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Vilna Uyezd Research Group Newsletter - Vol. 1,
No. 2 March 10,1999
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Vilna Uyezd Research Group - a branch of the
LitvakSIG

LitvakSIG Co-coordinators
Research Group Coordinator

David Hoffman DBH12345@aol.com Eric Goldstein
ELGOLD1@aol.com
Davida Noyek Handler DNHIowa@aol.com


Vilna Uyezd Research Group
Coordinator

Joel Ratner
Joelrat@aol.com


In this issue...

I Vsia Vilna - 1915 Business Directory
II Remembering the suffering - Text of a letter on the post Holocaust
Vilna relief effort
III Contributing material to the Newsletter

I Vsia Vilna - 1915 Business Directory

A new source of information about Vilna has been obtained. We were
able to borrow a copy of "Vsia
Vil'na", published in 1915. This publication is a business directory for the
City of Vilna. Once it was
determined these books were indeed available and on their way to us, the staff
here at the Research Group
learned the Russian alphabet and is now capable of transliterating Russian
names.

Information in Vsia Vil'na - 1915

As this is a business directory, much of the data presented has to
do with advertising of individual
businesses. Among these are ads for "high quality American Singer sewing
machines" and "Fiat products".

Of greater importance to those of us tracing our families are several other
sets of data:

1. A complete listing of building owners by street and house number - City of
Vilna - 98 pages listing
approximately 10,000 property owners. The following is an example:

ulitza Rudnickaya [Rudnitzker Gass, yid.]

Family House No. Family
House No.

Zalkinds, LM & PE 2 Ratner M.A.
3
Chorniye AN & GE 4 Bunyimovich E.B.
5
Aginsky KN & ? 6 Olkenitzky LYa &
AZ 7
Katzenellenbogep BI 8 Globus Yak. Mois.
9
Shapiro Zel - Zelikov 10 Globus M
11
Shapiro Ber Isralilev 12 Stupel Vulf
Abramovich 13
Gillils MP Berk 14 Blochie B A-
Kh & SKh 15
Yakubson Rbn. Ynk. 16 Minsker R. Girsch
17
Church of All Saints?? 18 Church ??
19
Garfinkel br. 20 Kaplan Mar.
Chaim 21
Kufpe
r Gec. Shev. 23
Globu
s Yak. Mois. 25
Lifsh
itz, Max Mark 27
Dzyak
onskaya & Kunsitz 27
Dzyak
onskaya Br. & others 29
Raff
31

2. Synagogue List - A list of synagogues in the City of Vilna

3. Table of Distances and Cost of Passage between Vilna and European
Destinations - A two page table
was included to assist those desiring to travel to Europe. The distance is
given to 79 cities and the rate
structure for either First or Second class passage. We do not any further
information, although it is in the
book.

4. List of periodicals published in Vilna - This listing consists of several
journals with offices in Vilna.
Several have been identified as Jewish publications. More on this in the next
issue.

5. Large ads placed by certain Jewish businesses going under the following
names:

Aronovitch
Godlevsky
Gordon
Gottlieb
Kagan
Kamensky
Khait
Morgenstern
Rabinovitch
Tunkelya
Wasserman
Weinstein
Zalkind

This is a partial listing however, the above mentioned ads were easily
identified and the Research Group has
information on them.

6. Listing of all streets in Vilna - These names have yet to be
transliterated.
7. Listing of merchants of the 1st and 2nd Guilds - Needs transliteration
8. PARTIAL listing of residents

This includes names and addresses. A number in parentheses following the name
denotes the number of
listings for that surname. Some of the names included:
Valdman
Vallerstein
Valk [several]
Vopner [several]
Vasserman [several]
Vyman
Veinberg [several]
Veinbren [several]
Veinenbrod
Veiner [several]
Veinman
Veinshenker
Veinshtein [several]
Veisberg
Veisbord
Veisbrod
Veber
Veksler
Gordon [several]
Goron [several]
Gorfayn [several]
Gorfinkel [several]
Gottlieb [several]
Goffman [several]
Gottschalk
Grad
Griliches [6]
Greenbaum
Greenberg [5]
Greenblatt [4]
Grinzberg
Greenstein
Grodzensky [19]
Zachs [several]
Zalkind[25]
Yoffe [25]
Yochved
Kagan [53]
Kamenetzky [16]
Kantorovich [6]
Kantor [10]
Kaplan [30]
Karas [4]
Kaufman [3]
Katzev [6]
Katzenellenbogen [18]
Katz [37]
Keller
Kellner
Laznik
Lamm
Lantzman
Levy [4]
Levinson [14]
Levine [110]
Levitan [3]
Leavitt [5]
Lev [13]
Rabinovich [66]
Ratner
Rosenberg [9]
Rosenblum [6]
Rosenthal [11]
Rozin [4]
Romm [10]
Rubinstein [13]
Rubin [5]
Segal [22]
Sokolov [17]
Soloveichik [7]........to be continued in the next issue

9. Map of Vilna Gubernia [Russian]
10. Map of the City of Vilna [Russian]


II Remembering the suffering - Text of a letter on the post Holocaust Vilna
relief effort - to the members
of "Friends of Vilna Inc.", New York ca. about 1945-1947 - Eli Ratner


The following is a draft of a letter sent to the membership of Friends of
Vilna, Inc. relief
committee sometime between 1945 - 1947. This was written by my late father,
Eli Ratner, a member of the
Board of Directors of the Friends of Vilna, Inc..

IN APPRECIATION...

We take this means of expressing our appreciation to all of those who have
contributed so much to
make our Annual Concert such a success.
Our heartfelt thanks is extended to the members of the committee and to all
of our friends who
worked so hard.
We are especially grateful to those who purchased tickets and advertisements.
We urge our friends
likewise to express their appreciation of the cooperation of our advertisers.
All who have collaborated in the success of our affair will be heartened and
encouraged to
continue their good work by reading the following report of the activities of
Friends of Vilna during the past
year.

OUR ACTIVITIES FOR THE PAST YEAR

Friends of Vilna has a well rounded program of assistance to our Vilna
brethren who are in need.
Urgent requests for assistance have been received >from our townspeople
scattered all over the
world. Letters have been received >from Poland, Germany, Austria, Italy,
France, Sweden, Czecho-Slovakia,
Roumania, Switzerland, Palestine, Cyprus, Turkey and China.
Many pathetic appeals for aid are received daily. None go unanswered.
Desperation and
hopelessness are mirrored in these letters. Friends of Vilna strives to dispel
the emptiness, both physically
and spiritually.
Penicillin and other special medicaments were sent to alleviate the suffering
of our sick brethren.
Special assistance was rendered to maternity cases. In several extremely needy
cases, our organization
assisted in the procurement of artificial limbs for persons in need of same.
Financial assistance was given to needy persons to emigrate to this country
and to Central
America.
In response to urgent requests >from Vilna committees in other countries, we
have sent the
following amounts: Lodz, Poland - $1000.00; Paris, France - $500.00; and Tel-
Aviv, Palestine- $2000.00.
These contributions helped to enable these committees to assist Vilna Jews in
their respective countries.
Numerous requests to locate long lost relatives are received. We spare no
effort to assist in
tracking down every possible clue. Our advertisements seeking relatives are a
common sight in the daily
Jewish press. Friends of Vilna has been instrumental in reestablishing contact
in several hundred such cases.
Our files contain many letters expressing heartfelt gratitude for our
endeavors in this direction.
Not only have we assisted in tracing friends and relatives, but we have, as
well, given counsel to
those who have desired to help their relatives and assist them to emigrate.
Over 10,000 pounds of food, of the value of approximately $7000.00, were
despatched by us in
645 cases. In cases of tuberculosis and diabetic patients, diet packages
specially made up by our ladies
committee, were sent. Over 4000 pounds of clothing were sent to 176
recipients. In those individual cases
where cash assistance was indicated as the most effective form of relief,
money was sent to 75 cases in the
amount of $1215.
Requests for assistance have been increasing steadily. Your continued and
increased interest and
participation in our activities is imperative.
Financial contributions in any amount will be gratefully accepted. Membership
applications [dues
are only $6.00 per year], and information concerning our work may be obtained
from our headquarters, 498
West End Avenue, New York 24, N.Y., TRafalgar 7-9763.


III Contributing material to the Newsletter

Anyone with the desire to contribute an article which would be appropriate to
include in the Vilna Uyezd
Research Group Newsletter is welcome to submit it for consideration. The
closing date for the next issue is
March 30. Suggestions for regular columns are welcomed, as is participation in
the preparation of same.
E-mail Joel Ratner Joelrat@aol.com with your suggestions.

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