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(US-RI) Second Bill Introduced Allowing Free Examination of Death Records--More Restrictive #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

On February 7, I posted to this discussion list about a bill introduced in
Rhode Island that if enacted will change the current Vital Records Law
(Section 23-3-23): HB 5309 which would permit the public to examine and copy
death and marriage certificates filed with the Department of Health. Social
Security numbers will be redacted prior to inspection, and would prohibit
the department of health and municipalities >from charging for examination of
these records, but usual per page charges apply for making copies. . It
contains a 100 year embargo for birth records, however, the records will be
open for research by any member of an incorporated genealogy society. It
limits to the specific family members, and others including members of
genealogical societies the ability to examine the original or copy of a
birth certificate or record. This bill was introduced and referred to the
House Judiciary Committee but no further action has yet occurred. To read
the bill see:
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText15/HouseText15/H5309.pdf

Another bill has been introduced in Rhode Island, HB5863 and referred to the
House Judiciary, which may be read at:
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText15/HouseText15/H5863.pdf

This bill also amends the current Vital Records Law (Section 23-3-23) by
permitting the following access to death certificates with no fees for
examining death certificates filed with the department of health: title
examiners, attorneys, or members of legally incorporated genealogical
societies in the conduct of their official duties. Fees may be charged for
copying the records but not for searching the records. If enacted this bill
would become effective on passage.

At this time it is unknown if the two bills will merge together, or if HB
5863 replaces HB 5309 as the authors of HB 5309 are also the authors -plus
others-of HB 5863. While HB 5309 also included marriage certificates, and
permitted the public to also view the records, HB 5863 is more restrictive
as it limits access to the records as mentioned above: title examiners,
attorneys and members of legally incorporated genealogical societies and
only covers death certificates and does not mention marriage certificates.
No date for a hearing was published at the time of this posting.

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for
alerting us to this new bill.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (US-RI) Second Bill Introduced Allowing Free Examination of Death Records--More Restrictive #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

On February 7, I posted to this discussion list about a bill introduced in
Rhode Island that if enacted will change the current Vital Records Law
(Section 23-3-23): HB 5309 which would permit the public to examine and copy
death and marriage certificates filed with the Department of Health. Social
Security numbers will be redacted prior to inspection, and would prohibit
the department of health and municipalities >from charging for examination of
these records, but usual per page charges apply for making copies. . It
contains a 100 year embargo for birth records, however, the records will be
open for research by any member of an incorporated genealogy society. It
limits to the specific family members, and others including members of
genealogical societies the ability to examine the original or copy of a
birth certificate or record. This bill was introduced and referred to the
House Judiciary Committee but no further action has yet occurred. To read
the bill see:
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText15/HouseText15/H5309.pdf

Another bill has been introduced in Rhode Island, HB5863 and referred to the
House Judiciary, which may be read at:
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText15/HouseText15/H5863.pdf

This bill also amends the current Vital Records Law (Section 23-3-23) by
permitting the following access to death certificates with no fees for
examining death certificates filed with the department of health: title
examiners, attorneys, or members of legally incorporated genealogical
societies in the conduct of their official duties. Fees may be charged for
copying the records but not for searching the records. If enacted this bill
would become effective on passage.

At this time it is unknown if the two bills will merge together, or if HB
5863 replaces HB 5309 as the authors of HB 5309 are also the authors -plus
others-of HB 5863. While HB 5309 also included marriage certificates, and
permitted the public to also view the records, HB 5863 is more restrictive
as it limits access to the records as mentioned above: title examiners,
attorneys and members of legally incorporated genealogical societies and
only covers death certificates and does not mention marriage certificates.
No date for a hearing was published at the time of this posting.

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for
alerting us to this new bill.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Younger ages on arrival manifests? #general

David W. Perle
 

Hi, all. Aside >from honest miscommunication (such as with different
accents and such), are there any explanations for why my 23-year-old
great-grandmother Minnie KROLL would have been listed as being 18 on her
ship manifest when arriving in New York City in September 1903? She was
arriving >from Kalisz, Poland/Russia with her mother Laja. Just five months
later, her Manhattan marriage certificate shows that she was 22. (Almost
accurate, as her Polish birth record indicates that she was 23.)

As reflected on the manifest, they were joining Minnie's older
brother/Laja's son Jacob, who was already settled in NYC, as well as
Minnie's bridegroom William PERLE.

A funny tidbit is that Minnie actually did lie about her age during the
rest of her life. My great-aunt was convinced that her mother Minnie had
been 16 or 17 when Minnie and William married, though she was actually
22/23.

David Perle
Washington, DC
Researching ARONOWSKY, BLUM, PERLE, SMOLEY/SMOLA, GOTTLIEB, KROLL,
PRZEGRODA, etc...

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Younger ages on arrival manifests? #general

David W. Perle
 

Hi, all. Aside >from honest miscommunication (such as with different
accents and such), are there any explanations for why my 23-year-old
great-grandmother Minnie KROLL would have been listed as being 18 on her
ship manifest when arriving in New York City in September 1903? She was
arriving >from Kalisz, Poland/Russia with her mother Laja. Just five months
later, her Manhattan marriage certificate shows that she was 22. (Almost
accurate, as her Polish birth record indicates that she was 23.)

As reflected on the manifest, they were joining Minnie's older
brother/Laja's son Jacob, who was already settled in NYC, as well as
Minnie's bridegroom William PERLE.

A funny tidbit is that Minnie actually did lie about her age during the
rest of her life. My great-aunt was convinced that her mother Minnie had
been 16 or 17 when Minnie and William married, though she was actually
22/23.

David Perle
Washington, DC
Researching ARONOWSKY, BLUM, PERLE, SMOLEY/SMOLA, GOTTLIEB, KROLL,
PRZEGRODA, etc...

Re: Traveling alone in Poland at 15 year old / Zakopane ski resort #general

tom
 

Probably. Our ancestors weren't as well "informed" about the dangers
of the wide world, and therefore seem to have enjoyed a degree of
immunity.

In my own immediate family, I flew >from alone >from London to Geneva
at the age of (almost) 17, with no one at the other end to meet me,
and no other arrangements. (Granted, that was much later in the 20th
century.) My late father-in-law travelled to the Congo, in Africa,
at an even younger age (family lore says it was just after his bar
mitzvah). And one of my late father's childhood stories was that he
and his cousin, both about 8 or 9 years old, took a horse-drawn wagon
of watermelons to the fair, alone, sold them, and then drove the
horse and wagon home at the end of the day. (Horses being an early
prototype of the self-driving car.)

Somehow, children in those days were given greater freedom and
responsibility, and parents managed to survive without cell phones or
constant contact. It might make an interesting statistical study to
look up records of, say, 15-year-olds arriving at Ellis Island, where
we have lots of data to work with, and try to figure out how many of
them arrived unaccompanied by their immediate family.

....... tom klein, toronto

"Marc" <marcrys@...> wrote:
[snip!]

Would such a teenager travel alone on "holiday" to a ski resort 500km away
from Warszaw in the early 20th c. ?
[snip!]

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Traveling alone in Poland at 15 year old / Zakopane ski resort #general

tom
 

Probably. Our ancestors weren't as well "informed" about the dangers
of the wide world, and therefore seem to have enjoyed a degree of
immunity.

In my own immediate family, I flew >from alone >from London to Geneva
at the age of (almost) 17, with no one at the other end to meet me,
and no other arrangements. (Granted, that was much later in the 20th
century.) My late father-in-law travelled to the Congo, in Africa,
at an even younger age (family lore says it was just after his bar
mitzvah). And one of my late father's childhood stories was that he
and his cousin, both about 8 or 9 years old, took a horse-drawn wagon
of watermelons to the fair, alone, sold them, and then drove the
horse and wagon home at the end of the day. (Horses being an early
prototype of the self-driving car.)

Somehow, children in those days were given greater freedom and
responsibility, and parents managed to survive without cell phones or
constant contact. It might make an interesting statistical study to
look up records of, say, 15-year-olds arriving at Ellis Island, where
we have lots of data to work with, and try to figure out how many of
them arrived unaccompanied by their immediate family.

....... tom klein, toronto

"Marc" <marcrys@...> wrote:
[snip!]

Would such a teenager travel alone on "holiday" to a ski resort 500km away
from Warszaw in the early 20th c. ?
[snip!]

(Europe-Danube) Tracing Jewish Heritage Along the Danube #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The New York Times has an article by Lisa Schwarzbaum, who took a Danube
River Cruise >from Budapest to Nuremberg-tracing Jewish heritage-this article
would be especially interesting for those who have roots in central eastern
Europe.. In full disclosure I took a similar cruise on another line- Viking
Cruises--- last June

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/travel/tracing-jewish-heritage-along-the-danube.html?_r=0
[or http://tinyurl.com/lztkza2 --Mod.]

I have no affiliation with AmaWaterways, the river cruise line, and am
posting this solely for the information of the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Europe-Danube) Tracing Jewish Heritage Along the Danube #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The New York Times has an article by Lisa Schwarzbaum, who took a Danube
River Cruise >from Budapest to Nuremberg-tracing Jewish heritage-this article
would be especially interesting for those who have roots in central eastern
Europe.. In full disclosure I took a similar cruise on another line- Viking
Cruises--- last June

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/travel/tracing-jewish-heritage-along-the-danube.html?_r=0
[or http://tinyurl.com/lztkza2 --Mod.]

I have no affiliation with AmaWaterways, the river cruise line, and am
posting this solely for the information of the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Name question ~ 19th century Szrensk, Russia (Poland) #general

bernerfolk
 

I'm looking at the JRI index for Szrensk, Poland for the FRAJDENBERG
family. There is a birth record for Wolew in 1858. There are two
entries for one death record, one reads: Zulek FREYDENBERG and the
other Wulek FRAJDENBERG. I have two questions regarding these records:

~ I know they are for the same family, can I assume Wolew = Wulek = Zulek?

~ I've not come across this name before and I don't see it in the names
database. Is it related to other names, maybe Wolf?

Also >from a Szrensk document, the mother of the groom on an 1881 marriage
record has been translated (transliterated?) as "Khudessa born Kitaeva" or
"Hudessa >from Kitajews" being the "latin". I suspect this is a patronymic
or a surname but it's not a familiar name to me. I don't at present have
a good scan of the document to post on viewmate, is it possible to make
sense of the transliteration I have >from what I've posted here?

Sherri Venditti
The Berkshires, USA.

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Name question ~ 19th century Szrensk, Russia (Poland) #general

bernerfolk
 

I'm looking at the JRI index for Szrensk, Poland for the FRAJDENBERG
family. There is a birth record for Wolew in 1858. There are two
entries for one death record, one reads: Zulek FREYDENBERG and the
other Wulek FRAJDENBERG. I have two questions regarding these records:

~ I know they are for the same family, can I assume Wolew = Wulek = Zulek?

~ I've not come across this name before and I don't see it in the names
database. Is it related to other names, maybe Wolf?

Also >from a Szrensk document, the mother of the groom on an 1881 marriage
record has been translated (transliterated?) as "Khudessa born Kitaeva" or
"Hudessa >from Kitajews" being the "latin". I suspect this is a patronymic
or a surname but it's not a familiar name to me. I don't at present have
a good scan of the document to post on viewmate, is it possible to make
sense of the transliteration I have >from what I've posted here?

Sherri Venditti
The Berkshires, USA.

(Jamaica) IAJGS Member JGS Jamaica President Featured in AP Story on Jamaica and Jewish Tourism Hope for Fading Community #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

IAJGS member Jamaica Jewish Genealogy Society President Ainsley Henriques is
featured in an Associated Press article on the hopes that Jewish tourism can
help the fading community. There are photos of Sha'are Shalom- but not
enough people for a minion on Shabbat. In the 1800's there were 2,500 Jews
and 8 synagogues on the Island country-today 200 congregants-most over 50
years old-- and one synagogue remain. This Kingston synagogue evolved out of
Sephardic conservative traditions but adopted liberal practices >from both
British and American Reform movements. The hope is for the community to
remain. Jewish tourism appears to be the financial underpinning of this
fragile community. Ainsley preserves the community's memories through is
Jamaica Jewish Genealogical Institute. Some of the history of Jamaica is
told in the book "Pirates of the Caribbean" where some Sephardic Jews became
pirates who plundered galleons.

When the British ruled Jamaica, Jews were the core of the merchant class and
colonial Jamaica gave Jews voting rights in 1831-years before they obtained
the same rights in Britain-and by 1847 8 Jews were serving in the House of
Assembly.

The article also mentions Jewish tourism is important in the US Virgin
Islands and Curacao.

To read the article and see more photos go to: http://tinyurl.com/n6l3dnt
Original url:
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0544393d0baa425a91ab0f810d0642ae/jamaica-hopes-jewish-tourism-can-help-fading-community

Thank you to Jewish Genner Randy Herschaft of the Associated Press for
sharing the story with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Jamaica) IAJGS Member JGS Jamaica President Featured in AP Story on Jamaica and Jewish Tourism Hope for Fading Community #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

IAJGS member Jamaica Jewish Genealogy Society President Ainsley Henriques is
featured in an Associated Press article on the hopes that Jewish tourism can
help the fading community. There are photos of Sha'are Shalom- but not
enough people for a minion on Shabbat. In the 1800's there were 2,500 Jews
and 8 synagogues on the Island country-today 200 congregants-most over 50
years old-- and one synagogue remain. This Kingston synagogue evolved out of
Sephardic conservative traditions but adopted liberal practices >from both
British and American Reform movements. The hope is for the community to
remain. Jewish tourism appears to be the financial underpinning of this
fragile community. Ainsley preserves the community's memories through is
Jamaica Jewish Genealogical Institute. Some of the history of Jamaica is
told in the book "Pirates of the Caribbean" where some Sephardic Jews became
pirates who plundered galleons.

When the British ruled Jamaica, Jews were the core of the merchant class and
colonial Jamaica gave Jews voting rights in 1831-years before they obtained
the same rights in Britain-and by 1847 8 Jews were serving in the House of
Assembly.

The article also mentions Jewish tourism is important in the US Virgin
Islands and Curacao.

To read the article and see more photos go to: http://tinyurl.com/n6l3dnt
Original url:
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0544393d0baa425a91ab0f810d0642ae/jamaica-hopes-jewish-tourism-can-help-fading-community

Thank you to Jewish Genner Randy Herschaft of the Associated Press for
sharing the story with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Two Free Webinars: UK: Female Ancestors Who Served in WWl; US- Board of Certification of Genealogists #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

If you had female ancestors serving during WW l for the UK this webinar may
of interest. In keeping with the centennial of the beginning of World War l,
archives are presenting new exhibits and offering webinars. The (UK)
National Archives is offering a free webinar on 16 March, 2015 16:00 (UK
time) for one hour on: "Tracing Your Ancestors: Women in the Military
Services During World War l". This includes women serving in the Women's
Royal Air Force, Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, Women's Royal Navy Service,
Voluntary Aid Detachment, First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and Merchant Navy
Marine.

To register for the webinar go to: http://tinyurl.com/jwbzyw5

Original url:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-women-in-the-military-services-during-first-world-war-tickets-14991832976

For any questions regarding the format or webinar login process please
contact webinars@....

During the webinar you will be able to interact with the archive staff and
other researchers taking part in the webinar as well as seeing/hearing the
presentation onscreen.
---

The Board of Certification of Genealogists has announced a free webinar open
to all:

"Elementary, My Dear Watson! Solving Your Genealogy Puzzles with Clues You
Already Have" with James M. Baker CG on 17 March 2015 at 8:00-9:30PM EDT.
The program will offer step-by-step approaches for using inferential and
analytic thinking to solve genealogy programs using naming patterns,
birth/marriage witness data, sibling research, timelines and family
migrations. There is no charge but space is limited.

Mr. Baker is an active genealogist for the past 15 years, specializing in
German, Midwest U.S., and early American research. He has written articles
for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Magazine and NGS Quarterly. He
has given more than 100 genealogy presentations during the past three years
at local, regional, and national events.

To register with your name and email address go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2391757013757559042 .
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the webinar.

To check the time zone in your area go to the world clock:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

For more information see: http://blog.bcgcertification.org/

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for
alerting us to the free BCG webinar.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Two Free Webinars: UK: Female Ancestors Who Served in WWl; US- Board of Certification of Genealogists #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

If you had female ancestors serving during WW l for the UK this webinar may
of interest. In keeping with the centennial of the beginning of World War l,
archives are presenting new exhibits and offering webinars. The (UK)
National Archives is offering a free webinar on 16 March, 2015 16:00 (UK
time) for one hour on: "Tracing Your Ancestors: Women in the Military
Services During World War l". This includes women serving in the Women's
Royal Air Force, Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, Women's Royal Navy Service,
Voluntary Aid Detachment, First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and Merchant Navy
Marine.

To register for the webinar go to: http://tinyurl.com/jwbzyw5

Original url:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-women-in-the-military-services-during-first-world-war-tickets-14991832976

For any questions regarding the format or webinar login process please
contact webinars@....

During the webinar you will be able to interact with the archive staff and
other researchers taking part in the webinar as well as seeing/hearing the
presentation onscreen.
---

The Board of Certification of Genealogists has announced a free webinar open
to all:

"Elementary, My Dear Watson! Solving Your Genealogy Puzzles with Clues You
Already Have" with James M. Baker CG on 17 March 2015 at 8:00-9:30PM EDT.
The program will offer step-by-step approaches for using inferential and
analytic thinking to solve genealogy programs using naming patterns,
birth/marriage witness data, sibling research, timelines and family
migrations. There is no charge but space is limited.

Mr. Baker is an active genealogist for the past 15 years, specializing in
German, Midwest U.S., and early American research. He has written articles
for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Magazine and NGS Quarterly. He
has given more than 100 genealogy presentations during the past three years
at local, regional, and national events.

To register with your name and email address go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2391757013757559042 .
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the webinar.

To check the time zone in your area go to the world clock:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

For more information see: http://blog.bcgcertification.org/

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for
alerting us to the free BCG webinar.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Holocaust: German/Austrian Jews in Croatia #general

Lande
 

The following website identifies Jews who perished/survived in Croatia in
the 1940s.
http://www.cendo.hr/BAZAZrtava.aspx

from this database I have extracted the names of those Jews born in Berlin
(27), Hamburg (2), Frankfurt (1), Breslau (4), Vienna (107) and Graz (9) and
entered them into a small database. The listing includes surnames, maiden
and given names, years and places of birth and given names of fathers. The
fate of each person, perished/survived, is given but the information is
sometimes confusing, i.e. a person is listed both as perishing and
surviving. I suggest that researchers go direct to the website but would be
happy to send my database to anyone who prefers this.

A brief check indicates that many/most of these names do not appear in the
Gedenkbuch -- presumably since the information does indicate when an
individual left Germany and victims are only included if they resided in
Germany after 1933. They also do not turn up in DOEW, for reasons unknown.

Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Holocaust: German/Austrian Jews in Croatia #general

Lande
 

The following website identifies Jews who perished/survived in Croatia in
the 1940s.
http://www.cendo.hr/BAZAZrtava.aspx

from this database I have extracted the names of those Jews born in Berlin
(27), Hamburg (2), Frankfurt (1), Breslau (4), Vienna (107) and Graz (9) and
entered them into a small database. The listing includes surnames, maiden
and given names, years and places of birth and given names of fathers. The
fate of each person, perished/survived, is given but the information is
sometimes confusing, i.e. a person is listed both as perishing and
surviving. I suggest that researchers go direct to the website but would be
happy to send my database to anyone who prefers this.

A brief check indicates that many/most of these names do not appear in the
Gedenkbuch -- presumably since the information does indicate when an
individual left Germany and victims are only included if they resided in
Germany after 1933. They also do not turn up in DOEW, for reasons unknown.

Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Re: jri-pl digest: March 14, 2015 #poland

TAFKASnyc@...
 

Anna Bikont is a very well respected Polish-American journalist who has
really been fearless in uncovering and ferreting out truths >from those who
might have wanted to hide them. Jedwabne's older residents for the most part
are pretty anti-Semitic and make little secret of it. Agnieszka Arnold's
"Sasiedzi" ("Neighbors") was the first expose of the events of July 1941 in
Jedwabne and it spawned the book by Jan Tomasz Gross. Another volume I can
recommend for researchers or genealogists or anyone with an interest in the
history is "Thou Shalt Not Kill: Poles on Jedwabne".

For a kind of fictionalized dramatization of a story loosely based on the
Jedwabne murders; the Polish suspense film "Aftermath" stirred up a lot of,
um, commentary.

I have been to Jedwabne several times and have good friends in the town
and in the area; one of whom was so inspired by my family history and my kind
of "Everything Is Illuminated" style of immersion travel that he grew
through his formative years seeking out Jewish culture to preserve and
protect. He is now one of the assistants to the President of the Festiwal
Kultury Zydowskiej, the Jewish Culture Festival which is one of Poland's
biggest and best summer festivals and is happening in Krakow June 29 -
July 5 of this year and to which I urge anybody who can to attend;
this is the 25th year of the Festival and the first time I myself will
attend to celebrate with my friends and co-protectors of our heritage
from my ancestral towns of Sokoly, Wysokie Mazowieckie, Zambrow,
Bialystok, Jedwabne. Lomza, and other places around Poland and around
the world..... In memory of those who came before, including the
following known to have been on the forced march >from the Jedwabner
Rynek to Bronoslowski's barn on July 10, 1941: Peltyel Serwetarz
and his wife Chaja Frejda Biednowicza Serwetarza with their two
young sons, Leizer and Chana Apfelbaum and their children; and to the
memory of those >from the following families who escaped to the fields
or were hidden by Poles who risked their lives to hide them: Biednowicz,
Piorko, Kubrzanski.

I eagerly await Anna's book. If I recall correctly she spoke with me
sometime back when I was young and stupid and thought I was going to
head on over there and slap Jedwabne's collective face. Ive learned
since that the only way to attract attention is constructive and open
dialogue with receptive and forward thinking folks who can help make
a difference on the ground.

Jedwabne is a bit of a sticky wicket indeed for anybody whose families
lived there and who were not able to get out before the war. In my
family nobody wanted to speak of it, I only knew the name of the town
from when I was a young boy and asked my Great Grandfather who lived
there; where we were >from and he told me "a town called Jedwabne" and
I said I wanted to go there and he jumped like a fish hooked on a
line but recovered immediately and patted my 6 year old head and said
in that lilting Polish Yiddish accent that we all remember >from Ocean
Parkway..... "Vaddya vant to go dere fahr? Zey're all komming here!".
Later I asked a distant cousins whose Kubrzanski and Biednowicz
parents had lived there if anyone remembered anything about the
place and was told "Yes, but dont ask. Just. Dont. Ask". Ive since
done quite a lot of asking, to be sure that nobody forgets.

Robert Becker
Oakland CA / Lake Placid NY

STARBEKER / BECKER - Tiraspol, Bendery, Kishinev, Moldova, GRINSPAN -
Akkerman, Ukraine, KOPYTOWSKI - Sokoly, Wysokie Mazowieckie, Ciechanowiec,
Losice, Poland, BIEDNOWICZ - Jedwabne, Lomza, Gac, Drozdowo, Poland, PIORKO -
Lomza, Zambrow, Grajewo, Jedwabne, Poland, and other related families:
GILERT, MALOWANY, DECHTER, BRZEZINA, MOSKOWITZ, BOLTANSKY, DIAMOND, KUREK,
LUPIAN, WONDOLOWICZ, BLUMENBLATT, GERSHKOVICH


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Subject: A New Book About What Happened to the Jews In Jedwabne
From: "Jan Meisels Allen" <janmallen@...>
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:07:39 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

Most of us have read or are at least aware of the atrocities that occurred
during the week of July 10, 1941-to towns in NE Poland: including Jedwabne,
Radzilow, Stawiski, ( my ancestral town), Wasosz and others. What
happened
in Jedwabne-over half of the towns 1600 Jews were put in a barn and were
burned alive--was described in the seminal book "Neighbors" by Jan Gross in
2000, and the then president, President Aleksander Kwasniewski apology of
the Poles role in Jedwabne's mass slaughter in 2001 (he lost his bid for
reelection several months later).

A new book will be published in September, "The Crime and the Silence", by
Anna Bikont, a Polish journalist and columnist. This book looks further
into
what happened with interviews of survivors of the town and whether today's
residents have faced the past. The Forward has interviewed Ms. Bikont which
can be read at: http://tinyurl.com/mml42gv

Original url:
http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/216559/meet-the-long-lost-jews-of-
jedwabne/?utm_content=DailyNewsletter_TopArea_Position-2_Headline&utm_source
=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=The%20Forward%20Today%20%28Monday-Friday
%29&utm_campaign=Saturday-and-Sunday_Daily_Newsletter%202015-03-14

I have no affiliation with Ms. Bikont, The Forward or the book's
publisher,
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and am posting this solely for the information
of
the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

JRI Poland #Poland Re: jri-pl digest: March 14, 2015 #poland

TAFKASnyc@...
 

Anna Bikont is a very well respected Polish-American journalist who has
really been fearless in uncovering and ferreting out truths >from those who
might have wanted to hide them. Jedwabne's older residents for the most part
are pretty anti-Semitic and make little secret of it. Agnieszka Arnold's
"Sasiedzi" ("Neighbors") was the first expose of the events of July 1941 in
Jedwabne and it spawned the book by Jan Tomasz Gross. Another volume I can
recommend for researchers or genealogists or anyone with an interest in the
history is "Thou Shalt Not Kill: Poles on Jedwabne".

For a kind of fictionalized dramatization of a story loosely based on the
Jedwabne murders; the Polish suspense film "Aftermath" stirred up a lot of,
um, commentary.

I have been to Jedwabne several times and have good friends in the town
and in the area; one of whom was so inspired by my family history and my kind
of "Everything Is Illuminated" style of immersion travel that he grew
through his formative years seeking out Jewish culture to preserve and
protect. He is now one of the assistants to the President of the Festiwal
Kultury Zydowskiej, the Jewish Culture Festival which is one of Poland's
biggest and best summer festivals and is happening in Krakow June 29 -
July 5 of this year and to which I urge anybody who can to attend;
this is the 25th year of the Festival and the first time I myself will
attend to celebrate with my friends and co-protectors of our heritage
from my ancestral towns of Sokoly, Wysokie Mazowieckie, Zambrow,
Bialystok, Jedwabne. Lomza, and other places around Poland and around
the world..... In memory of those who came before, including the
following known to have been on the forced march >from the Jedwabner
Rynek to Bronoslowski's barn on July 10, 1941: Peltyel Serwetarz
and his wife Chaja Frejda Biednowicza Serwetarza with their two
young sons, Leizer and Chana Apfelbaum and their children; and to the
memory of those >from the following families who escaped to the fields
or were hidden by Poles who risked their lives to hide them: Biednowicz,
Piorko, Kubrzanski.

I eagerly await Anna's book. If I recall correctly she spoke with me
sometime back when I was young and stupid and thought I was going to
head on over there and slap Jedwabne's collective face. Ive learned
since that the only way to attract attention is constructive and open
dialogue with receptive and forward thinking folks who can help make
a difference on the ground.

Jedwabne is a bit of a sticky wicket indeed for anybody whose families
lived there and who were not able to get out before the war. In my
family nobody wanted to speak of it, I only knew the name of the town
from when I was a young boy and asked my Great Grandfather who lived
there; where we were >from and he told me "a town called Jedwabne" and
I said I wanted to go there and he jumped like a fish hooked on a
line but recovered immediately and patted my 6 year old head and said
in that lilting Polish Yiddish accent that we all remember >from Ocean
Parkway..... "Vaddya vant to go dere fahr? Zey're all komming here!".
Later I asked a distant cousins whose Kubrzanski and Biednowicz
parents had lived there if anyone remembered anything about the
place and was told "Yes, but dont ask. Just. Dont. Ask". Ive since
done quite a lot of asking, to be sure that nobody forgets.

Robert Becker
Oakland CA / Lake Placid NY

STARBEKER / BECKER - Tiraspol, Bendery, Kishinev, Moldova, GRINSPAN -
Akkerman, Ukraine, KOPYTOWSKI - Sokoly, Wysokie Mazowieckie, Ciechanowiec,
Losice, Poland, BIEDNOWICZ - Jedwabne, Lomza, Gac, Drozdowo, Poland, PIORKO -
Lomza, Zambrow, Grajewo, Jedwabne, Poland, and other related families:
GILERT, MALOWANY, DECHTER, BRZEZINA, MOSKOWITZ, BOLTANSKY, DIAMOND, KUREK,
LUPIAN, WONDOLOWICZ, BLUMENBLATT, GERSHKOVICH


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Subject: A New Book About What Happened to the Jews In Jedwabne
From: "Jan Meisels Allen" <janmallen@...>
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:07:39 -0700
X-Message-Number: 1

Most of us have read or are at least aware of the atrocities that occurred
during the week of July 10, 1941-to towns in NE Poland: including Jedwabne,
Radzilow, Stawiski, ( my ancestral town), Wasosz and others. What
happened
in Jedwabne-over half of the towns 1600 Jews were put in a barn and were
burned alive--was described in the seminal book "Neighbors" by Jan Gross in
2000, and the then president, President Aleksander Kwasniewski apology of
the Poles role in Jedwabne's mass slaughter in 2001 (he lost his bid for
reelection several months later).

A new book will be published in September, "The Crime and the Silence", by
Anna Bikont, a Polish journalist and columnist. This book looks further
into
what happened with interviews of survivors of the town and whether today's
residents have faced the past. The Forward has interviewed Ms. Bikont which
can be read at: http://tinyurl.com/mml42gv

Original url:
http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/216559/meet-the-long-lost-jews-of-
jedwabne/?utm_content=DailyNewsletter_TopArea_Position-2_Headline&utm_source
=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=The%20Forward%20Today%20%28Monday-Friday
%29&utm_campaign=Saturday-and-Sunday_Daily_Newsletter%202015-03-14

I have no affiliation with Ms. Bikont, The Forward or the book's
publisher,
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and am posting this solely for the information
of
the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

(Jamaica) IAJGS Member JGS Jamaica President Featured in AP Story on Jamaica and Jewish Tourism Hope for Fading Community #sephardic

Jan Meisels Allen
 

IAJGS member Jamaica Jewish Genealogy Society President Ainsley Henriques is
featured in an Associated Press article on the hopes that Jewish tourism can
help the fading community. There are photos of Sha'are Shalom- but not
enough people for a minion on Shabbat. In the 1800's there were 2,500 Jews
and 8 synagogues on the Island country-today 200 congregants-most over 50
years old-- and one synagogue remain. This Kingston synagogue evolved out of
Sephardic conservative traditions but adopted liberal practices >from both
British and American Reform movements. The hope is for the community to
remain. Jewish tourism appears to be the financial underpinning of this
fragile community. Ainsley preserves the community's memories through is
Jamaica Jewish Genealogical Institute. Some of the history of Jamaica is
told in the book "Pirates of the Caribbean" where some Sephardic Jews became
pirates who plundered galleons.

When the British ruled Jamaica, Jews were the core of the merchant class and
colonial Jamaica gave Jews voting rights in 1831-years before they obtained
the same rights in Britain-and by 1847 8 Jews were serving in the House of
Assembly.

The article also mentions Jewish tourism is important in the US Virgin
Islands and Curacao.

To read the article and see more photos go to: http://tinyurl.com/n6l3dnt
Original url:
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0544393d0baa425a91ab0f810d0642ae/jamaica-hopes-jewish-tourism-can-help-fading-community

Thank you to Jewish Genner Randy Herschaft of the Associated Press for
sharing the story with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Sephardic SIG #Sephardim (Jamaica) IAJGS Member JGS Jamaica President Featured in AP Story on Jamaica and Jewish Tourism Hope for Fading Community #sephardic

Jan Meisels Allen
 

IAJGS member Jamaica Jewish Genealogy Society President Ainsley Henriques is
featured in an Associated Press article on the hopes that Jewish tourism can
help the fading community. There are photos of Sha'are Shalom- but not
enough people for a minion on Shabbat. In the 1800's there were 2,500 Jews
and 8 synagogues on the Island country-today 200 congregants-most over 50
years old-- and one synagogue remain. This Kingston synagogue evolved out of
Sephardic conservative traditions but adopted liberal practices >from both
British and American Reform movements. The hope is for the community to
remain. Jewish tourism appears to be the financial underpinning of this
fragile community. Ainsley preserves the community's memories through is
Jamaica Jewish Genealogical Institute. Some of the history of Jamaica is
told in the book "Pirates of the Caribbean" where some Sephardic Jews became
pirates who plundered galleons.

When the British ruled Jamaica, Jews were the core of the merchant class and
colonial Jamaica gave Jews voting rights in 1831-years before they obtained
the same rights in Britain-and by 1847 8 Jews were serving in the House of
Assembly.

The article also mentions Jewish tourism is important in the US Virgin
Islands and Curacao.

To read the article and see more photos go to: http://tinyurl.com/n6l3dnt
Original url:
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0544393d0baa425a91ab0f810d0642ae/jamaica-hopes-jewish-tourism-can-help-fading-community

Thank you to Jewish Genner Randy Herschaft of the Associated Press for
sharing the story with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee