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Re: Mystery man in London, 1905: Isidor Lasker #unitedkingdom #general

Jill Whitehead
 

Have you tried Laski as a variant - they were a well known family in Manchester, as in the former TV personality Marghanita Laski? One of my family married into the Laskis. They were here in the 1860's.  

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK


The name Yom Tov #lithuania #poland

Jill Whitehead
 

My great grandmother Bertha (Hadassah) Plotnovsky Guttenberg and her sister Rebecca Plotnovsky Berkowitz born in Raczki in Suwalki Gubernia were the eldest and youngest children of Jacob Plotnovsky, with 20 years between them.Both came to Hull, UK in respectively the 1860s and 1880s. When each had a baby (both had 12 children) they gave their maiden names as either Plotnovsky (surname given by authorities in old country) or Jacobs (patronymic after their father).

However Rebecca's gravestone gives her father's name as Yom Tov and I note that others included this name apparently in honour of rabbis or others who were famous in the Jewish world. There seem to be several medieval scholars called Yom Tov in Spain, Portugal and France etc , and also in 17th century Bohemia and German states. And more appropriate to the geographical area and time,  I note a Yom Tov Lipman Lipkin (1846-1876) who was born in Kovno and was the son of Rabbi Yisroel Santer, father of the Musar movement.

Does anyone else have ancestors with the name Yom Tov? And where were they from and who were they named after? And did the name go hand in hand with Jacob?

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK


Yad Vashem is the address. #holocaust

eitaniriel@...
 

Yad Vashem! Yad Vashem! Yad Vashem!. You can find the department that is pertinent to your request on their web site. I as a volunteer for several years went to a workshop there on how to ask people for exactly the items you describe in your letter. They would like as well personal articles of those who survived but your father’s connection to them makes it personal.

Harriet Kasow

Jerusalem

Researching: SADOVNICK:  Klishkivtsi, Bessarabia. BELFER: Bar, Vinnitsa, Ukraine, BLOCH:  Ivie, Belarus

 

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Sent: Sunday, 6 June 2021 9:38
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Subject: [JewishGen.org] Donation of artifacts and literature #holocaust #general

 

I have in my possession a small number of Nazi artifacts and literature brought home by my father after WWII, after he served in the military government in occupied Germany (he was in charge of de-Nazification of all schools, hospitals, churches, and voluntary organizations in Bavaria).  

He died several years ago and I'm trying to dispose of some of his possessions including these.  I don't want to keep them, but I don't want them to fall into the wrong hands, so selling them or donating them to a charity thrift store like Goodwill is out of the question for me.

But so far I have not been successful in finding a museum or archives that will accept them.  

Can anyone suggest an appropriate institution that would take them, or perhaps ideas of how I might dispose of them responsibly.


--
Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

 


Re: Ancient Ashkenazic DNA Admixture #announcements #israel #dna

Jules Levin
 

A majority of the Jewish people in the Roman Empire lived in what became
the Eastern Roman Empire, and were Grecophonic, not Latin speakers.  The
Western Empire became depopulated over the years, and when the capitol
was shifted to Constantinople there were only a few thousand people
living in Rome.  If all the Empire Jews were Ashkenazi, it means that
Ashkenazi extended as far as the towns on the Black Sea, where remains
of public buildings have been found serving as synagogues.

Jules Levin


On 6/5/2021 3:32 PM, Richard Cooper wrote:
This is absolutely fascinating!
It shows that the ancestry of the subject (you, Adam?) at the time of
the foundation of the Jewish people was broadly half
Canaanite/Israelite and half from the classical Graeco-Roman world.
This coalesces around the time of the expulsion of the Jews from
Israel by the Romans into entirely Roman/Latin ancestry. The only
explanation that fits this is that at the beginning of the Diaspora
period, Judaism could be either patrilineal or matrilineal, and was
not fixed as matrilineal only until around 1000CE. And pretty much all
the subject's ancestors ended up in or around Rome itself in the wake
of the expulsion. But I'm no expert - corrections welcome!

--
Ric Cooper
Midhurst, UK
BORENSTEIN, MORDECHELEVITCH,GODZINSKIJ & ZIMNOWICZ from Warsaw and Grodno
MILLET, ENGELBERG, BLUMENKEHL, SUSSWEIN, WACKS & PITERZIL from Tarnow,
Dabrowa Tarnowska and Lezajsk
LEZTER, SALENDER, RINENBERG, EISEN & KRAETTER from Rzeszow and Kolbuszowa
YAROSHEVSKY, SHAPOCHNIKOW & GRANITUR from Odessa and Zlatopol/Novomirgorod
LEWINSTEIN from Berdichev
ADLER, FINKELSTEIN, PARYLLE, WEINTRAUB & ZILZ from Tarnopol and Trembowla


Re: Donation of artifacts and literature #holocaust #general

Bernard Flam
 

Hi from Paris,
Your father was right to keep these indisputable evidences of Nazi ideology and you are right with your wish to preserve them *.
In France, we have "the" answer.
What is the Jewish institution which will be our survivor generations after generations to study, research and transmit history and memories of Holocaust ?
This is Paris' Memorial de la Shoah.
In USA, USHMM in Washington is dedicated to same vision, as I could see when I visited some years ago :
https://www.ushmm.org/collections/the-museums-collections/about/scope-and-nature-of-the-collections
My advice is to contact this institution.
Blayb gezunt !
Khavershaft
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen Circle / Skif of France)

* May I add that in France, Nazi items are unlawful to sale and to public exhibition, except in historical institutions. 


Re: Donation of artifacts and literature #holocaust #general

lydgateaction@...
 

Definitely don't pass them on anywhere. Perhaps a well publicised and video recorded public burning ceremony put on youtube. 

Aubrey Blumson
United Kingdom


Donation of artifacts and literature #holocaust #general

erikagottfried53@...
 

I have in my possession a small number of Nazi artifacts and literature brought home by my father after WWII, after he served in the military government in occupied Germany (he was in charge of de-Nazification of all schools, hospitals, churches, and voluntary organizations in Bavaria).  

He died several years ago and I'm trying to dispose of some of his possessions including these.  I don't want to keep them, but I don't want them to fall into the wrong hands, so selling them or donating them to a charity thrift store like Goodwill is out of the question for me.

But so far I have not been successful in finding a museum or archives that will accept them.  

Can anyone suggest an appropriate institution that would take them, or perhaps ideas of how I might dispose of them responsibly.


--
Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey


Re: Mystery man in London, 1905: Isidor Lasker #unitedkingdom #general

Yehoshua Sivan
 

... numerous questions remain. A simple one for now: "Isidor/Isadore" appears to be a Greek name, 'gift of Isis'. 
https://dbs.anumuseum.org.il/skn/en/c6/e216223/Family_Name/ISIDOR
Jewish parents often gave the name to their sons as an equivalent of Isaac and Israel...
Yehoshua Sivan


Tiraspol cemeteries #bessarabia #ukraine

Inna Vayner
 

I'd like to share good news about digitizing Tiraspol cemeteries project. Let me start off with sharing exciting news about the ongoing effort of cleaning up the old Jewish cemetery. This great project was organized and is being managed by Yura Kreichman. As a part of this effort, we'll have an opportunity to photograph the gravestones that were missed previously because of the condition the cemetery was in.
In addition, we'll continue working on photographing tombstones on the Dalnee Cemetery and hopefully, if we are able to collect enough funds, we'll kick off the project of photographing the tombstones on the Zapadnoe Cemetery.
If you are able and willing to support this project, please donate to Bessarabia Moldova Cemetery Project. Here is the link to donate https://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=43&fbclid=IwAR1II5GM-lReRvKHdAS1KslmLWfbUHUC1usgTNJCI_UqQP7YfpwiwwYjmj4.

Inna Vayner,
Bessarabia Research division.


Forum for Dialogue Session with Gombin (Gąbin) Jewish Historical and Genealogical Society #poland

Mark Halpern
 

Calling all Gombiners and others with interest in preserving Polish Jewish heritage to join the Forum for Dialogue and the Gombiner Society as explained below. This Zoom program will start on Wednesday, June 9 at 1 pm in New York and 7 pm in Warsaw.

Mark Halpern


 
 

Dear Mark,

I would like to invite you to a Zoom in on the Forum session with representatives of the Gombin Jewish Historical & Genealogical Society, an organization devoted to preserving the legacy of Jewish history and culture in Gabin, Poland. Join us for a conversation with Bernard GuyerDana Boll, and Lindsey Max who will discuss their efforts to reconnect to the town of their ancestors and instill a sense of shared responsibility and community among generations of Gombiners. Listen to their stories of involvement in genealogical and historical research and of returning to Gabin to preserve the heritage of Jewish community. Each of our guests will shed light on the different activities pursued by the Gombiners: the reemergence of Gombin Society in 1996, the creation of a theater play based on a story of a family from Gabin, and the onboarding of new members and generations into Society's mission.
 
Join us on Wednesday, June 9th, at 5 am Australian Eastern, 10 am Pacific, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern, 7 pm Warsaw, 8 pm Tel-Aviv time to hear the stories of three generations of Gombiners. 

REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM

The guests of this Zoom in on the Forum session are members of the Gombin Society representing three generations of Gombiners associated with the organization. Bernard Guyer is a retired pediatrician and public health professor at Johns Hopkins University, whose mother and father were from Gabin. He first returned to Gabin in 1998 and is currently President of the Gombin Jewish Historical & Genealogical Society. Dana Boll is a theatre artist and playwright based in New York City, whose paternal grandparents escaped from Gabin to Russia after the outbreak of the Second World War. She captured their story in her play Bella's Dream. Dana has visited Poland several times and is a member of the Gombin Society Board. Lindsey Max is a graduate of Emory University and Savannah College of Art and Design and interned at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. She recently joined the Gombin Society Board and has yet to visit Gabin.
 
On the same day, few hours before the Zoom in on the Forum session - at 7 am Pacific, 9 am Central, 10 am Eastern, 4 pm Warsaw, 5 pm Tel-Aviv time, you can join our guests and other members of the Gombin Society for the Unveiling of the Commemorative Board recognizing Gabin's once vibrant Jewish community. This live event will take place in Gabin with the Mayor and Polish guests, while other Polish and international guests will be joining and communicating online.

I am looking forward to seeing you on those events! 

Yours,
Olga

Olga Kaczmarek
Director General


Re: Finding Marriage Record from Ukraine and Finding Their Parents Given Names #ukraine #general

Janet Furba
 

Ask the Kiev town Archives.
 E-mail: archive@.... Phones: (044) 440-54-16, (044) 440-63-50
Киев городской архив метрики - Bing

Janet Furba,  Germany


Re: looking for sescendants of German Refugees in Dominican Republic #germany #holocaust #latinamerica

Irene Newhouse
 

So sorry to have missed the original question. I've recently gathered up my scans of my mother's Dom. Rep. photos. She & my father arrived in Sosua in 1940. She in May, on the Conte Biancamano, in one of the first sets of settlers to arrive. My father in September on the Cherokee from NYC, having been deported from the US. I also transcribed & translate a video taken (in German) by one of my father's friends in 1988, mostly reminiscences of his leaving Europe & living in the Dom. Rep. 

In the course of this I realized that familysearch.org has been allowed to film some miscellaneous records from the Dom Rep & these include applications & reapplications - apparently the equivalent of green card applications & renewals. Among them are many for residents of Sosua. You do not need much info - if you enter a German surname & limit the search to the Dominican Republic, you won't get a very large number of 'stray' hits. Some of these documents have photos - a front view & a side view.

As to tracing descendants, the last reapplication for residence may provide a clue as to when the family left (most did) & use that to check entrances to the US. (Although one has to take into account some records may be lost.) But although I have no name, I do know that a dentist who'd lived in Sosua moved back to Berlin, where he was dentist to one of my mother's Gross Breesen friends. (Small world!) (Sorry, I don't have a name.)

Marion A. Kaplan's "Dominican Haven" is a general reference, but not particularly suitable as a genealogical source. Lore Segal "Other People's Houses" has 2 chapters about life in the Dominican Republic - this is a fictionalized account. 

 You might be lucky if you contact https://www.sosuamuseum.org .  Also, Allen Wells, author of "Tropical Zion" might be a source. 

As for my family, my parents moved from Sosua to their own coffee farm after a few years  & to the US in 1957. The only ex-Sosua person we had any contact with was Dr. Raphael Landau, who visited us twice in the US & who died almost a lifetime ago, so I'm sorry I can't provide any specific current information.

Irene Newhouse
Kihei Hawaii USA


Re: Ancient Ashkenazic DNA Admixture #announcements #israel #dna

Richard Cooper
 

This is absolutely fascinating!
It shows that the ancestry of the subject (you, Adam?) at the time of the foundation of the Jewish people was broadly half Canaanite/Israelite and half from the classical Graeco-Roman world. This coalesces around the time of the expulsion of the Jews from Israel by the Romans into entirely Roman/Latin ancestry. The only explanation that fits this is that at the beginning of the Diaspora period, Judaism could be either patrilineal or matrilineal, and was not fixed as matrilineal only until around 1000CE. And pretty much all the subject's ancestors ended up in or around Rome itself in the wake of the expulsion. But I'm no expert - corrections welcome!

--
Ric Cooper
Midhurst, UK
BORENSTEIN, MORDECHELEVITCH,GODZINSKIJ & ZIMNOWICZ from Warsaw and Grodno
MILLET, ENGELBERG, BLUMENKEHL, SUSSWEIN, WACKS & PITERZIL from Tarnow, Dabrowa Tarnowska and Lezajsk
LEZTER, SALENDER, RINENBERG, EISEN & KRAETTER from Rzeszow and Kolbuszowa
YAROSHEVSKY, SHAPOCHNIKOW & GRANITUR from Odessa and Zlatopol/Novomirgorod
LEWINSTEIN from Berdichev
ADLER, FINKELSTEIN, PARYLLE, WEINTRAUB & ZILZ from Tarnopol and Trembowla


Yiddish translation requested - Skierniewice #translation #poland

J Antrich
 

Please could someone translate the Yiddish writing round the photo and the placard in the picture? Is it taken in Poland, and is it townsmen or a support organisation?
Thank you,
Jeremy Antrich
Surbiton, Emgland


Re: Index of Holocaust testimonies #holocaust

Linda Higgins
 

There are Pages Of Testimony at yadvashem.org.  I found one for my great-aunt.

Linda Higgins
Spring, TX


Kovno 7th Fort massacre and murder of R. Elchonon Wasserman, 80th Anniversary June 21-22 #lithuania #announcements #holocaust

rabbi_baron@...
 

June 21-22 is going to be the 80th Yahrzeit of the big massacre at Kovno's 7th Fort massacre (3-6,000 Jews murdered there altogether) on the night of July 6-7 1941 (11-12 Tammuz 5741). This was actually the starting point of the Holocaust. Lithuania is presently allowing in Israelis with "green passports" dated in the last 180 days, I am planning please G-d to lead a group to commemorate the massacres, and to bring attention to the fact that my namesake Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman hy"d and thousands of others killed, have no grave, the area is not marked or cordoned off, there are no signs, and the whole site is completely not respectful for the thousands of Jewish souls resting there. I expect we will visit many other holy sites, including the gravesite of the Vilna Gaon and the giant Shnipishok cemetery in Vilna that the authorities plan to turn into a Convention Center. I am looking for more information on those murdered there, especially the Rabbis, as well as any other help with these ongoing sad chapters. For further information on the trip, one may email me or call and leave a message 02-571-1771. Rabbi Elchonon Baron.


JGSCT Virtual Program, TOMORROW, June 6, 2021, 1:30pm Eastern, Deborah Munk Long, Finding Holocaust Relatives #holocaust #education #events

gkr
 

Please join JGSCT, tomorrow, Sunday June 6, 2021, at 1:30 pm for a program presented by Deborah Munk Long on OUT OF THE WHIRLWIND: RESOURCES FOR HOLOCAUST RESEARCH about Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust.

Deborah H. Long, Ed.D., is a Chicago native who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the founder and first president of Triangle JGS , and serves as a director.

She teaches real estate law, and speaks to audiences of licensed professionals who are required to attend continuing education programs, but she’d rather be working on her family tree
 
Deborah is the award-winning author of many articles and educational programs as well as 18 books, including two books on her family history.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, she has been reconstructing her fragmented family tree since she was 10 years old.
 
Deborah will share her incredible journey searching for her Polish and Hungarian family members. Featured on NPR’s program “The Story,” she will discuss and demonstrate the online resources that led her to a miraculous discovery and that may help you re-connect with your past.

To register, click here or cut/paste the following link into your browser:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7960696590443450894
--
Gail K Reynolds, Publicity Chair, Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut


Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Museum is devoted to the Jews of the South- those who came to the south through Charleston, Savannah, Mobile, New Orleans and Houston.  Those who moved inland, peddling their wares from farm to farm through the Appalachian Piedmont and the Mississippi Delta.  The Museum is now open.

 

The Museum website says, “The Southern Jewish experience is 19th century immigrant peddlers traveling unpaved roads, carrying hard-boiled eggs with them as they struggle to keep kosher in the land of pork. It’s small-town merchants keeping their stores open on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, because that’s the day everyone comes to town to shop. The Southern Jewish experience is driving your child from Natchez to Baton Rouge every Sunday for religious school because there is no religious school in Natchez. It’s taking Jewish athletes from across the country competing in the Birmingham Maccabi Games to visit the Civil Rights Museum, cheering for the local high school football team, even though Friday Night Lights has a very different meaning, and debating whether to have a bluegrass band or a klezmer band at your wedding.”

 

Although representing less than 1% of southern states’ population, and only 2.1% of America’s Jewish population, Southern Jews have made a substantial mark on the communities where they lived and the nation as a whole. Southern cities and towns have had Jewish mayors, sheriffs, council members and civic leaders, in highly disproportionate numbers.

 

The Museum has more than 4,000 artifacts in its collection, including Judaica, household items, business records, photographs, letters, and other ephemera. We even have Fred Galanty’s prosthetic leg and a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe found hidden in the attic of a Mississippi Delta homeowner.  While being selective it continues to grow its collection through donations of items.

 

If you are interesting in donating see:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_npzyxeOo29B2_zPsDpV5wwWA7iMCjpKzsRZ73GT1TY/viewform?edit_requested=true

 

The 13 states that the Museum covers are: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA

 

To read more see: https://msje.org/

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Re: Visits to concentration camps #holocaust

Jessica Skippon
 

I was born in Brooklyn in 1941 and only learned about the Holocaust from Life magazine, I think it was the New Year's edition for 1950. Most of my grandmother's European family were killed. She lived with us but the murders were never discussed in my hearing. In my opinion, the Holocaust only became widely discussed with the showing of Schindler's List (1993). A bit like child abuse - it was there but not acknowledged.

Auschwitz was still very quiet when I made my first visit in 1989. I think there was two people at work in the archives but I was the only visitor. I was given access to a card index and handled the original document - Dr Mengele's report on a Schanzer relative. I asked for a copy and was advised that it had to be sent away for copying. It took six months to arrive to me in London. When I returned a year later, the archives were closed.

I've been back several times. My grandmother's family's village is only about 20 miles away. But I stopped visiting when the site became overwhelmed with visitors, around 1999. It was especially disturbing to see secondary school students who couldn't cope with the information, laughing and joking. They never should have been there, it would have been kinder to them and to other visitors.

Jessica Skippon
London, England
Researching SCHANZER, BORGER, BIRN, JACHZEL, all Galicia



Re: Finding Marriage Record from Ukraine and Finding Their Parents Given Names #ukraine #general

Peter Cohen
 

On Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 09:26 AM, Madeleine Isenberg wrote:
Betzalel also shows up as Tsalko.

 
--
Peter Cohen
California

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