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Belzec Memorial Project-June 2004 Dedication Ceremony #germany

Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>
 

MODERATOR NOTE: We do not usually publish press releases, even >from organizations
like the The American Jewish Committee, if they do not contain information of
possible use in genealogy research. (JewishGen related announcements are an
exception to this rule.)

The following has been approved because the website mentioned below may contain
information which might be useful for research. MOD 1===>

The Belzec death camp in southeastern Poland, near Lublin, was established
by the Nazis at the end of 1941. It was the first killing center to operate
gas chambers, with transports arriving >from two directions, the Lublin
district and eastern Galicia.

In only nine months--between February and December 1942--it is estimated
that between 600,000- 800,000 Jews died there and were buried in mass
graves. Before their departure, the Nazis sought to eliminate the evidence
of their crimes, opening graves and burning the victims' bodies, dismantling
buildings and even planting trees on the site. It was not until the 1960s
that several concrete, grave-like structures were built to mark the alleged
sites of mass graves and a monument to the "victims of Fascism" was erected.
Until the 1980s there was not even a single sign explaining that the victims
were Jews. Some people believe that Belzec, known as a "factory of death"
was the worst of all the camps in terms of sheer destruction of human life,
including Auschwitz. Many of us with ancestors living in Poland and Galicia
(along with other areas of Eastern Europe) are related to someone who
perished in Belzec.

I visited the site of this camp in July 2002 with a group of Israelis who
were on their way to Skalat, Ukraine (formerly Galicia) to dedicate a
Holocaust memorial in that town. They were dismayed to see that nothing
marked the area where the camp had stood....no signs or plaques to
commemorate the horrific events or to honor the victims. Just an open,
unkempt field (which still contained the ashes of incinerated corpses) and a
large concrete block upon which one could put some flowers or a memorial candle.

Therefore, I was pleased to learn that The American Jewish Committee, in
partnership with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Polish
government, is nearing completion on a Belzec Memorial on the site of this
camp. It will be set within the site cleared of ground structures and
vegetation. (Because the memorial site is also the place of thirty-three
mass graves, considerable attention was paid to the halakhah (Jewish law)
governing cemeteries. International halakhic authorities have visited the
site and given their approval to the memorial design.)

Through a slash in the ground visitors will slowly descend >from one end of
the camp near the original railway ramp along a narrow corridor leading to a
ten meter high memorial wall at the opposite end. In this way they will
symbolically follow the path of the victims. A walkway which encircles the
perimeter of the site (and on which will be identified the names of all the
Jewish communities whose residents perished at Belzec) will direct them back
toward the entrance and a small exhibition area and visitors' center. In
this way, visitors will be bound to respect the grounds of the mass graves
and feel that the entire site is sacred.

A dedication ceremony, with the participation of Polish Prime Minister
Leszek Miller, and other dignitaries, will take place on Thursday, June 3,
2004, under the auspices of the American Jewish Committee.

It is their intent to extend invitations to the dedication ceremony to all
relatives and friends of the victims who wish to attend. (Invitations should
be available by early April.)

To learn more about the project go to their website:

http://www.ajc.org /belzec/asp

To receive invitations and additional information about the dedication
ceremony, you should send your contact information to AJC’s Washington Office:

By Phone: 202-785-4200, extension 14
By Fax: 202-785-4115
By Email: belzec@ajc.org or write to:

The American Jewish Committee—Belzec Memorial Project
1156 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 1201
Washington, DC 20005

They are also offering arrangements made by an American travel agency,
including flights and hotels in Warsaw and transportation to Belzec. Their
website will provide more information. >from my brief contact with their
office, I know that they are eager to hear >from people who have a connection
to this place, and hope to attract people to the ceremony for whom it will
have a great and lasting meaning.

If anyone wants a copy of the dedication ceremony notice, please write me privately.

Pamela Weisberger Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia
Santa Monica, CA pweisberger@hotmail.com


German SIG #Germany Belzec Memorial Project-June 2004 Dedication Ceremony #germany

Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>
 

MODERATOR NOTE: We do not usually publish press releases, even >from organizations
like the The American Jewish Committee, if they do not contain information of
possible use in genealogy research. (JewishGen related announcements are an
exception to this rule.)

The following has been approved because the website mentioned below may contain
information which might be useful for research. MOD 1===>

The Belzec death camp in southeastern Poland, near Lublin, was established
by the Nazis at the end of 1941. It was the first killing center to operate
gas chambers, with transports arriving >from two directions, the Lublin
district and eastern Galicia.

In only nine months--between February and December 1942--it is estimated
that between 600,000- 800,000 Jews died there and were buried in mass
graves. Before their departure, the Nazis sought to eliminate the evidence
of their crimes, opening graves and burning the victims' bodies, dismantling
buildings and even planting trees on the site. It was not until the 1960s
that several concrete, grave-like structures were built to mark the alleged
sites of mass graves and a monument to the "victims of Fascism" was erected.
Until the 1980s there was not even a single sign explaining that the victims
were Jews. Some people believe that Belzec, known as a "factory of death"
was the worst of all the camps in terms of sheer destruction of human life,
including Auschwitz. Many of us with ancestors living in Poland and Galicia
(along with other areas of Eastern Europe) are related to someone who
perished in Belzec.

I visited the site of this camp in July 2002 with a group of Israelis who
were on their way to Skalat, Ukraine (formerly Galicia) to dedicate a
Holocaust memorial in that town. They were dismayed to see that nothing
marked the area where the camp had stood....no signs or plaques to
commemorate the horrific events or to honor the victims. Just an open,
unkempt field (which still contained the ashes of incinerated corpses) and a
large concrete block upon which one could put some flowers or a memorial candle.

Therefore, I was pleased to learn that The American Jewish Committee, in
partnership with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Polish
government, is nearing completion on a Belzec Memorial on the site of this
camp. It will be set within the site cleared of ground structures and
vegetation. (Because the memorial site is also the place of thirty-three
mass graves, considerable attention was paid to the halakhah (Jewish law)
governing cemeteries. International halakhic authorities have visited the
site and given their approval to the memorial design.)

Through a slash in the ground visitors will slowly descend >from one end of
the camp near the original railway ramp along a narrow corridor leading to a
ten meter high memorial wall at the opposite end. In this way they will
symbolically follow the path of the victims. A walkway which encircles the
perimeter of the site (and on which will be identified the names of all the
Jewish communities whose residents perished at Belzec) will direct them back
toward the entrance and a small exhibition area and visitors' center. In
this way, visitors will be bound to respect the grounds of the mass graves
and feel that the entire site is sacred.

A dedication ceremony, with the participation of Polish Prime Minister
Leszek Miller, and other dignitaries, will take place on Thursday, June 3,
2004, under the auspices of the American Jewish Committee.

It is their intent to extend invitations to the dedication ceremony to all
relatives and friends of the victims who wish to attend. (Invitations should
be available by early April.)

To learn more about the project go to their website:

http://www.ajc.org /belzec/asp

To receive invitations and additional information about the dedication
ceremony, you should send your contact information to AJC’s Washington Office:

By Phone: 202-785-4200, extension 14
By Fax: 202-785-4115
By Email: belzec@ajc.org or write to:

The American Jewish Committee—Belzec Memorial Project
1156 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 1201
Washington, DC 20005

They are also offering arrangements made by an American travel agency,
including flights and hotels in Warsaw and transportation to Belzec. Their
website will provide more information. >from my brief contact with their
office, I know that they are eager to hear >from people who have a connection
to this place, and hope to attract people to the ceremony for whom it will
have a great and lasting meaning.

If anyone wants a copy of the dedication ceremony notice, please write me privately.

Pamela Weisberger Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia
Santa Monica, CA pweisberger@hotmail.com


Use of Spam Blockers is not such a great idea #germany

Carol W. Skydell <cskydell@...>
 

We are all plagued with SPAM, but the best solution is **still** the delete
key, and not spam blocker programs.

JewishGenners who hope for that missing connection to be made as the result
of a message posted to a mailing list run the risk of not getting that
message.

JGFF users who list their e-mail as their contact information run the risk
of not getting a message >from the kind of connection we all hope and wait
for (and for which the JGFF if famous!).

Folks who posted messages in the past, cannot be contacted if somebody
finds you in the archived messages for the JewishGen Discussion Group or
the SIGs.

Is this what you really want to have happen?

By using a spamblocker you are placing the onus on someone trying to reach
you to validate themselves or, worse yet to follow through on whatever
system your program has put in place. You stand to benefit >from messages
coming to you >from people you do not know. Do you want them to have to
jump through hoops to get to you?

Before you sign on for a spam blocking program, it's best to think it
through and consider the points mentioned above.

Carol W. Skydell, Vice President
JewishGen Special Projects cskydell@jewishgen.org


German SIG #Germany Use of Spam Blockers is not such a great idea #germany

Carol W. Skydell <cskydell@...>
 

We are all plagued with SPAM, but the best solution is **still** the delete
key, and not spam blocker programs.

JewishGenners who hope for that missing connection to be made as the result
of a message posted to a mailing list run the risk of not getting that
message.

JGFF users who list their e-mail as their contact information run the risk
of not getting a message >from the kind of connection we all hope and wait
for (and for which the JGFF if famous!).

Folks who posted messages in the past, cannot be contacted if somebody
finds you in the archived messages for the JewishGen Discussion Group or
the SIGs.

Is this what you really want to have happen?

By using a spamblocker you are placing the onus on someone trying to reach
you to validate themselves or, worse yet to follow through on whatever
system your program has put in place. You stand to benefit >from messages
coming to you >from people you do not know. Do you want them to have to
jump through hoops to get to you?

Before you sign on for a spam blocking program, it's best to think it
through and consider the points mentioned above.

Carol W. Skydell, Vice President
JewishGen Special Projects cskydell@jewishgen.org


February 2004 update for Yizkor Book Project #courland #latvia

Joyce Field
 

For the month of February 2004, the Yizkor Book Project added 15
updates, 3 new entries, and 1 new book to our site at
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html. They are all
flagged in the alphabetical listing.

New book:

-Podgaytsy, Ukraine

New entries:

- Yahadut Lita
-Kapciamiestis, Lithuania

-Pinkas HaKehillot
-Ropczyce, Poland:Polin, v.3
-Wyszkow, Poland: Polin, v. 1

Updates:

-Bedzin, Poland
-Brzeziny, Poland
-Gabin, Poland
-Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
-Kielce, Poland
-Gorodenka, Ukraine
-Kremenets, Ukraine
-Orgeyev, Moldova
-Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland
-Rubiezewicze, Belarus
-Shumskoye, Ukraine
-Sochaczew, Poland
-Sosnowiec, Poland
-Zagembia, Poland
-Zgierz, Poland

Many thanks to our contributors and volunteers who make this project possible.

Joyce Field
Yizkor Book Project Manager
jfield@jewishgen.org


My trip to Latvia #courland #latvia

RANDWASS@...
 

Dear Fellow Courlanders:

I am going to Latvia in June for a genealogy trip/visit and am looking for
suggestions of any kind >from others who have either been there or who know about
it................. I will be going to Liepaja (Tubiansky), Bauska
(Michelson), Sassmacken (Hoffman) and Riga (Michelson and Hoffman)......................

Thanks!

Please respond to my email at Randwass@aol.com

Randy Wasserstrom
Raleigh, NC


use of Spam Blockers not such a great idea #courland #latvia

Carol W. Skydell <cskydell@...>
 

We are all plagued with SPAM, but the best solution is **still** the delete
key, and not spam blocker programs.

JewishGenners who hope for that missing connection to be made as the result
of a message posted to a mailing list run the risk of not getting that
message.

JGFF users who list their e-mail as their contact information run the risk
of not getting a message >from the kind of connection we all hope and wait
for (and for which the JGFF if famous!).

Folks who posted messages in the past, cannot be contacted if somebody
finds you in the archived messages for the JewishGen Discussion Group or
the SIGs.

Is this what you really want to have happen?

By using a spamblocker you are placing the onus on someone trying to reach
you to validate themselves or, worse yet to follow through on whatever
system your program has put in place. You stand to benefit >from messages
coming to you >from people you do not know. Do you want them to have to
jump through hoops to get to you?

Before you sign on for a spam blocking program, it's best to think it
through and consider the points mentioned above.

Carol W. Skydell, Vice President
JewishGen Special Projects


Courland SIG #Courland #Latvia February 2004 update for Yizkor Book Project #courland #latvia

Joyce Field
 

For the month of February 2004, the Yizkor Book Project added 15
updates, 3 new entries, and 1 new book to our site at
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html. They are all
flagged in the alphabetical listing.

New book:

-Podgaytsy, Ukraine

New entries:

- Yahadut Lita
-Kapciamiestis, Lithuania

-Pinkas HaKehillot
-Ropczyce, Poland:Polin, v.3
-Wyszkow, Poland: Polin, v. 1

Updates:

-Bedzin, Poland
-Brzeziny, Poland
-Gabin, Poland
-Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
-Kielce, Poland
-Gorodenka, Ukraine
-Kremenets, Ukraine
-Orgeyev, Moldova
-Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland
-Rubiezewicze, Belarus
-Shumskoye, Ukraine
-Sochaczew, Poland
-Sosnowiec, Poland
-Zagembia, Poland
-Zgierz, Poland

Many thanks to our contributors and volunteers who make this project possible.

Joyce Field
Yizkor Book Project Manager
jfield@jewishgen.org


Courland SIG #Courland #Latvia My trip to Latvia #courland #latvia

RANDWASS@...
 

Dear Fellow Courlanders:

I am going to Latvia in June for a genealogy trip/visit and am looking for
suggestions of any kind >from others who have either been there or who know about
it................. I will be going to Liepaja (Tubiansky), Bauska
(Michelson), Sassmacken (Hoffman) and Riga (Michelson and Hoffman)......................

Thanks!

Please respond to my email at Randwass@aol.com

Randy Wasserstrom
Raleigh, NC


Courland SIG #Courland #Latvia use of Spam Blockers not such a great idea #courland #latvia

Carol W. Skydell <cskydell@...>
 

We are all plagued with SPAM, but the best solution is **still** the delete
key, and not spam blocker programs.

JewishGenners who hope for that missing connection to be made as the result
of a message posted to a mailing list run the risk of not getting that
message.

JGFF users who list their e-mail as their contact information run the risk
of not getting a message >from the kind of connection we all hope and wait
for (and for which the JGFF if famous!).

Folks who posted messages in the past, cannot be contacted if somebody
finds you in the archived messages for the JewishGen Discussion Group or
the SIGs.

Is this what you really want to have happen?

By using a spamblocker you are placing the onus on someone trying to reach
you to validate themselves or, worse yet to follow through on whatever
system your program has put in place. You stand to benefit >from messages
coming to you >from people you do not know. Do you want them to have to
jump through hoops to get to you?

Before you sign on for a spam blocking program, it's best to think it
through and consider the points mentioned above.

Carol W. Skydell, Vice President
JewishGen Special Projects


Rebecka Hirschmann from Talsen #courland #latvia

bgephart@...
 

I have recently discovered a photograph that was given to a relative of
mine before she left Talsen for American in 1902. The picture is signed
Rebecka Hirschmann. I have posted it on my Talsi website at
http://www.geocities.com/bgephartnet/talsi/families.html. If you have
any information about Rebecka, please contact me at
bgephart@comcast.net.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Betsy Thal Gephart
bgephart@comcast.net


BURGHERSHIP #southafrica

Adam Yamey <adamandlopa@...>
 

I have found a reference in the website of the National
Archives of South Africa, which reads as follows:
"MEMORIALS. HENRY BERGMANN. APPLICATION FOR DEED OF
BURGHERSHIP".

It is dated 1853, and is to be found in "DEPOT KAB".

What was "burghership" in that time? What does it
imply? What benefits did it confer on the person who
received it? Is it equivalent to citizenship of a
town?, or of the country?

Can someone please help me with this?

Adam Yamey, London, UK<adamandlopa@yahoo.co.uk>


use of Spam Blockers not such a great idea #southafrica

Carol W. Skydell <cskydell@...>
 

We are all plagued with SPAM, but the best solution is **still** the delete
key, and not spam blocker programs.

JewishGenners who hope for that missing connection to be made as the result
of a message posted to a mailing list run the risk of not getting that
message.

JGFF users who list their e-mail as their contact information run the risk
of not getting a message >from the kind of connection we all hope and wait
for (and for which the JGFF if famous!).

Folks who posted messages in the past, cannot be contacted if somebody
finds you in the archived messages for the JewishGen Discussion Group or
the SIGs.

Is this what you really want to have happen?

By using a spamblocker you are placing the onus on someone trying to reach
you to validate themselves or, worse yet to follow through on whatever
system your program has put in place. You stand to benefit >from messages
coming to you >from people you do not know. Do you want them to have to
jump through hoops to get to you?

Before you sign on for a spam blocking program, it's best to think it
through and consider the points mentioned above.

Carol W. Skydell, Vice President
JewishGen Special Projects


Courland SIG #Courland #Latvia Rebecka Hirschmann from Talsen #courland #latvia

bgephart@...
 

I have recently discovered a photograph that was given to a relative of
mine before she left Talsen for American in 1902. The picture is signed
Rebecka Hirschmann. I have posted it on my Talsi website at
http://www.geocities.com/bgephartnet/talsi/families.html. If you have
any information about Rebecka, please contact me at
bgephart@comcast.net.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Betsy Thal Gephart
bgephart@comcast.net


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica BURGHERSHIP #southafrica

Adam Yamey <adamandlopa@...>
 

I have found a reference in the website of the National
Archives of South Africa, which reads as follows:
"MEMORIALS. HENRY BERGMANN. APPLICATION FOR DEED OF
BURGHERSHIP".

It is dated 1853, and is to be found in "DEPOT KAB".

What was "burghership" in that time? What does it
imply? What benefits did it confer on the person who
received it? Is it equivalent to citizenship of a
town?, or of the country?

Can someone please help me with this?

Adam Yamey, London, UK<adamandlopa@yahoo.co.uk>


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica use of Spam Blockers not such a great idea #southafrica

Carol W. Skydell <cskydell@...>
 

We are all plagued with SPAM, but the best solution is **still** the delete
key, and not spam blocker programs.

JewishGenners who hope for that missing connection to be made as the result
of a message posted to a mailing list run the risk of not getting that
message.

JGFF users who list their e-mail as their contact information run the risk
of not getting a message >from the kind of connection we all hope and wait
for (and for which the JGFF if famous!).

Folks who posted messages in the past, cannot be contacted if somebody
finds you in the archived messages for the JewishGen Discussion Group or
the SIGs.

Is this what you really want to have happen?

By using a spamblocker you are placing the onus on someone trying to reach
you to validate themselves or, worse yet to follow through on whatever
system your program has put in place. You stand to benefit >from messages
coming to you >from people you do not know. Do you want them to have to
jump through hoops to get to you?

Before you sign on for a spam blocking program, it's best to think it
through and consider the points mentioned above.

Carol W. Skydell, Vice President
JewishGen Special Projects


use of Spam Blockers not such a great idea #ukraine

Carol W. Skydell <cskydell@...>
 

We are all plagued with SPAM, but the best solution is **still** the delete
key, and not spam blocker programs.

JewishGenners who hope for that missing connection to be made as the result
of a message posted to a mailing list run the risk of not getting that
message.

JGFF users who list their e-mail as their contact information run the risk
of not getting a message >from the kind of connection we all hope and wait
for (and for which the JGFF if famous!).

Folks who posted messages in the past, cannot be contacted if somebody
finds you in the archived messages for the JewishGen Discussion Group or
the SIGs.

Is this what you really want to have happen?

By using a spam blocker you are placing the onus on someone trying to reach
you to validate themselves or, worse yet to follow through on whatever
system your program has put in place. You stand to benefit >from messages
coming to you >from people you do not know. Do you want them to have to
jump through hoops to get to you?

Before you sign on for a spam blocking program, it's best to think it
through and consider the points mentioned above.

Carol W. Skydell, Vice President
JewishGen Special Projects


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine use of Spam Blockers not such a great idea #ukraine

Carol W. Skydell <cskydell@...>
 

We are all plagued with SPAM, but the best solution is **still** the delete
key, and not spam blocker programs.

JewishGenners who hope for that missing connection to be made as the result
of a message posted to a mailing list run the risk of not getting that
message.

JGFF users who list their e-mail as their contact information run the risk
of not getting a message >from the kind of connection we all hope and wait
for (and for which the JGFF if famous!).

Folks who posted messages in the past, cannot be contacted if somebody
finds you in the archived messages for the JewishGen Discussion Group or
the SIGs.

Is this what you really want to have happen?

By using a spam blocker you are placing the onus on someone trying to reach
you to validate themselves or, worse yet to follow through on whatever
system your program has put in place. You stand to benefit >from messages
coming to you >from people you do not know. Do you want them to have to
jump through hoops to get to you?

Before you sign on for a spam blocking program, it's best to think it
through and consider the points mentioned above.

Carol W. Skydell, Vice President
JewishGen Special Projects


Reading Odessa birth records #ukraine

Israel P <isai8v10@...>
 

I have received four Odessa birth records (for RECHISTER), which are now at
http://www.pikholz.org/KCOdessa.html

I have the gist of the contents, but would be pleased to know if there is any other
information on them which I don't have in translation.

Thank you.

Israel Pickholtz


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Reading Odessa birth records #ukraine

Israel P <isai8v10@...>
 

I have received four Odessa birth records (for RECHISTER), which are now at
http://www.pikholz.org/KCOdessa.html

I have the gist of the contents, but would be pleased to know if there is any other
information on them which I don't have in translation.

Thank you.

Israel Pickholtz