of the siblings emigrated to the USA at the start of the 1900s. Oskar recalls: "One of the uncles, Beitzalel, took this photo with him when he moved. It was given to me many years later by my cousin Evelyn."