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This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks

Bruce Drake
 

There are two threads that run through “My Home Town, Kalvarija” from the Yizkor book of that town in Lithuania: an account of the reasons that so many people started to emigrate elsewhere and how memories of the shtetl led to so much longing for what had been and was no more.

Israel Matz was born in Kalvaria in 1869. After emigrating to America in 1890, by which time many Kalvarier Jews already had deep roots in New York and elsewhere in America. He became an accountant, then entered the pharmaceutical business and founded the Ex-Lax Company in 1906. He was a dedicated Zionist throughout his years and worked to keep Hebrew as a living language, and just a language devoted to rituals and prayers.

Unlike others who disembarked upon the day of his arrival, there were no family or friends there to meet him, but others “began to console, encourage and express sympathy for me. After all, Jews are merciful and sons of the merciful!” As a prelude to recounting his memories of his home town, he recalls: “When they asked me, “Where are you from?” and I answered, ‘From Kalvarija,’ the sympathy changed into a sort of expression of envy. If this was so, they said, you are already taken care of—Kalvarier Jews here are all well off.
I think you will enjoy reading his descriptions of life in Kalvaria — both the joys and the hardships.

URL: https://www.facebook.com/JewishGen.org/posts/2911891112166358?__tn__=K-R


Bruce Drake

Silver Spring, MD


Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel


Re: Where is Arszana in pre-WW II Poland? #poland

Helen Krag
 

Arszana sounds like Ashana, one of the jiddisch names of Mszana Dolna in
Southern Poland, south of Kraków

Researching: TROMPETER, SZWEICER, KÖNIGSBERG, WOLFZAHN, SOBEL, ROSENSTRAUCH


Mendel Gottesman Mother #hungary

E Feinstein
 

I am researching the Kohen GOTTESMAN family of Munkacs, Hungary.  One of the sons was the famous philanthropist Mendel GOTTESMAN.  The library at Yeshiva University is named after him and he founded the paper company Central National Gottesman.  It is said that his mother Chaya Rivka (Helen) remarried a SPIEGEL--a member of the German Jewish department store family (Joseph SPIEGEL) and moved to Chicago. We do not know her maiden name yet.  Did she pass away there on February 11, 1886?  I wanted to know if there were any Chicagoland experts out there who could assist in finding either an obituary or death record.  Please let me know.
Thank you in advance.
Eric FEINSTEIN
New Jersey


ViewMate translation request - Russian

Terry Ashton
 

Good morning from Melbourne, Australia.

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need as full a translation as possible. I posted this a few days ago, having thought the document was written in Polish, but it is not.

 

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM78952

 

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

 

Thank you very much and stay safe and well.

 

Ms Terry Ashton

Melbourne, Australia

 

SEARCHING:

PRASHKER: Kalisz,  Poland

SZUMOWSKI: Gorki, Zdunska Wola, Lomza,  Poland

WAJNGOT: Hungary

GOLDMAN: Budapest,  Hungary ;Blaszki, Poland

SEGAL/SEGALOVITCH: Vilnius, Lithuania

HOLTZ: Dvinsk, Russia (now Latvia)

 


ViewMate translation request - Russian

Terry Ashton
 

Good morning from Melbourne, Australia.

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need as full a translation as possible. I posted this a few days ago, having thought the document was written in Polish, but it is not.

 

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM78953

 

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

 

Thank you very much and stay safe and well.

 

Ms Terry Ashton

Melbourne, Australia

 

SEARCHING:

PRASHKER: Kalisz,  Poland

SZUMOWSKI: Gorki, Zdunska Wola, Lomza,  Poland

WAJNGOT: Hungary

GOLDMAN: Budapest,  Hungary ;Blaszki, Poland

SEGAL/SEGALOVITCH: Vilnius, Lithuania

HOLTZ: Dvinsk, Russia (now Latvia)

 


Re: New Mailing List Format

Richard Gross
 

Please elucidate. I have no idea what a hashtag is and therefore can't comply. BeulahG


Need help to find LDS film digital record from JGS Ukr database hyperlink #ukraine

Susana Rubin
 

Hyperlink to the microfilm/7 is:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS9L-BSLK-C

Record retrieval directions are Nikolayev - 1895 - F266
and film link 2423962/7 - 62 - NKKR 1484/1/1480
for the birth of Sosya ROVINSKI.
Thank you very much,
Susana Rubin


Re: Need assistance getting three vital records from Berlin #germany

Lewis, Megan
 

Sometimes these records are in the International Tracing Service/Arolsen Archives DP materials.  Have you contacted either the Arolsen Archives or United States Holocaust Memorial Museum about this?

Megan

NOTE: I am teleworking until March 30, 2020.

Megan Lewis  Reference Librarian  202.314.7860
National Institute for Holocaust Documentation
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
www.ushmm.org

NEVER AGAIN: WHAT YOU DO MATTERS

Support the Campaign for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Re: Upcoming free access to the Archives of St. Petersburg, Russia

Joel Ratner
 

As of today, the free access to the SPB Archives is now scheduled from March 23 through April 30. 


Re: Need assistance getting three vital records from Berlin #germany

J G
 

I know from a past experience,  marriage taking place in a DP camp in Germany was then also registered in the local town offices.

You might actually want to search the records that were gathered here:


For which you would learn potentially quite a lot about the people in question.

You could then write to the town administration to ask if they would look for a record of marriage.  Easier for them if you provide as much information as you possibly can.. Names, their birth dates, parents names, and date of marriage or year of marriage.  The more the better.  You most likely will find an email address for the town's administration.   I will guess you can write to them in English, but if you receive no reply in a week to 10 days, write to them in German.

Good luck with your search.


JG


Re: CONVOY 68 OF FEBRUARY 10th 1944 FROM DRANCY TO AUSCHWITZ #france #holocaust

Selma Sheridan
 

My paternal cousins, Cécile HERSCHER, age 16, and Odette HERSCHER, age 14, were forced from St-Privat-des-Prés to Poitiers to Drancy to Auschwitz on 10 Feb. 1944 (convoy 68).  Their parents had been murdered in 1942, Mathias (convoy 8) and Sara (convoy 40).  Their little sister Marguerite, age 9, was deported to Auschwitz (convoy 77).  The family had fled from Lens, Pas-de-Calais, about 1938, hoping that St-Privat would be a safer place.  Thank you for keeping alive  the memory of the victims of convoy 68, and all the others.
Selma Sigal Sheridan
ssherida@...
Oswego NY USA


Re: Kalmen Kaplansky

Alyssa Freeman
 

Thanks to those who've offered to help. I've confirmed what I
suspected - he is not related to me. His father was named Nochum
Jankiel, not Abraham.

Alyssa Freeman (researching SHAPIRO (Lithuania), LEVANISKY, KAPLINSKY,
KAHAN (Minsk), FAVILYUKIS, BOTNIK, DIKERMAN (Tiraspol), FRIEMAN
(Latvia), FREIMAN (Galicia), and SUSSMAN.


Re: Kalmen KAPLANSKY - Canadian politican/human rights activist

joannegrosman joannegrosman
 

Hello,
There is an archive in Montreal I believe called Canadian Jewish Congress as well contact the Jewish Public LIbrary in Montreal. They have genealogical information. I did some family research there. Also, there is a Montreal Genealogy society. Also, there is the Montreal Jewish Museum that does research into notable Jewish Montrealers.
Good luck!
Joanne Grosman


Re: Locate grave in Germany after Holocaust #germany

Eva Lawrence
 


The sentence starting  'In gleich.... '  means, "Please also copy,me in" .  it's a piece of office jargon. 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.


Re: Kalmen KAPLANSKY - Canadian politican/human rights activist

aschwart@...
 

The bookstore was open in the early 1940s


Re: CONVOY 68 OF FEBRUARY 10th 1944 FROM DRANCY TO AUSCHWITZ #france #holocaust

catherine.cahoua@...
 

Hello.

My aunt, Sarah Mazour was in the convoi 68 of February 10th 1945. 

Catherine 


Re: Where is Arszana in pre-WW II Poland? #poland

Alexander Sharon
 

Well, looks like this is a misinterpreted name of Poland’s capital Warszawa.

 

Alexander Sharon

Calgary, Ab


Re: Family name and town #lithuania

Susan J. Gordon
 

There is a writer named Janice Aronofsky who lives, I think, in Arizona. Her website is www.janicearonofsky.com

Good Luck!

Susan
BIALAZURKER (Hungary, Zbaraz)
LEMPERT ( Skalat)


Re: Carol Skydell z"l #JewishGenUpdates

Hank Mishkoff
 

Oh my, Carol was the first person with whom I worked closely when I started doing volunteer work for JewishGen all those decades ago. According to my archives, my first email from Carol was in June of 1999, when she asked me to develop something that now seems to be called the Wall of Honor -- which, I notice, dates back to September 1999. She was ALWAYS an absolute pleasure to work with, and she was always the first person to whom I'd turn to grouse about problems I might be having dealing with other people. She was unrelentingly cheerful, professional, and helpful. I haven't exchanged notes with her for some time, but now that she's gone I miss her just the same.


Re: Family name and town #lithuania

Paula Eisenstein Baker
 

Here is an example of a reply that would be better addressed to the sender of the question (rather than to the group):

"You can also try Lithuania, where Kaunas/Kovno is.”

I, a reader, do not know what the question was. Maybe I don’t care, but maybe—given that I have ancestry from near Kovno—this answer might be useful to me IF I knew what the question was!

May I suggest that it would be useful, when submitting a reply like that, for the writer either to address the sender privately OR to include the original question?

Paula Eisenstein Baker
Houston, TX

28981 - 29000 of 669642