USHMM Launches Online Program on Iran's Connection of Jews Who Escaped the Holocaust #usa #announcements #holocaust #poland #russia

Jan Meisels Allen


Starting Tuesday December 8, 2020 the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) , in partnership with the Chautauqua Institution will present an online program on Iran’s connection to Jews who escaped the Holocaust.  This is a two-part online event entitled, “The Tehran Children: Iran’s Unexpected & Suppressed Connection to the Holocaust”. This was inspired by the 2019 memoir  Tehran Children:  A Holocaust refugee by Mikhal Dekal.


The memoir tells the story of over a million Polish Jews who fled the Nazis during the Holocaust into the Soviet Union – specifically focusing on the nearly 1,000 children who were sent to Iran. The author's father, Hannan Teitel, was one of these children.


The event is part of The Sardari Project: Iran and the Holocaust, the result of a collaboration between the USHMM and the Persian-language website: This website is also in Farsi.


The series will feature 13 articles and nine videos. In addition to the IranWire’ Facebook ( and Twitter ( channels it is available at the


At  There is also a 7 minute video about the program


To read more see:


The USHMM release may be accessed at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Female name MIZREKHTSCH #hungary #names #slovakia

Hilary Osofsky

Despite having conferred conventional Hebrew names upon three of his daughters - Chava (Chawa?), Hendel, and Yehidis -  my great-grandfather's brother named one of his daughters what I'm told is a highly unusual, unfamiliar name: MIZREKHTSCH or MIZRAKHETSH, apparently meaning "daughter or the East." Please see photo, attached.

Although we do not know my great-great-grandparents' place of origin, my g-grandfather and his siblings were born in Vychodna, in the Zilina Region of Northern Slovakia, where the family principally lived. My great-granduncle's wife was born in Szent Marton, Martin District of Zilina; however, they principally settled in Turany, also in the Martin District. The daughter in question was born in Turany in 1881. 

I was unable to locate the name  Mizrekhtsch (or its variation) either in the JewishGen Given Names Database or on Google and am wondering whether anyone has ever encountered this name before or might have any explanation, or better translation, for the name.

Thank you for any input you might provide.

Hilary Stein Osofsky
Orinda, CA

SLOVAKIA: STEIN - Vychodna, Turany, Kral'ova Lehota, Liptovsky Hradok; NUERNBERGER - Zalesie, Hagy, Vysne Ruzbachy, Podolinec, WOLF - Moravia, Huncovce, Jelsava, Revuca, Nizne Ruzbachy, Vysne Ruzbachy, Sulin, Kral'ova Lehota, and environs
POLAND: GUTTMAN - Grywałd, Nowy Targ County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship 
LITHUANIA > ENGLAND: IDELS / IDELOVICH / EDELSON - Zemaiciu Naumiestis, Kvedarna, Manchester


Marvin Turkanis

My TURKANIS family emigrated from Zvhil, and in the Zvhil Novograd-Volynskiy Yizkor book a student named TURKANOVSKI in nearby Zshitomir headed up an armed troop.


Marvin Turkanis

Looking for Peter Robinson in Israel #israel


My high school class reunion committee is trying to find contact information on our high school classmate Peter Robinson.  I don’t have much to go on other than his name and that he graduated from Liberty High School, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1965.  He also received a scholarship in 1965 from the Young Judea Study Program in Israel.  I believe he studied in Israel and then remained there until the present time.  According to the Class Reunion list, he was living in Israel in 2019.

Any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

      Andre Dominguez (andre@prolog,net)


ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Our Jewish Family History Research

Hello all:
I have posted a marriage record which is in Russian for which I need a translation of pertinent details please.

 It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Many thanks in advance.
Jacqueline GRUSZECKI
WAGOWSKI/WAGOWSKY/WAGOWSKA and extended families from Łodz and other areas.
GRUSZECKI/GRUSZECKA and extended families from Warszawa, possibly Kotłówka & Żelechów
and other areas.

Re: Headstone Translation #translation

sharon yampell

Hi Phillipe,


I am just curious about your last name… what is it’s origin?  My paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Wolowitz, which came from Volovich.  My family came from both the Chernigov and Poltava regions of the Ukraine.  I am curious to see if we somewhere have a connection.


Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, NJ

Researcher 128890


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From: philippe.volvovic@...
Sent: Sunday, December 6, 2020 8:53 AM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] Headstone Translation #translation


One small correction, the name is Yom Tov Lipa son of Moshe.


Philippe Volvovic


Re: Using geneanet #france

Phil Karlin

I tried it for a bit, but for my purposes it didn't add any value. They may have French records that Ancestry or MyHeritage don't.
I also just logged in with my free membership for a quick look. You can do searches and it will tell you what features need a premium membership. If you want it, it's only $12.50 for 3 months.
It seems many users are European, so if you like to look at other people's trees to get ideas, you'll have a different perspective.
Phil Karlin
Hartford, CT USA

Help please with Jewish Family research in Turkey #names

Trish Lane

Has anyone had any luck with searching Jewish family history in Turkey in Constantinople.  I have been trying for years and have visited twice briefly.  I have written to the Grand Rabbi several times, to the Ashkenazi community, to Daniel Kazez, have paid a worker in the Archives when I was there, all to no avail. The records have either been destroyed or there are no records or perhaps I don't have enough information.  The script and language has changed as well. I understand my grandfather, his mother and 2 sisters were all born in Konstantinopel and the Rosenstein or Rattner family had a business there.
I would be so grateful for any suggestions.
Best Wishes,
Patricia Lane

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Re: Kogan/Kagan #ukraine


Why should a young man in (today) Ukraine at the beggining of XX century change his surname to Kogan/Kohan? What were the reasons? 
It's no matter for me if my GF was really from a Cohen's line - just why he should did it?
And how is possible to continue with a genealogical research backward knowing that possibility?

Cesar Yeudkin

YEUDKIN/YUDKIN, SCHEIMAN from Gomel in Belarus

Re: Headstone Translation #translation

Ida & Joseph Schwarcz

Yom Tov Lipmann Heller d. 1654, was a famous Bohemian scholar and rabbi. His
name may indicate descent,

Dr. Ida Selavan Schwarcz

Nezhin Jewish Community Meetings - Names of Attendees #ukraine

Lara Diamond

The Nezhin Jewish Community had a series of meetings in the mid-1880s.
Here is an English-language list of all of the attendees (thanks to Dr
Bert Lazerow) plus the original document, with some attendee

Lara Diamond
Baltimore, MD

An Updated Index of Jewish Surnames in Cairo #names #sephardic

Abuwasta Abuwasta


I am delighted to inform you that I just updated the “Index of Cairo Surnames” which I published at

the end of last year. It contains 1,854 surnames compared to1,689 in the last one. However, the

following 11 surnames came in after the index went to print: Becker, Lobelson, Falksohn, Cohn,


Schlimovitz, Cohn-Galatz, Helal, Halala-Cohen, Frank, Eni, Grabavetzky.  Nevertheless, it is not a


complete list and I am sure that there are more to be unearthed. This is the link:

Please go slowly through the list because the surname you are looking for may be spelled in a

 different way you are acquainted with. Please, let me know

if you find mistakes or you know a surname which is not on the list. Thanks.

Jacob Rosen


place in Teleneshty Yizkor book #yizkorbooks

Dale Melanie

  Where might Sokolitshen be?  Translation in book: Peretz Gruman, Idis Gruman, Shmuel Gruman, Bracha Gruman. who were killed by the Nazi murderers in the town of Sokolitshen in 1942. 
Dale Pastor 
Bessarabia SIG, Researcher 67010
Researching LACHTER and BERENSTEIN in Kamenka, Moldova

Translation request. #warsaw #poland #translation


Hello. Can someone help me translate? 
Thank you for all your help. best regards
Dariusz Czaplicki.

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Looking for information on the Joseph Targosz family #poland

Bev Reynolds <bevandjohn.reynolds@...>

I am trying to trace any information on the Targosz family. All that is known is, Joseph Reuben and Francesca Targosz had a farm approx. 10 miles from Auschwitz. They had a son Erwin Bernard, born 20.5.1921, who also used the surname Bryl either in Poland or when he came to Britain.

It has been assumed by the family, that relatives were sent to Auschwitz. I have checked the list of victims of the Holocaust but could not find the family.

Is there a land registry in Poland that could be used to trace the exact area of the farm or any information that could point me in the right direct to finding the family would be greatly appreciated,

Beverley Reynolds


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Re: Alien Registration Document #ukraine #galicia #records

Sherri Bobish


Your grandmother may have married a U.S. citizen, or a man who who naturalized, or became naturalized during their marriage by 1922. The law changed in regards to women at that time.

An article written by Marian L. Smith may be of interest.

Search for your grandfather's naturalization papers, and the timing of that will answer your question.  If grandmother was naturalized under grandfather's nat papers than there would be no alien registration record for her.  I assume you are referring to the WW11 era alien reg. records.

Sherri Bobish

Recording of JewishGen Talks Webinars for future viewing #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

For those of you who cannot attend live the Webinar of Dr. Alexander Beider this coming week or wish to listen to any past JewishGen Talks program, please note that recordings of all past, current, and future webinars will immediately be available on the JewishGen Facebook page:
The recordings are also posted to the JewishGen YouTube Channel within several days after the presentation:

Thank you
Phil Goldfarb
President, JGS of Tulsa
Lead Moderator, JewishGen Discussion Group

Help Needed Reading Nativity on Census #russia #records



I would be very grateful for some help reading a note on nativity/country of birth on line 30 of the attached census document. I cannot figure out what the word is next to "Russia" on line 30 (Abraham LEVY). Attached is a blown-up copy of the word. This may help me get through a brick wall, as I currently cannot figure out the country of birth for my Abraham LEVY (my GGG paternal grandfather).

Many thanks,

Tyler Sniff (LEVY)
Mableton, GA

Yizkor Book Report for November 2020 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates




Active month follows active month in the Yizkor Book Project and, as always, there is much to let you know about. 


As I noted in previous reports, some of our translation projects are on the verge of completion and I’m pleased to let you know that in November, yet another project was completed.


This time, the book was for Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy, Ukraine (Akkerman and the Towns of its District; Memorial Book) Remarkably, this book was completely translated by some of our very dedicated and talented volunteer translators and they are: Sara Mages, Ala Gamulka, Yocheved Klausner and Judy Petersen.

Our regular report readers will certainly recognize the names of these good people who have contributed translations to an ever growing list of Yizkor book projects. We are deeply indebted to them for their ever willingness to assist with the translations. Yashar Koach (Bravo) to them! 

Last month, we were also fortunate to have been able to add in a number of new projects and I would like to outline two of them.


I am witness - This memoir was kindly donated to the YB Project by Avrum and Cecil Rosner and was written by their late mother, Mina Rosner. A memoir deals with the community of Buchach, Ukraine going through to the Holocaust period.

Nashelsk: a name, a city, a people eternal! - This short booklet was brought to our attention by Bear Hartman and it covers a community without its own Yizkor book as such. We are now in the process of placing the unique material it contains into a Yizkor Book Project.

Now for the November updates:

Yizkor Book updates

This month, 29 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Bedzin, Poland (A Memorial to the Jewish Community of Bendin) 

·  Biłgoraj, Poland (Destruction of Bilgoraj)

·  Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy, Ukraine (Akkerman and the Towns of its District; Memorial Book) 

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Chelm, Poland (Commemoration Book Chelm)

·  Ciechanowiec, Poland (Ciechanoviec-Bialystok District; Memorial and Records)

·  Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zhetel)

·  Hrubieszow, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Jaroslaw, Poland (Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town)

·  Kamyanyets, Belarus (Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies)

·  Kolki, Ukraine (Summoned from the Ashes)

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

·  Lithuania (Lite)

·  Makow Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Maków-Mazowiecki)

·  Novohrad-Volyns'kyy, Ukraine (Zvhil Novograd-Volynskiy)

·  Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Ostrow-Mazowiecka)

·  Ozerna, Ukraine (Memorial book of Jezierna) [Hebrew]

·  Rafalovka, Ukraine (Memorial book for the towns of Old Rafalowka, New Rafalowka, Olizarka, Zoludzk and vicinity)

·  Rypin, Poland (Rypin; a memorial to the Jewish Community of Rypin-Poland)

·  Sandomierz, Poland (Whenever I remember: Memorial book of the Jewish Community in Tzoyzmir)
Siedlce, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Siedlce)

·  Skalat, Ukraine (Skalat: A Memorial Anthology for a Community Destroyed in the Holocaust)

·  Skarzysko, Poland (The “Yischor” book in memoriam of the Jewish community of Skarzysko and its surroundings)

·  Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

·  Tarnow, Poland (Tarnow; The Life and Destruction of a Jewish City)

·  Warszawa, Poland (Jewish Warsaw that was; a Yiddish literary anthology)

·  Warszawa, Poland (Book of Warsaw)

·  Zgierz, Poland   (The Book of Zgierz, Volume II)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

New entry

The following is a new entry placed online during November 2020.

  • Maheriv, Ukraine (from “Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume I”)

New books

The following are new books placed online during November 2020.

New Yizkor Book in Print

The Yizkor Book in Print is the team that when a Yizkor Book is completely translated, they prepare and publish a hard copy of the translation. In addition, from time to time, the team is contacted by authors wishing to publish their book via the auspices of the YBIP Project.

As such, we are pleased to let you know that last month a new book was published about the community of Mainz, Germany:

  • Jews of Kaiserstrasse - A researched book, vividly details the stories of 300 Jewish residents of a single fabled street in Mainz

Just to let you know, the coordinator of the YBIP Project, Joel Alpert, whispered in my ear (virtually) that a number of titles are soon to be released, so do watch this space.


Volunteers are the people that make our project a reality and we are always looking for new people who can assist us to maintain and develop the project. So, if you would like to be involved somehow, please be in contact with me and we’ll see together how you can bring a meaningful contribution to this very important and unique project.


Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

Channuka Sameach/Happy Channuka,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



Corrected date. JGS of Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. The Genealogical Importance of Gravestones and The Toronto JOWBR Initiative . Wed 16 Dec 2020 at 7:30 pm ET. Steven Brock. #events #announcements

Jerry Scherer




The Genealogical Importance of Gravestones and
The Toronto JOWBR Initiative

Speaker: Steven Brock

VIRTUAL MEETING: View from home
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
at 7:30 p.m. ET.

For those tracing their family tree, gravestones can be an incredible source of information. They can provide the researcher with key details relating to their ancestors, including names, dates, places and references to previous generations. In this presentation, JGS-Hamilton member Steven Brock will discuss Jewish gravestones and their importance in genealogy. He will speak to the origins of the Matzevah and how to read and interpret the information carved into the memorial. He will then address The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR); how to use it and JGS-Toronto / Hamilton’s contributions to this remarkable database.

Steven Brock has been researching his family roots in Poland and Russia for over 20 years and has traced his ancestors back to the late 1700s. He has been a member of the Hamilton Jewish Genealogical Society since its inception in 2004 and served on its Board of Directors as Treasurer for 12 years. In addition to his own research, he has been involved in several projects including the Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, the Canadian Naturalization Database Indexing, and the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR).

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