Howard V. Epstein wrote:
I recently found my maternal Zayde's name listed in a manifest of the
ship Albano which arrived in Ellis Island on June 1, 1906 >from Hamburg.
My Zayde and his family came at various times to the United States from
Dankere (Gostini) Latvia. He settled in Marietta, OH as did so many of
the Jews who came >from Dankere. He departed for the United States from
His possible birthplace is listed as Krenzburg. I would appreciate
if anyone can tell where Krenzburg was located.
I have no doubt that the place of origin was Kreuzburg now called Krustpils
in Latvia. This city developed >from an very old fortification at the river
Duena (ue is an equivalent of the German sound u with two dots on it called
"u Umlaut") now Daugava river. Opposite to Kreuzburg / Krustpils on the
other bank of the river the town Jakobstadt now Jekabpils is situated.
Kreuzburg was in Livonia / Livland and Jakobstadt /Jekabpils in Courland a
situation quite different for the Jews. At the time when Jews already were
able to get permits to live in Courland, Jews were still not permitted to
settle in Livland.
The little town Dankere now Gostini situated on the same bank and rather
close to Kreuzburg belonged at that time to the Vitebsk gubernia and was
accessible for Jews at that time. Jews and their families lived in Dankere
but during working days spent their time in Livland to return home at night.
Hence Dankere at that time housed an appreciable number of Jews.
In a forest about 3-5 km >from Dankere developed an old and rather big Jewish
cemetery. It was the closest place to Dankere Jews were permitted to bury
their relatives. Since the holocaust there are no Jews in Dankere. Last
summer under the guidance of a German priest Klaus-Peter Rex >from Wuelfrath,
Germany a group of school children >from Germany, Netherlands and Austria
worked hard to clean and restore as far as possible the neglected and
damaged cemetery. His group together with Latvian pupils >from a nearby town
Plavinas did a formidable work I was able to admire being invited to the
impressive opening ceremony at the end of their work.
Evelyn Waldstein (former Latvia, now Israel).