With more than a little effort, our grandparents and parents have documented significant parts of our family history as a legacy to future generations. I have posted some parts of these stories on this website as they may well be of broader interest. This history page is organized by our grandparents: the Munks, Ragens, Levins and, as I gather material, ultimately the Oppenheim branch as well.
Here is our family tree back to the times of our
children's great-great-grandparents. To jump to the history of that
family branch, move your mouse over that part of the family tree and
click on the name. (Sorry - not all names have stories associated
with them yet...)
My grandparents, Frank and Nadja Munk, both lived long lives and had a wealth of experiences. My grandfather's memoirs touch upon many of these experiences and are now included in their entirety.
My grandmother, Nadja, was born into the Prasil family. Here are some interesting remembrances on the Prasil family that date to the some of her earliest remembrances at the turn of the century.
Frank published several books on the intersection of economics and political science with a focus on Eastern European issues. I have published a few excerpts from these books through the links below. In his 90s, he wrote his autobiography and, later, added four chapters as a postscript as noted above. He also continued to watch the world scene and wrote these additional notes to his autobiography and other articles. Speakers' notes from his memorial service in 1999 add additional notes on his worldview.
Ragen (aka Ragenovich or Radenovic, from Montenegro)
My parents researched the origins of my father's family, tracing the Ragenovich (or is it Radenovic?) roots to his entry into the US in the 1890s. Before all the recent troubles in the former Yugoslav republics, my parents traveled to the cities in Montenegro listed on some of the old immigration documents to look for parts of our family tree. Afterwards, my father published their learnings from this trip.
After the adventures in Montenegro, we have traced the other half of my father's family further back into in US history to the Geer family of Ledyard, Connecticut. Our particular branch of the Geer family traveled along the Oregon Trail in 1847.
In a related effort, after I had worked on converting several chapters of T. T. Geers book, Fifty Years in Oregon, that were related to our family history, I started digitizing the rest of the book for the web as the copyright had expired some number of years ago. I now have about 60% of the book available online.
Admittedly, this section is short of material. I am searching for more stories and will publish them when I receive them.