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Rav Yosef of Beznitz #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari
 

In our family there is mention of a Rav Yosef (no family name)
presumably somewhere around the beginning of the 19th cent.

In one version of the tree this Rav Yosef is the Rav of Breznitz. In
all the trees he is a son-in-law of a grandson of Reb. Naftali KATZ,
author of the Smichas Chachamim, through the lineage of R' Shmuel and
his son R' Arieh leib (his presumed father-in-law) who were Rabbis of
Kremenetz during the 18th cent. R' Yosef was the father of Israel (no
known family name-possibly ROSENBAUM) of Ostrog and a follower of the
Apter Rav (Heschel). Yisrael's son, Yosef married into the family of
the Admo"r of Lechowitz (R' Aharon and Perl-marrying their daughter).

My interest lies primaily in identifying the above R' Yosef of
Breznitz. What town is this? What was his family name and any other
details about him. Published material as to our lineage end with the
above R' Arieh Leib of Kremenetz and don't come down to our
generation.

As mention above, I am in possesion of two family trees: One prepared
by the Jerusalem SCHECHTER family (my branch) and another by another
Jerusalem family ZEIVALD-PAPIRNE (PAPIRNE being members of the
Kalin-Stolin Chassidic group).

Shavua tov

Yoni Ben-Ari, Efrat, Israel


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Rav Yosef of Beznitz #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari
 

In our family there is mention of a Rav Yosef (no family name)
presumably somewhere around the beginning of the 19th cent.

In one version of the tree this Rav Yosef is the Rav of Breznitz. In
all the trees he is a son-in-law of a grandson of Reb. Naftali KATZ,
author of the Smichas Chachamim, through the lineage of R' Shmuel and
his son R' Arieh leib (his presumed father-in-law) who were Rabbis of
Kremenetz during the 18th cent. R' Yosef was the father of Israel (no
known family name-possibly ROSENBAUM) of Ostrog and a follower of the
Apter Rav (Heschel). Yisrael's son, Yosef married into the family of
the Admo"r of Lechowitz (R' Aharon and Perl-marrying their daughter).

My interest lies primaily in identifying the above R' Yosef of
Breznitz. What town is this? What was his family name and any other
details about him. Published material as to our lineage end with the
above R' Arieh Leib of Kremenetz and don't come down to our
generation.

As mention above, I am in possesion of two family trees: One prepared
by the Jerusalem SCHECHTER family (my branch) and another by another
Jerusalem family ZEIVALD-PAPIRNE (PAPIRNE being members of the
Kalin-Stolin Chassidic group).

Shavua tov

Yoni Ben-Ari, Efrat, Israel


Odd misspellings #general

Paul Silverstone
 

As an example of wierd misspellings, I found PERLMUTTER in the 1891
Manitoba census as PALMUTO
--
Paul Silverstone
New York
please reply to paulh@aya.yale.edu


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Odd misspellings #general

Paul Silverstone
 

As an example of wierd misspellings, I found PERLMUTTER in the 1891
Manitoba census as PALMUTO
--
Paul Silverstone
New York
please reply to paulh@aya.yale.edu


Library of Congress source of Photos #general

Sylvia Furshman Nusinov
 

"Never underestimate the power of JewishGen": the online Discussion Group
has proven once again to be the catalyst in finding an invaluable piece of
information to add to my research of my maternal ancestry!

Several Genners may recall my posting several weeks ago:
<As another note to add to this discussion of WWI burials of Jewish
soldiers:My maternal Grandmother's brother - age 18, who had emigrated >from
Austria several years prior to joining the National Guard, was drafted and killed
<in action in 1918, during the Battle of the Argonne, and had been buried in
France.
<After several years of red-tape, and at the request of my Grandmother, his
<body was finally shipped to the United States and laid to rest in a Jewish
<Cemetery - in the family plot in Baltimore.
<At my request, I received a packet of copies of the entire procedure
<{documented by the U.S. Government - including all of my Uncle's Army
<records, and a copy of the heart-breaking letter written by my
Grandmother!}

A fellow Genner, Michael Kaltman, amongst others, emailed me for additional
information on how I found the information and after my reply, he offered me
another good research resource.
Living near D.C., Mr. Kaltman told me he had visited the Library of
Congress, after reading of a 3 volume work in their holdings:
"Soldiers of the Great War", a compilation of photographs of soldiers who
had fought in World War 1.

I immediately phoned the Library of Congress, 202-707-5537, and was directed
to their catalogue center, where an extremely nice Librarian gave me the
call # for the title I was looking for, and transferred my call to the
research center.
I was asked to place my request for my Uncle's photo in an email to
www.loc.gov/rr/print/research
and to include the call # of the books: D609.U6S6

I received an acknowledgement the day following my online query, >from Ask a
Librarian:
http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib

5 days later, I received an email >from a Reference Librarian:
<<Thank you for your inquiry, Sylvia! I have found a photo of your great
Uncle, Maurice Awner, in the book Soldiers of the Great War. I will send a
copy of it to you in the mail.>>

3 days later - last Saturday, I received the photo! When I opened the
envelope and looked at the picture - small as it was [since it was printed
on a page with 20 others] I was absolutely thrilled to see the resemblance
to my Grandmother and her surviving sibling!

I had never seen a photo of my Great Uncle - this was the first time!!!

I wanted to share this research "plum" with all of you - and hope you are
all as fortunate as Mr. Kaltman and I, in "putting a face" to an ancestor!!!

Thanks again to JewishGen, and to the Library of Congress!

Sylvia

Sylvia Furshman Nusinov
President Emerita
Genealogical Workbook Editor
JGSPBCI, FL


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Library of Congress source of Photos #general

Sylvia Furshman Nusinov
 

"Never underestimate the power of JewishGen": the online Discussion Group
has proven once again to be the catalyst in finding an invaluable piece of
information to add to my research of my maternal ancestry!

Several Genners may recall my posting several weeks ago:
<As another note to add to this discussion of WWI burials of Jewish
soldiers:My maternal Grandmother's brother - age 18, who had emigrated >from
Austria several years prior to joining the National Guard, was drafted and killed
<in action in 1918, during the Battle of the Argonne, and had been buried in
France.
<After several years of red-tape, and at the request of my Grandmother, his
<body was finally shipped to the United States and laid to rest in a Jewish
<Cemetery - in the family plot in Baltimore.
<At my request, I received a packet of copies of the entire procedure
<{documented by the U.S. Government - including all of my Uncle's Army
<records, and a copy of the heart-breaking letter written by my
Grandmother!}

A fellow Genner, Michael Kaltman, amongst others, emailed me for additional
information on how I found the information and after my reply, he offered me
another good research resource.
Living near D.C., Mr. Kaltman told me he had visited the Library of
Congress, after reading of a 3 volume work in their holdings:
"Soldiers of the Great War", a compilation of photographs of soldiers who
had fought in World War 1.

I immediately phoned the Library of Congress, 202-707-5537, and was directed
to their catalogue center, where an extremely nice Librarian gave me the
call # for the title I was looking for, and transferred my call to the
research center.
I was asked to place my request for my Uncle's photo in an email to
www.loc.gov/rr/print/research
and to include the call # of the books: D609.U6S6

I received an acknowledgement the day following my online query, >from Ask a
Librarian:
http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib

5 days later, I received an email >from a Reference Librarian:
<<Thank you for your inquiry, Sylvia! I have found a photo of your great
Uncle, Maurice Awner, in the book Soldiers of the Great War. I will send a
copy of it to you in the mail.>>

3 days later - last Saturday, I received the photo! When I opened the
envelope and looked at the picture - small as it was [since it was printed
on a page with 20 others] I was absolutely thrilled to see the resemblance
to my Grandmother and her surviving sibling!

I had never seen a photo of my Great Uncle - this was the first time!!!

I wanted to share this research "plum" with all of you - and hope you are
all as fortunate as Mr. Kaltman and I, in "putting a face" to an ancestor!!!

Thanks again to JewishGen, and to the Library of Congress!

Sylvia

Sylvia Furshman Nusinov
President Emerita
Genealogical Workbook Editor
JGSPBCI, FL


Site Cite: Cardamina Verlag #germany

Janet Isenberg <jbisenberg@...>
 

Courtesy of Cyndislist's digest of new links, here's one that might have
information of interest to GERSIG members.

URL: http://www.cardamina.de

TITLE: CARDAMINA Verlag
DESCRIPTION: CARDAMINA Verlag is a German publisher of family books
& chronicles; Rhineland-Palatinate, Bessarabia, Prussia,
Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt,Thuringia, Pommerania,
Banat, et cetera; Eifel, Hunsruck, Westerwald, Taunus; Germany, Hungary,
Austria, Swiss, Benelux;.

A quick review of the publications shows perhaps 100 books for sale. Some
are clearly marked rk (Roman Catholic) or luth (Lutheran), but many seem
to be listings of all families in the town for the time period listed.

I have no financial interest in this company and cannot speak to the content
or accuracy of the books.

Janet Isenberg Glen Rock, NJ jbisenberg@me.com


German SIG #Germany Site Cite: Cardamina Verlag #germany

Janet Isenberg <jbisenberg@...>
 

Courtesy of Cyndislist's digest of new links, here's one that might have
information of interest to GERSIG members.

URL: http://www.cardamina.de

TITLE: CARDAMINA Verlag
DESCRIPTION: CARDAMINA Verlag is a German publisher of family books
& chronicles; Rhineland-Palatinate, Bessarabia, Prussia,
Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt,Thuringia, Pommerania,
Banat, et cetera; Eifel, Hunsruck, Westerwald, Taunus; Germany, Hungary,
Austria, Swiss, Benelux;.

A quick review of the publications shows perhaps 100 books for sale. Some
are clearly marked rk (Roman Catholic) or luth (Lutheran), but many seem
to be listings of all families in the town for the time period listed.

I have no financial interest in this company and cannot speak to the content
or accuracy of the books.

Janet Isenberg Glen Rock, NJ jbisenberg@me.com


site cite - EPIDAT - "Datenbank zur juedischen Grabsteinepigraphik" #germany

rofermaweb@...
 

The following site has digital records of the inventories of many Jewish
cemeteries in Germany:

http://steinheim-institut.de:50580/cgi-bin/epidat

The only problem is that it is only available in German. [Moderator note:
The Google Toolbar and, probably, other browser toolbar add-ons provide fast
acting web translation tools.]

Marcelo Rosenbaum, Stockport, UK rofermaweb@googlemail.com


The ancestry of Billy JOEL #germany

Ralph Baer
 

While researching, my uncle's family tree discussed in my earlier message
today, I Googled all of the town-family name combinations in his ancestry.
One of those is the family name JOEL >from the town of Colmberg in
Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia). Therese (Terz) JOEL was the wife of my
uncle's grandfather Abraham MANASSE. She was born on 8 December 1842 in
Colmberg and died in Talheim near Heilbronn in Wuerttemberg on 10 November
1931. Her parents were Feist (Feitel) JOEL (10 April 1806 Colmberg - 25
February 1895 Colmberg) and Sophie (Schiefele) HUTZLER (1 January 1800
Hagenbach - 30 March 1849 Colmberg). Feist JOEL remarried twice after
Sophie's death, to Mina LINDETAL of Feuchtwangen and to Mina ULMER (ULLMANN)
also of Feuchtwangen. Feist JOEL's father was Joel Feist married to Esther
HAHN. [By the way, I suspect that the date 1 January 1800 is wrong.]

The Google search brought up many references to the fact that the Helmut
(Howard in the US) JOEL, the father of the musician Billy JOEL, was born in
Colmberg. Further searching bought up the information that Helmut JOEL's
father was Karl Amson JOEL, his grandfather Julius JOEL, and Julius was the
son of Faust [sic] JOEL, born in 1806 in Colmberg. "Faust" was clearly the
same person as Feist JOEL.

While I am not researching this family at this time, I am curious as to
whether Julius JOEL was a brother or a half-brother of my uncle's
grandmother Therese MANASSE nee JOEL. Because Julius JOEL was almost
certainly named for his grandfather Joel Feist who had died before the
Colmberg vital records started, I suspect that he was also >from Feist JOEL's
first marriage with Sophie HUTZLER, but I do not have easy access to
Colmberg vital records. Does anyone know?

Ralph Baer Washington, DC ursusminor@alum.rpi.edu


German SIG #Germany site cite - EPIDAT - "Datenbank zur juedischen Grabsteinepigraphik" #germany

rofermaweb@...
 

The following site has digital records of the inventories of many Jewish
cemeteries in Germany:

http://steinheim-institut.de:50580/cgi-bin/epidat

The only problem is that it is only available in German. [Moderator note:
The Google Toolbar and, probably, other browser toolbar add-ons provide fast
acting web translation tools.]

Marcelo Rosenbaum, Stockport, UK rofermaweb@googlemail.com


German SIG #Germany The ancestry of Billy JOEL #germany

Ralph Baer
 

While researching, my uncle's family tree discussed in my earlier message
today, I Googled all of the town-family name combinations in his ancestry.
One of those is the family name JOEL >from the town of Colmberg in
Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia). Therese (Terz) JOEL was the wife of my
uncle's grandfather Abraham MANASSE. She was born on 8 December 1842 in
Colmberg and died in Talheim near Heilbronn in Wuerttemberg on 10 November
1931. Her parents were Feist (Feitel) JOEL (10 April 1806 Colmberg - 25
February 1895 Colmberg) and Sophie (Schiefele) HUTZLER (1 January 1800
Hagenbach - 30 March 1849 Colmberg). Feist JOEL remarried twice after
Sophie's death, to Mina LINDETAL of Feuchtwangen and to Mina ULMER (ULLMANN)
also of Feuchtwangen. Feist JOEL's father was Joel Feist married to Esther
HAHN. [By the way, I suspect that the date 1 January 1800 is wrong.]

The Google search brought up many references to the fact that the Helmut
(Howard in the US) JOEL, the father of the musician Billy JOEL, was born in
Colmberg. Further searching bought up the information that Helmut JOEL's
father was Karl Amson JOEL, his grandfather Julius JOEL, and Julius was the
son of Faust [sic] JOEL, born in 1806 in Colmberg. "Faust" was clearly the
same person as Feist JOEL.

While I am not researching this family at this time, I am curious as to
whether Julius JOEL was a brother or a half-brother of my uncle's
grandmother Therese MANASSE nee JOEL. Because Julius JOEL was almost
certainly named for his grandfather Joel Feist who had died before the
Colmberg vital records started, I suspect that he was also >from Feist JOEL's
first marriage with Sophie HUTZLER, but I do not have easy access to
Colmberg vital records. Does anyone know?

Ralph Baer Washington, DC ursusminor@alum.rpi.edu


MANASSE Family of Talheim, Wuerttemberg and related families #germany

Ralph Baer
 

Close to 20 years ago, at the request of my aunt (my mother's sister), I
assembled an ancestor chart of for my uncle Alfred MANASSE of Talheim,
Wuerttemberg, near Heilbronn. Most of this work was performed at the CAHJP
in Jerusalem.

Now that the Reichssippenamt records for Baden-Wuerttemberg are available on
line, as has been mentioned here before, I had the opportunity to easily
start to create a descendant file for Alfred's 3-great grandfather Hirsch
Manasse who moved >from nearby Horkheim (now Heilbronn-Horkheim) to Talheim
in 1774. Hirsch Manasse was a son Manasse Veit who was recorded as living
in 1700 in Horkheim. The latter's father, Faistele, was born about 1644 in
Sontheim (now Heilbronn-Sontheim).

Two date, I know of four children of Hirsch Manasse. Manasse Hirsch (1742
Horkheim - 1794 Talheim) was my uncle's great-great-grandfather. His sons
who remained inTalheim all adopted the family name MANASSE in response to
the 1828 law requiring Wuerttemberg Jews to take permanent family names.
Sons moving to Niederstetten and Hochberg (now Remseck am Neckar - Hochberg)
took the family name THALHEIMER. Sons of Manasse Hirsch brother Samuel
Hirsch in Talheim adopted the family name HIRSCH. Manasse's much younger
brother Valention Hirsch in Talheim adopted the name HIRSCHFELD for his
family. The family of their only known sister Nendel Hirsch, living in
Affaltrach (now Obersulm-Affaltrach), took the name THALHEIMER.

I am interested in connecting with people who have data on any of these
families.

Ralph Baer Washington, DC ursusminor@alum.rpi.edu


German SIG #Germany MANASSE Family of Talheim, Wuerttemberg and related families #germany

Ralph Baer
 

Close to 20 years ago, at the request of my aunt (my mother's sister), I
assembled an ancestor chart of for my uncle Alfred MANASSE of Talheim,
Wuerttemberg, near Heilbronn. Most of this work was performed at the CAHJP
in Jerusalem.

Now that the Reichssippenamt records for Baden-Wuerttemberg are available on
line, as has been mentioned here before, I had the opportunity to easily
start to create a descendant file for Alfred's 3-great grandfather Hirsch
Manasse who moved >from nearby Horkheim (now Heilbronn-Horkheim) to Talheim
in 1774. Hirsch Manasse was a son Manasse Veit who was recorded as living
in 1700 in Horkheim. The latter's father, Faistele, was born about 1644 in
Sontheim (now Heilbronn-Sontheim).

Two date, I know of four children of Hirsch Manasse. Manasse Hirsch (1742
Horkheim - 1794 Talheim) was my uncle's great-great-grandfather. His sons
who remained inTalheim all adopted the family name MANASSE in response to
the 1828 law requiring Wuerttemberg Jews to take permanent family names.
Sons moving to Niederstetten and Hochberg (now Remseck am Neckar - Hochberg)
took the family name THALHEIMER. Sons of Manasse Hirsch brother Samuel
Hirsch in Talheim adopted the family name HIRSCH. Manasse's much younger
brother Valention Hirsch in Talheim adopted the name HIRSCHFELD for his
family. The family of their only known sister Nendel Hirsch, living in
Affaltrach (now Obersulm-Affaltrach), took the name THALHEIMER.

I am interested in connecting with people who have data on any of these
families.

Ralph Baer Washington, DC ursusminor@alum.rpi.edu


Disappearing business in Vienna #austria-czech

marcpiel@...
 

Hello, someone has suggested that the medals on
the two photos I posted on viewmate could be >from
an academic organisation. Does this suggest
anything to anyone? My grandfather was likely
involved in local life (Lyons, Chamber of
Commerce, Local Council, University, etc...???)

Thanks again for your help.
Marc Piel,
Paris, France.

Viewmate:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=15514


http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=15607


Disappearing business in Vienna #austria-czech

marcpiel@...
 

Hello,

I am taking the liberty of repeating my post of a
few weeks ago. I have had a few answers regarding
the photos on Viewmate but nothing on the
contradictory information recieved >from different
authorities.
Has anyone else come accross this sort of
contradiction?

Initial message:
I have managed to get
several official documents >from "Magistrat des
Stadt Wien" and the "Alphabetical Street Directory
of Lehmann as well as the telephone directory.

And they give information that is completely
different to what my mother left me when she died.

Here is the information about my family:

My Grandfather Wilhelm (Wolf) FRIEDLAENDER, born
25.11.1884 in Itskany, Bukowina in Romania.

His wife Sika (nee KRAFT) born 14.07.1890, also in
Romania.

Before the war and until 19th August 1938 he lived
and worked at: Esteplatz 5, Vienna 3, Austria.

>from 17th August 1938 till 8th March 1939 he
lived:
5 Judenplatz, Vienna 1, Austria.

At Esteplatz 5, he ran a wholsale cloth business
and occupied three floors of the building: One for
stock, one for the office and sales and the third
was his appartment with his family.

They had many friends in intellectual circles; my
mother left photos of her parents in the company
of Alma Mahler, Franz
Werfel, the Lipatti family, Georges Enesco, Ernst
Lothar, Ernst Hochmuth, Otto Preminger, Max
Reinhardt, Leo Slezak; Adrienne Gessner,
Bermann-Fischer, Thomas Mann, and many others.

I do not know under what name the business was!

I have been unable to find out what happened to
this business or the appartment.

The information above comes >from "Magistrat des
Stadt Wien"
And also >from the "Alphabetical Street Directory
of Lehmann_1938_Esteplatz 5"

Both these documents say that he was Director of a
construction company.

This is contrary and completely different to the
information my mother left me when she died.


Thanking you in advance for any help.

Marc Piel,
Paris, France.


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Disappearing business in Vienna #austria-czech

marcpiel@...
 

Hello, someone has suggested that the medals on
the two photos I posted on viewmate could be >from
an academic organisation. Does this suggest
anything to anyone? My grandfather was likely
involved in local life (Lyons, Chamber of
Commerce, Local Council, University, etc...???)

Thanks again for your help.
Marc Piel,
Paris, France.

Viewmate:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=15514


http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=15607


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Disappearing business in Vienna #austria-czech

marcpiel@...
 

Hello,

I am taking the liberty of repeating my post of a
few weeks ago. I have had a few answers regarding
the photos on Viewmate but nothing on the
contradictory information recieved >from different
authorities.
Has anyone else come accross this sort of
contradiction?

Initial message:
I have managed to get
several official documents >from "Magistrat des
Stadt Wien" and the "Alphabetical Street Directory
of Lehmann as well as the telephone directory.

And they give information that is completely
different to what my mother left me when she died.

Here is the information about my family:

My Grandfather Wilhelm (Wolf) FRIEDLAENDER, born
25.11.1884 in Itskany, Bukowina in Romania.

His wife Sika (nee KRAFT) born 14.07.1890, also in
Romania.

Before the war and until 19th August 1938 he lived
and worked at: Esteplatz 5, Vienna 3, Austria.

>from 17th August 1938 till 8th March 1939 he
lived:
5 Judenplatz, Vienna 1, Austria.

At Esteplatz 5, he ran a wholsale cloth business
and occupied three floors of the building: One for
stock, one for the office and sales and the third
was his appartment with his family.

They had many friends in intellectual circles; my
mother left photos of her parents in the company
of Alma Mahler, Franz
Werfel, the Lipatti family, Georges Enesco, Ernst
Lothar, Ernst Hochmuth, Otto Preminger, Max
Reinhardt, Leo Slezak; Adrienne Gessner,
Bermann-Fischer, Thomas Mann, and many others.

I do not know under what name the business was!

I have been unable to find out what happened to
this business or the appartment.

The information above comes >from "Magistrat des
Stadt Wien"
And also >from the "Alphabetical Street Directory
of Lehmann_1938_Esteplatz 5"

Both these documents say that he was Director of a
construction company.

This is contrary and completely different to the
information my mother left me when she died.


Thanking you in advance for any help.

Marc Piel,
Paris, France.


Practical information about Weissensee cemetery Berlin #germany

Shay Meyer <smeyer@...>
 

Hi

I have just returned >from a trip to Berlin with my wife. We visited
the grave of my wife's grandmother at Weissensee cemetery. I want to
share what I learned in the hope that this will save others time and trouble.

Before your visit, request information on the location of the grave >from the
cemetery office.
We received a comprehensive reply in a little more than two weeks.
They provide the block number where the grave is situated, the row number
and the grave number.
The block number consists of a letter and a Roman numeral. In German, the
letter is called Feld (field) and the numeral is called Abteilung (division).
The row number is called Reihe.

Note that the blocks are not laid out in sequence, so the cemetery office
provides a map that shows where to find the block that interests you. There
are signs with the letter and Roman numeral at the corner of each block.
The cemetery office also provides a map that shows the graves within the
block, by number.

Finding the grave within the block is not so easy. Only row 5 has a sign.
You need to find the row that interests you by counting >from there.
The grave numbers do not follow a sequence within the row, or within the
block so you will need the map of grave numbers.

The head-stone at the grave was placed by the family. You might find a
large stone with clear markings on it.
Some, but not all, have the grave number on them. In our case there was
only a very small stone and it was completely covered with ivy.

We needed the map to help us find it. We found a nearby headstone with a
number, then located the number on the map. Then we counted graves from
the one we had identified. Finally, the stone itself was covered with moss.
We could read the inscription on the stone only after we had scraped off the moss.

One more item: Berlin has an excellent network of public transportation.
The closest ride to Weissensee is the M4 or the M13 tram.
Get off in Berliner Allee at the stop marked Albertiner street.
Walk half a block to Herbert-Baum street then three blocks along Hebert Baum
to the entrance of the cemetery.

Hope that someone finds this useful.

Shay Meyer, Rehovot, Israel. smeyer@zahav.net.il


German SIG #Germany Practical information about Weissensee cemetery Berlin #germany

Shay Meyer <smeyer@...>
 

Hi

I have just returned >from a trip to Berlin with my wife. We visited
the grave of my wife's grandmother at Weissensee cemetery. I want to
share what I learned in the hope that this will save others time and trouble.

Before your visit, request information on the location of the grave >from the
cemetery office.
We received a comprehensive reply in a little more than two weeks.
They provide the block number where the grave is situated, the row number
and the grave number.
The block number consists of a letter and a Roman numeral. In German, the
letter is called Feld (field) and the numeral is called Abteilung (division).
The row number is called Reihe.

Note that the blocks are not laid out in sequence, so the cemetery office
provides a map that shows where to find the block that interests you. There
are signs with the letter and Roman numeral at the corner of each block.
The cemetery office also provides a map that shows the graves within the
block, by number.

Finding the grave within the block is not so easy. Only row 5 has a sign.
You need to find the row that interests you by counting >from there.
The grave numbers do not follow a sequence within the row, or within the
block so you will need the map of grave numbers.

The head-stone at the grave was placed by the family. You might find a
large stone with clear markings on it.
Some, but not all, have the grave number on them. In our case there was
only a very small stone and it was completely covered with ivy.

We needed the map to help us find it. We found a nearby headstone with a
number, then located the number on the map. Then we counted graves from
the one we had identified. Finally, the stone itself was covered with moss.
We could read the inscription on the stone only after we had scraped off the moss.

One more item: Berlin has an excellent network of public transportation.
The closest ride to Weissensee is the M4 or the M13 tram.
Get off in Berliner Allee at the stop marked Albertiner street.
Walk half a block to Herbert-Baum street then three blocks along Hebert Baum
to the entrance of the cemetery.

Hope that someone finds this useful.

Shay Meyer, Rehovot, Israel. smeyer@zahav.net.il