Searching for relative #belarus #general

Miron Chumash

I'm looking for any information about my wife's aunt who was murdered in the holocaust. Her family name before her marriage was Bunimovitz and her Given name was Reisel. She was born and lived until her marriage in the town of Vishniva, Belarus. We know she got married before the war but we don't know her last name after her marriage. We do not know the name of her husband, we know he was from Minsk. We know she had a son and that she was with him in the Vishniva ghetto. We will be happy for any information.

Miron Chumash

Re: great synagogue in london hebrew translation #translation

Yitschok Margareten

I'll explain the Hebrew words that cause confusion. 

1. The groom's name: 
ר' שמעון בן' צבי המ' הירש יוסף 
The המ' is the abbreviation for המכונה, which means "who is called", this is mandatory in a Jewish contract for a person who is called with a nickname. Although this document is not a legal Jewish contract, it follows the rules of the Ketuba [marriage contract], as you can see the mentioning that the bride is a virgin and she is coming from her father's home (see further). 

2. The brother's name Zussman:
Although Zussman is more commonly known as a family name, I do know people who are named Zussman as thier first name. 

3. The words following the brothers' names:
יהיו עה"ח 
עה"ח is the abbreviation for על החתונה, the meaning of these words is "will be at the wedding", which corresponds to the question "will attend wedding". 

4. The line after the bride's name:
מבי אבוה 
Means that she comes from her father's home. This is mentioned in the Ketuba regarding dowry. If the father is alive and he is paying her dowry, מבי אבוה [from her father's home] is written, otherwise מבי נשא [from the woman's home] is written. 

I hope this clarifies all confusions. If you still have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. 

Yitschok Margareten

Julius Schwartzberg, Manchester 1900s #russia #unitedkingdom

Neil Fraser <neil8fff@...>

Can anyone provide information on Julius Schwartzberg who was born in
Russia about 1877, and moved to Manchester, possibly in the 1890s. He
married Gertude Cohen, born Russia about 1883, in 1902 in Prestwich,
Lancashire. Julius took the name Black and became a naturalised UK
citizen in 1926. In the 1911 Census he was recorded as a feather
merchant, Prestwich. He died in May 1938. Gertrude died May 1952. The
information is requested by Pat Allsopp of Salamander Bay, New South
Wales. Posted by Neil Fraser, on behalf of Pat Allsopp.

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Re: Need help translating Hebrew on gravestones & memorial plaques #canada #translation

Leya Aronson

The first two plaques are for the same person. In the first, his name is written in Yiddish as TEVYA. On the second, it is written in the Hebrew as TUVIA. Date of death in Hebrew is the 18th of Shvat, 5738.

The first tombstone is for Joseph
YOSEPH DAVID son of  BEN-ZION the COHEN died the 19th of Tammuz, 5720

The second tombstone for Mortimer
The Young man [unmarried] MOSHE son of DAVID YOSEPH, died the 30th of Kislev, 5708
The final one is for 
RASHKA the daughter of DAVID, died the 17th of Nissan, 5717 [which is the 3rd day of Passover]

Hope this helps,

Leya Aronson
Toronto, Canada

Hope this helps.

Post war pogroms in Wloclawek and/or Kutno #poland #general


Looking for information about pogroms (or similar) that may have occurred in Wloclawek or Kutno areas after the war.  Would appreciate any info.
Relly Coleman

Re: location of Givozits? #general

Ben Kempner

Hello Saul,

My grandparents were born in Gwozdziec, Kolomea (in 1878 & 1887), Galicia (now Hvizdets, Ukraine).  Surnames that I'm aware of: JUNGERMANN, SPERBER, SCHECHTER, FRIEDMAN, STEIN.

The town had a population of less than 3,000 at the time. Chances are that our ancestors were neighbors or even relatives.

Have you taken a DNA test?  If so and you're interesting in seeing if there's a connection, please send me an email directly to benjamin.kempner@....  I'd need to know which company(ies) you've tested with and under what name.

Ben Kempner

New Revision Lists found #ukraine #bessarabia #records

Yefim Kogan

Hello friends,  Shavua Tov,

I want to share with you good news about our Bessarabia records findings.

Thanks a lot to our volunteer Deborah Glassman.  She found among FamilySearch microfilms a huge set of microfilms from 1835, Revision Lists, and some with Jewish records.  We just started to look into them, and for now here are something we found:

1.  Khotin uezd, 1835, the town is written "Mogilev-Ataki".  I am not sure what that really means.  Maybe in 1835 Mogilev, which is on another side from Ataki was part of Bessarabia?!  I do not know abou this.
Friends from Ukraine group, maybe you know anything about it?  In any case, we are going to transcribe these pages.

 2. Soroki, 1835. 
Interesting that uezd is Yassy...  that uezd later became Beltsy uezd.  Possible that 1835 Soroki was part of a large Yassy uezd.

3. Skulyany, Yassy (Beltsy) uezd, 1835

I believe that we will find more of Jewish records in that huge pile of microfilms, which are not catalogued.

If anyone is interested to work on translation of these Revision Lists, please let me know.

Also if you searched FamilySearch and found Jewish records, which we do not have, please let us know too.  We will be able to translate all of them!

Again, thanks to Deborah G.  who is helping us tremendously.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia Group Leader and Coordinator

Netherlands-- Transport Lists of Camp Westerbork Can be Searched on War Lives #holocaust #records

Jan Meisels Allen



The Dutch site War Lives included the transport lists of Camp Westerbork. Camp Westerbork was the main transport camp in World War ll in the Netherlands from where Jews, Roma, Sinti, homosexuals and other persecuted people were transported to the death camps of Eastern Europe.

Camp Westerbork was the final transport camp to Auschwitz for Anne Frank.












Some have information on name, date of birth, where captured, concentration camp and date of death and have photographs. Where available there are links to documents  There are over 361,000 entries.


War Lives is in both Dutch and English and can be accessed at:


Thank you to Yvette Hoitink and her Dutch Genealogy Blog for informing us about this information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Looking for Mrs. Irena (Kanner) Berger Lobel or any info about her family #romania #france #names


Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to an amazing friend from Israel, I've found out that I have a cousiness, Mrs. Irena Berger Lobel, daughter of my auntie Hilda (nee. Kanner) and Mr. Beno Berger Lobel. She was born in Bucuresti in 1925. Hope to meet someone who could give any further information about her. I know she lived in Paris for a while with our grandmother Adella Kanner.

Thank you

Artur Canella Avelar

Re: translation from hebrew needed #translation


Hi Deborah, 

The Hebrew text of Ricka's epitaph sheds light on Levi's name. It says that she is the wife of Yehuda Hess.
His English name is Levi and although Levi is a name derived from the Bible it is not his Hebrew name.

This is actually a common pattern. Ashkenazi Jews used to have next to their Hebrew name a Yiddish  name where there was a commonly accepted connection between both names. Since the Bible compares Judah, Jacob's son, to a lion, the Yiddish equivalent was based on Loewe, Leib...

In the US, it is often found that German Jews named Judah-Loewe chose Levi as English name. The most famous was Levi Strauss.
This is the same story for Levi Hess.
He passed away three years after his second wife and was not around anymore to inform that his Hebrew name was Judah. This is how on his grave he appears as Levi in the Hebrew text as well  

Best regards,

Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet, Israel 

Re: Yizkor Book Report for January 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

David Harrison

Dear Lance
I think my grandfather came from Halisch, which I believe is now Kalisz which seemed a very nice place when I visited it several years ago and then tried to find him in the Register of Births   but I possibly could not find him because I was looking in the early January of one-year instead of the late December of the previous year.  (I should have remembered the change of Calendars.).  Is there a Yizkor Book yet for that town. His parents were Jacob and Celle Herszhowich, My Grandfather left Poland in about 1905 and via Berlin and Patis got to London in about 1898, so would be vety interesting in itacing that family.
David Harrison, Birmingham GB (orUK)

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To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: [] Yizkor Book Report for January 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates



Can someone please tell me where January 2021 disappeared? It seems that with the non-stop rush of activity in the Yizkor Book Project, the month passed by me in the blink of an eye and I what remains for me is to let you know a little of what was achieved in this fleeting month.


I would firstly like to share with you a very welcome initiative by Laurence Broun, the Mizocz Yizkor Book Translations Coordinator. He has arranged for graduate-level, foreign language students at George Washington University to take on translations from the Mizozc book. The first translations, reviewed by both Laurence and the students’ advisor, are now available online and this undertaking continues on.


Needless to say, for most of our projects we aren’t able to find skilled volunteer translators and we do require the services of professional translators, involving considerable sums of money - usually, upwards of $25 a page. Since the books are hundreds of pages in length, it is clear that to translate a whole book the outlay is, indeed, considerable. For that reason, we have set up dedicated Translation Funds so that people with connections to these lost communities can be part of the group effort to financially support the  translation of these books.


Just recently, a number of such funds were set up for the following books:

·  Makow Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Maków-Mazowiecki)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Warszawa, Poland (Jewish Warsaw that was; a Yiddish literary anthology)

If any of these communities are dear to your heart and would like to donate to help see the translation of the particular Yizkor book become a reality, please go to the Yizkor Book Translation Funds page.

For quite a few of our projects, large amounts of new material were added in January bringing them ever closer to the goal of completely translating the books. I am quite confident that in coming months, we’ll see quite the completion of quite a few projects.

The very large quantity of updates, as always, was carried out by our hard-working volunteer htmlers - Jason Halgarten and Max Heffler who, day in and day out, add in the new material to the web pages, and have been doing the same for quite a number of years. They do deserve our grateful thanks for their continued dedication to the Yizkor Book Project.

Now for the January updates:


Yizkor Book updates

This month, 30 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Baia Mare, Romania (A monument to the Jews of Nagybanya, Nagysomkut, Felsobanya, Kapolnok Monostor and vicinity)

·  Bessarabia (The Jews in Bessarabia; between the world wars 1914-1940, volume I)

·  Biłgoraj, Poland (Destruction of Bilgoraj)

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Chelm, Poland (Commemoration book Chelm)

·  Ciechanowiec, Poland (Ciechanoviec-Bialystok District; Memorial and Records)

·  Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zhetel)

·  Hrubieszow, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Hlybokaye, Belarus(The Destruction of Globokie)

·  Jaroslaw, Poland (Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town)

·  Kamyanyets, Belarus (Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies)

·  Kolki, Ukraine (Summoned from the Ashes)

·  Krynki, Poland (Memorial book of Krynki)

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

·  Lithuania  (Lita)

·  Makow Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Maków-Mazowiecki)

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz)

·  Przedecz, Poland (Memorial book to the Holocaust victims of the city of Pshaytsh)

·  Radomsko, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity)

·  Rafalovka, Ukraine (Memorial book for the towns of Old Rafalowka, New Rafalowka, Olizarka, Zoludzk and vicinity)

·  Siedlce, Poland (On the ruins of my home; the destruction of Siedlce)

·  Siedlce, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Siedlce)

·  Slonim, Belarus Memorial Book of Slonim)

·  Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

·  Telšiai, Lithuania (Telsiai Book)

·  Ustilug, Ukraine (The growth and destruction of the community of Uscilug)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Wołomin, Poland (Volomin; a memorial to the Jewish community of Volomin)

·  Warszawa, Poland (Book of Warsaw)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

New entries

The following are new entries placed online during January.

New book

The following is a new complete book placed online during January.


  • Bar, Ukraine (Town of Bar: Jewish Pages Through The Prism Of Time)

In conjunction with the complete translation of this book going online, this is one of the books published last month by the Yizkor Books in Print (YBIP) Project.

New Yizkor Books in Print

Speaking of publishing, the well oil machine known as the Yizkor Books in Print Project has once again published a remarkable number of new books last month with translations from the Yizkor Book Project. The volunteers in this project, ably led by Joel Alpert, are worthy of our thanks for their dedication and, especially their talent in presenting us with books which respectfully immortalize our lost communities.

The following are the books that were published in January:

If you are interested in any of these books or any of the others that have been made available, please go to the YBIP main page shown below.

Important links

Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

All the best,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



Re: What happened on 7 March 1612 in Poznan? Mass death of Jews #general #poland

Gerson Sher

Dear Krzysztof - 

That is certainly the answer, then. The flood of Lent 1612. Thank you! In that case, my initial guess was wrong and I'm most happy to acknowledge it.

It certainly would have been nice if those who recorded that piece of vital data had been noted in the genealogical entries I came across. Historical analysis is very tricky indeed.

I deeply appreciate your interest and effort to shed light on this issue.


Gerson Sher

Re: What happened on 7 March 1612 in Poznan? Mass death of Jews #general #poland

Krzysztof Witaszek

Hello Gerson

Probably the explanation for this matter may be the flood in Poznan that took place (according to the „Chronicle of Poznań city writers”) in  Lent  of 1612.   Lent in that year began with Ash Wednesday on 7th march! 

This chronicle says that the water was so high that submerged all the city bridges.,36001,7950021,Wielka_woda_w_Poznaniu__Bywala_tu__i_to_nie_raz_.html

Maybe the chronicle itself would give more information, I’ve read only this article.

An explanation, that the documents were created later and a particular day (the beginning of Lent) was chosen as a death day, sounds reasonable.

Frankfurt and Poznań are some 800 km apart, were situated in different kingdoms, and it seems that the Fettmilch Rebelion was a local event.

The omniscient wikipedia says that the fires in Poznań started usually in the Jewish quarter or in suburbs and were spreading further to the city. The houses in that quarter were wooden in contrary to the brick houses inside the city walls.

We can believe that the fires started because of antisemitism, but remember that in realities of that time such antisemitism would end on the gallows as with the case of Fettmilch. It is far less risky to set a fire these days.

Krzysztof Witaszek

Kraushaar’s family in Wojnilow #poland


We are looking for Kraushaar’s family member that lived in Wojnilow and suburban in the 1930’s. My father David Kraushaar lived in Wojnilow and Moszkowce in the 1920’s and 1930’s and finally migrated to Argentina but his mother and daughter remaines there.
Diana Kraushaar

ViewMate Translation Request for 1875 Volodarka Residents List - Russian #translation



I have posted a record in Russian from the 1875 Volodarka Residents List. I would like to know the complete translation for all of the families on the page. I believe the families include: Novofastovsky, Olin, Tsarevsky and Shapiro.

The record is on ViewMate at the following address:

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

Thank you very much.
Ben Zitomer

Re: Virgin buys 23andMe #announcements

Jill Whitehead

Virgin has diverse interests - in the UK these range from Virgin Internet (my internet provider), to Virgin Airlines, Virgin Railways, and at one time Virgin Record stores (some of these businesses are now defunct), and more besides etc, etc. Richard Branson's latest activity is to try and launch himself into space, a development from Virgin Airlines. This is a global conglomerate, so Virgin's interests would be worldwide. 

There seems to be a lot of globalization going on in the DNA world - FTDNA joining up with an Aussie company, Ancestry taking on a British Chairman in Mark Thompson etc. It would not be surprising if some of these developments were due to Covid 19 where genetic sequencing is the big thing. 50% of worldwide genetic sequencing for Covid 19 takes place in the UK at present. Covid 19 seems to be leading to a lot of changes.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Question about genetic groups on My Heritage & Ancestry #dna #sephardic

Jill Whitehead

The K36 analysis I had conducted (very cheaply) by a specialist group about a year ago from an European supplier identified the mix of possible groups in my ancestry, and as Kevin says they can be very diverse over time.  This does depend on the reference groups used and available, though. My own analysis showed a similarity in my DNA  to a mix of peoples such as the Belmonte Crypto Jews of Portugal, Romaniate from Thessalonika, Berbers in North Africa and groups in the Babylonian/Caucasus areas (both my direct mtda line and my brother's direct line YDNA are said to originate from the Babylonian/Caucasus areas). This is not a well developed science as yet, and such analyses can only give you indications of ancestry. But it is more defined than the info provided by the main DNA companies. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Looking for members of theMiller family from Grojec, SW of Warsaw, Poland #poland #warsaw #general

Amit Gnatek

Hey Angel,
I'm the town leader of Grojec in JRI-Poland.
Please write to my personal email and I'll help you with your search.
Best Regards,
Amit Gnatek

Who married my aunt in Bedzin? #poland #general

Roger Lampert


I’ve posted a wedding photo on Viewmate , It is my aunt Fela (aka Fajgla) whose maiden name was PRZYROWSKI. She was from Bedzin and it must have been taken in the early 1920s. It was sent to my grandfather in the UK. Presumably they would have also have sent copies to the other parts of the family who were called LEWKOWICZ and WILMAN. If anyone recognises the chap that she married, can they please let me know. Her married name is the key to finding out what happened to her family. Thanks. Roger Lampert

Need help translating Hebrew on gravestones & memorial plaques #canada #translation

Chloe Kogan

Hello! This is my first post to the Group and I'm so excited and hopeful that someone may be able to help with these translations. I am working to trace my late father's family history. In order to progress further, I'm hoping to have the attached 3 gravestones and 2 memorial plaques translated from the Hebrew inscriptions into English:

  • The 2 memorial plaques are for my late great-uncle, David Fisher (of blessed memory) -- in Massachusetts.
  • The first gravestone is for my grandfather, Joseph Kogan (of blessed memory) -- in Montreal, QC, Canada.
  • The second gravestone is for Joe's eldest child, Mortimor Kogan (of blessed memory), my half-uncle -- in Montreal, QC, Canada.
  • The third gravestone is, I believe, for Motimor's maternal grandmother, Rose Vineberg (of blessed memory) -- in Montreal, QC, Canada.
I would greatly appreciate any help you could offer with translating these texts! I'm afraid these were photos I was able to find online, and I'm not nearby any of them to go and take better/closer photos. I hope the quality is good enough to read them clearly.

I'm working on tracing the previous generation, Joseph's parents (from Ukraine, we believe) and David's parents (Lithuania, we believe), and knowing all their Hebrew names would be of tremendous value in my research. So thank you!

Chloe Kogan (currently in Arizona, USA; originally from Montreal, QC, Canada)

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