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Re: Jascha Heifitz #belarus

Marvin Lederman <vonalum@...>
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Marvin Lederman <vonalum@worldnet.att.net>
To: belarus@lyris.jewis <belarus@lyris.jewis>
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 1999 1:47 PM
Subject: Jascha Heifitz


My g-g grandmother's married name was Heifitz and lived in Lahkva which
is a short distance >from Pinsk. It may be wishful thinking but, family
rumor was that we also are related to the great violinist. No real
connection has ever been established but, I welcome any information that
could lead to one.

Marvin Lederman
vonalum@worldnet.att.net


Belarus SIG #Belarus RE: Jascha Heifitz #belarus

Marvin Lederman <vonalum@...>
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Marvin Lederman <vonalum@worldnet.att.net>
To: belarus@lyris.jewis <belarus@lyris.jewis>
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 1999 1:47 PM
Subject: Jascha Heifitz


My g-g grandmother's married name was Heifitz and lived in Lahkva which
is a short distance >from Pinsk. It may be wishful thinking but, family
rumor was that we also are related to the great violinist. No real
connection has ever been established but, I welcome any information that
could lead to one.

Marvin Lederman
vonalum@worldnet.att.net


Re: Origin of Name 'Kadin'? #lithuania

Alan Kadin <kadin@...>
 

Dear Mr. Cassell,

Thank you for responding so quickly.

I used ShtetlSeeker, and found a reference to a town formerly known as
Kaiden, now known as Dzyarzhynsk, which is 23 miles SW of Minsk, in
Belarus. This is somewhat closer to the place in SE Belarus (Chechersk)
that my grandfather seems to have come from. So perhaps this Kaiden,
rather than Keidan, might be the origin of the name 'Kadin'. I'll try to
pursue this further.

Alan Kadin

The best resource to check would be Alexander Beider's encyclopedic guide
to Jewish surnames in the Russian empire. I can't recall the precise name,
but it's not far >from that. It was published three or four years ago, and
can probably be found via your local public library.

In point of fact, there was at least one other community with a name that
sounded like Keidan. I believe it was in Belarus, and may have been
transliterated as Kadan. I think there's a passing reference to it in my
grandfather's history of Keidan on the website. You could also check the
JewshGen "Shtetl Seeker" or "Family Finder" databases for more clues to
your family name.

Good luck

Andrew Cassel


Keidan Jews #Keidan #Lithuania RE: Origin of Name 'Kadin'? #lithuania

Alan Kadin <kadin@...>
 

Dear Mr. Cassell,

Thank you for responding so quickly.

I used ShtetlSeeker, and found a reference to a town formerly known as
Kaiden, now known as Dzyarzhynsk, which is 23 miles SW of Minsk, in
Belarus. This is somewhat closer to the place in SE Belarus (Chechersk)
that my grandfather seems to have come from. So perhaps this Kaiden,
rather than Keidan, might be the origin of the name 'Kadin'. I'll try to
pursue this further.

Alan Kadin

The best resource to check would be Alexander Beider's encyclopedic guide
to Jewish surnames in the Russian empire. I can't recall the precise name,
but it's not far >from that. It was published three or four years ago, and
can probably be found via your local public library.

In point of fact, there was at least one other community with a name that
sounded like Keidan. I believe it was in Belarus, and may have been
transliterated as Kadan. I think there's a passing reference to it in my
grandfather's history of Keidan on the website. You could also check the
JewshGen "Shtetl Seeker" or "Family Finder" databases for more clues to
your family name.

Good luck

Andrew Cassel


Information re: NEUSTADT (MISTAUTAI?) in Kovno Guberniya #lithuania

Matt Singer <msinger@...>
 

I am searching for information regarding the village of NEUSTADT (now
MISTAUTAI acording the the Jewishgen shtetl-seeker) in Kovno Guberniya.
I am especially interested in the ethnic/cultural make up of the town.
According to my family's oral history, my great-great-grandfather Simon
SINGER were born and raised in "Germany"; my grandfather, David SINGER,
however, emigrated >from NEUSTADT, Lithuania, to Middletown,
Pennsylvania, c. 1890 No further explanation regarding this unlikely
immigration pattern has been passed down. One hypothesis: perhaps
NEUSTADT (as its name would indicate) was culturally German (possible,
since East Prusia extended across what is now northern Poland and into
extreme western Lithuania during much of the 19th century).

I would, at any rate, be grateful for any information or thoughts. Thank
you!

P.S. I reside in Philadelphia, and a good number of my SINGER family
members still live in Central PA.

MODERATOR'S NOTE: All messages should be signed with the writer's full name.


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Information re: NEUSTADT (MISTAUTAI?) in Kovno Guberniya #lithuania

Matt Singer <msinger@...>
 

I am searching for information regarding the village of NEUSTADT (now
MISTAUTAI acording the the Jewishgen shtetl-seeker) in Kovno Guberniya.
I am especially interested in the ethnic/cultural make up of the town.
According to my family's oral history, my great-great-grandfather Simon
SINGER were born and raised in "Germany"; my grandfather, David SINGER,
however, emigrated >from NEUSTADT, Lithuania, to Middletown,
Pennsylvania, c. 1890 No further explanation regarding this unlikely
immigration pattern has been passed down. One hypothesis: perhaps
NEUSTADT (as its name would indicate) was culturally German (possible,
since East Prusia extended across what is now northern Poland and into
extreme western Lithuania during much of the 19th century).

I would, at any rate, be grateful for any information or thoughts. Thank
you!

P.S. I reside in Philadelphia, and a good number of my SINGER family
members still live in Central PA.

MODERATOR'S NOTE: All messages should be signed with the writer's full name.


Lithuanian Holocaust Names Project #lithuania

Dr Saul Issroff <saul@...>
 

This announcement describes:

*A Letter to Litvaks about this project
*A fact sheet relating to the project
*The progress of the project
*The formation of the THE LITHUANIAN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
(KEREN ZIKARON LEYAHADUT LITA) in Israel



*LITHUANIAN NAMES PROJECT - A letter to Litvaks, February 1999.
Note: The full text of this letter is on The Lithuanian Names Project
Web Site http://www.jewishgen.org/litvak/lithnames.htm

Remembering Lithuanian Shoah Victims: A Research Project

A large project started in November 1997, namely, to collect as many
names as possible of victims of the Lithuanian Holocaust (1941-1945).
The goal is to publish a Memorial book; preserving the memory of the
names of the martyrs for generations to come. It is of utmost
importance to prevent the victims >from being forgotten.

No comprehensive record exists of the names and details of Lithuanian
Jews who were murdered.

The methodology and research resources are described. The main sources
of information are at Yad Vashem, the USHMM, the Vilna Gaon Jewish state
Museum and >from privately submitted names.

A name submission form is attached to the web site. This is a further
appeal for submissions of family names.

The database is outlined, and privacy and copyright guidelines are
described.

Go to the Lithuanian Names Project Web Site
http://www.jewishgen.org/litvak/lithnames.htm for further details.

*Progress:

To date (February 1999) approximately 90,000 names have been collected.
A searchable database has been constructed and entry of individual names
and where possible families continues daily.
Many archival and library resources have been investigated, both in
Lithuania and in the rest of the world. Many relevant contacts have been
made in various institutions.
A number of unusual archival resources have been investigated.
An initial list of six thousand names was given to Yad Vashem (at their
request) for matching against Swiss Bank records.
Approximately 40 press references to the project have been published.

*THE LITHUANIAN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION (KEREN ZIKARON LEYAHADUT LITA) has
been registered as an Amuta (charitable foundation) in Israel.

The objectives are (broadly) to facilitate research, collect and
publish information relating to the Holocaust in Lithuania.

The initial board is:

Rose Lerer Cohen M.A., Holocaust researcher.

Sol Ganor. Author of "Light Two Candles" and other works. Board Member
Yad Vashem.

Joseph Harmatz. Director-General emeritus World Ort, Director General
emeritus and comptroller Israeli Ort. Author of "Beyond the Wings".

Prof. Bernard Lerer. Prof. Experimental Psychiatry, Hebrew University
Jerusalem.


Prof. Dov Levin. Head, Oral History, Department of Contemporary History,
Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Author of "Pinkas HaKehilot Lita".

Rachel Levin. Secretary and Archivist, Association of Lithuanian Jews in
Israel.

Advocate Joseph Melamed. Chairman, Association of Lithuanian Jews in
Israel. Board Member, Centre of Organisations of Holocaust Survivors in
Israel.

*Website.
A website attached to Litvak SIG webpage has been constructed by
webmaster Trevor Tucker.

This consists of :

A letter to Litvaks
A factsheet
A name submission form
Multiple links relating to the Lithuanian Holocaust
References (books and journals) relating to the Lithuanian Holocaust.

See:
Ten Facts about the Lithuanian Holocaust
http://www.jewishgen.org/litvak/10facts.htm

Dr Saul Issroff (<saul@swico.demon.co.uk>London),
Rose Lerer Cohen (<roseron@shani.net> Jerusalem)


Re: Kinnuim #lithuania

Marion Hattenbach Bernstein
 

Dear LitvakSIG:
Berko It appears to be kinnuim for Dov, but does it also include
Dovid/David?
Dovid or David is a separate name >from Dov, which means "bear" -- which is
why Ber, Berel and Berko are kinnuim.

By the way, Berkowitz, Berenson & some even think Bernstein are all derivatives.

Marion H. Bernstein
San Antonio, TX
hlb@texas.net


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Lithuanian Holocaust Names Project #lithuania

Dr Saul Issroff <saul@...>
 

This announcement describes:

*A Letter to Litvaks about this project
*A fact sheet relating to the project
*The progress of the project
*The formation of the THE LITHUANIAN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
(KEREN ZIKARON LEYAHADUT LITA) in Israel



*LITHUANIAN NAMES PROJECT - A letter to Litvaks, February 1999.
Note: The full text of this letter is on The Lithuanian Names Project
Web Site http://www.jewishgen.org/litvak/lithnames.htm

Remembering Lithuanian Shoah Victims: A Research Project

A large project started in November 1997, namely, to collect as many
names as possible of victims of the Lithuanian Holocaust (1941-1945).
The goal is to publish a Memorial book; preserving the memory of the
names of the martyrs for generations to come. It is of utmost
importance to prevent the victims >from being forgotten.

No comprehensive record exists of the names and details of Lithuanian
Jews who were murdered.

The methodology and research resources are described. The main sources
of information are at Yad Vashem, the USHMM, the Vilna Gaon Jewish state
Museum and >from privately submitted names.

A name submission form is attached to the web site. This is a further
appeal for submissions of family names.

The database is outlined, and privacy and copyright guidelines are
described.

Go to the Lithuanian Names Project Web Site
http://www.jewishgen.org/litvak/lithnames.htm for further details.

*Progress:

To date (February 1999) approximately 90,000 names have been collected.
A searchable database has been constructed and entry of individual names
and where possible families continues daily.
Many archival and library resources have been investigated, both in
Lithuania and in the rest of the world. Many relevant contacts have been
made in various institutions.
A number of unusual archival resources have been investigated.
An initial list of six thousand names was given to Yad Vashem (at their
request) for matching against Swiss Bank records.
Approximately 40 press references to the project have been published.

*THE LITHUANIAN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION (KEREN ZIKARON LEYAHADUT LITA) has
been registered as an Amuta (charitable foundation) in Israel.

The objectives are (broadly) to facilitate research, collect and
publish information relating to the Holocaust in Lithuania.

The initial board is:

Rose Lerer Cohen M.A., Holocaust researcher.

Sol Ganor. Author of "Light Two Candles" and other works. Board Member
Yad Vashem.

Joseph Harmatz. Director-General emeritus World Ort, Director General
emeritus and comptroller Israeli Ort. Author of "Beyond the Wings".

Prof. Bernard Lerer. Prof. Experimental Psychiatry, Hebrew University
Jerusalem.


Prof. Dov Levin. Head, Oral History, Department of Contemporary History,
Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Author of "Pinkas HaKehilot Lita".

Rachel Levin. Secretary and Archivist, Association of Lithuanian Jews in
Israel.

Advocate Joseph Melamed. Chairman, Association of Lithuanian Jews in
Israel. Board Member, Centre of Organisations of Holocaust Survivors in
Israel.

*Website.
A website attached to Litvak SIG webpage has been constructed by
webmaster Trevor Tucker.

This consists of :

A letter to Litvaks
A factsheet
A name submission form
Multiple links relating to the Lithuanian Holocaust
References (books and journals) relating to the Lithuanian Holocaust.

See:
Ten Facts about the Lithuanian Holocaust
http://www.jewishgen.org/litvak/10facts.htm

Dr Saul Issroff (<saul@swico.demon.co.uk>London),
Rose Lerer Cohen (<roseron@shani.net> Jerusalem)


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Re: Kinnuim #lithuania

Marion Hattenbach Bernstein
 

Dear LitvakSIG:
Berko It appears to be kinnuim for Dov, but does it also include
Dovid/David?
Dovid or David is a separate name >from Dov, which means "bear" -- which is
why Ber, Berel and Berko are kinnuim.

By the way, Berkowitz, Berenson & some even think Bernstein are all derivatives.

Marion H. Bernstein
San Antonio, TX
hlb@texas.net


Re: post WWI residence #lithuania

Martha Lev-Zion <martha@...>
 

There is really no knowing whether people returned to the same place after
they had been expelled in WWI. If their homes had been destroyed, they
might have rebuilt or moved on. If their homes were still standing, they
might have felt compelled morally not to return to the same place that
expelled them.

Martha Lev-Zion


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Re: post WWI residence #lithuania

Martha Lev-Zion <martha@...>
 

There is really no knowing whether people returned to the same place after
they had been expelled in WWI. If their homes had been destroyed, they
might have rebuilt or moved on. If their homes were still standing, they
might have felt compelled morally not to return to the same place that
expelled them.

Martha Lev-Zion


Need contact in Buenos Aires #general

Stuart Liss <sliss@...>
 

I have an address for a cousin in Buenos Aires. They didn't
respond to my letter. Can someone in B.A. please email me
privately and I will give you the name and address.

Thank you.

Stuart Liss
Evergreen, CO


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Need contact in Buenos Aires #general

Stuart Liss <sliss@...>
 

I have an address for a cousin in Buenos Aires. They didn't
respond to my letter. Can someone in B.A. please email me
privately and I will give you the name and address.

Thank you.

Stuart Liss
Evergreen, CO


DINKIN in Manhattan #general

Sam & Charlotte <samchar@...>
 

When I received the Social Security Information on my Grandfather, he
listed his mother's name as "Frumeh Kheshah DINKIN". Besides the search
on JewishGen, I sent letters to some of the older family members and a
cousin who is in her mid 80's responded this evening with a phone call
to tell me that she remembered now that our Great Grandmother's maiden
name was Dinkin and that her brother (our Great Uncle lived in Manhattan
and visited with them several times. He had two little girls, but she
does not remember if he was a widower and never did see his wife. She
said that he had some kind of store in Manhattan and so could not visit
a great deal. She also said that sometime between 1921 and 1927 he and
his little girls moved away >from New York but she doesn't know where
they went.

We are going to see if we can order the 1920 census >from New York
soundexed for Dinkin, but I am detailing this here in hopes that it may
stir someone's memory.

Charlotte Aisuss Showel
Las Vegas, Nevada
samchar@worldnet.att.net

Looking for information on: DINKIN, REICIN, REITZEN, RYABTZOFF
from: Starodub, Semyanovka, Zlynka, New York and Chicago.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen DINKIN in Manhattan #general

Sam & Charlotte <samchar@...>
 

When I received the Social Security Information on my Grandfather, he
listed his mother's name as "Frumeh Kheshah DINKIN". Besides the search
on JewishGen, I sent letters to some of the older family members and a
cousin who is in her mid 80's responded this evening with a phone call
to tell me that she remembered now that our Great Grandmother's maiden
name was Dinkin and that her brother (our Great Uncle lived in Manhattan
and visited with them several times. He had two little girls, but she
does not remember if he was a widower and never did see his wife. She
said that he had some kind of store in Manhattan and so could not visit
a great deal. She also said that sometime between 1921 and 1927 he and
his little girls moved away >from New York but she doesn't know where
they went.

We are going to see if we can order the 1920 census >from New York
soundexed for Dinkin, but I am detailing this here in hopes that it may
stir someone's memory.

Charlotte Aisuss Showel
Las Vegas, Nevada
samchar@worldnet.att.net

Looking for information on: DINKIN, REICIN, REITZEN, RYABTZOFF
from: Starodub, Semyanovka, Zlynka, New York and Chicago.


Using Alma Mater for family history research #general

carol zsolnay <CZSOLNAY@...>
 

I did not see the original post on the topic of using Alma Mater to further
family history research, but I have found a lot of helpful information by
contacting the highschools and colleges of ancestors. If the person
attended long ago, there is sometimes a special librarian or archivist who
keeps old yearbooks and records. I have received xeroxes of yearbook
pictures >from highschools and colleges. I have even been sent old report
cards! The Harvard U alumni office verified whether someone graduated from
the school or attended for more than 6 weeks (OR claimed to have attended,
but didn't--which they claim is a frequent occurance!) Then, a call to the
Harvard librarian/archivist produced old yearbook material. When I was
researching a physician, I called the school he graduated >from in 1905 and
spoke to the school historian who sent me his individual and class photo,
the course list for the years he attended and his graduation program! I had
the same luck for a PhD candidate at U of Chicago in the 1920s. One
university would not give me any information unless I was an alum of the
school. So, I found a friend who was an alum to make the call for me.

In short, don't discount contacting highschools and colleges for some
interesting tidbits about your ancestors. I got great information from
doing so.

Sincerely,

Carol Adler Zsolnay at czsolnay@msn.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Using Alma Mater for family history research #general

carol zsolnay <CZSOLNAY@...>
 

I did not see the original post on the topic of using Alma Mater to further
family history research, but I have found a lot of helpful information by
contacting the highschools and colleges of ancestors. If the person
attended long ago, there is sometimes a special librarian or archivist who
keeps old yearbooks and records. I have received xeroxes of yearbook
pictures >from highschools and colleges. I have even been sent old report
cards! The Harvard U alumni office verified whether someone graduated from
the school or attended for more than 6 weeks (OR claimed to have attended,
but didn't--which they claim is a frequent occurance!) Then, a call to the
Harvard librarian/archivist produced old yearbook material. When I was
researching a physician, I called the school he graduated >from in 1905 and
spoke to the school historian who sent me his individual and class photo,
the course list for the years he attended and his graduation program! I had
the same luck for a PhD candidate at U of Chicago in the 1920s. One
university would not give me any information unless I was an alum of the
school. So, I found a friend who was an alum to make the call for me.

In short, don't discount contacting highschools and colleges for some
interesting tidbits about your ancestors. I got great information from
doing so.

Sincerely,

Carol Adler Zsolnay at czsolnay@msn.com


Kherson Agricultural Colonies #general

Judorican@...
 

I am working on a project to find descendants of Jewish, Catholic and Lutheran
settlers in agricultural colonies established in the early 19th century in
Kherson, Ukraine. My plan is to trace several families >from each group from
their migration to Kherson, through the colony period to migration to the U.S.
The end result will be an exhibit looking at the similar and very different
experiences of families who occupied land in the same area under similar
terms for a specific period of history. My own people came >from Lithuania in
1807 and were part of the colony of Izraelovka, near the town of Krivoy Rog,
north of the city of Kherson. If anyone knows that their ancestors came to
Kherson as part of the agricultural settlement program and would like to be
part of this project, please contact me directly. I am particularly interested
in finding Jews who now live in Minesota or nearby. Thanks,
Aurora Levins Morales


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Kherson Agricultural Colonies #general

Judorican@...
 

I am working on a project to find descendants of Jewish, Catholic and Lutheran
settlers in agricultural colonies established in the early 19th century in
Kherson, Ukraine. My plan is to trace several families >from each group from
their migration to Kherson, through the colony period to migration to the U.S.
The end result will be an exhibit looking at the similar and very different
experiences of families who occupied land in the same area under similar
terms for a specific period of history. My own people came >from Lithuania in
1807 and were part of the colony of Izraelovka, near the town of Krivoy Rog,
north of the city of Kherson. If anyone knows that their ancestors came to
Kherson as part of the agricultural settlement program and would like to be
part of this project, please contact me directly. I am particularly interested
in finding Jews who now live in Minesota or nearby. Thanks,
Aurora Levins Morales