Belgium to Return Nazi-Looted Art to German Jewish Family #germany #holocaust #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



Belgium will be returning “Blumenstilleben” or “Still Life with Flowers”, painted by Lovis Corinth in 1913 to the family of a German Jewish couple from whom it was stolen after they fled Germany during World War ll. The painting  has been kept in the collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels, alongside around 30 other works thought to have been stolen during World War II.


Experts have concluded that the painting was looted from a warehouse by officials of the German occupation, from goods owned by German Jewish refugees.


Gustav and Emma Mayer were forced to part with some of their belongings as they made their way to England, and a crate containing the painting was stolen from storage at the beginning of the war.


In a letter sent on May 26 to the German lawyers of the couple's grandchildren, Belgian secretary of state Thomas Dermine officially confirmed the Belgian state's agreement to hand back the piece.


The Mayer family was already compensated for the loss of its property by German authorities in the 1960s, and so the relatives will be asked to pay 4,100 euros, the estimated cost of the painting.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


I am looking for any of my relatives that may have survived the holocaust/Ginzburg #lithuania #holocaust


I am looking for any of my relatives that may have survived the holocaust. The family name is Ginzburg from possibly from 41 Kamaju st in Rokiskis. I have a family photo that was sent to their cousins, my relatives in the US. I am including a photo of them in hopes of finding a link to my tree.

David Kahn

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Re: The name Yom Tov #lithuania #poland

Marvin Turkanis

My wife’s great aunt’s husband was Yom Tov Yedashkin per his son’s listed in JOWBR and Jack Yedashkin in  in the 1916 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.  He was born about 1973 in Russia.

Marvin Turkanis.

Re: Donation of artifacts and literature #holocaust #general

Jane Foss

Center for Jewish.History NYC. Museum of Jewish Heritage

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Re: The name Yom Tov #lithuania #poland

Dubin, David M. MD

The earliest known Jew named Yom Tov lived in the Gaonic era (8th-9th centuries), and the most well known are the Tosafist Rabbi Yom Tov of Joigny (died in York massacre of 1190) and Yom Tov Lipman Heller (known as the Tosfot Yom Tov) who lived in Eastern Europe 1579-1674. 

The name means “good day” or “holiday”. I suspect the origin is in a translation of a similar-meaning French or German  name like Bonhomme/Guttmann (“good man”). 

Aside from being named for someone with that name, it may also connote a birthday coinciding with a holiday. 

Friday’s Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #JewishGenUpdates #yizkorbooks

Bruce Drake

“Poles buy only from Poles.”
Jews did not only suffer pogroms and other forms of violence and repression in the years just before the Holocaust. The Poles with whom they had lived aggressively put an economic squeeze on them in the form of boycotts of Jewish shops, and many of those who picketed outside them were people who the owners had known. There were also young men from peasant families who came to town to try their own hands at business and grew jealous of the greater success of the more experienced Jewish merchants.
In “Wysokie on the Eve of the Holocaust” from the Yizkor book of that Polish town, these events helped convince the chapter’s author to depart for Israel. For a while, he wondered if it was the right thing to do, “fleeing from a sinking ship.” But as he heard more depressing reports of the decline of Jewish fortunes back home, he began began to view Wysokie differently than he had as a young person. “This was a romantic, unhappy Wysockie. I sometimes think that the blue–painted wooden houses are sinking, and shrinking, and I hear the cry of young people seeking emigration to the Land of Israel for creativity and a better tomorrow.”


Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: Yiddish translation requested - Skierniewice #translation #poland

Odeda Zlotnick

The placard says: The Skeirnwice - London Help committee for orphans.
The text on the frame says (roughly) We're sending you this in thank for your support of our committee and the help for poor orphan children.
The date (on the left) is Friday, the 4th day of Khol Ha Moe'd Pessach.
The dark black letters underneath the frame lists names - I assume those of the men seated in front row.

1)      –. Itskowitz

2)      Kh. A. Lifshitz

3)      G. Warkeh

4)      M. Kh. (or H.) Lenzer

5)      M. Rottman

6)      D. Lifshtiz

7)      H. D. Papierbuch

8)      L. Freilich

9)      M. (or P.) Karp

10)   A. Byalek

11)   H. Renkewitz

12)   M. Plantz----

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Visits to concentration camps #holocaust

David Seldner

I was born in 1959 and grew up with the Holocaust - my Grandmother survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, my Grandfather did not. And many relatives perished. So when we were in Poland for the first time (for me) in 1974, we went to Auschwitz - actually entrance was permitted only if you were 16, but they let me in. There were not many people there but we were not alone. 20 years ago my mother and I wanted to go there again but then decided it was too much, we didn't want to go there anymore after having been to her birth town Lodz for a few days with all her memories coming uo again. I have been to Buchenwald, Dachau and minor concentration camps but what I remember most is Auschwitz. The pictures are burnt into my mind. I wanted to go there last year with two (Jewish) friends but due to Covid we had to cancel it.
David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany

Re: JRI-Poland search results now link to online images on the new Polish State Archives website - A huge challenge met. #records #poland


I saw it yesterday and was surprised I could get documents online. Thank you.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Donation of artifacts and literature #holocaust #general

Odeda Zlotnick

I'm sure the following response was meant for you as well:,,,20,0,0,0::recentpostdate%2Fsticky,,,20,0,0,83346034

And take a look here too:
Gathering the Fragments |
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: POMARLEANU - Dorohoi & Botosani #romania


There is a large number of Dorohoi Pomarleanu families -- I counted at least a dozen of couples  with children (about 75 births)   1868-1910. Interestingly one of these couples went to Botosani and are the only Pomarleanu there.  As un unrelated note I knew two Pomarleanu brothers which had same profession as myself - in Bucuresti 1960-1970s.

Luc Radu
Great Neck NY

Re: Donation of artifacts and literature #holocaust #general

Carol Hoffman

Erika have you tried the following places:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Central Archive for the History of the Jewish People It is now part of the National Library of Israel.
Carol Hoffman PhD
Tel Aviv

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


I also replied to another message regarding this matter.
Kurt (Luis) Hess was one of the refugees and a prominent member of the community.  He was my father's cousin.  He lived to be 102 and until his last day enjoyed his daily rum.
During the years he sent me articles and a book about the place.  We visited him once and it was a wonderful experience.

Vivian Silbermann Cohen

Re: looking for [d]escendants of German Refugees in Dominican Republic #latinamerica


I have relatives that lived there - HESS
I also visited the place - a paradise

Vivian Silbermann Cohen

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

Adam Cherson

Yes it is, and this is only the first such study. There could be much more 'new' history to be learned from this type of work. For example I just looked at a brand new paper reporting several ancient Helladic, Cylcladic, and Minoan (bronze age) samples (, and after running some tests found significant matching between one (I only ran one sample) of the modern Ashkenazi samples and the Helladic ones from Logkos Elati dating from the Mid-Late Bronze Age (which is the period you are referring to in your observation). What these results are showing is that the entire Eastern Mediterranean during the Mid-Late Bronze age was genetically mixed, and that the people who were building these various cultures shared substantial amounts of common ancestry from earlier periods.

-- Adam Cherson

Re: Visiting Balta #ukraine

Hi my name is Aryeh Bubis. My family is also from Balta and i am intrested to know whether you actually  made the trip or received replies as to th e state of the cementary.TKS.

Re: Donation of artifacts and literature #holocaust #general


Ms. Gottfried--

Have you asked the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC if they would be interested in your collection?  If you contact curator@..., you can learn more about the museum's collection policies  The museum's web site is  Search "donation of artifacts."

Ted Smith
Reston, VA

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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: Visits to concentration camps #holocaust

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Memory of Holocaust has evolved from 1945.
From an American* point of view and to reply directly to Larry and Jessica, I would highlight :
  • "Holocaust", a TV program of 1978, which had been a first step to release memories and speeches in USA : it had really been an electroshock.
  • 1991's fall of USSR : in communist's ideology, victims of nazis weren't specially Jews and didn't deserve a special memory treatment.
From 1991, all former Yiddishland became a open and free place of memory for Jews from everywhere, with a new start to history and commemoration.
Specially in places of our Losts' martyrdom.
We can observe a present setback in Poland with their law restraining historian researches but Truth always win at the end !

Blayb Gezunt !
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring in France

* In silence of survivors, we had approximately the same delay in France, but "Shoah", the 1985's masterpiece of Claude Lanzman, marked a starting point.

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

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