Family Tribute

Dedicated to the Families of Lodz

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland continues to be the recipient of generous donations and bequests to support the ongoing indexing of town records throughout Poland. It is with deep gratitude for this support that JRI-Poland provides Family Tribute Pages to honor or memorialize ancestors and family members through photographs and stories.

In Memoriam

Jan Marcin Engel

Jan Marcin Engel

Janet Greenky Engel

Janet Greenky Engel

Jan Marcin Engel
1924-2008

Honoring the bequest of Jan Engel to Jewish Records Indexing - Poland During his lifetime, Jan Marcin Engel (1924-2008) devoted his time and energy to supporting and volunteering for Jewish Records Indexing-Poland as well as researching what he liked to call the "kinology" of the Engel Family. Jan developed his own software program to show complicated family relationships and found hundreds of new relatives – many of them Holocaust survivors. He published the exhaustive genealogical work "The Engel Family," as well as Prominent Jews of Lodz, Poland, during the Hundred Years Before World War II, an alphabetical index of more than 600 Jewish families in Lodz taken from three separate sources.

Jan wanted to help ensure that his commitment to Polish-Jewish research would continue even after he was gone, and left a significant bequest to Jewish Records Indexing Poland through which we are honored to commemorate Jan and his late wife, Janet Greenky Engel.

Jan Engel was born in 1924 in what was then the Free State of Danzig, which today is Gdansk, Poland. At the outbreak of World War II, he was attending school in England and unable to return home. During the war years, he was an air raid warden, diamond cutter, Polish translator, and later worked on a secret radar project for the British government. records indexing projects.

He immigrated to the United States after the war, received his M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and became a US citizen in 1951. He worked for General Electric and Pacific Semi-Conductors before joining IBM in 1958 where he spent the rest of his career in research physics. Later he was instrumental in developing the APL computer language. He authored many papers on physics, APL and Jewish genealogy, and registered several patents."

His wife, Janet Greenky, and brother, Marcel Engel predeceased him by many years.

In accordance with the wishes of his family, Jan Engel's generous bequest to Jewish Records Indexing - Poland will be used to create additional and expanded indices to various Lodz records indexing projects.