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Cuban Jewish Tombstones #general

Barbara & Steve Wasser <swass@...>
 

Recently there was a news story in The Schenectady Gazette - November
12, 2000 regarding tombstones in the Jewish cemetery in Havana, Cuba.

Sue Gersten, an Albany, NY photographer traveled to Havana,
photographed the people and tombstones. These photos were mounted
for an exhibition, "Cuba 2000" and were shown in Troy, NY at Hudson
Valley College. Another exhibit will be displayed at the Albany
Public Library during this month.

I contacted Ms. Gersten and asked her if I could share information
with all of you and she was delighted. Information may be viewed on
her Web site, http://www.suegersten.com/cuba/cuba.htm

The article and the trip hit a cord for me as we spent one year
living in San Juan and I was friendly with many who fled Cuba. When
I looked at the web page, some names were familiar.

Hope this is helpful to some of you.

Barbara Wasser


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Cuban Jewish Tombstones #general

Barbara & Steve Wasser <swass@...>
 

Recently there was a news story in The Schenectady Gazette - November
12, 2000 regarding tombstones in the Jewish cemetery in Havana, Cuba.

Sue Gersten, an Albany, NY photographer traveled to Havana,
photographed the people and tombstones. These photos were mounted
for an exhibition, "Cuba 2000" and were shown in Troy, NY at Hudson
Valley College. Another exhibit will be displayed at the Albany
Public Library during this month.

I contacted Ms. Gersten and asked her if I could share information
with all of you and she was delighted. Information may be viewed on
her Web site, http://www.suegersten.com/cuba/cuba.htm

The article and the trip hit a cord for me as we spent one year
living in San Juan and I was friendly with many who fled Cuba. When
I looked at the web page, some names were familiar.

Hope this is helpful to some of you.

Barbara Wasser


Righteous Gentile Candidates #lithuania

Louis A Fine <loufine@...>
 

Dear Belarusians and Litvaken,

A short time ago one of my neighbors told me of her family's activities
during WWII. The family consisted of Auke HARTSTRA, his wife Anna KOEN, theirdaughters Anna Maria b.1920 and my neighbor Tine (now Olson) b.1930.

Two houses away >from the Hartstra family, at either #50 or 42
Voortsweg, Enschede Netherlands, lived a Jewish family, named Ausen
(Aussen). The family consisted of the senior Aussen, their son and his
wife and their toddler/preschooler, red-haired son.

One day members of the Resistance told the Hartstras the Nazis were
coming that night to round up Jews and for them to warn the Ausens. The
Ausens refused to believe them, but Tine requested that the little Ausen
boy be allowed to stay in their home *one* night. Permission was granted.
Circa 3 or 4 am the Nazis came in trucks and took the Ausen family, never
to return. Some of the Hartstra neighbors were Nazi collaborators and
they feared for the boy's life. Consequently he was taken by the
Resistance to live with a farm family outside of Enschede. Tine believes
he was probably adopted

Another part of the Hartstra's history relates another set of
neighbors. Late 1942 or early 1943 the Hartstra's moved to Delden. Next
door lived a family named COHEN: Mr/Mrs. COHEN and the husband's brother.
The Cohen's ran a butcher shop in town. Again the Resistance told the
Hartstra's the Nazis were about to round up Jews. The Cohens listened to
the Hartstra's and went to live with the mother of Tine's
brother-in-law: Mr/Mrs Henry LAST ala Anne FRANK. Last lived in Dolphia &
ran a barber shop in Glanerbrug.

The Hartstras took as much of the Cohen's equipment and furnishing as
they could, stored them their attic and post war, the Cohen's recovered
their goods. As a result, the Cohen's were able to re-open their butcher
shop in Delden. Their daughter married and the couple ran a butcher shop
in Hengelo.

In my opinion, the Hartstra family, Tine being the sole survivor,
deserves to be awarded the status of Righteous Gentile. However the above
requires substantiation and validation >from someone other than Tine. Is
there anyone out there who knows anything about these families?

If so, please contact me privately ASAP.

Louis A. Fine
University Place WA-U.S.A
E-mail <loufine@juno.com>

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Although this is off-topic for Lithuanian Jewish genealogy research, a one-time exception is being made because of the nature of the subject.


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Righteous Gentile Candidates #lithuania

Louis A Fine <loufine@...>
 

Dear Belarusians and Litvaken,

A short time ago one of my neighbors told me of her family's activities
during WWII. The family consisted of Auke HARTSTRA, his wife Anna KOEN, theirdaughters Anna Maria b.1920 and my neighbor Tine (now Olson) b.1930.

Two houses away >from the Hartstra family, at either #50 or 42
Voortsweg, Enschede Netherlands, lived a Jewish family, named Ausen
(Aussen). The family consisted of the senior Aussen, their son and his
wife and their toddler/preschooler, red-haired son.

One day members of the Resistance told the Hartstras the Nazis were
coming that night to round up Jews and for them to warn the Ausens. The
Ausens refused to believe them, but Tine requested that the little Ausen
boy be allowed to stay in their home *one* night. Permission was granted.
Circa 3 or 4 am the Nazis came in trucks and took the Ausen family, never
to return. Some of the Hartstra neighbors were Nazi collaborators and
they feared for the boy's life. Consequently he was taken by the
Resistance to live with a farm family outside of Enschede. Tine believes
he was probably adopted

Another part of the Hartstra's history relates another set of
neighbors. Late 1942 or early 1943 the Hartstra's moved to Delden. Next
door lived a family named COHEN: Mr/Mrs. COHEN and the husband's brother.
The Cohen's ran a butcher shop in town. Again the Resistance told the
Hartstra's the Nazis were about to round up Jews. The Cohens listened to
the Hartstra's and went to live with the mother of Tine's
brother-in-law: Mr/Mrs Henry LAST ala Anne FRANK. Last lived in Dolphia &
ran a barber shop in Glanerbrug.

The Hartstras took as much of the Cohen's equipment and furnishing as
they could, stored them their attic and post war, the Cohen's recovered
their goods. As a result, the Cohen's were able to re-open their butcher
shop in Delden. Their daughter married and the couple ran a butcher shop
in Hengelo.

In my opinion, the Hartstra family, Tine being the sole survivor,
deserves to be awarded the status of Righteous Gentile. However the above
requires substantiation and validation >from someone other than Tine. Is
there anyone out there who knows anything about these families?

If so, please contact me privately ASAP.

Louis A. Fine
University Place WA-U.S.A
E-mail <loufine@juno.com>

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Although this is off-topic for Lithuanian Jewish genealogy research, a one-time exception is being made because of the nature of the subject.


Minsk Archives #belarus

Barbara Epstein <bepstein@...>
 

I did some work in the Belarus National Archives, in Minsk, in
December, and the price of copying records was 50 cents a page. The
staff was very helpful about copying the records I requested. I
don't know if they are willing to make copies for people who send
written requests.

Barbara Epstein


Re: Hamburg lists vs. Glazier #lithuania

Sallyann Sack <SallyannSack@...>
 

This is a response to a query that was published a few weeks ago.
Perhaps it is still useful

I just read Andrea Vangor's query about Ira Glazier's books ("Migration >from the Russian Empire") . In one of those "coincidences" that are so common in Jewish genealogy, the issue of AVOTAYNU that is going to the printer this week carries a number of articles that discusses Glazier's work.

See Jayare Robert's article, my report about the emigration symposium in Hamburg this past October--especially Professor Henning Bender's comments--and the special discussion of problems with "Migrations >from the Russian Empire." The bottom line on Glazier's work, unfortunately, is that it has many errors. In Andrea's case, however, there should be a simple way to check. The U.S. National Archives in Washington has a microfilmed copy of the arrival manifest that Glazier's people used. Andrea can write to the National Archives and request a photocopy of the page of the manifest that shows the Binder arrival.

And yes, Glazier does use different documents than are used by the
Hamburg Emigration Office. The Hamburg records were created for the
Hamburg city police records. Glazier is uses passenger manifests created
by ship captains or ship pursuers who carried immigrants to America..

As for the names Sundel and Simdel.... Rabbi Shmuel Gorr's book, "Jewish
Personal Names" does not list either. He does, however, list the name
Zundel as a male name. Perhaps the recording clerk in Hamburg
substituted an S for a Z (and also incorrectly listed the child as a
girl).

It is also easy to imagine that someone unfamiliar with Jewish names
[Glazier's students] could misread a handwritten "UN" (as in
Zundel/Sundel) for "IM" but the ship captain or pursuer could have
correctly registered that the child was a boy.

Finally, another of those strange "coincidences." Andrea is hoping that
this arrival turns out to be someone named Benny Bender. In fact, early
in the same month (May 1890) a Benny Binder sailed >from Hamburg to New
York. Alas, he is listed as having come >from "Austria," not "Russia."

Who ever said that all our problems would be solved when we "found the
records?!"

Sallyann Amdur Sack, editor
AVOTAYNU


Belarus SIG #Belarus Minsk Archives #belarus

Barbara Epstein <bepstein@...>
 

I did some work in the Belarus National Archives, in Minsk, in
December, and the price of copying records was 50 cents a page. The
staff was very helpful about copying the records I requested. I
don't know if they are willing to make copies for people who send
written requests.

Barbara Epstein


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Re: Hamburg lists vs. Glazier #lithuania

Sallyann Sack <SallyannSack@...>
 

This is a response to a query that was published a few weeks ago.
Perhaps it is still useful

I just read Andrea Vangor's query about Ira Glazier's books ("Migration >from the Russian Empire") . In one of those "coincidences" that are so common in Jewish genealogy, the issue of AVOTAYNU that is going to the printer this week carries a number of articles that discusses Glazier's work.

See Jayare Robert's article, my report about the emigration symposium in Hamburg this past October--especially Professor Henning Bender's comments--and the special discussion of problems with "Migrations >from the Russian Empire." The bottom line on Glazier's work, unfortunately, is that it has many errors. In Andrea's case, however, there should be a simple way to check. The U.S. National Archives in Washington has a microfilmed copy of the arrival manifest that Glazier's people used. Andrea can write to the National Archives and request a photocopy of the page of the manifest that shows the Binder arrival.

And yes, Glazier does use different documents than are used by the
Hamburg Emigration Office. The Hamburg records were created for the
Hamburg city police records. Glazier is uses passenger manifests created
by ship captains or ship pursuers who carried immigrants to America..

As for the names Sundel and Simdel.... Rabbi Shmuel Gorr's book, "Jewish
Personal Names" does not list either. He does, however, list the name
Zundel as a male name. Perhaps the recording clerk in Hamburg
substituted an S for a Z (and also incorrectly listed the child as a
girl).

It is also easy to imagine that someone unfamiliar with Jewish names
[Glazier's students] could misread a handwritten "UN" (as in
Zundel/Sundel) for "IM" but the ship captain or pursuer could have
correctly registered that the child was a boy.

Finally, another of those strange "coincidences." Andrea is hoping that
this arrival turns out to be someone named Benny Bender. In fact, early
in the same month (May 1890) a Benny Binder sailed >from Hamburg to New
York. Alas, he is listed as having come >from "Austria," not "Russia."

Who ever said that all our problems would be solved when we "found the
records?!"

Sallyann Amdur Sack, editor
AVOTAYNU


Righteous Gentile Candidates #belarus

Louis A Fine <loufine@...>
 

Dear Belarusians and Litvaken,

A short time ago one of my neighbors told me of her family's activities
during WWII.
The family consisted of Auke HARTSTRA, his wife Anna KOEN, their
daughters Anna Maria b.1920 and my neighbor Tine (now Olson) b.1930.

Two houses away >from the Hartstra family, at either #50 or 42
Voortsweg, Enschede Netherlands, lived a Jewish family, named Ausen
(Aussen). The family consisted of the senior Aussen, their son and his
wife and their toddler/preschooler, red-haired son.
One day members of the Resistance told the Hartstras the Nazis were
coming that night to round up Jews and for them to warn the Ausens. The
Ausens refused to believe them, but Tine requested that the little Ausen
boy be allowed to stay in their home *one* night. Permission was granted.
Circa 3 or 4 am the Nazis came in trucks and took the Ausen family, never
to return. Some of the Hartstra neighbors were Nazi collaborators and
they feared for the boy's life. Consequently he was taken by the
Resistance to live with a farm family outside of Enschede. Tine believes
he was probably adopted.
Another part of the Hartstra's history relates another set of
neighbors. Late 1942 or early 1943 the Hartstra's moved to Delden. Next
door lived a family named COHEN: Mr/Mrs. COHEN and the husband's brother.
The Cohen's ran a butcher shop in town. Again the Resistance told the
Hartstra's the Nazis were about to round up Jews. The Cohens listened to
the Hartstra's and went to live with the mother of Tine's
brother-in-law: Mr/Mrs Henry LAST ala Anne FRANK. Last lived in Dolphia &
ran
a barber shop in Glanerbrug.
The Hartstras took as much of the Cohen's equipment and furnishing as
they could, stored them their attic and post war, the Cohen's recovered
their goods. As a result, the Cohen's were able to re-open their butcher
shop in Delden. Their daughter married and the couple ran a butcher shop
in Hengelo.
In my opinion, the Hartstra family, Tine being the sole survivor,
deserves to be awarded the status of Righteous Gentile. However the above
requires substantiation and validation >from someone other than Tine. Is
there anyone out there who knows anything about these families?

If so, please contact me privately ASAP.

Louis A. Fine
University Place WA-U.S.A
E-mail <loufine@juno.com>


Belarus SIG #Belarus Righteous Gentile Candidates #belarus

Louis A Fine <loufine@...>
 

Dear Belarusians and Litvaken,

A short time ago one of my neighbors told me of her family's activities
during WWII.
The family consisted of Auke HARTSTRA, his wife Anna KOEN, their
daughters Anna Maria b.1920 and my neighbor Tine (now Olson) b.1930.

Two houses away >from the Hartstra family, at either #50 or 42
Voortsweg, Enschede Netherlands, lived a Jewish family, named Ausen
(Aussen). The family consisted of the senior Aussen, their son and his
wife and their toddler/preschooler, red-haired son.
One day members of the Resistance told the Hartstras the Nazis were
coming that night to round up Jews and for them to warn the Ausens. The
Ausens refused to believe them, but Tine requested that the little Ausen
boy be allowed to stay in their home *one* night. Permission was granted.
Circa 3 or 4 am the Nazis came in trucks and took the Ausen family, never
to return. Some of the Hartstra neighbors were Nazi collaborators and
they feared for the boy's life. Consequently he was taken by the
Resistance to live with a farm family outside of Enschede. Tine believes
he was probably adopted.
Another part of the Hartstra's history relates another set of
neighbors. Late 1942 or early 1943 the Hartstra's moved to Delden. Next
door lived a family named COHEN: Mr/Mrs. COHEN and the husband's brother.
The Cohen's ran a butcher shop in town. Again the Resistance told the
Hartstra's the Nazis were about to round up Jews. The Cohens listened to
the Hartstra's and went to live with the mother of Tine's
brother-in-law: Mr/Mrs Henry LAST ala Anne FRANK. Last lived in Dolphia &
ran
a barber shop in Glanerbrug.
The Hartstras took as much of the Cohen's equipment and furnishing as
they could, stored them their attic and post war, the Cohen's recovered
their goods. As a result, the Cohen's were able to re-open their butcher
shop in Delden. Their daughter married and the couple ran a butcher shop
in Hengelo.
In my opinion, the Hartstra family, Tine being the sole survivor,
deserves to be awarded the status of Righteous Gentile. However the above
requires substantiation and validation >from someone other than Tine. Is
there anyone out there who knows anything about these families?

If so, please contact me privately ASAP.

Louis A. Fine
University Place WA-U.S.A
E-mail <loufine@juno.com>


Help translating Maimonides Family Tree #lithuania

ANURICK@...
 

I have just posted to JewishGen Viewmate (VM241) a family tree in Hebrew
containing Moses Maimonides and what appears to be his descendants down to about 1400 CE. It is copied >from an article by Abraham Hayyim Freiman in a book entitled "Aluma", edited by Binyamin Menashe Levine, Jerusalem: 1936, p 9-32. If anyone could assist in translating this tree and reproducing it in English, it would be greatly appreciated by all researchers of the MAIMON surname.

Web address: http://www.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/toview81.html#vm241

Many thanks,

Rick Ford
West Palm Beach, FL


Rosenbluth grave #lithuania

Elizabeth S. Lourie <lourie@...>
 

I was recently in a cemetery in Norwalk, Conn. and saw the following
inscription on a tombstone: Arthur (1898-1985)and Cecilia (1901-1981)
Rosenbluth. Is this meaningful for any Rosenbluth researchers?

Elizabeth S. Lourie
Washington, DC

Researching: ROGOV, DUSKIN/DUSCHKIN,SABLONSKY, Vilijampole (Slobodka)
& Kaunas, Lithuania
LOURIE, Varena (Oran), Lithuania
ROSENBLUTH, Humenne, Slovakia
SZYRETT, Falesti, Moldova
SCHWARTZ, EHRENREICH, Hungary


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Help translating Maimonides Family Tree #lithuania

ANURICK@...
 

I have just posted to JewishGen Viewmate (VM241) a family tree in Hebrew
containing Moses Maimonides and what appears to be his descendants down to about 1400 CE. It is copied >from an article by Abraham Hayyim Freiman in a book entitled "Aluma", edited by Binyamin Menashe Levine, Jerusalem: 1936, p 9-32. If anyone could assist in translating this tree and reproducing it in English, it would be greatly appreciated by all researchers of the MAIMON surname.

Web address: http://www.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/toview81.html#vm241

Many thanks,

Rick Ford
West Palm Beach, FL


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Rosenbluth grave #lithuania

Elizabeth S. Lourie <lourie@...>
 

I was recently in a cemetery in Norwalk, Conn. and saw the following
inscription on a tombstone: Arthur (1898-1985)and Cecilia (1901-1981)
Rosenbluth. Is this meaningful for any Rosenbluth researchers?

Elizabeth S. Lourie
Washington, DC

Researching: ROGOV, DUSKIN/DUSCHKIN,SABLONSKY, Vilijampole (Slobodka)
& Kaunas, Lithuania
LOURIE, Varena (Oran), Lithuania
ROSENBLUTH, Humenne, Slovakia
SZYRETT, Falesti, Moldova
SCHWARTZ, EHRENREICH, Hungary


Re: European Education #general

Lifshitz-Krams Anne
 

Once again I enter late in a debate, and some of my comments have probably
been already given.
Your friend may be a teacher but she is an ignorant.
Concerning the possibility to trace the Jews living in Europe during the
sixteenth century, a lot of families who were living in Metz, in Alsace or
in the Comtat Venaissin are known, the same for Livourne or other places in
Europe. One of the reason is that they had to be authorized to live there
and had to pay special taxes. So there are official papers in Archives
concerning them. For instance the Ghetto of Cavaillon was opened in 1453,
the one in Carpentras in 1461. In 1600, 450 Jews were living in Carpentras.
In Bordeaux, the oldest naturalization papers (lettres de naturalite) are
dated 1550 (see G. Nahon). An other source are cemetaries. An other very
important source are the notarial archives (notarial acts concerning the
Jews of Orange >from the 14th century exist in Rome). In Portugal, a source
is the Inquisition proceedings.
Concerning the fact that Jews could not write or read, it is really
ridiculous : very few Jewish registers have been preserved, but the reason
is not that they were illiterate. Most of the male Jews could read in Hebrew
: they had to do so for their Barmitzva. Communities were organized, and
each had a rabbi, a court, a treasurer. All these people at least could read
and write.
The 10-16th centuries are for the Jews the great period of intellectual
movements, >from Rashi to Isaac Louria a lot of texts influencing not only
the Jews have been written. Would they have been published and have such an
influence if nobody could read them? A lot of books have been published
concerning the organization of the communities as well as concerning the
intellectual movements.
Some titles in English (there are a lot of others if you can read French):
A.Agus, "the heroic Age of Franco German Jewry", NY, Yeshiva UP, 1969; R
Chazan, "Medieval Jewry in Northern France: a Political and Social History",
Baltimore, The John Hopkins UP, 1973; J Edwards, "The Jews in Christian
Europe", 1400-1700, London, NY, Routledge, 1988...

Anne Lifshitz-Krams

I was telling a friend that another friend has traced their family
back to the 1500's. My friend told me that this was impossible because
that period of time was considered the Dark Ages and that written records
were not kept and that there was no possible way of this person or any
person going back that far in search for a Jewish family. She, being a
teacher, told me that the Jews back then did not write or read. I know
that this sounds ridiculous but I must check it out. I have searched my
personal library but unfortunately I cannot find any information on this


Re: Chicago Telephone Directory - 1926-1928 #general

Hilary Henkin <hilary@...>
 

A set of microfilmed City Directories for many major US cities has been
filmed Many large city or research libraries have purchased this set.
Chicago is one of those cities, so you might check locally. I've used the
films in New York City, and in Los Angeles.

Good luck!

Hilary Henkin
Atlanta, Georgia
Researching:
Mogilev - BERLIN, HENKIN-GENKIN; MESCENOKOV
Ekaterinoslav - KATZ; LAPIDUS; LAVROTIN-LAVRUTIN; PESACHINSKY; SHIMERNITSKY;
STEINHART
Roumania: DONNENFIELD; RINCOVER-HARINCOVER; DOLLINGER
Harbin, China: SREBERK-SCHRIEBER, LITEBSK, SCHON--


anonymous attachments #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybru@...>
 

I have received 3 emails with nothing but attachments which I hope
have come >from Jewishgenners:

Yiddish transliteration guides
Russian transliteration guides
Kremenets transliteration guides

all >from the same email address which does not identify the sender.


Has anyone sent these or knows who sent these? Has anyone else gotten
these? I await a response before discarding (if I don't get any response)
or opening them.

Sally Bruckheimer
Buffalo, NY

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Cranbury, NJ street address #general

A. E. Jordan
 

I am trying to find a street address in Cranbury, NJ and I am hoping
someone on the list who lives locally might be able help me. I tried the
on line directories and phone information and I can get a phone number for
the person, but I can not get a street address. I was hoping to write to
the person because I a) don't know if they are the right person or not and
b) if they are the right person they are going to be very elderly and I
thought a letter would be less jarring than a phone call.

The name of the person is Milton and Faye KALINA and they are listed for
Cranbury, NJ. Can anyone help me out with a street address?

Thank you.

Allan Jordan
aejordan@aol.com

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Re: Grand Trunk RR #general

Isabel Cymerman
 

To all,
I had a great aunt who actually came transatlantic on the Mauretania.
She was not listed on the passenger manifest. I found out she
immediately embarked on a Canadian ship which took her to Quebec where
she entrained on the Grand Trunk RR and entered the U.S. through Port
Huron/Detroit. Her "passenger manifest" is located in the Detroit
entries held by the National Archives. >from this "manifest" I
discovered the name of the Canadian ship and obtained that manifest
from Canada.
Good luck!

Isabel Cymerman


Great web site found, if looking for people... #general

Denise Azbill <famaz@...>
 

Hi Genners,

I just came across a website at www.jewsearch.com People register to have
their names placed in the database, and you can e-mail them. There are
hundreds of people in the database, listed in alphabetical order. They also
have home pages of members listed, many of which contain genealogical
information. It's also kind of a "matchmaking site"! It's a great site.


Sincerely,
Denise Azbill
Las Vegas, NV