Re: Baby birth/death records from 1910’s and 20’s New York — Doctor scandal — #general

Renee Steinig


From a family tree that's on, I'm assuming that your grandparents were Julius Eisenberg and Lena Greenberg. According to a NYC death record extracted on Family Search, a baby boy was born to them on April 25, 1927, and died on April 26, 1927, in Manhattan. The death record says that he was buried on April 29, 1927, at "M.R. Ocean View Cemetery" -- a reference to Mount Richmond, one of the Staten Island cemeteries run by the Hebrew Free Burial Association.  

Mount Richmond burial records on Ancestry ( show a Male Child Eisenberg buried not on April 29, but two days later. I suggest that you contact the Hebrew Free Burial Association ( to ask if they have additional information about the baby. Their records may even show who requested the burial.

As for the doctor... The Mount Richmond record includes a mention of "Dr. Leff H." -- probably a reference to Dr. Leff's maternity hospital. Dr. Leff may be the doctor you heard about. In August 1948, the New York Daily News reported the arrest of Dr. Morris Leff on charges of trafficking in black-market babies. The article also said that these babies were "systematically taken from unwed mothers," so your grandparents, married in 1925, may not have been victims.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY


Stuart Ungar <stuartungar@...> wrote:

Is there a way to get birth records from New York from about the 1920s? My grandparents (Eisenberg) had two children prior to having my mom and my uncle. Both supposedly died shortly after birth. I heard from family members that the delivering doctor was later found out to be selling babies. If that is true, I could have some cousins out there that I don’t know but would love to find. If there were birth records for these “deceased” babies would it even have the delivering doctor’s name? Unfortunately it is a real puzzle w/o many clues right now.

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