Yiddush to English from Holocaust Survivors #yiddish #galicia #holocaust #photographs


My maternal grandfather, Louis S. Weil (Leizer Wahl), was from in or around Tarnobryzn Galicia. I have never been able to find any records from this shtetl.

When I was a child some of my grandfather's family would visit. They had numbers on their forearms which at that time I did not understand. I believe that the man in the glasses was my grandfather's nephew possibly from a sister, whose married name I do not know. I believe that post war they had been placed in a camp in Italy before coming to the U.S. settling in NJ where I am from. I believe they had two children.

Their photos and the words on the photos are attached. I would appreciate any help in translating these.

Over the years, I have always thought of trying to find their children/grandchildren but have not had any success. Many years ago, I reached out to organizations representing first-second generation of children of Holocaust survivors but the group did not seem to be active. Is there some sort of survivor website where relatives can try to locate the children, grandchildren of survivors?

Thank you beforehand for your help. I recently had a gravestone translated, and everyone who responded was so very kind.

L'Shana Tova. Please have an easy fast.

Deborah Miller, Annandale, VA

Thank you.

Volochysk/Podvolochisk #records


How about marriage and birth records for Volochysk and Podvolochisk.  Also census data for these cities from 1850-1900
Karen Goldsmith Adelman

HURWITZ Rokiskis, Lithuania to Moscow #lithuania #russia

Jules Feldman

My great-great grandfather Mordechai Dov HURWITZ of Rokiskis, Lithuania had
a brother Shmuel Yehuda HURWITZ who moved to St Petersburg c1900. While some
of Shmuel Yehuda's children managed to leave the Soviet Union after WW1, one
son Yisrael Noach HURWITZ born about 1885 remained in the Soviet Union and
was a museum director in Moscow.
In the 1950's someone who had known Yisrael Noach HURWITZ in Rokiskis met
him in Moscow and reported to his brother Arye Leib HURWITZ (1876-1976) in
Tel Aviv that Yisrael Noach had told him that he had changed his name and
that he had a family and that he would contact the family in Tel Aviv when
it was safe to do so.
He never did. While this is a long shot , if anyone can help find his family
we will be grateful.
Jules Feldman
Kibbutz Yizreel

Re: towns with researchers as listed on JGFF-correction #belarus


Hi Les ,
Just wondering if you are related to either Sheldon Evans or Ron Evans they are both on Ancestry .My father is from Koidenov ,he shares a high DNA Cm with both Sheldon and Ron.
My Dad was born around 1933 and as a 6 yo boy was part of the holocaust, he lost his immediate family but he survived. As a 6 yo he was taken in by a Latvian battalion and given a new name  he blocked his past identity for the most part of his life but remembers the names Panok and that he was from a small village outside of Minsk (Dzyarzhynsk).


Gesher Galcia 5780/2020 Highlights and a Look Ahead #galicia #announcements

Steven Turner

Dear Friends,
As 5780 and 2020 come to a close, we at Gesher Galicia thank all of our members for their support during what has been a uniquely challenging year. Despite the hurdles, we were able to accomplish quite a bit:
  • While the coronavirus pandemic interrupted our onsite work in many archives in Austria, Poland and Ukraine, we were able to continue work across a wide range of research projects, including our Przemysl Identification Project that was launched at the end of 2019.
  • We produced several educational webinars featuring experts on a variety of Galician topics including:
    • A two-part interview with historian Omer Bartov;
    • A look behind the scenes at the Galician Jewish Museum in Krakow;
    • A photographic journey through Chuck Fishman’s lens on modern-day Poland;
    • Genealogy tips from Jennifer Mendelsohn;
  • We published quarterly issues of the Galizianer, our long-running journal covering a variety of topics, past and present, on Galicia;
  • We held our first-ever virtual session for attendees of the 40th IAJGS international Conference on Jewish Genealogy.
We are pleased to report that our membership reached an all-time high this year, likely due in large part to the appeal of our exclusive offerings for members.
As we enter 5781 and 2021, we look forward to continuing our work to add significantly to our databases and provide even more exclusive content for our members including:
  • A line-up of thought-provoking presenters for our popular webinars;
  • In-depth educational presentations run by our own Dr. Andrew Zalewski;
  • An overhaul of our membership platform for seamless and automated new membership applications and renewals
  • Membership zoom meeting where members can directly question the board.
  • A database imaging system to enable direct linkage to a scan of an original record;
  • An interactive cadastral map system that will facilitate the immediate on-screen display of vital records associated with a particular address.
To be sure, all of these programs and enhancements cost money. Once again, Gesher Galicia will not be raising annual membership dues in 2021. We have kept dues at $36 for many years now. As we approach Yom Kippur, we would  appreciate for those looking to partake in the mitzvah of giving tzedakah, to donate to Gesher Galicia to help us cover our costs, bring our IT systems up to date, provide our members with exclusive content, and keep our dues structure low. To contribute, please go to our donate page at You can allocate your donation to operations, general research, vital records or any of the other projects listed on the page.
With warm regards for a safe, healthy and joyous new year. Gmar Chatimah Tovah.

The Board of Directors,
Gesher Galicia

Re: Poland/Russia town help #poland


 WOW I am duly impressed.  I was trying to find Glusk to no good luck.  And kudos on the Aisik Helfman , I would never have found that! =] Much appreciated

1910 and 1920 censuses both say 1906, 1930 says 1905.  Yitty or Etta or Itke, surname possibly Ruthstein 

Vivs Laliberte


Babi Yar The Names Project #ukraine #holocaust #names

Jan Meisels Allen








Babi Yar (Babyn Yar) is a ravine outside the Ukrainian city of Kyiv (Kiev) where Einsatzgruppen mobile squads killed at least 34,000 Jews over a one week period in September 1941. Jews were marched in small groups to the Babi Yar ravine to the north of the city, ordered to strip naked, and then machine-gunned into the ravine. The massacre ended on September 30, and the dead and wounded alike were covered over with dirt and rock.


Between 1941 and 1943, between 70, 000 and 100,000 at Babi Yar (Babyn Yar) were shot by the Nazis ,including the entire Jewish population of Kiev, thousands more Jews, Soviet officials, and Russian prisoners of war were executed. As the German armies retreated from the USSR, the Nazis attempted to hide evidence of the massacres by exhuming the bodies and burning them in large pyres. Numerous eyewitnesses and other evidence, however, attest to the atrocities at Babi Yar, which became a symbol of Jewish suffering in the Holocaust. (


An international foundation was established to support the creation of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. It has a museum, research institutes, a library and an archive.  Included in the online museum are a list of names of Babyn Yar victims which anyone can help by adding a name. Currently, there are over 18, 300 names. See: and a link for people to add names


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Need help finding naturaliz records for my GGM in New York City #records

Barbara Ellman

She actually would have been naturalized under her husband's application in 1906.
If she applied again separately, I would check the indexes at
If you a find an appropriate possibility, the images of the actual documents are available on familysearch EXCEPT for the Bronx & Queens naturaliations.  Bx & Q are only available from the county clerk.

Good luck

Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

Re: Poland/Russia town help #poland



Because of arranged marriages, your assumption that the towns are near each other may not be correct.

His town is Sluck/Slutsk
His NY arrival, as Aisik HELFMAN,  was aboard the Vaderland, March 7, 1904, age 22, married, from Sluck. He traveled alone.  (
Her town much harder to determine.  Also her ship not as easy to find.  The town might be clearer there.  Do you have a census record with her year of immigration?
One other thing to consider-  He gave the information on the form, which may have been written by another person as he dictated the answers. 

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 9/26/2020 4:17 PM, Vivs wrote:

As an attempt to trace this family back into the old country, one step is figuring out which towns these are (The birth locations of the husband and wife)  Presumably they'd be near to one another as their first child was born in Poland.


Vivs Laliberte
Garden Grove, Calif.


Re: Help on updating Family Tree of the Jewish People #general

Max Heffler


One solution - You can sync with MyHeritage’s Family Tree Builder and export gedcom from there.


Max Heffler


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Subject: [] Help on updating Family Tree of the Jewish People #general


I need to update my family tree on the Family Tree of the Jewish People.  My tree is on MyHeritage but I don't se there how to put the current tree on GEDCOM so I can update it on the FTJP.  Thanks for the help.

Joel Ackerman



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:

Re: Please help to locate German birth certificates for four people (COHN x2, SIDERSKY, BUKOFZER) #germany #records


I indexed many jewish records in Tuchola and the area. My grandmother's line is from there.

BUKOFZER is a common name in that area that is now Poland but used to be Prussia.
You can search the archive online here:
Good luck!

Tamar AMIT


Holocaust victim search circa 1946 #holocaust

David Laskin

I am writing a novel set in the 20th century in which the wife of a
major character is murdered at Auschwitz.  She was living and hiding
in Paris during the Nazi occupation, but she was caught in 1943 and
imprisoned in Drancy (outside of Paris) and then taken to Auschwitz on
one of the last convoys out of Drancy and killed.  My character, an
American who had been fighting with the French Resistance, returns to
NYC after the war and starts to find out  what happened to his wife.

Here are my questions:  What organizations were involved in searching
for Holocaust victims at this period (late 1940s)? When did it become
widely known that Auschwitz was a death camp? Was HIAS active in
searching for Jews rounded up and deported during the war? What about
the Red Cross?

Thanks for your help and Shava Tova to all.

David Laskin
Seattle, WA

Re: Decipher handwritten text re citizenship status #records

David Oseas

"Father - papers"

David Oseas

Re: Need help finding naturaliz records for my GGM in New York City #records

David Oseas


During that time frame, Annie would have derived her citizenship status from her husband.  She would not have separate naturalization documents.  Also, unfortunately, the docs of that period do not list spouses or children by name.

Don't assume that since there is no status next to her name in the 1910 census that she isn't already a citizen: item #132 in the 1910 census instructions states that notations should only be made only for foreign born males, age 21 or over.

David Oseas

HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York;  KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York;  OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York;   SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel;  WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

Seeking names of parents of Nathan HAASE #names

George Fogelson

I am trying to find out the names of the parents of Nathan HAASE who
married my great great aunt Pauline ANKER. Nathan was born 5 May 1838
and died January 3, 1912. I found Nathan’s death notice but it did not
lend a clue.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Redondo Beach, CA

Help on updating Family Tree of the Jewish People #general


I need to update my family tree on the Family Tree of the Jewish People.  My tree is on MyHeritage but I don't se there how to put the current tree on GEDCOM so I can update it on the FTJP.  Thanks for the help.

Joel Ackerman

Poland/Russia town help #poland



As an attempt to trace this family back into the old country, one step is figuring out which towns these are (The birth locations of the husband and wife)  Presumably they'd be near to one another as their first child was born in Poland.


Vivs Laliberte
Garden Grove, Calif.


Wolf family from Markt Berolzheim, Germany #germany

Lin Herz

Dear Jewish Genners,
L’Shana Tova.

The volunteer archivist from Markt Berolzheim found the home where my 2x great grandfather, Benjamin Emanuel HERZ and his brother Joseph Emanuel HERZ lived. The house number sounded familiar and it turns out it’s where my grandfather was born. Daniel Burmann, the archivist told me there is a sign in front of the house saying a Jewish business owned by Mr. Wolf had been there. Daniel would like to know more about this WOLF family. Does anyone have any relatives from Markt Berolzheim with the surname “WOLF?"

Stay safe and be well.

Lin Herz
Palm Bay, Florida

Re: Decipher handwritten text re citizenship status #records


1. Probably Father's papers. His father naturalized while Sam was a minor.  See if Sam's age matches the year of his father's naturalization.  
2. She could show her husband's naturalization certificate along with her marriage certificate.  If it came to a court case, and she had neither document i.e., married in Europe, no Ketuba, the naturalization  could be obtained from the court and there could be people to attest to the facts of marriage.

David Rosen
Boston, MA


On 9/26/2020 12:53 PM, N. Summers via wrote:
I'm trying to decipther the handwritten entry for "Citizenship" on a 1925 NY census. In the column "If Naturalized, when and where" there are entries for my ggf Morris, ggm Clara and gu Sam. The first entry, for Morris, presumably means "naturalized in 1916 in New York".  The second entry, his wife Clara, I think says "Hus. Pap." which probably means she gained citizenship under her husband's naturalization papers. (on this census page, most of the wives have this notation)

But the third line, for their son Sam, is a mystery.  It doesn't look like "first papers"; and since he arrived in 1906 it is unlikely that he would have waited so long to file a Declaration. Can anyone figure out what this entry says?

Finally, if Clara became a citizen under her Husbands papers, how would she be able to prove her citizenship if needed later?

thanks so much,


Nancy Summers

Maryland, USA


FINKELSTEIN, BOOKSTEIN, KOENIG/SUKOENIG, LUSMAN, GOLDINER, SAGORODER/ZAGORODER (Radziwillow, Belarus/Ukraine; Ostrog, Poland/Belarus; Warsaw, Poland; Wolinsky, Russia/Ukraine)

LISS / ALPER  (Motol, Russia/Belarus)

LEAF / LIFSCHITZ ( Rechitsa, Belarus)

Re: Research in Egypt 1930s-1940s? #general

A. E. Jordan

Thanks. I wish but it is not the right person. The family name I am chasing is KAPLUN.
Allan Jordan

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Could this be the Egyptian newspaper you seek?

A lot more detail at:
"The newspaper Israël was established in 1920 by Dr. Albert Mosseri, a member of the venerable Jewish elite of Egypt, and one of the foremost leaders of the Zionist movement in his country. "


Sherri Bobish

14761 - 14780 of 665442