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

Looking for Hofferts from Kolbuszowa #galicia #names #poland

Carl Kaplan

The Hoffert branch of my family came from Kolbuszowa, Galicia (now Poland). It's not a common name, and given the size of Kolbuszowa, I received some scholarly agreement with my assertion that there is a high probability that all the Hofferts from Kolbuszowa likely came from one family who took on the name in 1787. I can go back to around 1815. I only found 3 occurrences in the Family Finder, so I thought I would post here. Given there are no surviving vital records for Kolbuszowa, I am hoping that those descendant Hofferts may have done DNA testing, as my results are on all the major sites. I look forward to hearing from more Hofferts, and finding connections. Thanks.
Carl Kaplan
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KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Ella Kramerman #holocaust #poland

Marcel Apsel

I am searching information about Ella Kramerman or Kremerman, born in Lubaczow, Poland in 1918.  She stayed in the Föhrenwald 'displaced persons' camp near Münich, Germany in 1946 and probably married Simon Symcha Kaufman.  Any information will be appreciated

Marcel Apsel
Antwerpen, Belgium


Re: Help with GGfathers name missing on Gfathers Birth certificate #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

r is recte 'correctly'; f is falshe 'falsely'. Usually on a birth record it says child's given name, father's surname r mother's surname or child's name, mother's surname f father's surname. In these patterns mother's surname is recte and father's surname is falshe, as the government considered the child illegitimate.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

"This is the area where some birth records will say child's name surname = mother's maiden name r father's surname."

Re: Dray family from Morocco to France #france

Sherri Bobish


You can try searching the surname DRAY at
Using Morocco as place of birth gets 109 hits.
Using Morroco as place of death gets two hits.

You can also search old digitized newspapers at The National Library of Israel.  They have several historical newspapers of Morocco.


Sherri Bobish

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


Hello all,

I am researching my family history. I am posting with the goal of identifying and hopefully connecting with cousins of mine living in the U.K. that got separated from my family at the beginning of the 20th century. My family, the Liebermans, were most likely from the town of Berezina (in Modern-day Belarus) and two twin Lieberman males and possibly a third older Lieberman brother moved to the U.K. sometime before 1903 (and possibly were married somewhere around that time as well) or maybe a few years earlier.

The two unknown Lieberman male twins and older brother were brothers of my great grandfather. An old family tree lists the eldest brother's Hebrew name as Dov Ber and the twins' names as Avraham Dovid and Yakov Nachum. My great-grandfathers' name is Henry Lieberman (also known as Hillel). They also had a sister named Zlata Bayla and Chana. I have no idea if they went by their Hebrew names or took on secular names and if they went by Lieberman (maybe it was shortened to Lee?). Only my g-grandfathers' brothers went to the U.K.. Zlata Bayla went to the U.S. and Chana we believe went to South Africa. My g-grandfather and his siblings' father's name was Zvulun Lieberman and their mother's name was Rochel (maiden name Frumkin), also known as Fruma Rochel. I am told that Zvulun Lieberman was originally born Zvulun Litman but was adopted by cousins named Lieberman (and changed his surname to Lieberman) to avoid forced conscription. 

The family story is that Henry/Hillel was forcibly conscripted into the Russian army and sent to the front lines in the Russo-Japanese war. Realizing that he faced almost certain death, Henry/Hillel deserted from Manchuria and ran away to Shanghai, eventually making his way to Bombay, India and then to the U.K. (somewhere along the way he may have passed through both/either South Africa and the Suez Canal). Henry/Hillel then lived with his twin brothers in the U.K. for a few months before making his way to America, his final destination. Henry/Hillel arrived in the U.S. through Ellis Island in December 1904.

I am very interested in tracking down what happened to my Lieberman family in the U.K. (Henry's twin brothers and eldest brother) and if any descendants are alive today. If anyone has any connections or recommendations, please let me know.

Thank you so much,
Jason Lieberman jliebe97@...

OCJGS Meeting Sunday January 24th at 10:00 am Pacific Time #announcements

Michelle Sandler

The next Orange County California Jewish Genealogy Society meeting is Sunday January 24th at 10:00 am Pacific Time. Alexander Beider is speaking on What's in a name? Unravelling the Mystery of Jewish Migrations Through Onomastics. Free to members and $5 for nonmembers. Register at .
Michelle Sandler
President OCJGS
Westminster California

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