Date   

Bessarabia SIG Luncheon at conference in Jerusalem, July 8, 12:30pm #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan
 

Dear Researchers,

Our Annual Bessarabia SIG Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, July 8,
12:30pm.

We will have discussion about Kishinev, Republic of Moldova, and how to do
our genealogical research in that country:

- How welcoming is the country to people >from the U.S. or other nations
looking for information?
- Moldovan State Archive - can we get any information >from it?
- Kishinev Cemeteries where Jews were buried - protection of
graves/cemeteries, rules to keep up the conditions of the sites
- Overview of experiences (good and bad) of our members hiring others to do
research in Kishinev
- Issues for visitors (how to overcome language barriers, accessibility/cost
of translators, antisemitism, etc.
- What Jewish Organizations exist in Kishinev? Can they help us?

If you did any research in Kishinev, Moldova, in archives, we would love to
hear >from you. Please let me know if you are coming to the Bessarabia SIG luncheon
and if you would like to let us know about your experience.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Coordinator
Researching KOGAN, SPIVAK, KHAYMOVICH, SRULEVICH, LEVIT in Kaushany,
Bendery, Tarutino, Akkerman, Kiliya - all in Bessarabia, KHAIMOVICH in
Galatz, Romania, KOGAN in Dubossary, Moldova, SRULEVICH in Shanghai, China


Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia Bessarabia SIG Luncheon at conference in Jerusalem, July 8, 12:30pm #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan
 

Dear Researchers,

Our Annual Bessarabia SIG Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, July 8,
12:30pm.

We will have discussion about Kishinev, Republic of Moldova, and how to do
our genealogical research in that country:

- How welcoming is the country to people >from the U.S. or other nations
looking for information?
- Moldovan State Archive - can we get any information >from it?
- Kishinev Cemeteries where Jews were buried - protection of
graves/cemeteries, rules to keep up the conditions of the sites
- Overview of experiences (good and bad) of our members hiring others to do
research in Kishinev
- Issues for visitors (how to overcome language barriers, accessibility/cost
of translators, antisemitism, etc.
- What Jewish Organizations exist in Kishinev? Can they help us?

If you did any research in Kishinev, Moldova, in archives, we would love to
hear >from you. Please let me know if you are coming to the Bessarabia SIG luncheon
and if you would like to let us know about your experience.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Coordinator
Researching KOGAN, SPIVAK, KHAYMOVICH, SRULEVICH, LEVIT in Kaushany,
Bendery, Tarutino, Akkerman, Kiliya - all in Bessarabia, KHAIMOVICH in
Galatz, Romania, KOGAN in Dubossary, Moldova, SRULEVICH in Shanghai, China


Emigration information for Spain volunteer #germany

jberlowitz <jberlowitz331@...>
 

Dear SIGgers,
I am looking for sources of information about the emigration of my
distant relative, Clara PHILIPSBORN (spelled occasionally with two P's
in the middle and two L's). She was born in Kiel in 1890 and emigrated
to Spain in 1930 (according to KPD records - the reported date is
puzzling) as a volunteer translator with the International Brigades.
Family folklore reports that Clara immigrated to Peru (year unknown)
and settled in Lima. She may have sailed directly >from Lisbon rather
than returning to Germany. Her citizenship was annulled and last
address given was Pariser Strasse 8-b (Wilmersdorf). If anyone knows
whom I might contact for her passport records, exit information, etc.,
I'd be most grateful.

Judith Berlowitz, Oakland, California jberlowitz331@gmail.com


German SIG #Germany Emigration information for Spain volunteer #germany

jberlowitz <jberlowitz331@...>
 

Dear SIGgers,
I am looking for sources of information about the emigration of my
distant relative, Clara PHILIPSBORN (spelled occasionally with two P's
in the middle and two L's). She was born in Kiel in 1890 and emigrated
to Spain in 1930 (according to KPD records - the reported date is
puzzling) as a volunteer translator with the International Brigades.
Family folklore reports that Clara immigrated to Peru (year unknown)
and settled in Lima. She may have sailed directly >from Lisbon rather
than returning to Germany. Her citizenship was annulled and last
address given was Pariser Strasse 8-b (Wilmersdorf). If anyone knows
whom I might contact for her passport records, exit information, etc.,
I'd be most grateful.

Judith Berlowitz, Oakland, California jberlowitz331@gmail.com


Re: Facts about Jewish religious life in Shklov from the late 1890s-early 1900s #belarus

JHRG of Belarus <belshtetl@...>
 

Dear All,
We have published a new post about shtetl Shklov "Facts about Jewish religious
life in Shklov >from the late 1890s-early 1900s".
It includes list 1902 of 35 melameds of shtetl Shklov.
For more details please visit our blog

https://jhrgbelarus.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/shklov-facts-about-jewish-religious-
life-from-the-late-1890s-early-1900s/

Yuri Dorn
Coordinator of Jewish Heritage=20
Research Group in Belarus =20
www.jhrgbelarus.org


Belarus SIG #Belarus RE: Facts about Jewish religious life in Shklov from the late 1890s-early 1900s #belarus

JHRG of Belarus <belshtetl@...>
 

Dear All,
We have published a new post about shtetl Shklov "Facts about Jewish religious
life in Shklov >from the late 1890s-early 1900s".
It includes list 1902 of 35 melameds of shtetl Shklov.
For more details please visit our blog

https://jhrgbelarus.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/shklov-facts-about-jewish-religious-
life-from-the-late-1890s-early-1900s/

Yuri Dorn
Coordinator of Jewish Heritage=20
Research Group in Belarus =20
www.jhrgbelarus.org


WASHILKOVSKY Sisters #southafrica

David Slater
 

I am seeking any connection or additional information on the
WASHILKOVSKY/WASILKOVSKY sisters >from Bialystok and/or their descendants:
[Father: Boruch WASHILKOVSKY]

Neshke WASHILKOVSKY b. abt. 1853-? m. Jankel FIKSEL [FIXEL] 1873, in
Bialystok.
Son Morris FIXEL 1881-1949 settled in Hackensack, NJ. FIXEL family owned or
managed a theater in Bialystok.

Esther WASHILKOVSKY b. abt. 1861-1949 m. Benjamin Weiss 1885, in Bialystok.
Family emigrated and settled in Newark, NJ.
Children: Anna (WEISS) SPECTOR 1886-1954; Morris WEISS 1887-?; Emanuel WEISS
1890-1978; Nettie (WEISS) OKIN 1893-1968; Benjamin WEISS 1897-?; Albert
WEISS 1899-1995

Zelda WASHILKOVSKY b. abt. 1856-1936 m. Morris KRAUZE, 1878, in Bialystok
[KRAUZE surname changed to GOLDSTEIN in US]
Family emigrated and settled in NYC
Children: Sam GOLDSTEIN 1882-1943; Bessie (GOLDSTEIN) MARCUS 1867-1947; Dora
(GOLDSTEIN) KIEL 1889-1983; DAVID KRAUSE 1891-1963; Celia (KRAUSE) DEUTSCH
1895-1967; Nellie (GOLDSTEIN) WELGER 1900-1969

____ WASHILKOVSKY m. ________ SUSSELL?, Bialystok
Emigrated to Mossel Bay, South Africa.

Thanks. Please respond directly.
David Slater

Researching
WASHILKOVSKY, KRAUZE, FIXEL – Bialystok
DEUTSCH, MOSHKOVSKY, MONTE, BUKOVITZKI, KOZNITZ – Slonim
SCHLACHTER, DROBIS, SKODOWITZ – Kavarskas
SIMONSOHN [SIMSON in US] - Riga


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica WASHILKOVSKY Sisters #southafrica

David Slater
 

I am seeking any connection or additional information on the
WASHILKOVSKY/WASILKOVSKY sisters >from Bialystok and/or their descendants:
[Father: Boruch WASHILKOVSKY]

Neshke WASHILKOVSKY b. abt. 1853-? m. Jankel FIKSEL [FIXEL] 1873, in
Bialystok.
Son Morris FIXEL 1881-1949 settled in Hackensack, NJ. FIXEL family owned or
managed a theater in Bialystok.

Esther WASHILKOVSKY b. abt. 1861-1949 m. Benjamin Weiss 1885, in Bialystok.
Family emigrated and settled in Newark, NJ.
Children: Anna (WEISS) SPECTOR 1886-1954; Morris WEISS 1887-?; Emanuel WEISS
1890-1978; Nettie (WEISS) OKIN 1893-1968; Benjamin WEISS 1897-?; Albert
WEISS 1899-1995

Zelda WASHILKOVSKY b. abt. 1856-1936 m. Morris KRAUZE, 1878, in Bialystok
[KRAUZE surname changed to GOLDSTEIN in US]
Family emigrated and settled in NYC
Children: Sam GOLDSTEIN 1882-1943; Bessie (GOLDSTEIN) MARCUS 1867-1947; Dora
(GOLDSTEIN) KIEL 1889-1983; DAVID KRAUSE 1891-1963; Celia (KRAUSE) DEUTSCH
1895-1967; Nellie (GOLDSTEIN) WELGER 1900-1969

____ WASHILKOVSKY m. ________ SUSSELL?, Bialystok
Emigrated to Mossel Bay, South Africa.

Thanks. Please respond directly.
David Slater

Researching
WASHILKOVSKY, KRAUZE, FIXEL – Bialystok
DEUTSCH, MOSHKOVSKY, MONTE, BUKOVITZKI, KOZNITZ – Slonim
SCHLACHTER, DROBIS, SKODOWITZ – Kavarskas
SIMONSOHN [SIMSON in US] - Riga


(Australia) National Archives of Australia Digitizes World War l Repatriation Records #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

To mark the centenary of World War l, The National Archives of Australia has
begun to digitize 600,000 World War l repatriation records held by them.

The project will cost $ (AUS) 3.4 million. The digitization will be done in
phases and currently the National Archives aims to digitize 5,000 records of
men and women who left Australia in the first convoy in November 1914 and
returned home again. More than 2,300 records have been digitized. At this
time 150,000 records have been "repackaged" and are included in the Record
Search database. To read more see:
http://www.psnews.com.au/aps/459/news/archives-digitises-world-war-1-vault
[or http://tinyurl.com/oyysztp - MODERATOR]

To access the Discovering Anzacs website go to:
http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/

By entering "Jewish sounding names" into the search mechanism I found a
number of "hits". For example, for a person named Joseph Goldberg I found his
attestation paper before he enlisted. Mr. Goldberg was born in Warsaw
(Russia) in 1889, lived in Adelaide, Australia and next of kin were in
England.

[A search for "Cohen" yields 403 results. - MODERATOR]

Thank you to Dick Eastman, and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for
alerting us to the repatriation records being online.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Australia) National Archives of Australia Digitizes World War l Repatriation Records #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

To mark the centenary of World War l, The National Archives of Australia has
begun to digitize 600,000 World War l repatriation records held by them.

The project will cost $ (AUS) 3.4 million. The digitization will be done in
phases and currently the National Archives aims to digitize 5,000 records of
men and women who left Australia in the first convoy in November 1914 and
returned home again. More than 2,300 records have been digitized. At this
time 150,000 records have been "repackaged" and are included in the Record
Search database. To read more see:
http://www.psnews.com.au/aps/459/news/archives-digitises-world-war-1-vault
[or http://tinyurl.com/oyysztp - MODERATOR]

To access the Discovering Anzacs website go to:
http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/

By entering "Jewish sounding names" into the search mechanism I found a
number of "hits". For example, for a person named Joseph Goldberg I found his
attestation paper before he enlisted. Mr. Goldberg was born in Warsaw
(Russia) in 1889, lived in Adelaide, Australia and next of kin were in
England.

[A search for "Cohen" yields 403 results. - MODERATOR]

Thank you to Dick Eastman, and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for
alerting us to the repatriation records being online.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Cadastral, Minsk #general

Isabel Cymerman
 

Dear Genners,

For a friend who is tracing ennobled ancestors in Minsk and Logoisk, are
cadastral maps available? Would they show boundaries of estates?

Thank you!

Isabel Cymerman
Southbury, CT


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Cadastral, Minsk #general

Isabel Cymerman
 

Dear Genners,

For a friend who is tracing ennobled ancestors in Minsk and Logoisk, are
cadastral maps available? Would they show boundaries of estates?

Thank you!

Isabel Cymerman
Southbury, CT


Jews in Early Santa Monica #general

Carol Rombro Rider
 

I have a booklet entitled "Jews in Early Santa Monica; A Centennial Review",
written by Norton B. Stern >from the "Western States Jewish Historical
Quarterly, July 1975.

It was published by the Western Area Council of the Jewish Federation-
Council of Greater Los Angeles; Santa Monica, California 1975.

It is free to a good home.

Some of the names mentioned are Harris NEWMARK, Myer J. NEWMARK,
Kaspare COHN, Isaiah M. HELLMAN, Isaias W. HELLMAN, Eugene MYER,
Wolf KALISHER, Elias LAVENTHA, Charles PRAGER, Ephraim GREENBAUM,
Mendel MYER, David A. D'ANCONA, Isaac GOLDSMITH, Norman A. ROTH,
Henry Isaac KOWALSKY (of San Francisco), John JONES (yes, he appears
to be Jewish), Abraham MOOSER, Rabbi Jacob VOORSANGER (>from San
Francisco), Rutherford GOLDMAN, Reuben FOGEL, John B. NEWMAN, David
HAMBURGER (of the Hamburger Department Store fame), Maurice HELLMAN,
Rabbi Sigmund HECHT, Adele LEVY, Adolph LOFTON, Estelle RUBIN,
Moses A. ALTER, Cantor Jacob WEINSTOCK, David W. EDELMAN, Louis M.
COLE, Harvey B. FRANKLIN and Rabbi Montague COHEN (>from San Diego).

A small group of Sephardim and a larger group of German Jews seem
to have been influential in Santa Monica's early years.

Carol Rombro Rider
Baltimore, Maryland USA

MODERATOR: Please - if interested - contact Carol privately.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jews in Early Santa Monica #general

Carol Rombro Rider
 

I have a booklet entitled "Jews in Early Santa Monica; A Centennial Review",
written by Norton B. Stern >from the "Western States Jewish Historical
Quarterly, July 1975.

It was published by the Western Area Council of the Jewish Federation-
Council of Greater Los Angeles; Santa Monica, California 1975.

It is free to a good home.

Some of the names mentioned are Harris NEWMARK, Myer J. NEWMARK,
Kaspare COHN, Isaiah M. HELLMAN, Isaias W. HELLMAN, Eugene MYER,
Wolf KALISHER, Elias LAVENTHA, Charles PRAGER, Ephraim GREENBAUM,
Mendel MYER, David A. D'ANCONA, Isaac GOLDSMITH, Norman A. ROTH,
Henry Isaac KOWALSKY (of San Francisco), John JONES (yes, he appears
to be Jewish), Abraham MOOSER, Rabbi Jacob VOORSANGER (>from San
Francisco), Rutherford GOLDMAN, Reuben FOGEL, John B. NEWMAN, David
HAMBURGER (of the Hamburger Department Store fame), Maurice HELLMAN,
Rabbi Sigmund HECHT, Adele LEVY, Adolph LOFTON, Estelle RUBIN,
Moses A. ALTER, Cantor Jacob WEINSTOCK, David W. EDELMAN, Louis M.
COLE, Harvey B. FRANKLIN and Rabbi Montague COHEN (>from San Diego).

A small group of Sephardim and a larger group of German Jews seem
to have been influential in Santa Monica's early years.

Carol Rombro Rider
Baltimore, Maryland USA

MODERATOR: Please - if interested - contact Carol privately.


(Belgium-European Union) Facebook Sued Over Tracking Members and Non-Members #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

In early April I reported on this discussion list that the Belgium Privacy
Commission (CBPL) issued a report regarding Facebook placing cookies
whenever someone visits a webpage belonging to the Facebook.com domain (see
the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives). The CBPL asserts the tracking of
members and nonmembers is illegal under Belgium and European Union (EU) law
and is taking Facebook to Court. It is the first time a European privacy
commission is taking Facebook to court over non-compliance with privacy laws.

As reported in the EU Observer (https://euobserver.com/digital/129110),
Facebook's default is an "opt-out" rather than seeking the user's
permission. The European Union's Data Protection body, Article 29 Working
Party-the same group that created the "right to be forgotten" policy says an
opt-out provision is inadequate to obtain informed consent, and therefore
Facebook's provision does not satisfy requirements for a legally valid
consent, and their tracking of people's behavior violates the EU's e-Policy
directive.

Many genealogists use Facebook for their genealogy contacts and this could
have a chilling effect on contacts within the European Union.

Facebook does not believe there is merit in the case. Facebook had a meeting
scheduled with the Privacy Commission set for June 19 but the Belgium court
will hear the case on June 18th.

EU Court of Justice advocate general opinion on the Austrian Facebook
litigation brought by Max Schrems has been delayed. Advocate general's may
only render an opinion which may be different than the full court's ruling.

The EU ministers will be discussing the establishment of an European
privacy watchdog.

To access the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives, go to:
http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/

You must be a registered subscriber to access the archives. To register go
to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/ and
follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which
JGS/JHS/SIG/JewishGen is your affiliation. You will receive an email
response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be
finalized.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Belgium-European Union) Facebook Sued Over Tracking Members and Non-Members #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

In early April I reported on this discussion list that the Belgium Privacy
Commission (CBPL) issued a report regarding Facebook placing cookies
whenever someone visits a webpage belonging to the Facebook.com domain (see
the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives). The CBPL asserts the tracking of
members and nonmembers is illegal under Belgium and European Union (EU) law
and is taking Facebook to Court. It is the first time a European privacy
commission is taking Facebook to court over non-compliance with privacy laws.

As reported in the EU Observer (https://euobserver.com/digital/129110),
Facebook's default is an "opt-out" rather than seeking the user's
permission. The European Union's Data Protection body, Article 29 Working
Party-the same group that created the "right to be forgotten" policy says an
opt-out provision is inadequate to obtain informed consent, and therefore
Facebook's provision does not satisfy requirements for a legally valid
consent, and their tracking of people's behavior violates the EU's e-Policy
directive.

Many genealogists use Facebook for their genealogy contacts and this could
have a chilling effect on contacts within the European Union.

Facebook does not believe there is merit in the case. Facebook had a meeting
scheduled with the Privacy Commission set for June 19 but the Belgium court
will hear the case on June 18th.

EU Court of Justice advocate general opinion on the Austrian Facebook
litigation brought by Max Schrems has been delayed. Advocate general's may
only render an opinion which may be different than the full court's ruling.

The EU ministers will be discussing the establishment of an European
privacy watchdog.

To access the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives, go to:
http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/

You must be a registered subscriber to access the archives. To register go
to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/ and
follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which
JGS/JHS/SIG/JewishGen is your affiliation. You will receive an email
response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be
finalized.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


NYC Marriage Record lookup #general

kisanders
 

Hello Genners,
If anyone is going to check on NYC marriage records, I have a request. I have
the couple's names, certificate number and date. I need the parents names,
and place of birth. Please contact me
privately. Thank you.

Karen Sanders
West Haven, CT


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen NYC Marriage Record lookup #general

kisanders
 

Hello Genners,
If anyone is going to check on NYC marriage records, I have a request. I have
the couple's names, certificate number and date. I need the parents names,
and place of birth. Please contact me
privately. Thank you.

Karen Sanders
West Haven, CT


Issue 122 of Genealo-J is published #general

Georges Graner <georges.graner@...>
 

Genealo-J, publication of the Jewish Genealogical Society of France,
Issue 122, Summer 2015 has just been published.

Based on family stories related to his great-grandfather Sigismund
Ettinghausen (1838-1918), a gem dealer in Paris, Pierre-Andre Meyer
reconstructs his lineage. Among his offspring he finds personalities as
different as Walter Eytan, a former Israeli ambassador in France, or the
sulfurous writer Maurice Sachs both "born" Ettinghausen. Three Jewish
householders in Frankfurt neighboring town of Hoechst initially adopted
the surname "Ettinghausen" in 1822. These protected Jews (Schutzjuden)
of the Dukes of Nassau before Hoechst was united to Prussia in 1866
fostered three family branches which gradually separated; one chose to
emigrate to Paris where it became part of the Jewish secularized
bourgeoisie, the other two remaining in Germany in a then more open society.
The advent of Nazism led to the extermination of the German
Ettinghausens though some of them managed to emigrate to the United
States. There are no longer any Ettinghausens in Hoechst today but an
Ettinghausen-Platz inaugurated in 2008 recalls the family.

Yolla Polity deals with the Jews of Sidon (Saida) through the Jewish
Community council records (1919-1975) which were kept by her father. The
recently classified and digitized Youssef Melhem Politi collection of the
Jewish council archives of Sidon, Lebanon, provides extensive information
about the history and the internal organization of this poorly documented
and now vanished community. The records are available for consultation at
the Library of the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU) in Paris -
supplementing the Alliance own archives relating to their school in
Sidon. They are also available at the Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv
and in the Judaica Division of Harvard University. In addition to the
council meetings rolls, correspondence and ownership titles, the Youssef
Melhem Politi collection includes many lists of voters, stamps and
signatures. These may provide descendants of Sidon Jews with important
genealogical data about their families.

Albert Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature. Francoise
Darmon discovered that Camus' wife Francine Faure had a Jewish
grandmother named Clara Touboul. In 1887 at Oran Clara married Charles
Alfred Albert, a young civil servant born mainland France near Nantes.
Researching the writer's wife's Jewish ancestry led us among the great
Jewish families of Oran and Algiers and their matrimonial relations with
non-Jewish families and with Jewish people who came >from Lorraine at the
beginning of the French conquest of Algeria.

Pamela Weisberger is the active manager of Gesher Galicia, a non-profit
group helping those who look for their Jewish roots in Galicia, a former
province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She presents all the information
available and especially the new website www.GesherGalicia.org.

A seal showing a wolf surrounded with the Hebrew name Benjamin son of
Abraham was recently found near Uzes in the South of France. Eliane Roos
Schuhl analyzes this seal which was probably made in the 13th or 14th
century.

Georges Graner (Paris-France)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Issue 122 of Genealo-J is published #general

Georges Graner <georges.graner@...>
 

Genealo-J, publication of the Jewish Genealogical Society of France,
Issue 122, Summer 2015 has just been published.

Based on family stories related to his great-grandfather Sigismund
Ettinghausen (1838-1918), a gem dealer in Paris, Pierre-Andre Meyer
reconstructs his lineage. Among his offspring he finds personalities as
different as Walter Eytan, a former Israeli ambassador in France, or the
sulfurous writer Maurice Sachs both "born" Ettinghausen. Three Jewish
householders in Frankfurt neighboring town of Hoechst initially adopted
the surname "Ettinghausen" in 1822. These protected Jews (Schutzjuden)
of the Dukes of Nassau before Hoechst was united to Prussia in 1866
fostered three family branches which gradually separated; one chose to
emigrate to Paris where it became part of the Jewish secularized
bourgeoisie, the other two remaining in Germany in a then more open society.
The advent of Nazism led to the extermination of the German
Ettinghausens though some of them managed to emigrate to the United
States. There are no longer any Ettinghausens in Hoechst today but an
Ettinghausen-Platz inaugurated in 2008 recalls the family.

Yolla Polity deals with the Jews of Sidon (Saida) through the Jewish
Community council records (1919-1975) which were kept by her father. The
recently classified and digitized Youssef Melhem Politi collection of the
Jewish council archives of Sidon, Lebanon, provides extensive information
about the history and the internal organization of this poorly documented
and now vanished community. The records are available for consultation at
the Library of the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU) in Paris -
supplementing the Alliance own archives relating to their school in
Sidon. They are also available at the Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv
and in the Judaica Division of Harvard University. In addition to the
council meetings rolls, correspondence and ownership titles, the Youssef
Melhem Politi collection includes many lists of voters, stamps and
signatures. These may provide descendants of Sidon Jews with important
genealogical data about their families.

Albert Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature. Francoise
Darmon discovered that Camus' wife Francine Faure had a Jewish
grandmother named Clara Touboul. In 1887 at Oran Clara married Charles
Alfred Albert, a young civil servant born mainland France near Nantes.
Researching the writer's wife's Jewish ancestry led us among the great
Jewish families of Oran and Algiers and their matrimonial relations with
non-Jewish families and with Jewish people who came >from Lorraine at the
beginning of the French conquest of Algeria.

Pamela Weisberger is the active manager of Gesher Galicia, a non-profit
group helping those who look for their Jewish roots in Galicia, a former
province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She presents all the information
available and especially the new website www.GesherGalicia.org.

A seal showing a wolf surrounded with the Hebrew name Benjamin son of
Abraham was recently found near Uzes in the South of France. Eliane Roos
Schuhl analyzes this seal which was probably made in the 13th or 14th
century.

Georges Graner (Paris-France)

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