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Hello, The street name is "11 Noemvrie". The 1936 (not 1939) Cernauti business directory lists a total of 13 people (or businesses) at that address, but not with the name "Suzcher (?)" from the postcard. See attached.
My first cousin Otto Joseph -- later Asher Joseph* -- was a Dunera internee. Born in Gelnhausen, Germany, in 1922, he went to England in 1939. He was subsequently detained as an "enemy alien" and sent to Australia on the infamous HMT Dunera. On his release, in July 1942, he went to what was then Palestine, where he lived until his death in 1986.
* Not to be confused with Joseph Asher, who was also an internee.
In 2010, I received two of Otto's records from Carol Bunyan, a volunteer researcher at the DuneraMuseum inHay, Australia (https://www.duneraassociation.com/contacts/) -- a "Service & Casualty" record and a "Report on Internee." Carol's source for both records: the National Archives of Australia. They were informative but also infuriating -- especially considering that while the English detained Asher, the Germans murdered his mother, my father's sister Bertha.
Looking to fill in information on the following on my late father ..either background or family
members that were there
Kurt Ehrmann dob 7.11.1922
Boarded in Berlin kindertransport dec 38-age 16
Arrived at harwich and sent to dovercourt dec 39
huyton internment camp England spring 40 (collar the lot enemy aliens-not really)
hmt dunera hellship
Hay-Tartua internment camp Unit 8-Australian army (Dunera boys) Believe fought in New Guinea (wounded)-most did not that were in this Unit Discharged spring 45-Lived on Church street in Richmond, 5 hours south of Hay for 10 mo before.....
Leaving-Matson steamer Spring 1946 to San Francisco
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Biala Rawska, Poland
Campulung la Tissa, Romania
Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland
Simleul Silvaniei (Szilagysomlyo), Hungary
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01. The Jewish World Before World War II
02. Nazi Germany and the Jews - 1933-1939
03. The Outbreak of World War II and Anti-Jewish Violence
04. The Ghettos
05. The Final Solution
06. Transports and Extermination in the Death Camps
07. The World of the Camps
08. Combat and Rescue
09. An Ending and a Beginning
10. Return to Life
Throughout our website the voices of the survivors infuse our online exhibitions, historical narratives, teaching units and ceremonies with content and with meaning. We have gathered many of those testimonies in this section where they can be easily accessed by either topic or location, according to the birthplaces of the survivors. This section will continue to grow as more and more testimonies are added to the website.
"For whoever listens to a witness becomes a witness"
Excerpt from a speech given by Elie Wiesel at Yad Vashem
In my tree I have a Yitzchok and and Ayzik who were brothers, both alive at the same time. Both correspond strongly with Isaac.
I was given my a Jewish name, Meir David, while my grandfather Yitzchok David was alive.
In the Bible Abram was renamed Abraham. In some way they could be considered two separate names
it’s pretty clear two brothers would not have the exact same Jewish/Hebrew name. (George Foreman notwithstanding)
some possibilities include: 1- despite having the same moniker they had different Jewish names. 2- different second names may have sufficed to consider the names “different”. Abram Moses may have been considered different enough 3- Abram/Abraham may have been the second Jewish name of one brother 4- Sephardic Jews do not have the taboo.
I bet that they had different names at birth, either in Hebrew or Yiddish, and one of them changed his name years later to one that was more of his liking. Highly unlikely to have been given the same name (Abram = Abraham) at birth. Bob Weinberg
My great grandmother Rebecca Schoenberg had 3 brothers- Yomtov, Jacob Leib, & Hyman (Chaim). Their father was Mordechai (Max) & his brother was also Jacob Leib Schoenberg. Yomtov changed his names to Jacob as well. So yes- it’s possible. Not sure why my great Uncle Yomtov also chose Jacob but he did.
Perhaps one of yours also had a different name but went by Abraham? Have you found their gravestones? Yomtov/Jacob’s gravestone lists his name as Yomtov on the grave. I would look at their gravestones to see what they say & if they both list them as being “the son of” the same man to verify that they are indeed full brothers.
It seems extremely unlikely, to not say impossible. Abram and Abraham are a same first name, and therefore it is not given to two different siblings.
1. It can be the same person, named Abraham, Abram or Abram Moishe. I have an ancestor being named Tsvi, or Hirsch, or Tsvi Hirsch in different places. 2. But due to one being born 1875, the other 1857, I would say cousins rather than brothers. It's an option to be considered. 3. Or one could have been adopted? 4. I have in my tree two brothers that switched identities, in order for the youngest to travel to the US under the oldest name.
If it is a fact that they were two individuals, there is without a doubt a story to be told - but not the one of a common first name for two brothers given by their parents.
We are currently researching and documenting the history of the Jewish community of Vereeniging and would appreciate receiving information about the KATZEN family who were very early settlers in the town.
If you are able to provide information kindly contact us on our email address as listed below.
Thank you and kind regards
South African Friends of Beth Hatefutsoth
Safeguarding the history of ‘Jewish Life in the South African Country Communities’
Not the same thing (it never is!) but I have a few examples.:
1. Two of my sisters have the same (Jewish) middle name. 2. We know two brothers named Louis.One of them adopted that name in adulthood. 3. We have a man named Herman who went by Mike, after he used his brother Michael's papers to get a job when he was underage.
There are many individual ways of facing concentration camps and the fates of the millions of victims. This is mine.
I am living in Alzey/Rheinhessen - a town with a long Jewish History and the district mental hospital - and I am engaged with (regional) research of the Jewish History and of Nazi “Euthanasia”.
I was 4, living in the mostly catholic Rhineland, when my family was liberated from die Nazi terror. As a “privilegierte Mischehe” (privileged mixed marriage) of my parents and the help of resistant locals we had survived in Germany and I remember our family evenings after 1945 well, when the family gathered round a table and the letters coming in were read loud once or twice and discussed. I remember the terms …”Edith (Julius/Rolf usw) ist umgekommen” (perished) or: Fredy (Herbert, Werner usw.) hat überlebt” (survived). These terms got into my child vocabulary as a standard for the fate of relatives and friends.
I visited Auschwitz on a study tour with my teacher colleagues in 1974. At that time my family thought that our relatives had perished there. In Auschwitz first I thought I was strong enough to face the place and find traces of my aunts, uncles, cousins, but after I had seen heaps of hair, glasses, shoes – some might have been from my relatives - I got something like a breakdown. My teacher colleagues were very understanding and helpful. Only two years later, when the first “Gedenkbuch”(Memorial book of the Persecution of Jews under the NS Tyranny in Germany 1933-45) was published by the Bundesarchiv, we learnt where my relatives had perished, many not in Auschwitz, and a process of research started in the family. After this experience and history studies I was strong enough to face such places, I have visited many in- and outside Germany since, and later, after 1994, to research Nazi “euthanasia” of thousands of mentally ill patients as well as local Jewish history. For both victim groups I am in small working groups and on the board of a working group for Nazi history on state level in Rhine-Palatinate.
My personal way to mentally work on this part of criminal German history is to find out the biographies and publish the fate of the mentally ill victims as well as the Jewish victims of my family and of the Alzey region, recall their names and fates, several hundred by now. With the data bases I built up of for both groups (with over 7.000 names) I am able to answer descendants’ questions, now mostly of the second following generation, contribute to conferences or publications and work with students. I feel I do this in first place for my family – especially my father, the last director of the Israelitische Heil- und Pflegeanstalt in Bendorf-Sayn 1940-1942, where I was born, and for the families of the victims. With the Jewish surviving relatives I got contacts in many countries, and meanwhile friends.
But to face and understand the criminal German history is a never ending challenge, looking back in history as well as to actual developments.
I am seeking the ship names & passenger lists that successfully ferried Jewish refugees from Lisbon to Havana. As part of their escape from Vienna to ultimately NY, my mom (a young child) & her parents sailed from Lisbon to Havana in the timeframe of late 1940 - 1943, I think. I am trying to find out the name of the ship that took them. I have tried the Steven Morse site & the JDC without success. My maternal grandparents were Saul & Eva Mermelstein Torten. They were in Cuba for 2 years before their turn came on the quota to enter the US. I would appreciate direction to finding the names of the ships & passengers from Lisbon to Havana in that timeframe. Thank you. -Helen -- Helen Kon New York City, NY
The Orange County California Jewish Genealogy Society has a booth at the Genealogy Jamboree. We are giving away two prizes on the 12th of June around noon. One prize will be a free copy of Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy by Gary Mokotoff 2020 edition. The other prize will be a 1/2 hour of Jewish Genealogy mentoring. It is free to visit the exhibit hall and all you have to do is register and find our booth and click on the drawing and fill out the form.
Michelle Sandler President OCJGS Westminster, California
I am researching two men, whose descendants all claim were brothers. Only problem is they have the names Abraham and Abram.
One of the brother's names was Abraham, born est 1858. Abraham's wife, Leba, appears as a widow on the 1911 England census. We don't know when or if he died in England or Poland, or along the way to England. We don't know when Leba and her young adult/teen children arrived in England. Abraham's children were born in the late 1888 through 1894 in Poland, so he was alive at least until their births.
Another of the brother's names is reported as "Abram Moishe," born 1875. Abram Moishe's English registration records show that name, but he was called/known by the Anglicized name, "Morris." The earliest record of Abram (his England registration document) is dated 1912, with the name "Abram Moishe."
Is it possible for two brothers who lived at the same time to have been named "Abraham" and "Abram"? Could Abram have added or chosen the name "Abram" after his older brother, Abraham, died?
Might Abram Moishe have added the name Abram as a guise in order to be able to travel to England (in his deceased brother's stead, possibly posing as the older brother, and/or to accompany and/or travel to Leba, his 'wife')?
Oddly enough, the 1965-1971 American television show "Hogan's Heroes," created by Jews (Bernard Fein & Albert S. Ruddy), appears to have been one of the first efforts to bring the Holocaust out of the shadows. The cast included Jews who escaped Europe (Werner Klemperer [Klink], John Banner [Schultz], Howard Caine [Hochstetter], Leon Askin [Burkhalter]) and a camp survivor (Robert Clary [Frenchie]). They thought humor and showing the Nazis as bumblers (rather than heartless, cold-hearted murderers) would provide an indirect and subversive avenue to vent against the Nazis and start speaking about the unspeakable horrors.
The first major religious pogrom in the US (not counting wars against Native Americans) may have been the "Bloody Monday" massacre in Louisville, KY, 6 August 1855. Nativist Protestants attacked German and Irish Catholic immigrants. Estimates on the number killed range from at least 22 to higher.
One of many such pogrom-like incidents not commonly taught in school.
The Przemysl Identification Project, which has been discussed before in this forum, has reached its conclusion and the results are launched this week. The aim of this collaborative project between Gesher Galicia and the Przemysl State Archive was to identify the source town of a large number of files held in that archive, most of which were index books of Jewish vital records. Except for five of the books, from three separate towns, all the files turned out to be from places in the former Galicia. Books from 71 towns altogether were identified.
The last of 582 identifications was checked and verified at the end of April in a project that had gone on for 18 months, much of it during the Covid pandemic. Around 50 people - all Gesher Galicia members and close associates - whose help was greatly appreciated, had contributed to the project in some way.
The results of the project have been launched on the Gesher Galicia website and are available for all, at: https://www.geshergalicia.org/projects/przemysl-id/ . The table lists all the files with their identified towns, the type of record and the year range. There are also other comments about a file and whether it contains new information that is not already available - in, for instance, an existing original register of births, deaths or marriages.
However, if you are a Gesher Galicia member, and if you log in to the website first and then go to the above link, you will also be able to view the page images of each of these 582 identified files. These scans are viewable only for members.
If you are not already a member, and want like to view the scans from the project - as well as obtaining the other benefits of membership, such as receipt of our quarterly journal, the "Galitzianer" and access to the Gesher Galicia FamilyFinder -then you are very welcome to join. This can be done in a straightforward way at: https://www.geshergalicia.org/m21-new-member-registration/ .
There have already been several articles dealing with aspects of the Przemysl Identification Project in earlier issues of the "Galitzianer," and another one, presenting the final results of the project and describing some of the methods used by the identifiers, will appear in the June 2021 issue, due out next week.
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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a total of 80,778 oral histories. These include ones we have done, ones we have received from other organizations (including the USC Shoah Foundation) and ones we have received from individuals. Over 18,300 are available online through our Collections Search catalog, collections.ushmm.org. Limit your search to Personal stories -> Interviews in Audio or Video. Many of these have full transcripts, time-coded notes or basic summaries that include names and places which are searched as part of a keyword search.
We also catalog websites that have oral history collections in the Collections Search catalog.
Megan Lewis, reference librarian United States Holocaust Memorial Museum