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German-Palestinian exchanges -- reference #general

Dick Plotz
 

In 1944, a group of 222 concentration camp inmates (mostly in Bergen-Belsen
and of Dutch origin) were exchanged, under the auspices of the International
Red Cross, for an equal number of German civilians interned by the British
mandatory authority in Palestine. This story is little-known, even in
Israel. It is told in _The Chosen People_ by A.N. Oppenheim, a professor at
the London School of Economics, whose brother and sister both happen to be
married to unrelated relatives of my wife, which is how I know about it. The
book contains a list of the exchanged Jews, with dates and places of birth.
The story itself is a worthy successor to _Schindler's List_. Steven
Spielberg, please take note.

For further information, please e-mail me privately.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen German-Palestinian exchanges -- reference #general

Dick Plotz
 

In 1944, a group of 222 concentration camp inmates (mostly in Bergen-Belsen
and of Dutch origin) were exchanged, under the auspices of the International
Red Cross, for an equal number of German civilians interned by the British
mandatory authority in Palestine. This story is little-known, even in
Israel. It is told in _The Chosen People_ by A.N. Oppenheim, a professor at
the London School of Economics, whose brother and sister both happen to be
married to unrelated relatives of my wife, which is how I know about it. The
book contains a list of the exchanged Jews, with dates and places of birth.
The story itself is a worthy successor to _Schindler's List_. Steven
Spielberg, please take note.

For further information, please e-mail me privately.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI


Re: April 2000 yizkor book report #general

JGLois@...
 

I too was amazed at the number of hits reported for March.
I would like to extend my appreciation and congratulations to all on
Jewishgen who have made possible the Yizkor Book translations. It
provides a marvelous and innovative tool for many of the researchers
who are engaged in the search for our family roots.

We in Philadelphia are so proud that the original idea for this project,
and it's founder, was our own Leonard Markowitz, past president of the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Philadelphia.
What a concept!

Lois Sernoff [Philadelphia, PA]
< JGLois@aol.com >

Subject: April 2000 yizkor book report
From: Joyce Field < jfield@indy.net >
Dear JewishGenners:

Sometimes we just work along and never know if anyone is reading all
the material that we put online. Today I checked the usage statistics
for the Yizkor Book Project for the month of March 2000 and I was
stunned into silence. There were 211,182 hits on the Yizkor Book
Project web site for this one month. So the answer is that people--a
lot of them-- are visiting our site and spending a good bit of time on
it. It is good to know that we have an audience!!


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: April 2000 yizkor book report #general

JGLois@...
 

I too was amazed at the number of hits reported for March.
I would like to extend my appreciation and congratulations to all on
Jewishgen who have made possible the Yizkor Book translations. It
provides a marvelous and innovative tool for many of the researchers
who are engaged in the search for our family roots.

We in Philadelphia are so proud that the original idea for this project,
and it's founder, was our own Leonard Markowitz, past president of the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Philadelphia.
What a concept!

Lois Sernoff [Philadelphia, PA]
< JGLois@aol.com >

Subject: April 2000 yizkor book report
From: Joyce Field < jfield@indy.net >
Dear JewishGenners:

Sometimes we just work along and never know if anyone is reading all
the material that we put online. Today I checked the usage statistics
for the Yizkor Book Project for the month of March 2000 and I was
stunned into silence. There were 211,182 hits on the Yizkor Book
Project web site for this one month. So the answer is that people--a
lot of them-- are visiting our site and spending a good bit of time on
it. It is good to know that we have an audience!!


Talnoye memorial to be dedicated on Sunday #general

MMBegun@...
 

This Sunday at 12:00 noon in Brooklyn, there will be a dedication of a
memorial to the 5,000 Jews who were massacred outside Talnoye in 1941 by
the Germans.

Several researchers of Talnoye ancestors will be there, plus others who
have links to the town.

Sorry for the very last minute nature of this notice, but I only received
details last evening.

The exact site is a small park known as Holocaust Park in Sheepshead Bay
in Brooklyn. The park, which holds several Holocaust memorials, is at
the intersection of Emmons Avenue and West End Avenue.

The memorial is a result of one individual's effort to commemorate his
family and others who perished in a mass killing. He is a World War 2
survivor who returned >from serving in the Red Army to find no house, no
relatives. He was able to emigrate in 1991 and now lives in Brooklyn.
Since he lived in Talnoye until the age of 17, he is a potential resource
for knowledge of some of our families. There will be an interpreter
present, as he speaks mainly Russian and Yiddish.

Please contact me by email if you wish any more information.
Mila Begun in New York
MMBegun@aol.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Talnoye memorial to be dedicated on Sunday #general

MMBegun@...
 

This Sunday at 12:00 noon in Brooklyn, there will be a dedication of a
memorial to the 5,000 Jews who were massacred outside Talnoye in 1941 by
the Germans.

Several researchers of Talnoye ancestors will be there, plus others who
have links to the town.

Sorry for the very last minute nature of this notice, but I only received
details last evening.

The exact site is a small park known as Holocaust Park in Sheepshead Bay
in Brooklyn. The park, which holds several Holocaust memorials, is at
the intersection of Emmons Avenue and West End Avenue.

The memorial is a result of one individual's effort to commemorate his
family and others who perished in a mass killing. He is a World War 2
survivor who returned >from serving in the Red Army to find no house, no
relatives. He was able to emigrate in 1991 and now lives in Brooklyn.
Since he lived in Talnoye until the age of 17, he is a potential resource
for knowledge of some of our families. There will be an interpreter
present, as he speaks mainly Russian and Yiddish.

Please contact me by email if you wish any more information.
Mila Begun in New York
MMBegun@aol.com


Meeting Notice JGSGO #general

SSeckbach
 

The May meeting is Tuesday May 9, 7:00PM in the Senior Lounge of the JCC.
The speaker will be Judge Larry Kirkwood. Judge Kirkwood has been a
Circuit Judge since 1981 and is currently the President of "Central
Florida Genealogical Society." He will be speaking on court house research.

The June meeting and annual banquet in Sunday June 11th 5:30PM at the
Steak and Ale, 436 & I-4. As there is limited space at the restaurant
please RSVP or sign up at the May Meeting.
Sim Seckbach
Sseckbach@aol.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Meeting Notice JGSGO #general

SSeckbach
 

The May meeting is Tuesday May 9, 7:00PM in the Senior Lounge of the JCC.
The speaker will be Judge Larry Kirkwood. Judge Kirkwood has been a
Circuit Judge since 1981 and is currently the President of "Central
Florida Genealogical Society." He will be speaking on court house research.

The June meeting and annual banquet in Sunday June 11th 5:30PM at the
Steak and Ale, 436 & I-4. As there is limited space at the restaurant
please RSVP or sign up at the May Meeting.
Sim Seckbach
Sseckbach@aol.com


Re: Births, Warszawa, 1938-1940 #general

Stanley Diamond
 

In a message dated Thu, 4 May 2000 11:02:07 EDT LWellsNYC@aol.com
writes:
Are their any records of births in Warszawa for the years 1938-1940?
If you know of ANY resources, could you let me know?
Lynda Wells (#34265)
Anyone with an interest in Jewish vital records of Poland is invited to
post their messages on the Jewish Records Indexing - Poland mailing
list. JRI-Poland, an independent non-profit organization, is "The home
of Jewish vital records of Poland on the Internet."

For information on the goals of JRI-Poland and access to the mailing
list, go to the web site at: www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl

With specific reference to Lynda Wells question:

The most recent list of Jewish vital record registers in the Civil Records
Offices in the Warsaw region and the Warsaw branch of the Polish
State Archives Warsaw is available in Miriam Weiner's "Jewish Roots
in Poland" published in 1997.

Poland's privacy laws restrict access to vital records less than 100
years old. Thus, these will not be made available in the JRI-Poland
database.

However, the Warsaw Research Group are creating indices of life
cycle events >from Warsaw newspaper announcements and these
are being added to the JRI-Poland database as soon as they are
available. In addition, indices of burials in the Warsaw cemetery
are also now available in the JRI-Poland database. New data is
being added >from the Warsaw cemetery on a regular basis.

Stanley Diamond
Project Coordinator, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
"The home of Jewish vital records of Poland on the Internet"


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Births, Warszawa, 1938-1940 #general

Stanley Diamond
 

In a message dated Thu, 4 May 2000 11:02:07 EDT LWellsNYC@aol.com
writes:
Are their any records of births in Warszawa for the years 1938-1940?
If you know of ANY resources, could you let me know?
Lynda Wells (#34265)
Anyone with an interest in Jewish vital records of Poland is invited to
post their messages on the Jewish Records Indexing - Poland mailing
list. JRI-Poland, an independent non-profit organization, is "The home
of Jewish vital records of Poland on the Internet."

For information on the goals of JRI-Poland and access to the mailing
list, go to the web site at: www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl

With specific reference to Lynda Wells question:

The most recent list of Jewish vital record registers in the Civil Records
Offices in the Warsaw region and the Warsaw branch of the Polish
State Archives Warsaw is available in Miriam Weiner's "Jewish Roots
in Poland" published in 1997.

Poland's privacy laws restrict access to vital records less than 100
years old. Thus, these will not be made available in the JRI-Poland
database.

However, the Warsaw Research Group are creating indices of life
cycle events >from Warsaw newspaper announcements and these
are being added to the JRI-Poland database as soon as they are
available. In addition, indices of burials in the Warsaw cemetery
are also now available in the JRI-Poland database. New data is
being added >from the Warsaw cemetery on a regular basis.

Stanley Diamond
Project Coordinator, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
"The home of Jewish vital records of Poland on the Internet"


PITLER from Zhytomer/Zhitomer #general

Marilen Pitler <mpitler@...>
 

Dear JewishGenners:

I am seeking people who might know of the grandfather of my husband. My
husband's grandfather was Isidore (also known as Sam/Nunie) Pitler who left
Zhytomer, Russia, in 1922, for the United States. He married Pearl Cheskis.

There are other Pitlers who left Zhytomer at about the same time. They
are Hyman, his brother William (Velvel) and another brother who ultimately
moved to Nebraska. We recently came in contact with this other Pitler
family through JewishGen. The facial resemblance of family members are
all too incredible, and I feel we are related. My belief is that Hyman
and Isidore could be brothers. And, if not brothers, then first cousins.
We're trying to find the missing link. Any help would be most appreciated.

Thank you,
Marilen Pitler


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen PITLER from Zhytomer/Zhitomer #general

Marilen Pitler <mpitler@...>
 

Dear JewishGenners:

I am seeking people who might know of the grandfather of my husband. My
husband's grandfather was Isidore (also known as Sam/Nunie) Pitler who left
Zhytomer, Russia, in 1922, for the United States. He married Pearl Cheskis.

There are other Pitlers who left Zhytomer at about the same time. They
are Hyman, his brother William (Velvel) and another brother who ultimately
moved to Nebraska. We recently came in contact with this other Pitler
family through JewishGen. The facial resemblance of family members are
all too incredible, and I feel we are related. My belief is that Hyman
and Isidore could be brothers. And, if not brothers, then first cousins.
We're trying to find the missing link. Any help would be most appreciated.

Thank you,
Marilen Pitler


Towns in Ukraine? #general

Mitch Mermel
 

Having checked ShtetlSeeker, I've come up with just too many towns.

My aunt recalls coming >from Borschtovski (she also remembers it as
Borshtikorvazki), about a days journey by cart or sleigh to Kiev.
I've finally gotten my grandmother's (aunt's sister) petition for
naturalization which lists the family as coming >from Buschagebka
(out in the countryside).

ShtetlSeeker generates 2 listings for Buschagebka roughly within
100 miles of Kiev, one is NE of Kiev; The other WNW. There are also
2 listings generated for Borschtovski within the same general 100 mile
range. Again one is NE, the other WNW of Kiev. Each is roughly
11 miles >from their Buschagebka counterpart.

My theory: Borschtovski was probably the nearest market town and
more memorable to my aunt as a young girl. ( I realize this logic
and concept does not have a strong foundation)

My problem: Which Buschagebka is the right one. I was hoping for
only one close countryside-market town correlation.

Where do I go >from here?

Mitch Mermel
Orlando, Fl. 32818
mplemrem@aol.com
mkfpage@aol.com
web page at http://members.aol.com/mplemrem/myhomepage/index.html


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Towns in Ukraine? #general

Mitch Mermel
 

Having checked ShtetlSeeker, I've come up with just too many towns.

My aunt recalls coming >from Borschtovski (she also remembers it as
Borshtikorvazki), about a days journey by cart or sleigh to Kiev.
I've finally gotten my grandmother's (aunt's sister) petition for
naturalization which lists the family as coming >from Buschagebka
(out in the countryside).

ShtetlSeeker generates 2 listings for Buschagebka roughly within
100 miles of Kiev, one is NE of Kiev; The other WNW. There are also
2 listings generated for Borschtovski within the same general 100 mile
range. Again one is NE, the other WNW of Kiev. Each is roughly
11 miles >from their Buschagebka counterpart.

My theory: Borschtovski was probably the nearest market town and
more memorable to my aunt as a young girl. ( I realize this logic
and concept does not have a strong foundation)

My problem: Which Buschagebka is the right one. I was hoping for
only one close countryside-market town correlation.

Where do I go >from here?

Mitch Mermel
Orlando, Fl. 32818
mplemrem@aol.com
mkfpage@aol.com
web page at http://members.aol.com/mplemrem/myhomepage/index.html


Adoptin records in Lodz #general

debjkay <debjkay@...>
 

Does anyone know how to find adoption records for a child born in Lodz in
1922, and adopted in 1923-24? would there be a central adoption agency?
would these records still exist?

I would appreciate any information I could get on this. My mother has just
learned that she had a brother who was given up for adoption in Poland,
probably Lodz, and he would have been born about 1922.

He was supposedly adopted by a wealthy soap manufacturer.

I would be grateful for any help, including anyone who would know the name
of such a person in the Lodz area in early 1920's. Are there business
directories still available?

Thank you

Debra Kay
debjkay@msn.com
Simi Valley, Ca
LodzSIG


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Adoptin records in Lodz #general

debjkay <debjkay@...>
 

Does anyone know how to find adoption records for a child born in Lodz in
1922, and adopted in 1923-24? would there be a central adoption agency?
would these records still exist?

I would appreciate any information I could get on this. My mother has just
learned that she had a brother who was given up for adoption in Poland,
probably Lodz, and he would have been born about 1922.

He was supposedly adopted by a wealthy soap manufacturer.

I would be grateful for any help, including anyone who would know the name
of such a person in the Lodz area in early 1920's. Are there business
directories still available?

Thank you

Debra Kay
debjkay@msn.com
Simi Valley, Ca
LodzSIG


The shtetl of Ratsyuny #general

Ratzan1@...
 

Dear sirs,
I looked up my name in Dr. Alexander Beider' s book, " Dictionary of
Jewish Surnames >from the Russian Empire ". I found Ratsan and that it was
presumably a toponym derived >from the shtetl of Ratsyuny in the Novo-
Alexandrovsk ( now Zarasai district of Lithuania ) gobernia of tsarist
Russia. Who might I ask to get information on this shtetl ? I' ve looked
in the Shtetl Finder as well as spoken to Avotaynu and am trying to write
a geneology, but I' m not sure that my name is really named after Ratsyuny.

Thanks for your help.
Sincerely,
Robert Ratzan


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen The shtetl of Ratsyuny #general

Ratzan1@...
 

Dear sirs,
I looked up my name in Dr. Alexander Beider' s book, " Dictionary of
Jewish Surnames >from the Russian Empire ". I found Ratsan and that it was
presumably a toponym derived >from the shtetl of Ratsyuny in the Novo-
Alexandrovsk ( now Zarasai district of Lithuania ) gobernia of tsarist
Russia. Who might I ask to get information on this shtetl ? I' ve looked
in the Shtetl Finder as well as spoken to Avotaynu and am trying to write
a geneology, but I' m not sure that my name is really named after Ratsyuny.

Thanks for your help.
Sincerely,
Robert Ratzan


Re: Marriages #austria-czech

Myra S. Davis <myrabokpg@...>
 

My answer to Anita's questoin is about my grandparents.

My grandmother used to tell me that when she was a young girl she was in
love with a fellow >from her shtetl. She wanted to marry him but her
parents arranged her marriage to a first cousin >from another shtetl about
50 miles >from them. She had never met him until they were to be married
and then he came to her town. She was horrified because he was a short
man with a limp. He had fallen >from a makeshift swing when he was
younger and broke his leg. Never had it set properly. Well, she had to
marry him and this man was my grandfather. They had 6 children and
stayed married until death parted them. I doubt very much if there was
real love between them but they did care about one another. I lived with
them after my father's death on a farm and on a cold winter night she
would tell me stories and I would incourage my grandfather to give her a
kiss but she always turned her heard and said "leave me alone" gay aveck,
(go away) if that is how it is spelled.
Myra Davis, Tucson, AZ
myrabokpg@juno.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re:Marriages #general

Myra S. Davis <myrabokpg@...>
 

My answer to Anita's questoin is about my grandparents.

My grandmother used to tell me that when she was a young girl she was in
love with a fellow >from her shtetl. She wanted to marry him but her
parents arranged her marriage to a first cousin >from another shtetl about
50 miles >from them. She had never met him until they were to be married
and then he came to her town. She was horrified because he was a short
man with a limp. He had fallen >from a makeshift swing when he was
younger and broke his leg. Never had it set properly. Well, she had to
marry him and this man was my grandfather. They had 6 children and
stayed married until death parted them. I doubt very much if there was
real love between them but they did care about one another. I lived with
them after my father's death on a farm and on a cold winter night she
would tell me stories and I would incourage my grandfather to give her a
kiss but she always turned her heard and said "leave me alone" gay aveck,
(go away) if that is how it is spelled.
Myra Davis, Tucson, AZ
myrabokpg@juno.com