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Re: Tavern keepers #general

Paul Silverstone
 

I recommend a wonderful Polish film called "Austeria" made in 1982.
Director Jerzy Kawalerowicz, it is about a Jewish inn on the
Austrian-Russian border on the first day of World War I.
The video blurb says,
"On the first day of World War I, a group of Jews flee >from the Cossack
army in Polish Galicia and finds itself trapped overnight in a border
inn. Relationships develop, love affairs are snatched, the religious pray."
The groups include a band of actors, students >from a Yeshiva with rebbe,
and other individuals, all Jews.

Paul Silverstone

On 1/4/2012 8:03 AM, paulettebron@aol.com wrote:

I would appreciate any comments about the fact that there were so many
"tavern keepers" listed in the revision lists.
MODERATOR NOTE: Please continue the discussion about tavern keepers
privately, as it is outside the scope of this group.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Tavern keepers #general

Paul Silverstone
 

I recommend a wonderful Polish film called "Austeria" made in 1982.
Director Jerzy Kawalerowicz, it is about a Jewish inn on the
Austrian-Russian border on the first day of World War I.
The video blurb says,
"On the first day of World War I, a group of Jews flee >from the Cossack
army in Polish Galicia and finds itself trapped overnight in a border
inn. Relationships develop, love affairs are snatched, the religious pray."
The groups include a band of actors, students >from a Yeshiva with rebbe,
and other individuals, all Jews.

Paul Silverstone

On 1/4/2012 8:03 AM, paulettebron@aol.com wrote:

I would appreciate any comments about the fact that there were so many
"tavern keepers" listed in the revision lists.
MODERATOR NOTE: Please continue the discussion about tavern keepers
privately, as it is outside the scope of this group.


Re: Tavern Keepers #general

Ava Cohn <avatom@...>
 

"I would appreciate any comments about the fact there there were so
many tavern keepers..."

My SHENKMAN family were tavern keepers in Volyntsy, Vitebsk gubernia,
now Belarus, near the border of Dvinsk, Lithuania. My grandmother
talked about how non-Jews would frequent the tavern, get drunk and
dance all night in the tavern. Whether it was a bed and breakfast as
Howard Margol has suggested of taverns in Lithuania, I do not know. I
can, however, attest to antisemitism against the tavern keepers. A few
years ago, Yuri Dorn sent me a famous Byelorussian "fairytale" about
Jewish tavern keepers, "Lantuch v shenke" (Ghost in the Tavern). This
antisemitic tale, by coincidence just happens to be about the tavern
keeper in Volyntsy, Vitebsk guberniya, my SHENKMAN family. The tale
centers around a ghost that inhabits a tavern and causes such havoc
that the tavern keeper is forced to turn over his business to a
Byelorussian. Lo and behold, once the Jewish entrepreneur is gone, the
ghost departs. As with every endeavor our ancestors were involved in,
antisemitism was never far >from the door. By the way, the surname
SHENKMAN is Yiddish for tavern owner.

Ava Cohn
Long Grove, IL


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE:Tavern Keepers #general

Ava Cohn <avatom@...>
 

"I would appreciate any comments about the fact there there were so
many tavern keepers..."

My SHENKMAN family were tavern keepers in Volyntsy, Vitebsk gubernia,
now Belarus, near the border of Dvinsk, Lithuania. My grandmother
talked about how non-Jews would frequent the tavern, get drunk and
dance all night in the tavern. Whether it was a bed and breakfast as
Howard Margol has suggested of taverns in Lithuania, I do not know. I
can, however, attest to antisemitism against the tavern keepers. A few
years ago, Yuri Dorn sent me a famous Byelorussian "fairytale" about
Jewish tavern keepers, "Lantuch v shenke" (Ghost in the Tavern). This
antisemitic tale, by coincidence just happens to be about the tavern
keeper in Volyntsy, Vitebsk guberniya, my SHENKMAN family. The tale
centers around a ghost that inhabits a tavern and causes such havoc
that the tavern keeper is forced to turn over his business to a
Byelorussian. Lo and behold, once the Jewish entrepreneur is gone, the
ghost departs. As with every endeavor our ancestors were involved in,
antisemitism was never far >from the door. By the way, the surname
SHENKMAN is Yiddish for tavern owner.

Ava Cohn
Long Grove, IL


Tavern Keeper Lviv #general

Errol Schneegurt
 

My grandfather and great grandfather were Tavern and Restaurant owners in
Lviv during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As Jews they were not
allowed to have their own licence to sell liquor and needed to pay a
Christian to use his licence to sell liquor. I am not sure if this also covered
the mixture they made in the basement.
Errol Schneegurt NY eslviv@aol.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Tavern Keeper Lviv #general

Errol Schneegurt
 

My grandfather and great grandfather were Tavern and Restaurant owners in
Lviv during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As Jews they were not
allowed to have their own licence to sell liquor and needed to pay a
Christian to use his licence to sell liquor. I am not sure if this also covered
the mixture they made in the basement.
Errol Schneegurt NY eslviv@aol.com


Austrian State Archives: Researching and Restitution #galicia

Jane Rosen Berenbeim
 

The Jewish Genealogical Society invites you to attend its next
meeting, featuring a lecture by Dr. Hubert Steiner, on
"Researching and Restitution in the Austrian State Archives."

Date and Place:
Sunday, January 15, 2012, 2:00 pm
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
New York, NY

Program:
On April 26, 1938, shortly after the Nazi annexation of Austria,
a regulation on the declaration of Jewish property was enacted.
The consequent property registrations were the first steps in
the systematic theft of Jewish property, a program that was
documented in files that still exist and may be used not only
for studying economic and political history but also for
genealogical research. These files, which contain many personal
biographies, including stories of escape and new lives in exile,
can now be viewed in the Austrian State Archives.

Since 1990, Dr. Hubert Steiner has been responsible for the
identification of the properties confiscated by the Nazi regime
from Austrian Jews. Working in the Austrian State Archives, Dr.
Steiner created the finding aid that has made it possible to
search property lists that all Jews in Vienna were forced to
submit in 1938. Dr. Steiner's work has been widely
recognized, most recently in 2010 with the Grand Silver
Honorary Medal for merits >from the county of Vienna.

This meeting will be of special interest to anyone whose family
lived within the borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire,
including Austria, Hungary and Galicia.

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the CJH will be
open at 11:00 AM for networking with other researchers and
access to research materials and computers.

The program is free to members of JGSNY; there is a $5 charge
for guests.

Jane Rosen Berenbeim
Vice President, Programming
JGS, Inc. (NY)
program@jgsny.org


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Austrian State Archives: Researching and Restitution #galicia

Jane Rosen Berenbeim
 

The Jewish Genealogical Society invites you to attend its next
meeting, featuring a lecture by Dr. Hubert Steiner, on
"Researching and Restitution in the Austrian State Archives."

Date and Place:
Sunday, January 15, 2012, 2:00 pm
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
New York, NY

Program:
On April 26, 1938, shortly after the Nazi annexation of Austria,
a regulation on the declaration of Jewish property was enacted.
The consequent property registrations were the first steps in
the systematic theft of Jewish property, a program that was
documented in files that still exist and may be used not only
for studying economic and political history but also for
genealogical research. These files, which contain many personal
biographies, including stories of escape and new lives in exile,
can now be viewed in the Austrian State Archives.

Since 1990, Dr. Hubert Steiner has been responsible for the
identification of the properties confiscated by the Nazi regime
from Austrian Jews. Working in the Austrian State Archives, Dr.
Steiner created the finding aid that has made it possible to
search property lists that all Jews in Vienna were forced to
submit in 1938. Dr. Steiner's work has been widely
recognized, most recently in 2010 with the Grand Silver
Honorary Medal for merits >from the county of Vienna.

This meeting will be of special interest to anyone whose family
lived within the borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire,
including Austria, Hungary and Galicia.

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the CJH will be
open at 11:00 AM for networking with other researchers and
access to research materials and computers.

The program is free to members of JGSNY; there is a $5 charge
for guests.

Jane Rosen Berenbeim
Vice President, Programming
JGS, Inc. (NY)
program@jgsny.org


Austrian State Archives: Researching and Restitution #germany

Jane Rosen Berenbeim
 

MODERATOR NOTE: The lecture described here is specific to the topic of this SIG.
The meeting announcement is posted for that reason only.
Meeting and program announcements that are not specific to German (speaking)
genealogy will not be posted.
To keep informed of all JGS meetings see the JewishGen Discussion Group list
(JGDG). You can subscribe to that list and all others under Jewishgen using
List Manager - <http://lyris.jewishgen.org/ListManager> MOD 1 =======>

The Jewish Genealogical Society invites you to attend its next meeting,
featuring a lecture by Dr. Hubert Steiner, on "Researching and Restitution
in the Austrian State Archives."

Program: On April 26, 1938, shortly after the Nazi annexation of Austria, a
regulation on the declaration of Jewish property was enacted. The consequent
property registrations were the first steps in the systematic theft of Jewish
property, a program that was documented in files that still exist and may
be used not only for studying economic and political history but also for
genealogical research. These files, which contain many personal biographies,
including stories of escape and new lives in exile, can now be viewed in the
Austrian State Archives.

Since 1990, Dr. Hubert Steiner has been responsible for the identification
of the properties confiscated by the Nazi regime >from Austrian Jews.
Working in the Austrian State Archives, Dr. Steiner created the finding aid
that has made it possible to search property lists that all Jews in Vienna
were forced to submit in 1938. Dr. Steiner's work has been widely recognized,
most recently in 2010 with the Grand Silver Honorary Medal for merits
from the county of Vienna.
This meeting will be of special interest to anyone whose family lived
within the borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, including Austria,
Hungary and Galicia.

Date and Place: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 2:00 pm
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues, NY NY

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the CJH will be open at
11:00 AM for networking with other researchers and access to research
materials and computers.

The program is free to members of JGSNY; there is a $5 charge for guests.

Jane Rosen Berenbeim, Vice President Programming- JGS, Inc.(NYC) program@jgsny.org


German SIG #Germany Austrian State Archives: Researching and Restitution #germany

Jane Rosen Berenbeim
 

MODERATOR NOTE: The lecture described here is specific to the topic of this SIG.
The meeting announcement is posted for that reason only.
Meeting and program announcements that are not specific to German (speaking)
genealogy will not be posted.
To keep informed of all JGS meetings see the JewishGen Discussion Group list
(JGDG). You can subscribe to that list and all others under Jewishgen using
List Manager - <http://lyris.jewishgen.org/ListManager> MOD 1 =======>

The Jewish Genealogical Society invites you to attend its next meeting,
featuring a lecture by Dr. Hubert Steiner, on "Researching and Restitution
in the Austrian State Archives."

Program: On April 26, 1938, shortly after the Nazi annexation of Austria, a
regulation on the declaration of Jewish property was enacted. The consequent
property registrations were the first steps in the systematic theft of Jewish
property, a program that was documented in files that still exist and may
be used not only for studying economic and political history but also for
genealogical research. These files, which contain many personal biographies,
including stories of escape and new lives in exile, can now be viewed in the
Austrian State Archives.

Since 1990, Dr. Hubert Steiner has been responsible for the identification
of the properties confiscated by the Nazi regime >from Austrian Jews.
Working in the Austrian State Archives, Dr. Steiner created the finding aid
that has made it possible to search property lists that all Jews in Vienna
were forced to submit in 1938. Dr. Steiner's work has been widely recognized,
most recently in 2010 with the Grand Silver Honorary Medal for merits
from the county of Vienna.
This meeting will be of special interest to anyone whose family lived
within the borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, including Austria,
Hungary and Galicia.

Date and Place: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 2:00 pm
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues, NY NY

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the CJH will be open at
11:00 AM for networking with other researchers and access to research
materials and computers.

The program is free to members of JGSNY; there is a $5 charge for guests.

Jane Rosen Berenbeim, Vice President Programming- JGS, Inc.(NYC) program@jgsny.org


Return of Nazi-era confiscated books to rightful owners SITE CITE #germany

Judith Elam
 

Between 1933 and 1945 German Jews sold books and other assets in order just
to survive. They were also required to relinquish their assets prior to
emigration. In addition, books were seized by the Nazis. These assets are
commonly referred to as "confiscated assets".

The Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin is in possession of confiscated
books. The Landesbibliothek wants to return these books to the rightful
owners, or their heirs.

Below is a link to a list of the original owners and the contact information
for the Landesbibliothek.

http://www.zlb.de/aktivitaeten/raubgut/namenliste10112011.pdf

Judith Elam, Kihei, Hawaii elamj@hawaii.rr.com


German SIG #Germany Return of Nazi-era confiscated books to rightful owners SITE CITE #germany

Judith Elam
 

Between 1933 and 1945 German Jews sold books and other assets in order just
to survive. They were also required to relinquish their assets prior to
emigration. In addition, books were seized by the Nazis. These assets are
commonly referred to as "confiscated assets".

The Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin is in possession of confiscated
books. The Landesbibliothek wants to return these books to the rightful
owners, or their heirs.

Below is a link to a list of the original owners and the contact information
for the Landesbibliothek.

http://www.zlb.de/aktivitaeten/raubgut/namenliste10112011.pdf

Judith Elam, Kihei, Hawaii elamj@hawaii.rr.com


Roman, Romania and Google Translate #romania

grillmeister7-jewishgen@...
 

1) Roman is in Northwest Romania about 82km >from Iasi. My grandfather,
Simon Ghertner, was born in Roman (1882) and I want to create a ShtetlLinks page
for the town.

Please contact me If you have any pictures or information about the Jews of Roman,
the history or culture of the town.

The town government has a website http://www.primariaroman.ro/.

2) I tried Google Translate with some Romanian writing on the Roman town
website and on Wikipedia. Has anyone else tried that? How good a job does it do?

Thank you,

Gary Ghertner
Forest Park, Illinois


Romania SIG #Romania Roman, Romania and Google Translate #romania

grillmeister7-jewishgen@...
 

1) Roman is in Northwest Romania about 82km >from Iasi. My grandfather,
Simon Ghertner, was born in Roman (1882) and I want to create a ShtetlLinks page
for the town.

Please contact me If you have any pictures or information about the Jews of Roman,
the history or culture of the town.

The town government has a website http://www.primariaroman.ro/.

2) I tried Google Translate with some Romanian writing on the Roman town
website and on Wikipedia. Has anyone else tried that? How good a job does it do?

Thank you,

Gary Ghertner
Forest Park, Illinois


Help From Bessarabia Historians #bessarabia

Spyridon De Castro Leon <sdecastro@...>
 

I do not know my Jewish family history due to my father rejecting his
heritage.
from DNA analysis the following tentative picture emerges:
A Portuguese/Spanish family goes through Holland to Germany (possibly
Bavaria) then Bohemia and eventually Bessarabia.
The family business seems to be the Tea and spice trade >from India (Assam)
to Europe, at some point the Tsar asks the family for logistical help with
the Caucasus war, a member of the family enters the Army (Cossacks) and gets
decorated with nobility conferring orders and medals,
Subsequently in 1867 he is hired by Greece as an army logistics advisor and
enters Greek army service at the time of the Tsar's grand daughter's
marriage to George the new king of Greece. One of the sons, Yakov (my
ggrandfather) changed his religion and name.

Dna relative proven claim to Ukrainian Russian aristocracy seems to indicate
some assimilation, may have been the conduit for the Tsars request.

Some in the family believed our name had the prefix 'De' others deny it, the
only matching family I found on the net is De Gunzburg , was this family
ever in the spice trade? Did any member of that family or a branch enter the
Russian military?

I understand that the family intramarried a lot, probably within the
Portuguese jewish community of AustroHungary and Bessarabia.

It seems in the 60's there was an attempt to convert my father to our
historical religion, as a child I thought that Maimonides was a family
friend ... then there was this couple coming to my house when I was a child
asking me to go live with them, weird ...

Anyway, if any part of this story make any sense to those with Historical
knowledge please email me .

Spyridon De Castro Leon (Georgiou)
London, Britain


Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia Help From Bessarabia Historians #bessarabia

Spyridon De Castro Leon <sdecastro@...>
 

I do not know my Jewish family history due to my father rejecting his
heritage.
from DNA analysis the following tentative picture emerges:
A Portuguese/Spanish family goes through Holland to Germany (possibly
Bavaria) then Bohemia and eventually Bessarabia.
The family business seems to be the Tea and spice trade >from India (Assam)
to Europe, at some point the Tsar asks the family for logistical help with
the Caucasus war, a member of the family enters the Army (Cossacks) and gets
decorated with nobility conferring orders and medals,
Subsequently in 1867 he is hired by Greece as an army logistics advisor and
enters Greek army service at the time of the Tsar's grand daughter's
marriage to George the new king of Greece. One of the sons, Yakov (my
ggrandfather) changed his religion and name.

Dna relative proven claim to Ukrainian Russian aristocracy seems to indicate
some assimilation, may have been the conduit for the Tsars request.

Some in the family believed our name had the prefix 'De' others deny it, the
only matching family I found on the net is De Gunzburg , was this family
ever in the spice trade? Did any member of that family or a branch enter the
Russian military?

I understand that the family intramarried a lot, probably within the
Portuguese jewish community of AustroHungary and Bessarabia.

It seems in the 60's there was an attempt to convert my father to our
historical religion, as a child I thought that Maimonides was a family
friend ... then there was this couple coming to my house when I was a child
asking me to go live with them, weird ...

Anyway, if any part of this story make any sense to those with Historical
knowledge please email me .

Spyridon De Castro Leon (Georgiou)
London, Britain


Re: Merdler in Botosani? #romania

rzavos@...
 

Dear Hannelore,

I reviewed Botosani BMD indexes (1865-1905) and found:

Nov 26, 1891 birth of Estera and the mother's is Ita Merdler. The
father is not listed but may be Sloim Faclieriu/Solomon Ficler who is
listed as the declarant. This birth was registered as illegitimate
which was common for Jewish birth registrations in the late
1880s/1890s (long story).

I dont see Merdler in any other Botosani BMD record but surnames were
used by less than half of the Botosani Jewish population in the 19th
century. They frequently used the patronymic. Slight spelling
differences of surnames and given names were also common when they
moved to other countries.

I suggest you list the given names and the approximate dates when you
research Romanian Jewish families through perhaps 1920. For more
information on Botosani and area towns see
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/botosani/Botosani.htm

Robert Zavos
Pittsburgh PA, USA
researching Minter/Poyaner/Terner >from Botosani/Bucecea

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Subject: Merdler in Botosani?
From: hcondiescu@gmail.com
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 11:15:04 +0100

Is there someone related to or knows about a Merdler family in
Botosani? I am looking for this family as part of my research on the
Merdler family history.

Thank you.

Hannelore Condiescu
France


Romania SIG #Romania Re: Merdler in Botosani? #romania

rzavos@...
 

Dear Hannelore,

I reviewed Botosani BMD indexes (1865-1905) and found:

Nov 26, 1891 birth of Estera and the mother's is Ita Merdler. The
father is not listed but may be Sloim Faclieriu/Solomon Ficler who is
listed as the declarant. This birth was registered as illegitimate
which was common for Jewish birth registrations in the late
1880s/1890s (long story).

I dont see Merdler in any other Botosani BMD record but surnames were
used by less than half of the Botosani Jewish population in the 19th
century. They frequently used the patronymic. Slight spelling
differences of surnames and given names were also common when they
moved to other countries.

I suggest you list the given names and the approximate dates when you
research Romanian Jewish families through perhaps 1920. For more
information on Botosani and area towns see
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/botosani/Botosani.htm

Robert Zavos
Pittsburgh PA, USA
researching Minter/Poyaner/Terner >from Botosani/Bucecea

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: Merdler in Botosani?
From: hcondiescu@gmail.com
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 11:15:04 +0100

Is there someone related to or knows about a Merdler family in
Botosani? I am looking for this family as part of my research on the
Merdler family history.

Thank you.

Hannelore Condiescu
France


Finding Your Roots-a 10-part series on PBS--March 25, 2012 #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Recently announced is a new genealogy series with historian Henry Louis
Gates, Jr. "Finding Your Roots". It will air on March 25 on PBS--it is not
yet listed on PBS website.

Each episode will feature two "famous" people in the one-hour episode,
including Barbara Walters, Martha Stewart, Kevin Bacon and others.
See
http://www.clicker.com/tv/finding-your-roots-with-henry-louis-gates-jr/.

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy newsletter for
alerting us to this new series.
http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2012/01/finding-your-roots-a-10-part-series-on-pbs.html

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Finding Your Roots-a 10-part series on PBS--March 25, 2012 #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Recently announced is a new genealogy series with historian Henry Louis
Gates, Jr. "Finding Your Roots". It will air on March 25 on PBS--it is not
yet listed on PBS website.

Each episode will feature two "famous" people in the one-hour episode,
including Barbara Walters, Martha Stewart, Kevin Bacon and others.
See
http://www.clicker.com/tv/finding-your-roots-with-henry-louis-gates-jr/.

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy newsletter for
alerting us to this new series.
http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2012/01/finding-your-roots-a-10-part-series-on-pbs.html

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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