ViewMate translation request - Yiddish

Debra Price

I request a translation of 3 posts, all part of the same short document.  The first is on ViewMate at the following address and the next 2 at #78867 & #78838.

Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you so much,

Debra Price

Researching: Chunowicz from Makow Mazowiecki and Pultusk


SPERBER - Sieniawa, Poland; later Vienna?

Joseph Lonstein

A few months ago I sent this request to the Galicia SIG, but am now sending it broadly because I can't get past this brick wall:

I'm searching for descendants of Marim SCHYRAK/SHERAK/SZYROK (b. 1874; daughter of Solomon Chaskel SCHYRAK and Reisel SCHIPPER) and her husband Moses Wolf SPERBER (b. 1870; son of Lieb SPERBER and Lea LAUFER) all from Sieniawa, Galicia, Poland.  This couple legally married in Sieniawa in 1909, and Moses Wolf SPERBER died in Sieniawa in 1915. 

One of their sons, Liebisch SPERBER (b. 1900) lived in Vienna starting in the 1930s until being deported and killed in Auschwitz in 1942.  The IKG Wien sent me some records and Liebisch was single and had no children.  No close relatives in Austria were listed.  The Sieniawa archives has a 1920 petition to legally state that Moses Wolf SPERBER was his father.

I can't find anything about four other children of this family born in Sieniawa.  These four nor their mother Marim are not found in any Sieniawa vital records after the children's births through the end of indexing in 1945, so presumably they did not die in childhood?  I've searched for them using their birthdates and many variations on their names on the relevant JG databases, Gesher Galicia, Myheritage, Ancestry, Familysearch, Ellis Island Database, IKG Wien, GenTeam, Yad Vashem, Bad Arolsen,,  The IKG Wien said they have no records of these four, at least based on the names I have for them from their Sieniawa birth records.  In 1938, their brother Liebisch does not list them as possible sponsors to come to the U.S., but instead a mutual cousin in New York who I know of, so presumably these siblings did not come to the States by 1938 if ever?

1) Beile SCHYRAK, parents were unmarried at birth but possibly later took her father's name SPERBER (b. February 27, 1902)
2) Mendel SCHYRAK, parents were unmarried at birth but possibly later took his father's name SPERBER (b. July 24, 1906)
3) Lea SPERBER (b. March 13, 1909)
4) Zelig SPERBER (b. May 21, 1911)

I found other SPERBERs from Sieniawa a generation older than these four children:  On Ellis Island database an Israel SPERBER (b. 1874) coming to NYC in 1893, Sam SPERBER (b. 1887) coming to NYC in 1905 to meet a Vinea Raudsis (Raudnitz?), and Liebish SPERBER  (b. 1872) coming to NYC in 1898 to meet sister E. BURSTEIN.  I can trace these three men in the U.S. Census records, but so far find no connection.  Israel SPERBERs gravestone indicates he was not a brother of Moses Wolf (different father's name).  Elsewhere I found an Abraham SPERBER (b. 1892) from Sieniawa who was killed in Brussels in 1942. 

Any connections or suggestions?

Thank you,

Joe Lonstein
East Lansing, MI, USA 

Re: City of Rotterdam Archives Posts Passenger Lists of Holland America Line 1900-1920 #Netherlands #Passenger Lists

Harry Boonin

I found what I was looking for. Has anyone translated to English the headings of the various columns on the spread sheets for the passengers Lists?

My family had nine (9) people. Three were charged full price, five were charged half price (young children) and my mom, being under two, was not charged (mom was always tight with the buck). This, of course, is a guess until I get the column-heading translations.

If one column is the price of tickets, does anyone know how this can be converted to the dollar in 1906.

The ID# of microfilm page is NL-RtSA_318-04_824_00067.jpg

There are more than a few columns with numbers. Wonder what all the numbers are?
Harry D. Boonin
Warrington, Pennsylvania
Searching for: Marcus DAWIDOWSKY My grandfather’s name is listed as Marcus Rawidowsky in the Rotterdam City Records.

Re: MANDEL's #belarus


Since I replied to the group earlier, I will do so again.  My aunt told me that her MANDEL family is originally from Austria, so not closely linked to the Belarus MANDEL family.  FWIW, her father was Philip MANDEL from Austria and her mother Celia WEINSTEIN from Romania.  They lived for many years in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and also had a hotel (name unknown) in the Catskills. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: MANDEL's #belarus


My 100 year old aunt by marriage is a MANDEL.  I was focused on my direct ancestors, so I have no information on hers, though I remember her father from when i was a child. I will call and ask her about her family's roots.  Her mind is as good as ever.  

quoted text: 
I have been researching my MANDEL roots for almost two decades now and can
demonstrate (to my own satisfaction at least!) that:-

1. While there were plenty of Mandel's in German-speaking areas of 19th
century Europe as well as in Hungary and what became Czechoslovakia, there
were relatively few in that part of the Pale of Settlement which became
Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia.

2. Those very few who lived in Belarus (the Minsk Gubernya) were largely
concentrated in the Slutsk and Novogrudok Uezds.

3. These latter almost all stemmed >from a single family, who already
appeared in the1816-19 Revisions as "MANDEL"
(pure and simple - not Mendel, or Mandelbaum, or any other common

By the turn of the 19th century, there was quite an extensive cousinhood of
these MANDEL's in the "old country",
but by the end of World War I, half of them (and their descendants) seem to
have disappeared into thin air.

The question is where the heck did they go to? And so my question to y'all
is do you have any Belarussian MANDEL's on your trees?

Anyone who has may hit a jackpot, because I have 200 years of documented
family history to share.

Please reply privately.

Neville Mandel-LAMDAN,
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

somewhat lost



I've subscribed here for about a year and really only lurk. I have no
skills as a genealogist. I really only know a few things about my
family which I'll put here. I would love some suggestions about how to
verify or correct these (mis?)perceptions about my origins.

1) my maternal grandfather Samuel Muhlbauer came over from the
austro-hungarian empire on a boat to NY around 1910 as a boy of 15
with his father, settling in Brooklyn.
2) my mother always told me that her father was:
2.1) hungarian (though my mother grew up speaking English and yiddish
- knew no Hungarian).
2.2) was a member of the 'kussover' (kossover?) society in brooklyn
2.3) was a member of the masonic temple
3) he married my maternal grandmother Fannie Geller who had been born
in Brooklyn Fannie had a younger brother named Jerry Geller.
4) my maternal grandfather's mother's (my maternal great grandmother)
first name was Molly/Mollie and her maiden name was 'Pearl' or 'Perl'.
5) supposedly, in the old country, the Perls owned an Inn. I don't
know anything about what the Muhlbauer's did.
5) I don't know for sure but I'm guessing that kossover society has
something to do with Kassa/Kosice?
6) I do know that while my mother Arlene Muhlbauer and her sister
Shirley Muhlbauer were growing up in Brooklyn (Williamsburg?) my
grandfather and grandmother (Fannie Muhlbauer née Geller) owned a
fabric store.

So.. I really have no idea(s) where to begin.. Any
advice/recommendations welcome. Happy Purim everyone!


Re: City of Rotterdam Archives Posts Passenger Lists of Holland America Line 1900-1920 #Netherlands #Passenger Lists

Joan A. Baronberg

Can you tell me which link you used to access this list? When I went to the one listed at Jewishgen, it said this was an insecure web address and not recommended to use.

J. Baronberg, Denver, CO
Suchostav, Ukraine

Re: The Colorado Jewish Genealogy Society presents an all-day genealogy seminar featuring Stephen P. Morse

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt

No remote access to my knowledge. Wanted to let you know Ed Richard z'l passed away last summer. 
Ellen Kowitt
Erie, CO

America's women's right to vote.. Registration docs

Gayle Schlissel Riley

I guess I do not express what I am looking for clearly. Years ago I found my grandfather's papers ..saying He will vote democratic. I would like to find my grandmother registration to vote. Those paper's would be in Cal. of in Mich.
My grandmother was such a force and would have register soon as she got the right to vote. I hate this dyslexia..Thanks Gayle

Happy Purim

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

As we celebrate Purim, and the salvation of the Jewish people in the face of overwhelming odds, I wish to thank you for your involvement with JewishGen.

People don’t always realize just how vital our services really are, particularly to those whose families were decimated by the Holocaust, and who feel that their family trees are simply desolate. 

It is because of your support that:

  • JewishGen has provided solace to Holocaust Survivors
  • siblings have been reunited
  • cousins have been discovered
  • thousands of people have reconnected with their Jewish history and heritage.

It is because of your support that so many people have celebrated their own personal Purim stories within the context of Jewish genealogy. Who can define the impact when one discovers that h/she is not alone in this world?

This Purim holiday, I hope you will recognize and appreciate the vital role you play in connecting so many people around the world - it is something we are all truly grateful for.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Purim.
Avraham Groll and the entire JewishGen Team

Need your help - short Russian + Polish translation on ViewMate

N. Summers

I have a post card on which the address is in Polish, I think, but the note is in Russian. I would love to have both parts translated. It is here:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

thanks so much
Nancy S
Maryland, USA

Need your help-- 2 brief Polish translations in ViewMate #poland #ukraine #belarus

N. Summers

 I have one old photo with some odd handwritten notes on the back. They are written in different directions and in different inks. Anything you can decipher would be much appreciated!

The other photo has a printed label on the back, which I assume is from the photo studio where the portrait was taken. That one should be much easier to read.

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

many thanks,
Maryland, USA

PS: when I cut and pasted the above information into this note (which I did online), there was a shaded background around the pasted text. If this makes my message hard to read, please let me know and I will  re-post

FINKELSTEIN, SUKENIK, SUKOENIG, LUSMAN, - Radziwillow, Belarus (now Ukraine) and Ostrog, Poland
LISS, LYSS, ALPER - Motol, Belarus and Vilieyka, Belarus
LIFSCHITZ, LEAF - Rechitsa, Belarus

Re: women's right to vote


D H AARON was not the first ever Jewish actuary in the history of UK Insurance. What about Marcus Nathan ADLER who was actuary of the Alliance Assurance Company from 1867? Or Benjamin GOMPERTZ who was actuary to the same company when it was founded in 1824? Or Hershell FILIPOWSKI who worked as an actuary in Edinburgh in the 1850s?

Michael Tobias
Glasgow, Scotland

Re: The Colorado Jewish Genealogy Society presents an all-day genealogy seminar featuring Stephen P. Morse

Alan Loew

Was early member and left many years ago
now live in Florida
Any way to get access to presentation as thoroughly enjoyed Morse prsentation at an annual international jew gen meeting many years ago.
Am old friend of Ed Richards.
Hope he is still a member
Regards to all
Alan Loew
Lakewood Ranch, Fl

Death record from Mandatory Palestine

Alan Shuchat

Can anyone suggest how I might find a death record for someone who died in Mandatory Palestine in 1942. A relative of mine was born in the Russian Empire, came to the U.S., and made aliyah in 1923. There is a matseva (gravestone) on the Mount of Olives with his name, Naftali David Shukhat (נפתלי דוד שוחט). The cemetery information on the web says the date of death was Jan. 11, 1942 and names the Hasidim chevra kadisha and the North America section. I don't have any information about his life in Palestine and would be grateful for any assistance.

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Holocaust Survivor Lists


In connection with the World Memory Project, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has added 2,867 new name records to the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database (HSV) taken from the collection UNRRA Selected Records AG-018-028:  Switzerland Mission, and 207 names from UNRRA Selected Records AG-018-027: Swedish Mission.  These collections contain names of refugees in Sweden and Switzerland who wanted repatriation, resettlement or information about family members.  Both collections have a significant number of names of unaccompanied children.  You can request and immediately receive digital copies of the original documents in your email.  Search Switzerland, and Sweden htttps://
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Re: (US-PA) National Museum of American History Files for Bankruptcy

N. Summers

It is the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia which has filed for bankruptcy protection.  Not the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC,

Re: Rechovot IGRA (Israel Genealogy Research Organization) Meeting


The IGRA meeting in Rechovot, that was scheduled for March 15 has been canceled, because of CORONA

Re: City of Rotterdam Archives Posts Passenger Lists of Holland America Line 1900-1920 #Netherlands #Passenger Lists

Abuwasta Abuwasta

Thank you. I was able to find my wife's second cousin Mendel APOTHEKER who took the boat in 1920. 

Jacob Rosen

Re: New article - Deciphering Jewish Gravestones



As someone who has been helping read gravestones on ViewMate, I am blown away by the details and the amount of information that you have included.  I learned one or two new things myself, and plan to save the PDF for future use.  (Had I known about your wonderful work, I could have saved myself some time and frustration with some of the rarer abbreviations, most of which I worked out in the end, but not without some sweat and tears.)

There is one aspect of reading the year of death which might be helpful to include, when you have a chance.  (Perhaps it is there, but I missed it?).  Hebrew years are often -- as least on older stones -- followed by a 3-letter abbreviation, lamed-fay-kuf, which stands for the words "lifrat katan", according to the small details.  You explain very well that the leading '5' is usually omitted (in rare cases represented by a leading "Hey").  The words "lifrat katan" are saying the same thing:  this is the "small count", with the big number missing but understood.  By the way, those three letters are sometimes combined into a one-character glyph;  I'll be glad to send you an image, if you wish.  I hope that you do not mind my mentioning this.  Your work is so complete, and this abbreviation/image threw me when I first encountered it, and I've been asked about it by others.

Thank you again for providing this excellent document.

Fredel Fruhman

Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

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