Re: ADDITION: 60-Minutes The Ritchie Boys #announcements #germany #usa


My father Otto Perl, was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, where he served in the Austrian Army prior to the Anschluss. He was a survivor of Dachau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps, and was also a Ritchie Boy. He fled to the UK in June 1939, and arrived in the USA in March 1940. He was assigned to Military Intelligence and Counter Intelligence at Camp Ritchie, Maryland. At the very end of this 60 Minutes program, his named appears in the credits. He donated a photograph of himself and other Ritchie Boys to the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC which appears in the program. 

Martin Perl
New York City 

Presentation - Serafima Velkovich - Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names & other Sources #announcements

Bubbles Segall


Serafima Velkovich,  head of the Family Roots Research Section at Yad Vashem Archives, will be giving the Lionel Sharpe Memorial Presentation at the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society (Vic)


12 September 7pm (Melbourne, Australia time)


Via: Zoom meeting ID:   823 1982 4661       Passcode: 296317


Or Click on Link:   


Bubbles Segall



SCJGS invites you: Belarus: Jewish History & Research Strategy in the Archives with Yuri Dorn #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


meaning of index number in Jewishgen search result #general

June Genis

Here is the result of a search I made on Jewishgen. What is the
meaning of n the "index number" (3rd column)? Can it be used to obtain
more detailed information?

OKUN 1888 198 Itska

June Genis
Hemet, CA
Researching OKUN, GENIS, ETTINGER, RIVKIN (Russian Empire)
June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation #poland


I've posted  vital record in Polish for which I need a translation.They are 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

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Russian #russia #translation


I've posted vital records in Russian  for which I need a translation.They are on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you so much


Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: ViewMate translation request Hebrew headstone #95204 #translation

Marcella S

I've posted a vital record in Hebrew for which I am requesting 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.main@...

Marcella Shames

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Russian #russia #translation

Alexander Press

I've posted a handwritten note in Russian for which I need a translation. It appears on the back of a photo of a woman and possibly ends with the name "Mariasha Kaplan." It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Alexander Press
Press, Branski/Briansky, Kaplan, Terk, Itzler, Salit, Ehrlich, Tepper
Bialystok, Vilna, Utena, Moletai, Postov, Jezupol, Kozowa

Re: Book Jewish Migration to South Africa #southafrica #lithuania

Sherri Bobish


If it's just the Poor Jews Temporary Shelter database that you seek, it is searchable on-line:

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Re: The Ritchie Boys #holocaust

Jx. Gx.

Jews who fled Nazi Germany and then joined the military of their adopted Allied countries to fight against Germany in one capacity or another are all heroes.  During the war, more than 371,000 German servicemen were shipped to America and housed in over 600 POW camps. When the War Department decided it would attempt to “denazify” the prisoners through a secret reeducation program, they actively recruited from its army ranks many native German Jews. To learn more about this program on the home front, see Arnold Krammer’s “Nazi Prisoners of War in America” and Jeffrey Geiger’s “German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California.”  The latter book discusses the work of Sgt. Manfred Lewinnek at Cooke and includes an anti-Semitic letter that one of the POWs attempted to smuggle out of the camp.

Jeff Gee
Searching for PLOTKA/PLOTKIN in Wyszkow, Poland

Re: REMINDER: JGSIG September Meeting - Tues Sept 14, 2021, 10-11:30 AM EDT. Zoom - RSVP #events #jgs-iajgs #guidelines #announcements #education

Arthur Sissman

REMINDER: JGSIG September Meeting - Tues Sept 14, 2021, 10-11:30 AM EDT. Zoom - RSVP

Do you know how to Share Files and project your privacy on Ancestry, etc.  Find out at this JGSIG meeting.

Send your RSVP to Arthur Sissman  genresearch13@...  

Please send the following info with your request.
1. Your location.
2. Where do you have Trees - Ancestry, MyH, Family Search, etc?
3. Do you know what is or ever used a gedcom?
4. What is your #1 question about Sharing Trees with others?

Hope to see you at the meeting!



Arthur Sissman

Jewish Genealogy SIG of Collier/Lee Co FL



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Researching: ZISMAN/ZYSMAN/ZUSMAN (Belarus); TELESHEVSKY (Belarus); CHANUTIN, (W. Russia), BRODY, (Hungary); FRIEDMAN, (Hungary); GRAUBARD, (Romania/Ukraine)




Re: Book Jewish Migration to South Africa #southafrica #lithuania


I am interested in looking at this too, I have only found a copy of it on Amazon, but no photo or binding? 

Mandy Molava
Researching Kiev, Brest, Belarus, Galacia

Looking for information about a flamboyant ancestor Shulim Bespaloff #ukraine #israel #france #russia


I am searching more information about an intriguing ancestor. Offspring of a chabad family from Nikopol near Ekaterinoslav he became a millionaire during in the early XX th century in coal, banking and shipping . He lived in Kherson, Odessa and finally bought a house in St Petersburg. He apparently bought land in Palestine in conjunction with Baron de Rothschild. Emigrated to France after the revolution he wrote to General Wrangel offering half of his fortune to beat the reds! (I do not know if he got an answer). He even wrote to Mussolini to warn him about Hitler....He invented a process to freeze wine! For his sake he died at 67 in 1937. Any information about him from either Israel or russia would be most welcome. His full name was Baruch Shalom Bezpalov (Bespaloff) born in Nikopol in 1870 

Catherine JUROVSKY
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Re: The relationship between Pashtuns and Jews #general

Jill Whitehead

My brother is G2b YDNA haplogroup. Several years ago, a researcher at FTDNA found there were only one or two mutations between Jewish G2b and those of Pashtun ancestry. It seems that 2,000 years ago one group left the fertile crescent and moved westwards and became Jewish Askenazi, and another moved westwards into Afghanistan/Pakistan and became Pashtuns. Both groups are sub clades of G2b. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Burial Site of Jewish Soldiers in the Russian Army 1905 Manchuria #russia #general

loren greenberg

I am hoping someone will know where the Jewish soldiers in the Russian army
who died fighting in the 1905 Battle of Mukhden in Manchuria were buried.

Thank you,
Loren Greenberg

Re: Patronymics, surnames, archaic handwriting #russia #poland

Alan Shuchat

Here are some links that will help with old Russian handwriting and reading Russian records in general.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

The Ritchie Boys #holocaust

Shelley Mitchell

60 Minutes The Ritchie Boys

I sensed a slight tension when the discussion of X Troop came up. This is not a competition. In the US, we are more familiar with the Ritchie Boys. In fact, my father’s cousin, Seymour Steinberg, was given little attention despite his work with them. So? Whomever they were and whenever they served, grateful nations are indebted for their service and sacrifices.

Shelley Mitchell, NYC
Shelley Mitchell, NYC    shemit@...
Searching for TERNER, GOLDSCHEIN, KONIGSBERG, SCHONFELD, in Kolomyya; PLATZ, in Delaytn; and TOPF, in Radautz and Kolomea.

ViewMate translation request - Polish #poland #translation

Frank Szmulowicz

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Of particular interest are the birth towns, parents names, dates.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.
Frank Szmulowicz

Invitation to JGSSN Zoom meeting: "Comparison of Jewish Resources on the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage” with Ellen Kowitt #events

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) on Sunday, September 19: Comparison of Jewish Resources on the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage” with Ellen Kowitt. 

To request a Zoom link, please complete this short form: which can also be found on our Meetings webpage.

Members of JGSSN can attend for free.  Non-members can pay $5.00 on the Donate webpage and complete the short form.

Session Description:

Enjoy this comparative overview of Jewish record collections and research tools on the global powerhouse websites referred to as "Genealogy Giants." This lecture has been updated to reflect the ever-changing content found online and many record examples will be shared. Learn about how each site can be especially helpful for documenting Jewish families and get tips on each site’s best features or challenges, including how JewishGen collections found on differ from comparable collections originating on, both in content and in the search experience.

About Ellen Kowitt:

Ellen is Director of JewishGen’s United States Research Division and National Vice Chair of the DAR Lineage Committee Jewish Task Force. She is past president of JGS Colorado and JGS Greater Washington DC, has served on the IAJGS board of directors, and been recipient of IAJGS Program and Stern Awards. Ellen publishes articles in Avotaynu: The International Journal on Jewish Genealogy and Family Tree Magazine. Ellen is a member of the Colorado Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists, she accepts clients, and lectures often. Currently, Ellen is participating in the ProGen 46 study group cohort and was recipient of the UGA Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship for SLIG 2021. For the dates of upcoming lectures or more information, visit

Ben Kempner

Vice President,

Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada

Jewish Colonization Assoc./Baron Moses Hirsch #general

Myrna Waters

With regard to the Baron Hirsch colonization in SA (Brazil), one of my great uncles left a story that when his parents and 6 of his siblings arrived at the port in Europe (possibly Hamburg, but not certain) from Puchovich, SE of Minsk, someone at the port suggested to his father that they should go to SA (Brazil) as there were going to be new communities set up and they would be giving land to each settler to farm, etc.  Instead of coming to the USA, where the older children had arrived earlier in the 1900's, a few brought over by their father who worked in NYC for a while and then returned to Russia, they all took a long steamship ride to Brazil.  
Does anyone possibly know where records of these immigrants might be found, perhaps where records would have been kept by the organization in the USA?  I have not been successful, yet, in gathering any specific information.  As this great uncle was a young child when these events unfolded and then recorded this information late in his life, he did not use the name of the ports, the ship, or any town where they traveled to by train from the port.  
After a short while in Brazil, where a baby daughter died and was buried, the family returned to Europe, most likely to Hamburg as the record shows they came from there to Ellis Island in 1914 on the President Grant. 
I have tried the immigration records to Rio, but have not found any information about this family, so I am hoping there is somewhere in the USA that I might submit my questions and verify that his memories were accurate.
Thanking everyone in advance for any suggestions and wishing all a very safe and happy New Year filled with love, kindness, family and friends. 

Myrna (Slatnick) Waters

Researching:  SLEPACK (or similar) Belarus/Bialystok area; SLATNICK/SLOTNIK (or similar) Minsk/Puchovichi area of Russia from 1905/1914 to NY & Newark, NJ;  KURZMANN Jaslo, Poland and Drohobych, Ukraine area (both formerly in what was the Galician area of Austria prior to WWI), KURTZMAN in NY/Bronx and NJ/Newark from 1905/1910, SADOWSKY (or similar) from Belarus area of Russia/Bialystok 19th century to Newark, NJ 1905 or after.

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