Phyllis Kramer (5 June 2016) wrote:
Subject: re: town name Vnikov
John Berkeley posted: A 1946 application for a Czech
As we all are familiar with, the map of eastern europe changed
so i looked on the gazetteer and community pages and found:
Vitkovice, now in the Czech Republic at 4949/1816...---
I'm afraid that Vitkovice is not the most likely candidate for the
It appears that there is the tendency to identify only recognized Jewish
community, whatever identification definition is accepted, as the answer for
all lost or misplaced town.
If this would be correct, than JGFF administrators would not be busy by
reviewing queries >from the researchers.
There many towns that are not recognized as proper Jewish communities
through JewishGen databases, but could be located within the comfortable
distance of the nearest place of worshipping.
For example, town Vojnikov at 4921 1411, located few miles distance >from the
Jewish town Pisek, sounds more compatible to Vnikov than suggested
We should also recognized facts that some Jewish researchers ancestors have
converted, and places they searching now may not be close to the established
BTW, Chechia/Bohemia borders have not dramatically affected with the
notable modern divorcing of Slovakia.
Another puzzle is the statement that all towns ending with "kov" are
associated with the steel industry when "ov and "ova" ends identify male and