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

(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

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