What languages have the "shch" phoneme? #names

Josephine Rosenblum

There is a phoneme (single speech sound) that appears in Russian, and perhaps other languages, but not in English.  It sounds like the last sound of "hush" plus the first sound of "child" pushed together, so it becomes "hushchild".  Since English does not have this phoneme, words or names with it are transliterated as "szcz".  My first question: are there languages, besides Russian, that have this phoneme?

David LESTZ and a younger brother immigrated in 1911 from Bremen to Baltimore.  He told his son that his original name in Latin letters was LESZCZ, but "someone" said that was not acceptable in America.  The man consulted a book and then told David that his name would be spelled LESTZ.  David agreed and kept this spelling and handed it down to his descendants.  Question two: did such a reference book really exist?

Thank you in advance for all answers.  
Josephine Rosenblum
Cincinnati, OH

Re: Which (Chasidic?) group do the clothes indicate, if any #galicia #austria-czech

Sorry i can't identify any chassidic group  However, in presnt day, the man's hat is usually an identifying item.  When I'm on line at El Al in Newark Airport I'm
usually intrigued by the variety of hats the men wear, as well as the variety of hat boxes they are toting from NY!
Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

Hazans and Sofers from Lithuania #lithuania

Scott Familant

I was wondering whether anyone knows if records have survived relating to rabbis, hazans and sofers serving during the 18-19th C in modern-day Lithuania.  I understand that my Klaff ancestors had a rich tradition of serving as hazans, sofers and even rabbis.  Some ultimately served in the UK (Moses Claff), while others ultimately served in South Africa (Shmuel Zalman and his son Moses David). The family hailed from Shavli, but I understand very few records have survived for that shtetl.  And there seem to have been two major branches of the family, one headed by Eliezer and Zelda and the other by Elijah and Beile Dvorah.  My assumptions is that the two men were first cousins, commonly named after their grandfather.   I havealso  seen mention of Rabbi SZ Klaff having training in Riga.


Scott Familant

Info on 2 photos #belarus #ukraine

Frederick Zlotkin

Photo #1, E Narkiery - The info I have is that this woman's name was Elizabeth Narkier. She probably is my great grandmother, mother of Grisha Altschuler (aka Gregory Aller). She is a Tatar woman and her father served as a Cossack soldier. Any info or observations would be greatly appreciated.

Photo #2, Bubie at the Piano - This group shot was probably taken around the turn of the last century in or near Ekaterinislav. The woman seated at the piano is my grandmother, Brunia Fradin (aka Bertha Slatkin). The lady, front to the right of center, is probably Sarah Block. The younger woman in back of her might be Sarah's daughter Manya, who married a gentleman, M. Sukonic, and the baby is probably her first of 2 daughters (Sarah was previously married to Felix Fradin. Manya died when the family was forced to flee to the Ural mountains after Hitler invaded Ekaterinislav). The bearded gentleman might be M. Greenberg, and most likely the 5 boys are probably his sons, by a previous marriage. This being a very earl photo, the subjects would have to "freeze" their pose for about 30 secs. 

Any info would be most appreciated. This is my first attempt at photo ID on JewGen, so please be patient with me.

Dr. Frederick Zlotkin

p.s. I'm certain that my grandmother did not play the piano and suspect that the musical instruments are "props."

Re: Event in Repedea Romania November 17, 1884 #romania


There are two villages with that name, one in Maramures and other in Vrancea. You can write to the Natinal Archive office in Baia Mare  or in Piatra Neamt and request copy of the death record. I doubt there was " an event". 

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

Re: Which (Chasidic?) group do the clothes indicate, if any #galicia #austria-czech


The white "over pants", that are described, appear to be a "tallit katan", a (small tallis), worn by religious men. You can observe the tzitzit hanging down in the photo. It might also help to know from what city the family lived, as different chassidic sects were prominent in different cities. Is the man's hat symbolic of a particular group?  I've never seen that type hat as a religious symbol. I think that they just got dressed up for a formal photo.

Neilan Stern;  neilan1@...    searching, Stern, Pistrong, Brand - Radomysl Wielki

Re: Event in Repedea Romania November 17, 1884 #romania

Howard Kaufman

I found two siblings who died in Romania of scarlet fever days apart.
Howard Kaufman, Boca Raton, Florida

Professionals who match individuals in photographs #photographs


Hi, I have several photos from different sources and taken decades apart that contain individuals that may or may not match. If I could rule in or rule out a match, it would be very helpful to my research. Are there professionals with forensic expertise and credentials who do such analyses? Can anyone point me?

Thank you,
Rafael Harpaz

Belarus: Grodno (Ratman/Rothman, Bendeson, Ciemnolis, Farbarovitch), Brisk (Tarman), Turov (Shifman)
Poland: Bialystok/Czyzewo (Dveiras, Goldberg)

Translation needed – Russian #russia #translation


Picture of my grandfather Samuel David KLEINMAN (who I am named after) and comments on back in Russian. Most likely taken in Balta Ukraine between 1910 and 1912. He was most likely in school.


Sam Kleinman

Lakewood, NJ

translation from Yiddish #translation

Sandy Levin

I've posted the back of a picture postcard for which I need a translation from the Yiddish. It is on ViewMate at the following address
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Sandy Levin, London, ON

Private and secure email

Re: Bednovitch family from Zambrow who became Bedno in Chicago #general #usa #poland

Sandy Levin

Looking to connect with relatives of my grandmother, ANNA BEDO(WICZ) who was
from ZAMBROW and arrived in Chicago. Her father’s name was Israel Zvi. She
married Sam Levin, was born Sam Yellin in Wysockie Maz, probably around 1890.
They married in 1913 in Chicago. Anna passed away in 1967, Sam in 1968. They
had three children, Ida, Sol and Jack. Anna had at least three brothers, Joe, Jake
(Jacob) and Morris and a sister Sarah. The three boys all arrived in 1904 on
different sailings from Bremen.. JACOB was born around 1884 and died in
Chicago in 1964. Jake married Ann Ritholz. Jake was president of King Optical. Ann
died in 1978. Irving, Jules, Edward, Howard were their children. JOE also lived in
Chicago and is buried in Waldheim. He was married to Fannie and they had one
child (Hyman/Howard) born in 1918. Joe either died young or was divorced from
Fannie. Howard was in the music business and passed away in 2006. He had two
daughters. MORRIS was born around 1880. He never married. Morris's 1915 draft
card lists as next of kin Joseph Bedno with an address on Francisco Avenue in
Chicago. Morris is also buried in Waldheim. SARAH married Max Zolkewitz. Sarah
died in 1963. She and Max had four children, Carl, Jock/Jacob, Hy, and Ann.
Ann married Lou Slutsky. They had no children.
Any information you can share would be appreciated.
Please reply privately.
Sandy Levin
London, Canada

Private and secure email

Viewmate Translation Request of notation in Polish Book of Residents #translation

Fay Bussgang

I have posted a notation in Russian for which I would appreciate a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you so much.

Fay Bussgang

I am Harold Kravis I am looking for My Nosaczuk or Nosanchuk Family #usa

Harold Kravis

My great-grandfather was Israel Nosanczuk and wife was Riva Alterman.
My great-grandfather Israel came with son Aaron  went to Ellis Island  in 1912.
But Israel had to go back to Russia because thought he had Tuberkulosis.
So Aaron stayed in the United States and his family never came back.
Aaron is my grandfather.
Israel and Riva had other children Isaac and Basya, Sara, Rakhil.
They lived Feodosiya ( Krim ).
I heard that Isaac had a son name Grisha.
My grandfather was born Ekaterinoslav / Dnepropetrovsk.
So if any one has information about the Nosanczuk or Nosanchuk family please let me know.

Harold Kravis
My email is ( harold.kravis55@... )

Which (Chasidic?) group do the clothes indicate, if any #galicia #austria-czech


Which (Chasidic?) group do the clothes indicate, if any. Please note  white over pants, (gatchges)  over the mans trousers. Also please note the woman's shaytel. 
Marcie Murray
Minneapolis MN

Event in Repedea Romania November 17, 1884 #romania

Robin Schwartz

I just came across records of the deaths of two toddlers in the Worem (Vurm) family in Repedea, Romania ages 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 both occurring on November 17, 1884.  Although it is possible there was some family accident or perhaps (although unlikely) an illness that took them both on the same day, I am wondering if there was an "event" in the town that led to their deaths.  Any ideas on how to pursue this?
Thank you
Robin Schwartz

Spector and Dashevsky Family connection #ukraine


My family's original name in Cherkassy was Spector.  Due to family circumstance one branch
of the Spector family became Dashevskys while still living in Russia. The Dashevsky branch came to US in 1900. 
If any Spector family member from Russia has Dashevsky relatives, please kindly contact me.

Jackie Dashevsky
New Jersey

Historian request: Germany, England and Australia KT/Dunera/Australia WW2 #general #germany #unitedkingdom


We are looking for an individual (historian) to assist in compiling the history of our father’s course from his upbringing through his discharge from the Australian army in WWII through 1946.  We want to understand detail and additional context of his life experience. Hi passed in 1974 and our mother passed in 2007..Neither of them talked about it and are just finding out some details of his life.

Some brief background:
Our father who was born in Cologne (Koln). We believe he left Berlin at age 16 in late Dec. of 1938 via the Kindertransport train escaping anticipating Nazi persecution.  His family had to stay behind. 
He arrived in Harwich England in Jan. 1939.  He was graciously taking care of by a family in Northern England , Thrilby where he worked on a farm from Feb 1939 through May of 1940.  Once France fell to Nazi Germany around that time, there was great fear of a Britain invasion. 
He was classified as an "enemy alien" and was subsequently transported to Australia sailing on the HMT Dunera embarking from Liverpool on July 10, 1940 and reaching Australia on Sept. 6th/9th 1940.  We have many source documents from all three countries but need a trained individual with access to archival data to fill in the “back story” and details reaching back to Germany when his father was born in 1882.

Anybody with knowledge and interest would be welcomed. This is a project that means a great deal to our family since we want to preserve his legacy for our family in addition to paying tribute to those that helped our family survive. We have some wonderful people already helping us fill in some details but need help filling in some gaps of the three continents life took him.

Please email me and I will act as the coordinator for this project.
Dr. Paul Ehrmann

Re: United Kingdom's Bletchley Park--Code Breakers Names #unitedkingdom #announcements #records

neville silverston

Alan Turing is held in such high regard in the UK that his portrait is printed on the new £50 banknotes which came into circulation last Wednesday (25th June 2021).  A small recompense for the tragic story of his committing suicide following his being found guilty of the crime of being a homosexual.
Neville Silverston

Re: Seeking recommendations for a researcher in Germany #germany

Feige Stern

Jewishgen has an info file that lists researchers in Germany.

Best of luck,

Feige Kauvar Stern
Cleveland, OH

Re: Yocheved #names

Dan Nussbaum

In the King James version of the תנ׳׳ך (Bible) יוכבד is translated as Jochebed.

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
Tone can be misinterpreted in email. Please read my words with warmth, kindness, and good intentions.

Searching for;
Nussbaum, Katzenstein, Mannheimer and Goldschmidt; Rhina, Raboldshausen and Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Teplitzky, Bendersky and Kaszkiet; Uman, Ukraine
Rosenthal and S(c)henk(el)man; Zinkov, Ukraine
Bild and Kashlevsky; anywhere

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