Re: Judenrats --- friend or foe? #holocaust


I am certainly no expert, but if my family history helps, here it is.
On my mother's side, a great great uncle, was part of the Judenrat in the town of Zelechow.  Thanks to David Lukowiecki who has been translating the yizkor book, I have been able to obtain pictures of him, and learn about his story.   He wasn't a very nice man, in fact, according to the stories recorded,  he was one of the most hated men in town.  It seems he was part of the judenrat and tried to get personal benefit. He did everything as he was told and thought he was better than the rest.  The last story says that the SS called him for a very special mission, and asked him to dig a mass grave.... and of course it turned out It was for him; they shot him.  Just as an added comment, his father, was one of the most generous and loved man in town....
Lia Sragovicz

Re: Jewish War Veteran Research #general #events

Jeff Miller

Thanks to all who replied - I received many good suggestions. Here is an example.

      Here are links to a few resources that may prove useful in doing your research:

      1. Jewish War Veterans Museum in Washington, DC:

      2. National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis:

      3. History Hub Military Record Forum: specifically dealing with Naval Service:

      4. Family Search Guide to Military Records:

      5. Research Guide Article:

      6. Golden Arrow Research Service: see also their articles:

      7. Military Records (need subscription, your public library may have)

Jeff Miller
Researching MLYNARZ/MILLNER/MILLER from Ostroleka Poland; LAN/LANE from Seta Liuthuania; FREIDER/FRAIDER from Kuzmin Ukraine

Polish Archives Loan Document #translation #poland

Steven Granek

Folks -

I recently discovered some kind of loan document associated my my Great Aunt and Great Uncle for a property apparently in Kalisz. I was able to request it from the Polish State Archives in Lodz. They were very responsive, told me they would scan it for the price of $74 Zlotys - about $20, and send me a link good for 30 days to download (that piece of information is shared as it may be of use for others that run into documents of interest.). Once again - my compliments to them - they were responsive and as soon as they had received my wire (which was easy and relatively inexpensive to do) - they sent me the link with a password in a separate e-mail.

Some of you may have seen recent discussion about this re: an address in Kalisz.

So… I now have a 50 page document detailing the loan. Of course is it a scan in Polish (but it has really cool elevation drawings). My interest is only in what addttional tidbits I might discover about the family. My daughter has gamely hand typed the first two pages into Google Translate, but of course, we don’t really still know what we are looking at.

2 questions - 1). does anyone have experience with this type of document from your own research (it’s a construction loan for property in Kalisz, loan by the Bank in Lodz). 2) assuming I want the entire thing translated (a bit much for even a generous ‘viewmate-er’ I assume, does anyone know someone reliable that could translate this for me (I’d pay as appropriate). I am betting most of it is not very interesting, but the question is what parts ARE interesting and what might I discover.

Thank you in advance, always.

Steve Granek
Columbia, MD USA

OCJGS October Meeting Announcement with Arthur Kurzweil October 24th at 10:00 am Pacific Time #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Michelle Sandler

Orange County California Jewish Genealogy Society October Meeting
October 24 at 10:00 AM (Pacific time zone)
Arthur Kurzweil: In conversation...
Arthur Kurzweil, author, librarian, educator, genealogist, and
magician (who knew?). Another in our Pioneers of Jewish Genealogy
series of conversations.
Register in advance for the virtual meeting by clicking this link: Free to
members and 5$ for non members payable at

Michelle Sandler MLS
President, VP Programming, Librarian
Westminster California

Re: Hungarianization of last names in Hungary, 1890s #hungary

Steve Stein

We are aware of at least two NUSZBAUM family members who changed their surname to DIOSI in the 1860s, apparently in an effort to make themselves eligible for admission to medical school. I am told that this is a pretty straight translation (nut or nut tree) from German/Yiddish to Hungarian.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #poland #russia

Greg Tuckman

Upcoming Programs from Forum for Dialogue on Krakow and Orla, Poland #announcements #poland #events

Mark Halpern

Below are links for two upcoming programs: Krakow on Thursday, September 30 and Orla (south of Bialystok) on Wednesday, October 6. Hope to see many of you at these online sessions.

Mark Halpern 


Dear Mark,

Let me invite you for the fall season of the Zoom in the Forum sessions starting next Thursday. From September 30th onwards, we will be meeting once a week to discuss history and culture of Polish Jews, local initiatives undertaken to preserve and commemorate Jewish past, education and academic research, as well as connections between contemporary Poland and Jewish people. Join us for more virtual tours of Polish towns and conversations with activists, experts, and scholars on Polish/Jewish relations. 
On Thursday, September 30th, we will kick off the Zoom in on the Forum fall edition with a discussion with Malgorzata Fus on the ways Jewish history of the city of Krakow is being described and narrated for tourists. Malgorzata, a graduate in Jewish Studies and a tour guide, will share her insight into the rich history of Krakow Jews inscribed into the city space and showcased in museums and by local guides. She will share with us lesser-known stories of Krakow Jews and analyze the stereotypical and romanticized version of the past presented to foreign tourists.  
Join us on Thursday, September 30th, at 3 am Australian Eastern, 10 am Pacific, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern, 7 pm Warsaw, 8 pm Tel-Aviv time for a session on narrating Krakow.


On Wednesday, October 6th, we will meet with Marek Chmielewski, an activist, a farmer, and a village head of Orla, a small village in Bialystok region. It will be a great occasion to hear a person who aims at reclaiming Jewish heritage in a small community of 1,000 inhabitants. Marek is cooperating with different institutions and regional authorities to create a cultural center in the restored synagogue in Orla. During the Zoom in on the Forum session Marek Chmielewski will share his strategies of involving local community in preserving Jewish history of Orla 
Join us on Wednesday, October 6th, at 3 am Australian Eastern, 10 am Pacific, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern, 7 pm Warsaw, 8 pm Tel-Aviv time and meet Marek Chmielewski, a Leader of Dialogue in Orla.


I am looking forward to seeing you on Zoom!


Olga Kaczmarek
Director General

TOM, b. 1910-1914 #usa

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Strange question flimsy data:
In the mid 1930s my mother met a distant cousin of hers by the name of Tom, didn't know his family name, who was visiting his grandmother , Sara, ( also her married name unknown) who lived on coney island, nyc. According to my late mother's autobiography, Tom seems to have cut short his visit, to go to Boston where he was going to college. He may also have lived in the Boston area.
There is a good chance that Tom's father was not Jewish. That seems to be the reason that my grandparents and Sara arranged for Tom to cut short his visit on NYC, so that he and my religious mother, then single, would not get "involved" one with the other.
The above Sarah was my great grandfather (Mayer ABRAMOWITZ)'s sister.
Does the above story about Tom or his family sound familiar to anyone ?
Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

JGS of Greater Boston October Programs #events #usa #announcements #education

Jessie Klein

Oct. 3- Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy 10:00am-12:00pm EDT. This program is free for non-members but registration is required at JGS of Greater Boston members will receive the link the morning of the program.

Oct. 17- 1:30-3:30pm EDT-Daniel Soyer-New York Jews in the Immigrant City 1880-1924.  Free for JGS of Greater Boston members, $5:00 for non-members.  Information at

Jessie Klein
JGS of Greater Boston

21 June 1846-New Synagogue, Parish Great Helens,London. Looking for marriage record of Abraham Jacobs to Mary Simmons #unitedkingdom #records


Looking for the image of marriage record of Abraham Jacobs to Mary Simmons 21 June 1846. Certificate #127.   The record identified as City of London Vol 2 208B in 1846.  Abraham is my "2nd great grandfather".

England's General Records Office (GRO) has a copy of the marriage certificate, but the given name of father of groom is illegible. GRO reached out to the London local register office, but they had no copy. (Did not advise me the current name of that local office.) They did not send me an image. Just the info they could read.

The New Synagogue is now known as Stamford Hill synagogue, London N16. Was City of London, LondonEC3.  The wonderful site has their marriage records for 1791-1823 and 1837-
1842.  Abraham Jacobs is listed as a member of their "general committee" in 1851.  The only Jacobs on that list.

 In the 1841 England census the only Abraham Jacobs of appropriate age is listed in the household of a Woolf Jacobs in St Andrew Holborn (Above The Bars), Middlesex, England. Father and son's occupation furrier.  Abraham in 1851 census, 9 Francis Court, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, married with children as a furrier. 

 Emigrated in 1856 to NYC.  He was a furrier in the 1860 NYC Brooklyn Census (indexed as Jacobus). In 1870 Providence, RI census he sells crockery. (In London directories in 1839 and 1845, he sold china and glassware.)   Dies circa 1873 probably in Providence. By 1880 widow and children back in NYC.

Probable father Woolf (Wolfe) Jacobs was a furrier in the 1841 census. He is listed as the father, furrier, on a sibling marriage record in 1848. Woolf Jacobs' occupation changed in 1851 and 1861 census. May have died in 1865. 

Just want that final confirmation. Hoping an English researcher can help me out. All suggestions appreciated.. Quite possible synagogue record no longer exists. David Brener, Ephrata, PA. brenerda@...

Lecture October 5, 2021 on Family Surnames #education #events #jgs-iajgs #names

Hinda Solomon

IGRA, Israel Genealogy Research Association presents a webinar.

The lecture will be in Hebrew
Tuesday, October 5th, 2021
7 PM in Israel,  12 PM EDT

Speaker: Aviad Ben Izhak

Family Surnames - What Do They Mean?

A fascinating and humorous lecture will shed light on the subject, answer these questions and many others:

    What do you know about your surname? Are you sure? Perhaps what you know is "not so accurate"

    The lecture will shed light on the subject and reveal:

   How long have surnames exist?

   How were they given? 

   What characterizes them?

   What changes have the last names undergone and when?   

Free on Zoom, registration  


IGRA’s website:

Posted by Hinda Solomon

                  Rishon LeZion, Israel

Save the date all are welcome on October 10th to our annual Steve Schecter Memorial Lecture. JGASGP Meeting and lecture with Dr. Robert Watson #announcements #israel

Marilyn Golden

Subject: Save the date all are welcome on October 10th to our annual Steve Schecter Memorial Lecture. JGASGP Meeting and lecture with Dr. Robert Watson #announcements #israel

Please join us for our annual Steve Shechter Memorial Lecture.

Steve Schecter was a longtime member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGSGP).  Early on he was involved in the society’s substantial project of transcribing and digitizing the Philadelphia Jewish ethnic bank records.   He organized and coordinated the efforts of hundreds of volunteers when the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) convened in Philadelphia for its 2009 conference. He was the motivating force behind the Philadelphia Area Jewish Genealogical Resource Directory. He also served as vice president of programming for JGSGP and was instrumental in making sure the society carried out its multifaceted strategies for educating about Jewish genealogy.


Steve loved to share his knowledge of genealogy with others.  He designed and taught many, many beginners and intermediate workshops, some of which took place at the JCC’s of Cherry Hill and Margate, NJ, and was slated to teach a course at Camden County College in 2014.   He conducted several presentations at Senior Camp at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Connecticut in 2012 and 2013.  He also guided countless individuals in their respective genealogical research efforts.


He was very proud of the three women in his life: his wife Mary, and daughters Meredith, and Rachel. He often recounted their various accomplishments.

Sadly, Steve suffered a fatal, accidental fall while helping a friend move.  His cheerful presence and generosity within our society and outreach within the genealogy community are greatly missed.  We dedicate our yearly Steve Schecter Memorial Lecture in his name to remember him.


Date:  Sunday, October 10, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM EDT check in, chat, and schmooze (Optional)

Official program starts promptly at 1:30 with a tribute to Steve Schecter

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Robert Watson, Historian, Author, Political Commentator,

                                and Professor at Lynn University

Robert Watson is an award-winning author who has published over 40 books and 200 scholarly articles and essays on topics in history and politics, as well as two multi-edition, multi-volume encyclopedia sets on the presidents and first ladies. His recent books include Affairs of State (2012), America’s First Crisis (2014), The Presidents’ Wives (2014), The Nazi Titanic (2016), The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn (2017), George Washington’s Final Battle (2021), Escape (2021), a story about a notorious Confederate Prison and the Union soldiers who escaped, and the forthcoming books When Washington Burned (2022) and 100 Days of Terror, a story about a pandemic that struck the capital city in 1793. His books have won the John Barry Book Award, John Lyman Book Award, Independent Publishers’ Gold Medal in History, and others, have been published in international translation, and featured on C-SPAN’s Book TV and at prominent literary festivals around the country. 


Dr. Watson co-convened several national conferences, co-founded the annual Truman Legacy Symposium for the Truman Presidential Library, and served on the boards of numerous academic associations, community organizations, and the Harry S. Truman Foundation, Calvin Coolidge Foundation, and George McGovern Center for Leadership. Watson is the recipient of many awards for his contributions to the study of the presidency, election commentary, community service, civics programs, and efforts to combat anti-Semitism and incivility.


Topic: Truman and Israel: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of Statehood in 1948

Based on a multi-year series of interviews with former aides to President Truman and former Israeli diplomats as well as extensive archival research in the Truman Presidential Library, this talk examines the behind-the-scenes politics and planning that led to Truman's courageous decision to support the creation of the modern state of Israel, the meetings among Zionist leaders and the American president, and the inspiring commitment to a host of bilateral policy initiatives that continue to define the special relationship between the two nations to the present-day. 

Link for Dr. Watson's lecture will be posted on our Website on Sunday morning by 11:00. 
I will not be taking private requests and sending out links to non members. PLEASE go to our website!
No one will be admitted after 2:00 PM.

We are honored to host Dr. Robert Watson for an encore performance! His lectures are very popular. Please do not sign on late. No one will be admitted after 2:00 PM EDT
Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Marilyn Mazer Golden VP, Membership 

Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

judenrat #holocaust


Discussion on the members of the Judenrat are always of interest
In the Netherlands there were several Judenrats.In Amsterdam was a Judenrat run by academics.In Enschede the Judenrat was run by local textile merchants.Th judenrat in Amsterdam was warned by Mr Edelstein from the Prague Judenrat and via an intermissionary by Jan Karski.
The actions were quite different. Amsterdam collaborated with the Austrian occupiers ,whereas Enschede started to find hiding places for the fellow Jews as well as measures to try to sustain people in hiding. This of interest to note as the Netherlands has the highest rate of murdered Jews the collaboration of the Dutch government of the destruction of Jews as well as the Amsterdam Judenrat plays a role.
Jacques D. Barth 

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 7 pm - JGSNY, Getting Your ACGT Together: Organizational Strategies for DNA Analysis #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Webinar
Wednesday Oct. 6, 2021 at 7 p.m. EDT


A joint program of the Jewish Genealogical Society of New York and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Getting Your ACGT Together: Organizational Strategies for DNA Analysis


Speaker: Paul Woodbury


DNA test results are constantly changing, so trying to organize them can feel like aiming at a moving target. In this webinar, learn to organize your results around clear research objectives in order to isolate, prioritize, analyze, and correlate the genetic data most pertinent to your research.


This webinar is open to the public during the live session. It will be recorded for NYG&B member access and audio will be accessible to JGSNY members on their website. A handout will be provided to attendees and members of both organizations.


Paul Woodbury is a Research Team Manager at Legacy Tree Genealogists. He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he studied Genetics and Family History. He also holds a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology.  His article, "Where to Test? Genetic Genealogy Testing Options," appeared in the January-March 2021 issue of the NSG Magazine.

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required:

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Re: Tuberculosis Sanitoria #usa #general

Jim Gutterman

My uncle similarly went away in the 1930s I believe. His family lived in Brooklyn, but the place he went to was I believe in Westchester/Rockland area. I can't find the document right now, but I remember I found him on general census, presumably 1940. If I recall correctly, it didn't specifically indicate TB, but listed 30 or 40 residents at same address, was designated either as hospital or in category that contained incarcerated when doing search, presumably thru ancestry or stevemorse. Didn't help matters that his first name was misspelled either....

James Gutterman
Selkirk, New York


Re: Request for Old Photos from Jaroslaw #usa

Eva Robotnick

Hi Nina,
I have 2 types (sets) of pictures of the old city of Jaroslaw. All of them are jpg files.
The 1st set are about 23 pictures (jpg) downloaded from the internet in 2005.
Don't remember the source. They are all pictures of early buildings in Jarowslaw.

The 2nd set are about 50 jpg pictures made during our family roots trip in October, 2008.
So for these I can give you permission to use.
The pictures include such items as:
the moat before entering the old city
House 8 Grotska Street where the families Steinberg and Raab had lived
The original market; now a museum
The former Reform synagogue
and more.

If you are interested in any of the jpg pictures, please send me an
email to:  erobotnick@gmail,com
with instructions on how to send them to you.
Regards and Hag Sameach,
Eva Robotnick

Re: Recent Discovery Sheds New Light on Messianic yDNA #general #dna

Boruch Fishman

This is very interesting work suggesting that the House of David is a superior Aryan line that joined the family of Abraham. We really need access to ancient DNA to learn more about this. I copied a complete genealogy of the House of David by an English author David Hodges, which Nasik Yose Dayan lent me from his library. There are so many ancient Rabbis with all male lineage from King David with probably intact graves that if we could sample their bones, we could really make progress in learning about the Davidic genealogy. Also, if we can get someone to sample DNA on Christian relics, we could make progress. According to the Jewish tradition, the father of Jesus was a Roman soldier named Pantera, and we could conceivably find hus haplotype via his son's DNA on the garments  Also, according to the book Yosi lent me, Jesus's mother was a princess of the House of David, and her cousin Joseph of Arimathea was a Prince of the House of David via the second wife of Prince Zerubabel. If there is a genuine relic from the crucifixion, we could potentially find three matching DNAs, the son, mother and cousin. The cousin"s DNA would provide a sample of Davidic DNA from 2,000 years ago.  

May we make progress soon!

Boruch Fishman MD

Family connection between Rattner of St Petersburg and Constantinople and Rosenstein of Vibesk #belarus #general

Trish Lane

I am trying to establish a connection between Izrail Rattner and Family from Mogilev born 1830 and Katharina Rosenstein nee Rattner born 1840 Constantinople.  David Rosenstein ,  Katharina's husband was born in Vitebsk in 1822.
Patricia Lane

Re: Looking to purchase copy of yizkor book for Slutsk #belarus #yizkorbooks


Check the New York Public Library, you can get there “print on demand” copy  if the have it and they have a lot of Izkor books.

Re: Is there a commemoration of the Rumbula Massacre? #latvia #holocaust

Todd Cohn

Riga - Nov. 30:  Jewish community commemoration at Rumbula.  Community Website.
Riga - TBD: There is also an event at which hundreds of candles are placed at the Freedom Monument, often on an adjacent date to the above. 
Israel - Virtual - Dec. 8 :  The Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews will have a virtual  commemoration this year, on YouTube 
New York -  Dec. 5: Jewish Survivors of Latvia annual program at 12 noon. Contact Ivar Brod <ivarbronya@...) .
Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York - Dec. 7, 2:00 pm NY time - Virtual (might also be in person):   Program on Rumbula's Echo and Rumbula in conjunction with the Boris Lurie art exhibition
The website for the documentary is   Its Facebook page is . A complete rough-cut (draft) of the documentary will be done late this autumn, and it is slated for completion in 2022. 

-Todd Cohn

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