Re: The Windemere Children--Child Survivors of the Holocaust #holocaust #unitedkingdom


Can anyone supply a link to the "In their own words" documentary?   I can only find it available to those with a paid membership to Thirteen.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

IGRA Free Webinar Series #jgs-iajgs #events

Elena Bazes

IGRA wishes you all a Happy and Healthy Passover.

Join us for the upcoming free webinar series of the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) starting April 22nd. We have chosen a variety of genealogy topics for the webinars that should appeal to all levels and will help genealogists in advancing your research.

Registration is now open and is required as there are a limited number of “seats” available. If you wish to register for more than one webinar, you must do so separately. Reminders will be sent out closer to the date of each webinar.

All webinars are in English, with the exception of two webinars. They will all start at 19:00 Israel Time, 12 pm (EDT).

This series is in addition to the weekly Zoom “Show and Tell” series from IGRA which have already started to be broadcast.

To register, click on the links below.

April 22 “The IGRA Collection” (in Hebrew)  by Rose Feldman


April 26    “Location, Location, Location: How Genealogical Research Can Benefit From Historical Maps” by Ed Mitukiewicz


May 7  “Using the JDC Archives Website and Online Databases for Family Research” by Jeffrey Edelstein


May 17  “Genealogy in Western Europe” by Jeanette R. Rosenberg


June 7   “Sources for the Genealogy of Tunisian Jews”  by Thierry Samama


June 21   “Ukraine 2020; Update your Research Plan”  by Ellen S. Kowitt    

July 12  “Discovery and Insight into a Long Forgotten World”  by Doron Friedman


August 2    Educational Institutions as Genealogy Resources”    by Rose Feldman


August 23   “All You Wanted to Know about DNA Tests but Had No One to Ask”   (in Hebrew) by Janna Helstein


August 30  “All You Wanted to Know about DNA Tests but Had No One to Ask” by Janna Helstein


September 13    “The Basics of Research in Israel”   by Garri Regev


October 18   “Google for Genealogy”   by Jeanette R. Rosenberg


Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair

World War l Centennial Commission Webinar and Genealogy Research Guide #announcements #usa #events

Jan Meisels Allen


On April 10, the Doughboy Foundation of the US WW1 Centennial Commission held a webinar on Finding Your World War 1 Ancestors, with Debra Dudek, Genealogy Research Tips and Tricks.  They also provided a 100+-page  Genealogy Research Guide with over 250 links to resources on the Web.


For those of us who missed the webinar it is available at:

Scroll down to Find Your World War l Ancestors to watch.


The 100+ page  guide may be downloaded at:

You will need to give them your first and last names, and email address and a link to download will be emailed to you.

I have suggested this research guide previously, therefore, if you downloaded it before you need not do so again…as it is the same one.



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Searching my KAPLAN Great Grandparents #translation #belarus

Karen <kgschneider@...>

garystuff24@... wrote:
"My cousin and I have been trying to find out more about our beloved great grandparents, Philip and Goldie Kaplan.... .."..>>

Hello, I see there is an extensive family tree on Ancestry that includes a branch for Philip and Goldie Kaplan. I've attached a brief family group sheet from that tree listing a potential father for Philip as Nachum Kaplan 1840-? and seems to infer that Malomet might have been Goldie's maiden name.

It also lists 4 of Philip and Goldie's children as: Sadie Kaplan Zeitz, Reba (Rebecca) Kaplan, Rose Kaplan Arkin and Sophia Kaplan. The tree itself gives 2-3 generations of descendants for each of the children and many records for each profile that would be too extensive to copy here. But if you have a membership to Ancestry, or can locate a library that might provide access, as I've heard many of them do, here is the link to that tree:

I would also be happy to send the owner of the Ancestry tree your email. Just let me know. But if the information I'm attaching sounds like the correct family, hopefully, it will at least provide some new names and dates for your research.


Karen Gregar Schneider,  Bolingbrook, Illinois

Passover in Glaicia #galicia #announcements

Steven Turner

From our Vice President, and Director of Historical and Public Education, Dr. Andrew Zalewski:
Being in the midst of Passover many of you might find it interesting to learn how our Jewish holidays were viewed by the imperial authorities in Galicia. In 1818 the appellate court in Lemberg, citing the imperial edict from January 17 of the same year, affirmed that Jews could not be summoned by the courts on certain days due to the observance of holidays. Among five holidays for which such waivers were granted, Pesach was described as the holiday of eight days, during which Jews were legally exempt from court appearances during the first two days and during the last two days.
This historical curio from 1818 is attached (in Latin).
In 1785 and 1789 Emperor Joseph II decreed the principle of toleration for Galician Jews. Those policies were continued by his successors (as the document from the reign of Emperor Francis I suggests) even when the Jews were still lacking full civil and political rights.
So during Passover 5780/2020, as we sit in our quarantine, let's remember that our Galician ancestors were excused from official obligations during the first two days and the last two days of the Festival.
We at Gesher Galicia wish you all a good week, a good Yom Tov and let's all stay safe.
Dr. Steven S. Turner
Gesher Galicia

Re: The Windemere Children--Child Survivors of the Holocaust #holocaust

rv Kaplan

And not just in England! There were refugee hostels etc in Scotland and Wales.

In Scotland, the story of hostels in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Whittingehame House, Polton House, Cardross etc is being highlighted in the new Scottish Holocaust-era Study Centre currently being created as an adjunct of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre in Glasgow (  ).

Harvey Kaplan
Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

Michael Sharp via 

15:42 (4 minutes ago)
to main
Those who stayed in the UK went to hostels in cities such as liverpool Manchester and london and spught employment. Many had successful careers.  Some founded businesses. Judge Rinder is the grandson of one.

Martin Gilbert wrote the classic book on The Boys

Michael Sharp <>

TRANSLATION NEEDED – POLISH #poland #translation

Jx. Gx.

Hello everyone.

I'm new to this site. I hope I'm posting this in the correct place and format.

I would greatly appreciate your kind assistance in translating this marriage record that I believe pertains to my great-grandfather, PLOTKA, Zelek Mordka (Zelik Mordechai). Especially crucial to making a positive identification is knowing the names of the bride, the parents, and anyone one else mentioned in the document.

Thank you very much!


Jeffrey Gee



Re: 2nd Great Grandfather Moshe Mordecai BARNETT found in Kutno, Lodz, Poland #poland

Ellen Barnett Cleary

My great grandfather was Joseph Isaac BARNETT. He was born about 1832 in Golub, Prussia.  A tree my cousin made cited his original surname as Opchitsy. I am sure my cousin wrote it as he heard it. I am told it would have more likely been spelled OSIECKI. 

The family story is that he studied at Oxford and met his wife in England. I can’t substantiate either of those facts. 

I do know that he and his wife sailed together from Liverpool in 1858, landing in New Orleans and settling there. 

His wife was Hannah Pauline GOLDSTEIN. My cousin cites her original surname as KUSHNEVICH. The family story is that her family was persecuted and she went to live with her aunt in England. I have no idea of her aunt’s name or of where in England she lived.  The census indicates that Hannah was born in Russian Poland. 

I also know that Joseph Isaac BARNETT had three sisters—Rebecca, Esther and Mena. I know about Rebecca and Mena’s family. I only know that Esther had two daughters, one of whom was Sarah. 

Ellen Barnett Cleary 
New Orleans LA until Hurricane Katrina 
San Francisco CA

H(G)erschman family from Vitbsk& Vilna area & Pass family from Rezekne, Latvia area #latvia #lithuania


I am looking for information about the H(G)erschman family from Vitbsk& Vilna  area & Pass family from Rezekne, Latvia area.Thaking you in advance, Esther (Herschman) Rechtschafner, Kibbutz Ein-Zurim, Israel. Have a happy and Healthy Passover and BE WELL!

Re: Leiser REISEN> Louis Reisen or Raisch or Resin Missing Brother #ukraine #russia #usa

Peter Lobbenberg

There's a Charles L Resin (aged 32) and wife Sarah (aged 26) on the 1910 census for Philadelphia  Could this be them?

Peter Lobbenberg, London, UK

Re: Overdose of quinine - ROPSCHITZ - England #general #holocaust


My late father was in Ferramonti di Tarsia Italian concentration camp in Calabria from 1940-43. Because of the prevalence of malaria in that region, the internees were given quinine tablets to be taken 3 times a day, My father wrote of the side effects of this drug which he called Atebrin in his book about living conditions in the camp. One of the side effects was nausea and dizziness. My father lost his hearing in one ear which he attributed to the quinine. Maybe this was an overdose if taken in such large quantities for so long.





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Re: Searching my KAPLAN Great Grandparents #translation #belarus

Rodney Eisfelder

Dear Garystuff24,
The stone gives his Phillip's Hebrew name as Feitel son of Nahum HaCohen, died 7 Nisan (5)697

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Reviews of visits to Hungarian and Transylvanian Cemeteries #hungary

Theo Rafael

Many Jewish cemeteries in the Mures and Harghita counties in Transylvania were digitized by two volunteers which uploaded the info onto an astounding site.  The entire database with all the names, burial registry data, tomb location as well as photos of the tombstones is searchable: (use the top drop-down menu). The burial registries themselves were also scanned and can be consulted online.

It was on that site that I found and was able to see my grandma's tombstone for the first time a few years ago, before visiting the cemetery last year. I also met Gyury Diamantstain, the local history buff that made it all happen together with his Israeli friend A Grunfeld.
The site also includes additional relevant Holocaust and local community searchable databases. 
Hats off to this amazing project...


Re: Finding family in Hungary #hungary

Theo Rafael

@G.C. Kalman, 

I can't thank you enough for the tip! I've been combing through for 12-16 hours a day for the past few days and I found a bunch of stuff about my GGparents and other family members both from current day Romania (Algyogy/Felgyogy/Zam/Arad/Kolosvar) and Serbia (MagyarKanizsa). The site is still free till April 16th..

Theo Rafael

Re: Myers in Breslau, Prussia / Wroclaw, Poland, 1800s #poland

. <g-leaves@...>

Thank you for the quick reply.

You are correct, there have been several spelling variations of this family's name. It appears to have been Meyer/Meyers in what was at the time Prussia, but once in England they used the spelling Myers. There are several reasons we know the family was from Breslau:

The above mentioned son, Alfred Moritz Myers, immigrated to England and after being converted by missionaries there eventually became a Reverend. For this reason he was well known in England at the time. A book later written about the missionary movement mentions him directly and states:

Die evangelisehe Christenheit und die Juden unter dem Gesichtspunkte der Mission geschichtlich betrachtet (The Evangelist Christians and Jews from the point of view of the mission throughout history) by, Lie. J. F. A. de le Roi, Pastor in Elberfeld, Third volume, Berlin, H. Reuther's Publishing House, 1892: “Born in Breslau of strict orthodox parents …” and “... was again disturbed when two missionaries arrived in Breslau and in the synagogue ...”.

In addition, this Alfred signed a petition to the Queen of England in 1840 protesting falsehoods being spread about Jews:
“Reasons for believing that the charge lately revived against the Jewish people is a baseless falsehood” Dedicated by Permission to Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, by, the Rev. Alex McCaul, D.D. of Trinity College, Dublin, 1840: (signed) "... ALFRED M. MEYERS, native of Breslau. ...”.

On 21may1790 the “Vorschrift, wie es kuenftig mit dem Judenwesen in Breslau zu halten sey” (Rules for the conduct of Jewish affairs in Breslau in the future) were implemented, classifying Jews into different categories. According to Alfred's autobiography his family employed servants so we know his family (under his father, Lipman) would have been classified as either General-Privileged or Stamm-Numeranten. There was one "Lipman Meyers" among the General-Privileged in 1791. This Lipman would certainly have been the one who was Breslau’s Royal Court Agent and lived 1730-1814. No Lipman Meyers are listed among the 160 Stamm-Numeranten. Our Lipman was either not in Breslau at this time or was not yet a head of household. Considering the relatively small Jewish population at the time and the coincidence of names I would not be surprised if they were related.

The assumption that Lipman's wife was named Miriam is based on Alfred and his brother supplying her name as "Mary" in English records and each having a daughter named "Miriam". They both supplied their father's name as "Lipman".

Thank you for any help you could provide.

-- W. Myers.  g-leaves@...>

More Translations of Yizkor books available at much reduced prices #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert

Go to to the book listing
for directions to order directly from JewishGen.

Here are the books at much reduced prices from the list price or
Amazon's prices:

Turobin Book: $39
Yizkor Book of Our Birth Place: Bendery $42
Book of Stryj (Ukraine) $42
Memorial (Yizkor) Book of the Jewish Community of Novogrudok, Poland $44
Memorial Book of Brichany, Moldova $35
Memorial Book of the Community of Turka on the Stryj and Vicinity
(Turka, Ukraine) $37
Zbaraz Memorial Book (Zbarazh, Ukraine) $30
Memorial Book of Rokiskis $45
Yizkor Book of Ostrow Mazowiecka (Number 2): $35
Memorial (Yizkor) Book for the Jewish Community of Ciechanow $37
Belzec: Stepping Stone to Genocide $33
Preserving Our Litvak Heritage- Volume II $32
Blood Stained Feathers: My Life Story By Mordechai Lustig from Nowy Sącz $36

Our goal is to make the books as affordable to the JewishGen community

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project

JGSCT April 19 Webinar: From Clues to Conclusions: Can You Prove It? #jgs-iajgs #events #announcements


Please join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at 4:00 pm for "From Clues to Conclusions: Can You Prove It?" presented by JGSCT member and noted genealogist Marian Burk Wood.  The event will be given by webinar so you may access it from the comfort of your home.

To go from clues to answers for tough family history challenges, find out what it means to "prove" something in genealogy. With lively interactive case studies, this how-to presentation defines and demonstrates the use of the Genealogical Proof Standard for planning research, analyzing sources and details, resolving conflicting clues, and coming to a credible solution. Seeing the proof process in action will provide new ideas and insights for turning clues into provable conclusions.

To register, visit

You will need to input your name and email on the display screen and you will be registered! You will receive reminder emails and a chance to test your computer set-up to ensure you can stream the webinar.

This event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, visit

Gail K Reynolds, Publicity Chair, Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut

Re: Myers in Breslau, Prussia / Wroclaw, Poland, 1800s #poland


Dear Anonymous Researcher (!):  My brother and I have looked over the birth and death records from the Breslau Jewish community from the 1820s and not found any sign of this family.  The MYERS name does not exist in the Breslau Jewish community at that time.  But, assuming the name was MEYER (or variants), this family does not appear.

I would be interested to know what clues there are that this family lived in Breslau.

All the best,
Stephen Falk
JRI-PL "Town Leader" for Breslau/Wroclaw
Point Roberts, WA, USA

Searching my KAPLAN Great Grandparents #translation #belarus

Gary Fisher

Hello Group,

My cousin and I have been trying to find out more about our beloved great grandparents, Philip and Goldie Kaplan.  Philip was born in Minsk (1865) and came to Brooklyn in 1898 with his wife and 2 young daughters. We know nothing about Philip's family (or Goldie's) -parents, siblings?  I have attached a recent photograph of their grave stones which are still intact in Ridgewood, NY. Could someone translate the Hebrew for me?    
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.                                  <garystuff24@...>

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

Bruce Drake

“To this day, the last laugh of our dear, sweet children echoes in my ears …”

This is a heart-breaking account by Helen Kajman of events that culminated in a prison cell in Bialystock in 1943, aptly titled “The Last Laugh of the Children of Ostrolenka” from the Yizkor book of that town in Poland. It is a story of children who suffered but also found moments for games, and singing and telling stories. It is also the story of anguished parents who knew they could do little for their children, particularly the hungry and sick.

“Szlomit, my child, do you blame me?,” Kajman tells one of her two children. “I won't be able to help you, I won't be able to save you.”

One night her daughter sings a song for the prisoners: “Everyone listened intently. From the depths of her little heart, her thin voice, expressing longing and love, shattered the darkness and the heavy atmosphere in our cell. When she finished, she said to me, “I sang to my father. Every evening, we will hug each other like this and sing, just like I did today. Right, Mother?”

On a Thursday in December 1943, the children were cruelly taken away. Forty-four children, of 312 Jews.



Bruce Drake

Silver Spring MD



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