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Concentration Camp Gross Rosen #general

Barbara Ras Wechsler
 

Dear Fellow Genners

The question today is for a non-jewish family member, decending >from a family
line which married into my Jewish family. Georg Wilhelm Joseph Engelhardt
(b. 06 Feb 1897 in Vienna; d. 07 May 1942 in KZ Gross-Rosen) was arrested
November 13th, 1941 for "volkschädliches Verhalten" (actions harming public
interests). He is classified as a political prisoner. According to the DOW
data bank he was engaged in black market activities with Jews.

I have contacted the DOW archives and am waiting for an answer >from them.
Apart >from that, I would like to know, if anybody in this forum has any
knowledge concerning this concentration camp and its inhabitants. It seems
that a large percentage of the inmates were political prisoners.

Thanks for any tips or hints.

Barbara Ras Wechsler

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JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Concentration Camp Gross Rosen #general

Barbara Ras Wechsler
 

Dear Fellow Genners

The question today is for a non-jewish family member, decending >from a family
line which married into my Jewish family. Georg Wilhelm Joseph Engelhardt
(b. 06 Feb 1897 in Vienna; d. 07 May 1942 in KZ Gross-Rosen) was arrested
November 13th, 1941 for "volkschädliches Verhalten" (actions harming public
interests). He is classified as a political prisoner. According to the DOW
data bank he was engaged in black market activities with Jews.

I have contacted the DOW archives and am waiting for an answer >from them.
Apart >from that, I would like to know, if anybody in this forum has any
knowledge concerning this concentration camp and its inhabitants. It seems
that a large percentage of the inmates were political prisoners.

Thanks for any tips or hints.

Barbara Ras Wechsler

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A new book about Zagare, Lithuania #general

ralph <Salinger@...>
 

A new book about Zagare will be of interest to those of Zagarean descent,
and indeed to all Litvaks,and perhaps to all those who desire to record
their family history.

In her book "Zagare -- Litvaks and Lithuanians Confront the Past" British
born Sara Manobla tells how she came to discover her Litvak family roots.
Together with her cousin and a group of Zagarean descendants she had a
genuine encounter with local people, culminating in the dedication of a
memorial to the murdered Jewish community of the shtetl, and the
presentation of the Yad va Shem Righteous Among the Nations Award to a
local Zagarean whose parents had saved and hidden Jews during the Nazi
occupation. There is also a thoughtful discussion of some of the issues
faced by Lithuanians since the end of Soviet rule.

Central to the book is the story of Valdas, a young man of Zagare who wanted
to learn about the vanished Jews, and to meet the Litvak Diaspora. He worked
with the group of descendants on a number of projects, and encouraged them
to be involved in the life of the town.

The book offers an unusual perspective and ends on a note of hope.

Published by Gefen Publishers of Jerusalem/New York, it is available through
Amazon and online >from Gefen. This is a one-time commercial posting about a
book of interest to all those involved in recording their family history.

Ralph Salinger
Kfar Ruppin, Israel

MODERATOR NOTE: According to Amazon.com, the book will be published in May 2014
and is currently available for pre-order.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen A new book about Zagare, Lithuania #general

ralph <Salinger@...>
 

A new book about Zagare will be of interest to those of Zagarean descent,
and indeed to all Litvaks,and perhaps to all those who desire to record
their family history.

In her book "Zagare -- Litvaks and Lithuanians Confront the Past" British
born Sara Manobla tells how she came to discover her Litvak family roots.
Together with her cousin and a group of Zagarean descendants she had a
genuine encounter with local people, culminating in the dedication of a
memorial to the murdered Jewish community of the shtetl, and the
presentation of the Yad va Shem Righteous Among the Nations Award to a
local Zagarean whose parents had saved and hidden Jews during the Nazi
occupation. There is also a thoughtful discussion of some of the issues
faced by Lithuanians since the end of Soviet rule.

Central to the book is the story of Valdas, a young man of Zagare who wanted
to learn about the vanished Jews, and to meet the Litvak Diaspora. He worked
with the group of descendants on a number of projects, and encouraged them
to be involved in the life of the town.

The book offers an unusual perspective and ends on a note of hope.

Published by Gefen Publishers of Jerusalem/New York, it is available through
Amazon and online >from Gefen. This is a one-time commercial posting about a
book of interest to all those involved in recording their family history.

Ralph Salinger
Kfar Ruppin, Israel

MODERATOR NOTE: According to Amazon.com, the book will be published in May 2014
and is currently available for pre-order.


[US] National Archives April Genealogy Programs #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The National Archives (US) announced their genealogy programs for the month
of April. All programs at the National Archives are free and open to the
public. The programs will be held at the National Archives in Washington DC
at will be held in the National Archives Building Research Center (Room
G-25), in Washington, DC. Some programs will be repeated at the College
Park, MD facility-they are marked with an asterisk (*).

These are several of the programs that might be of interest:

Wednesday, April 2, at 11 a.m.
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives

Tuesday, April 8, at 11 a.m.
National Archives' Records in FamilySearch *

Wednesday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m.
Genealogy Lecture: National Archives' Online Resources

Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m.
"Beyond the Basics" Genealogy: Non-population Census Records

Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m.
"Beyond the Basics" Genealogy: Immigration Records

Saturday, April 26, at noon-4 p.m.
"Help! I'm Stuck" Genealogy Consultation

For more information on these programs go to:
http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2014/nr14-42.html

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen [US] National Archives April Genealogy Programs #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The National Archives (US) announced their genealogy programs for the month
of April. All programs at the National Archives are free and open to the
public. The programs will be held at the National Archives in Washington DC
at will be held in the National Archives Building Research Center (Room
G-25), in Washington, DC. Some programs will be repeated at the College
Park, MD facility-they are marked with an asterisk (*).

These are several of the programs that might be of interest:

Wednesday, April 2, at 11 a.m.
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives

Tuesday, April 8, at 11 a.m.
National Archives' Records in FamilySearch *

Wednesday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m.
Genealogy Lecture: National Archives' Online Resources

Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m.
"Beyond the Basics" Genealogy: Non-population Census Records

Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m.
"Beyond the Basics" Genealogy: Immigration Records

Saturday, April 26, at noon-4 p.m.
"Help! I'm Stuck" Genealogy Consultation

For more information on these programs go to:
http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2014/nr14-42.html

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Making records more accessible & volunteer opportunity #ciechanow #poland

Stan Zeidenberg
 

As many of you may know, JRI has produced scanned images of birth, marriage
and death records for several Polish towns. Eventually, JRI will have these
images for all Polish towns. Part of the overall plan is to link JRI online
search results with these images.

In the case of Ciechanow, JRI already has these images available. They
cover the period 1812 to 1912. To make these records accessible,
associations need to be made between image numbers and actual AKT(record)
numbers. The task itself is a simple one, making number entries into a
spreadsheet. The project will require more than one volunteer. Please
contact me personally if you want to find out more about this opportunity to
assist.

Stan Zeidenberg
Coordinator, Ciechanow Research Group

stan@firstport.com


#Ciechanow #Poland Making records more accessible & volunteer opportunity #ciechanow #poland

Stan Zeidenberg
 

As many of you may know, JRI has produced scanned images of birth, marriage
and death records for several Polish towns. Eventually, JRI will have these
images for all Polish towns. Part of the overall plan is to link JRI online
search results with these images.

In the case of Ciechanow, JRI already has these images available. They
cover the period 1812 to 1912. To make these records accessible,
associations need to be made between image numbers and actual AKT(record)
numbers. The task itself is a simple one, making number entries into a
spreadsheet. The project will require more than one volunteer. Please
contact me personally if you want to find out more about this opportunity to
assist.

Stan Zeidenberg
Coordinator, Ciechanow Research Group

stan@firstport.com


New story: A Secret Ulpan in the Communist Odessa #ukraine

Ariel Parkansky
 

Hi everybody,


I'd like to tell you about the new article by Anna Aizic called "A secret Ulpan in the Communist Odessa".
While most of our people stories tell us how Jews lived in Odessa in late 19th and early 20th century, this one shows us how lived those who stayed and lived in Communist and KGB's URSS after WWII.
Anna is also finishing a book about his family story going >from Odessa to Israel and to the US.

The current version of the book is downloadable >from the story page placed at the People Stories section of the kehilalinks.
You can directly access the story at http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/odessa/sto_skulski.asp

Enjoy.

Ariel Parkansky
Odessa Town Leader
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/odessa/


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine New story: A Secret Ulpan in the Communist Odessa #ukraine

Ariel Parkansky
 

Hi everybody,


I'd like to tell you about the new article by Anna Aizic called "A secret Ulpan in the Communist Odessa".
While most of our people stories tell us how Jews lived in Odessa in late 19th and early 20th century, this one shows us how lived those who stayed and lived in Communist and KGB's URSS after WWII.
Anna is also finishing a book about his family story going >from Odessa to Israel and to the US.

The current version of the book is downloadable >from the story page placed at the People Stories section of the kehilalinks.
You can directly access the story at http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/odessa/sto_skulski.asp

Enjoy.

Ariel Parkansky
Odessa Town Leader
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/odessa/


Double patronymic? #general

David Ellis
 

My gg-gf Yakir SIROTA lived in Butrimonys, Lithuania. The revision history
(census) records >from 1834 and 1858 list his father's name as Abram.

The 1850 revision list shows his name with two patronymics, not one:
Yaker Abramovich SIROTA Shimeliovich.

How should I interpret this entry?

David J Ellis
Natick, MA 01760
djemkitso@verizon.net


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Double patronymic? #general

David Ellis
 

My gg-gf Yakir SIROTA lived in Butrimonys, Lithuania. The revision history
(census) records >from 1834 and 1858 list his father's name as Abram.

The 1850 revision list shows his name with two patronymics, not one:
Yaker Abramovich SIROTA Shimeliovich.

How should I interpret this entry?

David J Ellis
Natick, MA 01760
djemkitso@verizon.net


Re: [ODESSA] New story: A Secret Ulpan in the Communist Odessa #ukraine

Ariel Parkansky
 

Hi Karen,

In the Odessa Books Database of the Kehilalinks you'll find a book >from 1889 with the transcription of tombstones of the Old Jewish Cemetery. The information of the tombstones, going >from 1793 to 1885, has been indexed into the All Odessa Database and is searchable.

Regards,
Ariel Parkansky


________________________________
From: "billkarenmax@frontier.com" <billkarenmax@frontier.com>
To: Ariel Parkansky <ariel_parkansky@yahoo.com>; SIG Odessa List <ukr-odessa-gen@rootsweb.com>; Ukraine Digest Recipients <ukraine@lyris.jewishgen.org>; "ukr-odessa-gen@rootsweb.com" <ukr-odessa-gen@rootsweb.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2014 6:12 PM
Subject: Re: [ODESSA] New story: A secret Ulpan in the Communist Odessa



Ariel, thank you for your email and the link--this was lovely to read .  Do you know if there is a list of people buried in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Odessa and if the grave stones have been catalogued and transcribed?

Thank you,

Karen Campbell, Bellevue, WA, USA
Researching:  CHUDASH/CHUDISH and LICHTENSTEIN >from Odessa and Turkey prior to Odessa


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Re: [ODESSA] New story: A Secret Ulpan in the Communist Odessa #ukraine

Ariel Parkansky
 

Hi Karen,

In the Odessa Books Database of the Kehilalinks you'll find a book >from 1889 with the transcription of tombstones of the Old Jewish Cemetery. The information of the tombstones, going >from 1793 to 1885, has been indexed into the All Odessa Database and is searchable.

Regards,
Ariel Parkansky


________________________________
From: "billkarenmax@frontier.com" <billkarenmax@frontier.com>
To: Ariel Parkansky <ariel_parkansky@yahoo.com>; SIG Odessa List <ukr-odessa-gen@rootsweb.com>; Ukraine Digest Recipients <ukraine@lyris.jewishgen.org>; "ukr-odessa-gen@rootsweb.com" <ukr-odessa-gen@rootsweb.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2014 6:12 PM
Subject: Re: [ODESSA] New story: A secret Ulpan in the Communist Odessa



Ariel, thank you for your email and the link--this was lovely to read .  Do you know if there is a list of people buried in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Odessa and if the grave stones have been catalogued and transcribed?

Thank you,

Karen Campbell, Bellevue, WA, USA
Researching:  CHUDASH/CHUDISH and LICHTENSTEIN >from Odessa and Turkey prior to Odessa


Satanov KehilaLinks #general

Ina Tetiyevsky
 

Hello,

I am currently working on Satanov KehilaLinks, and would like to ask you all a
favor. If you have any documents, photos, or stories about Satanov, please
share them with us! Any information about your Satanov ancestors and their
life will help us to create this long awaited tribute to the town so reach in
Jewish history .

Thank you kindly,

Ina Tetiyevsky
Satanov Town Leader, Ukraine SIG

Researching: Satanov, Ukraine; Szczekociny, Sosnowec, Wloclawek, Poland


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Satanov KehilaLinks #general

Ina Tetiyevsky
 

Hello,

I am currently working on Satanov KehilaLinks, and would like to ask you all a
favor. If you have any documents, photos, or stories about Satanov, please
share them with us! Any information about your Satanov ancestors and their
life will help us to create this long awaited tribute to the town so reach in
Jewish history .

Thank you kindly,

Ina Tetiyevsky
Satanov Town Leader, Ukraine SIG

Researching: Satanov, Ukraine; Szczekociny, Sosnowec, Wloclawek, Poland


Welkoff #ukraine

Gerner Thomsen <gerner.thomsen@...>
 

I have been told by some contributors that I should add more details to my
posting earlier this week about my great-grandmother and her connection to
Welkoff.
My great-grandmother was Jewish and came to Denmark around 1906 where she
met and married a man >from Poland (Riwen Chilew Zismann, born in Lodz). I
have uploaded a copy of the record >from the marriage protocol in Copenhagen
1911 to Viewmate. It's written in Danish, but I will translate the
information about my great-grandmother:

Selda Schliomova Rzesnikov, born in Welkoff 13/12 1890. Parents: Schliume
Rzesnikov and wife (Teme?) in Bobrysk

So obviously Selda was living in Bobrysk before she came to Denmark, but she
is born in Welkoff, and I am interested to know where this town or village
is located.
There is much confusion about Selda's birthdate. In different censuses from
Copenhagen it says that her birthdate is 14/11-1887, 14/11-1890 or
22/10-1888.

I have not seen other spellings of Welkoff, but actually I have also seen it
only one time (in the protocol for her marriage translated above).

There is a another person called Perl (or sometimes Paula) living in
Copenhagen who always has been regarded as a sister of Selda. However, when
I checked more about this, I found that Paulas maiden surname was Katzmann,
indicating that they could not have been sisters? However, since they lived
close to each other in Denmark, and always regarded themselves as 'sisters',
it sounds likely that they came >from the same region. Furthermore, I found a
letter >from 1984, where a daughter to Paula tells a little about
stories/memories that her mother told about their live and family in Russia.
I'll try to quote some of the letter:

"My mother told me that she came >from a happy family where they always were
singing and playing. My mother could play the balalaika and dance Cossack
dance."
"My mother fled to Denmark around 1905 because they persecuted Jews and
burned down their homes. She told that they caught Jews, beheaded them and
cut off the breasts of women"
"I was told that Paula was born in Kiev."

Kiev is not mentioned in any documents I have seen, but since it's the
capital of Ukraine I think it indicates that Ukraine is her home country. So
maybe Welkoff is located in Ukraine, and later the family moved to Bobruisk?
Also the Cossacks are connected with Ukraine, as far as I know? Having said
that, if Paula not is Selda's sister, then this theory isn't worth much. As
I said, I have no evidence that Selda and Paula came >from the same region,
but the children of Selda and Paula (including my grandmother) always
regarded themselves as cousins. It's all a little confusing.
I have also uploaded some old photos to Viewmate. The 2 people in front is
supposed to be Selda's parents in Russia (at different time periods).
However, this information is not verified anywhere. The people in the
background I am not sure about, probably Selda is among them. I don't have
the original photos, and unfortunately I see no logo or stamps >from the
photo shop.
Any help that can proof my great-grandmother's birth and origin is highly
appreciated. Thank you for responses so far.

Best regards,
Gerner


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Welkoff #ukraine

Gerner Thomsen <gerner.thomsen@...>
 

I have been told by some contributors that I should add more details to my
posting earlier this week about my great-grandmother and her connection to
Welkoff.
My great-grandmother was Jewish and came to Denmark around 1906 where she
met and married a man >from Poland (Riwen Chilew Zismann, born in Lodz). I
have uploaded a copy of the record >from the marriage protocol in Copenhagen
1911 to Viewmate. It's written in Danish, but I will translate the
information about my great-grandmother:

Selda Schliomova Rzesnikov, born in Welkoff 13/12 1890. Parents: Schliume
Rzesnikov and wife (Teme?) in Bobrysk

So obviously Selda was living in Bobrysk before she came to Denmark, but she
is born in Welkoff, and I am interested to know where this town or village
is located.
There is much confusion about Selda's birthdate. In different censuses from
Copenhagen it says that her birthdate is 14/11-1887, 14/11-1890 or
22/10-1888.

I have not seen other spellings of Welkoff, but actually I have also seen it
only one time (in the protocol for her marriage translated above).

There is a another person called Perl (or sometimes Paula) living in
Copenhagen who always has been regarded as a sister of Selda. However, when
I checked more about this, I found that Paulas maiden surname was Katzmann,
indicating that they could not have been sisters? However, since they lived
close to each other in Denmark, and always regarded themselves as 'sisters',
it sounds likely that they came >from the same region. Furthermore, I found a
letter >from 1984, where a daughter to Paula tells a little about
stories/memories that her mother told about their live and family in Russia.
I'll try to quote some of the letter:

"My mother told me that she came >from a happy family where they always were
singing and playing. My mother could play the balalaika and dance Cossack
dance."
"My mother fled to Denmark around 1905 because they persecuted Jews and
burned down their homes. She told that they caught Jews, beheaded them and
cut off the breasts of women"
"I was told that Paula was born in Kiev."

Kiev is not mentioned in any documents I have seen, but since it's the
capital of Ukraine I think it indicates that Ukraine is her home country. So
maybe Welkoff is located in Ukraine, and later the family moved to Bobruisk?
Also the Cossacks are connected with Ukraine, as far as I know? Having said
that, if Paula not is Selda's sister, then this theory isn't worth much. As
I said, I have no evidence that Selda and Paula came >from the same region,
but the children of Selda and Paula (including my grandmother) always
regarded themselves as cousins. It's all a little confusing.
I have also uploaded some old photos to Viewmate. The 2 people in front is
supposed to be Selda's parents in Russia (at different time periods).
However, this information is not verified anywhere. The people in the
background I am not sure about, probably Selda is among them. I don't have
the original photos, and unfortunately I see no logo or stamps >from the
photo shop.
Any help that can proof my great-grandmother's birth and origin is highly
appreciated. Thank you for responses so far.

Best regards,
Gerner


Re: Universities and Czech Jews in the early 20th Century #austria-czech

ngaupakyip@...
 

My grandfather attended Technische Lehranstalt Bodenbach (in Decin)
from 1924-27. He studied for an engineering degree, but left it
unfinished. The only other Jewish student in his cohort was the son
of a close collaborator of Rudolf Diesel. I don't know the surname,
but the family held exclusive rights to the diesel engine in parts of
eastern Europe. (Can anyone help with the name?) This other student
was the outstanding scholar of the cohort, but he and my grandfather
faced considerable anti-Semitic harassment >from classmates. My
grandfather was raised in Ostrava, and had not previously experienced
much of this sort of thing.

Michael Gordy
Maryland, USA


Re: Universities and Czech Jews in the early 20th Century #austria-czech

ellenhuppert@...
 

My father-in-law, Paul A. Huppert, received a doctorate in chemistry
in 1921 >from the German Karl-Ferdinands-University. He had a career
as a specialist in enamel coatings.

Ellen Huppert
San Francisco, CA

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