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New American Legacy Rumor Stirring Jews of Poland

May 14, 1930
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Polish Jewry, all too often disillusioned by marvelous stories of legacies left by wealthy relatives in America, Australia or South America, is again excited by another legacy rumor. While lawyers are still investigating the legendary Frenkel fortune which is being claimed by hundreds of applicants in all parts of the world a new legacy of an alleged American shirt king, one Sir John Goldberg, has cropped up.

Sir John is alleged to have left an estate valued at $40,000,000. The story has it that he emigrated from Brisk to America forty years ago where in the usual fabulous manner he became a millionaire. He never married and at his death is reported to have left a chain of 2,500 retail shops and his fortune to his Polish relatives.

Everybody with the name of Goldberg and also those related to the families of Lazerovitch in Brisk, the Rubensteins in Slonim, the Shapiros in Mezereitch, the Strashuns in Vilna and the Zibulskys in Warsaw consider themselves potential millionaires by virtue of their claims to kinship with Sir John.

The claimants to his fortune have formed a committee and named attorneys to communicate with their relatives in the United States in order to collect the fortune.

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