Re: Hit a brick wall with Botnick and Mindranski #lithuania

Matthew Klionsky

I have Botnick relatives who came to the USA from places near Minsk (Borisov, Zembin) circa 1900.  They first went to Binghamton,NY, where some remain to this day, while others moved on to Mississippi by about 1912.

In my Botnick research, I learned that Botnick is a variation of the name Botvinick (various spellings), and those two versions are essentially interchangeable, even within a family group.  So, if you haven't searched to see if your Botnicks show up in other records as Botvinick, that could be worth a try.

Matt Klionsky

Re: Portugal Recognizes Consul who Saved thousands From Holocaust #holocaust


Consul Mendes spent 72 hours without sleep after his announcement writing the visas as described. His son, an artist, was a faculty member at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA., US until his untimely death a few years ago. Before his death he undertook an art project involving his staying awake for 72 hours inscribing the many hundreds of names of the Jews who received visas from his father over and over, on top of each other, in a large art installation that was recently exhibited on the University campus as part of a larger Holocaust-related exhibit. It was extremely moving.

Henry S. Levine, MD
Bellingham, WA 

Re: Looking for Koifman family #bessarabia

I recommend that you go to  and link to "Town Finder"  and look up Hotin/Khotin.  It was a fairly good sized town
As was true in many towns in eastern Europe, the town was part of different provinces at different times.  It is therefore
always worth checking the Town Finder to determine the time frame, the province/country and the different names
for the town.

Avivah Pinski
near Philadelphia, USA 


Re: NYC Adoption Records 1880-1910 #usa #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Now is the time! Last year adoption records became public in NY state.

ViewMate translation request - Polish or Cyrillic #translation #poland #russia

bf rocks

Hi all,
I've posted a few marriage certificates from Parczew from the 1890s that I believe are in Polish, but could be in Cyrillic, for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following addresses:
I'm trying to determine names and dates and any other relevant information that they contain. Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much,
- Ben

Translation from Yiddisch: just ONE name #translation

Alberto Guido Chester

I would appreciate an accurate translation of the name signing this postcard shown in the link below..
Some kind people have translated Polly, Pali and Fali. However, since I do not identify the young lady in the front of the postcard, I´d benefit from more certainty.

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

Thank you very much.  
Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

New Holocaust app for children #education #holocaust

Phil Goldfarb

I don't know if everyone is aware of this new teaching app for children about the Holocaust but our Genealogy Society will be using it in conjunction with our local Synagogue, Temple, and Jewish Federation as a instructional and educational tool for students this summer. It is well worth checking out for your community using a "modern" way of teaching.
Phil Goldfarb
JGS of Tulsa

Searching: Goldfarb (Poland), Leet/Lit (Lithuania), Gitow/Gitovich (Belarus), Merin (Belarus), Gruber (Austria), Froug/Frug (Russia)

Holocaust app teaches primary pupils through eyes of Jewish boy in 1930s Berlin
 “The Journey” let’s pupils navigate 360-degree virtual environment, with a survivor saying: “it gives primary school children an experience of what it was like under the Nazis.” The government-funded app, developed with Jewish organizations, lets pupils assume the role of Leo, a young Jewish boy growing up in Nazi Germany, who is eventually forced to flee. Players navigate 360-degree searchable virtual environments, discover hidden objects, answer questions and complete a diary of events before moving to the next stage, in an experience that lets children “step into Leo’s world” from 90 years ago. Users of the “The Journey” app move through five years’ worth of events in ten animated episodes, which developers say encourage schoolchildren to learn about identity, friendship and kindness. Read the full story:

Gardalegen #germany #holocaust


Gardalegen has been of special interest to me, and if researchers find individual survivor names of interest to them, and contact me, I shall try to provide more details and where they went after the war.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

NYC Adoption Records 1880-1910 #usa #general

Connie Fisher Newhan

Any tips on how to best research an adoption record in NYC.?  My grandfather Henry ABRAMS was born 1888 0r 89.  He was adopted by Rachel LEVINE ABRAMS and Barnet ABRAMS.  In 30 some years I've had no luck finding information.  It is also possible Henry was adopted my his birth mother's sister, but I have no proof.  Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!
Connie Fisher Newhan #1272

Reichsanzeiger #germany #general


A project is underway to place all the Reichsanzeiger listings on the web and we hope to have this project completed in a few months.  In the meantime if anyone has specific inquiries they may contact me and I will search the collection.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

KATZOFF not Cohanim #names

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Recieved many replies regarding KATZOFF = Butcher in hebrew. In our case it seems that the name is a variant on a slavic word for some one working with lumber which actually was my paternal ancestors' profession.
Yoni Ben Ari (Katzoff)

Translation Request #translation #latvia



Hi there,

Hope everyone is well. 

I was wondering if someone could perhaps translate this extract from a book, or just some of it . It should be about the Holocaust in Rezekne. 

Thank you very much. 

Best wishes, 


Re: Are we related? If so, how? #general


I don't know for sure if you are related.  However, I find that minor spelling differences, especially when names were previously written in other alphabets/languages, are common, at least in my family. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Kamenka, Kamensky District, Penza, Oblast Russia #general #russia

Chuck Weinstein

This town is part of Russia today.  If this is the correct Kamenka, there were few, if any, Jews there prior to the Russian Revolution.  There are two Kamenkas in Ukraine that had significant Jewish populations before World War II and several others within the Pale of Settlement. 

For this Kamenka, contact the Russian State Archives in Moscow for further information.

Chuck Weinstein

Wikin (Vitkin) in Cherikov, Mogilev? #belarus


Anyone come across Wikin (Vitkin) in Cherikov, Mogilev?
Judy Cannon

records from Cherikov, Mogilev. #belarus


I'm looking for records from Cherikov, Mogilev.  Anyone have suggestions?  Thanks!
Judy Cannon

Online Father's Day program about Portuguese Consul who Saved thousands From Holocaust #events #announcements

Stanley Diamond

Dear friends:

The story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes (1885-1954), mentioned in the timely post today by
Jan Meisels Allen, is very close to my heart.   I was blessed to play a part in the journey of 
discovery by Professor Andrée Lotey (Montreal), after she learned of her father's long-hidden
secret, a Jewish man from Łódź finding haven in Portugal and then in Montreal during WWII. 

The heartwarming story "Jacob Lotenberg and the Green Suitcase" will be available as a
Father’s Day virtual program on Sunday, June 21st at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT.  
Click here for details.

Note: registration ends Thursday, June 18 at 10 p.m. US Eastern Time.  Instructions for 
joining the event will be sent the following day, with a reminder on the morning of the program.
Stanley Diamond
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.
President, Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal 
Jan Meisels Alan wrote:
Aristides de Sousa Mendes (1885-1954) was Portugal’s consul in Bordeaux during World War ll. He supplied Jews with visas that permitted them to escape from advancing German forces. His decision to save the Jews’ lives cost him his diplomatic career under Portuguese dictator António de Oliveira Salazar. The foreign ministry in Lisbon began sending cablegrams to Bordeaux, ordering him to desist, amid reports from colleagues that he had "lost his senses".

Re: Zinkov, Kamenetz, Poldolia #ukraine

Maida Dacher

My father in law was from Orinin.  I believe it was included in Kaenetz-Podolsk.  The last name was Greenberg.  They were Hebrew teachers.

Re: Professional Researcher in Vienna requested #austria-czech


Hi. I worked with Barbara Timmerman who did wonders for my research.  Although she is not currently working, her sister is.  I highly recommend her. Barbara's email is barbara@...
Lia Sragovicz

Re: KATZOFF not Cohanim #names

Percy Mett

KATZOFF is Yiddish for butcher
Perets Mett
Searching: METT (Warsaw) GRINBERG(Klimontow) HOCHMAN(Ozarow) FRYDMAN/GINSBERG (Staszow) FLIGELMAN (Klimontow) GLATT (Ulanow) JOACHIMSMAN (Oswiecim, Berlin) SILBERMANN (Berlin) PEARLMAN (Virbalin) MIRSKY/MERSKEY (Byten/Molchad) RABINOVICH (Romanovo/Mogilev) MACCOBY(London/Portland) MAKOFF (Kobrin)
Yoni Ben-Ari wrote

Many years ago I visited a Jewish heritage museum (name of which I
will leave out) in which the computer for name origins described
KATZOFF as a variant of KATZ which usually stands for KOHEN-TZEDEK .
The printout mentioned my brother's name as one of th "prominent
KATZOFFs in Israel.

The next time I visited my above mentioned brother, I mentioned to him
that I did not know we were Cohanim. As an orthodox Rabbi who was
concerned regarding "yichus" he contacted the museum to correct the
misleading data.

BTW, we spell our hebrew name with a "Kuf" and not a "kaf" (as in
Cohen) which should have tipped off the museum's name dept. But in
the english spelling it could be confusing.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

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