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Re: The pits at Paneriai #general

Joel Ratner
 

Regarding information on Vilna area Jews and the Holocaust, one should not
forget the important work performed by the Russian Extraordinary Commission.
I visited the Holocaust Museum a few weeks ago and came away with several
items as follows:

1. Lists of Vilna Jews recorded by the commission in Fond RG-22 Film 19

2. Lists of primarily Lithuanian Jews sent to Estonia for extermination
found in Fond RG-22 Film 22 or 23. 95% of the names in this list were >from
Vilna.

Film 19 contains lists for all of Lithuania and are categorized by uyezd
[district]. Some entries are handwritten, others are typewritten but not
good enough to scan [I tried with no luck].

There are other, smaller lists I came away with however, these are the
primary sources I was able to acquire.


Joel Ratner
Coordinator, Vilna District Research Group


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania re: The pits at Paneriai #lithuania

Joel Ratner
 

Regarding information on Vilna area Jews and the Holocaust, one should not
forget the important work performed by the Russian Extraordinary Commission.
I visited the Holocaust Museum a few weeks ago and came away with several
items as follows:

1. Lists of Vilna Jews recorded by the commission in Fond RG-22 Film 19

2. Lists of primarily Lithuanian Jews sent to Estonia for extermination
found in Fond RG-22 Film 22 or 23. 95% of the names in this list were >from
Vilna.

Film 19 contains lists for all of Lithuania and are categorized by uyezd
[district]. Some entries are handwritten, others are typewritten but not
good enough to scan [I tried with no luck].

There are other, smaller lists I came away with however, these are the
primary sources I was able to acquire.


Joel Ratner
Coordinator, Vilna District Research Group


Scholar Searching for Sephardic/Canary Island Manuscripts #latinamerica

Roger L. Martinez <roger.martinez@...>
 

Dear Latin American SIG:

I am contacting the listserve today to seek any kind assistance anyone may be
able to provide in the location of several critical historical manuscripts
relating to the Sephardic Diaspora >from Spain during the 15th through 18th
centuries, specifically a small collection manuscripts >from Spanish Inquisition
in the Canary Islands. My hope is that if I can locate and access these records,
I will be able to make a small, but important contribution to the history of the
lives of Sephardic Jews as they migrated to the Americas and England.

Specifically, I am attempting to locate the current provenance of this fragmentary
collection of Spanish Inquisition manuscripts >from the Canary Islands >from 1499 to
1700 that were previous held in the collection of the Scottish Marquess of Bute,
but were sold at Sotheby's Auction House in London on 30 October 1950. These
invaluable records, detailing a critical period of movement of Sephardic Jews
from Spain to England and the Americas, were sold to a person or an organization
in the United States. After communicating with the archivist for the Marquess
of Bute and Sotheby's about these manuscripts, I have only learned that these
documents were sold to, Driscoll, America.

For your information, my name is Roger L. Martinez
(roger.martinez@mail.utexas.edu) and I am a doctoral candidate in the Department
of History at the University of Texas at Austin that is currently conducting
dissertation research on a Sephardic Jewish and converso family in Spain, Portugal,
England and the Americas.

Specifically, I am investigating the 500-year lineage of the Spanish Carvajal
Family >from 1200 to 1700. As an academic historian that is entirely dependent
on primary documents to reconstruct the history of this family, I have traveled
extensively to archives in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and the United States to
access critical historical manuscripts. Unfortunately, these travels have not
yielded information on these vital Inquisition records >from the Canary Islands
and they now appear to remain in the hands of a private collector or institution.
Similarly, my own research searches of the Jewish history collections in libraries
and archives in the United States have turned up no information on these manuscripts.

Should anyone have any knowledge about the current location of these manuscripts,
I would greatly appreciate an email note with that information.

In closing, please know that I will carefully abide by any requests for privacy
and anonymity >from those persons and organizations that provide me details
relating to these manuscripts. My only purpose for locating these records is
to restore to our modern view those precious lives that for now remain lost.

Thank you for your kind attention to my inquiry.

Respectfully,
Roger L. Martinez
roger.martinez@mail.utexas.edu


Latin America #LatinAmerica Scholar Searching for Sephardic/Canary Island Manuscripts #latinamerica

Roger L. Martinez <roger.martinez@...>
 

Dear Latin American SIG:

I am contacting the listserve today to seek any kind assistance anyone may be
able to provide in the location of several critical historical manuscripts
relating to the Sephardic Diaspora >from Spain during the 15th through 18th
centuries, specifically a small collection manuscripts >from Spanish Inquisition
in the Canary Islands. My hope is that if I can locate and access these records,
I will be able to make a small, but important contribution to the history of the
lives of Sephardic Jews as they migrated to the Americas and England.

Specifically, I am attempting to locate the current provenance of this fragmentary
collection of Spanish Inquisition manuscripts >from the Canary Islands >from 1499 to
1700 that were previous held in the collection of the Scottish Marquess of Bute,
but were sold at Sotheby's Auction House in London on 30 October 1950. These
invaluable records, detailing a critical period of movement of Sephardic Jews
from Spain to England and the Americas, were sold to a person or an organization
in the United States. After communicating with the archivist for the Marquess
of Bute and Sotheby's about these manuscripts, I have only learned that these
documents were sold to, Driscoll, America.

For your information, my name is Roger L. Martinez
(roger.martinez@mail.utexas.edu) and I am a doctoral candidate in the Department
of History at the University of Texas at Austin that is currently conducting
dissertation research on a Sephardic Jewish and converso family in Spain, Portugal,
England and the Americas.

Specifically, I am investigating the 500-year lineage of the Spanish Carvajal
Family >from 1200 to 1700. As an academic historian that is entirely dependent
on primary documents to reconstruct the history of this family, I have traveled
extensively to archives in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and the United States to
access critical historical manuscripts. Unfortunately, these travels have not
yielded information on these vital Inquisition records >from the Canary Islands
and they now appear to remain in the hands of a private collector or institution.
Similarly, my own research searches of the Jewish history collections in libraries
and archives in the United States have turned up no information on these manuscripts.

Should anyone have any knowledge about the current location of these manuscripts,
I would greatly appreciate an email note with that information.

In closing, please know that I will carefully abide by any requests for privacy
and anonymity >from those persons and organizations that provide me details
relating to these manuscripts. My only purpose for locating these records is
to restore to our modern view those precious lives that for now remain lost.

Thank you for your kind attention to my inquiry.

Respectfully,
Roger L. Martinez
roger.martinez@mail.utexas.edu


Re: [warszawa] Ghetto cabarets and/or Braun factory in Prewar Warszawa #yiddish

Connie Fisher Newhan
 

I have a copy of a leaflet promoting a performance at cafe "Nowoczesna" in
the Warsaw ghetto where my aunt Anna FISCHER performed on Sunday, February
9th, 1941. Also on this same leaflet is mention of Wladyslaw Szpilman appearing
on February 6th. My friend sent me a copy of this leaflet and said he found
it in Adama Czernikowa dziennik getta warszawkiego ( Adam Czernikowa Diary
from Warsaw Ghetto), PWN Warszawa 1983, p. 244. Perhaps there is more
information on the Sztuka cafe in this book.
I do not know the address of this cafe, but I do know my grandparents Herman
FISCHER and Liza BARSKA FISCHER and their daughter Anna lived on Lezno
Street. They were all active in the Yiddish Theatre in Warsaw.
If researcher 196209 would like a copy of this leaflet, please respond
directly to me.

Best Regards,
Connie Fisher Newhan (#1272)
Corona, California
FISHER/FISCHER/FISZER, FISZEL (Warszawa& Bedzin, Poland),S(Z)PRINGER, ,
HERSZLIKOWICZ, HAMBURGER (Bedzin, Lagiza, Zarki, Poland), GERSTEN (Obertyn,
Galacia) BARSKA/BARSKY/BARSKIY(Odessa), GOLDBERG (Sokolka?), FELDMAN
(Veliuona,Kaunas), CAHN (Koln), FRIEDSAM (Bodendorf, Coln? Germany, Pittsburgh, PA),
NEWHAN/NEUHAN/NEUHAHN (Hesse Cassel, Meimbressen, Germany, Baltimore, MD),
BOHORODCZANER (Potok Zloty, Ukraine), LEVINE, BLUM, ROTH, ROCKOVITZ, ABRAMS,
RABINOWITZ


Yiddish Theatre and Vadeville #YiddishTheatre Re: [warszawa] Ghetto cabarets and/or Braun factory in Prewar Warszawa #yiddish

Connie Fisher Newhan
 

I have a copy of a leaflet promoting a performance at cafe "Nowoczesna" in
the Warsaw ghetto where my aunt Anna FISCHER performed on Sunday, February
9th, 1941. Also on this same leaflet is mention of Wladyslaw Szpilman appearing
on February 6th. My friend sent me a copy of this leaflet and said he found
it in Adama Czernikowa dziennik getta warszawkiego ( Adam Czernikowa Diary
from Warsaw Ghetto), PWN Warszawa 1983, p. 244. Perhaps there is more
information on the Sztuka cafe in this book.
I do not know the address of this cafe, but I do know my grandparents Herman
FISCHER and Liza BARSKA FISCHER and their daughter Anna lived on Lezno
Street. They were all active in the Yiddish Theatre in Warsaw.
If researcher 196209 would like a copy of this leaflet, please respond
directly to me.

Best Regards,
Connie Fisher Newhan (#1272)
Corona, California
FISHER/FISCHER/FISZER, FISZEL (Warszawa& Bedzin, Poland),S(Z)PRINGER, ,
HERSZLIKOWICZ, HAMBURGER (Bedzin, Lagiza, Zarki, Poland), GERSTEN (Obertyn,
Galacia) BARSKA/BARSKY/BARSKIY(Odessa), GOLDBERG (Sokolka?), FELDMAN
(Veliuona,Kaunas), CAHN (Koln), FRIEDSAM (Bodendorf, Coln? Germany, Pittsburgh, PA),
NEWHAN/NEUHAN/NEUHAHN (Hesse Cassel, Meimbressen, Germany, Baltimore, MD),
BOHORODCZANER (Potok Zloty, Ukraine), LEVINE, BLUM, ROTH, ROCKOVITZ, ABRAMS,
RABINOWITZ


Talmud Torahs in Brownsville founded by R' Hirsch BORNFELD #rabbinic

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

A relative of mine, R' Hirsch BORNFELD (1828 or 1829-24 Oct 1924,
NYC) of Rohatyn, Galicia, son of David Moses BORNFELD and Anna
TANNENBAUM, supposedly founded several Talmud Torahs in Brownsville
after his immigration c. 1905. I would like to locate documentation
supporting this claim or otherwise related to R' Hirsch BORNFELD,
and would appreciate any suggestions. He was Chassidic, but I do
not know whom he followed; possibly, Stratyner, owing to proximity
to Rohatyn. He is buried in a plot of the Society Chaim Berlin at
Mount Judah Cemetery in Queens.

Thanks very much and best regards,

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Talmud Torahs in Brownsville founded by R' Hirsch BORNFELD #rabbinic

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

A relative of mine, R' Hirsch BORNFELD (1828 or 1829-24 Oct 1924,
NYC) of Rohatyn, Galicia, son of David Moses BORNFELD and Anna
TANNENBAUM, supposedly founded several Talmud Torahs in Brownsville
after his immigration c. 1905. I would like to locate documentation
supporting this claim or otherwise related to R' Hirsch BORNFELD,
and would appreciate any suggestions. He was Chassidic, but I do
not know whom he followed; possibly, Stratyner, owing to proximity
to Rohatyn. He is buried in a plot of the Society Chaim Berlin at
Mount Judah Cemetery in Queens.

Thanks very much and best regards,

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


Washington DC marriages performed by M.A. Horwitz--Help, please! #belarus

David Gordon
 

Over the past seven years or so, I have tried to publicize the stack
of original marriage licenses and certificates I inherited >from my
great-grandfather, Moses Aaron Horwitz, so that I could return the
originals to their families. He performed hundreds of marriages in
Washington, DC, >from about 1912 to 1935.

The project has been quite successful and I have returned hundreds of
documents over the years.

Unfortunately, when my hard disk was recently erased, one of the few
unrecoverable files was my complete list of every document I returned
and information about the person who requested it. This information
has proved extremely valuable in putting families in touch with each
other when, unbeknownst to each other, different people in the
extended family requested the same items.

I am writing now to ask the help of anyone who ever received a license
or certificate >from me. In order to continue to help serve everyone,
would you please take a moment to write me (private, of course) with
the following bits of information: the names of the bride and groom,
the approximate date I sent it it you (if known), and--most important
of all--your contact information (address AND e-mail). I have never
shared this information with anyone except others requesting the same
exact documents and will never do so.

I cannot emphasize how truly valuable having this information has
been. If you are grateful for the small service I provided, I will in
turn be most grateful to everyone who replies--privately--to me.=20
Thank you so much. (In order not to inundate my normal e-mail, please
use the alternate mailbox listed below)

David Gordon
tiganeasca1@yahoo.com
Searching:
GORDON and LEVIN(E): Butrimantz
HORWITZ: Smolevichi, Lapichi, Bobruisk
GEBALOVITCH: Borisov, possibly elsewhere
DRAZIN: Bobruisk
HURWITZ: Gomel


Belarus SIG #Belarus Washington DC marriages performed by M.A. Horwitz--Help, please! #belarus

David Gordon
 

Over the past seven years or so, I have tried to publicize the stack
of original marriage licenses and certificates I inherited >from my
great-grandfather, Moses Aaron Horwitz, so that I could return the
originals to their families. He performed hundreds of marriages in
Washington, DC, >from about 1912 to 1935.

The project has been quite successful and I have returned hundreds of
documents over the years.

Unfortunately, when my hard disk was recently erased, one of the few
unrecoverable files was my complete list of every document I returned
and information about the person who requested it. This information
has proved extremely valuable in putting families in touch with each
other when, unbeknownst to each other, different people in the
extended family requested the same items.

I am writing now to ask the help of anyone who ever received a license
or certificate >from me. In order to continue to help serve everyone,
would you please take a moment to write me (private, of course) with
the following bits of information: the names of the bride and groom,
the approximate date I sent it it you (if known), and--most important
of all--your contact information (address AND e-mail). I have never
shared this information with anyone except others requesting the same
exact documents and will never do so.

I cannot emphasize how truly valuable having this information has
been. If you are grateful for the small service I provided, I will in
turn be most grateful to everyone who replies--privately--to me.=20
Thank you so much. (In order not to inundate my normal e-mail, please
use the alternate mailbox listed below)

David Gordon
tiganeasca1@yahoo.com
Searching:
GORDON and LEVIN(E): Butrimantz
HORWITZ: Smolevichi, Lapichi, Bobruisk
GEBALOVITCH: Borisov, possibly elsewhere
DRAZIN: Bobruisk
HURWITZ: Gomel


VAPNER/WAPNER #romania

Levindedham@...
 

I recently found Ellis Island records for my GGrandfather. He lists himself
as Sender VAPNER >from Romania. Where should I look for records??


Thanks,
Sarah Levin
Dedham, ME


Romania SIG #Romania VAPNER/WAPNER #romania

Levindedham@...
 

I recently found Ellis Island records for my GGrandfather. He lists himself
as Sender VAPNER >from Romania. Where should I look for records??


Thanks,
Sarah Levin
Dedham, ME


New Yiddish Material on my Web Site #yiddish

Steven Lasky <steve725@...>
 

Greetings all,
Months ago, I announced the creation of my first web site, a virtual
(Internet only) museum of Jewish family history. I described what the site
consisted of and asked if anyone had any material/family photographs
relating to our Jewish families in the Yiddish theatre and vaudeville that I
could use on my site, and got a minimal response.
I am writing to you now to tell you that I have revamped my site and have
now included some material that might be of interest to you.
You can visit a small exhibition that honors the Fischer family, who once
acted in Yiddish theatre in Warszawa, most of whom perished in the Shoah. I
have written a review of the Molly Picon movie "Yidl mitn Fidl." I also have
online a short story, "In the Polish School," originally written by Szoel
Frydman (nom de plume Leib Rashkin) in Yiddish in the 1930s and published in
the Yiddish newspaper "Shtern" in 1940. It is available for viewing on my
site in both English and Hebrew.
All can be accessed through the Site Map. Be sure to use the slightly
altered URL shown below my signature to get to the newest version of my
site.
Enjoy!

Steven Lasky
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/main.htm

Moderator's Note: Be advised to carefully read the Image Use Policy
when contributing material to this, or any, website.


Yiddish Theatre and Vadeville #YiddishTheatre New Yiddish Material on my Web Site #yiddish

Steven Lasky <steve725@...>
 

Greetings all,
Months ago, I announced the creation of my first web site, a virtual
(Internet only) museum of Jewish family history. I described what the site
consisted of and asked if anyone had any material/family photographs
relating to our Jewish families in the Yiddish theatre and vaudeville that I
could use on my site, and got a minimal response.
I am writing to you now to tell you that I have revamped my site and have
now included some material that might be of interest to you.
You can visit a small exhibition that honors the Fischer family, who once
acted in Yiddish theatre in Warszawa, most of whom perished in the Shoah. I
have written a review of the Molly Picon movie "Yidl mitn Fidl." I also have
online a short story, "In the Polish School," originally written by Szoel
Frydman (nom de plume Leib Rashkin) in Yiddish in the 1930s and published in
the Yiddish newspaper "Shtern" in 1940. It is available for viewing on my
site in both English and Hebrew.
All can be accessed through the Site Map. Be sure to use the slightly
altered URL shown below my signature to get to the newest version of my
site.
Enjoy!

Steven Lasky
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/main.htm

Moderator's Note: Be advised to carefully read the Image Use Policy
when contributing material to this, or any, website.


HAMMERSCHLAGS/Dvur Kralove #austria-czech

Amira Kohn-Trattner <amira.kt@...>
 

Rabbi Norman Patz, President of the Society for the History of Czechoslovak
Jews, has done a beautiful job remembering the Jews of Dvur Kralove where
Hammerschlags lived as well. The book chronicles the Jews of that town.
For more information you could contact Susan at Temple Sholom of West
Essex - Susiestree@aol.com

Amira Kohn-Trattner
New York, N.Y.


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech HAMMERSCHLAGS/Dvur Kralove #austria-czech

Amira Kohn-Trattner <amira.kt@...>
 

Rabbi Norman Patz, President of the Society for the History of Czechoslovak
Jews, has done a beautiful job remembering the Jews of Dvur Kralove where
Hammerschlags lived as well. The book chronicles the Jews of that town.
For more information you could contact Susan at Temple Sholom of West
Essex - Susiestree@aol.com

Amira Kohn-Trattner
New York, N.Y.


Re: Allemande and Alemanni tribe, approximately 300ce #germany

MBernet@...
 

MODERATOR NOTE: The question about the Alemanni tribe was off-topic to this
Forum. The writer asked for private replies. I have approved this response only
because it represents the long-awaited return of Michael Bernet to our Forum
and contains some interesting information. Any further comments should be sent
to Chanala Patten or Dr. Bernet by private email. None will be posted here.====

<beachwatergirl@yahoo.com> wrote:
"I'm looking for information regarding the Allemandes
and the ancient Alemanni tribe. Some of my father's
mother's fathers seem to have descended >from them and
they may be >from the Levi tribe." ============> MBernet@aol.com replies:

My dictionary describes the Alemanni as "a confederation of Germanic tribes, first
recorded in the 3rd century A.D., that settled in the area between the Rhine, Main
and Danube rivers, and made harassing attacks against the Roman Empire."

That was about the time when Jews, entered this area with the Roman occupiers
as merchants, camp followers, etc.

The Alemanni were a European group, not Jews, Hebrews, Judeans, or Middle-Eastern.
It is quite likely that some Jews who accompanied the Romans took local wives;
some of these wives may have been Alemanni, and others Goths, Franconians etc.

Levites are Jews descended >from Jacob's son Levi. Descent is exclusively in
the direct male line. There is no way your female ancestors could have been
Levites, even if they were of 100% Jewish descent.

I would be interested to know the basis or evidence for your supposed
Alemanni descent. Family memories? Birth certificates? Tombstones? DNA?

In any event, there can be no Levite connections to Alemanni tribes, any
more than to Incas or Esquimeaux.

Michael Bernet, New York MBernet@aol.com [Private replies only]


German SIG #Germany Re: Allemande and Alemanni tribe, approximately 300ce #germany

MBernet@...
 

MODERATOR NOTE: The question about the Alemanni tribe was off-topic to this
Forum. The writer asked for private replies. I have approved this response only
because it represents the long-awaited return of Michael Bernet to our Forum
and contains some interesting information. Any further comments should be sent
to Chanala Patten or Dr. Bernet by private email. None will be posted here.====

<beachwatergirl@yahoo.com> wrote:
"I'm looking for information regarding the Allemandes
and the ancient Alemanni tribe. Some of my father's
mother's fathers seem to have descended >from them and
they may be >from the Levi tribe." ============> MBernet@aol.com replies:

My dictionary describes the Alemanni as "a confederation of Germanic tribes, first
recorded in the 3rd century A.D., that settled in the area between the Rhine, Main
and Danube rivers, and made harassing attacks against the Roman Empire."

That was about the time when Jews, entered this area with the Roman occupiers
as merchants, camp followers, etc.

The Alemanni were a European group, not Jews, Hebrews, Judeans, or Middle-Eastern.
It is quite likely that some Jews who accompanied the Romans took local wives;
some of these wives may have been Alemanni, and others Goths, Franconians etc.

Levites are Jews descended >from Jacob's son Levi. Descent is exclusively in
the direct male line. There is no way your female ancestors could have been
Levites, even if they were of 100% Jewish descent.

I would be interested to know the basis or evidence for your supposed
Alemanni descent. Family memories? Birth certificates? Tombstones? DNA?

In any event, there can be no Levite connections to Alemanni tribes, any
more than to Incas or Esquimeaux.

Michael Bernet, New York MBernet@aol.com [Private replies only]


Dokshytsy, Belarus Picture SCHULTZ, should it be SHULTZ? #belarus

Linda Lazar <milliondollarredhead@...>
 

Last year after years of searching I believe that I found my grandmother,
grandfather and family in the Yizkor book through jewishgen. My mother who
passed away when I was fifteen was born in 1904 and left Russia with a
girlfriend at seventeen for a new life in the United States. Her family
would not come. My mothers name was listed as SHULTZ. She married a KUVET
and them my father, SHAPIRO in 1944. Her name was Sylvia. The family in
Dokshytsy owned some kind of mom and pop store or tiny grocery store that
also sold other things.

http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/dokshitsy/doc191.html shows a picture of a
Schultz family. If you will check you will see that the only family listed
in the Yizkor book, on the site, Dokshytsy, Belarus, is Shultz. Can this be
a mistake of a spelling? Can this be my family?
My grandmother's maiden name was SCHARF and she moved >from another Shethl.
Who can I contact that would be able to help me?

Linda Shapiro Lazar
Fort Lee, New Jersey
MillionDollarRedHead@msn.com
MODERATOR NOTE: Don't forget to check Shtetlinks for pictures and other items from
your shtetls.


Belarus SIG #Belarus Dokshytsy, Belarus Picture SCHULTZ, should it be SHULTZ? #belarus

Linda Lazar <milliondollarredhead@...>
 

Last year after years of searching I believe that I found my grandmother,
grandfather and family in the Yizkor book through jewishgen. My mother who
passed away when I was fifteen was born in 1904 and left Russia with a
girlfriend at seventeen for a new life in the United States. Her family
would not come. My mothers name was listed as SHULTZ. She married a KUVET
and them my father, SHAPIRO in 1944. Her name was Sylvia. The family in
Dokshytsy owned some kind of mom and pop store or tiny grocery store that
also sold other things.

http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/dokshitsy/doc191.html shows a picture of a
Schultz family. If you will check you will see that the only family listed
in the Yizkor book, on the site, Dokshytsy, Belarus, is Shultz. Can this be
a mistake of a spelling? Can this be my family?
My grandmother's maiden name was SCHARF and she moved >from another Shethl.
Who can I contact that would be able to help me?

Linda Shapiro Lazar
Fort Lee, New Jersey
MillionDollarRedHead@msn.com
MODERATOR NOTE: Don't forget to check Shtetlinks for pictures and other items from
your shtetls.