Ferramonti di Tarsia: David Ropschitz - zoom talk tonight Thursday Jan 14 7.30 pm UK time #austria-czech #galicia #holocaust #israel



For anyone interested in the story of Ferramonti di Tarsia, the largest internment camp for Jews and others in Italy during WW2, there will be a one hour Zoom talk tonight hosted by DAVAR Bristol. ( for anyone who wants a link to the talk). It will feature the story of Dr David Ropschitz who was an internee in the camp and whose autobiographical novel published 34 years after his death, is featured in a slide show which looks at his life, the life of the camp of Ferramonti in the 1940s and research that brought the book to publication last year.

The talk is given by me, his daughter Yolanda. There will be a Q and A session after.

Yolanda Ropschitz-Bentham
Somerset, England

Re: ViewMate translation request - Russian to english or french #poland #translation


VM89527 and VM89528

In Russian:


На марке: Гербовая Марка

15 копеек

31 декабря 1880


В правом углу: Состоялось в деревне Барковица товарищества Каминск 31 декабря 1980 года.


Акт признания

Перед нами содержащими акты гражданского состояния Каминского религиозного округа явилась Рухля Крызман, девица, жительница посада и товарищества Каминск Построковского (возможно) уезда и объявила, что она намеривалась вступить в брак с Ицком-Мошком Зильбершетейном, холостым и она обязана предоставить свидетельство о рождении, но так как никакого акта гражданского состояния нигде не записано, то на основании 54-й статьи устава о брачном союзе свидетельство о рождении можно заменить показаниями двух свидетелей, которых она хорошо знает: Файвеля Зильберштейна, торговца, 62-х лет и Израиля-Берка Рожицкого, 40 лет, живущих в посаде Каминск, которые по совести объявили: находящуюся Рухлю Крызман знают в лицо очень хорошо с молодости и поэтому достоверно известно, что она родилась в посаде и товариществе Каминск, является дочерью Абрама и Хаи-Суры, урожденной Видерман, супругов Крызман и что ей 20 лет, еврейского вероисповедания, девица, которая готова вступить в брак с Ицком-Мошкой Зильберштейном, метрического свидетельства о своём рождении она не в состоянии предоставить по причине объясненной в начале настоящего акта.  Вышесказанное является правдой и мы обязываемся в любое время подтвердить под присягой и в докозательство этого по прочтении подписываемся. 

Израиль-Берка Рожицкий


Участвующая в акте, по прочтении вышеизложенных свидетельских показаний признано справедливыми - Рухля Крызман


Так как по выше описанному акту ничего ни прибавить и не убавить или исправить не потребовалось, то акт следует заключить.


Содержащий акты гражданского состояния Подпись


Translated into English:


Stamp: Revenue stamp 15 kopecks December 31, 1880

 In the right corner: Held in the village of Barkovitsa of the Kaminsk partnership on December 31, 1980.

 Act of recognition

 Before us containing acts of civil status of the Kaminsky religious district, Rukhlya Kryzman, a girl, a resident of the posad and partnership Kaminsk of Postrokovsky (possibly) district, appeared and announced that she intended to marry Itsko-Moshek Zilbershetein, single and she was obliged to provide a birth certificate, but since no civil status act is recorded anywhere, on the basis of Article 54 of the statute on the marriage union, the birth certificate can be replaced with the testimony of two witnesses whom she knows well: Faivel Zilberstein, a merchant, 62 years old, and Israel-Berk Rozhitsky, 40 years old, living in the village of Kaminsk, who, in their conscience, announced: Kryzman, who is in Rukhla, is known very well from her youth, and therefore it is reliably known that she was born in the village and partnership Kaminsk, is the daughter of Abram and Khaya-Sura, nee Wiederman, the Kryzman spouses and that she is 20 years old, of Jewish religion, a girl who is ready to marry Itsko-Moshka Zilbersh tein, she is not able to provide a birth certificate for the reason explained at the beginning of this act. The above is true and we undertake to confirm it at any time under oath and in proof of this, upon reading, we sign.

 Israel-Berka Rozhitsky


 Participating in the act, after reading the above testimony, was recognized as fair - Rukhlya Kryzman

 Since according to the above-described act, nothing has to be added or subtracted or corrected, the act should be concluded.


Containing acts of civil status Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

Arolsen Archives : International Day of Remembrance - Jan 27m 2021 #holocaust

Yvonne Stern

Arolsen Archives
International Day of Remembrance
Jan 27m 2021
Live- Streaming Media Installation

We have a lot planned for 2021. We’re starting the new year with a
media installation for our commemoration initiative #everynamecounts,
which is dedicated to the victims of the Nazis. From January 21 to 27
we will present an art installation developed by the production studio
Urbanscreen based on documents from the Arolsen Archives.

The media installation and live stream will bring the #everynamecounts
project to the public. Every day from 5 to 10 p.m., the installation
will be projected onto the entire façade of the French Embassy at
Pariser Platz 5 in Berlin and streamed live worldwide.

The impressive and moving installation is part of our digital
commemoration project and also announces the next step in
#everynamecounts. On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance
Day, we are taking our crowdsourcing initiative to the next level. To
create a digital memorial to the victims of National Socialism and
make the information in our documents available worldwide, we want to
reach even more people internationally and motivate them to support
our cause.

In the campaign week around January 27, 2021, individuals from many
different countries, as well as organizations, companies and their
employees, and schools and universities will show their solidarity by
spending time and helping to record names. You can also participate in
#everynamecounts – set some time aside during the activity week and
tune in to the live stream of the media installation. You can view it
on our website. We have already posted some short videos there as a

Yvonne Stern
Rio de Janeiro

Viewmate translation from Russian requested #translation

Ben Zion Shapiro

I've posted a vital record in Russian 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.
Ben Zion Shapiro 

Re: Picture of Headstone needed Montifiore Cemetery Queens #usa


Re: Picture of Headstone needed Montifiore Cemetery Queens #usa


Kalwaria, Poland #poland #general

Marcia Segal

Hello all,

I'm trying to understand an aspect of Polish history. In 1883 the town of Kalwaria, in Poland, was "degraded" (as one web site puts it), until 1919. What would this mean for the Jewish population? According to a passenger list, three of my relatives came to the US from Kalwaria (if the document is to be believed) in 1892. This suggests to me that, once they had the money, they got out because life was difficult for them as Jews. Does anyone have insights regarding this or any town that became "degraded?" Many thanks.

Marcia Segal
(great-granddaughter of Kalwaria residents)

Re: importing/transferring/sharing historical records between services? #general

Eva Lawrence

Firstly, you really need to discriminate between historical sources and indexed information.  Secondly,  what appear to be historical records have sometimes been rewritten in the archive where they are now found, and photos of say, a gravestone, could be of a later redesign. So the source and date of acquisition of your record is just as important as the information it contains, and transferring from one place to another without further input is really dangerous, quite apart from any privacy or copyright issues.  I've taken and filed screenshots for a long time, as the only safe way of avoiding typos in entering dates etc.    Even here I regret that I used to  edit out the date and other context which  might have made it possible to retrieve details I missed earlier, such as a second page. 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27, 2021 #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated on January 27th.  January 27, 2021 is the 76th anniversary of  the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration, the ending of World War ll and the ending of the Holocaust.  The theme guiding Holocaust remembrance and education in 2021 is “Facing the Aftermath: Recovery and Reconstitution after the Holocaust”. It focuses on the measures taken in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust to begin the process of recovery and reconstitution of individuals, community, and systems of justice. Integral to the process of reconstitution was the accurate recording of the historical account of what happened before and during the Holocaust. Challenging the denial and distortion of the historical events was interwoven in the processes of recovery and reconstitution. The theme examines the contribution of the responses to the victims of the Holocaust, and of the survivors, to addressing the needs of the contemporary world, and to the historical record of the Holocaust. Against a global context of rising antisemitism and increasing levels of disinformation and hate speech, Holocaust education and remembrance is even more urgent, as is the development of an historical literacy to counter repeated attempts to deny and distort the history of the Holocaust.


Many governments have legislated that January 27 is an annual Holocaust Memorial Day to mark the date as an international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on November 1, 2005. The Resolution establishing January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation of the U.N. to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, and encourages the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide.


With the pandemic the following events will be virtual.


To read what the United Nations will be doing on January 21, 27,28, February 4 and February 11 for commemoration see:

To see what Yad Vashem is doing for International Holocaust Memorial Day see:


To see what the Wiener Holocaust Library in London, England will be doing see:

Registration is required. It’s free.


House of European History


To see what the US Holocaust Memorial Museum will be doing go to:

Social media #WeRemember


Holocaust Museum of Los Angeles


University of Michigan-Dearborn


Holocaust Center for Humanity (Seattle, Washington)


Midwest Center for Holocaust Education


(US) National Archives


There are many other venues that will hold commemoration activities. Please look locally for any activities in your area.


Some countries memorialize the Holocaust on other days, for example, Yom Hashoah in Israel and in the United States is commemorated on the 27th day of Nisan, the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah. In 2021 Yom Hashoah is observed on April 9 (starting sunset the evening before). 


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Translation from Russian - KAMINSKY Icek POT #translation #holocaust


May I please request translation from Russian of the attached Page of Testimony of Icek KAMINSKY
- just of paragraphs 7. 10. 11. 12. and the relation of the submitter.

Melbourne, Australia

Researching (main surnames):

Help with translating German marriage record #translation

Sarit Klein

Hello! I've posted the marriage record of my great-grandparents and would appreciate any help translating the document.  It is on ViewMate at the following address:
Kindly respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much!
Sarit Klein

Re: French archives #france #records

L Levy

What a generous offer! I've been looking for relatives who fled Lida and Vilna for France.  I only have two first names, the mother Simcha and the daughter Janine. We were told that their last name was Aronovitz. Janine would have been born around 1938, and may have a son named Eli.  Simcha's maiden name would be a variant of Tzgelnitka or Tzgelnitski, and we believe she was born around 1900 in Lida. Thanks you!

Laura Levy

ViewMate translation request - Russian to english or french #poland #translation

wenglenski virginie

I request a translation of the Yiddish text on a postcard. It is on ViewMate at the following address :

Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you so much,

Virginie Wenglenski

Looking for inform on Marguerite (Margaretha) HAUPTMANN, HOFFMAN, OFFMAN, or KAUFMAN b. 1698 Baden-Wurttemberg, Gemany d. 1760 in Picardie, France married to Martin Mayer (Mair, Meyer) #france

TheUglyChick <crystal.demars@...>

I am working on my genealogic history from a genetic standpoint as well as my family tree. I have had my DNA analyzed via 23andMe and was surprised to learn that I have a small percentage of Ashkenazi Jewish dna. I have been looking into my family tree and believe I have found the ancestor that it may have come from, but there is not much information on her. 
My 7th Great Grandmother was named Margueritte (Margaretha) HAUPTMANN, HOFFMAN, OFFMAN, or KAUFMAN b. 1698 Baden-Wurttemberg, Gemany d. 1760 in Picardie, France married to Martin Mayer (Mair, Meyer). I cannot find any information on her line. I would like to connect with anyone with any information on her family. 
When I researched Jewish families in Wurttemberg, there were only very few in the area at the time and they were not allowed to settle there permanently. 
Martin Mayer passed away in 1752.
Her son is my 6th Great Grandfather. He was Hantz Jakob Mayer was born about 1715 who died in 10/17/1757 in St. Charles, Louisiana
Any information would be most appreciated.
Crystal Ann Demars
(225) 290-3541

ViewMate translation requests - Polish #poland #translation


I've posted two vital records in Polish for which I need 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.

David Mahler

Akiva the Elder of Salonika #rabbinic #sephardic

Adam Cherson

I am in need of any information I can find regarding the Spanish part of the life of Akiva the Elder of Salonika, who according to GENI was born in Spain ca1360 and died in Salonika ca1400 (note: this is well before the Alhambra Decree), because I believe he is part of my own great-grandfather's yDNA ancestral lineage. If there are any Jewish History scholars who can recommend books or a person to consult with, or otherwise point me in a worthwhile direction, I would be most grateful.
Adam Cherson

BRCA-2 Gene Test Reveals Breast Cancer Genetic Link -Including for Males #dna #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen



Many of us are familiar that the BRCA-2 gene mutation may cause breast cancer in women, but many do not also realize that it could also cause breast cancer and/or prostate cancer in men and also breast and ovarian cancer in women. An article in the British press, The Guardian, discusses the BRCA-2 and to some extent the BRCA-1 and PALB2 genes.


While the breast cancer diagnosis in men is substantially less than in women it is still something everyone should be aware of.  The gene mutation was discovered 25 years ago.  The variant can be inherited from either parent and can spread through lineages with devastating effect. “If a man inherits a pathogenic mutation in BRCA2, then, when he’s in his early 60s, we now know he will have a 20% chance of developing prostate cancer. That compares with the normal risk for that age of about 3%,” said Professor Rosalind Eeles, at the Institute of Cancer Research. “In addition, those cancers are a lot more aggressive than standard cases of prostate cancer.”


BRCA-2 is found on chromosome 13. There are two such chromosomes, one inherited from one’s mother the other from ones’ father. If one parent has a mutant BRCA2 gene there will be a 50-50 chance they will pass it on to one of their children.


According to The Guardian article, pathogenic versions of BRCA1 have a similar effect while abnormal versions of another gene known as PALB2 has also been found to increase risk. The prospect of getting breast cancer over an average lifetime for a woman is 12%. However, if they carry mutated versions of BRCA1 or BRCA2 that risk rises to around 70%. An abnormal version of PALB2 raises that risk to around 50%.


The story of the discovery of the gene variant in The Guardian is of interest as there are two BRCA genes and BRCA-1 when found researchers at first did not think there was a second gene.


The new European Union medical guidelines have recently recommended that men over the age of 40 who have a pathogenic BRCA2 mutation should be offered annual screening for prostate cancer.

To read the Guardian article see:


The consumer direct-to-consumer DNA testing companies test for the three most common variants-but there are other variants that these DNA tests do not test for. there are more than 1,000 other known BRCA mutations, and dozens of other genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer." A  negative result does not rule out someone is a mutation carrier. Any positive test should be confirmed and the patient should undergo genetic counseling. See:

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Finding info on great grandparents Bayarsky in Belarus (Grodno? Minsk?) #belarus

Karen Heller Key

I am trying to find records regarding the deaths of my grandparents, Avram Elia Bayarsky and Nechama Shapiro Bayarsky and their children and grandchildren who lived in a small village called something like Szewoholodwicz - I’ve been told it was in the Minsk gubernia near Slutsk, though I also have reason to believe it was near Grodno. We were told that the family was taken out and shot in the woods near their farm - a neighbor wrote my grandmother after the war. We don’t have the letter, unfortunately. My grandmotther and four siblings came to the US between 1910 and 1920, but apparently many siblings and their parents remained in Belarus / Russia (depending on the report). I’ve found out a great deal about my great grandmother’s family, the Shapiros, but nothing about my great grandfather’s, though I have a photo of him. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Karen Heller Key
Washington, DC

Re: Weitz Bakery on West Adams, Los Angeles #usa

Michael McTeer

You also might try contacting the library to see if they have research services. The library from what I recall has large collections on various subjects.

An additional note for those with relatives in the Los Angeles area, is that the library also has telephone directories on line which are searchable.

Michael McTeer, 13488

Search advice for family/records from Pilica, Poland #poland


I am searching for records of my paternal grandmother and her family, who I believe may have emigrated from Pilica, Poland to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1908.  From Buenos Aires, they settled in Rosario, Argentina. 

I found a family that I believe may be them on the Hamburg passenger lists with the hometown of Pilica but I cannot confirm it is them.  The ages & names seem to somewhat line up but I can’t find any records in Jewishgen from Pilica that correspond to the family.  There are no other records from the family that point me anywhere other than Poland (marriage and death certificates).  Does anyone have any advice on other resources I can use to try to find Polish records on the family? My ggparents were born in 1870 and 1878 and my grandmother was born in 1905. 

Thank you,
Helen Gonzales
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Researching: WINTER/VISNER

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