Re: Sharing family tree information #general

Theo Rafael

It seems that people get too hung up on "my work, my tree". It's not a contest of who has the largest or "the best" tree, though some seem to go that route. I think of it more in terms of uncovering the truth. 
Yes, you put in many years of research and built a well documented ancestors' tree, are you going to take it to the grave? What's the use of having it hidden or only shown in private to a few? It's your right of course to do that, but I would lighten up and think of it more in terms of researchers displaying/publishing their work for all to see.
I think that quite the contrary, having your research out in the open especially if you have done a great job with proper documentation, will correct errors that others may introduce now or in the future and will survive the test of time... This could be of particular interest when remote relatives bump into your research now or years later...
I for myself am very thankful to a couple of relatives that worked on their tree and made it possible for me years later to connect my research to theirs, many years after they have expired...
Obviously that's my opinion, quite a few seem to disagree.

Theo Rafael

RAFAEL - Algyogy/Geoagiu and related Hunyad/Hunedoara county towns in Transylvania (Romania / Hungary / Austria-Hungary empire)
DEUTSCH -Ókanizsa / Magyarkanizsa / Kanjiza in Serbia / former Austria-Hungary and Yugoslavia.
MARMOR, SPITZ, KOHN, HERZLINGER in the Transylvania region
BLEICHER (Moldova/Bukovina), etc

Re: What Do You Pay a Translator for a 50 Page Document in Pollsh #translation

Theo Rafael

You can search on the internet, there are sites that specialize in this kind of contract hiring in which different people offer different services (some do translations) and buyers can solicit price quotes. Of course quality can vary significantly as do prices.
Take for instance as an example. Good luck!

Theo Rafael

Searching for:
RAFAEL - Algyogy/Geoagiu and related Hunyad/Hunedoara county towns in Transylvania (Romania / Hungary / Austria-Hungary empire)
DEUTSCH -Ókanizsa / Magyarkanizsa / Kanjiza in Serbia / former Austria-Hungary and Yugoslavia.
MARMOR, SPITZ, KOHN, HERZLINGER in the Transylvania region
BLEICHER (Moldova/Bukovina), etc

Re: Austria, Vienna: Exit questionnaire & visa documents #austria-czech

Debbie Lifshitz

Would minors who left via Kindertransport or Youth Aliyah have filled out these forms as well? (i.e. by their parents/ guardians?)
Debbie Lifschitz

Re: Jewish Argentinians #latinamerica

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Shelley,

A French investigation journalist reported on "Jewish white slave trade" in Argentina (1927).
 To be compared to Joseph Pulitzer,   Albert Londres (1884 – 1932) was a French journalist and writer
One of the inventors of investigative journalism, Londres not only reported news but created it, and reported it from a personal perspective.
He criticized abuses of 
colonialism such as forced labour.
Albert Londres gave his name to a journalism prize, the 
Prix Albert-Londres, for Francophone journalists (Wikipedia).
 Some of his most important "Reports from foreign countries" have been reprinted in 2017.

 One is "On way to Buenos Aires, 1927" and is dedicated to what was called "White slave trade", the old name for human trafficking of white women to countries out of Europa. Londres started his investigation with gangs from South of France (remember the movie "French connection"), how they take control of young women, how they cross ocean on a ship and how they organize their trade and live in Argentina. 

Some French young women tell their story.
Paper is 145 pages long.


As this trade was also organized by a lot of other international criminal gangs, 5 pages are devoted with "(Jewish) Polaks" title to the women concerned by our posts : how they were "negotiated" in Poland with a lot of promises to their families, and how they were exploited by their Jewish pimp in Buenos Aires.


These are the facts, not fake news...


Unfortunately to you, these pages are in French, nobody is perfect...

But I can scan them and send to you, ask by private mail.


In the same 2017 book, there is a large report "The wandering Jew has come home" (1930, 160 pages).
Londres traveled from Poland to Palestine and back, giving words to our "Vanished world" of Roman Vishniac's pictures.


Bernard Flam

Archives and history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen Circle) of France


Searching :


FLAM, AGID, STOLTZ around Lemberg


Re: Hebrew gravestone translation #translation

Debbie Lifshitz

The correct date is 8 of Heshvan which corresponds with the Secular date 14 October (Of that year)
12 is a misreading of the word "yom" which means day.
All the best,
Debbie Lifschitz

Recherche généalogique sur Samson BROCKMAN/RAJSWING #poland #israel


Je recherche une famille liée à Samson Brockman, a quitté sa famille en 1920 dans le village d'Opoczno, en Pologne, et immigré en Palestine. Après plusieurs années, Samson Brockman est retourné rendre visite à sa famille en Pologne, où il a rencontré Frida de la famille Rajswing ils sont retournés ensemble en Palestine et en 1924, ils sont mariés.
mais je n'ai pas d'autres informations que ce lien en hébreu

Je voudrais savoir si Frida RAJSWING est de ma famille, mon grand père Leib RAJSWING était né à MOGIELNICE et mon père à Opoczno

Je vous remercie.
Je suis Dany RAJSWING de Paris France

Looking for information on Akiba (Kive) Stein or Stern #hungary

sylvia vanderhoeft <sylvia.vanderhoeft@...>

We are still looking for the origins of AKIBA (KIve) STEIN OR STERN, born in Nowy Sacz Galicia around 1805. He lived in Màd Hungary as from 1824 we think. We found the family in Màd thanks to the a lady called Marian Frank  but nothing about his life before he left Nowy Sacz or his origins, or birthdate. we found information that there was a big fire in his birthtown in 1854 which destroyed all documents.I tried the authorities in Poland but got no reply. We would be grateful for any information.

Re: GRUSZECKA, Anna S. 1911 marriage in Vienna #austria-czech

Johann Hammer

Hello Jacquie,
The comment refer to a civil marriage, but the marriage was also registered in the books of the Jewish Community of Vienna.
You can find this marriage on FamilySearch:
Source: Austria, Vienna, Jewish registers of births, marriages, and deaths = Österreich, Niederösterreich, Wien, Matriken der Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde, 1784-1911
Heiraten [Marriages] (1. Bezirk, Innere Stadt) 1910-März (Nr. 55) 1914, row no. 547
Anna Sophie Gruszecka
born in Warsaw on 10 October 1886, unwed
belonging to the jurisdiction of Cracow (Krakow)
daughter of
Wojciech Gruszecki and
Josefine Anna née Certowicz
Kind regards,

Re: Polish Surname Ending in "-ów" #names #poland #translation

Dr.Josef ASH

in yiddish this -er means, I think, of smbdy, descendant of smbdy, son of smbdy...
this is also the meaning of Russian -ov (and Polish -ow)
In your searching list MESCHER/MEZAK had decided to throw this suffix out. for convenience.
why another your family WEINER/VENER had changed W to V? for convenience. because they lived, I'm sure, in Russia and russian language has no W.
I don't think it should be called translation
Josefr ASH, Israel

Looking for relatives named LEVITES #bessarabia #latinamerica


I am looking for any information related to my background. I don't know much about my family. My father, Sulim Levites, had four brothers: Israel, Aron, Henrique, and Blandina. All siblings moved to Brazil, first in Bahia and then São Paulo. My grandparents' names are Enta and Shaia. I was able to find one record with the name Ienta Levitis ( sure if she is my grandmother though and nothing about my grandfather.

Moreover, my father and his siblings were born in Otaci. I was able to find many records by looking for the Surname "Levites" and phonetically similar. How do I know if any is related to me?

Anita      kastamp@...

Conscription record #russia

Cheryl Lynn Blum

I believe this is the conscription record for my Great Uncle Benjamin, who is 21 at this time. My cousin, his granddaughter, wants to know about the conscription process. We know Benjamin got married in 1912. Is that possible if he was conscripted? 

Re: 1918 flu pandemic lists #general

Ina Getzoff

My paternal  great grandfather who came to the US in 1913 and lived in Brooklyn died of the Spanish Flu in 1918. I have a copy of his death certificate which indicates influenza and because of the time period and previous family history I have heard I believe it was the Spanish flu. 
Unfortunately, there is no longer anyone in the family to verify the story or even t give me a history of what actually happened during that time. Wish there was but all if know about it is what I have read.
Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla.

Jewish Agricultural Colonies in Kansas #usa

Jeff Marx

For those of you researching Jewish agricultural colonies in the US, especially in Kansas, my article on the history of the Touro and Leeser colonies was just published in Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains 43, no. 1 (Spring 2020). In it, I advance a new theory for the failure of the colonies. The article also explores the backgrounds of the following Jewish colonists: Adler, Gerson, Herbst, Hindin, Isenberg, Lazarovnik, Mayer, Mogilewich, Retsky, Saibelson, Schulman, Stotter, Warschawski, and Zatulovsky. It is available through the Kansas Historical Foundation (

Jeff Marx

Re: Jewish Argentinians #latinamerica

Yvonne Stern

I endorse Alberto Chester´´statement on the 'Polacas" (as the jewish prostitutes were called ). 
The women mainly came from Poland,Lithuania, Ukraine,  
living in Shtetls in very poor conditions, 
plagued by waves of hunger and  anti-semitic terror.    
Zwi Magdal´s pimps  had little  difficulty  to recruit themoften promissing to marry them. Once crossing the Atlantic , the women were forced to work at  the establishments of the criminal organizantion, mainly in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and New York.  Women from Germany, Austria and Czech Republic didn´t take part of thesgroups
 Sexually exploited,  Polacas knew that, according to Jewish Law,  they were considered impure and sinful and thus  be   buried by the wall of the cemetery, at the side  of suicidals . 
This became a major concern to them  To prevent this misfortune and to guarantee their pensions, Polacas of Rio de Janeiro created  a Mutual Assistance Fund (Associação Beneficente Funerária e Religiosa Israelita,)
Thanks to this Fund, the Jewish prostitutes founded  their own synagogue and purchased land for their cemetery, which became the first Jewish cemetery in Rio de Janeiro.
Clarifying  Mrs, Mitchell´s doubt, nowadays Inhauma Cemetery  is open for use by the community at large, but the 700 graves  of those Jewish women and their relatives  are catalogued (by name) and  cared  by the local Chevra Kadisha.
I would like to ask Mrs. Mitchell what led her to make those statements about the Polacas. Instead of books like the 
one she cited  "Sex and Danger in the City of Buenos Aires", she should  read books by  recognized experts in Social Studies and History.
Finally, this is not a matter of national pride, but about showing respect for the memory of Jews.
Yvonne Stern
Rio de Janeiro  

Re: Researching Stalavichy. Molczadski, Mohl #belarus

Jenny Schwartzberg

Dear Isabelle,

Part of my family is also from Stolovichi, the Kolpenitzky family.  I suggest you read the Yizkor book for Molchad which is in print:

I think it has material on Stolovichi and may give you some information on the educational resources available for Jews.

Jenny Schwartzberg
Chicago, IL

From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of isabelle via <>
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 10:01 AM
To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: [] Researching Stalavichy. Molczadski, Mohl #belarus
I am researching my grandfather’s town of origin which is now called Stalavichy.  I am unable to find much about the Jewish community there in the late 1800’s.  Any suggestions would be most welcome.  My grandfather and his brother were apparently somewhat educated before they arrived in the US.  Grandfather studied at Cooper Union and became a civil engineer.  Great uncle was a pharmacist.  Would like to know more about how Jewish boys would have been educated in Stalavichy in late 1800’s.

Isabelle Selikoff

Jenny Schwartzberg
Acquisitions & Collection Development Assistant

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Re: 1918 flu pandemic lists #general

Sue Brundage

I found evidence in the town in which relatives lived by searching in that community's newspaper.
One of my husband's family lost all 3 of their children within 1 week in Dec. 1918.

Jewish Prostitution (was Re: Jewish Argentinians) #latinamerica

Ittai Hershman

There is a fine line between genealogy and history, but I thought this recent scholarship might provide some helpful contextualization to the discussion on JewishGen.  In her 2019 book "Sarah Schenirer and the Bais Yaakov Movement", Professor Naomi Seidman includes the following footnotes on p. 26:

Ittai Hershman
New York City

Polish Surname Ending in "-ów" #names #poland #translation

Paul A. Auerbach

I recently found two of my relatives, Jciek Lew and Jtta Lew, in the JRI-Poland database.  They were twins born in Przasnysz in 1862.

According to JRI-Poland, their mother's maiden name was Ester Meszker.  Their underlying birth records, however, show their mother's maiden name as Estery Mesków.  Does anyone know why Meszków would have been translated as Meszker?

Paul Auerbach
Sharon, Massachusetts, USA
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ARONSON /ARENSON (Podolia (Gubernia), Ukraine), ATTELL/ETTEL (Krakow, Poland),  (AUERBACH / AVERBUKH (Chisinau, Moldova), BARR (Kreslavka, Latvia), BECK (Krakow, Poland),  
BENJAMIN (Ostrolenka, Poland), BLODEK/WLODEK (Krakow, Poland), CALKE / SELKA (Ostrolenka, Poland), CHAKIM / KHAKIM (Maisiagala / Musninkai/ Vilnius, Lithuania), 
DAVIDSON (Traby, Belarus), DREYEK (Krakow, Poland), HALTZMAN/HOLZMAN (Chisinau, Moldova), HURWITZ / HURVICH (Musninkai, Lithuania), ITCHOFF (Lechowitz, Belarus), 
KAPLAN (Dzyarzhynsk / Minsk, Belarus), LAZAROWITZ / LEISEROVICI (Iasi, Romania), LEVINE /LEVIN / LEWIN (Traby, Belarus), MESCHER/MEZAK (Odessa, Ukraine), 
MINKIN (Rezekne / Kaunata, Latvia), NEEDLE / NUDELL (Odessa, Ukraine & Lechowitz, Belarus), NESIS / NESSIS (Zinkiv, Ukraine), PELICAN / PELIKAN (London, England & Tarnow / Krakow, Poland), 
ROSENLICHT (Krakow, Poland), SHAFFMAN (Lechowitz, Belarus), TAFFET (Krakow, Poland), WEINER/VENER (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Re: ID card microfilms reels for Lodz ghetto workers: searching link in Polish State Archives web site #lodz #holocaust

Bernard Flam

Thank you Megan, thank you Howard for your quick answer.
But I must be more precise :
  • I know these ID cards of ghetto workers have been indexed by a team of JRI-Poland and we can get a person's card on-line through JRI-Poland.
  • these cards are ID cards of ghetto workers, edited after 1943 : they have nothing to do, and I don't mix them, with family registration cards started during german occupation of Lodz ca 1916, and filled till 1921.
So my question is still open : who knows if and where are these 13.000 cards of microfilm reels 673 to 695* in Polish state Lodz ghetto archives ? 

Best regards from Paris
Bernard Flam

* reference to these reels appear page 166-167 of Finding Aid  RG-15.083M of Lodz ghetto archives edited by USHMM

JGS of Georgia Meeting, Sunday May 31 Breaking Thru Your Brick Walls with Gary Palgon #events


Join the JGS of Georgia on Sunday, May 31 at 2:00 EDT as Gary Palgon discusses questions that he has received from other researchers, answers questions from the audience, and talks about techniques to get past the road blocks that slow our genealogical progress.

Preregistration will be required for this Zoom meeting, but it is free.

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