Fw: Survivor testimony #holocaust



From: Lande
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Subject: Survivor testimony
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has added a new collection of testimonies to the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database (HSV). The title of the collection is “RELACJE OCALALYCH Z HOLOCAUSTU (SYGN. 301) “. The English title is “Holocaust Survivor Testimonies : Catalogue : Jewish Historical Institute Archives, Poland, Record Group 301”. The collection contains approximately 7,000 Polish Holocaust survivor testimonies documented from 1944 to 1947.

You can request and immediately receive digital copies of the testimonies in your email.  Search
Peter Lande
Washington, DC

Re: Wanted: WWII Era European Railway Maps #general

Sarah L Meyer

Have you checked
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: Nathan Lester, Bat-Yam, 1974 #israel #canada #ukraine


Thank you, Jacob Shayzaf! is a great web site, especially for someone who does not know Hebrew as it allows Englsih search. That's how I found N. Lester's grave. The last address at Rothschild Street was learned from Chevra Kadisha, actually.

To those who may want to use the site: it helps to know how a Hebrew name may be transliterated in English. When I tried to search for a grave of one Aron Altman, there were no results. Entering 'Aaron' in a  search box, produced four results.



Boris Feldblyum
FAST Genealogy Service

Re: Minsk gubernia town - Chuty, Huta or Choota #belarus

Risa Heywood

Thank you, Krzysztof! That's a resource I haven't used.

Some of the entries have been translated on the Polish Genealogical Society of America website. There is also an article by Daniel M. Schlyter on how to read an entry in that dictionary.

The book can also be found on the Internet Archive in many formats including full text which is easiest to use with a translation program.
Risa Daitzman Heywood
Arizona and Portugal

Re: Surname Alhadeff from Greece #names


Following the lead of the esteemed Leon Taranto I can further direct you to and the many data entries and family trees associated with the name Alhadeff. Geni also adapted a Project approach with existing Collections of profiles for Rhodes, Izmir, Uruguay, and other dispora locations.  

Dan Berwin Brockman
Chicago area USA

Re: 1910 Manhattan census - Seward Park Strollers #usa

Judy Floam

And generally, you use a carriage for a newborn or very young baby.  Once they learn to sit up, they “graduate” to a stroller, where they can see what’s going on (and which is much easier to collapse and store).


Judy Floam


Re: Records for Ellis Island deportations #records


I don't have any information about searching for those records but my family is RAND/ROND from Lithuania.  I had 2 great-aunts with those names but one emigrated in 1890 and the other was born in Philadelphia in 1902.  Where are these RANDs from originally?

Susan Rand-Lakritz
Kfar Vradim, Israel (originally from Philadelphia, PA)

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Re: Margolioth/Margulies rabbinic family from Galicia #rabbinic #galicia

David Shapiro

In R. Wonder's book "Elef Margolios", chapter 3 p. 34 he lists Rav Yosef Yoska Margolios av beis din Zbarazh, and writes that he signed beis din documents in Czortkov between 5566-5572 (1806-1812).

David Shapiro

ROND family from Lithuania; RONDE family in South Africa #lithuania #southafrica #unitedkingdom


I am researching the ROND family from Radviliskis, Kelme, and Seda, Lithuania.  Members of this family emigrated to the United States 1890-1913 and settled n Philadelphia (RAND family) and Baltimore (ROUND family).

Another branch of the family emigrated to South Africa (Capetown and/or Johannesburg) where I believe the name was RONDE.  While I found a few RONDEs in South Africa, I have not established a definite connection to my ancestors, nor have I been able to find any of their descendants.

I am interested in corresponding with anyone who has information about these families and their descendants. 

Thank you.
Susan Rand-Lakritz
Kfar Vradim, Israel (originally from Philadelphia, PA)

Translation request Russian #translation


I've posted a vital record in Russian (previously incorrectly posted as Polish) for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you,
Kathy Spiro 
Smithers   BC Canada 

Jewish organisation uniform #photographs

David Askienazy

On this picture is my cousin Fima Blindes. I identified this group as scout group. But could it be a political organisation? As the Hashomer Hatzaïr, or the Betar. It don't think so, but just to be sure.

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
David Askienazy

Picture on the Bialystok Yizkor Book #yizkorbooks

David Askienazy

I discovered in the 1951 Bialystok Yizkor Book a picture of my great-uncle Lowa Blindes. It's a Poale Zion meeting. I have the original of this picture. Is there, by any chance, a possibility to know who brought this picture to the Yizkor Book? Does anyone have a copy of this picture?
Thank you
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
David Askienazy

Re: 1910 Manhattan census - Seward Park Strollers #usa

Stephen Weinstein

On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 01:54 PM, Deanna Levinsky wrote:
A “stroller “ is also another name for a small baby carriage
Not really.  In a stroller, the baby sits upright and usually facing forward.  In a carriage, the baby lies down.  The difference isn't just size.  It's more like the difference between a chair and a bed.
Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

Viewmate Translation request - Polish #translation


I've posted a vital record that I think is in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.  
Kathy Spiro
Smithers, BC Canada

SPIRO/SPIRA/SZPIRA/SZPIRO/ SZAPIRO Kielce, Lodz, Slomniki, Konskie, Checiny - Poland
HECHT MOSCOVICZ, BELFER, DASCALU, MANOLSON, PARFANES Darabani & surrounding towns - Rumania

ViewMate Translation Request - Russian #russia #translation


I have posted three records in Russian from the 1897 Census for Samgorodok, and would like to know the complete translation of each page:

1. Page 130 of the 1897 Census for Samgorodok. 
The census page is on ViewMate at the following address:


2. Page 38 of the 1897 Census for Samgorodok. 
The census page is on ViewMate at the following address:


3. Page 40 of the 1897 Census for Samgorodok. 
The census page is on ViewMate at the following address:

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

Thank you,
Ben Zitomer

Re: Information Wanted regarding the Legion Etrangere Civile #france

Moishe Miller


My grandfather, Naftuli Miller, aka Antonin Muller, was forced to
"volunteer" to the French Foreign Legion during WWII as pre-condition to
his entry into the country with his Czechoslovakian passport. I was able
to obtain his military folder just by writing to the French Foreign
Legion, including his death certificate, my father's birth and marriage
records, and my birth record, proving I was his grandson.

I did now find two entries for my grandfather at

Would there be any records in France of his initial arrival. Our family
story is that right after he married in Nyirbator, Hungary, the Munich
Pact was signed. His brother was "deported" to his town of birth
(Zborov, Slovakia) and telegramed his brother not to return home. The
groom fled with his bride to some port city, in late 1938 or early 1939,
and got on a boat. As the story continues, they were refused entry in
several countries, until they came to France. As the French had a treaty
with Czechoslovakia, they allowed my grandparents entry.

What other types of records might I find for them in France, between
1938 and 1942? They lived in Paris initially, and later on, in Nice.

Stay safe,

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Re: Resources for Jewish Refugees who went to Uruguay #lodz


Here is a document about the arrival of the Wilczynski family in Montevideo, 1948.


Re: Surname Alhadeff from Greece #names

Leon Taranto

The Alhadeff surname is most closely associated with the Jews of Rhodes, a community that likely neared about 5,000 at its zenith and was virtually wiped out by the Germans during the Shoah when they deported over 2,000 Jews of Rhodes and nearby Kos to Auschwitz. Few survived and virtually none returned to live out their lives on Rhodes, where no real semblance of a community survived.

Since Alhadeff is an ancestral name for me, through my maternal grandmother’s descent from the affluent commercial and banking Alhadeff family of Rhodes, I have identified and developed family trees that collectively include over 1,000 persons with the Alhadeff surname. These include many branches, over 100. In many instances I have been able to tie branches together with a common ancestor. I can trace my own branch back to the mid-1770s, but generally cannot go back earlier than the 1800s for other branches. Without the ability to push the other branches back to the 1700s and perhaps earlier, I don’t expect to make much more headway in connecting branches.

Some of the branches are tied by identical Y-DNA results. My Oumano grandmother, whose maternal grandmother was also an Alhadeff, has an Oumano nephew whose Y-DNA results are a perfect match to two Alhadeff men. Thus, it appears that my Oumano line is likewise an Alhadeff branch, with a common male ancestor. Among the possibilities are that (1) my remote paternal Oumano ancestor at some point changed his name from Alhadeff to Oumano (perhaps even going back to the Inquisition to find safety by abandoning the Jewish surname Alhadeff which was known in pre-Expulsion Castile (Spain); (2) my remote Oumano ancestor was born an Alhadeff but then adopted by an Oumano, perhaps after his father died or after his mother remarried; or (3) my remote Oumano ancestor was the product of an affair that his mother had with an Alhadeff man.

Leon Taranto
Rockville, Maryland

Wanted: WWII Era European Railway Maps #general


Would appreciate a source for WWII era railway line maps for Eastern and Central Europe.I've seen the German ones from Research Gate.

Irv Goldfein

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