Translation Needed: Headstone #translation


Hi All,

I'm hoping for an additional translation of the attached headstone.  Thank you very much!

Amy Mitchell

Translation Needed: Marriage Record #records #translation


Hi All,

Would anyone be able to translate the attached document?  The whole record would be nice, but specifically the "Uwaga" column.  

Additionally, the parents of the groom, Josef Schaff, are listed with a different surname.  The parents are Solomon and Feige Reize Kaltwasser.  Is there some reason why the groom is listed with a different surname from his parents?  Adoption?  etc.  The bride is mostly definitely from a long Kaltwasser line, so that furthers the mystery.

Thanks in advance!
Amy Mitchell

Re: Genealogy Research on LIEBERMAN British Family Member Originally from Belarus #unitedkingdom #belarus

Sherri Bobish


U.K. vital records can be searched at:

The Poor Jews Temporary Shelter Database can be searched at:
Immigrants could stay there before moving on to their final destinations in The U.K., Africa, America and elsewhere.  You can do a soundex search on the surname.

The 1911 England & Wales Census can be searched at:

JewishGen's All United Kingdom Database can be searched at:

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

ZOOM Event: Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History Migration, Genetics #announcements #dna

Leah Kushner

The Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society is proud to announce
Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics.  
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 2pm Pacific Time

with Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a journalist, genealogist, and founder of the award- winning “Tracing the Tribe - Jewish Genealogy on Facebook” (37,000+ members/101-countries). She is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.

Maria Apodaca’s family has been in New Mexico since arriving with the Juan Onate expedition in 1598. She shares her personal story and the Sephardic saga.

For more information: SCJGSociety@...

New book about Oscar Bloch, Swiss-Jewish architect in Stuttgart #germany

Eva Lawrence

My Swiss cousin has just sent me the book she inspired and initiated, about the work of her Swiss-Jewish grandfather, the architect, Oscar Bloch (1881-1837).  Bloch & Guggenheim, Ein Jüdisches Architurbüro on Stuttgart. The partnership was based in Stuttgart and mainly designed houses for the Jewish comunity there. The author, Dietrich W Schmidt is an architectural historian, and has meticulously catalogued and described every building and design produced by the firm, whether realised or rejected.  
There are photos and plans in every case, as well as informed comments of the transition of Bloch's style from traditional to avant-garde.
Reading the book is to see the history of Jewish  life in Stuttgart, with the restrictions that professionals gradually had to work under, something that my cousin summarises very movingly in her foreword.

Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Anna Bikont Contact #holocaust #poland


Shalom friends, 

I am researching my family from Jedwabne, Poland. They were murdered in the 1941 massacre in Jedwabne. As you may know, there is a definitive book on the massacre in the Holocaust, there: THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE by Anna Bikont. 

I have purchased a copy of this book. My family is mentioned more than once. I would like to contact Anna Bikont to find out what other records she may have of my family. However, I could not find her email or any details online. 

I was wondering if anyone here might know how her email address or other contact details. It will be very helpful for my research. 

Thank you. 

With very best wishes, 

Yoav Aran 
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Winitsky/Vinitsky/Chudler from Detroit, Mich.

Steve Pickoltz

Here is an update on my Detroit search.
Besides Winitsky/Vinitsky let me now add Chudler.
The Chudler family consisted of a Lew and Ann who's son married a Lorraine Vinitsky in 1952.  At this wedding, there may have been cousins named Rofsky, also there, one by the name Henrietta.
I also have two 1934 addresses for the Venitsky familys, that I got off old envelopes.  One is 2640 Pregree Ave, the other is for 330 Owens Ave, both in Detroit.  It was hard to read the street names for both.
Maybe with this new info, someone may recognize these famlies.
Steve Pickholtz
New Jersey
searching--- Winitsky, Ostroff, Pickholtz and Klein/Kline
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Re: Russian immigration to the US late 1980s where to look? #russia

Aaron Slotnik

Hi David,

There is a good chance that Jewish Soviet immigrants at that time received assistance from HIAS.  As such, I suggest searching here ( to see if there is a record.  Depending on how closely related you are, HIAS may be able to provide additional information.  If they naturalized, there is a chance you may be able to find a reference to their files on FamilySearch or Ancestry; however, given how recent it is, you may need to submit an index search request to the USCIS genealogy program.

Hopefully this helps and good luck in your search!

Aaron Slotnik
Chicago, IL

Re: Photos of stores in Philadelphia 1920s-1940s #usa

Barbara Rice

The Philadelphia city archives has photos.  Search here:

Barbara Rice
Minneapolis, MN
Researching Kuppferschmidt, Radekhiv Ukraine and Philadelphia

Barbara Rice,  Minneapolis MN
Researching Kupferschmidt - Radekhiv Ukraine and Philadelphia PA; Zuchovitz - Stowtsby Belarus and Woodbine NJ; Rohssler - Krakow and New York City; Rehfeld - Gollub-Dobrzyn; Rusonik - Polotsk Belarus, Manchester England, New York City and Providence RI.

Re: Sussman News (1934-1939) digitized and downloadable #announcements #education #lithuania #names #usa


My grandfather was named David Schaffer.  His mother’s name was Reiza or Rose and her maiden name was Sussman or Zisman.  Reiza/Rose parents’ names were Zisu and Shiendla (maiden name Faibish). Zisu’s parents names were Marcu or Mordechai and Sura.  Reiza Sussman/Zisman was probably born sometime between 1844 and 1849. She died in Romania on June 30, 1912.  Reiza had a brother named Barnet Zisman (1860-1913).  Barnet had 2 sons – Nathan and Joshua.  They would have been my grandfather David’s cousins.  Nathan would later marry David’s oldest daughter Charlotte.  So Nathan Zisman was both my first cousin twice removed and my uncle through marriage.

David Schaffer
Vienna, Virginia

Re: Seeking Belarus Archives Researcher #belarus

Gerry Posner

You will do well to contract Yuri Dorn who is excellent. He knows his way around the archives there and is able to speak English well. I have used him as have many others and I recommend him totally.

Looking for a researcher in L'viv to access a record #galicia #records


I am looking for a researcher to access and provide me with copies of the section of a handwritten document that is located in The Stefanyka Libray in Lviv. It is called "The Inventory of Brzozow County" by Jerzy Zanozinski in 1934. The part I am interested in has to do with the old synagogue from Dynow. 

Brooklyn, NY

NEGER, SPINRAD (Dynow, Poland)
TOLPEN (Suchostaw, Poland/Sukhostav, Ukraine)
DISTENFELD, ADLER, WILDER (Kamionka Strumilowa, Poland/Kamianka-Buzka, Ukraine)

Immigrant ships that never made it to America #general

Bob Silverstein

We have all poured over those ship manifests recording the arrival of our ancestors on these shores.  However, I have always wondered about ships that may have been lost at sea and along with them, their hopeful passengers.  Can anyone shed any light on this?
Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Motol, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

Looking for info about jewish community that resided in Sacurov Slovakia #slovakia


Sacurov is a village in the district of Vranov, east Slovakia
my grandfather named Rabbi Shimon Keller resided there and was also the Shochet
my father and his family also lived there for a while 
are their in this forum any descendants of families that lived there and have pictures or any more history of the Jewish community that resided pre WW2
would be very interested to know more
also if someone may know of photographs of any Kellers or Kauftheils would be very interested - as we have no photographs at all!
Joseph Kauftheil

Seeking info on Wolfgang KLAPPHOLZ #germany #holocaust

Myra Fournier

Wolfgang KLAPPHOLZ  (born on March 5, 1934 in Magdeburg, Germany) was the son of my uncle Alfred KLAPPHOLZ (born on Oct 18, 1909) and Ilse JORDAN (born on June 19, 1916). Alfred and Ilse divorced about 1943, and because Ilse was not Jewish, she left Wolfgang with Alfred to try to make a new life for herself. Alfred KLAPPHOLZ and his second wife (or companion) Else LECKER (born on April 12, 1912) died in 1944 in a concentration camp. Wolfgang was put in a local orphanage in Magdeburg (I do not know the name) and Ilse visited him occasionally. She finally lost interest in reuniting with him and did not see him again as far as I know. As late as January, 1947 Wolfgang was found living with foster parents Gustav DEHNE and his wife in Magdeburg. Wolfgang was visited in the DEHNE home by his relative Erwin SCHLEIN (and wife), who once was thought would take Wolfgang, but didn’t. HIAS Berlin and the Dutch Red Cross were involved in locating Wolfgang in 1947. They had also been in contact with Wolfgang’s grandmother Johanna (nee SCHLEIN) KLAPPHOLZ in the U.S., but she died in April, 1947. I have contacted various agencies and organizations, but am at a dead end.
Myra Fournier

Re: Help translating Yiddish on back of photos #translation

Menachem Schreiber

If you upload them to jewishgen, somebody will help you (if they are readable and short), there are many yiddish speakers here including myself.
Menachem Schreiber

Photos of stores in Philadelphia 1920s-1940s #usa


The NYC property tax office took photos of every building and house in all five boroughs in 1940, and again in 1980. Did the city of Philadelphia have a similar program to photograph buildings? My great-grandfather, Louis WOLDOWSKY, owned two butcher shops during the 1920s-1940s. The addresses were 5865 Rodman Street, and 6162 Webster Street. I would love to see images of those stores.

Thank you,
Ben Zitomer

Fate of László Réti (Rosenfeld) #hungary #holocaust

Peter Cherna

My mother's cousin is 81 and a Holocaust survivor, living in Southern California. She was born in Debrecen Hungary and her father was taken into the Labor Battalion (6th Battalion) in 1942 or 43, when she was 3 or 4 years old. He did not come back. We are hoping to learn more specifics about his fate or what happened when and where to his unit. I know we may not find definitive documentation, but perhaps we can get a bit more of a glimpse.


Here is what we know:


  • He was born ROSENFELD László (he Magyarized his surname to RÉTI, and appears in some indexes under either name). He was born 4 Aug 1905 in Debrecen, and married Jolán REINER in 1938.
  • He was a lawyer
  • What she and her mother were told in the aftermath is that the men in that battalion were being prepped to be shipped to Ukraine (or at least so they were told), but then they were taken in small groups into the forest, and shot. Supposedly, one of the men escaped and shared the story, and some 900 were killed in this manner. Some records give his unit as “106/9 TMSZ”.
  • The Klarsfeld Nevek project has his name, indexed both at and


I would be grateful if anyone has any details, resources, or suggestions.



Peter Cherna, Exton PA (peter@...)
Researching CSERNA (Budapest, Székesfehérvár), GRUNFELD (Székesfehérvár), BRAUN, REINER (Budapest, Nyíregyháza, Máriapócs), EHRENFELD (Pozsony, Balassagyarmat) BRACK (Ipolykeszi)

Russian immigration to the US late 1980s where to look? #russia

David Syner

I had several relatives that immigrated to the United States from Moscow in the late 1980s, I'm wondering if anyone else would they filled out immigration papers in Moscow or the United States more likely than not they flew into the United States to their destinations. thanks in advance for any help with where the search

David Syner
Los Angeles, CA
cell 310-801-2279


Family website

SINER / ZINNER / ZINER New YorkBialystok

SCHMALTZ / SCHMALZ/SZMALZ New York, Luna, Grodno, Stoll, Rudman, Carbella ;Russia ( Grodno is now Hrodna, Belarus ) AVES, Russia  POUSNER / POSNER, New York, Russia BERLIN Detroit BELENKY / BIELINKA / BELLINSKY Libau, Latvia, Mohilew NEWMAN Detroit NEIMAN / NUONAW/ PENICA / PENITZ Krasosielc, Poland, Warshaw  MELTZERDetroit, Katrinslove or Poltavia or Gatrinslove (sp), Russia, or Yekahnislaw or Ekaterinoslau (Ekaterinoslav is now Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) DEITCH, Russia  RACHATAN/RACHIDSON /RUSICHAU / RUSICHAN / KrasechanDwinsk,Russia ( Dwinsk is Daugavpils, Latvia) BELIAK/ BIELAK / BELAK Toronta, CanadaBreslaw, Slobotka,  Riga, Dwinsk, Israel SALOWEI / SALWAY / SOLOWEY London, Polotska YANKELOVNAJanklow Markova, Poland, Warsaw, NAPOVISKA, Russia

Seeking Belarus Archives Researcher #belarus

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt

Please post or send privately: recommendations for the names of researchers
who have accessed the Archives in Minsk, Belarus within the past two years.
Strong English skills and with references preferred.

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
Erie, Colorado
Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
Director, US Research Division

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