JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Belarus Website updated - new issue of the newsletter #general
This is just to inform you that
THE Belarus SIG website has been updated with a lot of new information!
If you have interests in the Belarus, be sure to check it out - and if you
are not already a member of the Belarus SIG, be sure to sign up.
The Belarus SIG online newsletter - Issue 2 - February 1999
is now uploaded and ready for your perusal.
You can access it either by clicking on the Newsletter icon on the Belarus
or go directly to it at the address:
If you choose the first option you will be taken to the "Newsletter Front
Page" which in the future will list first the newest issue, and below the
At the bottom of the "Newsletter Front Page" there is a NetMind box in
which you can type in your e-mail address and then submit to update service
which is free of charge.
If you do that, you will automatically be notified whenever a new issue is
published or if any changes are made.
We are working to give you the option of downloading the Newsletter as a
file for distribution to those with interest in the Belarus, but without
access to the Internet. When we have found the best way to do that, we will
let you know. For the time being you can chose "File|Print".
In this issue you will find:
First of all we would like to call your attention to two different
suggestions as to how your personal genealogical interest in Belarus might
be translated into benefits for the Jewish Community of Belarus - which
really needs our help.
By a strange coincidence we have received two separate articles on journeys
to Kozanhorodok. The one journey also encompassed a visit to Luninets - and
therefore we have put a link to an article >from The Columbus Dispatch
(January 23, 1997) which is an interview with a WWII survivor from
Luninets: "A survivor's story".
You can also find an account of Jewish life in a shtetl in Europe given by
Cheyna Rogovin Chertow (born 1912), who shares her memories of Belakoritz
and Wolozyn 1912-1931 with us.
We also bring an article on "Settlers in Yekaterinoslav Guberniya",
although you might thing that it is a little out of place on the Belarus
SIG. However, we found that is was very appropriate, as it tells how Jews
were encouraged to leave the crowded and economically poor centers in the
north (e.g Belarus) and establish new settlements in Novorussia. Thus, you
might be inspired to look for an missing ancestor in a place where you
might never have imagined!
Our SIG Coordinator, David M. Fox, relates the newest plans and
undertakings in his letter, and keeps us updated on new records uncovered
in the Minsk Archive.
Many have responded with enthusiasm to the request (in the first issue of
the Newsletter) for help to identify unknown persons depicted in old
photos. We have therefore decided to make it a special feature of the
Belarus SIG Newsletter and the Belarus website. So read more about that -
and if you have such enigmatic photos, send them to us for publication, and
give as much information as you possibly can about the photos.
We would like to have some feed-back on the Newsletter:
First, we would like to have your comments, questions, reports of errors etc.
Second, we would appreciate your evaluation of the Newsletter. An Online
Newsletter is something new and special. It gives ample possibilities for
"publishing" a lot of beautiful and interesting photos etc, which in a
normal printed edition would be much too expensive. However, you might find
that some of the articles are too slow to access, because of the many
photos. You can, of course, in your browser choose the option NOT to
display images! But then there is not much point in publishing them in the
first place. So the problem is to strike the golden mean!
Third, we would appreciate any suggestions for the future issues - contents
If you will help us with any - or all - please send an e-mail to:
Elsebeth Paikin, Assistant Editor
Belarus SIG Online Newsletter
Elsebeth Paikin, Copenhagen, Denmark,