Daughter of Saul Ben Judah (Sir Saul Wahl) Wahl Katzenellenbogen #names

Stanley Levine

Can anyone confirm  a daughter of Saul Katzenellenbogen. She was married to Rabbi Dayan Moshe Hakohen Katz Rappaport Ashkenazi aka Aaron Moses (Munk)

Her name was Nechama Nechele "Mali" OR



Stan Levine


C -  919-607-3739

H - 919-694-5729



Re: Hebrew record, is Fani Taub here? #hungary

David Shapiro

Correct, these are all males, because it is not a record of births. It is a record of circumcisions. If you go back to page 6 this is stated clearly (in Hebrew).

David  Shapiro

Re: Two death Dates On Lithuanian Data Base #lithuania #general

Russ Maurer

Although these two records have the same name and patronymic, and nearly the same year of birth calculated from the death date and age (1831 and 1828), I don't see how they could be the same person. These are Vilna death records, which were recorded as they occurred (ie as they were reported) which I think rules out any exotic hypothesis such as an erroneous record that was subsequently corrected, or a dramatic misreading of the date. Unfortunately, there is no other information in the Vilna death records, such as an address, so unless you have separate evidence that your gggf was alive after 1895, or lived past his mid-60s, you may not be able to figure out which record is his.

Russ Maurer

A short blog I have written on my search for Isaac Bellam #unitedkingdom


Re: A tribute to "the man who saved Jewish Waldheim Cemetery" #usa

Carola Murray-Seegert

Martin, thank you SO much for this invaluable resource. I have visited Waldheim (virtually) many, many times when researching Chicago families, but until now did not understand the history of the cemeteries. The YouTube video is extremely interesting and also heart-warming. Very helpful and informative!
Carola Murray-Seegert
Oberursel Germany
Researching SKOLNIK, ISAACSON, FRIEDMAN, PINCKOWITZ (Chicago IL, Bransk and Knischin, Poland); MAIMON, COIN, FELSCHER (Chicago IL, Radauti-Prut RO, Taurage, LI)

Jewish cemetery in Zdunska Wola #poland

Terry Ashton

I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a complete list of gravestones with photos of the headstones in the Jewish cemetery in Zdunska Wola and is so, how can it be accessed? My gt. gt grandfather, Chaskiel David Praszkier, is buried there but I am wondering if there are other members of his family and predecessors there too?


Terry Ashton,  Australia

PRASHKER: Kalisz, Poland/SZUMOWSKI: Gorki, Zdunska Wola, Lomza,  Poland/WAJNGOT: Poland/WIERZBOWICZ: Gorki, Lomza, Poland/GOLDMAN: Blaszki, Poland/SEGAL/SEGALOVITCH: Vilnius, Lithuania/HOLTZ: Dvinsk, Russia



Spanish Diplomat Angel Sanz Briz Recognized for Saving 5,000 Jews From Nazi Persecution #hungary #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen

A mural of Ángel Sanz Briz was painted in 2016        

in Budapest. (Gobierno de Espana)


After the Nazi invasion on 19 March 1944, codenamed Operation Margarethe, the chief SS Holocaust organizer Adolf Eichmann moved to Budapest with a plan to eliminate Hungary's roughly one million Jews in record time.  In a matter of weeks the SS deported more than 400,000 Jews to Auschwitz. 


Spanish diplomat, Ángel Sanz Briz, who saved over 5,000 Jews from Nazi persecution in Hungary has been given an online tribute 40 years after his death in Argentina.  He is sometimes referred to as the “Angel of Budapest”.



As reports grew about the escalating Holocaust at Auschwitz and other Nazi killing sites, Sanz Briz started informing the fascist Franco government in Spain about the appalling truth.  A key document he sent was the Vrba-Wetzler report, by two Jewish escapees from Auschwitz.


Part of the Vrba-Wetzler report on the Nazi gas chambers at Auschwitz - sent by Sanz Briz to Madrid


He began to take the law into his own hands, falsifying consular documents to grant nationality to refugees on the basis of a long-expired 1924 Spanish law aimed at Sephardic Jews, even though Hungary's Jewish community was overwhelmingly Ashkenazi.


Sanz Briz was appointed by Spain to the Hungarian diplomatic post in 1944.  He received the consent of the Hungarian authorities to enable 200 Spanish Jews to receive them, but he turned that into 200 families, and kept increasing the number. It is believed that in the last seven months of 1944, Briz issued forged Spanish documents to 5,200 Jews.  As the Nazis and Hungarian fascists closed in on the city's Jews, moving them into confined quarters and killing people in the streets, Sanz Briz rented 11 apartment buildings to house the approximately 5,000 people he had placed under Spain's protection.


To read more see:


Sanz Briz set up special apartment buildings with Spanish flags, marking these buildings as part of the Spanish Legation and therefore protected, to house Jews.  Since those Jews staying in the “Spanish Houses” were forbidden from leaving the buildings, he also provided them with food and other necessities.  Sanz Briz continued to use his power to help save Jews by urging the Red Cross representative to put Spanish signs on hospitals, maternity clinics, and orphanages in Budapest where there were Jews so that these buildings would also be under Spanish protection.  Jews were hidden in the Spanish embassy in Buda, bribes were paid to local officials.


Read more at:


Sanz Briz left Budapest in November 1944, ordered out by his superiors in Madrid, who feared he would suffer reprisals from the approaching Soviet army, due to Spain's help for the Germans on the Eastern front.

To read more see:


He died in 1980.  Yad Vashem recognized him as Righteous Among the Nations in 1966. 


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Lincoln Brigade and Spanish Civil War #usa

Kenneth Ryesky

This was in 2006; perhaps I spoke with the wrong bureaucrat at the library.  Oftentimes, bureaucrats (library or otherwise) at academic institutions are students who are pleased to get some sort of paltry income from an institution that is pleased to be able to find someone to accept substandard wages.

[During my undergrad years I myself was employed as a "student assistant" shelving books at the university's library.  On my income tax returns, I entered "Bibliotechnician" as my occupation.].

Sometimes, asking someone else after the first bureaucrat says "no" can get you to a "yes," but for me it never came to that because I did a workaround through the good offices of my contacts at my own institution's library.

Thanks for the clarification, Erika.

-- KHR

Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@...

Re: Does anyone know where Nishene Russia is? #poland #russia

Kenneth Ryesky

Nezhin comes immediately to mind.

There used to be a Neziner Congregation in Philadelphia (until one of the rabbis they engaged stole its sefer Torah).
Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@...

Re: Why would my Grandfather travel under his older brother's name? #names

Cheryl Lynn Blum

My grandfather also traveled under his older brother's name, but his older bother stayed behind, living under his own name in Vilna. (When he came over 20 years later, he had to use his middle name because his name was already taken.) 

Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names

Dahn Cukier

Mr. Bloomberg, I do claim the changes were made at point of departure.

It is at point of departure that the manifest was made, and the passenger ship
company was very careful that the manifest was correct. So much so that
when my GF's wife was not listed correctly, they were sent to
have the manifest corrected.

If there are no changes at EI, there are no mistakes due to EI.

I have found only one grandparent's name in Romania, the spelling at
EI is the same as his family name in the book Dorohoi. My GF arrived in 1913,
the book was compiled after WWII. His brother arrived (1907) with the same
name, but by 1913 he had changed the spelling.

I support the theory that names were NOT changed at Ellis Island.
I propose the theory that names were changed at point of departure
by the purser who was responsible for making out the manifest and
the spelling variations and changes were the difference between the
pronunciation and the local - to the port - language. Not every language
has the sounds of every other.

The back of manifest documents (1920) document what may be changed
by the Ellis Island people, names are not included.


If a Mexican named Jesus walked to Canada and boarded a ship without
documents how would his name be spelt?

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Saturday, July 11, 2020, 07:35:44 PM GMT+3, Bob Bloomberg <rpbrpb2012@...> wrote:

I did not say that anyone wrote a name down.  What I said was that people make mistakes, especially when overwhelmed, over worked  and maybe not paying strict attention.  Name tag or no, manifest or no, questions or no, mistakes were made, and names INADVERTENTLY were changed.  You might want to read Dahn Cukier's response.
What I don't understand is why people blame the discrepancies on points of embarkation, faulty manifests, whatever, but NEVER at Ellis Island.

Kornitzer family in Brooklyn #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Feige Rachel (Faye),
daughter of Rabbi Avarham David Rubin who was the Lacunt Rebbe. Faye
married Moshe Yehoshua Kornitzer. Children are Binyamin Zeev and
Shalom Akiva.

Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names

Jules Levin

All the mistakes and incompetence in the world could not a change a
person's name against his will.  Why is that so difficult to get?   The
US did not care what name you used, that is what people are trying to
get thru to all the myth-clingers.  Can our current IRS with all its
incompetence and errors change your name on your tax form such that that
will be your new name??  That is what you are saying.

On 7/11/2020 8:58 AM, Bob Bloomberg wrote:
I did not say that anyone wrote a name down.  What I said was that
people make mistakes, especially when overwhelmed, over worked  and
maybe not paying strict attention.  Name tag or no, manifest or no,
questions or no, mistakes were made, and names INADVERTENTLY were
changed.  You might want to read Dahn Cukier's response.
What I don't understand is why people blame the discrepancies on
points of embarkation, faulty manifests, whatever, but NEVER at Ellis

Re: finding Yosef BARMATZ #poland #belarus #holocaust #israel


If you want phone numbers for his children, send me an email [aryeh.lopiansky@...]. I don't think I'm allowed to post numbers.

Re: #belarus #hungary #holocaust #belarus #hungary #holocaust

Judith Shamian

Thank you re potential correction of Orsha, where can I find more info and potentially list of people who were at the labour camps?

Re: Does anyone know where Nishene Russia is? #poland #russia

Ina Getzoff

Do you possibly mean Neshvitz which is in Belarus? It was part of the Ukraine.
Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla.

Hebrew Translation of Headstone please #translation

Karen Gramigna-Warren

Could someone please translate the Hebrew on the Headstone?

Thanks in Advance.

Re: Need help with "Records of Aliens Pre-Examined in CANADA" 1918 #canada

Sherri Bobish

Hi Eileen,

On Ancestry I put 198 5th in the keyword search.  I typed Montreal in the "any event" section.  I found the 1921 census listing a family ASH living there at that time.

Of course, a different family may have been living at that address when Fannie visited.

You may be able to use Montreal city directories from the 1919 time frame to find out who was living at 198 5th when Fannie visited.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Why would my Grandfather travel under his older brother's name? #names

Matt Friedman

There are many reasons... in one instance, a person was ill and could not travel so he gave the ticket to his brother. 
Matt Friedman

Re: Why would my Grandfather travel under his older brother's name? #names

Marilyn Feingold

My grandfather used his brother's passport to come to America. He then sent it back to his brother so his brother could  use it to come to America. 
He left because his brother was in the military and was not making enough money to live. My grandfather's parents felt it was better for my grandfather to  immigrate to American rather than join the military for 25 years.
CAMENCA-Schlaffer,Tessler, Malamud, Luber,Schleifer, Schaffer
TULCHIN-Milgrom, Milgram, Lerner
OBIDIVKA/TROSTONETS- Milgrom, Kolker, Spivak

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