JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Need help looking for a book that is also the name of a town in #general
"Adam Stein wrote:
What you are looking for is town Sarny in Volin (Wolyn, Wolynia) province
During the interwar period town was located in Poland in Polesie Province.
The book that you are searching for, is most probably Sefer Yzkor (Memorial
Book) Sarny, titled in Hebrew: Sefer yizkor le-kehiat Sarny (Memorial Book
of the Sarny community) published in Tel Aviv in 1961 by the Former
Residents of Sarny and Vicinity in Israel, editor Y.Kariv, 540 pages, in
Hebrew and Yiddish.
There is no known translation of this Book to English.
Yzkor Books are difficult to obtain, and on this page of the JewishGen'
Yzkor Books you will find libraries (mostly in US) where copies of this
Book are located.
Sarny had prior to WWII close to 3,000 Jewish souls out of 6,000 general
population. Personally I do not know too much about Sarny, but I have been
involved several times into research of the Wolyn region and I'd like to
share my thoughts about the transformation of the Jewish surnames of this
region, which directly relates to your family name, Stein.
Prior to WWI, Wolyn has been part of the Russian Empire. The border town
Brody in Galicia between the Russian and Austrian Empires was the famous
spot through which thousands of our ancestors >from Russia have crossed the
line on their way to the sea ports of the Western Europe.
All the vital documentation (birth, marriage and death certification) in
Wolynia has been issued exclusively in Russian. When Wolynia became part of
the independent Poland following Soviet-Polish war of 1920, all surnames
have been transliterated >from the Russian (Cyrillic) alphabet into Polish
But strangely enough, all the Germanic sounding surnames of the Wolynian
Jews have been transliterated into Polish characters, thus: Steinberg,
Stern, Stein or Shein became known as Sztajnberg, Sztern, Sztajn (Sztejn)
If you open Sarny page of 1929 Poland Business Directory you will locate
several of those Polish character transformations. There are also several
Sztajns are listed - perhaps some of them are your relations:
Good luck with your search
and Hannukah Sameach
Calgary, Ab, Canada