Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland


I have finally completed the database identifying 31,142 names which appear in the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland card collection.  This database is available on Steve Morse’s website, under Holocaust  material Jewish Roof organization, and will be included in Jewishgen’s holocaust database.
The database may be searched by family or maiden name, place of birth or death and country of emigration, e.g. 548 who managed to reach Palestine and 262 who emigrated to Argentina.  Where they were murdered in the euthanasia program this is noted.
While all registrants resided in Germany at some time between 1933 and 1942, they were born all over the world, e.g. 3 in San Francisco, 10 in Moscow, 271 in Posen and 9.075 in Berlin.
While I will be glad to try to answer any individual questions that may arise, please first look at the cards themselves, which may be accessed on the Bad Arolsen International Tracing Service website, since the cards often contain additional information such as street address, profession or even school records.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

March 15: children's genealogy program at the Center for Jewish History in New York

Moriah Amit

Join us for an exciting morning of activities that will inform, inspire, and motivate you to learn more about the history of your family and community.

KIDS IN THE ‘HOOD: Discover the History of Your Community (For Children 7-12 and Their Families)

Sunday, March 15, 10 AM – 12:30 PM

Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St., New York, NY 10011

Tickets$10/family; $8/family for Center for Jewish History & Partner members (max. of 4 children/family)

* Every family that attends this program will be entered into a raffle, with prizes including a one-year subscription to and an Ancestry DNA kit. Raffle winners must be present at the 12:30 PM drawing to claim their prize.

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian (Center for Jewish History)



Re: Did you know...the term Health Care Provider came from Nazi Germany?


As a medical social worker in the 1970s, I always understood the term "provider" to be a catchall that included doctors, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, mental health counselors, physical therapists and others, mostly used by insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.  

Frankly, even if it were true that the term originated in nazi Germany, I think that would be no more than an interesting bit of trivia.  It's how we use the word now that matters. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Jewish refugees in Tashkent during WWII - Moroz

Beth Galleto

An interesting book about this topic is "To the Tashkent Station, Evacuation and Survival in the Soviet Union at War" by Rebecca Manley. The book, published in 2009, is described as "the first in-depth study of this crucial but neglected episode in the history of twentieth-century population displacement, World War II, and the Soviet Union."
I have no affiliation with this author or book and am simply suggesting it as an important resource for those whose relatives lived through the evacuation experience, as did some of mine.

Re: Did you know...the term Health Care Provider came from Nazi Germany?


This thread is one of the most interesting and stimulating in a long time. And, in my view, it is directly related to genealogy. I happen to be more interested in learning about our ancestors’ lives and times than in, e.g. exact spelling of the ggggfather’s name. In that regard, the occupations such as synagogue sexton, or a grave digger, that we see so often in the records from Russian Poland, are far more descriptive than a “daily laborer” which leaves us dissatisfied and wanting to know more.


Words have meaning. “Doctor” is still synonymous with “healer”, evoking great respect for the profession. Imagine an unknown descendent 200 years from now learning that his ancestor was a “health care provider”.  Will he jump up and down from joy, or will he curse his early 21st century ancestors who replaced normal language with meaningless bureaucratic constructs?


The next time you walk in a “show room” looking for a “certified pre-own” “gas-guzzler” and a “consultant” greets you with “Welcome Guest”...

... please finish the sentence...

Boris Feldblyum

2  ZOLDAN brothers, Chicago or Pennsylvania

David Zoldan

I have a ZOLDAN relative who was born in Kispatak (Richka) in 1906.  In the 1920’s as an orphan he traveled to and settled in Chile.

In 1999 he penned a letter to all the ZOLDANs he could find in Chicago who may be his relatives and this is how I learned of him.  But I learned of him after he passed away.

In the letter he wrote that his uncle Hersh ZOLDAN had 2 sons who had immigrated to Chicago early 1900s and he was hoping to reconnect with any of his descendants.

In my research with various parts of the family we have determined that there were indeed two sons of Hersh ZOLDAN who did immigrate to Pennsylvania in 1904.  One to McKeesport and the other to S. Sharon (later known as Farrell).

We have found no evidence of two sons who went to Chicago and no one in the family knows of any relatives who went to Chicago.  There are no stories, nothing.

Of course, it is possible there were 2 brothers who went to Chicago even if no one knows of it.

However, I would like to work with the assumption that there were two brothers who went to Pennsylvania and not to Chicago.

Of course, there could be an error in the tradition which the letter writer had and so he incorrectly thought his cousins went to Chicago and not Pennsylvania.  He was after all a young teenager when he knew this information.

But I would like to explore a different idea which someone suggested to me.  Perhaps the letter writer was told that his two cousins went to Chicago even though in truth the cousins went to Pennsylvania.  Perhaps everyone in the family spoke of Chicago and not Pennsylvania.  This could be so because Chicago was a major city with a large Jewish population and perhaps the name “Chicago” was used generically to refer to a major US city with a large Jewish population.  This would be similar to the residents of a suburb of a major city telling people they come from the major city and not mentioning the small suburb.

So, has anyone come across a situation where large cities with large Jewish populations were used as a substitute for smaller lesser known cities.

In other words, is it possible that since Chicago was a large Jewish center in far off America, perhaps this boy, the eventual letter writer was told that he had two cousins in Chicago, a generic term for a city in the U.S.

I would be happy to hear any suggestions in this regard.

Thank you,

David Zoldan

Researcher 382214


Finding JewishJen referenced document in Lithuanian archives


Good evening.
I recently requested from the Lithuania State Archives for copies of
records referenced on JewishGen and was told that they did not have
the years listed. Did I ask the wrong Archive? Where do I find the
original "Family List KRA/I-207/1/1"?
I am looking for anything about my great grandfather Itsik Ber
Fleksher and his wife Mascha (until 1913 when they moved to the US),
and his father Leyba Fleksher (or his unnamed wife).

Bryan Richman

Re: Kanth near Breslau, Silesia ( now called Katy Wroclawskie)

Gerald and Margaret

On Mon, Feb 24, 2020 at 09:00 AM, Rodney Eisfelder wrote:
 Didn't know of that website.  Don't know why my PGPs weren't listed AS THEY were there until ghettoised and then deported in 1942.  

After posting, I did find some Jungmanns on the improved Yad Va'shem website.  But of course they were murdered.  
When I have some enforced rest, from tomorrow onwards ie surgery,, i'll look further at the names you found.  Longer term aim is to install STOLPERSTEINE.  
Thanks so much, 

Re: Did you know...the term Health Care Provider came from Nazi Germany?

joannegrosman joannegrosman

I have followed with interest the thread to do with the word 'Behandler' and the allusion to Nazi provenance. I work within the healthcare system in Canada where so far insurance companies don't hold too much sway and must say that this term is widely used as one of writers stated for brevity reasons alone as much healthcare is delivered in a team context. It seems the explanation for 'Behandler' having Nazi origins adds weight to any argument decrying the quality of care in the healthcare system.

Joanne Grosman
researching Grosman, Bocian, Kremsdorf/Czestochowa/Radmonsko

Re: Can someone help me identify place of origin please?

Yefim Kogan

How do you know about this place?  Was it written somewhere?  If so, it would be better to see the original document (In Russian or so) with that name listed.  Also what years your ancestor lived in that place?  That may help.

Yefim Kogan  

(UK) The Jews Who Fought in Bomber Command--New Website #United Kingdom #World War ll

Jan Meisels Allen






A non-Jewish Archivist, Cathie Hewitt, is researching Jews who fought and died in the Bomber Command from 1939-1945. She started a self-funded website to share their stories. The archivist has worked at the International Bomber Command in London. She has created family trees and continues to uncover life stories. She started working at Bomber Command in 2018 to support her master’s degree in genealogy. The database holds names of over 1,000 men from all over the world to serve in the many air forces that supported the Bomber Command.


Her research has found stories such as how Jewish airman flew low over the occupied Netherlands to drop food supplies to one million starting  Dutch citizens and abut a Jewish Londoner sailed a boar to Dunkirk and brought back 500 men.


Ms. Hewitt initially created the database by searching through “W.R. Chorley’s Bomber Command Losses series of books for typical Jewish names and Henry Morris’s book ‘We will remember them,’ a record of the Jews who died in the Armed Forces 1939-1945.”  Additional assistance was provided by Martin Sugarman at AJEX, Stuart Rosenblatt at the Irish Jewish Genealogical Society and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission provided details of those who have a Magen David on their headstones.


The archive will initially concentrate on the men who died serving in the RAFVR.  The next phase will include those who served in the RCAF, RAAF and the other nations who supported Bomber Command.


To read more see:


The website was launched last week:  You can access the stories with photos there.


If your family has an airman who was Jewish and died serving in the Bomber Command please contact them at:


Please note the restrictions on the website of using the content except for personal or private use without prior approval from Ms. Hewitt.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Can someone help me identify place of origin please?


Thank you to the person who emailed me suggesting that it could be Riga. Have checked the original document and think they are right, and the transcriber got the spelling wrong.

Re: Google Alert for Finding Ancestors


Thanks so much!  I tested this with the death of a great-uncle that resulted in a lawsuit.  The form is limited but had enough information related only to genealogy. I was surprised that, though I got no results, the tool did include alternative spellings of his name that I did not input.  We'll see if the alert eventually yields further information.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Can someone help me identify place of origin please?


I am trying to establish the birth origins for somebody who has listed their birth nationality as Russia, Resident of Reya. Can anyone tell me what part of the Russian Empire this was? Thank you

Looking for Sarah DRIBINS née SALMANOWITZ

Gerard Xavier

I'm looking for informations regarding my great-grandmother Sarah SALMANOWITZ, who was born in Grobina, near Libau (now Liepaja) in Latvia circa 1852.
She married my great grandfather Gutman DRIBINS and was the mother of at least 7 children, including my grandfather Schulem DRIBINS. She died in New York in 1936.
Thank you for any information regarding her parents and/or ancestors in Latvia.

Gerard XAVIER,
Vedene, France

Unable to post a message on the JewishGen Digest

Joyce Eastman

What password are you looking for??  I have a JewishGen membership and am currently subscribe to the JewishGen Digest as a long time subscriber and poster.  Please advise.  I have tried to use my password for JewishGen, but that does not work.


Joyce Eastman

Orange City, FL USA


RESEARCHING:  WILDER/HONIG/KATZ/FUSFELD/WANK/HELFER/ZINKOWER: Brody, Poland/Ukraine;Vienna, Austria;Brooklyn, NY; RUFEISEN: Biala/Sucha/Zywiec/Szare, Poland, Israel, Germany and Brazil; SCHEIER/ROBINSOHN: Biala/Sucha, Poland and Stanislawow, Poland/Ukraine (Ivano-Frankvisk); FRANKL/FODOR/PORGES/GROSSMANN/KOHN/WEISZ: Vaj Ujhely, Hungary/Trencin, Slovakia



Re: Transferring money to the Belarus archive #belarus

Andreas Schwab

I recommend TransferWise. It can be used for small amounts with little hassle and a small fee.

Re: Jewish refugees in Tashkent during WWII - Moroz


My relatives, who lived in Odessa, were also evacuated to Tashkent and other points East during the war.  They all returned to Odessa after the war, although my great-grandmother died before they returned.  (My grandparents always said she could not recover from the stress of being displaced.)

Re: Jewish refugees in Tashkent during WWII - Moroz



Yes, apparently he was (at some point) a tailor in Moscow.  I'm trying to figure out where he was for most of his adult life, before and after WWII.  

Thanks for the translation and link.


Re: Kanth near Breslau, Silesia ( now called Katy Wroclawskie)

Rodney Eisfelder shows 15 people living in Kanth in 1939 (not all of them Jewish). None of them have the surnames you mention. Jewish Families include DRYENFURTH, GAPPE, HOFFMANN, LOEWENSTEIN & TICHAUER. Obviously, anyone who left before May 1939 was not included in the census.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

19701 - 19720 of 659939