Re: Post cards from pre-WWI Russia #russia #general


I have post cards from Poland around 1900 with pictures of either family and friends on front. It was cheaper then (as it is now) to send a post card than it was to send a letter. So they  sent the photo a a post card. In my case, the people are too far away to make out details on their faces. I assume my grandparents knew who they were.
Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine

Where is Lakma, Hungary? #hungary

Dan Rottenberg

I'm trying to track the movements of my Hungarian maternal ancestors, mostly named Klein, Spielberger, and Burger. They appear to have lived in villages around Kosice (then Kassa) in the early 19th Century before migrating southward over several decades to Miskolc and from there to America in the 1870s. On an 1882 birth certificate in New York, my great-grandparents Herman and Julia Klein listed their birthplaces, respectively, as "Michallitz" and "Lakma, Ungaren" (that is, Hungary). I presume Michallitz is a misspelling of Miskolc. But where is Lakma? I've never found any town by that name in any database— not in JewishGen, Google, or even Jordan Auslander's comprehensive Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary. I presume Lakma is a misspelling of some other town name, presumably near Miskolc. But what town might it be? I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions.
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #russia


I've posted a vital record in Russian 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.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Looking for Children's orphanage in Antwerp #holocaust


Looking for information about a children's orphanage in Antwerp that my mother was in after the war named Tiefenbrunner children's home

Jody Weiss

Re: Where candlesticks are from #general


I, too, was enthralled by Ann Rabinowitz's candlestick article.  I would like to know how to contact her for more information, but haven't figured out how to "find" her on JewishGen.  Any ideas; Ann, are you reading any of this?!

My cousin and I, come to find out, each inherited a pair of silver candlesticks. Our grandfathers were brothers. I was struck by how similar they are, and wondered if, perhaps, they were wedding gifts to each son/wife. The father of my cousin's and my grandfather was born in Brody, Poland (now Ukraine), as was my cousin's grandfather. My grandfather was born in, Czernowitz ( now Chernivitsi, Ukraine).  Ultimately, both families ended up in Vienna for many years, before death (for some) in the Holocaust, and life in new lands, for others.

Here are the candlesticks (we each have a pair); there are no markings I can find, either on the bottom, or elsewhere. Look familiar to anyone? They are very light weight --- hollow, but quite similar in design.

Leah Heilpern Snider
Silverdale, Washington/ USA

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


What an incredible find, and amazing story. To see this bible reunited with the current generation of family makes you believe in fate/good karma/a huge stroke of luck.  It's uplifting to hear all the steps so many people went through to make this happen.

Thank you for sharing this.
Leah Heilpern Snider
Silverdale, Washington/ USA

Reply to Yehudi Rubin's post today #austria-czech

Florence Schumacher

Julius Muller at jmuller@... was very helpful to me several years ago in locating graves of my ancestors in the Zentalfriedhof cemetery and other Vienna records about them. I haven’t been in touch with him for several years, but perhaps he is still doing this research.

Florence Schumacher
Wellesley, MA
Researching BROD in Vienna and Prague

Finding information on ancestors in Liozna #belarus

Jeffrey Grossman

Trying to research Gurevitch/Gurevicz (Horowitz in the US) family from Liozna, Russia (now Belarus.) I believe there were three brothers and two sisters. I have some information on the three brothers' arrival in the US, but need help finding out about the two sisters who never emigrated. Thanks!
Jeffrey Grossman
Redmond WA

Re: Litvak SIG Discussion Group #lithuania

JoAnne Goldberg

I still receive the litvak SIG emails, but "daily digest" might be the
problem -- there are so few emails that it would take months to compile
a digest's worth, and the system may not be able to handle that. I've
observed a similar situation with other groups that I subscribe to --
when the posts are rare, I just don't get a digest, ever.

JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Re: Russian Passports #russia

June Genis

Several people have now mentioned that they have copies of Russian Empire passports but no one has said anything about how they might have been acquired. Surely even if they were just simple pieces of paper with lots of stamps on them, someone was in charge of that stamping and presumable had to keep records of their use. Why then do their not seem to be any records of who these people were and what you had to do to get those pieces of paper?
June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

Re: Post cards from pre-WWI Russia #russia #general

Ava (Sherlock) Cohn

These are real photo postcards and would need to be first identified and dated to tell if they are in fact pre-WW1 cards and from Russia.  Without seeing the actual fronts and backs of the cards it isn't possible to give a definite answer. However, most postcards were printed in Germany prior to 1915. Every country had its own postal regulations for the design of their cards but the presence of English written letters on the cards isn't necessarily an indication of where the card was produced. Imperial Russia belonged to the Universal Postcard Union and would have had more than one country's name printed on the card. But, even then, there were independent producers that did not have markings on the cards. You can see that this is a complicated question and more information is needed to properly answer it.
Ava (Sherlock) Cohn
Barrington, IL

Litvak SIG Discussion Group #lithuania

Susan Goldsmith

To clarify my question about the existence of the Litvak SIG discussion group, I have not been receiving any postings to the Discussion Group for several years even though I am subscribed to a Daily Digest. I have tried unsubscribing and then resubscribing, but nothing seems to remedy the situation.

It would also be helpful to know what other SIG Discussion groups are still in existence, for example, Belarus, Gesher Galicia, JRI Poland, UK, Latin America, Romania, South Africa.

Thank you,
Susan Goldsmith

Susan Goldsmith
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Researching GOLDSHMIDT, F(P)ILVINSKY, SHLIOMOVICH, GITTES (GADIE,GADYE, GIDUSH, GITES) Seta, Jonava, Kaunas, Adustiskes, Zemaiciu Naumiestes, Keidainiai, Ukmerge, Vandziogala, Lithuania
HOROWITZ, DRASNIN (DRASNE) Dauhinava, Belarus; TOBIAS (TOUBES, TOBES, TAUBES) Novyy Swerzhen and Stowbtsy, Belarus; ROZANSKY, BILINSKY, MIRANSKY Iasevichi, Belarus
DAVIS, HAFFNER Botosani, Romania
WAXMAN (WAKSMAN), KOENIGSBERG Sandomierz, Ostrowiec Poland

Re: Post cards from pre-WWI Russia #russia #general

Sarah L Meyer

Is it possible that they were immigrant children and the photos were taken in NY or Chicago in a studio that was set up to look like the old country?
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Murder in Medved (Novgorod Gub.) in 1910 #russia


I have come across a document in the Veliky Novgorod archives indicating that a relative of mine, a Jewish meat merchant living in the town of Medved, in the Novgorod Guberniya, was robbed and murdered by local peasants on his way back home from a business trip to St.Petersburg, in November 1910.
I'm hoping a local (Novgorod) newspaper might have carried a mention of this incident. I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to search.
Joel Blankett

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


Records for Wiznitz from 1918 to 1930 are on the Family Search website.  As I recall they are not indexed so it helps to have an idea about dates.

Hope this helps.

Ruth Bloomfield

Re: Russian Passports #russia

Barbara Hemmendinger

I, too, have an original Russian empire passport from 1905 that belonged to my maternal grandmother.  It is written in Russian, German, and French and was intended for exiting Russia (Riga, Latvia).  My grandmother’s younger sister was also included on this document, which they used on the immigration journey as teenagers to the US. 

Barbara Hemmendinger 
Williamsport, USA

Re: Laxenburg, Austria Concentration Camp #hungary #holocaust


I did a Google search in German and then used Google Translate to find the following.  It may be relevant that the Palace that is mentioned now houses the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.:

Between 1942 and 1945 there were numerous camps on Viennese soil. On the one hand, these were camps for forced laborers and , on the other hand, assembly camps for Jews intended for deportation . In addition, the were at the end of World War II, also a refugee camp set up.

In the people’s court act by Dr. Siegfried Seidl has a list of a Jewish doctor who presented it as a witness in the trial against Seidl in 1946. [1] These are camps of Hungarian-Jewish forced laborers in districts 10 to 25 and outside Vienna as well as the companies to which the camps were assigned.

In 24. , Laxenburg (1938-1954 as part of the 24th Mödling district of Greater Vienna ), according to this list, there was a camp "Der Reichsstatthalter in Vienna Habtlg. J. IX. Sennhofergasse 35." The 332 Hungarian-Jewish forced laborers (132 men, 167 women and 33 children), of whom 215 were initially classified as "fit for work", were housed in the Blauer Hof (New Palace). They were used for agricultural work at the "OB Laxenburg" as well as construction and other work at the companies "Kontropa", "Karl Kuhlermann" and "CORONA-Kaffeefabrik".

There were two other camps on the site, a penal and sick camp and a collection camp for Hungarian Jews for onward transport to concentration camps .

See also: Forced Labor , Forced Labor Camp , Camp in Vienna , Jews



Individual evidence

Melbourne, Australia

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

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