Viewmate Translation Request - German #germany #translation

Adam Oppenheim

I've posted the following vital records in German for which I need a transcription of the handwritten script. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...
Please respond via the form(s) provided on the respective ViewMate image pages.
These records pertain to either: (1) Meier Kahn and family, of Dudenhofen and connections to the Stern and Daub families of Nidda; or (2) the Dewald family of Woerrstadt, Mainz and Dolgesheim.
Thank you very much.
Adam H. Oppenheim
Takoma Park, Md

Holocaust Symbolism on Matzevot (Tombstones) #holocaust

Madeleine Isenberg

After years of looking at inscriptions and imagery on matzevot (tombstones) in photos around the world, I recently realized that I have overlooked an important and significant marking that has appeared, but not in every case.  I'm talking about those brave Holocaust survivors who made it to places around the world and were able to raise families and lead productive lives despite all that they suffered, even living to ripe old ages. 

When finding an indicator either by some symbolism or wording, it makes one feel a sense of pride and relief that these people defiantly strove to stay alive, despite Hitler's intent to destroy all Jews.

Another person who photographs tombstones in the USA, James Mason (Meeka90069@... ) who is not Jewish, and we have considered this might be an interesting research project to discover how and where such indications appear.
In the USA, quite often I have seen either engraved, or as an "add-on" to a matzeva, that looks mostly like this, although the lettering may vary:

In Seattle, Washington, in a Sephardic cemetery I often found actual words engraved, such as "Holocaust Survivor."  This is important because too many of us think that the Holocaust was an Ashkenazi thing.

James contacted Nolan ALTMAN, who administers the JOWBR databases, and was in turn referred to Renee STEINIG of JGSLI.  Renee sent James the following information that I have abstracted, 

"... the one survivor symbol with which I'm familiar -- a metal grave marker... At one time, such markers could be purchased from the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. Now their web site says "out of stock" ( ... According to a newspaper article published in 1986 ... Judy Freeman, the survivor who encouraged the Gathering to manufacture them, the design was first used in 1981, at a world gathering of survivors in Jerusalem. Mrs. Freeman did not know who designed the original image, which she said symbolized Judaism (the Star of David), imprisonment (the barbed wire), liberation (the break in the star), and new life (the branch)."I have also been unable to learn who designed it in the first place.

I still have been unable to discover the originator of that design.

Another possible image for which I have no confirmation of its relevance, is a sort of eternal flame.

And recently, I noticed on the matzeva of one of my Slovakian-born cousins who died and is buried in the Har Hamenuchot Cemetery, these beautiful words from Zecharia 3:2, 
אוד מוצל מאש , (a brand plucked from fire).

Almost an implicit indicator of a survivor, are those people who ensured that names of those who perished without a memorial were also to be remembered by creating a form of cenotaph, in adding the names of the unmarked to that of another relative or ancestor's grave who had died before the Holocaust and where such matzevot still exist somewhere.

So to those of you out there who prepared the matzevot for your survivors, or who have seen such, please send me photographs to this email: mrizbiz@..., telling me where they are to be found (cemetery name, city, country, etc.).

And if anyone knows who designed that specific barbed-wire Magen David, please enlighten us all!

Thanks in advance,



Madeleine Isenberg
Beverly Hills, CA
Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLUECKSMAN, STOTTER in various parts of Galicia, Poland
(Nowy Targ, Nowy Sanz, Wachsmund, Dembno, Lapuszna, Krakow, Ochotnica) who migrated into Kezmarok or
nearby towns in northern Slovakia and Czech Republic (i.e., those who lived/had businesses in Moravska Ostrava);
GOLDSTEIN in Sena or Szina, Szkaros and Kosice, Slovakia; Tolcsva and Tokaj, Hungary.

JGS Cleveland presents The View from Pittsburgh with Eric Lidji. #education #jgs-iajgs #events


Join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland ( for our next Zoom meeting and program on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 7-8:30 pm EST:  The View from Pittsburgh with Eric Lidji.


Program description:  Although the cities of Pittsburgh and Cleveland are near one another, their Jewish communities developed in remarkably different ways, the result of topography, transportation routes, industry, and personalities. A look at the history of the Jewish population of Pittsburgh from its founding to its current history, with a few comparisons to Cleveland, can illuminate the experience of both communities.  Eric will discuss the history of Jewish archiving in Pittsburgh, including recent efforts to document the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, 2018 and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Jewish community.


Speaker:  Eric Lidji is the director of the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The archive includes more than 1,000 collections documenting all aspects of Jewish life in Western Pennsylvania. He is the author of "The Seventeenth Generation: The Lifework of Rabbi Walter Jacob" and a co-editor of "Her Deeds Sing Her Praises: Profiles of Pittsburgh Jewish Women" and "Bound in the Bond of Life: Pittsburgh Writers Reflect on the Tree of Life Tragedy."


Registration is required and free.  Send an email to rsvp@... with your name, email, and complete mail address by 12 Noon EST on March 10 to receive a Zoom link. 

Space is limited and priority will be given to JGS Cleveland members.




Contact: Deborah A. Katz, JD, PhD

Vice President, Programming

Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

Re: Trying to Make Sense of a Jewish Welfare Board, War Correspondence Entry #records

Sherri Bobish


Max ELLMAN's passenger manifest is indexed under the name Mordke HILLMAN.  You can see the manifest (both pages) on

The manifest has a surname crossed out (looks like "KELMAN"), and "HILLMAN" written in.  The manifest states he left behind his wife, name looks like Ruchel KELMAN.

Town of last permanent residence and place of birth looks like Tarorovick (sp??) 

He is going to his brother-in-law Spiegel or Siegel in Chicago.

Max's nat papers give his place of birth as Zinkow (Zin'kiv [Ukr]), not Minkovitz (Myn'kivtsi [Ukr]), although these two towns are only 16 miles apart.
I found this on Saratov, where his supposed child lived"
"During January 1915, with World War I dominating the Russian national agenda, Saratov became the destination for deportation convoys of ethnic Germans, Jews, Hungarians, Austrians and Slavs whose presence closer to the western front was perceived as a potential security risk to the state."

Have you found Max's wife's passenger manifest?  That should contain some clues for you.  Perhaps she left behind a child?  Perhaps the child and the grandmother were evacuated to Saratov during WW1?

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Re: How to find record that states "Lewin 'Birth Records'" see enclosed pdf #general #unitedkingdom

Jocelyn Keene

Did you ever get your question answered?  I usually don't try to answer questions because by the time I get the daily digest, most of the questions have long been answered.  But I noticed your question and that I know the answer however as of yet I haven't seen it be answered.
The Lewin "Birth Records" is one of an excellent set of book with translations and tabulations of vital records recorded by London Ashkenazi synagogues and subsequently filmed by FamilySearch.  One of these, published in 2008, was "Birth Records of the Great & Hambro Synagogues London".  The record you have flagged appears there and you probably found it in a website, perhaps SynagogueScribes, that uses these published books.  The other Lewin books are "Marriage Records of the Great Synagogue London, 1791-1885" (2004); "Birth Records of the New Synagogue & Marriage Records of the New & Hambro Synagogues London" (2010); and "Burial Records of the Great & Hambro Synagogues - London, 1791-1837" (2013). I highly recommend these books for anyone with Ashkenazi Anglo-Jewish ancestry. There is also a separate set (not by the Lewins) available from the S&P Synagogues for Sephardic ancestry.  
Best wishes,
Jocelyn Keene
Pasadena, California

Re: Old lineages (don Vino = Weinstock) #hungary

David Levine

Hi Moishe

Have you looked into hiring researchers in Hungary or even Spain? 
Local experts might be able to get deeper into it.

Best Regards,
David Levine
San Francisco, CA, USA
Weinstein -> Solotwina, Galicia | Frisch, Hilman, Jungerman, Schindler -> Rozniatow, Galicia | Golanski, Kramerofsky/Kromerovsky -> Kiev | Lefkowitz -> Petrikov, Belarus | Shub, Rosen Hlusk, Belarus | Levine, Weiner, Zamoshkin -> Slutsk, Belarus 

Re: Washington Heights by LBI #usa

Ralph Baer

You undoubtedly know this, but there was also a branch of Bloch & Falk in Jackson Heights. We often went there when I was a child because my father’s parents lived in Jackson Heights. I recall how happy I was to receive a Cervelatwurst which my parents purchased there when I was away at college. I wonder if there is someplace when can buy them (the all-beef variety) these days.

Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

Tomorrow - JewishGen Talks: Roots of Jews in Italy - Names and History #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

We invite you to attend a special presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars:
Roots of Jews in Italy - Names and History
Speaker: Dr. Alexandre Beider
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
2:00 pm Eastern Time (New York)
Registration is free with a suggested donation.
About the Talk
Often, the Jews who inhabited during the last centuries the territory of modern Italy are considered Sephardi.  An analysis — based in part on the names used — reveals a very heterogeneous composition of local communities. Alongside the real Sephardim (a group of exiles from Iberian Peninsula who came at the turn of the 16th century, as well as the “ex-Crypto-Jews” who were coming during about 150 years starting with mid-16th century), we find families whose ancestors have never lived on the territory of modern Spain or Portugal: the largest group composed of descendants of Roman Jews who lived in continental Italy since Antiquity, numerous Ashkenazim who migrated from southern Germany to northern Italy during the 13th-16th centuries, Jews expelled from Sicily (1493) and France (1394, 1501), and migrants from North Africa. For many centuries, Italy served as a "hub" for Jewish migrations.
About the Speaker
Alexander Beider was born in Moscow in 1963. He studied mathematics and theoretical physics in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology from which he received a PhD in applied mathematics (1989). Since 1990, he lives with his family in Paris, France. In 2000, he received his second PhD, this time in the domain of Jewish studies, from Sorbonne. Beider uses onomastics and linguistics as tools allowing to unravel the history of the Jewish people. He has written a series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Jewish surnames, all published by Avotaynu Inc. They include: A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire (1993, 2nd revised edition in 2008), Jewish Surnames in Prague (15th-18th centuries) (1994), A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland (1996), A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia (2004), A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Maghreb, Gibraltar, and Malta (2017), and A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Italy, France and “Portuguese” Communities (2019). His Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names (2001) is the reference study in the domain of traditional Yiddish first names. Origins of Yiddish Dialects (Oxford University Press, 2015) synthesizes scholarship on the subject for the half century since the publication of Max Weinreich's “History of the Yiddish Language” (1973) and, according to certain critics, represents a comprehensive and convincing revision of its esteemed predecessor, no less than a new standard work in the domain. Beider is also the designer of the linguistic part of the Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching method of computer-based searches for equivalent surnames.
Registration is free with a suggested donation.

JGS of Greater Boston March 21 Virtual Program 1:30-3:30PM EDT #announcements #events

Jessie Klein

The JGS of Greater Boston presents Nicka Smith- Reverse Genealogy: Finding Cousins and Chasing the Living. March 21 1:30-3:30 PM EDT Free for JGS of Greater Boston members, $5:00 for non-members. Information at

Jessie Klein
JGS Greater Boston

ViewMate translation request - Polish (I think) #translation

Andrew Jolly

I've posted a vital record in Polish (I think) for which I need a translation please. Just the page that relates to Chinda FALENBOGEN (first page?).
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Andrew Jolly
Birmingham, England

Re: Alternate locations for an Orthodox wedding/marriage ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania #usa

Molly Staub

If you can provide the bride's residence, it might help some of us native Philadelphians to pinpoint relevant synagogues. I myself was married by a Conservative rabbi who had officiated at my parents' wedding. My uncle was also president of the synagogue.

Good luck, Moly

Molly Arost Staub
M. A. in Journalism
Boca Raton, FL


Re: Alternate locations for an Orthodox wedding/marriage ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania #usa

Molly Staub

If you can provide the bride's residence, it might help some of us native Philadelphians to pinpoint relevant synagogues. I myself was married by a Conservative rabbi who had officiated at my parents' wedding. My uncle was also president of the synagogue.

Good luck, Moly

Molly Arost Staub
M. A. in Journalism
Boca Raton, FL


Re: Chelmno - Fate of Buchbinder Family (6 Members) #lodz #poland

Lewis, Megan

Much of the Lodz ghetto material, including the transportation lists, has been indexed by the World Memory Project.  The World Memory Project is a collaboration between the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and The records are freely available to search at you do not need to have a paid subscription to Ancestry. Instructions on requesting copies of the documents from USHMM are in each record.

Megan Lewis
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Re: looking for any relatives. Listed on my birth certificate is George White and Irene Arrow from San Francisco, California. I was adopted #usa


Hi Cole

Did you try to find them in the 1940 census lists, in the old City directories of San Francisco or in the old newspapers of San Francisco or California?

Did you try to find some military records for George White in WWII or later? They should be available either on familysearch or ancestry or fold3.

Corinne Iten

Re: Headstone Translation Needed: Hebrew #translation

Leya Aronson

Good Morning,
Just to add that the date of 12 in the 1st Adar of that year corresponded to Monday, February 15th.
The month of Adar in a 'leap' year is two months with the same name, each with either a 1 or a 2.

:Leya Aronson
Toronto, Canada

Animating your old fam photos #photographs #general


If anyone is interested, doesn't know and has a My Heritage acc there is a new animate feature for photographs, I can only describe as magical, bring family photos to life as such (by it moving head and features of face), really impressed, only have a photograph of my Great Grandfather, as never met him and yet I feel I have now.

It's free to do, but not sure how long it will be free for or how many allowed to do.

To find it:
Go to your acc
Click family tree
Click 'my photos'
Click/Choose your family photo
Click animate (just above your photo 3rd along)

Have a good day
Mandy Molava
Researching Brest Belarus Galacia Russia and much more.

Re: The German-Jewish community in Jackson Heights, New York #usa #germany #general



I lived in Jackson Heights from when I was born in 1950 to the 1970's. During those early years there was a large Jewish community although I wouldn't characterize it as German-Jewish. Most of the people I knew were second generation Jews who families left the Lower East Side to settle in neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Bronx, and in my father's case Rockaway. Jackson Heights in 1950's was a temporary stopping point for many of these families as they moved on to the suburbs of Long Island and New Jersey. In the 1950's almost all my friends were Jewish but by the time I went to Junior High School (13 years old) they were almost all gone. There were 2 synagogues in my neighborhood: one was Conservative and the other was an Orthodox Young Israel.

I'm not sure if any of this helps. Please contact me if you need any more information.

Eric Tishman

Researching: Tishman, Yurik, Becker/Packer, Gordon, Finkelstein, Herzfeld, Horneburg, Nierenburg, Gamarnick, Smolin/Smolinsky, Weinstein, Brilliant, Mellon/Millonchick

Departure from Poland to France, for political reasons #poland

wenglenski virginie


My great-grandparents left Poland (Lodz) and immigrated to France in 1913. I always heard that they left for political reasons.
Could someone tell me what could be understood by political reasons in those years? 
If I have managed to find any trace of my great-grandmother's family, I have never found anything about my great-grandfather Isaac Wenglinski (Piotrkow Trybunalski) in 10 years of research... Prison? Name change?
Thank you in advance and have a nice day.

Virginie Wenglenski

Forum for Dialogue Zoom: The Shoah in Lodz #announcements #lodz #poland

Mark Halpern

Dear Fellow Genealogists:

Continuing on with programs about Lodz, the Forum for Dialogue presents an educator who will talk about the Shoah in Lodz. This subject should be of interest to those with ancestry in Lodz as well as those with an interest in the history of the Jews in Poland.

The quality of the speakers presented by the Forum has been excellent and I would expect the same this week.

Join me this Wednesday, March 3 at 10 am Pacific time, 1 pm Eastern time, 6 pm in UK, 8 pm in Israel for a very worthwhile discussion.

Mark Halpern

Next week, we will have an opportunity to meet with Andrzej Grzegorczyk, an activist, an educator, and a museum professional who has been involved in commemoration and research on the Shoah in Lodz since 2004.  Between 2013-2016 Andrzej worked in the Museum of the Former German Kulmhof Death Camp in Chelmno on Ner. Since 2017 our guest has worked as a curator at the Radegast Station memorial, currently serving as the interim head of the institution. He is responsible for educational initiatives involving scale model of the Litzmannstadt-Ghetto.  
Join us for a conversation with Andrzej Grzegorczyk to discuss his involvement in education about the Shoah in Lodz, on Wednesday, March 3rd, at 10 am Pacific, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern, 7 pm Warsaw, 8 pm Tel-Aviv time.


Andrzej Grzegorczyk sees his educational activities as the most important part of his activist and professional work. As he says: "Provoking questions and spending hours discussing the tragedy that was the Shoah makes me feel that what I do is important. In these moments I know that the memory of the past is more than just history, but also an experience that can have a transformative effect on us all, being able to counteract evil towards any of us here and now." I hope you will consider joining us for this session and get to know Andrzej, a member of Leaders of Dialogue network which brings together activists involved in Polish/Jewish dialogue, combating antisemitism, teaching about Jewish history and culture and preserving local Jewish heritage. 
Looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming Zoom in on the Forum sessions, 

Olga Kaczmarek
Director General

Re: Glïckstadt - portuguese jews to Emden #germany #sephardic #scandinavia

David Harrison

Dear All
I am sorry that I missed the original email.
When the pandemic travel restrictions end, possibly not far off, you might be able to get to Emden from Paris.  I visited their very small but very friendly Archive about 10 years ago.  I was searching for information of a distant relative in 1680.   The staff had excellent English and I would imagine that their French was good and of course their use of the Friesland dialect. I bought from the archive an excellent and not expensive book "Der Judische Friedhof in Emden" which relates about the Jewish Cemetaries in that town, in includes pictures of a plan of 1609 showing a cemetery, and also several old gravestones.  I was also told that they were working on a book of old Jewish families in the town.  We had started from the Hanover Archive, but in what had been Hanover the information is held in local areas, some of which are of interesting shapes which we think may have related to ancient land ownership.  You probably do not need reminding that during the seventeenth centaury the low countries were fighting Spain for their freedom and this could well be the reason for Sephardi Jews going to Emden rather than the adjacent Netherland towns which, like Emden have the same town plans with the old earth wall fortifications surrounded by a canal as a moat with another going through the town.
David Harrison, Birmingham, England
My only Sephardic relatives were ROCO in Amsterdam but maybe further,

From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of Mark Stone <markstone@...>
Sent: 01 March 2021 10:31
To: main@... <main@...>
Cc: joelle.meyer24@... <joelle.meyer24@...>
Subject: Re: [] Glïckstadt - portuguese jews to Emden #germany #sephardic #scandinavia

Dear All,


I do not know if the attached, Descendants of Bras Henriques, will help or is far too basic. It mostly comes from Geni, from my mother’s side of the family, but that is not unacceptable.


Hope it helps,


Mark Paul Stone (Lichtenstein)




From: main@... <main@...> On Behalf Of joelle.meyer24@...
Sent: 28 February 2021 13:34
To: main@...
Subject: [] Glïckstadt - portuguese jews to Emden #germany #sephardic #scandinavia


We are a little group of people trying to verify if our ancestors born in Emden/Bunde/Jemgum in the 1600’s are really related to the Henrique family who settled in  Gluckstadt in the early 1600's.

Some researchers think that they would be children of  Josua Moses Henriques born in 1665 in Gluckstadt, Manuel Mendes Henriques Cohen born around 1640 in Gluckstadt, a Female Mussaphia Dionis Hinrichen born around 1640 in Gluckstadt or  Manuel Mendes Henriques Cohen born around 1640 in Gluckstadt (parents unknown), 

However, until now we found not written evidence on such link.
We have very little information on Glückstadt for this period, and we are looking for any document which could guide us and be evidence such a list of all list of Jewish residents between 1600-1700 in Glückstadt, a list of residents in Emden during this period, travel documents, etc...


 Thanks and best regards



Joelle Meyer from Paris
Looking for Meyer/Meijer/Meier and Nathan ancestors from the Emden region (Emden, Bunde, Jemgum, Wittmund, Leer, Aurich, Norden during the 18th century


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