(L to R) Sam Spike and his cousin, Ben Zake. The Spike family took in Ben’s father, Yone Zake, when he immigrated to Cleveland from Tetiev, Russia in 1910. The Spikes lived at 2740 Orange Ave., near where the downtown Cleveland Post Office is now located.
When Jacob Zaiko climbed aboard the RMS Empress of France ocean liner May 30, 1922 in Hamburg he was fleeing the hardship and terror experienced by many of the Jews of Tetiev, Russia.
Two years earlier in April, many of the 1400 Jewish families in the village, located about 100 kilometers southwest of Kiev, were slaughtered by...