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Re: help with Budapest addresses

sjgwed@...
 

A harrowing story in the 1993 book, Young People Speak: Surviving the Holocaust in Hungary, (pub Franklin Watts & Co.) was written by Peter Barta and is called "The Brickyard." Peter was ten years old when his mother and six-year old sister were taken to the Obuda brickyard in Budapest. Fortunately, they had a Swedish schutzpass which enabled them to escape. 
The book should be easy to find in public libraries; that's how I found mine. Good Luck!


Susan Gordon


Leon ROSENCWAJG

Lemberski Evelyne
 

Leon ROSENCWAJG

 I am looking for information Leon ROSENCWAJG whose parents were born in Poland.
He was born 1928 and had a sister named Mina. His sister Mina was secretary to Joseph JONOVICI.
This family lived in 1932 17 rouget de lisle in paris and the grandmother ROSENCWAJG ran a restaurant at the flea market at that time.

In 1949, the ROSENCWAJG family lived in 21 boulevard victor hugo in clichy la garenne. Leon ROSENCWAJG's father volunteered during the second world war and was a prisoner of war.


Leon ROSENCWAJG had his surname changed to ROSENWAY when he naturalized in 1950.



Evelyne LEMBERSKI
saint maurice
(france)
email : evelynelemberski@...


INSEE Death Index 1970-2019 Available Online #france

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

If you have ancestors or family members who died in France between 1970 and 2019 you will find this dataset of interest .The  National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (French: Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques), abbreviated INSEE, has released the index of all persons who deceased in France from 1970 to 2019.  I searched using Geneanet  https://en.geneanet.org

Part of the site is free but registration with name and email address is required.  More advanced information such as name variants and parents’ names etc. does require a paid subscription.

 

To read more see: https://tinyurl.com/tqnm7w3

Original url:

 https://en.geneanet.org/genealogyblog/post/2019/12/new-geneanet-collection-french-insee-death-index-1970-2019?utm_source=geneanet&utm_medium=e-mail&utm_campaign=SITE_en_lettre-hebdo-a19s52&accepted_cgu=1

 

 

The information is given in French on Geneanet, and the translation is: and if you use Chrome as your browser it will automatically translate from the French
– “Nom” means “Last name”
– “Prénom” means “First name”
– “Sexe” means “Gender”
– “Jour de naissance” means “Day of birth”
– “Mois de naissance” means “Month of birth”
– “Année de naissance” means “Year of birth”
– “Code insee naissance” means “INSEE code of the place of birth”
– “Commune de naissance” means “Place of birth”
– “Pays de naissance” means “Country of birth”
– “Jour de décès” means “Day of death”
– “Mois de décès” means “Month of death”
– “Année de décès” means “Year of death”
– “Code insee deces” means “INSEE code of the place of death”
– “Commune de décès” means “Place of death”

 

I have no affiliation with Geneanet and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Givatayim, Israel - Meeting January, 1, 2020 - Constructing a Family Story, Unique Research Methods

Hinda Solomon
 

“Beyond a Family Tree - Constructing a Family Story About the Family's Daily Life”
 
Israel Genealogy Research Association - Speaker Dr Eli Brauner
 
The lecture will be in Hebrew 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Dr. Eli Brauner has been involved in genealogical research for many years with an
emphasis on families from Lvov (today Lviv). Over years, Eli developed unique
research methods based on unconventional sources of information. His concept is
that after formulating a nuclear family tree, the research focus should be on
the family’s daily life. The family's story should be structured so that we
know how they made a living, where and what they learned, what their
relationship was with their environment and with the authorities, their
military service details, tax payments paid, as well as locating family photos,
what happened during the Holocaust and more.
The
lecture demonstrates the above and will present research tools that are less
known, such as house files, school records, and cadastral maps prepared in the
Austro-Hungarian Empire.
 
Dr. Eli Brauner was a senior director of the State Comptroller's Office for 42
years. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences. For about 15 years he has also been a
genealogist, developing family research methodologies that stemmed primarily
from researching his family in Lvov. His soon to be published book on family
research methodology, is interwoven with the story of the Schoenzel - Rappaport
family, one of the ancient Lvov families
Dr.
Brauner’s areas of expertise include: Locating sources of military service -
Polish armies with an emphasis on the Anders Army and the Austro-Hungarian
army, family research on the Holocaust perios, use of cadaster maps as a tool
for family research, family information from displaced persons camps and more.
He headed the Lvov Jewish Heritage Preservation Association and chaired the
audit committee of the Israel Genealogical Society.

Shazar Community Center, ground floor
30 Yavne’eli St.,Givatayim
Wheelchair accessible

Entrance fee NIS 20. IGRA members no charge
19:30 Mingling and light refreshments
20:00 - 21:30 Lecture

Map:  :  https://goo.gl/maps/zvesttigzxJT6ViQ7
Website: http://genealogy.org.il/
E-mail:  hinda@...       

Posted by Hinda Solomon 
Rishon LeZion, Israel


Re: British internment during the World Wars

PATRICIA SHAW Owner
 

My grandfather, a Hungarian subject, living in London, was interned in Wakefield internment camp for the duration of World War I. Would love to have more information.
patricia Shaw (née Pollacsek)
pshaw36@...


Gesher Galicia Membership 2020 #ukraine

Gesher Galicia SIG
 

Are you a current member of Gesher Galicia?

It is the Gesher Galicia 2020 membership season. You can become a
member or renew your membership by going to:
https://www.geshergalicia.org/membership

Bring more Galician-focused research to your home computer! We are the
premier resource for those investigating their Galician roots.
https://www.geshergalicia.org

Gesher Galicia has accomplished its phenomenal growth and development
through the creative energies of our many volunteers, along with the
generous contributions of over 1,400 members worldwide. Annual dues,
which start at $36, and donations make it all possible.

The Members Portal provides all 27 years of the searchable Galitzianer
research journal and access to the GG Family Finder (also searchable).
Also included are the Przemysl Identification Project and Archival
Records available to members only. These special Galician archival
records consist of records of the Holocaust-period, of Jewish
Taxpayers >from the 1930s, of annotated Medical Students/Doctors
database, as well as material >from Fond 424 at AGAD, video and audio
programs >from conferences, and the Gesher Galicia electronic library.

More benefits of membership are at
https://www.geshergalicia.org/about-ge=E2=80=A6/membership-benefits/

If it has been a while since you have you looked at our databases,
please go to our website as we have recently added many new records
and do so regularly. www.geshergalicia.org

Our website now features over 639,000 records in the All Galicia
Database >from 500 different data sources, an award-winning Map Room,
and the Galician Archival Inventories. Gesher Galicia has researchers
working on our behalf throughout Poland and Ukraine, expanding our
research into some fascinating (and unique) document collections.

Join with us in the great adventure of discovering your Galician roots
by becoming a member or renewing your membership.
https://www.geshergalicia.org/membership/


Shelley K. Pollero
Gesher Galicia Membership Chair
membership@geshergalicia.org
https://www.geshergalicia.org

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.
Send all inquiries to membership@geshergalicia.org


Givatayim, Israel - Meeting January, 1, 2020 - Constructing a Family Story, Unique Research Methods #ukraine

Hinda Solomon
 

Beyond a Family Tree - Constructing a Family Story About the Family's Daily Life
 
Israel Genealogy Research Association - Speaker Dr Eli Brauner
 
The lecture will be in Hebrew 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Dr. Eli Brauner has been involved in genealogical research for many years with an
emphasis on families >from Lvov (today Lviv). Over years, Eli developed unique
research methods based on unconventional sources of information. His concept is
that after formulating a nuclear family tree, the research focus should be on
the family's daily life. The family's story should be structured so that we
know how they made a living, where and what they learned, what their
relationship was with their environment and with the authorities, their
military service details, tax payments paid, as well as locating family photos,
what happened during the Holocaust and more.

The lecture demonstrates the above and will present research tools that are less
known, such as house files, school records, and cadastral maps prepared in the
Austro-Hungarian Empire.
 
Dr. Eli Brauner was a senior director of the State Comptroller's Office for 42
years. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences. For about 15 years he has also been a
genealogist, developing family research methodologies that stemmed primarily
from researching his family in Lvov. His soon to be published book on family
research methodology, is interwoven with the story of the Schoenzel - Rappaport
family, one of the ancient Lvov families

Dr. Brauner's areas of expertise include: Locating sources of military service -
Polish armies with an emphasis on the Anders Army and the Austro-Hungarian
army, family research on the Holocaust perios, use of cadaster maps as a tool
for family research, family information >from displaced persons camps and more.
He headed the Lvov Jewish Heritage Preservation Association and chaired the
audit committee of the Israel Genealogical Society.

Shazar Community Center, ground floor
30 Yavne'eli St.,Givatayim
Wheelchair accessible

Entrance fee NIS 20. IGRA members no charge
19:30 Mingling and light refreshments
20:00 - 21:30 Lecture

Map:  :  https://goo.gl/maps/zvesttigzxJT6ViQ7
Website: http://genealogy.org.il/
E-mail:  hinda@genealogy.org.il       

Posted by Hinda Solomon 
Rishon LeZion, Israel


Jakobovits marriage certificate #hungary

drbrown445@...
 

Hi Siggers,

I am searching for the marriage certificate/record for my ggf Elya Jakobovits to my ggm
Keila Jakobovits. I found their names on the marriage registry of my maternal gf and gm. I believe my ggmâ??s maiden name is the same as her married name. The birth records for Elya and Keilaâ??s children begin in 1879 in Ruscova, Hungary, now Romania. While I donâ??t know where they got married or where they are >from I assume they married within 2 years of the first birth., between 1876-1878. I canâ??t seem to find records prior to those years.

Any help or guidance would be appreciated.
Debbie Brown
Chicago

Moderator: Have you checked the Maramaros Records in the JewishGen Hungary database?


Re: Szeged, Hungary Deportation "Survivors"? #hungary

tom
 

could there have been two people with the same name? by the end of the war, most
83-year olds wouldn't have been in good enough health to even survive the trip
itself.


....... tom klein, toronto

traceygen@hotmail.com wrote;

I just spotted a couple of family names in this database on JewishGen, but one of the family members is someone who, according ro another source, was deported >from the Szeged brick factory to Auschwicz on June 25, 1944 and "nem tert vissza" (did not return). Not really surprising -- she was 83 at the time of deportation -- but it makes me wonder what "survivors" means in this title.

Does anybody know anything more about this source? My original source was Ferenc Kanyo's World War II Heroes and Victims of Szeged and Its Surroundings (Szeged es kornyeke masodik vilaghaborus hosei es aldozatai), found on Hungaricana.hu

I don't mean to disparage JewishGen's source -- it found me some other members of the family that I had not found before -- but I'm just trying to understand what this source is saying.


Leon ROSENCWAJG #france

Lemberski Evelyne
 

Leon ROSENCWAJG

I am looking for information Leon ROSENCWAJG whose parents were born
in Poland.
He was born 1928 and had a sister named Mina. His sister Mina was
secretary to Joseph JONOVICI.

This family lived in 1932 17 Rouget de lisle in Paris and the grandmother
ROSENCWAJG ran a restaurant at the flea market at that time.

In 1949, the ROSENCWAJG family lived in 21 Boulevard Victor Hugo in Clichy
la Garenne. Leon ROSENCWAJG's father volunteered during the Second World
War and was a prisoner of war.


Leon ROSENCWAJG had his surname changed to ROSENWAY when he naturalized in
1950.



Evelyne LEMBERSKI
Saint Maurice
France
email : evelynelemberski@yahoo.fr


Leon ROSENCWAJG #poland

Lemberski Evelyne
 

Leon ROSENCWAJG

I am looking for information Leon ROSENCWAJG whose parents were born
in Poland.

He was born 1928 and had a sister named Mina. His sister Mina was secretary
to Joseph JONOVICI.

This family lived in 1932 17 rouget de lisle in paris and the grandmother
ROSENCWAJG ran a restaurant at the flea market at that time.

In 1949, the ROSENCWAJG family lived in 21 boulevard victor hugo in clichy
la garenne. Leon ROSENCWAJG's father volunteered during the second world
war and was a prisoner of war.


Leon ROSENCWAJG had his surname changed to ROSENWAY when he naturalized in
1950.

Evelyne LEMBERSKI
saint maurice
(france)
email : evelynelemberski@yahoo.fr


Givatayim, Israel - Meeting January, 1, 2020 - Constructing a Family Story, Unique Research Methods #poland

Hinda Solomon
 

Beyond a Family Tree - Constructing a Family Story About the Family's
Daily Life

Israel Genealogy Research Association - Speaker Dr Eli Brauner

The lecture will be in Hebrew

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Dr. Eli Brauner has been involved in genealogical research for many years
with an emphasis on families >from Lvov (today Lviv). Over years, Eli
developed unique research methods based on unconventional sources of
information. His concept is that after formulating a nuclear family tree,
the research focus should be on the family's daily life. The family's
story should be structured so that we know how they made a living, where
and what they learned, what their relationship was with their environment
and with the authorities, their military service details, tax payments
paid, as well as locating family photos,what happened during the Holocaust
and more.

The lecture demonstrates the above and will present research tools that
are less known, such as house files, school records, and cadastral
maps prepared in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Dr. Eli Brauner was a senior director of the State Comptroller's Office
for 42 years. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences. For about 15 years he
has also been a genealogist, developing family research methodologies
that stemmed primarily >from researching his family in Lvov. His soon
to be published book on family research methodology, is interwoven
with the story of the Schoenzel - Rappaport family, one of the
ancient Lvov families

Brauner's areas of expertise include: Locating sources of military
service - Polish armies with an emphasis on the Anders Army and
the Austro-Hungarian army, family research on the Holocaust period,
use of cadaster maps as a tool for family research, family information
from displaced persons camps and more.
He headed the Lvov Jewish Heritage Preservation Association and chaired
the audit committee of the Israel Genealogical Society.

Shazar Community Center, ground floor
30 Yavne'eli St.,Givatayim
Wheelchair accessible

Entrance fee NIS 20. IGRA members no charge
19:30 Mingling and light refreshments
20:00 - 21:30 Lecture

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zvesttigzxJT6ViQ7
Website:http://genealogy.org.il/
E-mail: hinda@genealogy.org.il

Posted by Hinda Solomon
Rishon LeZion, Israel


Turobin, Poland Yizkor Book now available in print #poland

Susan Rosin
 

JewishGen and YBIP (Yizkor Books In Print) are proud to announce the
publication of our newest title: Sefer Turobin; Pinkas Zikaron - In
Memory of the Jewish community of Turobin, Poland.

This is the English translation of the original book (Hebrew and
Yiddish) that was published in Tel Aviv in 1967. The book contains
articles written by previous residents of Turobin.

There are detailed accounts of the rich Jewish life in Turobin
before World War II and chilling details of the destruction of the
community during the holocaust.

The English translation includes a new name index.

Translation Project Coordinator: Dan Feder
Translations by: Meir Bulman
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff Hopper

Hard Cover, 11 inches by 8.5 inches, 558 pages with all original
illustrations and photographs
List Price: $61.95; Available on Amazon for around $44 and may have
lower prices elsewhere.

https://www.amazon.com/Turobin-Book-community-Translation-zikaron/dp/1939=
561
760/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=turobin+jewishgen&qid=1577560143&sr=8-1

Turobin is located in the Lublin region at 50 deg 50 min North
Latitude 22
deg 44 min East Longitude and 123 miles SE of Warsaw.
Alternate names: Turobin [Polish and Russian], Turbin [Yiddish], Torbin

Nearby Jewish communities:
Chrzanow 6 miles SW
Zolkiewka 6 miles NE
Wysokie 6 miles NNW
Chlaniow 7 miles E
Goraj 9 miles SSW
Zdzilowice 9 miles W

For more information go to:
https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip/YBIP_Turobin.html

For more information and to see all 85 available titles, go
to: https://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/ybip.html

Researchers and descendants of the town will want to have this book.

We hope you find this of interest for you and your family in
discovering the history of your ancestors. This would make a
birthday or holiday gift for a loved one.
For orders of 4 or more books to one address in the US, UK,
Canada or Australia, we can offer you a significantly reduced price
of $28
per book including shipping (Amazon discount price is about $44 plus
shipping). Email to ybip@jewishgen.org and to get prices for
other locations outside of the US.

Joel Alpert, YBIP Coordinator
Susan Rosin, Assistant Coordinator of the YBIP Project


Plottnovsky/Platnowski or Jacobs, Suwalki Gubernia NE Poland, and Hull, UK #unitedkingdom #dna #poland

Jill Whitehead
 

I am seeking the descendants of any brothers of my great grandmother Bertha (aka Basha/Hadassah) Plottvosky or Platnowski (c 1845-1921) and her sister Rebecca (Reva Gitel) Plottnovsky or Platnowski. They came from Raczki in Suwalki Gubernia in NE Poland.

Bertha married Aaron Guttenberg of Rajgrod in Lomza gubernia and they came to Hull, UK in c 1865, or shortly after, with their baby daughter Rebecca. They had another eleven children in Hull, and then settled in Grimsby and then Sheffield, Yorkshire. Bertha was the eldest child and her sister Reva was the youngest child. Reva was 20 years younger than Bertha and she came to Hull in the 1880's, marrying Solomon Berkowitz Karolbenik in Hull in 1887 (he dropped the last name). She also had 12 children in Hull, mainly daughters. The sisters also used the patronymic Jacob after their father. I am seeking any brothers of Bertha and Reva who may have gone from Suwalki gubernia to Hull, London or the USA between the 1860's and 1880's, and who may have called themselves Plottnovsky, Platnowski or Jacobs (or variations on these e.g Plotz). 

The reason for this is that I link closely on DNA to Sarah who lives in the USA, but whose ancestors lived in London. Looking at other family members' DNA she links most closely to me, some Guttenberg descendants of Bertha and to some Berkowitz descendants of Reva.  We know nothing of the missing Plottnovsky/Platnowski/Jacobs  brothers, and would like to be able to make the links. If you can help please contact me privately.


Berlin Death Records #germany

ruthlynn33@...
 

Hello,

Do any of you know how to access Berlin death records after 1920?

I've been told that the deaths through 1988 should be available
at the State Archive. Is there a way to search these Archiv records
online?

The Berlin death records on Ancestry only go up to 1920. I sent them an
email asking whether Ancestry has plans to index the more recent Berlin
death records, but have had no response.

I haven't had any luck searching for Berlin death records on
Family Search.

Any suggestions would be very welcome.

Thanks, and Happy Chanukkah.

Ruth Nadelman Lynn, Lexington, MA <ruthlynn33@gmail.com>

(Researching NADELMANN, RUSS, WOLFF, LEWINSOHN, COHN, HAMBURGER,
HIRSCHFELD, KANN, NUERNBERG, WOLFSOHN, ADLER, HIRSCHBERG, ITZIG,
GOTTSTEIN, NORDEN, SCHEY, KRAUSE, & MESSNER, all >from Berlin and various
towns in the former Prussian provinces of Posen, West Prussia, and
Silesia, now located in Poland)


Givatayim, Israel - Meeting January 1, 2020 - Constructing a Family Story, Unique Research Methods #galicia

Hinda Solomon
 

Beyond a Family Tree -
Constructing a Family Story About the Family's Daily Life

Speaker Dr. Eli Brauner
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
The lecture will be in Hebrew.

Dr. Eli Brauner has been involved in genealogical research for many
years with an emphasis on families >from Lvov (today Lviv). Over years,
Eli developed unique research methods based on unconventional
sources of information. His concept that after formulating a nuclear
family tree, the research focus should be on the family's daily life. The
family's story should be structured so that we know how they made a
living, where and what they learned, what their relationship was with
their environment and with the authorities, their military service details,
tax payments paid, as well as locating family photos, what happened
during the Holocaust and more. The lecture demonstrates the above
and will present research tools that are less known, such as house
files, school records, and cadastral maps prepared in the
Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Dr. Eli Brauner was a senior director of the State Comptroller's Office
for 42 years. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences. For about 15 years he
has also been a genealogist, developing family research methodologies
that stemmed primarily >from researching his family in Lvov. His soon to
be published book on family research methodology, is interwoven with
the story of the Schoenzel - Rappaport family, one of the ancient Lvov
families.

Dr. Brauner's areas of expertise include: Locating sources of military
service Polish armies with an emphasis on the Anders Army and the
Austro-Hungarian army, family research on the Holocaust period, use
of cadaster maps as a tool for family research, family information >from
displaced persons camps and more. He headed the Lvov Jewish
Heritage Preservation Association and chaired the audit committee of
the Israel Genealogical Society.

Shazar Community Center, ground floor
30 Yavne=92eli St.,Givatayim
Wheelchair accessible

Entrance fee NIS 20. IGRA members no charge.
19:30 Mingling and light refreshments
20:00 - 21:30 Lecture

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zvesttigzxJT6ViQ7
Website: http://genealogy.org.il/
E-mail: hinda@genealogy.org.il

Posted by Hinda Solomon
Rishon LeZion, Israel


Re: frenchsig digest: December 27, 2019 #france

Sharon Zane
 

Re: IAJGS Conference in San Diego

I plan to be there.

Sharon Zane

Sent >from my iPad

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Has JewishGen helped you connect with your family? We want to hear
your story! Please email us at info@JewishGen.org today."


Promethease Free to Use Through December 31, ,2019

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

Earlier this year  MyHeritage purchased SNPedia and  Promethease by acquiring the company that owned and operated them, River Road Bio. Promethease is free to use through December 31, 2019 (Central Time). SNPedia will remain a free wiki resource for academic and non-profit use.

 

Promethease.com is a literature retrieval service. It allows consumers to upload their raw DNA data (from services such as Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and others) and automatically compare it to SNPedia to see relevant scientific findings regarding their genome.

 

After New Year, Promethease will return to be a paid site, but until then, you can still upload DNA data for free and receive free health updates in the future. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to receive free health insights for you and your loved ones whose DNA kits you manage. 

 

To visit Promethease to upload your DNA go to: https://promethease.com/

 

If have no affiliation with MyHeritage and am reporting this solely for the information of the reader.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Why Did They Go There? Finding Answers in the Industrial Removal Office Records - JGSGW January 2020 Meeting and Program

N. Kotz
 

Attached please find information on the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington's January 2020 meeting and program.

We would be delighted if you would share this information with your network.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

 Nancy C. Kotz

Vice President for Communications, Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington

Website: https://jgsgw.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jgsgw/


Alex Krakovsky and Ukrainian Archives

Stefani Elkort Twyford
 

I am Stefani Twyford, President of the Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society.
 
I believe most of you are familiar with the work that Alex Krakovsky is doing in Ukraine. Working with the non-profit Scanners For The Ukraine, he has been providing high quality scanners to archives throughout Ukraine. Ukraine, now a democracy, has opened up its rules about access to records at archive locations. However the ministers in charge of these archives keep throwing up road blocks to Alex and other researchers getting into and copying records from the archives. Alex has, on his own time and money, successfully sued numerous archives but the obstruction continues.
 
The work that Alex is doing in Ukraine is active research and  is absolutely essential to our work as Jewish researchers. Something like 40% of all Jews in the United states are descended from the Ukraine area! Collectively we are remnants of families torn apart by pogroms and war and in some cases many of our researchers don’t even know the names of their own grandparents.

I know we are all busy but it’s essential that we take a moment to support Alex in his stand against the Ukrainian bureaucracy that attempts to thwart him at every step. You can send your email of support to alexkrakovsky@....  Let him know that it is essential to citizens of your country that the records remain open to researchers descended from Ukrainian families.
 
Here is a copy of the message that Alex posted on Facebook recently:

Dear fellows,

Last year we won many lawsuits with Ukrainian Archives. We didn't lose any!

All these victories opened the door to copy and publish millions of priceless Jewish documents online for everybody. These great days of freedom and democracy changed the world of East European Jewish genealogy forever. Accessing these records made thousands of Jewish genealogy researchers happy all over the world. Most of these documents were never ever published anywhere and some not even known by researchers.

One of such great victories was over Central Historical Archives in Kyiv when we won the right to digitize ALL of the Kyiv Jewish records. A massive number of archival documents of one of the largest Jewish communities in the world back then. Descendents of these people now live all over the world.

We did it this summer. Now it all available online for you as it should be. Forever and ever.

Soon afterwards I sent a request to this archive to digitize the rest of Jewish documents of other towns of Kyiv gubernia.

I sent this request on August 13. To my surprise this archive instantly shut down ALL of the Jewish fonds and only because they actually Jewish on August 23. The only reason is “for technical reason”. They suddenly had to change boxes in which documents stored. They needed to check if documents exist etc.

Of course, the only real reason why they did this is just to not let me copy these documents. And do not let them be available for you online.

It’s always better to try to make a peaceful deal before actually going to the court. And I tried. I asked for a copy of official order to close ALL Jewish fonds. I got official response that this information is not public…

I personally had really high hopes for the new head of State Archive Service Mr. Anatoly Khromov. He went to the office couple of weeks ago. And I really hoped he will make the real change. And so the tide will be finally turning.

I sent him a letter asking for help and just to let me know the real date when that technical reason will be over and I could copy Jewish documents, including many documents about my personal family history. He has all the power to do it. Just days before that he publicly claimed that all of the restrictions will go and human rights in our archives will be protected.

To my surprise I got a response from him which is just a bitter end. He don’t know when it will be over. Archive has the right to close fonds for whatever reason. And lots of text ‘bout how many things archive was doing and how they all busy….. which is nothing but bla b la bla and has nothing to do with my simple answer which is “when”. When I will be able to make copies.

It’s a bitter lesson and disappointment. It seems that we now have no other option but to go to the court and sue this archive and State Archives Service once again.

We even have a joke “it never happened before and here it comes again”.

Since copying these documents and making them available online is so much important to all of you. I want to ask you something to help me in court.

I ask Jewish genealogy societies all over the world to scribe a letter of support. A short one but to state how important this to you – having all of the Jewish documents of Kyiv gubernia online.

Send them to me and believe me it will help a lot.

Doing this is a good reason for our ancestors, so their voice can be heard and the songs they used to sing can be sung. For many years after us.

Good luck,

Peace and love to all of you.

Alex

In gratitude,
Stefani Elkort Twyford
Researching: Siegal/Segal, Spiel, Tarle, Ilkovics, Feiermann, Kronenberg, Szerman, Kletzel, Ricker/Ricken

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