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A Latvian Chanukah Present - Day 5 #latvia

Nancy Siegel
 

A LATVIAN CHANUKAH PRESENT - DAY 5

Mysterious Latvian Jewish Entries in Research

by Ann Rabinowitz 


In memory of my great uncle Max Hillman, who was born in Bauska, Latvia, and who started me on my genealogical research, which is so long ago now, I am posting a piece about Latvia every day throughout Chanukah. The posts will be about people, events, and daily life. These posts can also be viewed on the JewishGen Blog at: https://www.jewishgen.org/Blog/



It has been an interesting project to research Latvian Jewish entries in the Historical Jewish Press  database. One thing I noticed is that many times people are referred to by their last name, an initial for their first name, or a title such as Mr. or Dr. and their last name. This makes it quite difficult to find information on the person as there may be many people with the same last name and possibly the same first name. 


When the articles were written, perhaps it was taken for granted that the people  who were being written about were known to the Jews of that time. Certainly, the writers were not thinking of us, decades later, trying to do genealogical research on these selfsame names and personalities.


I’d like to provide several of these mysterious entries I have come across. Perhaps some of you may recognize their identity or you may even be related to them.


So, here we go:


The Palestine Post, Tuesday, October 30, 1934, Pg. 5 


Dr. Muschkat died in Riga, Latvia, age 57, and he was one of the major leaders of the Jewish community of Latvia and a member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine. He bequeathed $100,000 for Jewish welfare work in Latvia. His name may also be spelled Mushkat or Muskat. 


The amount given to the community is rather substantial for those times and there should have been some references to him and his family. There were references to several individuals of that surname who were community leaders, but no Dr. Muschkat. Would be nice to know his first name and who he actually was and what happened to his family.


The Palestine Post, Friday, August 30, 1940, Pg. 3


There were two important pieces of information in this article, which was entitled No Jews in Memel – “Judenrein”:


The first piece of information reported that only one elderly Jewish couple was left in Memel and that they had now been deported to Lublin, Poland. Other references to Memel do not refer to this couple or what their names might have been.


The second piece of information was that Rabbi Dr. Nurock, Chief Rabbi of Latvia, was arrested with forty other Zionist and community leaders and was taken to a remote eastern province of Russia. This was of great interest as many other references to the rabbi stated that he had been killed in the Holocaust.


Almost all of the press entries did not indicate his first name. After checking into other resources, I confirmed that he was Sejm (legislature) member Mordechai Nurock of Tuckums (1879-1962). Looking for the proper person was difficult in this case as there was an entire family of Nurock rabbis in Latvia, i.e. Rev. Zvi Nurock of Mitau, Rabbi Aaron Ber Nurock of Libau, etc. 

 

The Sentinel, Friday, August 1, 1924, Pg. 2 


The article reported that Columbus, Ohio, philanthropist Joseph “Daddy” Schonthal had donated $3,000 to purchase a summer home for Jewish children at the Riga seashore. The home was to be called the Hermine Schonthal Home in memory of his wife. 


The gift had been facilitated by Joseph H. Hyman, the Executive Director of the Association of Jewish Charities of Baltimore, Maryland, who was a former Representative to Latvia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Schonthal, who was known for his largesse in donating to children’s welfare, had previously donated money to create a similar home in 1918 in Columbus.


The problem was that there was no further reference to this particular Home becoming a reality in Riga. Perhaps the money was used for something else or the home was given another name. There was a reference to an orphan home in a Riga suburb which was referred to as “Ferien Kolonie” in Assern that was associated with Joseph Schonthal, but I was disappointed that I could not find any further information on this home in English.



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Nancy Siegel
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Re: Moritz Lehman #germany

Andreas Schwab
 

There is no town called Sampelburg. One possibility would be Zempelburg, which was part of Germany until WW1 and now is Sępólno Krajeńskie, Poland. Unfortunately, there are no Jewish records prior to 1874 for that town.
https://jri-poland.org/town/sepolno_krajens.htm
https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/Community.php?usbgn=-527514
Andrea Schwab, Montreal, Canada


Re: Info on Leah/Luba Gertzovsky and possible son/ step son Jack Miller #belarus

mvayser@...
 

On Sat, Dec 12, 2020 at 11:35 AM, Emma Field wrote:
his surname is Movshovich Gertsovsky
Movshovich is a male patronymic name, an indicator of his father's name, not his last name.  His father's first name was Movsha (same as Moshe, Moses, etc).  Gertsovskiy is the last (family) name.
If Zalman had a sister named Girl, her full name would have been Girl Movshovna Gertsovskaya.  Zalman's children's full names would have been Boy Zalmonovich (or Solomonovich) Gertsovskiy and Girl Zalmonovna (or Solomonovna) Gertsovskaya.

In the beginning of the post you typed "Leba", but later you typed "Luba".  I assume the first one was a typo.  Luba/Lyuba is a common Russian name, diminutive for for Lubov/Lyubov ("Love"), so likely a nickname for Leah. Just like Solomon is a Russian version of Shloyme.  Likewise, Zalman is also a kinui for Shloyme.

Mike Vayser


Re: Moritz Lehman #germany

Rodney Eisfelder
 

Deborah,
You said: "He was born in Sampelburg, Germany..."

I suspect that the town you are looking for is Zempelburg, now known as Sepólno Krajenskie in northern Poland.

familysearch.org has some films of civil records, but they cover a later period, and are only viewable from their libraries. They don't seem to have specifically Jewish records from the town.

My advice would be to look for American records - the marriage and death certificates of Morris and his siblings. They should name his parents.
Jewishgen's databases include the West Prussia citizenship list of 1812. This is one or two generations earlier than you want, but it includes 19 Lehmanns, one of whom lived in Zempelburg. Leyser Lehmann could be the father, grandfather or even great-grandfather of Moritz, but any of the 19 would be candidate ancestors.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia


ViewMate translation request - Polish to English #translation

Steve Daggers
 

Hello,

I've posted a vital record in Polish for translation. It is on ViewMate at https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM88943
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thanks
--
Steve Daggers
Shorewood, Illinois USA


Translation from German to English of ViewMate number 88978 #translation

Doris
 

Hello All,
Please help me by providing a translation from German to English for My Husband’s great grandmother.
 
 
Thank you for your help.
Best,
 
Doris Schapira
doris.schapira@...




Subj: ViewMate translation request from headstone of cemetery in Virginia #translation

kosfiszer8@...
 

 
 
I've posted a photo of a headstone in a cemetery in Virginia 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.
Angel Kosfiszer
Richardson, Texas


Request for translation #poland #translation #galicia

S.geller@...
 

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM88976
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
S. Geller


Request for translation #galicia #poland #translation

S.geller@...
 

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM88975
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
S. Geller


Subj: ViewMate translation request from headstone of cemetery in Virginia #translation

kosfiszer8@...
 

 
 
I've posted a photo of a headstone 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.
Angel Kosfiszer
Richardson, Texas
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ViewMate translation request - Russian #russia #translation #poland

Greg Tuckman
 


Moritz Lehman #germany

dzwinfield@...
 

My husband's great grandfather, Moritz Lehman, emigrated to the US in 1863.  He was born in Sampelburg, Germany in 1850, and eventually settled in Pueblo, Colorado.  (His son, Eugene Heitler Lehman, was the first American Rhodes scholar)..  I have been unable to find any information about his parents or earlier family.  Any ideas?

Deborah Winfield


Re: Info on Leah/Luba Gertzovsky and possible son/ step son Jack Miller #belarus

Sherri Bobish
 


Emma,

If Jack MILLER was in London (you have than photo) and assuming that Jack returned to the U.S., you can search incoming passenger manifests for Jack MILLER returning from London.

Hopefully you have an approximate year that Jack sailed from London to NY (either the first time, or later if he traveled more than once.)

The biggest entry point was NY (many other ports, of course.)  Here is a good place to start searching incoming passengers to NY:
https://stevemorse.org/ellis2/ellisgold.html

You can search for Jack (or maybe Jacob?) MILLER, town name: London.  You can limit the search by approximate year of birth or year range of arrival.

If you find Jack on a manifest than you'll have more info to find him on census, etc.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish


Southern California Genealogy Society Free Webinar Series in 2021 #announcements #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

The Southern California Genealogical Jamboree Free Webinar Series 2021 has been announced and the flier is attached. The sessions are free at the time they are given. Only members of the Southern California Genealogy Society may access them at a time after the initial program.  Webinars are on the first Saturday of the month (10:00 AM Pacific; 11:00 AM Mountain; 12 PM Central and 1:00 PM Eastern) and on the third Wednesday of the month at (6:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Mountain, 8:00PM Central and 9:00 PM Eastern). Those outside of the US are also welcome to attend. Their registration partner is GoToWebinar.com

 

To go to the website for information on registration which is required see:

http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html

 

I have no affiliation with the Southern California Genealogical Society and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Re: Help - would children on ships records be named? Or just the adults/adults travelling with them #records #hungary #russia #slovakia

jbonline1111@...
 

By the time my great-grandfather brought his youngest children to America from what is now Belarus in the late 1900s, the children names were listed on the manifest even though they apparently did not have their own passports but were listed on his passport. 
--
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC


Re: Help with the given name "Kuna" (from Belarus) #belarus #names

Michele Lock
 

To the original poster - 

What are your great grandmother's names on her gravestone, in English and in Hebrew/Yiddish? Those should provide some useful information. 

Here in the US, did she go by Kuna in everyday life and is that her name on census records?

Also - was she getting a visa at the US consulate in Riga?
--
Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Minsk gub., Belarus


Re: Help - would children on ships records be named? Or just the adults/adults travelling with them #records #hungary #russia #slovakia

Deborah Blinder
 

Jim Milch wrote:
By the late 19th century, the children are identified individually, but a caveat: the ages and even sexes of the children may not be correct.   
I would add to that caveat that even the child's name might be wrong. An example: My Uncle Jack, whose legal name on the U.S. was Jacob and whose name on his Paris birth record is Jacques, immigrated from France to New York with my grandmother in 1912, when he was about 9 months old. The ship manifest lists him as Antoine, although no one in the family, including his children, has ever heard that name.

--
Deborah Blankenberg (JewishGen ID #613395)
Lodi, CA
dtblankenberg@... 
Researching BLOCH/BLOCK (Germany to New York, Colombia and Missouri), BLINDER (Kishinev to New York via Poland? and Paris), KUSHER/KUSZER (Lodz vicinity to New York via Paris), GOLDSCHMIDT (Germany)


Ellis Island Hanukkah #announcements

Susan J. Gordon
 

On December 17, 1900, when the new Immigration Center opened on Ellis Island in New York, it was Hanukkah time. You can listen to my story at Hanukkah Lights 2018 : NPR

Susan J. Gordon
BIALAZURKER - Zbaraz
EISMANN - Budapest
LEMPERT - Skalat, Lvov


Re: Help - would children on ships records be named? Or just the adults/adults travelling with them #records #hungary #russia #slovakia

Jim M
 

By the late 19th century, the children are identified individually, but a caveat:  the ages and even sexes of the children may not be correct.   

Jim Milch
Rochester, NY


Zepel line assistance #ukraine #romania #bessarabia

josh.mintz.1987@...
 

Hello I have been struggling finding where my 2x great grandfather Zelman Hersh Zepel is buried. I know it is most likely in Europe. I do know he was originally from Smotrich Ukraine but then I guess he moved to Chisinau. I found my great grandfather's name and it showed Zelman's name as well. if there is anyone that can assist me with this that would be awesome.

Thank you so much,
Joshua Mintz

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