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Refugee Visits to Berlin #germany

William Suhler <wsuhler@...>
 

On the refugee visits, does anyone know if Berlin is still having them? My
wife was born in Berlin and her family left when she was six weeks old.

Bill Suhler Rockville, Maryland wsuhler@erols.com


German SIG #Germany Refugee Visits to Berlin #germany

William Suhler <wsuhler@...>
 

On the refugee visits, does anyone know if Berlin is still having them? My
wife was born in Berlin and her family left when she was six weeks old.

Bill Suhler Rockville, Maryland wsuhler@erols.com


David KATZ of Brooklyn and Israel #general

HeyJudy123@...
 

I do realize that, among European Jews, the name David KATZ is about
as common as John Smith would be in England.

Yet I also realize that, for the generation born in the
earliest decades of the 20th century, there may not be
much more time to answer questions.

My father, Bernard SEGAL, was born in New York in 1909.
He was raised predominantly in the Brooklyn neighborhood
called "Brownsville," most famous as the home of "Murder, Inc."

Dad died in 1983. Shortly before his death, I was walking
with him in Manhattan and we met (in Brooklynese, "bunked into")
one of his boyhood friends >from the "old neighborhood."
The man's name was David KATZ, but Dad used the Yiddish
pronunciation of "Duvid" in talking to him.

"Duvid," Dad said--remember, in 1983--"where have you been?"

"Oh," replied Duvid, "I joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
(to fight the Spanish fascists) in 1939 and, >from there,
I became a Merchant Marine." (I assume in ships belonging
to the United States.)

"I went on to (what then was still) Palestine. Immediately
following World War II, I smuggled guns and, eventually,
refugees into Israel. Finally, I became an unofficial
advisor and expediter for Golda Meir."

I have thought about this man, and this conversation,
countless times since Dad's death. How much of what he said
was true? Any of it? All of it? It occurs to me that his
life paralleled a major episode of the Jewish experience
in the 20th Century.

In the last few months, a book called "Nemesis" by
David Evans has been published. It chronicles Aristotle
Onassis's purportedly successful plan to have Robert Kennedy
assassinated by Palestinian terrorists. Among the
ancillary characters are a Brooklyn Jew named David Katz,
explicated as behaving in a despicable fashion.

Does anyone have any further information on David Katz
of Brooklyn? Could the David Katz described so unflatteringly
in "Nemesis" be the same Duvid Katz who described himself to
my father as a hero of the Israeli underground?

Since this query is so far off-topic in genealogy, I must
ask anyone responding to reply privately. I feel confident
that some of our wonderful participants will be able to
provide information pertaining to these questions.

Thanks in advance,
Judy Segal
New York City, USA

All end up in NY: SEGAL (all spellings) of Lithuania, St. Petersburg,
Paris, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Dublin, Canada;
SIMON of "Ilya" in former Vilna Gubernyia, now Belarus,
also >from there KORN, ROBBINS (possibly RABINOWITZ) ROGOFF,
WECHSLER; HERKSOVITS (alt spell), BAYERN, ROSENBERG,
RAPPOPORT, KOHN, HABER of modern Slovakia, towns Kosice &
Huncovce, Budapest, Ohio; SCHWARTZBERG (alt spell) of
Bessarabia/ Ukraine in modern Moldava, Canada


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen David KATZ of Brooklyn and Israel #general

HeyJudy123@...
 

I do realize that, among European Jews, the name David KATZ is about
as common as John Smith would be in England.

Yet I also realize that, for the generation born in the
earliest decades of the 20th century, there may not be
much more time to answer questions.

My father, Bernard SEGAL, was born in New York in 1909.
He was raised predominantly in the Brooklyn neighborhood
called "Brownsville," most famous as the home of "Murder, Inc."

Dad died in 1983. Shortly before his death, I was walking
with him in Manhattan and we met (in Brooklynese, "bunked into")
one of his boyhood friends >from the "old neighborhood."
The man's name was David KATZ, but Dad used the Yiddish
pronunciation of "Duvid" in talking to him.

"Duvid," Dad said--remember, in 1983--"where have you been?"

"Oh," replied Duvid, "I joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
(to fight the Spanish fascists) in 1939 and, >from there,
I became a Merchant Marine." (I assume in ships belonging
to the United States.)

"I went on to (what then was still) Palestine. Immediately
following World War II, I smuggled guns and, eventually,
refugees into Israel. Finally, I became an unofficial
advisor and expediter for Golda Meir."

I have thought about this man, and this conversation,
countless times since Dad's death. How much of what he said
was true? Any of it? All of it? It occurs to me that his
life paralleled a major episode of the Jewish experience
in the 20th Century.

In the last few months, a book called "Nemesis" by
David Evans has been published. It chronicles Aristotle
Onassis's purportedly successful plan to have Robert Kennedy
assassinated by Palestinian terrorists. Among the
ancillary characters are a Brooklyn Jew named David Katz,
explicated as behaving in a despicable fashion.

Does anyone have any further information on David Katz
of Brooklyn? Could the David Katz described so unflatteringly
in "Nemesis" be the same Duvid Katz who described himself to
my father as a hero of the Israeli underground?

Since this query is so far off-topic in genealogy, I must
ask anyone responding to reply privately. I feel confident
that some of our wonderful participants will be able to
provide information pertaining to these questions.

Thanks in advance,
Judy Segal
New York City, USA

All end up in NY: SEGAL (all spellings) of Lithuania, St. Petersburg,
Paris, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Dublin, Canada;
SIMON of "Ilya" in former Vilna Gubernyia, now Belarus,
also >from there KORN, ROBBINS (possibly RABINOWITZ) ROGOFF,
WECHSLER; HERKSOVITS (alt spell), BAYERN, ROSENBERG,
RAPPOPORT, KOHN, HABER of modern Slovakia, towns Kosice &
Huncovce, Budapest, Ohio; SCHWARTZBERG (alt spell) of
Bessarabia/ Ukraine in modern Moldava, Canada


Re: info on the name Zipporah #general

Adia-Pia Kohler <Adia@...>
 

Subject: Re: info on the name Zipporah
Reply to message n.1

"> This is my first time posting.I have a question
concerning the given name Zipporah.I would like to
know if this name may be Annabelle in english?
Indeed, why not? "Zipporah" may also be changed to any=20
other name; there are no rules whatever for doing this.
--=20
Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel"

I myself have a Zipper in my family tree, born about 1769 in Alsace.
She was found under these names in different birth marriage or death
certificates of herself or her children :
Zipperl, Ribberle, Cipre Thbore, or Barbe.
This last name, Barbe, was often after 1808
changed to Babette Elisabeth

Adia-Pia Kohler-Woog , Switzerland

My search is for these family names :
WOOG - BLOCH - BLUM - BRAUNSCHWEIG - ENGELMANN/SAMUEL - GEISMAR - HAAS -
HEYMANN - KATZ - LEVY - MAYER - MEYER - NORDMANN - PICART - ROMANOF -
SCHWOB - SERF - ULMANN - WEIL(LER) - WORMSER - ZIVI


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: info on the name Zipporah #general

Adia-Pia Kohler <Adia@...>
 

Subject: Re: info on the name Zipporah
Reply to message n.1

"> This is my first time posting.I have a question
concerning the given name Zipporah.I would like to
know if this name may be Annabelle in english?
Indeed, why not? "Zipporah" may also be changed to any=20
other name; there are no rules whatever for doing this.
--=20
Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel"

I myself have a Zipper in my family tree, born about 1769 in Alsace.
She was found under these names in different birth marriage or death
certificates of herself or her children :
Zipperl, Ribberle, Cipre Thbore, or Barbe.
This last name, Barbe, was often after 1808
changed to Babette Elisabeth

Adia-Pia Kohler-Woog , Switzerland

My search is for these family names :
WOOG - BLOCH - BLUM - BRAUNSCHWEIG - ENGELMANN/SAMUEL - GEISMAR - HAAS -
HEYMANN - KATZ - LEVY - MAYER - MEYER - NORDMANN - PICART - ROMANOF -
SCHWOB - SERF - ULMANN - WEIL(LER) - WORMSER - ZIVI


Rock singer Nina GORDON (Chicago) #general

Steve Cohen <scohen@...>
 

Dear J'genners,

I have strong circumstantial evidence that the rock singer Nina Gordon
from Chicago is my 4th cousin. Her real name seems to be Nina Rachel
SHAPIRO, and she uses her mother's maiden name, GORDON, professionally.
She founded and then left the rock band "Veruca Salt". (I know nothing of
her music, actually.) Her older brother, Jim SHAPIRO (or James Gordon
SHAPIRO), was a drummer for this band, and then left also. My genealogical
interest is through her mother's GORDON side.

If you have direct knowledge of Nina, how to contact her, or about her
parents' names (which would prove her relationship), please contact me
privately. I have a probable descendancy chart, but need to be certain
before sticking my neck out and trying to reach her.

Thanks,

Steve Cohen
(Central New Jersey)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Rock singer Nina GORDON (Chicago) #general

Steve Cohen <scohen@...>
 

Dear J'genners,

I have strong circumstantial evidence that the rock singer Nina Gordon
from Chicago is my 4th cousin. Her real name seems to be Nina Rachel
SHAPIRO, and she uses her mother's maiden name, GORDON, professionally.
She founded and then left the rock band "Veruca Salt". (I know nothing of
her music, actually.) Her older brother, Jim SHAPIRO (or James Gordon
SHAPIRO), was a drummer for this band, and then left also. My genealogical
interest is through her mother's GORDON side.

If you have direct knowledge of Nina, how to contact her, or about her
parents' names (which would prove her relationship), please contact me
privately. I have a probable descendancy chart, but need to be certain
before sticking my neck out and trying to reach her.

Thanks,

Steve Cohen
(Central New Jersey)


Re: 1600's Firenze ITALY #general

Nardo Bonomi
 

Dear Israel and others,

Few resources survived about the Jews of Florence
of the 17th century: The oldest are:
1) six files "Acts and Decrees" (Atti e Decreti) years 1652-1722
2) seven files "Statements" (Comparse) years 1620-1749
3) eight files (Decreti, Sentenze) years 1720-1800
These registers are sored in the collection "Nazione Israelitica" at the
National Archive of Florence (Archivio di Stato di Firenze).

For genearal information on Italian resources for Jewish
genealogy you can
visit my temporary web page (
http://it.geocities.com/cittadinanzafattiva/jewit.html)
with part of the speech I gave in Jerusalem

Sincerely
Nardo Bonomi
Greve in Ch. - Firenze - Italy

----- Original Message -----
From: "Israel P" <IsraelP@pikholz.org>
To: "JewishGen Discussion Group" <jewishgen@lyris.jewishgen.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 9:15 PM
Subject: 1600's Firenze ITALY

A neighbor of mine knows that his ancestor Salman LEVI (at least that what
he
assumes his surname was) moved >from Italy to Holland in about 1625, where
the
took the surname d'ITALIE. Family tradition has it that they lived in
Firenze.

Does anyone know anything about Jewish records in Firenze in the early
1600's?
I understand that leading up to that time there were maybe a hundred
Jewish
families in the city and I have no idea if there were more than one LEVI.

Israel Pickholtz


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: 1600's Firenze ITALY #general

Nardo Bonomi
 

Dear Israel and others,

Few resources survived about the Jews of Florence
of the 17th century: The oldest are:
1) six files "Acts and Decrees" (Atti e Decreti) years 1652-1722
2) seven files "Statements" (Comparse) years 1620-1749
3) eight files (Decreti, Sentenze) years 1720-1800
These registers are sored in the collection "Nazione Israelitica" at the
National Archive of Florence (Archivio di Stato di Firenze).

For genearal information on Italian resources for Jewish
genealogy you can
visit my temporary web page (
http://it.geocities.com/cittadinanzafattiva/jewit.html)
with part of the speech I gave in Jerusalem

Sincerely
Nardo Bonomi
Greve in Ch. - Firenze - Italy

----- Original Message -----
From: "Israel P" <IsraelP@pikholz.org>
To: "JewishGen Discussion Group" <jewishgen@lyris.jewishgen.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 9:15 PM
Subject: 1600's Firenze ITALY

A neighbor of mine knows that his ancestor Salman LEVI (at least that what
he
assumes his surname was) moved >from Italy to Holland in about 1625, where
the
took the surname d'ITALIE. Family tradition has it that they lived in
Firenze.

Does anyone know anything about Jewish records in Firenze in the early
1600's?
I understand that leading up to that time there were maybe a hundred
Jewish
families in the city and I have no idea if there were more than one LEVI.

Israel Pickholtz


bounced e-mail #general

Edward Andelman <eandelman2@...>
 

Dear Genners,
an e-mail I sent to Peter Haas has bounced.
Does anyone know his current address?

Thanks for your help,

Jeanne Blitzer Andelman
eandelman2@earthlink.net
RESEARCHING:
Mielnitza-Mielnica,Galicia, now Mel'nitza Podolskay,
Ukraine
REITER-BLITZER-ZUKER-REINSTEIN
Tarnopol, Galicia, nowTerrnopil, Ukraine-FLEISCHMANN-REITER
Kudrynce, Galicia/Bukovina, nowKudrintsy, Ukraine:
BLITZER-REINSTEIN-ZUKER

MODERATOR NOTE: Please respond privately


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen bounced e-mail #general

Edward Andelman <eandelman2@...>
 

Dear Genners,
an e-mail I sent to Peter Haas has bounced.
Does anyone know his current address?

Thanks for your help,

Jeanne Blitzer Andelman
eandelman2@earthlink.net
RESEARCHING:
Mielnitza-Mielnica,Galicia, now Mel'nitza Podolskay,
Ukraine
REITER-BLITZER-ZUKER-REINSTEIN
Tarnopol, Galicia, nowTerrnopil, Ukraine-FLEISCHMANN-REITER
Kudrynce, Galicia/Bukovina, nowKudrintsy, Ukraine:
BLITZER-REINSTEIN-ZUKER

MODERATOR NOTE: Please respond privately


The Seer of Lublin #rabbinic

Lawrence Litwin <theslice@...>
 

Dear Ravsig members.

I am looking for any information regarding "The Seer of Lublin" Jacob
Issac HUROWITZ. He wrote some pieces on the Devrie Emet and the Zot
Zickaron. I am also looking for a oil painting of him if there is one
around. My grandfather is a decendant of The Seer himself, a great
great grandson so any information would help.

Please email me at theslice@sympatico.ca

Thanking you in advance.

Lawrence Litwin

Shalom


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic The Seer of Lublin #rabbinic

Lawrence Litwin <theslice@...>
 

Dear Ravsig members.

I am looking for any information regarding "The Seer of Lublin" Jacob
Issac HUROWITZ. He wrote some pieces on the Devrie Emet and the Zot
Zickaron. I am also looking for a oil painting of him if there is one
around. My grandfather is a decendant of The Seer himself, a great
great grandson so any information would help.

Please email me at theslice@sympatico.ca

Thanking you in advance.

Lawrence Litwin

Shalom


Relatives of Herman Goliger in Israel #general

JELORRAINE
 

Dear Genners, My mother in laws' brother was >from what I understand a victim of
the Holocost.He Herman Goliger originally was >from Petlikowce, Galicia. His
daughter moved to Israel and died there. Possibly in Haifa. She was married I
don't know her marriage name. I would like to know if there were any children
of this marriage and perhaps someone may recognize the situation. Thanks for
any help you can give me. Jewel Glatzer jelorraine @aol.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Relatives of Herman Goliger in Israel #general

JELORRAINE
 

Dear Genners, My mother in laws' brother was >from what I understand a victim of
the Holocost.He Herman Goliger originally was >from Petlikowce, Galicia. His
daughter moved to Israel and died there. Possibly in Haifa. She was married I
don't know her marriage name. I would like to know if there were any children
of this marriage and perhaps someone may recognize the situation. Thanks for
any help you can give me. Jewel Glatzer jelorraine @aol.com


Searching: FINE #general

Mountain Club Landlord <mclub_apts@...>
 

Hello.

I am wondering if there is a singular website for the FINE surname.
Also, how can I get info on someone comming to Ellis Island/NYC in the
1800's as Ellis Island's website only lists data >from 1892?

Thanks.

Cindy Rosengarten

RESEARCHING:

Morris FINE b.1795 approx KOHANIM. Minsk or Vilana
origin says mother in law


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: FINE #general

Mountain Club Landlord <mclub_apts@...>
 

Hello.

I am wondering if there is a singular website for the FINE surname.
Also, how can I get info on someone comming to Ellis Island/NYC in the
1800's as Ellis Island's website only lists data >from 1892?

Thanks.

Cindy Rosengarten

RESEARCHING:

Morris FINE b.1795 approx KOHANIM. Minsk or Vilana
origin says mother in law


Re: Smolensk (belarus digest: August 08, 2004) #belarus

NFatouros@...
 

In a message dated 8/9/04 Alezandra Alznauer (petealznauer@earthlink.net)
writes:

Can anyone explain to me why Smolensk is listed in the Shtetls of
Belarus list although it actually appears to have been outside of The
Pale of Settlement on the maps I've seen? It is now in Russia, of
course, and I am trying to track down a Belarussian Jewish HOSENPUD
(GOSENPUD) family that came >from Smolensk.

I have also heard that Jews did not actually live in Smolensk but rather
outside it in shtetls. Is this true? Where might I find out the names
of these shtetls?

How does one go about researching one's ancestors in present-day Russia?
Are they any particular books I should read or sites I should visit?>>


The moderator rightly urged that people trying to find their ancestral
places and where they were located should consult Jewishgen's Shtetl Seeker. This
resource is useful for those who lack paper maps and atlases and who cannot
readily visit a library or bookstoroe to look at maps and atlases. Names of th
e shtetls or towns within the Smolensk oblast can be found by finding the
map coordinates for the city of Smolensk, then clicking on the map for Smolensk
and using the map's "zoom out" function.

In response to Ms. Alznauer Larry Guam was also helpful in his respone to
Ms. Alznauer although I think he may have erred in suggesting that in 1891
residents of Smolensk" may have been among those forced to live in the Pale. (As
was widely reported and reacted to with internation outcry, in 1891 many lower
class and some middle class Jews were expelled >from Moscow which but I am not
sure whether Smolensk Jews were also expelled >from Smolensk in 1891.)

Ms. Alznauer may want to read Professor Michael Hickey's online article on
the "Legal Status of the Jews of Smolensk," for which he did research in the
State Archives of Smolensk during June, 2004. She can find this article at:

http://www.irex.org/programs/stg/research/04/hickey.pdf.


Hickey has written several other articles on Smolensk Jews which are publis
hed in various scholarly reviews. At Hickey's website, she can find his email
address and ask him whether Jews were expelled >from Smolensk in 1891.

Ms Alznauer should also read the Encyclopedia Judaica article on the history
of the Jews of Smolensk at:

Also, at:

www.jewish encyclopedia.com

there is an article about Note (Nathan) Notkin, an army contractor and
financier and one of the relatively few Jews permitted to live permanently in St.
Petersburg. In the early part of the 19th century he dared to contest the
Tsar's plans to expel the Jews >from Kovno and Smolensk and through his tireless
intervention, succeeded in preventing these expulsions by getting the imperial
decree remedied in favor of the Jews.

(Throughout the nineteenth century it sometimes happened that provincial
governors petitioned for the return of Jews to their respective jurisdictions,
After some time had elapsed, the governors or mayors and their gentile
residents soon regretfully realized how important Jews had been to their economy.)

At:

http://motlc.wiesenthal.com/text/x30/xm3048.html


there is an Encyclopedia Judaica article about Smolensk. It does not mention
an 1891 expulsion.

Also of interest to Ms. Alznauer is Edward Victor's redaction of an
Encyclopedia Judaica article on Smolensk. On his website at:

http://www.edwardvictor.com/smolensk_main.htm

she can view a picture of the great synagogue of Smolensk city.

At:

http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Smolensk_Oblast

there is a list of the administrative districts of the Smolensk oblast. If
Ms. Alznauer's ancestors did not live in the city of Smolensk, then her
ancestral town may have been located in one of the listed districts.

It is true, however, that many people claimed they came >from this or that
city, when actually they came >from some place near that city. I still do know
know whether my paternal grandfather was born in the city of Pinsk, as he
stated on his naturalization papers, or whether he was born in some shtetl near
that city.


It is difficult to find a good researcher abroad and expensive to hire
one. But I have read that the Mormons (Latter Day Saints) recently have been
busy photographing and microfilming hitherto unknown records in the Ukraine and
Russia so maybe someday we will be able to find our ancestors' old records on
LDS microfilms.

Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)
Bloomington, Indiana
NFatouros@aol.com
BELKOWSKY,BIELKOWSKY, BILKOWSKI, Odessa,St. Petersburg,Berdichev,
Kiev;ROTHSTEIN, Kremenchug;FRASCH,Kiev;LIBERMAN,Moscow;FELDMAN, Pinsk;
SCHUTZ, RETTIG, WAHL, Shcherets;LEVY, WEIL, Mulhouse; SAS/SASS,Podwolochisk;
RAPOPORT, Tarnopol, Podwolochisk, RADOMYSL?; BEHAM, Salok, Kharkov;
WOLPIANSKY, Ostryna.


Belarus SIG #Belarus Re: Smolensk (belarus digest: August 08, 2004) #belarus

NFatouros@...
 

In a message dated 8/9/04 Alezandra Alznauer (petealznauer@earthlink.net)
writes:

Can anyone explain to me why Smolensk is listed in the Shtetls of
Belarus list although it actually appears to have been outside of The
Pale of Settlement on the maps I've seen? It is now in Russia, of
course, and I am trying to track down a Belarussian Jewish HOSENPUD
(GOSENPUD) family that came >from Smolensk.

I have also heard that Jews did not actually live in Smolensk but rather
outside it in shtetls. Is this true? Where might I find out the names
of these shtetls?

How does one go about researching one's ancestors in present-day Russia?
Are they any particular books I should read or sites I should visit?>>


The moderator rightly urged that people trying to find their ancestral
places and where they were located should consult Jewishgen's Shtetl Seeker. This
resource is useful for those who lack paper maps and atlases and who cannot
readily visit a library or bookstoroe to look at maps and atlases. Names of th
e shtetls or towns within the Smolensk oblast can be found by finding the
map coordinates for the city of Smolensk, then clicking on the map for Smolensk
and using the map's "zoom out" function.

In response to Ms. Alznauer Larry Guam was also helpful in his respone to
Ms. Alznauer although I think he may have erred in suggesting that in 1891
residents of Smolensk" may have been among those forced to live in the Pale. (As
was widely reported and reacted to with internation outcry, in 1891 many lower
class and some middle class Jews were expelled >from Moscow which but I am not
sure whether Smolensk Jews were also expelled >from Smolensk in 1891.)

Ms. Alznauer may want to read Professor Michael Hickey's online article on
the "Legal Status of the Jews of Smolensk," for which he did research in the
State Archives of Smolensk during June, 2004. She can find this article at:

http://www.irex.org/programs/stg/research/04/hickey.pdf.


Hickey has written several other articles on Smolensk Jews which are publis
hed in various scholarly reviews. At Hickey's website, she can find his email
address and ask him whether Jews were expelled >from Smolensk in 1891.

Ms Alznauer should also read the Encyclopedia Judaica article on the history
of the Jews of Smolensk at:

Also, at:

www.jewish encyclopedia.com

there is an article about Note (Nathan) Notkin, an army contractor and
financier and one of the relatively few Jews permitted to live permanently in St.
Petersburg. In the early part of the 19th century he dared to contest the
Tsar's plans to expel the Jews >from Kovno and Smolensk and through his tireless
intervention, succeeded in preventing these expulsions by getting the imperial
decree remedied in favor of the Jews.

(Throughout the nineteenth century it sometimes happened that provincial
governors petitioned for the return of Jews to their respective jurisdictions,
After some time had elapsed, the governors or mayors and their gentile
residents soon regretfully realized how important Jews had been to their economy.)

At:

http://motlc.wiesenthal.com/text/x30/xm3048.html


there is an Encyclopedia Judaica article about Smolensk. It does not mention
an 1891 expulsion.

Also of interest to Ms. Alznauer is Edward Victor's redaction of an
Encyclopedia Judaica article on Smolensk. On his website at:

http://www.edwardvictor.com/smolensk_main.htm

she can view a picture of the great synagogue of Smolensk city.

At:

http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Smolensk_Oblast

there is a list of the administrative districts of the Smolensk oblast. If
Ms. Alznauer's ancestors did not live in the city of Smolensk, then her
ancestral town may have been located in one of the listed districts.

It is true, however, that many people claimed they came >from this or that
city, when actually they came >from some place near that city. I still do know
know whether my paternal grandfather was born in the city of Pinsk, as he
stated on his naturalization papers, or whether he was born in some shtetl near
that city.


It is difficult to find a good researcher abroad and expensive to hire
one. But I have read that the Mormons (Latter Day Saints) recently have been
busy photographing and microfilming hitherto unknown records in the Ukraine and
Russia so maybe someday we will be able to find our ancestors' old records on
LDS microfilms.

Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)
Bloomington, Indiana
NFatouros@aol.com
BELKOWSKY,BIELKOWSKY, BILKOWSKI, Odessa,St. Petersburg,Berdichev,
Kiev;ROTHSTEIN, Kremenchug;FRASCH,Kiev;LIBERMAN,Moscow;FELDMAN, Pinsk;
SCHUTZ, RETTIG, WAHL, Shcherets;LEVY, WEIL, Mulhouse; SAS/SASS,Podwolochisk;
RAPOPORT, Tarnopol, Podwolochisk, RADOMYSL?; BEHAM, Salok, Kharkov;
WOLPIANSKY, Ostryna.