< email@example.com > wrote:
What is there for them to make a cutoff point? There is none then. Further
Living people have a right to their own privacy.
A colleague of ours >from Sweden in another posting said that the Jewish
community in Sweden declined to use a method of collecting payments >from
their members which would be more financially advantageous to the community
as this would lead to the community having to open their records up to
With the power of the Internet and emails we are in a whole new world of
access to information and exchange of information.
I have recorded elsewhere how I have recently been put in touch with a
cousin of my mother through JGFF.
In most Western countries there are laws concerning working with children,
the elderly and also vulnerable people. If I want to work in a hospital in
the UK, I have to fill out a long form and a check is done against me.
If a father wants to go away for a weekend with a Scout troop then they have
to go through a similar procedure. Likewise if I want to go and do voluntary
work in a Jewish old people's home.
These are rules that affect the Jewish community as much as everyone else.
What I am saying is that whilst the information is of historical interest
then I have no problems.
I recognise the problem that Yisroel speaks about, but it is regrettable the
modern society that we live in, and that protection like this is needed.
But we Jews and genealogists are part of the society we live in, and these
protections have been set up for a reason.
And I repeat that my close family would be very concerned that the personal
details of their young ones has been obtained by someone whose relationship
to them is very distant.
Protection of young people and the vulnerable is far more important than the
purpose of any genealogical exercise.
COHNREICH (Anklam, Germany Krajenka, Poland) ATLAS (Wielkie Oczy (near
WECHSLER(Schwabach, Germany) KOHN (Wallerstein and Kleinerdlingen,Germany)
LANDAU/FREDKIN(Gomel, Mogilev, Belarus)