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Yizkor Book Report February 2007 #austria-czech

Joyce Field
 

The Yizkor Book Project uploaded eight new entries and 11 updates
during February 2007. All translations are accessible >from
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html, where flags
identify new material.

New entries:

Pinkas HaKehillot Germany:
-Assenheim: Germany, vol. III
-Bad Kissngen, Germany, vol. I
-Bonstadt: Germany, vol. III
-Emershausen, Germany,vol. I
-Oberaula, Germany, vol. III

Bukowina: Geschichte der Juden in der Bukowina
-Dzhurin, Ukraine
-Luchinets, Ukraine
-Mogilev, Ukraine

Updates:

-Bedzin, Poland
-Belz, Ukraine
-Bukowina, Ukraine
-Chelm, Poland
-Czestochowa, Poland
-Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine
-Kalusz, Ukraine
-Kamen Kashirskiy, Ukraine
-Nowy Sacz, Poland
-Sosnowiec, Poland
-Zglembia, Poland

Please remember the yizkor book projects at
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=23
which need financial support. The additional translations of the
Chelm and Ivano-Frankivsk yizkor books that went online in February
were paid for by donations.

Many thanks to the donors of material and money and to all the
volunteers who assist the yizkor book project.

Joyce Field
JewishGen VP, Data Acquisition


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Yizkor Book Report February 2007 #austria-czech

Joyce Field
 

The Yizkor Book Project uploaded eight new entries and 11 updates
during February 2007. All translations are accessible >from
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html, where flags
identify new material.

New entries:

Pinkas HaKehillot Germany:
-Assenheim: Germany, vol. III
-Bad Kissngen, Germany, vol. I
-Bonstadt: Germany, vol. III
-Emershausen, Germany,vol. I
-Oberaula, Germany, vol. III

Bukowina: Geschichte der Juden in der Bukowina
-Dzhurin, Ukraine
-Luchinets, Ukraine
-Mogilev, Ukraine

Updates:

-Bedzin, Poland
-Belz, Ukraine
-Bukowina, Ukraine
-Chelm, Poland
-Czestochowa, Poland
-Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine
-Kalusz, Ukraine
-Kamen Kashirskiy, Ukraine
-Nowy Sacz, Poland
-Sosnowiec, Poland
-Zglembia, Poland

Please remember the yizkor book projects at
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=23
which need financial support. The additional translations of the
Chelm and Ivano-Frankivsk yizkor books that went online in February
were paid for by donations.

Many thanks to the donors of material and money and to all the
volunteers who assist the yizkor book project.

Joyce Field
JewishGen VP, Data Acquisition


Translation into Spanish #latinamerica

Shelly Crane
 

Greetings,

I have about 4 or 5 Cyrillic as well as Polish documents >from Lomza Gubernia,
Poland, which have been translated to English. Recently, I made contact
with a relative who lives in Cuba and she is interested in getting copies of
these documents. Is anyone able to translate them into Spanish? I can either
send the actual documents or the English translations....whichever is
easiest.
Thank you!

Shelly Crane
USA
crzprncess@...

Other surnames I am researching:
Anywhere in Lomza-Suwalki, Poland: CYPKOWSKI, DANOWSKI, DOMB, FAJNTUCH,
FAJNSTEIN, FINKELSZTEJN (Rajgrod), FRAJND, FROMSON, GABELMAN, GUROWSKI,
ILELSON, LANGANS, LANGUS, LIPOWICZ, LIPSZYC, MILEWICZ, MYSKOWSKY, PRESZMAN,
TOCZYLOWSKI, WAJNSTEIN, WYTRIOL. Gabin, Poland: BOL, Miedzyrzec Podlaski,
Poland: FLASZTERSZTEIN. Ukraine: BLAS/BLAZ, BLEKHMAN, GLASS, KWAIT,
KVACHINSKIJ, LEFELMAN, LIPOVETSKY, SHIFFMAN,


Latin America #LatinAmerica Translation into Spanish #latinamerica

Shelly Crane
 

Greetings,

I have about 4 or 5 Cyrillic as well as Polish documents >from Lomza Gubernia,
Poland, which have been translated to English. Recently, I made contact
with a relative who lives in Cuba and she is interested in getting copies of
these documents. Is anyone able to translate them into Spanish? I can either
send the actual documents or the English translations....whichever is
easiest.
Thank you!

Shelly Crane
USA
crzprncess@...

Other surnames I am researching:
Anywhere in Lomza-Suwalki, Poland: CYPKOWSKI, DANOWSKI, DOMB, FAJNTUCH,
FAJNSTEIN, FINKELSZTEJN (Rajgrod), FRAJND, FROMSON, GABELMAN, GUROWSKI,
ILELSON, LANGANS, LANGUS, LIPOWICZ, LIPSZYC, MILEWICZ, MYSKOWSKY, PRESZMAN,
TOCZYLOWSKI, WAJNSTEIN, WYTRIOL. Gabin, Poland: BOL, Miedzyrzec Podlaski,
Poland: FLASZTERSZTEIN. Ukraine: BLAS/BLAZ, BLEKHMAN, GLASS, KWAIT,
KVACHINSKIJ, LEFELMAN, LIPOVETSKY, SHIFFMAN,


Katharina {nee WOTTITZ} ZERKOWITZ #austria-czech

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

Bob Hanscomb sent us a most interesting account of his ZERKOWITZ family and the
links now established as a result of the findings in the 1792-94 census of
Prague. Looking on the FTJP, I was astonished to see this:

Katharina WOTTITZ Born: Abt 1795, Pressburg, Pozsony Megye, Hungary
Died: Aft 1845
Spouse: Leopold ZERKOWITZ
Born: 1787, Pressburg, Pozsony Megye, Hungary
Married: Abt 1816
Died: 9 Aug 1845, Pest, Hungary

I presume this is Bob's entry?

One of my four maternal gt-gt grandfathers was Leopold WOTTITZ and he was also
from Pressburg and born in the early years of the 1800s. I have a photograph of
him and his wife [Charlotte LOEWY] but no dates. That is all I know about them.
I have extensive knowledge of their six children though. Three branches, Gustav
{my gtgrandfather] and siblings, Karl and Ernestine {FISCHER} ended up in
Vienna. Two siblings remained in Pressburg and environs and one moved to
Transylvania [now Romania] and Budapest.

We have had such major breakthroughs in Bohemia with the censuses, but early
vital records >from Pressburg are missing and that is a great hindrance to
research. There were indeed a number of WOTTITZ families in Pressburg, but
unless there is a miraculous find of missing bmd records, we will never know if
Katharina WOTTITZ ZERKOWITZ is related to *my* Leopold WOTTITZ. I have the same
problems with my other early Pressburg gtgt grandparents.

With the Bohemian ones, I can go much further back in Kolin and Grossbock.
Ironically, they were the ones I knew absolutely nothing about a few years ago.


My four maternal gtgtgrandparents all born late 1700s/early 1800s are:
Leopold & Regine {nee LEMBERGER} TEDESKO - Pressburg > Vienna
buried [Doblinger Friedhof, Vienna]
Emanuel & Fanny {nee LEIDESDORF} BIACH - Pressburg > Vienna [buried Wahringer
Friedhof, Vienna]
Leopold & Charlotte {nee LOEWY} WOTTITZ - Pressburg {presumed buried there}
Raphael & Caroline {nee POPPER} KOHN - Grossbock & Kolin {Bohemia}> Vienna
[buried Grossbock and ZF Tor 1, Vienna resp.]

Celia Male [U.K.]


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Katharina {nee WOTTITZ} ZERKOWITZ #austria-czech

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

Bob Hanscomb sent us a most interesting account of his ZERKOWITZ family and the
links now established as a result of the findings in the 1792-94 census of
Prague. Looking on the FTJP, I was astonished to see this:

Katharina WOTTITZ Born: Abt 1795, Pressburg, Pozsony Megye, Hungary
Died: Aft 1845
Spouse: Leopold ZERKOWITZ
Born: 1787, Pressburg, Pozsony Megye, Hungary
Married: Abt 1816
Died: 9 Aug 1845, Pest, Hungary

I presume this is Bob's entry?

One of my four maternal gt-gt grandfathers was Leopold WOTTITZ and he was also
from Pressburg and born in the early years of the 1800s. I have a photograph of
him and his wife [Charlotte LOEWY] but no dates. That is all I know about them.
I have extensive knowledge of their six children though. Three branches, Gustav
{my gtgrandfather] and siblings, Karl and Ernestine {FISCHER} ended up in
Vienna. Two siblings remained in Pressburg and environs and one moved to
Transylvania [now Romania] and Budapest.

We have had such major breakthroughs in Bohemia with the censuses, but early
vital records >from Pressburg are missing and that is a great hindrance to
research. There were indeed a number of WOTTITZ families in Pressburg, but
unless there is a miraculous find of missing bmd records, we will never know if
Katharina WOTTITZ ZERKOWITZ is related to *my* Leopold WOTTITZ. I have the same
problems with my other early Pressburg gtgt grandparents.

With the Bohemian ones, I can go much further back in Kolin and Grossbock.
Ironically, they were the ones I knew absolutely nothing about a few years ago.


My four maternal gtgtgrandparents all born late 1700s/early 1800s are:
Leopold & Regine {nee LEMBERGER} TEDESKO - Pressburg > Vienna
buried [Doblinger Friedhof, Vienna]
Emanuel & Fanny {nee LEIDESDORF} BIACH - Pressburg > Vienna [buried Wahringer
Friedhof, Vienna]
Leopold & Charlotte {nee LOEWY} WOTTITZ - Pressburg {presumed buried there}
Raphael & Caroline {nee POPPER} KOHN - Grossbock & Kolin {Bohemia}> Vienna
[buried Grossbock and ZF Tor 1, Vienna resp.]

Celia Male [U.K.]


Re: Prague registration forms #austria-czech

Ronny Roberts <ronny@...>
 

Hello fellow SIG members

Hans Peter Grab is to be congratulated for this fantastic resource.

I visited this site today, and was astounded at the information I came
across when researching persons bearing my family name AUFRICHTIG. The files
contained provided links for which I had been searching many, many years.
Given the invaluable detail contained within so many of these documents,
there must be an excellent chance that other SIG members may well find
family members they never knew existed.

Thank you again Hans for helping me locate this extraordinary information.

Ronny Roberts, London
Researching AUFRICHTIG, AUFRIKKHTIG, OIFRICHTIG, LOKSCHAN, HUSSERL, WODAK


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech RE: Prague registration forms #austria-czech

Ronny Roberts <ronny@...>
 

Hello fellow SIG members

Hans Peter Grab is to be congratulated for this fantastic resource.

I visited this site today, and was astounded at the information I came
across when researching persons bearing my family name AUFRICHTIG. The files
contained provided links for which I had been searching many, many years.
Given the invaluable detail contained within so many of these documents,
there must be an excellent chance that other SIG members may well find
family members they never knew existed.

Thank you again Hans for helping me locate this extraordinary information.

Ronny Roberts, London
Researching AUFRICHTIG, AUFRIKKHTIG, OIFRICHTIG, LOKSCHAN, HUSSERL, WODAK


Viewmate # 9511; 9512 #ukraine

Anita Frankel
 

Hi-

Considering the tremendous help I got with my recent German request, I
decided to try now with the Russian.

I have posted two items to ViewMate. The first, VM 9511 is the photo of
a woman, probably >from the late 19th century. We do not know who she is.
There is some writing at the bottom, but more on the reverse, which was
posted next. Does anyone recognize her?

VM 9512- This is the reverse of the preceding photograph. It is probably
the name and address of the photographer. There also seems to be a couple
of words in Yiddish at the top.

The direct address for #9511
Http://data.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/ALL/viewmateview.asp?key=3D9511

The direct address for 9512 is
Http://data.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/ALL/viewmateview.asp?key=3D9512


Please send any replies directly to me.

I would be grateful for any suggestions.

Anita Frankel

Storrs, CT USA


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Viewmate # 9511; 9512 #ukraine

Anita Frankel
 

Hi-

Considering the tremendous help I got with my recent German request, I
decided to try now with the Russian.

I have posted two items to ViewMate. The first, VM 9511 is the photo of
a woman, probably >from the late 19th century. We do not know who she is.
There is some writing at the bottom, but more on the reverse, which was
posted next. Does anyone recognize her?

VM 9512- This is the reverse of the preceding photograph. It is probably
the name and address of the photographer. There also seems to be a couple
of words in Yiddish at the top.

The direct address for #9511
Http://data.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/ALL/viewmateview.asp?key=3D9511

The direct address for 9512 is
Http://data.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/ALL/viewmateview.asp?key=3D9512


Please send any replies directly to me.

I would be grateful for any suggestions.

Anita Frankel

Storrs, CT USA


Re: Jakob Kohn Family of Baden #austria-czech

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

Thank you Carole for this information. I also wrote about my search for Karl
KOHN >from Baden to this SIG quite a few years ago! How I traced him is really
a miracle. I only had his name and a six digit number as clues, plus the
possibility that he went to Shanghai. I have spoken to people who knew him and
his wife? Hermine [nee TAUBER] a French teacher, in Melbourne. I found the site
of his burial and I have some original papers belonging to him which were sent
to me. I was told he did marry Hermine - but I have not followed that through
as they had no children.

You see he had a daughter born in Slovakia on 6 June 1912, you and the family
knew nothing about. He gave her money and told her* to leave for the USA as she
was half-Jewish and in grave danger. Then he gave her this scrap of paper with
the six digit number. After that there was silence and they were never in touch
again. They presumed he had died in the holocaust. His close Jewish friend who
lived in the village was a Jakob STERN.

I was asked to trace him by his granddaughter now in Ohio. I told her yesterday
about the large family and she was in a state of happy "shock". I will give you
further personal details off-list.

The morale is that family secrets may eventually be revealed, even after 95
years and the family itself, may be the last to know.

Celia Male [U.K.]

*Footnote: She left her Catholic mother behind in Slovakia nr Trencin [Horna
Sluzia? and never saw her again. She died shortly after the end of WW2 so even
if Karl had tried to get in touch with her it would have been very hard.


Searching for Anthony & Arnold GREGORY in California #general

Daniel Gee <danielgee@...>
 

Dear Genners,
Do you know brothers called Anthony and Arnold GREGORY in California. Their mother
was called Sally and they would now be in their late 50s. If so, please can you put
me in touch with them (via email).
Many Thanks,
Daniel Gleek in London
danielgee@...


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech re:Jakob Kohn Family of Baden #austria-czech

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

Thank you Carole for this information. I also wrote about my search for Karl
KOHN >from Baden to this SIG quite a few years ago! How I traced him is really
a miracle. I only had his name and a six digit number as clues, plus the
possibility that he went to Shanghai. I have spoken to people who knew him and
his wife? Hermine [nee TAUBER] a French teacher, in Melbourne. I found the site
of his burial and I have some original papers belonging to him which were sent
to me. I was told he did marry Hermine - but I have not followed that through
as they had no children.

You see he had a daughter born in Slovakia on 6 June 1912, you and the family
knew nothing about. He gave her money and told her* to leave for the USA as she
was half-Jewish and in grave danger. Then he gave her this scrap of paper with
the six digit number. After that there was silence and they were never in touch
again. They presumed he had died in the holocaust. His close Jewish friend who
lived in the village was a Jakob STERN.

I was asked to trace him by his granddaughter now in Ohio. I told her yesterday
about the large family and she was in a state of happy "shock". I will give you
further personal details off-list.

The morale is that family secrets may eventually be revealed, even after 95
years and the family itself, may be the last to know.

Celia Male [U.K.]

*Footnote: She left her Catholic mother behind in Slovakia nr Trencin [Horna
Sluzia? and never saw her again. She died shortly after the end of WW2 so even
if Karl had tried to get in touch with her it would have been very hard.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching for Anthony & Arnold GREGORY in California #general

Daniel Gee <danielgee@...>
 

Dear Genners,
Do you know brothers called Anthony and Arnold GREGORY in California. Their mother
was called Sally and they would now be in their late 50s. If so, please can you put
me in touch with them (via email).
Many Thanks,
Daniel Gleek in London
danielgee@...


Searching: KABRAN, Vilna -> Scranton, PA (1904) #general

mkabemail-misc@...
 

Here's what I could find on my great-grandfather, who died with the name Isidore
Kabran:
-He pronounced his name (with a Russian accent)Kay-brin -- the phonetic spelling.
-He was born in about 1883 in Eastern Europe.
-He left Vilna, Lithuania in 1903.
-He left Hamburg, Germany on a boat to England on July 23, 1904 under the name
Itzke Kabran originally >from Wilna on a boat called the Vesta.
-He sailed >from Southampton, United Kingdom to Ellis Island on the S.S.
Philadelphia. He left Southampton on July 29 and arrived in New York on Aug. 6,
1904.When he arrived at Ellis Island, they recorded his name as Kobran.
-After a few years, he moved to Scranton, PA, where he lived most of his life.
-He has at least two brothers (David and Larry) who arrived at Ellis Island after
he did. He might have more brothers and a sister in Vilna. My great uncle and
Isadore's youngest child, Stanley Kabran, documented Isadore's life. However, some
facts are unclear and contradictory with what I've found.

I'd like to know:
-What was Isadore's original last name in Vilna and how it was spelled. Stanley
wrote it was Kabron. The Ellis Island log reads Kobran. Now we spell it Kabran. It
might be named after a shtetl called Kabru, Kabrin,or Kabrn. -What happened to
Isadore's parents and family? -Any other details about the name Kabran (Kabron,
Kobrn, or however it was originally spelled).

I really have no more older relatives so my own history seems to stop with my
grandfather. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Sincerely,

M. Kabran


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: KABRAN, Vilna -> Scranton, PA (1904) #general

mkabemail-misc@...
 

Here's what I could find on my great-grandfather, who died with the name Isidore
Kabran:
-He pronounced his name (with a Russian accent)Kay-brin -- the phonetic spelling.
-He was born in about 1883 in Eastern Europe.
-He left Vilna, Lithuania in 1903.
-He left Hamburg, Germany on a boat to England on July 23, 1904 under the name
Itzke Kabran originally >from Wilna on a boat called the Vesta.
-He sailed >from Southampton, United Kingdom to Ellis Island on the S.S.
Philadelphia. He left Southampton on July 29 and arrived in New York on Aug. 6,
1904.When he arrived at Ellis Island, they recorded his name as Kobran.
-After a few years, he moved to Scranton, PA, where he lived most of his life.
-He has at least two brothers (David and Larry) who arrived at Ellis Island after
he did. He might have more brothers and a sister in Vilna. My great uncle and
Isadore's youngest child, Stanley Kabran, documented Isadore's life. However, some
facts are unclear and contradictory with what I've found.

I'd like to know:
-What was Isadore's original last name in Vilna and how it was spelled. Stanley
wrote it was Kabron. The Ellis Island log reads Kobran. Now we spell it Kabran. It
might be named after a shtetl called Kabru, Kabrin,or Kabrn. -What happened to
Isadore's parents and family? -Any other details about the name Kabran (Kabron,
Kobrn, or however it was originally spelled).

I really have no more older relatives so my own history seems to stop with my
grandfather. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Sincerely,

M. Kabran


Samuel Hecht, CEO of Hecht & Co. #germany

Steven Leof <sleof.sln25@...>
 

Samuel M HECHT was born in Baltimore in 1908 and died on 29 or 30 November
1979. He is buried at the Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berryman's Lane,
Reisterstown, Maryland.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Samuel was CEO of Hecht & Co. He was
married to Ruth SAMLER (KOLKER?). His daughter is Margery PEYTON. His sister
is Mary B HECHT.

One obituary states that Samuel was a grandson of Moses HECHT. Another
states that he was a grandson of Samuel HECHT.

Samuel HECHT had sons: Meyer C (born 1855), Emanuel (born 1856), Albert S
(born 1865), Alexander (born 1867) and Moses S (born 1867).

Moses HECHT had four sons: Nathan (born 1857), Hiram (born 1862), Arthur S
(born 1868) and Edwin S (born 1870).

Does anyone know who was Samuel's father and grandfather?

Steven Leof, London <sleof.sln25@...>


German SIG #Germany Samuel Hecht, CEO of Hecht & Co. #germany

Steven Leof <sleof.sln25@...>
 

Samuel M HECHT was born in Baltimore in 1908 and died on 29 or 30 November
1979. He is buried at the Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berryman's Lane,
Reisterstown, Maryland.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Samuel was CEO of Hecht & Co. He was
married to Ruth SAMLER (KOLKER?). His daughter is Margery PEYTON. His sister
is Mary B HECHT.

One obituary states that Samuel was a grandson of Moses HECHT. Another
states that he was a grandson of Samuel HECHT.

Samuel HECHT had sons: Meyer C (born 1855), Emanuel (born 1856), Albert S
(born 1865), Alexander (born 1867) and Moses S (born 1867).

Moses HECHT had four sons: Nathan (born 1857), Hiram (born 1862), Arthur S
(born 1868) and Edwin S (born 1870).

Does anyone know who was Samuel's father and grandfather?

Steven Leof, London <sleof.sln25@...>


Re: Egmar Ruppert - Genealogist for Jewish Families of Northern Germany #germany

GSt <beagun27@...>
 

Recently, I have had an inquiry >from an active GerSIG member
about Egmar Ruppert's situation. Mr. Ruppert now fails to answer most
E-mails >from people who are seeking information >from his extensive data base.

I have been friends with Ruppert for many years, and was instrumental
in getting his data base onto JewishGen originally. Thus I know his situation
intimately. We consider him and his family as personal friends.

There are at least two major reasons why Ruppert no longer
responds to most people, except probably those with whom he has had a
long standing relationship, who have compensated him for work he has
performed, or who have paid for data >from his extensive researches.

I urged him in 1992 or 93 to start charging a modest fee, because he
had invested an enormous amount of time and money in compiling his data,
which started about 20 years ago as a search about the antecedents and
connections of a certain bicycle designer/builder.

In recent years, he has received many requests >from people who
wanted his data but were unwilling to pay for it. - Ruppert has a
very extensive investment in computers, both at home and at least one
PC at the archive in Detmoldt. Over the years, he has made innumerable
trips to the archive >from his home in Hildesheim, usually by train.

And, he has organized his data during innumerable hours at
his home. - Years ago, he did excellent work for some people who gave
him a commission and paid for the data. There were both small and
large projects which I know about. - Personally, I provided him with
all my data, including that about families >from Hildesheim, which
connected with some of the first ones he was interested in.
As a result, I have received more than I contributed and have been
privy to much of his work.

Egmar Ruppert has been working for a couple of years on re-organizing
and cross-indexing his data in a mode which he decided on. I have
known of it because he sent me samples for comment and correction.

I think his data base, "Jewish Families of Northern Germany", was
deleted >from JewishGen.org, probably because there was a disagreement
about how it should be updated. [That has been our loss !]

The second reason that he has not responded much is that he has had
serious health problems, including some most recently, which made
it difficult or impossible for him to work on his computers during
the past 6-8 months. He has not traveled to the archive for some
time, but tries to work on his data base re-organization. Incidentally,
he has been on disability retirement since I have known him (1991).

I know that very few people can get a response to email sent to Egmar Ruppert.
Even relatives of mine, whom I have referred to him in the past couple of years
have been unsuccessful, even though I have mentioned them in my letters to him.

Even so, I know that he is still processing data as much as possible.
I have received questions >from Mr. Ruppert about people I might know or
have contact with in recent months.

I hope, as Ruppert recovers his health and ability to work, he will
continue with his projects.

How the JewishGen community might eventually benefit from
Egmar Ruppert's work again in the future I cannot say.

Gunther Steinberg Portola Valley California <beagun27@...>


German SIG #Germany RE: Egmar Ruppert - Genealogist for Jewish Families of Northern Germany #germany

GSt <beagun27@...>
 

Recently, I have had an inquiry >from an active GerSIG member
about Egmar Ruppert's situation. Mr. Ruppert now fails to answer most
E-mails >from people who are seeking information >from his extensive data base.

I have been friends with Ruppert for many years, and was instrumental
in getting his data base onto JewishGen originally. Thus I know his situation
intimately. We consider him and his family as personal friends.

There are at least two major reasons why Ruppert no longer
responds to most people, except probably those with whom he has had a
long standing relationship, who have compensated him for work he has
performed, or who have paid for data >from his extensive researches.

I urged him in 1992 or 93 to start charging a modest fee, because he
had invested an enormous amount of time and money in compiling his data,
which started about 20 years ago as a search about the antecedents and
connections of a certain bicycle designer/builder.

In recent years, he has received many requests >from people who
wanted his data but were unwilling to pay for it. - Ruppert has a
very extensive investment in computers, both at home and at least one
PC at the archive in Detmoldt. Over the years, he has made innumerable
trips to the archive >from his home in Hildesheim, usually by train.

And, he has organized his data during innumerable hours at
his home. - Years ago, he did excellent work for some people who gave
him a commission and paid for the data. There were both small and
large projects which I know about. - Personally, I provided him with
all my data, including that about families >from Hildesheim, which
connected with some of the first ones he was interested in.
As a result, I have received more than I contributed and have been
privy to much of his work.

Egmar Ruppert has been working for a couple of years on re-organizing
and cross-indexing his data in a mode which he decided on. I have
known of it because he sent me samples for comment and correction.

I think his data base, "Jewish Families of Northern Germany", was
deleted >from JewishGen.org, probably because there was a disagreement
about how it should be updated. [That has been our loss !]

The second reason that he has not responded much is that he has had
serious health problems, including some most recently, which made
it difficult or impossible for him to work on his computers during
the past 6-8 months. He has not traveled to the archive for some
time, but tries to work on his data base re-organization. Incidentally,
he has been on disability retirement since I have known him (1991).

I know that very few people can get a response to email sent to Egmar Ruppert.
Even relatives of mine, whom I have referred to him in the past couple of years
have been unsuccessful, even though I have mentioned them in my letters to him.

Even so, I know that he is still processing data as much as possible.
I have received questions >from Mr. Ruppert about people I might know or
have contact with in recent months.

I hope, as Ruppert recovers his health and ability to work, he will
continue with his projects.

How the JewishGen community might eventually benefit from
Egmar Ruppert's work again in the future I cannot say.

Gunther Steinberg Portola Valley California <beagun27@...>