Re: Vladivostok #general

Naomi Fatouros

On July 29,2006, Victoria Reed
( wrote:

<<I have been contacted by a someone in Germany who is
researching a surname that I am also researching.
However, this gentleman's grandfather came from
Vladivostok and I could find very little about it on
the JewishGen site. I did look on our Discussion Group
archives and forwarded him some letters written by
others looking for information >from Vladivostok.>>

A google search using first the term "Vladivostok,"
and second set of terms "Vladivostok Jews" turned up
quite a few interesting websites,although none offered
specific information about the possibility of
obtaining documentation about any particular Jew or
even about the existence of any archives concerning
Siberian Jews. Among the most interesting of the
Vladivostok websites is one containing a long article
by Irena Vladimirsky on Siberian Jews.

During 2004 and 2005 I exchanged several friendly
emails with Eva-Maria Stolberg, of the Russian
Department at the University of Bonn. I had wanted to
know whether during the course of her research on
Siberia she had come across a published study which my
grandfather's cousin, Gregor Zvi Belkkovsky had made a
century or so ago of the legal status of the Jews of
Siberia. Belkovsky had been prompted to embark on that
study when he was visited by three Jews >from Chita.
Unfortunately Dr. Stolberg knew nothing of that study.

Her book in English, which I have not read, was
published as a paperback entitled "The Siberian Saga:
a History of Russia's Wild West." Dr. Stolberg told
me that in it was a chapter on the development of
Siberia by Jews who were merchants, businessment,
lawyers and Zionists. Ms. Reed and her German
correpondent may want to write to Dr. Stolberg. Her
professional email address can be found on the

One of these days I will also write to Irena
Vladimirsky to ask whether she knows of Belkovsky's
Siberian study.

Then, of course, there are several books about the
Jewish Autonomous Republic of Birobidzhan which Ms
Reed's German correspondent may want to consult.

When I myself look for information about my family
history and related information I almost always do
google searches first before looking to Jewishgen for
help. Recently I discovered through doing various
searches Google's "advanced search" facility for books
and scholarly articles, quite a lot of citations not
only to some of my relatives, but also answers to
questions I had on various topics of particular
interest to me. For instance, by typing in my
father's name in the advance search engine,I even
found the other day a detailed history and description
of a medical center in New Rochelle which was one of
the many buildings my architect father designed in and
around New York City. Although I had known of that
medical center >from a photocopy I had of an artist's
rendering, I would not have known of the building's
history had I not used Google's "advanced search"

So, as other Jewishgenners have often suggested,
inquirers should always look first for answers to
questions on the Internet as well as through

What one can find in "paper" books and articles,
and through the Internet as well Jewishgen's
discussion group archives and the archives of its SIGs
(Special Interest Groups) has so far never ceased to
astonish me.

Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)
Bloomington, Indiana
BELKOWSKY,BIELKOWSKY, BILKOWSKI, Odessa,St. Petersburg,Berdichev,
Kiev;ROTHSTEIN, Kremenchug;FRASCH,Kiev;LIBERMAN,Moscow;FELDMAN, Pinsk;
SCHUTZ, RETTIG, WAHL, Shcherets;LEVY, WEIL, Mulhouse; SAS/
RAPOPORT, Tarnopol, Podwolochisk, Radomysl?; BEHAM, Salok, Kharkov;

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