Archival photographs of Bialystok Jewish life, pre-1930 #poland #photographs

Steven Lasky


Here is a series of twenty-four photographs that appeared from
1924-1927 in the Forverts (Jewish Forward newspaper), all of people or
scenes from Bialystok. Some of the photos, however, were taken nearly
twenty years before they were published, i.e. at the time immediately
after the 1906 pogrom in Bialystok. Here is the link:

Steve Lasky

Re: German Jewish Community: Grötzingen, Alb-Donau-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany or Grötzingen, Durlach, Baden, Württemburg #germany

David Seldner

The book "Juden in Karlsruhe" is not available anymore, out of print. But you can download a digital version.
Unfortunately, I forgot where I downloaded it, but I have it (Hardcopy of course and as a pdf). It is too big to send it via email but I can upload it to Google and send the link to whoever would like to have it.
Just send me your email addresses and I will make it available for you, together with a few more books about Jews in Karlsruhe and Baden.
David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany

Re: Seeking any descendants of Herscu Grinberg/Aprivei #romania #general

Boruch Fishman


My grandfather on my mother's side was a Greenberg who lived in Odessa. The only hint I have is that he may have come from the "high priests." If you have a tradition that your Greenberg ancestors were Cohanim then we could be related.
Boruch Fishman

Re: Dutch to English Translation #translation

David Harrison

I read this translation with interest.  My understanding of the implication of the signatures is that the named parents could not read.  I was told by an archivist that at that period, unless you could by yourself read the document, you could not sign it.  At the archive where I received that information many of the documents that related to my family had been signed by the Town Clerk and by the Postmaster.  The two signatures on this document would seem to me to be following a similar logic and giving you additional family information.
David Harrison
Birmingham, England
Searching in Netherlands;  VAN RYN, SCHAAP, CHUMANCERO, MESQUTA

From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of r.peeters <ronpeeters311@...>
Sent: 23 September 2021 07:59
To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: Re: [] Dutch to English Translation #translation
see enclosed
Ron Peeters(NL)

Re: Russian army recruits 1880s #russia #general

Yehuda Berman

My father was an only son (he had two sisters) and therefore was entitled to a draft exemption . However, in 1905 when he was 20 his divorced/abandoned (?) mother suddenly died and he lost his exemption. Thereupon he escaped Russia - he had no desire to fight in the war between Russia and Japan - and went to England where he met his estranged father (who had remarried and had 8 more children), and then continued on to the U.S. 
Yehuda Berman

Searching BERMAN from Tomashpil, Ukraine and ECHTMAN / ACHTMAN from Odessa, Ukraine

Re: Translation of Headstone needed - Alex Lipson #translation

Ilan Ganot

P.N. (=Resting here) our beloved husband and father, Eliyahu Shmuel, son of Arieh Leib, passed away 25 Tammuz 5702. T.N.Z.V.H (=May his soul be bound up in the bond of life)
Ilan Ganot

Re: Dutch to English Translation #translation


see enclosed
Ron Peeters(NL)

Zurawno Jewish Marriages, Breina Fenster 1908 #galicia #general


GG has an entry from the Zurawno Jewish Marriages (index) for Breina Fenster and unnamed groom, 1908. Do I have a chance at finding this marriage record or at least the groom's name?

Sabrina Bonus
Seattle, WA USA

Re: Holocaust Denial - a Polish movie aimed at denying the Jedwabne massacre #holocaust


Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I looked at both websites. This is just another in a series of actions to deny and hide the anti-Semitic massacres, abuse, and property seizures that occurred in Poland with Polish complicity during WW2.

At a time when so many stressful events are competing for attention, it is hard to focus on any one. I've discussed this with others. If you use social media, here is a response that isn't difficult or time-consuming to do.

The movie was uploaded to YouTube. In a span of 4 days, "Powrót do Jedwabnego" by director Wojciech Sumliński has been viewed over 250,000 times with thousands of Likes. It also appears on Facebook.

If you have an account on Youtube, look up links to the movie, give it a 'thumbs down' rating and Flag it for violating the Terms of Service.

If you have an account on Facebook, search for the film and Report the Video. I reported it twice: first for False information > Social Issue, then again for Hate Speech > Religious Affiliation.

Posts that deny or distort the Holocaust are now prohibited on Facebook and YouTube. There still is a lot of ant-Semitic content on these sites, but if you don't push back there will be a lot more.

Share news about the movie and this suggestion to your email lists, friends, temple, etc. It's deadly to turn a blind eye to this. Revisionist history goes hand in glove with authoritarian regimes.

Pat Weinthal
Boston, Mass., USA

Re: German Jewish Community: Grötzingen, Alb-Donau-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany or Grötzingen, Durlach, Baden, Württemburg #germany


Thank you, I'm trying to access it thru the Library of Congress. Hoprfully I'll be able to find it!
Connie Derosier Carter
Kissimmee, FL, Leominster, MA

Seeking any descendants of Herscu Grinberg/Aprivei #romania #general


Hi All
If you are descended of Herscu Greenberg, please contact me. He was born about 1816 and resided in Hertza dorohoi Romania. I only have records of one son Chaim of which had a few children. I am a descendant of one of those. I am trying to find the mystery siblings of Chaim. Chaim had Abraham, Henia, Joseph, and Brantza. So if this sounds familiar to you please let me know. Chaim would have been about 1840- 1850's, so any siblings would have been born in those years or after. Any information is helpful. I have already had research done and the information I have is from those survived records which leaves a lot of gaps.

Sarah Greenberg (USA-CT)

Torah scroll the Nazis Stole for their post-Holocaust 'Jewish museum' Returns to Service in Prague #austria-czech #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen



A Torah scroll that the Nazis stole from a Czech congregation on display at The Memorial Scrolls Trust in London. (Courtesy of the European Union for Progressive Judaism)


A Torah scroll that the Nazis stole from for their planned museum on Judaism in Prague will return to use there later this month.  Memorial Scrolls Trust, a London-based nonprofit that preserves Torah scrolls and other scripture, on Sunday said it will transfer scroll no. 1052, as it is catalogued there, to the use of Ec Chaim, a Progressive Jewish congregation in the Prague.




In 1942, the Nazis seized the scroll, which was written in 1890 in Brno, a city situated about 100 miles southeast of Prague. They had the scroll shipped to the Central Jewish Museum, an institution that they wanted to use to showcase thousands of liturgical objects they had stolen from Jewish communities they pillaged. That museum has become the Jewish Museum of Prague, which is owned by the local Jewish community.

To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Dutch to English Translation #translation


I need help translating a Dutch death certificate into English. It is on ViewMate at the address below. Please respond using the form on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you.

Michael Levy

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 pag

WEINTRAUB, BARTNOFSKY in Mogilev, Belarus #belarus

Marcia Lloyd

Looking for information, particularly photos, for anyone with the above surnames. My paternal grandfather, Jacob, came to Brooklyn in 1902. His wife, Bessie Bartnofsky, came over with their children, including my father, Aron (whose name may have been changed to Harry by then), in, I think, 1903 or 1904. They lived on Rodney Street in Brooklyn.

I’ve never seen any photos of these grandparents and never met them, nor have I ever seen any photos of my father as a boy. Any information at all would be appreciated. During W.W.I, my father changed his last name to WINTHROP to avoid being accused of being German.

Marcia Lloyd

Re: ViewMate translation request - Hebrew #translation



Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)

Our dear father

Reb Mordechai

Son of Ze’ev

Passed 14 Tevet 5690

May his soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation -last line)

Happy Sukkot, Malka Chosnek


Re: Soleayl, Galicia, Austria? #galicia #ukraine


Take a look at Frankfurt on the left hand page.
Carol Bradford Syracuse, New York, United States of America

The September Issue of the Galitzianer #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG

We are delighted to announce the release of the first issue of the Galitzianer
in the new year. The Galitzianer is the quarterly research journal of Gesher
Galicia. Rich in diverse content, this new issue includes the story of
a Galician Jew whose incongruous biography includes Shakespearean
scholar, acclaimed essayist, ally to Theodor Herzl, and adviser to the
Austrian president. The journal also offers a window into the early
life of esteemed Hollywood screenwriter and director Billy Wilder, who
was born in the Galician town of Sucha. And there is a stunningly
detailed account of the Holocaust in eastern Galicia by Philip
Friedman, the father of Holocaust history.

Here is the full list of articles in this issue:
  • Research Corner: Waiting for Records by Tony Kahane
  • WWI Research in the Nachrichten by Eric Feinstein
  • Philip Friedman’s Work: “The Extermination of Jews in East Galicia” by Barbara Krasner
  • Here Lies Soap: Memorial to the Jews of Zbaraz by Susan J. Gordon
  • The Education of a Galician: The Case of Leon Kellner by Prof. David Rechter
  • The Making of Billy Wilder by Prof. Noah Isenberg
  • My Ancestral Home: Then and Now by Ronald H. Drucker
  • President’s Page: Memories of a Galitzianer Shul by Steven S. Turner
The Galitzianer is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia. To join,
visit our website at Members and
nonmembers alike are invited to submit articles to the journal on
Galicia-related themes. For details, please review our submissions
policy at and
contact me at submissions@....

Jodi G. Benjamin
Editor, The Galitzianer
Gesher Galicia
Send all inquiries to submissions@...

translation request #translation #poland


Dear Genners,
I have posted a document on Viewmate for which I would greatly appreciate a translation. It is an 1866 birth record in Terespol. The viewmate # is 95208. Here's the link
Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten

Re: death certificate of Mahle Scwarcz, marriage certificate of Yette Scwarcz and Pinkas Kurzer #poland

Stanley Diamond

Przeworsk Marriage records did not survive.

Przeworsk Death records only survived for the years 1838, 1880-1911, 1913-1914, 1921-1936
These records have been indexed by JRI-Poland but are not online

The death of Mahle (written Male in the record) was registered under Akt 26 in 1905. 

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.   (Montreal, 514-484-0100)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.
death certificate of Mahle Scwarcz, marriage certificate of Yette Scwarcz and Pinkas Kurzer #poland
From: rottenberg
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:29:27 EDT

I'm doing a genealogy search about my family. They lived at the end of 19th century 
and beginning of 20th century in Przeworsk.

Between september 1905 and november 1905 2 events took place :
  • Przeworsk, September 3rd 1905 : death of my great grandmother Malhe Schwarcz
  • Przeworsk, October or November 1905 : wedding of her daughter Yetta Schwarcz with Pincas Kurzer from Oleszyce.
I sent in this mail a copy of the marriage certificate in poor condition.

Can you tell me how I can get a copy of both certificates ?
I have tried unsuccessfully at Przemysl archives (

Thank you very much for your advice.
Best regards
Michel Rottenberg

Boston US Synagogue Records 1886 #records

Dave Smith

I believe I have at last located the marriage certificate of my great grandfather & grandmother. It took place in Boston US in 1886. The reason why it could not be found before is that descendants have believed that his name was Hyman Cohen, which he later used on official documents. (His wife was Rachel Simon.)  However, I have found that the entry is indexed correctly under Rachel's name but his name was indexed as forename Joseph H. and surname hausman / hauaman. (In the UK 1911 census he later calls himself Joseph Cohen.) I suspect that this entry in the marriage index may be in part due to language difficulties as he only arrived in the US in 1884 direct from Russia (Poland). Obviously in order to follow this new lead up further I need to know what his actual name was. In the UK apart from the official copy of the marriage as registered at the General Register Office there is a Synagogue copy of the marriage authorisation. Was a similar practice operated in the US at this time? If so, I thought it may be helpful to obtain a copy of this marriage authorisation which would be written in his natural language and be a much more reliable indicator of his name. Can anyone please help me in locating such a document? On the birth certificate of his son, Julius, in 1889 he lists his name as Hyman Cohen (as he does on many later official documents) when the birth occurred at 17 Rochester, Boston which may help if there was more than one Synagogue at the time. Many thanks!
Dave Smith (01892 835974 / 07896 310693)

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