World War I-Jewish Refugees (returning from Simbirsk to Minsk Province #belarus

Marilyn Robinson

Newly available on my blog: World War I: Jewish Refugees (a partial list)---(Simbirsk to Minsk Province).

Marilyn Robinson (aka "JewishGem")

Re: Post-WWII Records for Ufa #records #russia

Alexander Sharon

Mike Vayser,

Your reply to Rita Nash posting is unacceptable.
Rita posting was related to Jewish Polish refugees that have escaped to USSR following Hitler invasion against Poland in 1939.
Polish refugees have been subjected to harsh conditions in Stalin camps, and only after invasion of Germany against Soviets in 1941, they have been released under Stalin's "amnesty".
As foreigners Polish refugees were not forced to serve in Red Army, but many were working as artisans in Soviet working battalions known as TRUDARMIA.  Two Polish armies have been formed on the Soviet soil: Anders Army, and communist Kosciuszko Division.

I believe that your apologies to Rita are due.

Alexander Sharon
JGFF director

Re: "Russcheitz": is it Russocice and Russocice-Wladyslawow? Does anyone else have ancestors from here? #unitedkingdom #poland

Alexander Sharon


There are two entries, beside yours, in JGFF database for Russocice
Mysz  Russocice Poland 14 Jul 2012 Click HERE to contact Elsina Bayrach (#15317)

Last logged in: September 2020
Adesman  Russocice Poland 10 Jan 2016 Click HERE to contact Gail Harris (#119831)

Last logged in: December 2020
Baumgarten  Russocice Poland 26 Dec 2020 Click HERE to contact Judith Melissa Bowman (#744312)

Last logged in: November 2020

Władysławów - Suchocice are also listed in Lodz region Yzkor Book 

Encyclopaedia of Jewish communities, Poland (Volume 1). (


Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor

Re: Meaning of nickname Cuttie #names

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Was he a Cuttie-Pie?

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

" known within the family as "Cuttie".
Does anyone have any idea what this nickname might refer to?"

Death and cemetery records, Kiev, pre World War II #records


Hi- I believe my GGF, Khuni Shikhman, died in Kiev prior to WW 2. Does anyone have suggestions regarding sources of records for either death records or cemetery records?


Howard Brown
Stowe, VT

Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration and Genetics #dna #sephardic #announcements

Leah Kushner

Special Event:  Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics 

Sunday,  January 24, 2021 2pm Pacific Time

Presented by Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society
RSVP for this ZOOM event:  CLICK HERE


About the Presenters:

Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a journalist and genealogist,  is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage, and has traced her Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi families across Iran, Spain, Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Schelly created the award-winning "Tracing the Tribe - The Jewish Genealogy Blog" (2006; now on hiatus), and "Tracing the Tribe - Jewish Genealogy on Facebook" (36,000+ members in 101 countries). Her articles have appeared on JTA, Reform Judaism, Hadassah, NGS Quarterly, Avotaynu and numerous Jewish and general genealogy publications, newspapers, and more. Schelly is a founding member, Centro Sefarad NM (New Mexico).



Maria Apodaca  shares her personal story and the Sephardic saga as a speaker (since 2016) for the Road Scholars program. 

For more information:   SCJGSociety@...

Re: Vinitsky/Winitsky from Detroit, Mich. #usa

Steve Pickoltz

Additional info.  In looking over some of my family papers, ship manifest, Citizenship papers, etc, I have found spellings of my family as both Winitsky, Vinitsky and other spellings of each.


I have a wedding picture from Lorraine Chudler’s wedding dated 1952 along with on of her parents Lew and Ann Chudler from Detroit.


Pictures of a cousin Henrietta Rofsky Lane.  I don’t know if they are Detroit or Rochester, NY relatives.


A picture of my grandmother Ida (Ostroff) Winitsky with a sister Minecha (Ostroff) Dubin.  I have met a child of this couple, Bernie Dubin. He lived in Phila. and Cherry Hill, NJ., until his death.


Now for the good stuff.

Envelopes dated July 10, 1934 addressed to B. Slaben?? living at 2640 Pregree Ave., Detroit.   A second name  on this envelope is for a Venitzky, at the same address.   Another address for Venitsky is 330 Owens Ave., Detroit.  This street name is hard to read.


I hope this may connect to some of you Detroiter.


Steve Pickholtz

New Jersey


Searching—Winitsky, Ostroff, Pickholtz and Klein/Kline



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Re: How to obtain original record from Pinkas HaNitzolim II list; Wasserspring #warsaw

Valentin Lupu

Hi Sharon,
The original card can be viewed using US Holocaust Memorial Museum search engine. Here is the link for this specific one
Valentin Lupu

Re: RUBIN Family--Not Much Information #usa


Since it's such a common name, I would suggest doing a DNA test (if you haven't already). I have Rubin in my own tree, but haven't been able to connect any dots yet.

~Donna Borok Moss

Re: Help suggestions please #dna


The other main sites you need to be on are FTDNA and 23andMe, otherwise you have to sit back and wait for relatives to do a test.
Stephen Schmideg
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Post-WWII Records for Ufa #records #russia

Jx. Gx.

Mike Vayser,

I think what Rita meant to say is that Russian soldiers looked down on Jews and considered them poor soldiers.  She, herself, was not making that judgment. We know from the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and perhaps from thousands of other examples, as well as from your statistics that the claim of Jews having been poor soldiers/fighters isn't true.


Jeffrey Gee

Lawrence Heller #names

Chava Masha Coplon

I am trying to get contact information for Lawrence Heller. He posted on this group many, many years ago. I was told he may have information on my Eibschutz family.
Any leads are greatly appreciated.
Chava Masha

Re: How to obtain original record from Pinkas HaNitzolim II list; Wasserspring #warsaw

Valentin Lupu

Hi Elizabeth,
Here is an image of the survivor card

Valentin Lupu

ViewMate marriage certificates in Polish #poland #translation

Alex Guri


I've posted marriage records in Polish for which I'd appreciate a translation.
They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

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

Thank you very much,
Alex Guri

Meaning of nickname Cuttie #names

Felissa Lashley

One of our cousins, Julius LASSEN/LISHINSKY/LESCHINSKY son of
Isaac/Isaiah from the Ukraine was known within the family as "Cuttie".
Does anyone have any idea what this nickname might refer to?

Thank you.

Felissa Lashley
Austin, Texas


This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #belarus

Bruce Drake

I never imagined that I would come across a Yizkor book excerpt about New York City’s famous Stage Deli which closed in 2012 after a run of about 75 years.

Actually, it is mostly about its founder, Max Asnas (spelled “Osnas” in this chapter from the book of Koidanov, now Dzyarzhynsk, in Belarus). The Stage became a magnet for celebrities ranging from actors and comedians to sports stars but in this account, Max’s sister Lilly, who was the cashier, tells the writer: ““They are not my kind of people. I have little in common with them. I think more highly of Avram Reisen and other Yiddish writers than of all the Broadway folks with whom Max associates. He feels like a fish in water with them. I feel a lot better being with my friends, with Koydenov folk.”

The excerpt recounts Max’s eventful journey to reach New York and appears in the book which was published in 1955. Asnas died in 1968.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: Documents from the Lithuanian Embassy in Riga (Latvia) #lithuania #latvia #records

Arlene Beare

Information about Lithuanian Jews who lived in Riga for 1914 and the beginning of 1915 are in the registers of Jew who asked for a residence permit in Riga for 1914-1915 (archival fond Riga Police Administration). There are also house registers of Riga till 1918 but it is very important to know the address where the person lived. The House Registers and the Fond for Riga Police are not online and you would have to write to the Archives with the Address for information from House Registers. 


The documents of Lithuanian Embassy in Riga are kept in Lithuanian archives.  Lithuania was a part of Russian Empire till 1918.  As Russ Maurer has said there was no Lithuanian Embassy in Riga till after 1919.

Arlene Beare
Co-director Latvia Research Division.



help finding a Russian poem #russia #translation

Aline Petzold

Hello all:
 I am wondering of anyone recognizes these lines written in of verse?  They were part of a letter to my grandmother, in Romania, in December 1915.  I am   told they are Russian and some kind of a love poem, perhaps describing the end of an affair.  I have tried to find  the original poem, but have not succeeded so far.  Thanks for your help.
Aline Petzold
St. Paul, MN

Re: How to obtain original record from Pinkas HaNitzolim II list; Wasserspring #warsaw


To find documentation on survivors, I’ve done traces through the US Holocaust Museum. I believe you can also use the Arolsen Archives as well. I’ve been able to find some documentation on survivors on the Arolsen’s website before requesting a trace too. . If the individual remained in Poland, the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw (genealogy division) may have some records as well. Good luck!

Sharon Fleitman
Atlanta, Georgia

Re: Russian Translation needed please #russia #translation


In Russian:


На память М-ел Циле Бузик (возможно) от Моисея Гейщика (возможно).

Память о худших из плохих дней моей жизни, да пройдут они скорее, вздохнуть свободной грудью.


Декабрь 1912


Translated into English:


In memory of M-el Tsilya Buzik (possibly) from Moisey Geischik (possibly).

The memory of the worst of the bad days of my life, may they pass sooner, breathe free chest.

M.J.G.  Dzygovko

December 1912

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

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