ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation #poland

Gene Caspi

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation.
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Abba Caspi,
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, USA

Searching ZELWER in Bełchatów, Koło, Łódź, Piotrków Trybunalski, Tuszyn, Częstochowa;
NAJMARK / NEUMARK, BROMBERG in Przedbórz, Piotrków Trybunalski;
FRYDE in Koło;

Post cards from pre-WWI Russia #russia #general

Israel P

I have several photographs of unidentified children that look for all the world to be pre-WWI Russia. But the backs say "post card," "place stamp here" etc in English.
How do I reconcile this?
Israel Pickholtz

KehilaLinks & Wordpress #southafrica

Eli Rabinowitz

I watched a recording of the KehilaLinks BOF the other day, as I was unable to attend the live session.
I write and manage 88 Jewishgen KehilaLinks and have written over 800 WordPress posts.
I am also on the new organising committee of CHOL - Community History On-Line:
If you have queries about KehilaLinks, I may be able to point you in the right direction.
Best regards
Eli Rabinowitz
Board Member IAJGS

(US-NYC) Jewish Museum Exhibit: Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art #announcements #events #holocaust #usa

Jan Meisels Allen




The Jewish Museum in New York City, NY has opened an exhibit entitled: Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art to run through January 9, 2022. The exhibit traces the timelines of individual object as they passed through hands and sites, during, and after World War ll.


During World War II, untold numbers of artworks and pieces of cultural property were stolen by Nazi forces. After the war, an estimated one million artworks and 2.5 million books were recovered. Many more were destroyed. This exhibition chronicles the layered stories of the objects that survived, exploring the circumstances of their theft, their post-war rescue, and their afterlives in museums and private collections.


Afterlives includes objects looted from Jewish collections during the war, including works by such renowned artists as Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Camille Pissarro. 


75 years after the Second World War, Afterlives explores how surviving artworks and other precious objects were changed by those events, and how they have moved through time, bearing witness to profound historical ruptures while also acting as enduring carriers of individual expression, knowledge, and creativity. The exhibition follows the paths taken by works of art across national borders, through military depots, and in and out of networks of collectors, looters, ideologues, and restitution organizations.


 The Jewish Museum has also commissioned four contemporary artists to create new works that address the resonance of the exhibition’s themes: Maria Eichhorn, Hadar Gad, Dor Guez, and Lisa Oppenheim. Treasured pieces of Judaica, including rare examples of Jewish ceremonial objects from destroyed synagogues, will also be on view, as well as rarely seen archival photographs and documents that connect the objects to history.


To read more see:

There is an audio guide transcript available  through the above URL.  There is also a transcript that may be downloaded accessible through the aforementioned URL.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Russian Passports #russia


Serfdom in Russia was abolished in 1861 for private serfs and 1866 for state serfs.  Both of these were subclasses within the peasant social class.  Vast majority of Jews were part of the meshchane (town dwellers) social class. The discussion here is about 1890's-1900's - 30-40 years after the end of serfdom, which didn't apply to the Jews.
As Giannis mentioned, Poland didn't exist as a state in the 19th century  Ukraine didn't exist as a state either.  Dubno was part of the Volynia governorate between the partition in late 18th century and 1917, when it became part of a short-lived Ukrainian republic.  It was part of Poland only between 1921 and 1939.

Mike Vayser

Austro-Hungarian military records from WWI #austria-czech #records

Jeffrey Knisbacher

Over the many years that I have been researching my father's family, I was under the false impression that my paternal grandfather Isak Moses Knisbacher (for whom I am named) had served in the German army, where those service records were destroyed in the American bombings of Berlin in 1945. Recently I discovered a letter that my father had written years ago that stated specifically that his father had served in the Austro-Hungarian army. With new hope I sent off  a letter to the Austrian Embassy, which forwarded my request to the War Archive (Kriegsarchiv) in Vienna. Today I was quite disappointed with the response that I copy below in the original German. It basically says that in accord with the armistice agreements of 1919 (St. Germain), all of those files for servicemen living outside the present boundaries of Austria (my father had moved to Berlin around 1910), except for "subsidiary" hospitalization, decoration and other matters, were left  in the successor states of Austrian Empire where they were MOSTLY (my emphasis) destroyed. For my father's  home town of Lysiec, Galicia that would presumably mean Poland, the USSR and now Ukraine. Has anyone had success in searching for and retrieving any such military service documents?   Jeff Knisbacher, Lakewood Ranch, FL


KNISBACHER Jeffrey - Isak Moses Knisbacher, *1888
Sehr geehrter Herr Knisbacher!
Die Personalunterlagen der k. u. k. bewaffneten Macht (Militär-Grundbuchsblätter und Stellungslisten) für die Geburtsjahrgänge 1850-1900, sofern sie Personen betreffen, die ihr Heimatrecht außerhalb der Grenzen der heutigen Republik Österreich besessen hatten, sind nach dem Zerfall der Habsburger Monarchie (1918) nicht in das Wiener Kriegsarchiv gelangt. Sie sind gemäß den Friedensbestimmungen von Saint-Germain (1919) in den Nachfolgestaaten verblieben, wo sie zum Großteil vernichtet wurden.
Das Kriegsarchiv Wien verwahrt lediglich subsidiäre Unterlagen über Auszeichnungen und Kriegsverluste des Ersten Weltkrieges 1914-1918 (Belohnungsanträge, Spitalsvormerkblätter sowie Karteien von Gefallenen, Verwundeten, Vermissten und Kriegsgefangenen).
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Wien, am 23. August 2021
Der Archivdirektor:

Wedding record #poland #translation

Shimy Karni

Hello friends,

I found the a record of a sister of my grandfather that was killed in the Holocausts.
No living one remember her name and  what happened with her.
this is the first sign found that she lived in the past.

I will appreciate if some one will translate the record for me.

Shimi Karni, Israel

Re: Samuel Markusz SMULYOVICS/SMILOVIC of Patskan'ovo #subcarpathia

Sherri Bobish


You might try searching the old Eastern European city directories at:

Hopefully the site has directories for your town from that time frame.

You can search the site by person's name and / or by town or occupation.

Remember, the occupations will not be in English.

You can also check if there is a Yizkor book for that town, as that should contain some history of the town and the Jewish people that lived there.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Looking for a grave in Vienna #austria-czech

Yehuda Rubin

Thanks to a JewishGen user who contacted me privately, it seems that the grave is in section 19, row 47 of the Vienna Zentralfriedhof.  
Is anyone in Vienna able to photograph the entire row for me (I'm not sure which grave it is)? I'm willing to pay.

Please contact me, either by responding to this thread or by email if you are able to photograph it. Thanks in advance!

Yehuda Rubin
Lakewood, NJ 

Re: Leopold Hoschander Mystery Update #records

Sherri Bobish


I believe that the death of an American citizen abroad is routinely reported to the American Consulate in the country where the U.S. citizen passed away.

It does not mean that he had any other connection to the consulate or embassy.

The following information from this site may be helpful to you:

Death of an American Abroad

U.S. Embassies and Consulates help family members in the unfortunate event of the death of an American citizen in a foreign country by:

The Consular Report of Death is required in U.S. legal proceedings instead of the foreign death certificate. You may get up to 20 certified copies of this document at no charge from the U.S. Embassy or consulate in the country where the death occurred. To request a Consular Report of Death for a specific country, select "Death of a U.S. Citizen" under U.S. Citizen Services on the embassy's website. For additional copies, contact the Passport Services Vital Records Office at 1-202-485-8300


Sherri Bobish

Translation Needed - Russian #translation

Stuart Wayne

We have a David Joseph Wajncymer and Hanna Chrust in our tree, who may be this child's parents.  Can someone look at the image and see if the father is one of the witnesses, and provide his age, occupation, residence or place of birth?  Also, could the mother's surname be Chrust?  And does the image indicate where the child was born?

Also please confirm whether the child was 4 years or 4 months of age.

If the mother was a witness, please also give more details of what it says about her.

Please respond on the Viewmate form.  Thank you,
Stuart Wayne

Re: Seeking information of my late Mother’s real family #poland

Sherri Bobish


A Google search of Pinsk Jewish Orphanage finds this book:
The Pinsker Orphans: The life and times of the children from the three Pinsk Jewish Orphanages in the 1920s
by David Solly Sandler

Perhaps this book may have some information helpful for your search.

The author has many letters from children in the orphanages of Pinsk, and photos.  Names of children are at:

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Is there still a Litvak Discussion Group? #lithuania


In answer to Susan Goldsmith's query, the LitvakSIG Discussion Group
 still operates on the Lyris platform.
If you are one of the more than 2500 subscribers, simply send your message
 to litvaksig@...
LitvakSIG is an independent organization whose discussion group and database are
hosted by JewishGen.
Judy Baston, Moderator,
LitvakSIG Discussion Group.

Re: RANBAM Family From UMAN #usa

Sherri Bobish


At I found this person who naturalized in Illinois and was born in Uman, who may have a relation to ITZIG RANBAM (b. ca. 1888).  Moses was also a carpenter as also Itzig stated he was a carpenter on his manifest.  Moses ROMBOM changed his name to Morris ROSEN.
Moses Rombom
1 Aug 1885 Uman Russia
15 Apr 1906 Boston
There are others named ROSEN born in Uman, and I wonder if these ROSENS may also have previously been ROMBOM, or similar spellings.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching:  RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON, Ariogala, Lith.
LEFFENFELD / FINK, Daliowa / Jasliska, Pol.
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN, Ustrzyki Dolne, Pol.
BOJDA / BERGER, Tarnobrzeg, Pol.
SAKOLSKY / SOLON / SOLAN, Grodek / Bialystok, Pol.

Re: Russian Passports #russia


I have a copy of my great-grandfather's Russian passport, which was used about 1905 or so when he came to America with his three youngest children.  He had emigrated to America earlier, about 1897 or 1898, according to other records.  The children, who were relatively young at the time, under 18, are all listed on the passport, which is written in three languages, Russian, German and French, just as someone else mentioned.  While there is no date on the passport as far as I can see, I know they arrived in NYC in 1905. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Laxenburg, Austria Concentration Camp #hungary #holocaust

Judith Shamian

I recently learned that my family were sent to Laxenburg, Austria concentration camp.  Tried to find info but with out success.  I am looking for information/references about this concentration camp that seemed to house Hungarian families including children

Looking for a grave in Vienna #austria-czech

Yehuda Rubin

My third great grandfather, Wilhelm/Wolf Steinfeld, is presumably buried in the Vienna Zentralfriedhof. He died on March 23, 1911 (death record posted below), but no plot number was listed. 
How would I go about finding his grave? What are the chances that it would still exist? The cemetery had no record of it when I called.
Thanks in advance!
The record is below (he is the first on the left).

Yehuda Rubin
Lakewood, NJ

Re: Trying to locate Valentin KHAIAT in Nof HaGalil #israel

Walla Walla

I found Valentin in Bezeq's 144 directory he still lives there

Note that I also sent a private email to the email that appears in the request and it came back

Re: Russian Passports #russia

David Harrison

My understanding, which may be wrong is as follows.  In Czarist Russia the majority of people were serfs, under the sole control of their landlord/master.  They worked for no pay and the internal passport was proof that you were not an escaped serf to be returned to your master.  If you were in a Shtetl you were free of serfdom and needed this document to move about.

Passports have many different limitations; our UK passports until recently included our children and until about 1970 a wife could be included on the passport of a husband.   Until about 1920 a wife was part of a husband and was not mentioned on naturalisation papers although the children were AND if he died first, her nationality was only valid until a year after his death and then reverted, unless she had applied in her right.

Any rule in force at a particular time in a part of North America can easily be different from that elsewhere.

David Harrison
Birmingham, England

From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of pathetiq1@... <pathetiq1@...>
Sent: 24 August 2021 08:57
To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: Re: [] Russian Passports #russia
Hi June, 

I don't think they had any passport. As you write , since they were not American citizens they could not get one. The fact is that  even American citizens were not obliged to have passport in order to travel overseas back then. 

More details about passport applications,

Moreover, Poland was not a state in the late 19th century so  obviously there are no Polish passports. In 1891, when your grandparents arrived, immigrants needed just a ticket in order to arrive in the US. Therefore I doubt that there is a Russian passport either. 

Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: Where candlesticks are from #general


I believe the conclusion from this discussion is that you can not tell where someone came from based upon the ownership of these candlesticks.  There is too much diversity in where the owners, as reported here, lived.

Jessica Schein
New York

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