Programs of interest for Polish-Jewish research at IAJGS Conference #announcements #jgs-iajgs #poland


Next week's virtual IAJGS conference has a large number of sessions of
interest to researchers of Polish Jewish family history – way more than
we have room to list in this message. Below you will find sessions
with a connection to Jewish Records Indexing-Poland, as well as listings
of Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) meetings for towns in our areas.

For a complete overview of programs of Polish-Jewish interest,
go to
scroll down and click on Filter and under Geographical Focus,
choose Poland.

All programs are open to Full Conference registrants. Limited
Access registrants ($10 for one session/$18 for two or more)
may attend SIG and BOF meetings.

LIVE programs are scheduled at a particular time; ON-DEMAND
programs may be viewed any time within 60 days of the Conference.


12:30 p.m. EDT - Jewish Records Indexing-Poland; The Future is Here
- Stanley Diamond and Robinn F. Magid


11:15 a.m. EDT – Radom. Poland BOF meeting


10 a.m. EDT - Ich Bin Ein Berliner: JRI-Poland and DNA Matches Unite 5 Half-siblings
from Four Different Mothers – Michael Tobias

12:30 p.m.. EDT – Kolbuszowa Region Research Group BOF

5:15 p.m. EDT - Ostrow Mazowiecka Research Group (OMRF) BOF

5:15 p.m. EDT – Lublin-Zamosc Area, Poland BOF


Hidden Treasures of the JRI-Poland Database – Robinn F. Magid

Silver Kiddush Cup – the Story of Everyday Life of Jewish Families in
Warsaw – Anna Wiernicka

Understanding Your Galitzianer Family Through Vital Records

More information about the Conference may be found at

Judy Baston, Secretary,
Jewish Records Indexing-Poland

Digitization of Jewish records from towns in the former Kiev uyezd #ukraine #records #russia

Ted Gostin

In addition to finishing the digitizing of the Jewish birth, marriage, divorce and death records for Kiev city, the E-Archives of the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kyiv (CDIAK) has also started to digitize the Jewish vital records of other towns in the former Kiev uyezd (district or county).  In fond 1164, opis (inventory) 1 is the Jewish vital records for Kiev city.  Opis 2 contains the Jewish vital records for other towns in Kiev uyezd, including the following towns (as transliterated from the list on the CDIAK website, which is in modern Ukrainian, and not from older Russian names):  Bishiv (1854-1901, with gaps); Borodyanka (1875-1917, with gaps); Gostomel (1845-1917, but only a few years in that range); Dimer (1856-1917, with gaps); Ignativka (1854-1885, mostly complete); Kagarlik (1869-1906, with gaps); Makariv (1854-1910, with some gaps, but mostly complete); Motizhin (1854-1874); Obukhiv (1869-1874); Rzhishchiv (1851-1917, with gaps); Tripillya (1867-1874); and Yasnogorodka (a handful of years between 1877 and 1900). 

Within the opis, the towns are listed alphabetically, and then roughly chronologically within each town.  There are 457 separate items, or sprava numbers.  Only items 1-90 have been digitized so far; these include all of the surviving records for Bishiv, Borodyanka, Gostomel, and a few of the record books for Dimer.  The rest have not yet been digitized, but I will continue to check updates on the archives’ website, and post updates here when more records have been digitized.

An important note is that many of these records are not yet included on Alex Krakovsky’s site, and so as they are digitized on the CDIAK site, the images will represent the first time they have been readily available to researchers.

The list of all surviving records in fond 1164, opis 2, can be found at:

Ted Gostin
Sherman Oaks, CA  

Bessarabia group update for the month of July, 2021 #bessarabia #ukraine #records #JewishGenUpdates

Yefim Kogan

Dear researchers,

Here is an update for the Bessarabia Division projects for the month of July 2021. 

See also at What's New at Bessarabia website.

Bessarabian Databases. Updates sent July 2021:

      Below is a list of updates sent to JewishGen. Soon they will be available to all JewishGen community. Thank you very much to all volunteers who worked on these projects.

    • Vital Records. Bendery Birth and Marriage records; Beltsy Birth records; Kishinev Marriage and Divorce records for years from 1913 -1915. Total of 1,214 records.
      Project Leader ... (open position), translators Genny Imas, Yoni Kupchik, Eti Ganin, Valentin Lupu, Gabor Adam, Irina Shikhova, Julia Maximova, Emilia Alexeeva, Yuriy Daylis, Yefim KoganSee the list of towns, shteitle

  • Revision Lists. 9,547 records completed for 2,474 families. See the list of towns, shteitle
    Project Leader - Yefim Kogan and translators Alan Levine, Jeff Brickman, Efim Goldshmit, Deborah Glassman, Evgeniy, Claire Stuart, Yoni Kupchik, Alex Matlin, Ilana Voloshin, Irina Tulchinska, Michael Richman.

Genealogical Conferences. Addition

  • 41th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Virtual, 1-5 August, 2021.
    Please go to the Bessarabia group / Conferences / 41th conference site and
    read our presentations (Bessarabia connections).

    One session is going to be Bessarabia group meeting, talking about what we did this year, since summer of 2020 and our plans for next years. Please come to this meeting on Monday, August 2 at 11.15am. You can ask questions, propose a project, etc.

    The Second session named How do you make sense of genealogical information you found?
    We explore the archival material we are working with with many types of records in our databases and also how we are doing translations. You can listen to this recording, and please ask me questions directly.
Yefim Kogan, Inna Vayner
JewishGen Bessarabia Group Leaders and Coordinators

Two IAJGS conference sessions of potential interest regarding Jewish Cemeteries in Poland #poland #holocaust #announcements

Dan Oren

1) "GENEALOGY AND THE PRESERVATION OF POLISH JEWISH CEMETERIES" will be presented at the IAJGS conference on Wednesday 4 August 2021 at 11:15 AM EDT, 17:15 Central European Time, 18:15 Israel Time. Hear from Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland - FODŻ CEO Piotr Puchta, Okopowa Street Cemetery Director Witold Wrzosinski, Cemetery Researchers/Activists Hatte Blejer and Jill Leibman, and Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland President Dan Oren.
2) Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FJHP) ( is leading a “BIRDS OF A FEATHER” session on the topic of the Jewish Cemeteries of Poland at the IAJGS virtual conference on Thursday 5 August 5 at 10 AM EDT, 16:00 Central European Time,  17:00 Israel Time. This is primarily a networking session for people interested (or potentially interested) in protection of the Jewish cemeteries within the boundaries of today’s Poland. There will be four extremely short presentations by the FJHP, the Friends of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland, and The Matzevah Foundation, with the majority of the hour-long session devoted to open discussion from all in attendance. Entry is free to IAJGS conference attendees. Non-attendees may register for just US$10 to attend this one session, or for $18 to attend all of the conference’s networking sessions on Zoom.
Registration at the conference ( is still available!
Feel free to contact me in advance with any questions.
Dan Oren
President, Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland

SCHWARTZ & KASSOWITZ #hungary #usa

Michele Sankar

I am searching for descendants of the following families. My Jewish grandmother (Eva GABOR) was married to my Christian grandfather (Bela OZSGYANYI) in Budapest in 1938, and they were both doctors. I have letters/declarations written by a couple of people who attest to the fact that my grandfather protected and returned their belongings when they were sent to the ghetto, that he treated them for free and even provided monthly payments to them when they were destitute. I just thought that the descendants of these people might be interested in seeing the digital copies. I did some searching and here is what I know....
1) SCHWARTZ. Letter was written by widow Mrs. David SCHWARTZ (born Eugenia STEINER), born around 1870's. Her husband (born about 1860) was in the poison industry (for pests, I believe) and they were at Rottenbiller street in Budapest. They married late, so David's children would have been from his first marriage. Reference is made to son Jozsef SCHWARTZ at 525 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY.
2) KASSOWITZ. Letter was written by Mrs. Oszkar KASSOWITZ (Trude CASSEL). When I searched in Ancestry, it seems that she went to the US and remarried a LEVINE.
Anyway, maybe it's a long shot, but if anyone is connected to these families, please let me know and I'll scan and share some significant pieces of history with you.
Michele Sankar
Ontario, Canada
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For researchers on Bohemian Jewry: looking for family name "Reichler" in Křešín #austria-czech


Has anyone found records of the surname "Reichler" in Křešín, Bohemia? Or for that matter any other records in Křešín? I have been searching through the records that are now on Vademecum (since Badatelna was closed down) and have not found any that refer to Křešín.

The Křešín that I have in mind (since there is more than one of them) seems to be the one in Pelhřimov, which is sometimes called Křešín u Pacova (Křešín near Pacov). I can't be entirely sure, as the references that I am following do not specify a district (with one confusing exception, which I will explain in a moment), but I think that this is the one because it is the nearest one to the place in which the records containing the references. Those records were made in Radenín (Tábor District, South Bohemia Region). Since Křešín u Pacova is the nearest town called Křešín, I assume that it is the one that is meant.

(I spent some time chasing down villages called Křesín (with no haček on the "s") before I figured out that that was the wrong name. The records in German say "Křeschin," which makes clear that the middle consonant is "š" and not "s.")

The one reference that I have that provides further identifying information is a census record (from 1890) that under "Země, okres, osada" says "česká, královický, Křešín." I do not think that "královický" is a word in Czech; it looks to me like a garbling of "královský"; but there is no district of that name in Bohemia. There is Hradec Králové, but there is no Křešín there. There is a town of Kralovice near Prague, but that also is remote from any place called Křešín. 

In any case, just running with the assumption that the
Křešín in question is the one in Pelhřimov, where are the Austrian records? I have looked through many books from locations near Křešín, such as Lukavec,
Košetice, and Pacov, without finding a single record of a birth, wedding, or anything else in Křešín.

As for the surname "Reichler," I am trying to find the origins of a couple of people who bore that surname, both of whom are recorded as coming from
Křešín, and to determine whether they are related, and, if so, how.
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Poland's Senate Passes Law Preventing Restitution for Property Seized During Holocaust and Communist Era #records #holocaust #poland

Jan Meisels Allen

The upper chamber of Poland’s Parliament, the Senate, passed legislation that would prevent families from receiving restitution for property seized during the Holocaust and communist era.


The law passed last Friday has two amendments from its original draft bill:

  1. Extends by three months submission requests before the law comes into effect.
  2. The law will not apply to existing claim or ongoing cases.


If adopted, the law would prevent property ownership and other administrative decisions from being declared void after 30 years, which would mean that pending proceedings involving communist-era property confiscations would be discontinued and dismissed. It affects Polish, Jewish and other property that are subject to contested previous determinations.


Polish authorities insist restitution claims will still be possible through the courts, regardless of the claimants’ nationality or place of residence. Additionally, Poland says it is responding to “fraud and irregularities that have emerged in the restitution process leading to evictions or giving real estate to property dealers.”


Israel, the United States and Jewish organizations such as the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) condemn the controversial law.


The United States said that Poland is the only country in Europe to “have regressed over the past year in meeting commitments to return seized property or provide compensation for Holocaust victims and their families. The public admonishment is likely to anger Polish authorities, who have rejected previous criticism on the matter.”


The new U.S. criticism comes just before the one-year anniversary of the release of a congressionally mandated report (Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today, (JUST), Act tracking European progress in adjudicating Holocaust claims. That report called out several nations but was particularly critical of Poland.  A state department report has identified the following countries where significant compensation have not been addressed: Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.


Israel, WJRO and the World Jewish Congress have called on Poland to enact a comprehensive law or establish a procedure that deals with compensation.


The bill now has to return to the Sejm, the lower house, for a final vote approving the amendments added by the Senate before being signed by President Andrzej Duda.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Ancestors of Rose Milrod from Belarus #belarus #names


My Grandmother left Minsk (gubernia) around 1904. There was room for one more person on the day she left. She arrived in Toronto and soon found out that the family she left behind, the family that was to leave Minsk with the next group had all been killed. So here she was, a young girl of 12 or 13 all alone in a strange place knowing that she would never see her parents again. 
 I am Looking for the name Milrod or family that may have survived and their ancestry.
Eric Warren

Re: Family Background Jewish or Not? Solf, Nagler, and Rucktäschel from Würzburg and Bamberg, Bavaria #germany #hungary #holocaust #israel

Shelley Mitchell

Through DNA testing, my family discovered a cousin who no one knew about from a mother no one heard about. If your parents are unwilling participants, do you have a female cousin who might help. Fortunately my mother tested. She couldn’t spit for Ancestry so she was swabbed for FTDNA. To determine which side a match was on, I had a cousin on my father’s side test. We’re all females because I couldn’t convince my mother’s nephew to test. But second in importance is a tree. I have many matches without a tree. Unless they are a close match, I don’t follow up with a message. For close matches I do. Even a small tree helps. Good luck!

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

Re: Major new Wyszogród records extraction project launched #records #poland

Robin Klainbard

My husbands families KLAJNBARD, LEWIN is from Wyszogrod. I would be interested in finding out how to use new extracts of records. Thank you for the update.

Robin Klainbard

Headstone translation needed #translation

Bob Silverstein

Please translate the entire Hebrew name.  Thanks.
Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Pinsk, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

Re: Papa/Pupa #hungary


Dear Everybody at Jewish Gen                                                                                     29th July 2021

I addressed --my reply e-mail to Everybody--as I perceive the topic:
I wonder might be unintentionally all about   Jewish Survival

All about our Ancestors ---Our Jewish Brechen--who were taken --deported --and
murdered from Papa-Pupa  Weszprem County   and surrounding Villages in Hungary.

I would like to mention,
That I am aware and salute the  Team/Group of  descendants from Papa/Pupa 
who tirelessly keep the Memories --of the --
Our forgotten neighbours--'Elfelejtett Szomszedaink--(In Hungarian) ---alive.

There is also a book of Papa:   written by Gyula Yehuda Lang:  The Memorial Book of Papa

Listing   : All  deported and killed--from Papa and from surrounding villages.
I treasure this book.

I would like to mention two names-; (My apology--I have not asked them-)-of
Two special individuals--Papai Jutka and/  Fribert Zsuzsa---Budapest
Who tirelessly keep ----Our Golden Past--of Papa alive.

The Pazsit Group--Papai Zsido Tarsasag--
They organize Zoom Meetings etc. regularly

Yes, There was a 'rich' Jewish life in Papa-Pupa before the war.
There was the Main 'Shul' Synagogue and there was a 'Stiblach--to my knowledge--9.Saletroom Utca/Street

Yes there was a yeshiva etc.

I wonder, if I am mistaken or not: 
The Memorial Book of Papa --mighty be on the internet:

My great-grandmother--nee Suri-Necha Wohl/ Mrs Moishe Biderman --daughter of Tuvia/Tobias Wohl and
other next of kin are buried and Papa Jewish Cemetery.

Tragically many members of my family/ancestors were deported from Papa and killed.

I wonder, if I can be of any help ?
Please feel  free to e-mail me: direct : paveanyu@...  or
Via Jewish Gen.

Best wishes to All

Veronika Pachtinger
London --UK

Re: ViewMate Image 94606 #photographs

Robert Murowchick

In case it is helpful, I'm attaching an article (in Polish) that briefly outlines the history of photography in Lomza. It mentions on p. 217 that the city's early 20th c. photo studios included two Jewish photo studios: "Foto-Rembrandt" (located at present-day 22 Lipca Street; the studio where your photo was taken) and "Bernardi" (at the intersection of present-day1 Maja and Armii Czerwonej streets. Either one or both were run by Leon Jesionowski.
Bob Murowchick

Robert Murowchick    <robertmurowchick AT>
Needham, MA

Researching these family links:
MUROWCHICK/MURAWCHICK/MURAWCZYK etc (David-Gorodok, Belarus, New Jersey, Chicago)
KUNECK/KONIK/KYONIK (Kozhan-Gorodok, Belarus)
EPSTEIN/EPSTINE (Gavish/Gavieze, Liepaja, Latvia)
SEGAL/SIEGEL (Tilsit, Koenigsburg, Germany; Baltimore; Chicago)

Salomon Moses & Gittel Meister Married in 1836 #poland #general


In JRI-Poland  I found records for Salomon Moses born in 1811. He is my great-great grandfather. In Family Tree of the Jewish People I found that his parents are recorded as Moses Hirschel Moses and Amalie Nossen. Salomon married Gittel Meister in 1836 (she was born 1814) . In FTJP, her grandparents are noted as the same Moses Hirschel Moses and Amalie Nossen. Thus their son Salomon married their granddaughter Gittel. Could this be??

Leslie Kelman
Toronto, Canada

Meeting this Sunday: Balkan Sephardim in early modern Amsterdam #announcements #sephardic


Balkan Jewish refugees from war arriving in late 17th Century Amsterdam must
have been astonished. Even though connected to the resident Portuguese Jews
through ethnic‐religious bonds, they were entering an alien world.

Most of the Sephardim of Amsterdam were conversos. They had been living as
Catholics - outwardly at least ‐ for generations before returning to their
ancestral faith. They were acquainted with the most modern European ideas,
but had to be reintroduced to Judaism.
Meanwhile, the eastern Sephardim from the Balkans had lived a Jewish life
for generations. Most of them descended from Jews expelled from Spain in
1492 who had settled in the Ottoman Empire and North Africa. The chain of
tradition in Judaism was never broken. Many had studied at famous yeshivot
in the east and were well versed in Hebrew and Jewish sources, while to a
certain degree they became part and parcel of the Oriental and North African
culture as well.

Tirtsah Levie Bernfeld will talk about the experiences of the Balkan Jews
upon their arrival in Amsterdam. She will focus on how the eastern Sephardim
were received by the Portuguese Jews in Amsterdam and their absorption into
the community.

Tirtsah Levie Bernfeld, an independent scholar, lives and works in
Amsterdam. She earned her PhD in Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. She specializes in European Jewish History of the early modern
period, concentrating in particular on social and cultural aspects of the
Sephardi community of early modern Amsterdam. Her book Poverty and Welfare
among the Portuguese Jews of early modern Amsterdam (Oxford: Littman 2012)
won the National Jewish Book Award of 2012 in the category of Sephardic

The meeting is on Sunday 1 August 2021 at 11am in LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm London,
8pm Amsterdam, and 9pm Jerusalem. Patrons can join us on Zoom. The link is
shared at our Patreon page. Everyone is invited to join us for free at: Please subscribe to
the YouTube channel. It helps us a lot and reminds you when we are going

Best wishes,

Ton Tielen and David Mendoza
Sephardic World

Code of Conduct for Sephardic research #sephardic


The Sephardic Genealogical Society have proposed a voluntary Code of Conduct
to help those providing services to applicants for Portuguese or Spanish
citizenship. Feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Best wishes,

David Mendoza
President, Sephardic Genealogical Society

Subj: ViewMate translation request - German #translation

john groenendijk

I've posted a vital record in handwritten German (death certificate Hersch Nadel, Austria 1878) for which I need a translation of line nr. 83.  Only the handwritten part please. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much for your help,
John Groenendijk

Grandfather Abram Josef Piterman birth certificate in Polish please translate #translation

Michele Leighton

Dear friends I have attached a photo of my grandfather's birth certificate which is in Polish. He and my grandmother and other family members died in the Holocaust so I never got the opportunity to meet him or indeed find out about his family. It would be great if someone could translate this for me. Thanking you in anticipation.
Kind regards from Michele Leighton

Re: Green-Wood Cemetery - picture request #photographs #usa

Sharon Ann Dror

Thank you - the staff charges a minimum of 2 hours for $131.00 just to go on field and take a picture :-( They are swamped.

Greatly appreciate your recommendation.

Sharon Ann Dror

Re: article about Viennese Jews who escaped to U.K. via Manchester Guardian advertisements #austria-czech #unitedkingdom #holocaust

Jules Levin

Years ago I knew a man from Vienna who was sent by his parents to London before the war.  When the war started he was interned as a foreign national.   When the British realized he was a Jew instead of releasing him, they enlisted him to remain in the camp and root out Nazi agents--that was his wartime service.

Jules Levin

Los Angeles

On 7/28/21 11:23 AM, Yael wrote:

I read that article!

My great grandmother (Irma) was a Hacker, born in Austria. I wonder if any relation?

Yael Silver

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