Re: Can Nazi forced labour records be found of Bohemia (Böhmen-Kamnitz) ? #holocaust


You have to conduct a search at

If you don't find, they have many more records there not yet uploaded to the site so you can always ask them to send you what you need.

Good luck

Shosh Eizenshtein, Toronto

Re: Why St. Louis? #usa


I've enjoyed all the responses about Jewish history in St. Louis. One other prominent immigrant who got his start in St. Louis was Joseph Pulitzer.

Taking this discussion a century forward, my family immigrated to St. Louis from Kiev in 1979. We had no family in the United States and were randomly assigned to this unknown city in the middle of the country. The Jewish community did a fantastic job of resettling the refugees (although I really didn't enjoy the label New Americans). We were met at the airport and taken to a fully furnished apartment -- new furniture, linens, kitchen utensils. In addition to receiving financial assistance, the community provided ESL classes and employment services. Families who wanted to send their children to the private Jewish day school could do so free of charge. In addition, each family was assigned a volunteer sponsor family to help get further acculturated with holiday celebrations and outings. I grew up and lived in University City, where historic Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform congregations occupied the same block.


Mikhailina Karina

Alexandria, Virginia

Re: Need help to get a transcription off a death record for Max Koenig #usa #records

Peter Cohen

There is a very limited list of direct descendants that New York City considers eligible to receive copies of death certificates after 1948. Despite the fact that they are supposed to be released after 70 years, NYC still will not release the details of 1949-1951 records (although Reclaim the Records forced them to release indexes.)

Max Koenig is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.  Some cemeteries do a better job than others of recording the information that was on the death certificate. And some are more cooperative than others in giving out the information.  Contact Riverside Cemetery and see if they can / will help you. 201-843-7600
Peter Cohen

Re: Records for town Nagyszőllős (Vynohradiv, Ukraine) #ukraine

Janet Furba

Hi ask the records in the State Archive of the Zakarpatskaya Region in Uzhgorod.
Janet Furba,

Re: Help wanted: find the link between Rabbi Pinkas of Koretz, b. 1726, and our ancestor Chai Sarah Shapiro b. 1818 #belarus #ukraine #rabbinic

Janet Furba

Hi ask the Mogilev abd the Khmelnitsky Archives.
Janet Furba,

Re: Records for town Nagyszőllős (Vynohradiv, Ukraine) #ukraine

Janet Furba

Hi you can directly ask the archive where the records are stored.
Janet Furba, Germany

Re: Need help to get a transcription off a death record for Max Koenig #usa #records

Richard Werbin

Here is Anna Horowitz who died 21 Feb 1948.
This is from

After 1948, the only source for the Max Koenig death certificate is the NYC Department of Health.
It is very difficult to get death certificates from them unless you are named on the death certificate. They claim they will provide a death certificate to direct descendants. But, they would not sell me my grandparents' death certificate.

Name: Anna Horowitz
Sex: Female
Age: 58
Residence Place: Bronx, Bronx, New York
Address: 1239 Simpson St.
Burial Date: 22 Oct 1948
Death Date: 21 Oct 1948
Death Place: The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Death Place (Original): Bronx, New York, New York, United States
Birth Year (Estimated): 1890
Birthplace: Russia
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Housewife
Race: White
Father's Name: Abraham Goldberg
Father's Sex: Male
Father's Birthplace: Russia
Mother's Name: Sara Chirel
Mother's Sex: Female
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Spouse's Name: Morris
Certificate Number: RN 10360
Additional Relatives: X
Cemetery: Mt. Judah
Frame Number: 402

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Abraham Goldberg Father M   Russia
Sara Chirel Mother F   Russia
Morris Spouse U    

Digital Folder Number: 004030720
Microfilm Number: 2200503
Image Number: 00402
Indexing Batch: B03115-5

Citing this Record
"New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949", database, FamilySearch ( : 3 June 2020), Anna Horowitz, 1948.

Richard Werbin    New York, New York     JGSNY Membership Vice President

Translation Request - From Russian #poland #translation


I've posted five vital record documents from my Senk family of Sierpc, Poland.  I would very much appreciate it if you would translate them into English.  Thank you so much for helping me learn more about my family.

Jon Zimmerman

Re: Online meeting CompGen "Jewish genealogy to support memorial sites and descendants in search of family roots" (in German) #germany #events #records

Hannah Sperber

Is there a list of survivors of Karlsruhe, Germany?
There was a reunion more than 20 years ago by invitation of mayor of Karlsruhe.
any info on Johanna Heineman,?

Hannah Sperber, Denver, CO

Re: Researching: family Gunsberger of Papa, Hungary, including Flora/Fradel, who married a Lazar. Bodansky, Hungary. Lafosky, Ukraine, Hackers, Austria-Germany. Anyone else? #hungary #austria-czech #ukraine #holocaust #unitedkingdom


Hi Susan
Do you have any male offspring who carry last name Gunzburg or Ginzburg?
If yes, did they do Y chromosome?
This can help link the families.
My Ginzburg family comes from Belarus Minsk.
My family shares y chromosome with De Gunzburgs

Val Ginzburg 
Toronto Canada
Genn, Gen

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #poland

Bruce Drake

“When we think of and bewail the millions of dead, tortured and subjected to horrible deaths that are impossible for the human mind to comprehend, we plant an eternal flame, a yahrzeit light, for such illustrious figures who, in the last moments of their lives, demonstrated such proud humanity and dignity.”

“A Wolomin Mother Becomes a Martyr” from the Yizkor book of that Polish town is the story of one woman’s courage and sacrifice that saved the life of another. When the Germans took the town into their iron hand, one of their demands was that all Jewish women bring their fur coats to the Gestapo. One tried to safeguard her coat by putting it into the care of a gentile, who informed on her. The Gestapo quickly summoned her. But her mother-in-law, Rochele Loskovki, told her “Chutshe, you're not going…They demanded Mrs. Loskovki, so I will go. You have young children for whom you have to stay alive.”

And she went in Chutshe’s stead, and paid the price.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Question on Ron Day Vo photograph #photographs


I would appreciate any ideas about this photo.   I'm trying to figure out what the, " Ron•Day•Vo (?) is referring to, possible location and approximate year based on dress and car. Someone previously thought that this was a vocational program but I question this based on the time of the picture. Lastly, please take a close look at her right hand.  Could she be wearing a brace?
 Thanks so much for any ideas! 
Robin August

Re: Why St. Louis? #usa

Judy Floam

This book was been mentioned here so I got a copy – it was fascinating.  “Bread to Eat and Clothes to Wear” – letters from people thinking about immigrating to various groups that were set up to help them.   There was a lot of investigation before people made a decision about where to go when they left.


Judy Floam

Baltimore, MD

Re: Listing as an Alien Trader #poland

Frank Szmulowicz

In my private message, I asked whether it is possible that the great great uncle was involved in foreign trade in some capacity.
Frank Szmulowicz

Groberman from Yedenitz #bessarabia #general

groberman a.

in the last 2 years searching my family ( Groberman) roots, i reached only around 1870 born family. i found also that in Yedenitz lived few Groberman families ( only 7'000-10'000 jewish in the town ) which i couldn't find any connection yet between them all. 
i will appreciate any assistance !
Avihu Groberman

Can Nazi forced labour records be found of Bohemia (Böhmen-Kamnitz) ? #holocaust


I am trying to find details of Adrianus PEETERS (born 1915) and  Sara KERPEL.(born 1911)
Ron Peeters (NL)

Re: Why St. Louis? #usa


My great aunt, newly married at age 18, emigrated from Belagorodka to St Louis before 1900.  She had many relatives from Zaslav [and Shepetovka] some of whom joined her in the early years.  Her husband [Icheal/Israel Rich] had kin who were in St Louis.  I suspect that as has been mentioned, St Louis was seen as a hub of opportunity and discussed well in advance of immigration. 
Shirley Ginzburg

RICH [St Louis], BOCKSER & SCHLAGER/ SHLUGER [Boston, Lynn MA]  all from Zaslav & Shepetovka area, Ukraine
KANTER/OWITZ & dEMATOFF [Mir, Belarus to Chicago]

Re: Please help identify the family who donated a torah mantle now in a German museum collection #germany #general

Michele Lock

I notice the liberal use of sequins in the torah cover, in the crown, under the lions, and making up the garland vase. 

This is similar to a sequined torah cover from the early 1900s, found at a synagogue in the Lower East Side of New York City:

It is also similar to a torah cover that is in the collection of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, though there is no date mentioned in the website listing:

I would think there are textile historians here in the US who can tell you when those types of sequins became available, to at least give you an early date for the cover. 
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Re: Meaning and pronunciation of Yiddish surname #names #lithuania #yiddish

Michele Lock

I'd like to thank all the responses I've gotten, both here and privately.

The consensus, taking into account both the way the surname was written in Hebrew and Russian, is that the named should be transliterated as Lak, and that the vowel is similar to the second 'a' of "ah-HAH". This accords with how my family has always pronounced the surname, and our using the Anglicized spellings of 'Lock' or 'Locke'.

There is no longer any one alive from the Lock immigrants who came to this country in the early 1900s, so I can't hear how they pronounced the name, but I do have an 88 year old cousin who did grow up around these immigrants, and I'm hoping he remembers how they pronounced it.

As for the meaning - according to two different Beider volumes, the name is related to either sealing wax, or having curly hair. I'm thinking that the 'curly hair' is most likely, bestowed on either Efroim Lak (b. 1793) of Plunge, Lithuania, or perhaps his father Yankel (b. about 1760-70.). Someone suggested that I check out a photo of these individuals, but that is not possible. The oldest Lock for whom I have a photo is my great grandfather Hyman Lock (b. abt 1845) and a grandson of Efroim; Hyman had straight hair as it turns out. Myself, I have wavy hair.

On the latest chapter of this surname - in the 1960s, some of my distant Lock relatives moved to Israel, where they decided that לאק was too Yiddishy. So they changed the spelling to what I believe is לוק, and now pronounce the surname similar to 'Luke'. So sad.



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Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Re: Rose Bernstein from Binghamton, New York #usa

The Becker's Email

It appears Rose married an Edward McMahon 20 July 1927 as parents' names match.  She evidently lied about her age.
Rosalyn Bernstein, "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940" • FamilySearch

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI

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