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Re: Validation of death date of Dachau prisoner #holocaust #rabbinic

Julia Trainor

Hello Moses
My grandfather Jakob Schmidl also died in a sub camp of Dachau, having been transported from Auschwitz to Dachau on transport Ek on 28 September 1944.  His transport card, which is indexed on JewishGen's Dachau Concentration Camp Records, gives his death date as 7 February 1945, but that is the date his death was notified to Dachau.   His actual death date was 5 January 1945 in one of the Kaufering sub camps.   I discovered this in a document supplied by the Arolsen Archives.  
With best wishes for your research
Julia Trainor
Canberra, Australia

Re: Polish Jewish Holocaust Survivors: Lübeck #holocaust #poland

Danielle Weiner


Can you make this list available to anyone who contacts you privately?

Thank you,
Danielle Weiner
Dallas, TX

Re: Scanning Documents and Photos - personal preferences #general

Eva Lawrence

I've copied down the very useful  technical hints, but here are some new views on what to keep.
It's important not to just crop faces, but also scan the whole picture. Clothes can be important for dating photos and show the atmosphere of the picture. Backgrounds show whether it's a studio portrait or not, may  help to identify the place of residence.. I think it is advisable not to destroy the original if at all possible, because you are never as completely informed as you think,  and when it's gone  completely unexpected questions that come up later which can't be answered.. This is most important for photos from the 19th and first half of the 20th century , when people were not as snap-happy as in digital times. The very existence of an early photograph shows that it is of importance. .And the people you don't recognise may be of interest to a new DNA contact or even to  a complete stranger seeing it in an archive, if thr picture provides clues which speak to them.
As an example, I received a box of old photographs from a second cousin on my father's side and discovered a great-uncle on my mother's side in a group photograph. It was the back of the picture which showed that it had been taken in an interment camp, and the great-uncle's only suit that clinched his identification..  For completeness of your records, the source of any unidentified  photograph will also be needed - which side of the family did it come from? 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Marcia Brodsky #latvia


Close ties to Latvia, Lithuania Kanner/Kangiser, Long/Lant, Tischler, Dischler according to dna (2017) but not responsive.

Re: Yiddish or Hebrew name for IDA #belarus #names

Marilyn Silva

My great grandmother was also called Ida.  But her name on arrival to the U.S. was Chaje which was changed to Ida.

Re: Selling of Ukrainian Jewish Cemeteries and Mass Graves - Updated #ukraine

L Goldstein


It is beyond distressing to learn that Ukraine wants to sell not only cemeteries but also massacre sites.  I looked at some of the files you attached and found it to be overwhelming, I could not read more than a little bit without getting lost. Is there a summary document? Is there something someone like myself, just an average person with family members in a massacre site, could do?  Someone to whom to write?  

Thanks for your concern about this.
Louise Goldstein

Researching GOLDSTEIN/GOLDSZTERN, BRANDT, WOLOCH, HERSZENFELD (Terespol, Piszczac, Poland; Brest, Belarus); RONEN (Kiyev, Fastov, Ukraine; Lyoev, Belarus); LOPUSHANSKIY; ROZENZUMEN/BEN-DOV (Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Poland; Israel); BATTALEN, POPKOV (Voronezh, Russia); CHALEWSKY/CHALLOV (Krive Ozero, Ukraine).

Phinehas ben Avraham Abba Shapiro aka Pinkas of Koretz #belarus #ukraine


I am researching Phinehas ben Avraham Abba Shapiro born 1726 in Belarus and died 14 Aug 1791 in Shepetovka Ukraine. It is family lore that he is the 6th (?) great-grandfather of my brother-in-law whose 3rd great-grandmother is Chai Sarah Shapiro. I cannot make the connection from Chai Sarah Shapiro born c. 1818 to Phinehas ben Avraham Abba Shapiro. I know that Chai Sarah Shapiro was married to Pincus Gidonsky and had a daughter Naomi Gidonsky born c. 1850 in Rovno Ukraine. I would appreciate any help. Thank you, Dawn Halvorsen (dferg17@...)

#germany Schnoder Plaque #germany

Richard Oppenheimer

Dear Friends,
Today I received a copy of a document existing in the museum archives of the Kriegshaber Synagogue Museum of Augsburg Germany.
I was told that the document is called a "Schnoder Plaque" which lists the names of those permitted to be called to the Torah. I am told it dates to about 1930.
I have never heard of such a document, and wonder if anyone is familiar with the term? My grandfather's, father 's and uncle's names are listed on this document.
Thanks for any insight.
Richard Oppenheimer

HAASE Family of Frankfurt #germany #israel #holocaust

Carol Jean Weightman

I am looking for information on the children of Josef and Felicia HAASE.

Son Peter Joachim was born on 3 August 1922 in Frankfurt. Peter had to do forced labour at the Jüdisches Forsteinsatzlager Schönfelde (Jewish forest work camp) in Brandenburg. On 1 November 1941, he was deported to the Lodz ghetto and from there on 8 April 1942 to a forced labour camp in Posen (Poznan). His fate is uncertain: some documents say he was drowned on the way to Palestine when the refugee ship was sunk by the British. Perhaps he had been liberated and had tried to reach Israel on an illegal immigrant ship. If Peter was able to get to Israel, he may have descendants.

Daughter Ruth was born on 20 June 1915 in Fulda. Ruth may have married someone with surname SCHWERINER and immigrated to Brazil. She is thought to have died in Sao Paulo in 1937. I cannot find Brazilian documents that confirm this. I cannot find a record in Brazil or in Germany to confirm the marriage.

If anyone knows what happened to Peter Joachim and to Ruth, please contact me.

Thank you, Carol
Carol Jean Weightman <c.j.weightman@...>

Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Someone recommended "label the back of every picture now."
That is not a good practice, as it can harm the place where the label is, either indenting the letters or causing ink to perhaps bleed through. If you want to label a picture of one or two people, do it in the margin. 
For group photos, I use tracing paper and carefully make an outline of the people, so the tracing has all the heads and can be lined up with the photo. Then I label the tracing. I have only one picture of my father, in one of the group photos.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: Scanning Documents and Photos - personal preferences #general

zionsharav <ari@...>

What a detailed and incredibly helpful explanation!
Thank you so much.
I do append a further question- what do you do
with the originals.  I shudder at the idea of
destroying them- but storage space is often
an issue.  All the best and again, thank you.
-Ari Dale, Israel

moderated Re: "Unorthodox" - 2015 film about a college year spent in Israel and another, 2020 a wife, 19, flees to Berlin from Satmar Williamsburg #israel #germany #usa


There are youtube videos with the author Deborah Feldman, who now lives in Germany.  This book does not at all seem to have been a hoax.  That rumor may have been started by members of the Chassidic group that she left.

As to the show on Netflix:  to the best of my understanding, the scenes that dealt with her time as a member of the community were based on the book, the scenes that deal with the time after she left that community are fictional.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Surname Loesch #general


Found out many of my ancestor's first names were Abraham, Jacob, Daniel, Johann,. Balthazar, etc. Any way for me to find out what Tribe I came from?

Re: Scanning Documents and Photos - personal preferences #general

Bob Friedman


Why scan to jpg or png, both lossy formats, rather than tif, which is lossless? Every edit, including cropping, degrades the quality of jpg and png images, defeating the purpose of scanning at the highest resolution. 

I also use Irfanview and it works just as well for tif images as it does for jpgs.  Generally speaking, I scan at 300 dpi and faces usually come out fine in crops and enlargements.  If necessary, I re-scan at 400 or 600 dpi.  Eventually I find there is a point of diminishing returns, where higher resolutions create images that are marginally better and don't justify the ever larger file sizes.
Bob Friedman
Brooklyn, NY

What to do during the Coronavirus pandemic? Organize A Virtual Family Reunion #general #jgs-iajgs

Phil Goldfarb

What to do during your "down time" at home? How about organizing a Virtual Family Reunion? I have suggested it to our JGS and so far it has been a big hit from children to adults. Sharing stories, getting to meet new relatives, seeing family growing up, sharing pictures, getting new information, improving a family tree...there is a lot to accomplish and it is FUN! If you are an officer of a JGS you might suggest it to your membership.

The way to do it is through Zoom. There are three types of Zoom meetings that you can do:
1. Basic Zoom which is free but there is a 40 minute limit and you can have up to 100 participants
2. Zoom Pro that is up to 24 hours long and you can have up to 100 participants. It is $14.99/month
3. Zoom Business is also for 24 hours long and up to 300 participants. The cost is $19.99/month

On a personal note, our family is having a virtual Zoom Passover this year with family from around the country (be aware of the time zones). I copied the relevant pages from our family Union Haggadah (1923 edition) and sent them out to everyone. My wife sent out the ingredients for every part of the meal and how to prepare it, It should prove to be interesting. The best thing is no masks and no gloves!

Stay safe

Phil Goldfarb
President, JGS of Tulsa

LEET, LIT: Radeikiai, Lithuania
GRUBER: Austria
MERIN: Lithuania
NISSELSON: Lithuania
FROUG: Lithuania, Ukraine

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

Max Heffler


Thanks for the reminder! I had the honor and privilege of creating web pages for that book.


Max Heffler


From: main@... [mailto:main@...] On Behalf Of Bruce Drake via
Sent: Friday, April 3, 2020 8:50 AM
To: main@...
Subject: [] This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks


“The epidemic was halted thanks to the supervisory efforts of the authorities over hygiene and meticulous cleanliness, as well as to the fact that no person was permitted to travel from city to city without an examination and a shot against disease.”

How familiar does this sound now? This excerpt from the Yizkor book of Zawiercie, Poland goes beyond the title of the chapter, “The Sanitation Situation in the City.” Sanitation was an obvious place for the excerpt to start given that poorer people did not have he kind of access to good hygiene practices as the well-off, and that sewage often poured in the streets. But the chapter goes on to describe how women in childbirth were cared for (“It was a fact that a Jewish woman never gave birth in a hospital”), remedies against the “evil eye” and the power of incantations.



Bruce Drake

Silver Spring MD



Towns: Kovel, Wojnilow



Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

Polish Jewish Holocaust Survivors: Lübeck #holocaust #poland


At the end of WWII while Jewish survivors were gathered at various locations in Germany and Austria they often attempted to contact relatives/friends in other countries to facilitate emigration.  This unusual database identifies 155 Polish Jewish survivors located in Lübeck, Germany in 1948.   It is unusual in that it includes the names/addresses of the persons they were seeking to contact around the world.  For example, Szyja Kanarek, born January 6, 1910 in Dabrowa, is seeking to establish contact with S. Kanarek in New York (no further address).
While the list has been sent for posting to Jewishgen, JRI and IGRA, I do not know when they will appear on these sites.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general


Everyone has good advice but one vital piece of advice is to label the back of every picture now. Assuming you will save the pictures, as everyone here has advised you to do so, someday someone will find these photos and if they are not labeled they will not have any meaning.
 my great-great uncle died leaving tens of family albums. A friend generously offered to bring them to me from Sweden but, for weight reasons oh, she took them out of the albums. I received a 16 kilo suitcase filled with photographs, the majority of which had no labels! it took me a year to find out who most are but  I am still left with many beautiful old photographs of people I don't know.

Belarus - looking for Abraham Jacob Brisker or Bricker #belarus


I am Laurie Bricker, and with the incredible help of Jewish Gen, I located my family in Alsace Lorraine several years ago. I am looking for my husband's family who lived in the Minsk region. My husband's name is Alan Jeffrey Bricker, and we live in Houston, Texas.

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