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


Hi Yehuda,
you can try with a group called "RE : MEMBER VIENNA"  (look on facebook)
this is a wonderful group of young volunteers who takes care of the  Zentralfriedhof cemetery .they clean, cut the overgrowing plants covering the graves,etc.
I gave them a location of my great grandfather's grave  and they sent me a picture of it !!!
the person to address there is Wilhelm Ido Perry Alter

Dorit Sela, Israel

people who lives\lived in israel(address,telephone and member family). #general #israel

אבא ואמא

hello everybody,I can locate any person who lived and died or still lives in Eretz Israel, including the telephone address and family members of that person. Requests for locating people in Eretz Israel can be sent. to my email and I will reply to you soon. The database I have refers to people who have lived in Eretz Israel since 1948.
waiting to help you...

yerucham zvi kunstlich


STEIN or STERN? #yiddish #germany #names

Ralph Baer

In 2016, I posted the attached list on ViewMate as #48010.  
I am now asking about the last name on the list. Almost all of the responders, including personal responses, said it was Koppel STEIN. One said STERN.
As I wrote at the time and in the description, the fourth line consists of Jewish forms of the names of my 3rd-great-grandparents (Marx Nathan BÄR and Schönle Moses) on my paternal line and the fifth is Marx’s brother (Abraham) and the brother’s wife (Brendel). The rest I could not identify, but I thought there must be some connection to me. 
I recently determined that Marx and Abraham apparently had an older half-brother (same mother) Joseph Isaak STERN. Two of his sons were Isaak Joseph STERN and Jacob Joseph STERN. Each was married to a woman named Regina. The second and third lines which appear to read “Itzig, Rechle” and “Yaakov, Rechel” could be them.
I am now wondering about the last name which seems to be Koppel STEIN. Could this be another Jacob STERN? Does anyone have an opinion? Further interpretations of the other names are also appreciated.
I do realize that ViewMate posts can be revived, but I do not want to do so at this time.
Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

(Germany-US) A Bible Hidden in Attic While Nazis Invaded Reunited with Family's Heirs #germany #holocaust #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


A bible hidden in an attic as Nazis invaded was reunited with family’s heirs after 80 years. It was found by a family who was renovating their home in 1990 where they found a double wall in the attic and found a chest. In the chest was a gilded Jewish bible that was 22 pounds and 30 inches high by three inches high.  Embossed on the front are the words: “Die Heilige Schrift der Israeliten” — the Holy Scriptures of the Israelites.


The son of the family who found it held on to it for 30 years and then decided to sell it on eBay for $75. It was found that the bible belonged to Eduard and Ernestine Leiter, a Jewish couple from Stuttgart killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust when they were sent to Theresienstadt, a ghetto and concentration camp outside Prague. The Leiters were send to Treblinka where they were murdered. Their son Sali was the lone family survivor.

When it went up for sale on eBay an art historian and artist saw it, purchased it and donated it to a local synagogue near where it was found.

Several years later someone working on behalf of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) heard about the Bible. A research and reference librarian  at the USHMM decided to research it and find its rightful lineage so it could be returned to the family’s descendants. Through her research she found Sali Leiter had survived, changed his name and moved to the United States. He had a son and that son had two children and three grandchildren.


Through LinkedIn she found one of the grandchildren whose grandmother, also a survivor, was still alive. The German synagogue found someone who would bring it personally to the United States and delivered it to the family.


To read the story see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Yad Vashem Online Exhibition: Last Letters from the Holocaust - 1942 #holocaust #israel #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


Yad Vashem has placed an online exhibit Last Letters from the Holocaust – 1942.  Go to:


The letters displayed here were sent from Belarus, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine, and were written in a variety of languages: Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Polish, Russian and Yiddish. Each letter and postcard reveals the last remaining fragment – physical, personal and unique – of the victims: their handwriting.


Relatives of the murdered Jews donated these last letters to Yad Vashem for perpetuity, together with photographs of their loved ones.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Where candlesticks are from #general

Hank Levine

My grandmother came to the US with my mother from Ropczyce (Ropshitz), Galicia in 1917, bringing 8 almost identical candlesticks along with her. Hers also screwed onto a footed base. They have no identifying marks.

She had 11 children, with 8 reaching adulthood, and lit one candle every shabbes for each kid. There was a separate 3-branched candelabra that she also lit for the 3 children she lost. My mom continued the tradition, lighting all 11 until her death. 
Henry S. Levine, MD
Bellingham, WA, USA
Originally from Passaic, NJ
Researching ISRAEL and SCHIFFMAN in Ropczyce (Ropshitz) and Lopuchova (Lupakhev), Galicia
LEVINE and LONDON in Pakuonis, (Pakon) Lithuania
LOWENSTEIN in Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania

Require Information on Alegata index in Warsaw #general #poland #warsaw


Can anybody tell me if there are index of Alegata in Warsaw. I see there are Alegata in micofiche in the Polish Archives for Warsaw but I wonder if one needs to look at all the images for a year or there is an index with names extracted and one can use that index. Also, how extensive are the Alegata (i.e. what is the ratio between weddings and the Alegata of them). Thanks in advance

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Find records of Wiznitz town #ukraine #records #austria-czech #romania


Shimy, how did you find the Wiznitz records with help of Ruth from the group, in the range 1918-1930?   I also had family from there.

Thank you.

Dan Gutfreund
Phoenix, Arizona

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

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