Re: tracing relatives that moved to Israel in 1960 #romania

אבא ואמא

היי ג 'ון מצאת משהו? ב לעשות את זה עובד (בלי כסף כמובן). אם אתה צריך לכתוב לי.

Kibbutzei Aliya - post-War Poland Kibbutzim -- zionist etc #poland

David Ferleger

After the War,  there were kibbutzim established in Poland (at least), often associated with Zionist movement groups. My mother (oriringtally from Warsaw) went to one for a bit. Anyone know sources/resources for more information on these kibbutzim?
David Ferleger

Re: German Reparation Files #records #germany

Nikki Bossert

Hi Corinna,

I recently discovered my grandfather through DNA testing (through a second cousin). I have received his files through Arolsen Archives and can see that he corresponded with the BLEA (Arolsen Archives files). Because I don’t have legal proof of my relationship to him, would I still be able to access his records (assuming they aren’t public)? And what’s the best way to find out if they are public? I have traced him through 1951 to St. Paul, MNbut the trail goes cold from there. I saw earlier posts discussing that these restitution files may have family history/stories and that is what I’m most interested in finding. His name was Abram Zilberminc and he was originally from Poland but was living in a DP camp in Feldafing prior to immigrating to the US.

Thank you,
Nikki Bossert

SCJGS: invites you Belarus: Jewish History and Research Strategy in the Archives by Yuri Dorn on September 19, 1pm Pacific #announcements #events #belarus

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society 
 invites you to our next Zoom program on 
Sunday, September, 19. 2021

1 pm Pacific Zone Time

Belarus: Jewish History & Research Strategy in the Archives

    with Yuri Dorn, Coordinator of Jewish Heritage Research Group in Belarus


Program:  This presentation includes a Jewish history of Belarus plus research tips and techniques.  Including an overview of available documents such as:  family lists, revision lists, censuses, metric, draft , homeowners, and business owners. Other documents include- foreign passports, voter registration, ship manifest and tombstone inscriptions.


 Speaker:  Yuri Dorn is a well-known genealogist, specializing in Jewish genealogy and ancestral tourism to Belarus. He founded Jewish Heritage Research Group in 2002, which consists of professional historians, genealogists and certified English speaking guides. Yuri and his staff are not only working in Belorusian archives and arranging ancestral tours to Belarus, but they also put a lot of efforts into restoration and preservation of Jewish heritage in Belarus.


Zoom link will be sent to your email the week of the event, please check your Spam folder if it does not arrive. 


RSVP for guest attendees   Here 

This event is free for SCJGS members, $5 for non-members. 


To become a member of Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society, go to membership.scjgs@...  for more information.

Contact: Leah Kushner

 President, SCJGS
Santa Cruz, California




Re: Trying to get record of death from Vienna, 1941 #austria-czech #records


Update: Veronica, the following compendium of records was not useful to me, as the death that I was looking for occurred after 1920, but it should be very useful to you, as it contains more information and has a less haphazard ordering of records: Wien, Stadt- und Landesarchiv, Sterberegister, 1648-1920 (at Family Search)

Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.

Jewish cemetaries restoration. #poland #general

אבא ואמא

I try to find any organization who work with Jewish cemetaries restoration in poland.why?I am going to be from 30 September in bilgoraj and tarnobrzeg(dzikow)in poland.what I saw that there are not data from this cemetaries from this who I have to be in contact?
Thanks a lot
yerucham zvi kunstlich
bnei Barack
Israel(the holy land)

Re: Trying to get information on the wife and family of Elchanan Livenberg or Levenberg, lived on Chasan Sofer 17, Bnei Brak, Israel. #names #romania #hungary #israel

Walla Walla

Elhanan Levenberg's son lives in Jerusalem and his daughter lives in Bnei Brak. I do not know how to contact and provide an address and telephone numbers in a personal message, so I answer here in the forum
According to Bezeq 144 Mordechai Shlomo Levenberg, the male of the twins
I can move more details I have no how

Re: Trying to get record of death from Vienna, 1941 #austria-czech #records


Veronica, I have received replies privately that have led me down two roads of inquiry.

(1) One was to write to my local Austrian consulate. The consulate sent me PDFs for applying to the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs (Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten) in Vienna for a copy of the death certificate. If I have interpreted the instructions correctly, the fee is only 14.90 euros, though bank transfer fees are an additional cost. I don't know, though, whether you can get a certificate without specifying a date of death.

(2) The suggestion of an informant led me to the index of death records (Totenverzeichnisse) of the City Archive of Vienna from 1868 to 1942 at the Family Search Web site. I found the index entry for the death of my cousin there: it tells me where he died, but not the cause of death, though some entries do provide that information. However, without an exact date of death, you may have to search by eye through dozens or hundreds of images to find the record of your grandmother. Even with an exact date of death, I had to look through several pages, because the deaths are recorded somewhat haphazardly, apparently according to whenever the news reached the office.

Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.

Hârlău's Maps #romania


While trying to locate my ancestors' addresses in Harlau, Romania, based on the records I have found about them, I realize the streets no longer exist on the current map of the town. Does anybody have previous maps of Harlau they can share?

Thank you,
Sharon Cop
New York, NY

Re: Why were so many children labeled "illegitimate" in Birth Registration (Metrical) Books of Subcarpathia - late 1800s #hungary


Maybe you can learn something from books like -

Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia
(Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry)
Paperback – November 1, 2001

Re: German Reparation Files #records #germany

Michael Danziger

Thank you so much for your reply Corinna. 

As you know, reparations were paid to non-German residents as well. So where would one write to find those records (for example, for my Polish family)?

Warm regards,

Michael Danziger

New Jersey

Re: German Reparation Files #records #germany


Dear Michael, dear  Eleanor and dear readers of the list:
There is a central card index:


Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf

- Dezernat 15 (Bundeszentralkartei) -

Postfach 30 08 65

40408 Düsseldorf

Tel.: 0211/475 - 3071 oder 3571

Fax.: 0211/475 - 3979

Email: bzk@...

You can ask them via e-mail. They are able to tell you where the files concerning a person are held.
Some are in the state archives of the region where the person lived or submittel claims. Some are still stored with the authorities.
In Berlin you can search a database of the Berlin states archives. 
But they have only the files for lost propertiy restitution  claims. The other files are still held at the

Entschädigungsbehörde des Landes Berlin 

Normally the files can be accessed thirty years after death of the person. Sometimes they whant a formless declaration about being related.

Kind regards
Barbara Elkeles

Re: PotatoNik (not kugel!) #general

Moshe Berman

Wikipedia has this article that looks interesting. I haven’t read it yet. Apparently there are TWO foods that share that name.

Moshe Berman,

Re: What is the meaning of this sign being displayed by POWs in WWI? #translation #photographs #hungary #austria-czech

Ellen Garshick

Nancy, I see that you have ancestors from Radzivilov. Our Kremenets-district group has translated many records from Radzivilov, including some vital records for the Zagoroder family. There are more than 100 entries in the Indexed Concordance of Personal Names and Town Names (a name-town index; see see for Zagarader/Zagoroder (and more than 440,000 entries overall). If you find records of interest, let me know!

(The main towns in the Kremenets district are Belozirka, Berezhtsy, Folwarki Wielkie, Katerburg, Kozin, Kremenets, Krupets, Lanovtsy, Oleksinets, Pochayev, Podbereztsy, Radzivilov, Rokhmanov, Shumsk, Sosnivka, Staryy Aleksinets, Vishnevets, Vyshgorodok, and Yampol.)


Ellen Garshick

Co-Coordinator, Kremenets Research Area/Jewish Records Indexing-Poland

an activity of the Kremenets District Research Group


Researching BAT, AVERBAKH from Kremenets, Shumsk, Katerburg, and Folvarki, Ukraine; GERSHIK, HURWITCH from Staryye Dorogi and Bobruisk, Belarus; ROTHKOPF (ROTKOP), GOLDBERG from Bialystok, Poland, and Baranivichi and Slonim, Belarus 

Re: PotatoNik (not kugel!) #general


Jules Levin asked if potatonik was a potato knish. Different animal entirely Jules.

My Bubba (great-grandmother) and her daughter (my grandmother) from Poltava in eastern Ukraine, often made potato knish and it was delicious. Rather like a strudel, made with rolled up flour dough and filled with mashed potato, fried onions and lashings of chicken schmaltz and griven.

Unfortunately I don't have the recipe but I have found one in a wonderful Jewish cookery book published in 1957 by Sara Kasdan called Love and Kishkes. It's my favourite. Her dedication is 
"To the wonderful women who never cooked from a book ... if the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, then knishes will get there faster ... and stay there longer."

Alan Cohen

Re: Private sale of valuable Jewish records (Pinkasim) #general #records

Wendy Kalman

It also liinks back to a blog I wrote when Mattan Segev-Frank first brought up the topic in the Facebook Group Jewish Genealogical Portal. The article is fabulous but if you want to know more, I think the blog is worth delving into too:

Wendy Kalman
Acworth, GA

Re: PotatoNik (not kugel!) #general

Moshe Berman

Ms. Levin,

Respectfully, I’m finding myself overreacting. 

Potatonik is not a Kugel, nor a Latke, Derma, Kishka, and certainly not a Knish. As a Lower East Sider, I am compelled to insist that Potatonik is a flavor unto itself, a culinary delight unlike any other.

It consists of a very thin, brittle, dark brown crust. Its inner texture is moist, when fresh. As it ages, it dries out until it’s nearly impossible to swallow. A slice of potatonik always has holes like a sponge. The flavor is that of a potato, seasoned with black pepper. 

It’s best to have the bakery slice it, unless you want a mess of crumbs. And if you eat it too quickly, it’s easy to cough on the very same crumbs, but it’s too good not to eat it quickly, always wanting more. The aftertaste lingers with that black pepper. It’s divine.

Based on the conversation here, I’m guessing that there’s probably no oil in the batter, probably water, potatoes, pepper and maybe a small amount of eggs. I wouldn’t be surprised if the sponginess was caused by yeast. 

You can still buy this unique item at Moisha’s Bakery at Grand and East Broadway, between the kosher butcher and the kosher grocery. 

Hope this clarifies things,
Moshe Berman,
Boca Raton, FL

Re: Uruguay Sources #poland

kosfiszer8@...  is a database of immigrants to the port of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is in Spanish and it requires the exact spelling of the family name, that may not be the spelling that one expects. Another source is the Jewish Genealogy group AGJA and their email consultas.agja@... (I do not know if they will correspond in English). If any family member died in Buenos Aires, the records of the Jewish cemetery at Tablada are available on line. Good luck

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Trying to get record of death from Vienna, 1941 #austria-czech #records

Veronica Zundel

I would be interested in this too, as I would like to see a death record of my birth grandmother Etie Horoschowska who died in the Spanish flu epidemic, I believe in 1919.
Veronica Zundel, London
Searching descendants of Josef Jakob Horoschowski b. 1905 Drohobych

Re: German Reparation Files #records #germany

Eleanor Lind

Where do I write for Berlin please?
eleanor Lind

4181 - 4200 of 665664