The JewishGen Weekly News Nosh February 19, 2023 #JewishGenUpdates
The Weekly News Nosh
JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter
Phil Goldfarb Tulsa, Oklahoma USA, Editor
Date: February 19, 2023
“A Family Without The Understanding Of Their Past History, Foundation And Ethnicity Is Like A Tree Without Roots”
Enjoy this week’s Nosh!
1. Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust to create the Peter and Mary Kalikow Genealogy Research Center. The new facility will allow visitors to use the Museum's respective collections and JewishGen, the Museum's wholly owned affiliate and the world's largest and most significant resource for Jewish genealogy, to give visitors the opportunity to preserve their own unique Jewish family history, heritage, and culture for future generations. The Center will help connect Jews with their own legacy, helping them gain a better appreciation of the hardship and challenges past Jewish generations overcame to allow them to create a better life for their descendants. To read more go to: Peter & Kathryn Kalikow Meet with CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage | Chelsea, NY Patch
2. JewishGen Talks: This Week's Free Webinar: American Jews in The First World War. Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time Speaker: Jordan Auslander Registration: Free with a suggested donation. To register: https://898a.blackbaudhosting.com/898a/JewishGen-Talks-American-Jews-in-The-First-World-War *NOTE* Registration is via The Museum of Jewish Heritage website. If you are not a member of the Museum (as opposed to being a JewishGen member), simply register as a "guest." About the Talk: The illustrated talk will illuminate the era as well as demonstrate techniques and resources for documenting an ancestor’s military service and exploring the genealogically rich cases against slackers (draft dodgers) and “enemy aliens."
3. New From MyHeritage: They added 41 million historical records from 22 collections in January 2023. The collections are from 12 U.S. States, the U.K, Australia, Finland, Greece, Israel, and Portugal and include birth, marriage, obituaries, death, migration, and voter registration records. Read more from their blog: MyHeritage Adds 41 Million Historical Records in January 2023 - MyHeritage Blog Also, Download and Share Your MyHeritage Ethnicity Estimate as a Video. If you’ve taken a MyHeritage DNA test or uploaded your DNA results from another service to MyHeritage, you can now download your interactive “spinning globe” ethnicity results as a video and share it on the social media platform of your choice. Read more from their blog: New: Download and Share Your MyHeritage Ethnicity Estimate as a Video - MyHeritage Blog
4. Historical Jewish American Newspapers Online. There are lots of Jewish-American newspapers that have been published over the last hundred or so years that may help you find some information and stories about your ancestors. Listed are only those that are available online. As always, there are more available via microfilm and in the original form via libraries and archives. Please note that most listed are free and some require a subscription or a login from a university library. Some are indexed, and some are not. Go to the Ancestor Hunt and check it out: Historical Jewish American Newspapers Online – The Ancestor Hunt
5. YIVO Institute of Jewish Research Embraces Access to Eastern European Jewish History Over Gatekeeping. YIVO has reached beyond the archive it physically controls. In cooperation with the Lithuanian government, it digitized 2.5 million documents and 12,200 books — representing 500 years of Jewish history in Eastern Europe — under the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections project. Read more about YIVO from the Jewish Exponent: YIVO Institute of Jewish Research Embraces Access to Eastern European Jewish History Over Gatekeeping - Jewish Exponent
6. Findmypast (U.K.) Adds Two Brand New and Exclusive Record Collections. Thanks to Dick Eastman’s EOGN who reported these additional records: https://eogn.com/page-18080/13101427
7. Jews in the South experience more antisemitism than other regions, new survey finds. Poll also found general concern about antisemitism remains high among Jews and the general public. The American Jewish Committee’s 2022 State of Antisemitism survey shows startling regional disparities in the extent to which American Jews experience antisemitism. The survey found that more than a quarter of respondents had personally been targeted by an antisemitic remark or attack over the past year. Four in 10 American Jews felt less secure in 2022 than they did in 2021, a 10-percentage point rise from when the same question was asked a year earlier. Read the story from JTA: AJC survey: 4 in 10 American Jews felt less secure last year, higher than in 2021 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
8. Yad Vashem Online Exhibit 80 Years Sinking of the Struma. “In December 1941, approximately 780 Jews gathered at Constanța port, Romania and went on board the Struma, an old cargo barge used to carry cattle, in order to make their way to Eretz Israel. These were Jews who had survived the pogroms in Bucharest and Iași, and those who had reached Bucharest after evading the deportation to Transnistria and escaping from detainment and labor camps. All but 1 perished in this disaster on the Black Sea. To read more go to: https://www.yadvashem.org/exhibitions/struma/overview.html Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for this story.
9. Oldest Nearly Complete Hebrew Bible Known as the Codex Sasson Estimated to Sell at Sotheby’s Auction for $30M-$50M. According to Sotheby’s, it predates the earliest entirely complete Hebrew Bible, the Leningrad Codex, by nearly a century as it is believed to date from the late ninth or early 10th century While the Aleppo Codex at the Israel Museum is older than the Codex Sassoon, almost two-fifths of its pages are missing. .Read the story from ARTnews: Sotheby’s to Auction Oldest, Most Complete Hebrew Bible for $30M – ARTnews.com. Thanks to Bruce Drake for bringing this story to my attention.
10. Excavations in Poland Have Uncovered a Jewish Mikveh. Jewish people first settled in Oświęcim in the second half of the 16th century, when most buildings in the city were constructed using wood. The wooden mikveh found by the researchers dates from the 17th or 18th century, which provides historical and architectural value in understanding the basic elements of Jewish life in Oświęcim. Read the story from Heritage Daily: Excavations in Poland have uncovered a Jewish mikveh (heritagedaily.com)
11. Prague museums return 14 artworks to heirs of Jewish collector. The works were either taken under pressure or retained after the war, when they were supposed to be returned. Read the story from JNS: Prague museums return 14 artworks to heirs of Jewish collector - JNS.org
12. Jerusalem hospitality tent to debut in historic Kidron Valley. The valley houses the earliest tombs in the most ancient Jewish cemetery in the world, including Zechariah’s Tomb, the Tomb of the Sons of Hezir and Absalom’s Tomb. The ancient-style tent, reminiscent of biblical times, will serve as a rest stop, offering visitors to the historic area complimentary drinks, is replete with lighting and outdoor seating spaces for visitors to relax in and take in the ancient beauties of the area. Read the story from JNS: Jerusalem hospitality tent to debut in historic Kidron Valley - JNS.org
13. Chagall painting stolen by Nazis on display in New York after sale The 1911 painting titled Le Pere (Father) was confiscated by the Nazis in 1939 was auctioned last November for $7.4 million, capping a tumultuous history When Polish-Jewish violinmaker David Cender and his family were forced into the Lodz ghetto, the Nazis confiscated everything, including a rare portrait of Marc Chagall’s father. Read the story and see the painting from the Times of Israel: Chagall painting stolen by Nazis on display in New York after sale | The Times of Israel
14. When Black Americans saved German Jews From Nazi Murder. African American History Month is a good time to remember the heroes who offered sanctuary to Jewish Lives that no longer mattered in Europe. Read the interesting story from The Times of Israel: When Black Americans saved German Jews From Nazi Murder | Stephen Stern | The Blogs (timesofisrael.com)
15. American Jews created historic summer camps. Or did summer camps create American Jews? Were you one of those Jewish kids who were sent to overnight camps every summer? If so, this is the cultural story of the week for you. Read all about it from JTA: American Jews created historic summer camps. Or did summer camps create American Jews? - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
16. How a ‘watchmaker’s daughter’ hid hundreds of Jews beneath the Nazi occupiers’ noses. A new book explores how, by concealing them behind a false wall, Corrie ten Boom helped rescue hundreds of Jews and Dutch resisters from German clutches during World War II. In February 1944, a Dutch informant betrayed the hiding place, and Germans arrested the entire ten Boom family. Read the story from The Times of Israel: How a 'watchmaker’s daughter’ hid hundreds of Jews beneath the Nazi occupiers' noses | The Times of Israel
17. New Central Illinois Jewish Communities Archives (CIJCA) Established. The Central Illinois Jewish Communities Archives (CIJCA)/Mervis Archives at the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections (IHLC) has recently opened. Their materials offer insight into the integral contributions made by Jewish residents, including businesspersons, rabbis, and community leaders, in central Illinois. For more information go to: Central Illinois Jewish Communities Archives (CIJCA) – Illinois History and Lincoln Collections – U of I Library
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