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Vatican Opens Archives of Holocaust Era Pope Pius XII

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

The Vatican opened the Archives of the Holocaust Era Pope Pius Xll. For decades there has been controversy as to whether this Pope kept a blind eye to the Holocaust.  The Vatican says he worked behind the scenes to save Jews while others  have labeled him “Hitler’s Pope” as he knew Nazi Germany was murdering Jews but failed to act.  Pope Pius Xll served from 1939 to 1958.

 

Pius, when he was still Eugenio Pacelli, served as the Holy See ambassador to Germany in 1917-29, where he witnessed the beginning of the rise of Nazism.  The historic moment of opening the archives was preceded by decades of controversy and debate about why the pontiff, who headed the Catholic Church for almost 2 decades, never spoke out about the slaughter of six millions Jews in Nazi concentration camps across Europe.

 

"For millions of people, Catholic and Jewish, these archives are of enormous humanitarian interest," Suzanne Brown-Fleming, international programs director at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.”

 

Journalists were shown a potion of the archives last week.

 

The Vatican normally waits 70 years after the death of a pope before making his archives available for study. Pope Francis has fast-tracked the opening of the Pius XII archives in order to help clear up the debate over the war-time pope, whose process for sainthood has been temporarily halted.  Last year, Pope Francis decided to open the archives.  Bishop Sergio Pagano, prefect of the Vatican's Apostolic Archives, said the World War Two documents ran into millions of pages, divided into 121 sections according to topic.  Scholars will be allowed into the Vatican archives to study the files. More than 150 scholars have applied to study documents covering Pius’s papacy. The archives area is only accessible by reservation. The consultant area has been booked for the rest of the year. Scholars from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is included in the bookings.

 

In 2006, the Vatican opened its archives to allow historians to access documents from 1922 to 1939.  Historians have sought greater access to the Vatican's secret archives to clarify the role of the Church in the run-up to World War Two.

 

To read more see: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/02/europe/vatican-files-pope-pius-intl/index.html

And

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/02/811170588/vatican-opens-archives-of-world-war-ii-era-pope-pius-xii

and

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-03/holy-see-archives-pope-pius-xii-world-war-ii.html

 

A video may be seen at: https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2020/03/02/pope-archives-open-delia-gallagher-intl-ldn-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/around-the-world/

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


Death records in Israel

Merv & Naomi Barnett
 

I am looking for a death record in Israel c1962.  Can anyone please advise if these records are accessible.

Thanks.

Naomi Barnett
Melbourne, Australia


ViewMate Translation - Hebrew

Barry E Chernick
 

I have posted a 1907 Starokonstantinov Birth Record page in Hebrew. It is
on ViewMate at
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM78685
I need Male 107, Male 108 and Female 79 translated. The part of the
Russian page for these records is missing.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Barry Chernick


Re: Death certificate information

Shelley Mitchell
 

The words used are in Latin.
Easy to translate using internet.
--
Shelley Mitchell 
NYC
searching KONIGSBERG/KINIGSBERG, TERNER, MOLDAUER, SCHONFELD - Kolomyya PLATZ - DELATYN. All Galicia. 


Tashkent

Lande
 

Researchers seeking information on Jews who were held in/transited Tashkent during WWII should go to the USHMM’s Holocaust Survivors and Victims (HSV) database.  You can search in this collection Registration Cards of Jewish refugees in Tashkent, Uzbekistan during WWII (ID:20492) (https://www.ushmm.org/online/hsv/source_view.php?Sourceid=21304.
 
The collection contain two versions of over 152,000 registration cards, English (ID:20492) and Russian (ID:20493).  Simply click on the big buttons to “View All Names in this List” or “Search Names within the List” and the card images, in Cyrillic, will appear.
 
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.
 
 


Re: Death certificate information

EdrieAnne Broughton
 

We read a free book from Audible called "The Minute Man" by Greg Donahue that was on this subject.  Very good book.


The JGS of Montreal - Monday, March 02, 2020

Merle Kastner <merlebk18@...>
 

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal,
in association with the Jewish Public Library
is pleased to announce as our guest speaker:
David Bensoussan, PhD.
The Lost Tribes
2700 years ago, the Assyrians exiled the 10 tribes from the kingdom of Israel which they had just conquered. In actuality, the Jews of today are descendants of only 2 tribes of the kingdom of Judah. There are many legends about the fate of these 10 lost tribes which, until today, still remains a mystery. However traces of the 10 lost tribes have been found reaching as far as Afghanistan, China, Burma and Africa.
-------------
The meeting will be held on
Monday, March 02, 2020
7:30 pm
Gelber Conference Centre
5151 Cote Ste-Catherine/1 Carré Cummings
Everyone is welcome!

For all information on our upcoming meetings &
Sunday Morning Family Tree Workshops –
call the JGS of Montreal Hotline (24 hours a day):
514-484-0969
watch for our emails & ‘friend’ us on Facebook
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Merle Kastner
JGS of Montreal, Programming
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Re: My genealogy search story #general

Sarah L Meyer
 

 Joshua,
  If it was your maternal grandmother who was Jewish, I would suggest taking two FTDNA DNA tests.  First their family finder, which should give you matches on all sides of your family, but should help you sort out your situation.  Secondly, although this is generally not helpful for genealogy, their mtDNA test.  If you are fortunate enough to have one of the 4 highly Jewish mtDNA haplogroups that would satisfy the Israeli Rabbinate, that would solve your problem - and the Family Finder test would be gravy.  FTDNA is the only company that offers the full mtDNA test.  That said, watch for sales, and see if you can bundle the tests.  You would only need to contribute a single cheek swab sample.  While you are waiting to do that (I know others like other testing companies), you can continue to work on your paper trail, using Jewishgen's databases.   
--
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
ANK(I)ER, BIGOS, KARMELEK, PERLSTADT, STOKFISZ, SZPIL(T)BAUM, Poland
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania
https://www.sarahsgenies.com


Re: Death certificate information

Elise Cundiff
 

And yes, fulminant hepatitis can be fatal that quickly.    This is usually due to infectious hepatitis but can be from a toxin as well.


Re: Death certificate information

Elise Cundiff
 

Diffusa = diffused but hepatitis is localized to the liver.  Perhaps in this (archaic) context it is referring to the effects of fulminant hepatitis having led to deleterious and eventually fatal effect on  the entire body.    
Collapsus = collapse and could, in this (again, archaic) context mean either cardiovascular collapse (ie shock, the  final event in disease progression) or pulmonary (lung) collapse (literally a collapse or squeezing of lung tissue.).  As the liver becomes extremely diseased, fluids aren't processed through it normally and will build up in the abdomen (ascites) leading to increased pressure that can interfere with breathing, and eventually fluid can accumulate in the lung space too, taking up the room that the lung needs to expand when we inhale.  Eventually the circulatory system will collapse due to the shift of fluid.


German translation help

Elizabeth Scofield
 

Would someone kindly translate this German snippet about Franz Josef Kraus, which  is on ViewMate at the following address: 
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM78606

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thanks very much.

Liz Scofield


Re: Death certificate information

Nurit Har-zvi
 

There is a book called Tough Jews by Rich Cohen about Jewish gangsters. I don't know if that's the one you're thinking of, but it was a very good book.
Nurit Har-zvi


Re: Minsk Town - Kaplan Family Inn/Brewery #belarus

sacredsisters1977@...
 

Hi
Not sure about your query, but I have Kaplan in my tree and I believe there were from Minsk or the next village love. One of my Mendelson ancestors married Emma Kaplan and lived in Brooklyn New York.

Sarah Greenberg
sacredsisters1977@...(USA-CT)


Re: Stein

David Ellis
 

My gg-gf was Isaac Leib STEIN (rendered SHTEIN back in Europe).  He came over in 1920 from Kuznica, Poland at the age of 80.  I've traced more than 600 descendants from his six daughters, but I know little about his family background other than the names of his parents (Tanchum and Rayzl) and his two wives (Bashe and my gg-gm Sarah).  He probably came from the town of Przytyk and moved to Kuznica afterwards.  If anybody can find additional information, I would be thrilled.


Search for evidence of Chevra Mishnayos pre 1872

Benjamin First
 

Hello,

I recently discovered that Chevra Mishna/ Mishna Society that learnt
one chapter a day of Mishnayos came into existence in Manchester UK in
around March 1872. The society finished the 6 orders of Mishnayos
every 18 months and would have a siyum celebration. The society
continued in its existence until at least 1903 when it made its 22nd
Siyum.
Does anyone know of any evidence of any equivalent Mishna Societies
that may have existed anywhere in the Jewish world before 1872? I
would like to attempt to find the origins of this idea.

Many Thanks

Binyomin First

Manchester
UK


Re: Ancestry Announces Digitization of All 36 Million Available US Draft Cards #World War ll #Draft Registration Cards

Dahn Cukier
 

I found my grandfather, but his name was inexact as known
to us today. His first name seems to be the name used
on Naturalization papers and used when signing official forms
until the late 1930s.

The middle name soon became his first name and the first, his second.
Jacob Saul became Saul Jacob and later he used Saul J.

His birth date also changed on these forms, until now I have
heard of only 2 dates, both in 1901, now I
have a date from 1902.

I know this is my grandfather since both his spouse and
address are correct.

Dani

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas
(Gunsmoke)


On Monday, March 2, 2020, 08:31:31 AM GMT+2, Jan Meisels Allen <janmallen@...> wrote:


Susan Meyer asked where on the WWll Draft card the date of entry could be found. The cards are on two pages. There is an arrow on the right hand side to the right of #8 that takes you to the second page that has the physical characteristics of the person, the date and location of draft board as well as the registrar's signature.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Preserve the 2020 US Census for the Future!

jeremy frankel
 

Dear Genners,

Today is March 1st. In one month's time we will all be participating in the 2020 United States Census. As genealogists we spend an awful lot of time seeking out information and records about our family. Now is a chance for you to actually "create" a record.

After you have filled out the census, and before you send. it back to the Census Bureau, make sure that you preserve a copy for the future genealogist in your family. Furthermore, get the word out to your parents, siblings, cousins, anyone you can think of, and ask them (politely) if they will save you a copy. Naturally you need to contact them BEFORE April 1st.

If you don't do this, well, as we know all too well, it will get tossed into the bowels of the Department of Commerce and be lost to history for the next seventy-two years.

Don’t let this happen on our watch!

Sincerely

Jeremy


Jeremy G Frankel
ex-Edgware, Middlesex, England
now Sacramento, California, USA

Searching for:
FRANKEL/FRENKEL/FRENKIEL: Gombin, Poland; London, England
GOLDRATH/GOLD: Praszka, Poland; London, England
KOENIGSBERG: Vilkaviskis, Lithuania; London, England; NY, USA
LEVY (later LEADER): Kalisz, Poland; London, England
PINKUS, Poland; London, England
PRINCZ/PRINCE: Krakow, Poland; London, England; NY, USA


Re: Please help us solve a 50 Yr Old Family Mystery! #general #poland

FamilySearchPoland
 

Gail do you mind emailing me at nr1teachers@... so I can directly ask a few questions share some more information.


(Poland) NumisBids List of Bids with Names of Issuer #poland

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Stanley Diamond shared with me a link to NumisBids which is a monetary auction site. What is so interesting is on the bid they list the name of the issuer. It is being listed here only because of the issuers’ names which may have some genealogical relevance.  The lot showing is from the 1860’s at least in most part. Be careful you don’t end up bidding on an item unless you want to purchase it! See:  https://www.numisbids.com/n.php?p=sale&sid=3703&cid=113653

I have no more information about monetary auction sites or why they would include the issuer’sname.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Re: Ancestry Announces Digitization of All 36 Million Available US Draft Cards #World War ll #Draft Registration Cards

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Susan Meyer asked where on the WWll Draft card the date of entry could be found. The cards are on two pages. There is an arrow on the right hand side to the right of #8 that takes you to the second page that has the physical characteristics of the person, the date and location of draft board as well as the registrar's signature.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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