(US) Jewish Americans in World War ll Online Photo Gallery National WWll Museum #announcements #photographs #usa

Jan Meisels Allen




The (US) National WW ll Museum has an online exhibit of Jewish Americans in World War ll which may be accessed at:


There are 8 panels with stories and photos:

Home Front

American Nazism and Madison Square Garden

Operation Greenup: The Real Inglorious Bastards

Heroic Beauty: Exposing Omaha Beach

Hedy Lamar: WWII Hero—My Journeys Playing the Most Beautiful Genius in the World ( her real name was               

                              Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler)

The Highest and Purest Democracy: Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn's Iwo Jima Eulogy to his Fallen Comrades


Love in War: A Review of "We Are Going to be Lucky: A World War II Love Story in Letters"

Dreaming of a “White Christmas”

Profile of Sergeant Irving Becker


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Danzig (Sopot) cemetery #danzig


Hello Everybody. Has anybody visited the jewish cemetery in Soppot. Is it still there and can one visit it. My great grandparents were buried there in 1934 and a tomb stone was erected in 1935. I would very much want to pay a visit some time in the near future?
Catherine Jurovsky

Translation of Polish shtetel names to Polish/English #translation #yiddish #poland


I am translating a Hebrew article from the Wloclawek Yizkor book and need help translating names of villages/towns from the Hebrew/Yiddish to English or Polish names.  The article title is: Alexandrov and Dobrzin nad Wisla.



Hebrew name

Transliteration of Hebrew

Polish name

English name





















Relly Coleman
Dobrzin nad Wisla
Dobrzin nad Wisla

BIRENBAUM Inquiry #usa

Carl Shuman

I am hoping someone can assist me. My maternal great grandmother was Nechama Birenbaum. According to her Blitzstein Bank and YIVO records, she was born in approximately 1858. She took the S.S. Haverford from Hamburg (via Liverpool) on November 2, 1907 with my great aunts, Reise (Rose) and Dabe (Dora) and arrived in Philadelphia on December 7, 1907. One of her other daughters, Shprintze (Sophie), was my grandmother, who had arrived in Philadelphia the year before. Under the “Passenger Address” space Nechama listed “Abram Goldfarb Wisoko Litowsk - Brest Lit Gub Grodno." The purchaser of her ticket was my great grandfather and her husband, Michel Schmukler (aka Shmookler), who had emigrated from his “last place of residence” of “Brisk" via the S.S. Werkendam, arriving from Rotterdam to Philadelphia on February 13, 1900. Here is my question. I recently discovered several Birenbaum relatives on We are certain we are related because in my family photo album I discovered photos of Birenbaum relatives (first names unidentified) that I have shared with my newly discovered cousins and which they confirm as their father and great uncle; also my Great Aunt Rose’s grandchildren took a DNA test which confirmed that we are related to the Birenbaum cousins with whom we have recently been in contact. The mystery is that we do not know how Nechama (also known as Anna in the U.S.) and our newly discovered Birenbaum cousins are related. Their Grandfather and Uncle, Morris (Moshko), was born in the town of Kleshelyah, in the “Nemirovskaya Community” in the “Bilsky Borough” in the “Grodensky” Region on October 16, 1906. This comes from his birth certificate. Morris' parents were Pinkos (Philip) Yankelavich Birenbaum and Perlya Birenbaum. Pinkos arrived in the U.S. in 1913, at around the age of 40; this means he would have been born in approximately 1873. I am guessing that Pinkos (Philip) and Nechama were siblings but it is only a guess. Does anyone have any guidance that could tell me how Nechama and Pinkos Birenbaum may have been related? I have searched JewishGen and but have not found any connections. I have no information about Nechama’s parents or siblings.
Thank you very much, Carl Shuman
P.S.  If this is any help, my grandmother Shprintze (Sophie) arrived in Philadelphia on the S.S. America on June 2, 1906. Accordiing to the Blitzstein Bank records she listed the “Passenger’s Address” as “Gershko Schmukliarsky” and what looks like “Umeni Schimson wod Listinakol m. Wisoka Litowsk Brest Litovsk Gub Grodno."  

Re: Yiddish Language Instructions - Duolingo #yiddish

Deb(orah) Cohen Skolnik

The Forward sheds light on Robert Roth's question about which Yiddish accent was used, and why.  They also have interviews with the people who put the Yiddish course together, as well as a "Yiddish Word of the Day" series.

I thoroughly enjoyed this.  But I agree, it's not quite the accent I remember.  My grandparents spoke the Polish Yiddish dialect.  The other grandparents were from Belarus, but I had far fewer encounters with them, and my grandfather was already dead by the time I had those encounters.

Deb(orah) Cohen Skolnik
now near Asheville, NC, originally from the DC metro area (DC, West Hyattsville MD, Silver Spring, MD)
ZOLOTUSHKIN (Jahotyn/Yagotin, Poltava),
GARBARZ (Mordy, Ostrow/Ostrova), LANDE/LANDY/LONDIN/LUNDIN (Bialystok)

Re: Yiddish Language Instructions - Duolingo #yiddish

Gloria Berkenstat Freund

The people voicing the Yiddish sentences on Duolingo are speaking Yiddish with a Satmar [Hungarian] accent. It is definitely not the "standard" YIVO pronunciation nor the Yiddish that was spoken in Poland that I grew up hearing. It also is not the Yiddish accent that one would hear at the Workers' Circle [Arbeter Ring] or YIVO Yiddish classes. 

Gloria Berkenstat Freund

Re: Yiddish Language Instructions - Duolingo #yiddish

Jeffrey Grossman

Here are links to a couple of explanations of the various accents/dialects used in the Duolingo course:

Jeffrey Grossman 
Redmond WA

SEARCHING Horowitz/Gurevitch (Vitebsk)
Grossmann (Berlin)

Re: Perkels in Belarus #belarus


Here are the Perkels in Pruzhany in the Census of 1853. The source is a site about Pruzhany I am not sure it still exist.


Abram Leizerovich Perkel 62

Sons 1) Leizer Ber 37  

2) Leiba 24     

3) Morduch 21

4) Shmuilo 14 

Leizer’s son Orel Icka 10        

Chaim  Gesheliovich Perkel 25          

Brother Meer 29         

Leizer Mendel Davidovich Perkel 43

Son Shlioma 21

Rafal   Leizerovich Perkel 30

Son Leizer 14 

Brother Movsha 26     

Jankel  Eliovich Perkel 25     

Brother Orel 30

Orel’s son Nosel 11      

Hope this helps,

Max Polonovski
Cercle de genealogie juive, Paris, France

Re: Census Records? 1887 #russia


On Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation website,  ,searching for Bialystok, we get under the second Census link:

Locality/Town:         BIALYSTOK
Powiat/County: BIALYSTOK
Wojewodztwo/Province: BIALYSTOK
Country:                 POLAND
Archive Locale: GRODNO
Archive Type:         ARCHIVES
Document Type: CENSUS
Year List:                 1853;1858;1860-1865;1869;1874;1883-1896
Zespol/Sygnatura: 2/2/69;24/7/177,182,187,203,213,224

So it appears that the Archives in Grodno has "census" records of some type, maybe they are really revision lists.

I hope this helps.

Larry Bassist
Springville, Utah, USA

Re: Free Webinar with Dr Janette Silverman , May 23rd Researching in Easter Europe #events #announcements


Apologies, there was a problem with the link
This one will get you registered.  

Vivs Laliberte

Orange County, Calfiornia

Re: Different date on birth record #romania #records #yizkorbooks

David Harrison

An example of the change of date due to change of calendars the Birthday of my Grandfather.  At home in England this was always treated as  14 Jan 1868.  But in Poland (or in Russia) it was 30 Dec 1867.    Therefore, note that in different countries there may be different calendars.  It should be simple for a Jew to swap between them, being used to swapping dates for work and for play and with some families keeping Yahrzeits in the one system and others in the other.  But I forgot it when searching in Poland.
David Harrison
Birmingham, England

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Subject: Re: [] Different date on birth record #romania #records #yizkorbooks
My maternal grandfather was born in what is now Belarus and did not know his birth date, just that it was during Passover, so his children "gave" him a birthday, April 15.  

My father's birth certificate says he was born in NYC on March 30, 1917, but we always celebrated his birthday on March 29, because "my mother said that's the day I was born."

While the notion that that October 22 was the date of the bris and well might be the correct answer in this case, as my family history shows, there are many reasons that exact birth dates are not known.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Different date on birth record #romania #records #yizkorbooks


Ha!  Birth dates are a fun topic.  People really didn't pay attention to those things especially in the old country.  Even in the US they can be iffy.

A couple of examples:  My gm was born in Warsaw, but she never really new her actual birthday.  Somehow in the early 1960s one of her brothers got the date from Warsaw (I wish I knew how).

My father's New York City birth certificate has a "wrong" first name (as does my mother's) and a birth date that he said he didn't use as a child.  The family celebrated it on a different day a few weeks earlier.  Our theory is that the later date was the day the midwife registered the birth. He used the certificate date as his official b-day and celebrated it then too. And to make things crazier, his father's Petition for Naturalization, which lists his family, has a birth date for my father that is a year later and his sister's year was several years too early. And my adult father was there when the petition was filled out. 

Unless there is a burning reason to have certainty for a birth date, I wouldn't get to worked up about the actual date.  As long as you have the right person, be satisfied.

Jessica Schein

Free Webinar with Dr Janette Silverman , May 23rd Researching in Easter Europe #events #announcements


Please share with anyone whom you believe will be interested.
Join us May 23rd at Noon Pacific Time (google what time is it in Los Angeles if you need help converting 😊 for a world class lecturer on Eastern European and Jewish Genealogy, Janette Silverman!  
"Join me in a recap of  a 27 day trip my team and I took to find documents and context for research projects. We drove to Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova in search of elusive documents and to discover what various towns might have looked like 100+ years ago, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We’ll stop in a few of the places so you have an overview of what researching on the ground was like. We’ll discuss some general challenges and what can be accomplished. Perhaps in future talks we’ll take a more in-depth look at archives in specific countries and  look at types of documents that can be found."
Dr. Janette Silverman is a professional genealogist, heading a team of researchers specializing in Eastern European and Jewish research at AncestryProGenealogists® the division of Ancestry® that does private client research. Her research on behalf of clients takes her all over the U.S. and Europe.
Janette holds a Doctorate in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute. Her dissertation, "In Living Memory" explored her family's journey from Europe to the U.S. from the 1880s to the 1920s, contextualizing their experiences.
Her journey into genealogy began over 40 years ago as a hobby with her dad. It became an obsession and the two of them could be found at family gatherings asking endless questions. Her mom taught her to love jigsaw puzzles as a child. The lessons she learned from that are to look at problems and their solutions from many different angles.
Janette speaks at conferences all over the world, now virtually, but previously in person. She has published articles on genealogical research in The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, The Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Avotaynu, and Galitzianer. Most recently, she wrote "Genealogy at a Glance: Finding Eastern European Jewish Ancestors," part of the Genealogy at a Glance series. Except during this period of COVID, she travels extensively in Eastern Europe doing archival research and accompanying clients on visits to their ancestral villages.
Register at this link
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Vivs Laliberte

Orange County, Calfiornia

Re: Response to query: What would likely be the Jewish name for Samuel Black? #names

Frank Szmulowicz

How about the simple Schwarz, which is German for black.
Frank Szmulowicz

Re: What would likely be the Jewish name for Samuel Black? #general #poland #names


Thank you, Lee, for a thorough response.  One point:  Shimel/Szymel is Yiddish for Simon.  Szmuel/Shmuil is homophonic search-wise but is Samuel.  My ggf Shmuil had a brother Shimel.
Fred Millner

Re: What happened to Lilli Karoline Loeb? #names #usa

Diane Jacobs

Several things come to mind for you to search.

1.  Try  for NYC death and marriage indexes 

 2. Look up NYC Directories for 1946 and after.

3. The 1950 US census is due to be public info
Next year.  This could help you find her in NYC 
Or elsewhere.

Good luck.

Diane Jacobs

On May 15, 2021, at 9:49 PM, rlmeher via <> wrote:

I am trying to find out what happened to my Aunt, Lilli Karoline Loeb.  I know that she was born  on 10 October 1912 in Sprendlingen, Germany.    ( I am also interested in joining a Sprendlingen research group. ) I have been able to discover that she fled Germany to work as a nurse at the City Hospital in Nottingham, UK in 1939.   Nov. 7, 1940 she came to the US on the ship ‘Samaria’.   Then she joined her brother, Arthur Anselm Loeb, in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1941.  She lived with him and his wife Edith Loeb  (nee Zodner).  Finally, she made her way to New York City in 1946.  Her address at the time was in Washington Heights, NYC.


After 1946, I can not find any information. I do not know if she married, or if she left the United States or if she died.   I have requested marriage or death records from NYC but there are no records for her.   If anyone has any ideas of where I could continue to research please let me know.

Ramona Meher

Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Obtaining German Citizenship under Article 116 #germany

Richard Oppenheimer

A number of you have recently asked questions about obtaining German Citizenship under Article 116. I have just completed the process and received my German citizenship Certificate on May 14, 2021. I started the process in April of 2019. I did everything by myself without the assistance of an attorney. Both of my parents were born in Germany, I was born in the US. I live in Florida, so I contacted the German Embassy in Miami. You must use the Embassy that has jurisdiction of where you live. I was able to obtain birth records of both my parents through the local archives in Germany. Both of my parents are deceased. Additional documents such as proof of my parent’s residency in US, my parents’ marriage certificate, my birth certificate, and my parent’s naturalization certificates for US Citizenship rounded out the documentation needed to apply. I was also asked to provide birth information of all four grandparents. I was told the entire process should take between 18 and 24 months. I mailed all of the documents, which needed to be notarized (in the US) to the Embassy in Miami. Miami mailed the package to Germany for processing. No tests of German history or German language skills were given. The German embassy in Miami reviewed all of my documents prior to sending them to Germany. The Miami embassy asked for a few more details, but once they reviewed it, no one came back to me for more information.

Last week, exactly 22 months since I started the process, I was notified to come to the Embassy in person to pick up my Naturalization Certificate and simultaneously apply for a German passport. This must be done in person. The passport should be mailed to me 6 weeks after submitting the application. I looked at the German Embassy website today, and the process now is estimated to take between 24 and 36 months.

I hope this answers many of your questions. Feel free to email me directly if you have any more questions.



Richard Oppenheimer

Venice Florida


Richard Oppenheimer
Venice, Florida, USA

New York Deed Research #usa #general

Judy Floam

Is there a way to research deeds in Manhattan on-line?   If not, how can I do it in person?  I am trying to find out when my grandparents bought the building they lived in (I’m guessing it was in the 1920s or 30s).   Thank you.


Judy Floam

Baltimore, MD


Re: What would likely be the Jewish name for Samuel Black? #general #poland #names

Reuven Mohr

"when he arrived in the U.S. in 1875 from Wroclaw, Poland." makes no sense.
If you mean Wroclaw in Silesia, it was a German city till 1945, so Polish spellings are not relevant.
If you mean another Polish city, the spelling is probably different.

Reuven Mohr, Israel

Re: Yiddish Language Instructions - Duolingo #yiddish

Bernard Miller

Thanks for that useful piece of information. 

I have been using Duolingo over the past few months either to refresh, activate or learn and have found it useful (but sometimes very annoying) but I will certainly give the Yiddish a try.

I was looking for a Catalan course and they do one from Spanish (which I have now completed) and I would be interested in a Ladino course (uTalk do one). And I have used it to refresh my Portuguese and am hoping to revive my Hebrew with it.

Bernard Miller
London, England

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