The JewishGen Weekly News Nosh, August 7,2022 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

The Weekly News Nosh

JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter

Phil Goldfarb, Editor

Date: August 7, 2022 

“A Family Without The Knowledge Of Their Past History, Origin And Culture Is Like A Tree Without Roots”


A great question last week was: “Will the Weekly News Nosh be archived?” The answer is YES! Since it is posted each week on the JewishGen Discussion Group (JGDG), all messages are archived. In fact, there are currently over 670,500 searchable archived messages going back to 1998. This is a tremendous advantage that one has being a member (free) of the JGDG. If you have not searched the Archives for some personal genealogy information (names, places), you might try doing so. Go to "messages" on your home JGDG page, then "search." For problems, please contact support@.... A reminder that joining the JGDG is separate from being a member of 

There will not be a News Nosh next week, August 14th  as I will be on vacation.

Enjoy this week’s Nosh!



1.     1.    A Virtual Event Next Week From The Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Titled:  Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma. Join Rabbi Dr. Tirzah  Firestone for a talk exploring the journey of culling family and tribal legacies for their positive, life-giving gifts and facing the detrimental patterns we have inherited, in order to dissolve and repair them. Date: Thursday August 11, 2022 Time: 2:00 PM (Eastern Time) – 3:00 PM (check your local time zone). To read more about the program and to register for this free event (with a suggested donation), go to: Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma (

2.       Yizkor Book Friday! Each Friday, a selection from JewishGen's online library of translated Yizkor books is posted on its Facebook page. There is an archive of these excerpts, which each have an introduction, that can be found hereYizkor Book Spotlight Archive ( Readers can do simple searches, such as for the name of the town, using the "find" function (Ctrl-F).

3.       Searching for Forgotten Photographs of Nazi deportations…The #LastSeenProject. In its first phase, the #LastSeen Project will cover Germany before branching out to also incorporate other territories once occupied by Nazi Germany. A few months into the project, after contacting more than 1,500 German archives, they have already identified pictures from more than 60 locations in Germany — a total of 525 images. While the Nazis did not officially use photography to document the deportations, most of the surviving photographs were taken by individual perpetrators, such as members of the Nazi Party’s SS or Gestapo. Some were also taken by local officials. Police commanders or mayors ordered the pictures taken as a point of pride to document how well the local authorities had succeeded in clearing their town of Jews. This project wants to identify the people in these photographs to not only commemorate the victims, but also to create knowledge about the perpetrators. To read more see: Thank you to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for sharing this story.

4.       MyHeritage announces Photo Tagger: tag multiple photos instantly. Photo Tagger is a free new feature on the MyHeritage mobile app that lets you easily tag multiple photos of the same individual in one go. Previously, tagging photos meant reviewing and tagging them one by one, which was time consuming. Photo Tagger scans the photos that you’ve uploaded to MyHeritage, and groups together the faces believed to belong to the same individual, so you can review and tag them in one tap. Photo Tagger does an excellent job of identifying faces as they change over time, such as from childhood to adulthood, and even spots changes in individual appearance, such as facial hair. You can read more about this feature and how it works on their blog: Introducing Photo Tagger: Tag Multiple Photos Instantly - MyHeritage Blog

5.       JHI in Warsaw puts 3,000 personnel cards of Jewish POWs online. These were Jews who served in the Polish military and captured in the Sept. 1939 campaign. Some of the cards have photos of the fighter. To check out these personnel cards, go to: Lipowa 7 - Central Judaic Library (

6.       FindMyPast adds 200,000 new records. Discover family history across both hemispheres with records from Ireland to Australia. Check out their blog:

7.       Introducing FamilyTreeDNA Discover™ From FamilyTreeDNA, Discover is currently in its Beta phase and states that you can get access to the following Y-DNA reports: Haplogroup story, Country frequency, Notable connections, Migration map and Ancient connections. For more information go to: Introducing FamilyTreeDNA Discover Reports for Y-DNA! (

8.       New and Updated Databases on IGRA’s Website. The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released new and updated databases on its website. There are now close to 2.5 million records available in their databases. With each release they provide a variety of records to their collection. A preview of the databases is available at

9.       Jewish Philanthropists Among Prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Recipients. Long time Jewish Genealogical Society of Tulsa member and supporter Lynn Schusterman and her daughter Stacy are among recipients of this year’s Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. When I spoke to Lynn congratulating her on this honor, she was more excited about meeting Dolly Parton than receiving the award! Read the story from The Times of Israel: Lynn and Stacy Schusterman, Dolly Parton among Carnegie philanthropy medal winners | The Times of Israel

10.   Anne Frank’s last six months depicted in new videos. ‘Anne Frank – After the Arrest,’ was just released in English-language by The Anne Frank House museum, shows young Holocaust diarist’s deportation and death, filling in what she could not write. An actress playing the young Jewish diarist describes the last six months of her life, from her arrest to her death in a Nazi concentration camp. It was released this past Thursday, 78 years to the day since Anne, her parents, her sister and four other Jews who hid with them in a secret annex of an Amsterdam house were arrested. Read the full story and see the trailer in The Times of Israel: Anne Frank's last six months depicted in new videos | The Times of Israel

11.   Soldiers restore 1,500-year-old site of ancient convent accidentally damaged by IDF. Archaeological complex including church and colorful mosaic may have been built to memorialize biblical Hannah, mother of prophet Samuel, near the central town of Shoham, says Israel Antiquities Authority. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Soldiers restore 1,500-year-old site of ancient convent accidentally damaged by IDF | The Times of Israel

12.   Research on Roman ballistics confirms Second Temple battle account. Computer calculations of 70 CE Roman arsenal uncovered in excavations in Jerusalem demonstrate veracity of Jewish historian Josephus Flavius’s report of intense fighting near Third Wall. Born Joseph Ben Matthias to a priestly family circa 38 CE, Josephus was a leading Jewish military leader during the Jewish revolt until he was captured by the Romans in 67 CE. Taken in chains to Rome, Josephus eventually won his freedom through a “prophecy” that Vespasian would become emperor. Read the story from the Times of Israel: Proving Josephus: Research on Roman ballistics confirms Second Temple battle account | The Times of Israel

13.   Romania to pay pensions of citizens who moved to Israel after surviving Holocaust. Deal between Jerusalem and Bucharest, which was caught up in red tape for past six years, expected to provide some 7,000 survivors with hundreds of additional shekels a month. Israeli Holocaust survivors who held Romanian citizenship during World War II will be eligible for Romanian pensions. Read the story from the Times of Israel: Romania to pay pensions of citizens who moved to Israel after surviving Holocaust | The Times of Israel

14.   The History of Ethiopian Jewry. A Jewish community in Ethiopia, the Beta Israel (House of Israel) has existed for at least 15 centuries. Most likely, the Beta Israel arrived in Ethiopia between the first and sixth centuries, coming as merchants or artisans from various countries in the region. Read more from My Jewish Learning: The History of Ethiopian Jewry | My Jewish Learning

15.   What sort of Yiddish did Jews in Hungary speak? Hungarian Yiddish may be today's most common Yiddish dialect but many Hungarian Jews in the old country didn’t even speak Yiddish. When you hear Yiddish on the streets of Brooklyn these days, the likelihood is it’s Hungarian Yiddish. Even Galician, Polish, and Lithuanian Hasidim use the Hungarian dialect today. One reason could be that the Hungarian-descended Satmar Hasidim have been more successful at maintaining Yiddish as its daily vernacular. Read the story from The Forward: What sort of Yiddish did Jews in Hungary speak? – The Forward

16For all of the baseball fans. Listen to legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully’s classic call of Jewish pitcher Sandy Koufax’s perfect game: Read the story and listen to Scully’s broadcast of the 9th inning on September 9, 1965, from JTA: Jewish Trivia: He was born Sanford Braun on December 30, 1935


           Just a Few More Weeks Left!  
You can still register for the 42nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy which is being held virtually from August 21-25. Go to:


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