Re: looking for town named Chartorey? Charlovey? #russia #romania


My grandmother was from Nova Chortoriya in Western Ukraine.  There are a variety of spellings in English.  She pronounced it "Chorkh - tria".


Bruce Adelstein

ADELSTEIN (Bacau,Romania)
LEIBOVICI (Botosani, Romanian)
FRIEDMAN (Nova Chortioria, Ukraine)
GOCHMAN / SHAFER (Lyubar, Ukraine)
FINKELSTEIN (Kaunas, Lithuania)
RIFKOVICH (Kaunas, Lithuania)
TOIBB (Shepatovka, Ukraine)
FRANKEL (Zaslov, Ukraine)


This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page (Sukkot) #yizkorbooks #belarus #poland

Bruce Drake

Sukkot starts on Monday, a holiday of rejoicing after the solemn observances of Yom Kippur and the Days of Awe. To mark the day, I’ve gathered vignettes from Yizkor books from towns in Belarus and Poland. The Hasidim in Gorodets sang and danced. The “Festival of Joy” in Piotrkow Trybunalski describes the importance of finding a suitable estrog which “requires expertise in [its] quality, as it does, for instance, to choose the wine for the four cups on Passover.” In Lezajsk, “The children concerned themselves with the beauty of the Sukkah. Hangings made of eggshells and feathers, colored by singeing with a flame, hung from the ceilings.”
But as the Germans occupied Jewish towns, an account from the book of Chrzanow relates how celebrating Sukkot entailed risks because the commandment to eat and sleep in a sukkah meant it was not possible to hide in a house and observe Judaism there as on other holidays.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: JEWS IN HIDING IN NICE DURING WW2 #france #holocaust

Karen Lukeman


I'm currently reading a book, The Spiral Shell, a memoire by Sandell Morse about Jews in France during some were hidden, how some resisted, about some organizations which helped, etc. Although the book is not about Nice, perhaps you may find it of interest and it may provide some additional resources to you.

All the best! 
Karen Calmon Lukeman
KALMANOWITZ (Lyubcha and towns near Grodno, Vilna and Minsk)
GOLDSMITH (Bakshty and Ivje)
NASSER (Damascus)
BENBAJI (Damascus)
BALLAS (Damascus)

Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names

alan moskowitz

To flip the question around, my grandmother's English name was Yetta (born in NYC) and her Hebrew name was Sura Malka.  
Alan Moskowitz
New Jersey

Re: Stateless in Czechoslovakia #austria-czech #usa


I have seen a lot of citizenship problems in police papers found in the Czech National Archives. It seems it was a tricky situation.

Austro-Hungarian citizenship based on "home rights" in a certain community. The Austrian law -- No. 103 from December 1863 -- stated that a woman lost her original home rights and took on those of the husband with marriage. That explains the situation of Mr. Resnicoff's grandparents. Conversely, the U.S. probably did not automatically issue citizenship to the wife just because she married a U.S. citizen. According to the Austrian Law No. 105 of 3 December 1863, paragraph 19, on which Czechoslovak law later based, Mr. Weinberger should have been designated as having "home rights" in the place of his birth after becoming homeless due to his father's emigration. Why that didn't happen, I don't know. Unless it had to do with the change with the break-up of Austiria-Hungary in 1918.

In the 1920 Czechoslovak citizenship law, ethnically non-Czech and non-Slovak people with home rights on the territory of what became Czechoslovakia were supposed to opt for Czechoslovak or another/their former citizenship. If they failed to do so, then they could became stateless.

However, statelessness was only really problematic when it came time to travel outside the country. In day to day life, it made little difference. If Mr. Weinberger did not opt, then it was not a great problem in a practical sense during the Republic. All of that became a nasty problem, however, after the Sudetenland crisis, and I've seen many examples of the Czechoslovak authorities acting arbitrarily to the detriment of non ethnically Czech/Slovak, especially German-speaking people/citizens and Jews in that period (Sept. 1938-March 1939). Many Jews with Czechoslovak citizenship fled the Sudeten region in peril of their lives with the Nazi takeover and the central authorities were very reluctant to allow them in or to allow them to stay.

That became worse after March 1939 with the Nazi invasion. Whoever didn't have their papers in order and didn't get out somehow very soon, by May, June 1939 could be in real trouble. The bureaucratic hurdles made it almost impossible, and many ended up in the camps and murdered for that very reason.

Rick Pinard, Prague

What is this Hebrew name? #names

Steven Usdansky

Trying to decipher out the given Hebrew name of my great-aunt, Eleanor Walker. My best guess is that it should be נעכע

Steven Usdansky
Researching USDANSKY (Узданский): Turec, Kapyl, Klyetsk, Nyasvizh, Slutsk, Grosovo; SINIENSKI: Karelichy, Lyubcha, Navahrudak; NAMENWIRTH: Bobowa, Rzepiennik, Gorlice; SIGLER: "Minsk"

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Re: JEWS IN HIDING IN NICE DURING WW2 #france #holocaust

Jill Whitehead

I went on holiday to Nice in summer 2019 pre Covid. There is a memorial plaque to the victims of Nazism generally on colonnades between the shopping area and the sea front. There is also the Marc Chagal museum/art gallery near the rail station as he lived for a long time in Nice. However, it is mostly focused on his childhood in E. Europe, rather than his time in Nice. The Rothschilds/Effrussis also lived at Cap Ferrat near Nice in a rather opulent mansion. The Town Museum on the sea front mainly focussed on the 1960s movie industry when we were there, including its Jewish luminaries (the Pink Panther films were made there and some James Bond films). 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names

David Shapiro

Actually, Yetta is short for Henrietta, and was common among German Jews (including my grandmother and others in my family). It is not the same as Yenta.

David Shapiro

Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names

Ellen Caplan

Yenta/ Yente was a very common Yiddish name in Eastern Europe, as can be seen in records in JRI Poland. It appears that females with this name were not also given a Hebrew name, likely because it was unnecessary. A beloved aunt Yetta/ Yenta took the Hebrew name "Ita" for her first Aliyah in her 80's, and her later namesakes became Yael. (So there is lots of leeway.)
Ellen Caplan
Ottawa, Canada
Researching: EISENBERG, NAGLER, GINIGER, KLINGER: Mielnica, Ustye Biscupie, & Zalescie, Galicia; BREGER, LIEBMAN: Gomel & area, Belarus; PARADISGARTEN,  SOLOMON: Tukums & Mitau, Latvia

Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names

Yitschok Margareten

The closest name would actually be Yetta (יעטא), this name is not so common, but I have relatives with this name. 

The closest common name would be Yitta (יוטא), or Yitel (יוטל).
Yitschok Margareten

Austrian military official #austria-czech #general

Robert Fraser

Dear Friends -

In an obituary from Vienna in 1916, a relative is described as:

k.u.k. Militär-Rechnungsoberoffizial

roughly translated as 'royal and imperial military officer of the audit'

I am just wondering if this was a civilian position or military rank. The family story is that he was a senior army officer.

Thanks -

Robert W Fraser
Perth, Western Australia

Robert W Fraser, Perth, Western Australia 
Researcher 6342   

Re: Paris marriages #france #records


In France all civil act are freely available.
Each department has his own archive internet site. If you don't know the department number go on Google or Wikipedia, you will get the department number of the searched town.
Acts older than 100 years :
birth, marriage and wedding acts are freely online for everybody without any restriction
Some town gives acts until years 1940.
For act which are not online on archive sites : 
Yeach town hall has his civil act service. You can send a form to ask for a civil act. It will be sent freely all around the world. 
there are some restrictions : 
If the person who demand the act is himself, his parents or his children : no restriction.
For other peoples :
birth act : you get his first name(s), his last name and wher he is born. If he has been married : you get also  the name of the partner, the town of the wedding. If he is divorced, the date of the act of divorce. All thes informations are available for all marriages he has got.
wedding act : the name of both partner, date and town of the act. If there is a divorce, the date of the act is displayed.
death act : no restrictions, you get the birth infos as in the birth act and the name of his parents, the date and the town of death.
Take care : some private companies may ask you to pay for asking these acts. All these acts are freely available.
All thes acts are freely sent by the towns halls all round the world.
Just a limit : all forms for asking the acts are written in french. You can get an automatic translation with Google Translate.
Michel Rottenberg

Re: JEWS IN HIDING IN NICE DURING WW2 #france #holocaust


The best sites to get informations are 
Association des fils et filles de déportés (Serge Klarsfeld),
Memorial de la Shoah.
ther are also other site well documented about the subject. Just have a look in Google.
click for instance : 'rafle des Juifs de Nice'.

The best book I have read about this is : 

'les rafles des juifs par la Gestapo à partir due 8 septembre 1943' written by Serge  Klarsfeld (available at Fils et Filles de déportés  juifs de France)

'Les Transferts des Juifs de la Région de Nice vers Drancy' (fils et filles de déportés juifs de France)

I don't know archive site in Nice about this period.
if you search on Google : Rafle des Juifs de Nice, you will get a lot of informations and documents online about the life of Jewish in Nice during WW2.
Jews were in good condition when Nice was occupied by Italian troops. But the hell is arrived when German Nazi have kicked out Italian troop in 1943 after the arrestation of Mussolini. Jews where trapped. A lot of them have been hidden in the Alps mountains around Nice with help of local population. But numerous have been arrested, send to Hotel Excvelsior in Nice and then to Drancy and Auschwitz.
If you don't speak french I suggest to use Google translate to get the translation of the sites in your language.

Michel Rottenberg

Re: Research Techniques #general


Moshe, I came across a similar situation with the use of the name Kos (Kahat in Hebrew) being added in front of the family name Fiszer. I have documents showing Kosfiszer in Polish and the signature in Yiddish being Fisher. In one case there is a document in which Fisher is crossed and then Kosfiszer is added. My father was Kosfiszer in his passport and Fisher when he married. He knew about the duality of the last name and I never asked why it was done. I can not ask him anymore!.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Tuberculosis Sanitoria #usa #general


I am trying to locate my grandfather's whereabouts when he 'went away' for a few years in the 1940s (in New York City). He presumably had tuberculosis and went to a sanitorium but I don't know how to access those records.
However, he was also arrested once for bookmaking and he might have gone to prison and the other story was a coverup.
Any suggestions as to where I should start with either set of records?

Thank you!

Jill Gluck
West Hollywood, CA


Re: The relationship between Pashtuns and Jews #general

Miriam Klepper

For more than five days, Afghanistan's last Jew—Zebulon Simantov and over two dozen women and children rode a bus, crossing war-torn Afghanistan and Taliban checkpoints as the country’s last Jew left his homeland.

September 8, 2021

Miriam Klepper
Retired Librarian

connection to the SEER OF LUBLIN #rabbinic #poland

Daniella Alyagon

I am currently in Poland, took my dad on a family roots tour, during our visit to Lublin the guide said something that has now created a new mystery for me to solve and I hope you will have an idea of how to go about it.


Based on my Kozienice research:

  • in 1822 Abraham Rechtant and Ides Falenbogen (daughter of Hinda & Szymon Leib) were married (I have both the marriage record and the Allegata). Ides Falenbogen is at the time a resident of Lublin, house 406 (Szeroka 28 – same as the Seer of Lublin).
  • Ides died in 1885 and the death record shows her as the daughter of Szymon Leib HOROWICZ (another possible Seer connection?) & Hinda WEINMAN (this is the only record in which these surnames appear)

In the 1830’s-1840’s Lublin book of residents I pick up on Hinda Falenbogen (the mother of Ides) in house 411 family 5 – the comment has her living with family and the other names on the list are SZTERNFELDs (apparently the Seer’s grandson and his three granddaughters).


Do you have any Idea where can I go to try and find the connection between the Falenbogen surname and the Seer of Lublin?


Thank you,


Daniella Alyagon



Researching: ALYAGON (Israel), SHOCHETMAN (Kishinev / Letychev / Derazhnya), AGINSKY (Kishinev / Minsk), FAJNZYLBER (Siennica, Poland / Warsaw, Poland), JELEN (Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland), KIEJZMAN (Garwolin, Poland),  SLIWKA (Garwolin, Poland), MANDELBAUM (Janowiec, Poland / Zwolen, Poland / Kozienice, Poland), CUKIER (Janowiec, Poland), RECHTANT (Kozienice, Poland), FALENBOGEN (Lublin, Poland), ROTENSTREICH (Galicia), SELINGER (Galicia), BITTER (Galicia / Bukowina), HISLER (Galicia / Bukowina ), EIFERMAN (Galicia / Bukowina), FROSTIG (Zolkiew, Galicia / Lviv, Galicia), GRANZBAUER (Zolkiew, Galicia), HERMAN (Zolkiew, Galicia), MESSER (Lviv, Galicia / Vienna, Austria), PROJEKT (Lviv, Galicia), STIERER (Lviv, Galicia), ALTMAN (Lviv, Galicia), FRIEDELS (Lviv, Galicia)

Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names

Sharon Rottman

The closest Hebrew equivalent would be Yehudit or Judith.

Mazal Tov!
Sharon Rottman

JGS Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. You too can create a family tree! David Price. Sunday, 19 September 2021 at 10:30 am. ET. #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Jerry Scherer



If the shyest person in a family can
create a family tree, you can too!


Speaker: David Price




Sunday, 19 September 2021, at 10:30 a.m.


When I was a teenager five people came up to me claiming that they were my relatives. My father never told me about the Price family history other than he was from Kielts, Poland. I did hear some stories from my four aunts but I forgot about them until I was forty. Then I made up my mind to interview my aunts and those strangers in order to once and for all make a Price family tree. Using LDS films, JRI-Poland, JewishGen, Yad Vashem, Yizkor Books, birth certificates, naturalization forms, Form 30A, 1920 Lodz registration cards, passenger records, maps of Poland, phone directories, Beider’s surname reference of Poland, synagogue references, social media to find people, DNA, other family trees and, the most difficult thing of all for a shy person, interviews, I created a four branch Price family tree. I found out that there were forty-five relatives killed in the holocaust. I interviewed one holocaust survivor my aunts thought was killed in the holocaust seventy-five years earlier and found the only known photograph of his parents (I did a talk on him earlier this year)! I finally found out the age of my late father, z”l. And of course, what everyone wants to hear when looking up their tree, I found the possibility of being related to famous rabbis, including Rashi!


David Price Bio:

One day my beloved wife Marilyn made a fateful mistake. Knowing my hobby was doing a family tree, she pointed out an ad in the Canadian Jewish News about membership in the Toronto JGS. I joined. This was how I learned about LDS films of the Jewish birth, marriage and death records of Poland, which I could obtain at the Toronto Reference Library. One snag: the records were hand written in Polish and Russian. I could read difficult handwriting from my experience as a math teacher but I was warned by Gert Rogers that Russian was in Cyrillic, a script that was hard to learn. Luckily I was able to use my math powers since Cyrillic uses the Greek alphabet, often used in my math lessons. I decided to extract the films of Chmielnik for the Kielce-Radom SIG Journal. That publication ceased at about the same time Stan Diamond created JRI-Poland. Talk about luck! I could still enjoy extracting Jewish records of other towns and have a website to submit transcriptions to, which I have done for the last twenty years.



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