JewishGen's Weekly News Nosh January 22, 2023 #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

The Weekly News Nosh

 JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter

Phil Goldfarb Tulsa, Oklahoma USA, Editor

Date: January 22, 2023


“A Family Without The Understanding Of Their Past History, Foundation And Ethnicity Is Like A Tree Without Roots”


Please note: There will not be a News Nosh next week as I will be attending the Bar Mitzvah of a great nephew in New York City


Enjoy this week’s Nosh!




1.      Next Free JewishGen Webinar: The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II. Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023. Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time Registration: Free with a suggested donation. To register, go to:  Museum of Jewish Heritage -A Living Memorial to the Holocaust ( Speaker: Dr. Robert Watson who tells the riveting story of a German luxury liner ship, the Cap Arcona, meant to rival the English Titanic, which, after starring in a failed German propaganda movie, was repurposed as a seaborne concentration camp. When the British Royal Air Force mistakenly bombed the Cap Arcona, most of its prisoners were killed in this last major tragedy of the Holocaust and one of history’s worst maritime disasters. Editor’s Note: I have seen Dr. Watson present this program live at a IAJGS meeting and it is well worth your time to attend!


2.      JewishGen Class Announcement – Sharing Your Stories. Are you overwhelmed at the thought of writing up your research? Let’s start small and write about a topic of limited scope. This four-week course, running from January 29 to February 26, will offer tips on adding interest to your chosen topic, using context and description, and will cover the mechanics of writing and genealogical best practices to create an effective and interesting report. This class is intended for intermediate to advanced researchers who have been doing family research for several years, and want to share their work with others, particularly family members. For more information, contact Marion Werle at mwerle@...Tuition is $150.  For class description and to register, go to:


3.      MyHeritage adds 65 million new records in November and December 2022. The collections are from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Spain, the U.K., Ukraine, and the U.S. Many of the collections also include images. The collections consist of birth, marriage, divorce, death, obituaries, burial, wills, census, naturalization, city directories, military, voter, employee, newspapers, and more. Read the details from their blog: MyHeritage Publishes 65 Million Records in November and December 2022 - MyHeritage Blog


4.      LitvakSIG: Power Up Your Research. The purpose of this new series is to help researchers better understand the tools that LitvakSIG has to offer in order to build and enhance one's research skills. The first webinar in this series, Getting to Know LitvakSIG, will provide an introduction to the LitvakSIG organization and address common questions regarding relationship with JewishGen, passwords, structure of research groups, and other general information. Date: January 29, 2023, at 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Speaker: Rhoda Miller, CG Registration Link:


5.      United Kingdom: Honoring the Ancient Dead completes database of ancient human remains. Resource holds records of human tissue held in more than 300 local museums. Each entry records how many ancestral remains the museum has in its collection, whether any are on display and what policies the museum may have for their care. Read more: Honouring the Ancient Dead completes database of ancient human remains - Museums Association


6.      Findmypast (United Kingdom) Adds More Newspapers Online. A staggering 706,009 pages have been added to the newspaper archive this week, with 11 new titles and many more updated. Read the list from Dick Eastman’s EOGN:


7.      The Lost Jewish Cemeteries of Lviv. While many old Jewish cemeteries still remain around Galicia, the same cannot be said of the Jewish burial grounds in Lviv (Lemberg / Lwów). The first mention of the old Jewish cemetery dates back to May 27, 1414, when the Jews paid a tax on this land. Only found fragments of their ancient tombstones (matzevah) which were used by the Nazis and Soviets as pavement and building material, remind us of the two city and three suburban village cemeteries that once existed in and near Lviv. Just as the synagogues and other Jewish traces, the cemeteries were destroyed during World War II. Read the story: Forgotten Galicia - The Lost Jewish Cemeteries of Lviv


8.      Jewish Museum receives prestigious education honor. London institution awarded for program of workshops, virtual broadcasts and classroom sessions that reach over 20,000 pupils every year. The Camden site scooped the Sandford Award for Excellence in Museum Learning given by the Heritage Education Trust. Read more from Jewish News UK: Jewish Museum receives prestigious education honour | Jewish News


9.      Online Jewish women’s community welcomes 1,000th member. Cross-communal prayer initiative launched during pandemic in the UK three years ago has "helped many stay connected to Judaism, combat loneliness and be part of a lovely group." Read the story from Jewish News UK: Online Jewish women's community welcomes 1,000th member | Jewish News


10.  Christie’s Launches Year-Long Global Program of Events Spotlighting the History and Vital Work of Nazi Restitution. Inaugural Exhibition Opens to the Public on January 27 in Paris. The year 2023 marks the 25th anniversary of the Washington Principles – an international agreement that opened a new era of transparency with respect to art lost or stolen during the Nazi period between 1933 and 1945. Read more from Christie’s: Press Center Christies


11.  21 never-published photos of Warsaw Ghetto Revolt’s aftermath found in Poland attic. Uncovered in dusty boxes, pictures were taken clandestinely by a Polish firefighter in 1943 as he protected Aryan Warsaw from flames engulfing the ghetto. Previously unpublished photographs of the Nazis brutally suppressing the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Revolt were released this week by POLIN: Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Captured in secret by a Polish firefighter while German forces set the Jewish ghetto ablaze, the images were recently discovered by the photographer’s son in a family member’s attic. Read the story from The Times of Israel: 21 never-published photos of Warsaw Ghetto Revolt's aftermath found in Poland attic | The Times of Israel


12.  9,000-year-old Jericho skull gets virtual facelift using plastic surgery techniques. Brazilian team of researchers reforms facial features and adds hair to create new 3D-image from remains found near West Bank city 70 years ago. The man’s skull, partly covered by plaster and with shells for eyes, was one of seven discovered by archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon. All are believed to have served as part of a Neolithic ritual relating to ancestor worship. Read the story and see the pictures from The Times of Israel: 9,000-year-old Jericho skull gets virtual facelift using plastic surgery techniques | The Times of Israel


13.  Holocaust objects to be displayed at German parliament. An exhibition of Holocaust-era items titled “Sixteen Objects” on loan from the collections of Yad Vashem whose stories are intertwined with Jews from Germany will open in the Bundestag next week, ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Read the story from JNS: Holocaust objects to be displayed at German parliament -


14.  This Behind-the-Scenes Look at Disney’s New Anne Frank TV Show Is Incredible. A new National Geographic limited series, “A Small Light,” is coming out this year, and it will explore the story of Anne Frank through the eyes of Miep Gies, Otto Frank’s secretary. She was the one who kept Anne Frank’s diary safe after the families were captured by the Nazis. Read more from Kveller: This Behind-the-Scenes Look at Disney's New Anne Frank TV Show Is Incredible – Kveller


15.  First evidence of unknown ancient ‘Israeli Silk Road’ used by merchants along the international trading routes uncovered in Arava trash dump. Results from sifting 1,600-year-old garbage during a first excavation season at Nahal Omer suggest luxury goods from East were in high demand in the 8th century CE, researchers say.  Read the story from The Times of Israel: First evidence of unknown ancient 'Israeli Silk Road' uncovered in Arava trash dump | The Times of Israel


16.  Heirs of German-Jewish banker sue for restitution of one of van Gogh’s most famous paintings. Heirs of a German-Jewish banker are suing a Japanese insurance company for the return of one of Vincent van Gogh’s famed “Sunflowers” paintings or at least $750 million in punitive damages. Read the full story from JTA: Heirs of German-Jewish banker sue for restitution of one of van Gogh’s most famous paintings - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (


17.  Two 3,800-year-old Cuneiform Tablets Found in Iraq Give First Glimpse of Hebrew Precursor. The ancient tablets, uncovered 30 years ago during the Gulf War and forgotten until now, offer a first glimpse of the Amorite language that Hebrew developed from. Read more from Haaretz: Two 3,800-year-old Cuneiform Tablets Found in Iraq Give First Glimpse of Hebrew Precursor - Archaeology -


18.  Prized yizkor book collection housed at HMH’s Boniuk Library.  Each January, Holocaust Museum Houston gears up for Holocaust Remembrance Week, observed this year Jan. 23-27. This special week is a time to reflect on and honor the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims of the Holocaust. The museum’s Boniuk Library, home to 205 yizkor books and 80 communities represented in the Destroyed Communities database, is a key resource to preserve Jewish heritage. Read more at:


19.  Last Living Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz at age 102 receives Congressional Gold Medal. In a time of rising antisemitism and Holocaust denial, the last surviving prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials received the prestigious honor on Thursday with the message that antisemitism and hatred is wrong, and that the Holocaust was real. Read the story from JNS: Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz receives Congressional Gold Medal -


20.  New line of refrigerators to include built-in tech for Shabbat compliance. GE Appliances, in partnership with OU Kosher, will roll out dozens of models with updated Shabbat mode technology. A year after introducing a line of ovens that allowed for automated use during Shabbat, General Electrical Appliances is preparing to roll out refrigerators and freezers with the same built-in technology. Read the story from JNS: New line of refrigerators to include built-in tech for Shabbat compliance -


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