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(Europe) 80th Anniversary of WWll Outbreak and 20th anniversary of European Day(s) of Jewish Culture #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary (September 1st) of the outbreak of
World War ll, Jewish Heritage Europe posted a number of photographs of
before and after (restoration) of synagogues >from the Czech Republic,
Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. It is also the 20th anniversary of
the European Days of Jewish Culture which is a Pan-European festival of
tourism and education which focuses on Jewish culture and history celebrated
in many European countries.

To see the photographs go to:
https://jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2019/09/01/september-1-80th-anniversary/

European Day(s) of Jewish Culture (EDJC) begin on September 1st is being
celebrated in 34 countries by opening doors of historic synagogues and 400
cities engaging local communities. EDIC focuses on Jewish tradition before
and after the Holocaust.

To read more about what the history of the EDJC and what different
countries are doing see: https://tinyurl.com/y4hh8ust
Original url:
https://forward.com/culture/430555/european-days-of-jewish-culture-celebrates-20-years-of-opening-doors-to/

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Europe) 80th Anniversary of WWll Outbreak and 20th anniversary of European Day(s) of Jewish Culture #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary (September 1st) of the outbreak of
World War ll, Jewish Heritage Europe posted a number of photographs of
before and after (restoration) of synagogues >from the Czech Republic,
Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. It is also the 20th anniversary of
the European Days of Jewish Culture which is a Pan-European festival of
tourism and education which focuses on Jewish culture and history celebrated
in many European countries.

To see the photographs go to:
https://jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2019/09/01/september-1-80th-anniversary/

European Day(s) of Jewish Culture (EDJC) begin on September 1st is being
celebrated in 34 countries by opening doors of historic synagogues and 400
cities engaging local communities. EDIC focuses on Jewish tradition before
and after the Holocaust.

To read more about what the history of the EDJC and what different
countries are doing see: https://tinyurl.com/y4hh8ust
Original url:
https://forward.com/culture/430555/european-days-of-jewish-culture-celebrates-20-years-of-opening-doors-to/

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Germany Relaxes Nationality Law for Descendants of Nazi Victims #germany

jplowens@...
 

Germany announced that descendants of those who were persecuted by the
Nazis will find it easier to regain Germany citizenship. Plans were
announced late this week to revise the Nationality law creating new
categories of eligibility. The new categories include descendants of
women who were forced to emigrate after marrying non-German men. This
is being done by decree rather than legislation by the German interior
Minister. Some are concerned that by doing this by decree may take
longer than by legislation.

The German constitution states descendants of Jews or others who were
persecuted either religiously or politically, have the right to have
their German citizenship reinstated. However, many have been told they
are not eligible because their parents or grandparents were forced to
flee abroad and their claims were made through a female descendant or
because of adoption.

This change in policy is partly due to a UK-based group that lobbied
the German government for liberalizing the citizenship laws for
descendants of those persecuted by the Nazis. Article 116 is that part
of the German nationality law regarding whom may restore their German
citizenship. Part of the issue is for those who due to BREXIT want to
maintain their ties to continental Europe and after the BREXIT
referendum were denied but now would be able to reapply and get
approval.

To read more see:
https://tinyurl.com/y62zc5n3 or
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/29/germany-to-ease-citizenship-law-for-descendants-of-nazi-victims

Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen,
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


German SIG #Germany Germany Relaxes Nationality Law for Descendants of Nazi Victims #germany

jplowens@...
 

Germany announced that descendants of those who were persecuted by the
Nazis will find it easier to regain Germany citizenship. Plans were
announced late this week to revise the Nationality law creating new
categories of eligibility. The new categories include descendants of
women who were forced to emigrate after marrying non-German men. This
is being done by decree rather than legislation by the German interior
Minister. Some are concerned that by doing this by decree may take
longer than by legislation.

The German constitution states descendants of Jews or others who were
persecuted either religiously or politically, have the right to have
their German citizenship reinstated. However, many have been told they
are not eligible because their parents or grandparents were forced to
flee abroad and their claims were made through a female descendant or
because of adoption.

This change in policy is partly due to a UK-based group that lobbied
the German government for liberalizing the citizenship laws for
descendants of those persecuted by the Nazis. Article 116 is that part
of the German nationality law regarding whom may restore their German
citizenship. Part of the issue is for those who due to BREXIT want to
maintain their ties to continental Europe and after the BREXIT
referendum were denied but now would be able to reapply and get
approval.

To read more see:
https://tinyurl.com/y62zc5n3 or
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/29/germany-to-ease-citizenship-law-for-descendants-of-nazi-victims

Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen,
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


SITE CITE - German SIG (UK) publishes valuable links for German Jewish Genealogy #germany

John Paul Lowens <jplowens@...>
 

Unfortunate circumstances prompted Jeanette Rosenberg to resign as a
leader of GerSIG USA. Jeanette continues to lead the active British
GerSIG group.
Important and very interesting information that was shared
at the September 1 GerSIG UK meeting is summarized in Jeanette's handout
for that meeting. Read it via: https://tinyurl.com/yxz8cu8p

https://round2itgenealogy.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/handout-from-jgsgb-german-sig-on-1-september-2019.pdf

Contents include a list of
*** 15 new books on German Jewish geneaolgy and Holocaust history.**

The Sept. 1, 2019 list includes these book titles:
The Exit Visa: A Family's Flight >from Nazi Europe
The Family Tree Historical Atlas of Germany
The Jews of Hainsfarth
Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA
The DNA guide for Adoptees
Advanced Genetic Genealogy - Case Studies and Techniques
Karlsruhe - Heimat, A German Family Album
and other titles including books on Jewish communities in Wales and Leeds

Also cited: A link to YouTube-
Rachel Pistol lecture: "Jewish refugees in Britain: Internment
of enemy aliens during the Second World War"
A link to: "Germany Relaxes Nationality Law for Descendants of Nazi Victims"
Link to: "Arolsen Archive - More info placed online"
Link to: "Portugese Citizenship for Sephardic Jews"

.............. and much more.
**** Thank you, Jeanette and GerSIG UK! ****

https://round2itgenealogy.wordpress.com/2019/09/01/german-sig-handout-1-september-2019/

John Lowens, Suburban, NYC JPL25@...


German SIG #Germany SITE CITE - German SIG (UK) publishes valuable links for German Jewish Genealogy #germany

John Paul Lowens <jplowens@...>
 

Unfortunate circumstances prompted Jeanette Rosenberg to resign as a
leader of GerSIG USA. Jeanette continues to lead the active British
GerSIG group.
Important and very interesting information that was shared
at the September 1 GerSIG UK meeting is summarized in Jeanette's handout
for that meeting. Read it via: https://tinyurl.com/yxz8cu8p

https://round2itgenealogy.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/handout-from-jgsgb-german-sig-on-1-september-2019.pdf

Contents include a list of
*** 15 new books on German Jewish geneaolgy and Holocaust history.**

The Sept. 1, 2019 list includes these book titles:
The Exit Visa: A Family's Flight >from Nazi Europe
The Family Tree Historical Atlas of Germany
The Jews of Hainsfarth
Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA
The DNA guide for Adoptees
Advanced Genetic Genealogy - Case Studies and Techniques
Karlsruhe - Heimat, A German Family Album
and other titles including books on Jewish communities in Wales and Leeds

Also cited: A link to YouTube-
Rachel Pistol lecture: "Jewish refugees in Britain: Internment
of enemy aliens during the Second World War"
A link to: "Germany Relaxes Nationality Law for Descendants of Nazi Victims"
Link to: "Arolsen Archive - More info placed online"
Link to: "Portugese Citizenship for Sephardic Jews"

.............. and much more.
**** Thank you, Jeanette and GerSIG UK! ****

https://round2itgenealogy.wordpress.com/2019/09/01/german-sig-handout-1-september-2019/

John Lowens, Suburban, NYC JPL25@...


Austrian citizenahip #austria-czech

Robert Fraser
 

Shalom -

Some time ago, it was reported on JewishGen that the
Austrian government was preparing a Bill that would allow
descendants of exiled Austrian Jews to apply for
citizenship. At last reading (maybe a year ago) it was still
ongoing. Does anyone have updated information on this
process?


Robert Fraser
Perth, Western Australia
****


Is there any English person on the forum who has gained dual
citizenship
with Austria as a descendant of a victim of Nazi
persecution.
Snip>>>>


Gesher Galicia to Partner with Gratz College #austria-czech

Gesher Galicia SIG
 

Gesher Galicia is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with
Gratz College. Located in Melrose Park, Pennsylvania, Gratz is the
oldest independent and pluralistic college for Jewish studies in North
America (https://www.gratz.edu/).

Under the agreement, Gesher Galicia will provide access to its
archival expertise and its database of Jewish records, while Gratz
College will make its collections available, along with the expertise
of its faculty. The two organizations may partner in public education
programs and other projects relating to Galician history, genealogy,
literature and more. In addition, Gratz will extend a 25% reduction in
enrollment fees for online classes to active members of Gesher
Galicia.

Commenting on the new agreement, Andrew Zalewski, vice president of
Gesher Galicia, said: =E2=80=9CCloser ties with Gratz College reflect our
commitment to public education and partnerships with educational and
cultural institutions worldwide. The exchange of expertise and
archival information will undoubtedly enhance what we can offer to
students and genealogists interested in Jewish Galicia.=E2=80=9D

Gratz expressed similar enthusiasm for this new partnership. Monika
Rice, director of the Gratz College Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Program, said that it will enable =E2=80=9Cstudents to use primary document=
s
from the Old Country for their research on rich and multiethnic
Central-European heritage.=E2=80=9D Paul Finkelman, president of Gratz
College, also weighed in on the new relationship between Gesher
Galicia and Gratz, describing it as =E2=80=9Ca perfect partnership.=E2=80=
=9D He added,
=E2=80=9CFor more than a century, Gratz has been committed to Jewish histor=
y.
In the last half-century, we have also been committed to Holocaust
studies. This partnership helps Gratz fulfill both missions. As the
grandson of two immigrants >from Galicia, I am particularly proud of
this collaboration."

For more information on the new partnership, please contact us at
info@....

Dr. Steven Turner
President
Gesher Galicia

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Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Austrian citizenahip #austria-czech

Robert Fraser
 

Shalom -

Some time ago, it was reported on JewishGen that the
Austrian government was preparing a Bill that would allow
descendants of exiled Austrian Jews to apply for
citizenship. At last reading (maybe a year ago) it was still
ongoing. Does anyone have updated information on this
process?


Robert Fraser
Perth, Western Australia
****


Is there any English person on the forum who has gained dual
citizenship
with Austria as a descendant of a victim of Nazi
persecution.
Snip>>>>


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Gesher Galicia to Partner with Gratz College #austria-czech

Gesher Galicia SIG
 

Gesher Galicia is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with
Gratz College. Located in Melrose Park, Pennsylvania, Gratz is the
oldest independent and pluralistic college for Jewish studies in North
America (https://www.gratz.edu/).

Under the agreement, Gesher Galicia will provide access to its
archival expertise and its database of Jewish records, while Gratz
College will make its collections available, along with the expertise
of its faculty. The two organizations may partner in public education
programs and other projects relating to Galician history, genealogy,
literature and more. In addition, Gratz will extend a 25% reduction in
enrollment fees for online classes to active members of Gesher
Galicia.

Commenting on the new agreement, Andrew Zalewski, vice president of
Gesher Galicia, said: =E2=80=9CCloser ties with Gratz College reflect our
commitment to public education and partnerships with educational and
cultural institutions worldwide. The exchange of expertise and
archival information will undoubtedly enhance what we can offer to
students and genealogists interested in Jewish Galicia.=E2=80=9D

Gratz expressed similar enthusiasm for this new partnership. Monika
Rice, director of the Gratz College Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Program, said that it will enable =E2=80=9Cstudents to use primary document=
s
from the Old Country for their research on rich and multiethnic
Central-European heritage.=E2=80=9D Paul Finkelman, president of Gratz
College, also weighed in on the new relationship between Gesher
Galicia and Gratz, describing it as =E2=80=9Ca perfect partnership.=E2=80=
=9D He added,
=E2=80=9CFor more than a century, Gratz has been committed to Jewish histor=
y.
In the last half-century, we have also been committed to Holocaust
studies. This partnership helps Gratz fulfill both missions. As the
grandson of two immigrants >from Galicia, I am particularly proud of
this collaboration."

For more information on the new partnership, please contact us at
info@....

Dr. Steven Turner
President
Gesher Galicia

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Second Genner Discovers Hidden Suitcase [containing Holocaust era letters] #germany

Peter Bein <thinkbig@...>
 

This story of a second genner's discovery of a hidden suitcase
may be of interest to your readers. Thanks.

[Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal (newspaper)]
https://tinyurl.com/y5zyu4cv

https://www.mdjonline.com/opinion/columnists/roger-hines-the-lure-of-old-suitcases/article_e3642aa3-06dd-5658-a8de-f5f8361c3426.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

["Suitcase in hand, Max Bein fled Germany for the United States,
leaving behind his mother and fiancée, Lola. In the suitcase, son
Peter Bein would learn, were pictures and stacks of letters bound
in old shoelaces, which became the inspiration for his book. The
letters were to his father >from Bein’s lost grandmother, who had
been killed in a Polish death camp at Belzec during World War II."]......

Peter Bein, Atlanta, GA thinkbig@...


German SIG #Germany Second Genner Discovers Hidden Suitcase [containing Holocaust era letters] #germany

Peter Bein <thinkbig@...>
 

This story of a second genner's discovery of a hidden suitcase
may be of interest to your readers. Thanks.

[Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal (newspaper)]
https://tinyurl.com/y5zyu4cv

https://www.mdjonline.com/opinion/columnists/roger-hines-the-lure-of-old-suitcases/article_e3642aa3-06dd-5658-a8de-f5f8361c3426.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

["Suitcase in hand, Max Bein fled Germany for the United States,
leaving behind his mother and fiancée, Lola. In the suitcase, son
Peter Bein would learn, were pictures and stacks of letters bound
in old shoelaces, which became the inspiration for his book. The
letters were to his father >from Bein’s lost grandmother, who had
been killed in a Polish death camp at Belzec during World War II."]......

Peter Bein, Atlanta, GA thinkbig@...


Re: Required proving of non-Jewish ancestry in Nazi Europe? #germany

Tobias A. Kemper <kemper@...>
 

Diana Helen Gomes da Costa Mohr dianadacosta@... wrote:
"> I have heard it stated that in some countries overrun by the Nazis,
local populations were required to prove their lack of Jewish ancestry
by producing their own family trees. Is this just a myth or is it true?
If true, which countries were affected?" =============================>

Hello,
there was "Kleiner Ariernachweis" and "Grosser Ariernachweis".

"Kleiner Ariernachweis" means: proof of "Aryan" parents and
grandparents. Since 1933, members of the administration, teachers,
lawyer, students etc. had to prove their "Aryan" parents and
grandparents. Since 1935, this proof was necessary for every marriage
(Nuernberg laws).

"Grosser Ariernachweis" was necessary of those who wanted to join the
NSDAP and for farmers (Erbhofgesetz): proof of "Aryan" ancestry back to
those alive in the year 1800.

Those who wanted to join the SS had to prove back to those alive in 1750.

I don't think that these laws were applied outside Germany (but of
course in Austria, Sudetenland, Alsace-Lorraine).

"Kleiner Ariernachweis" (parents and grandparents) was very common
because it was needed very often.

If a "Grosser Ariernachweis" (back to 1800 or 1750) was issued one can
ask for what reason ...

Best regards

Tobias Kemper, <kemper@...>


German SIG #Germany Re: Required proving of non-Jewish ancestry in Nazi Europe? #germany

Tobias A. Kemper <kemper@...>
 

Diana Helen Gomes da Costa Mohr dianadacosta@... wrote:
"> I have heard it stated that in some countries overrun by the Nazis,
local populations were required to prove their lack of Jewish ancestry
by producing their own family trees. Is this just a myth or is it true?
If true, which countries were affected?" =============================>

Hello,
there was "Kleiner Ariernachweis" and "Grosser Ariernachweis".

"Kleiner Ariernachweis" means: proof of "Aryan" parents and
grandparents. Since 1933, members of the administration, teachers,
lawyer, students etc. had to prove their "Aryan" parents and
grandparents. Since 1935, this proof was necessary for every marriage
(Nuernberg laws).

"Grosser Ariernachweis" was necessary of those who wanted to join the
NSDAP and for farmers (Erbhofgesetz): proof of "Aryan" ancestry back to
those alive in the year 1800.

Those who wanted to join the SS had to prove back to those alive in 1750.

I don't think that these laws were applied outside Germany (but of
course in Austria, Sudetenland, Alsace-Lorraine).

"Kleiner Ariernachweis" (parents and grandparents) was very common
because it was needed very often.

If a "Grosser Ariernachweis" (back to 1800 or 1750) was issued one can
ask for what reason ...

Best regards

Tobias Kemper, <kemper@...>


Liron and Eldan Cohen #rabbinic

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with the Cohen family - brothers Liron and
Eldan Zalman, sonsof Zalman and Shoshana Cohen. They descend >from the
Berdyczewski-Rosenblatt-Horowitz rabbinical families

Neil Rosenstein

MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Liron and Eldan Cohen #rabbinic

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with the Cohen family - brothers Liron and
Eldan Zalman, sonsof Zalman and Shoshana Cohen. They descend >from the
Berdyczewski-Rosenblatt-Horowitz rabbinical families

Neil Rosenstein

MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.


Liron and Eldan Cohen #general

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with the Cohen family - brothers Liron and
Eldan Zalman, sonsof Zalman and Shoshana Cohen. They descend >from the
Berdyczewski-Rosenblatt-Horowitz rabbinical families

Neil Rosenstein

MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Liron and Eldan Cohen #general

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with the Cohen family - brothers Liron and
Eldan Zalman, sonsof Zalman and Shoshana Cohen. They descend >from the
Berdyczewski-Rosenblatt-Horowitz rabbinical families

Neil Rosenstein

MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.


Bessarabia SIG, update for the months of July-August 2019 #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan
 

Dear researchers,

Here is an update for the Bessarabia SIG projects for the months of July and August
2019. See also at What's New at Bessarabia SIG website.

Genealogical Conferences. Updates:
- Added information about presentations and other activities at Jewish Genealogical
conference in Cleveland in July-August of 2019. See at
https://www.jewishgen.org/Bessarabia/PTM_Article.asp?id=205

- Impressions about the conference >from our members:
--- Adrienne Escoe -
https://www.jewishgen.org/bessarabia/files/conferences/2019/AdriennesImpressionsOfIAJGS2019Cleveland.pdf
--- Yefim Kogan
- https://www.jewishgen.org/bessarabia/files/conferences/2019/YefimKoganImpressionOf2019Conference.pdf
If you participated at the conference and want to post your comments, suggestions,
ideas, please send it to Yefim Kogan.

Revision Lists. Updates:
- A new set of Revision lists, Family lists, Recruit lists was started for towns of
Kishinev, Beltsy, Khotin and others.
See progress at
https://www.jewishgen.org/bessarabia/files/databases/RevisionsAugust2019.pdf

Jewish Cemeteries. Updates: There are a lot of work done for a number of
cemeteries, including Kishinev, Lipkany, Vadu-lui-vlad (Dombrovitsa), Oloneshty,
but no cemetery was completed yet. We will update you soon on a progress.

All the best,
Inna Vayner, Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leaders and Coordinators


Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia Bessarabia SIG, update for the months of July-August 2019 #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan
 

Dear researchers,

Here is an update for the Bessarabia SIG projects for the months of July and August
2019. See also at What's New at Bessarabia SIG website.

Genealogical Conferences. Updates:
- Added information about presentations and other activities at Jewish Genealogical
conference in Cleveland in July-August of 2019. See at
https://www.jewishgen.org/Bessarabia/PTM_Article.asp?id=205

- Impressions about the conference >from our members:
--- Adrienne Escoe -
https://www.jewishgen.org/bessarabia/files/conferences/2019/AdriennesImpressionsOfIAJGS2019Cleveland.pdf
--- Yefim Kogan
- https://www.jewishgen.org/bessarabia/files/conferences/2019/YefimKoganImpressionOf2019Conference.pdf
If you participated at the conference and want to post your comments, suggestions,
ideas, please send it to Yefim Kogan.

Revision Lists. Updates:
- A new set of Revision lists, Family lists, Recruit lists was started for towns of
Kishinev, Beltsy, Khotin and others.
See progress at
https://www.jewishgen.org/bessarabia/files/databases/RevisionsAugust2019.pdf

Jewish Cemeteries. Updates: There are a lot of work done for a number of
cemeteries, including Kishinev, Lipkany, Vadu-lui-vlad (Dombrovitsa), Oloneshty,
but no cemetery was completed yet. We will update you soon on a progress.

All the best,
Inna Vayner, Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leaders and Coordinators

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