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(US) Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Museum Win in Nazi-Plundered Art #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

I have been advised that I posted the incorrect Pissarro painting to my original posting. The painting above is the correct Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon. Effect of Rain - Pissarro, Camille. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

The New York Times article originally mentioned is no longer posted. Instead for more information see: https://www.bakersfield.com/ap/national/us-supreme-court-to-hear-case-involving-california-familys-nazi-looted-painting/article_ca0b643c-ebc7-5e9c-902f-33af696f9c34.html

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Pubic Records Access Monitoring Committee

From: Jan Meisels Allen <janmallen@...>
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:17 AM
To: IAJGS Leadership Forum <leadership@...>
Subject: (US) Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Museum Win in Nazi-Plundered Art

 

  

 

 

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to review a Ninth Circuit decision that affirmed a lower court’s judgement that a Spanish Museum did not break that country’s laws by acquiring a Camille Pissarro painting stolen by the Nazis.  The case was originally posted about  to this forum in August 2020.

 

The petition may be read at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/20/20-1566/178522/20210506160846736_Cassirer_Petition%20For%20A%20Writ%20Of%20Certiorari.pdf

 

The painting is, "La Rue St. Honoré, effet de Soleil, Après-Midi, 1898,” (Rue Saint-Honoré, Afternoon, Rain Effect,) an oil-on-canvas work of a rain-swept Paris street that Pissarro painted as he gazed at the scene from his hotel window.

 

Lilly Cassirer’s father-in-law bought it directly from Pissarro’s art dealer and left it to her and her husband when he died. In 1939, she traded it to the Nazis in exchange for exit visas for herself, her husband and her grandson, who eventually settled in the U.S. Her great-grandson, David Cassirer of San Diego, has continued the litigation since his father's death.

 

Neither Cassirer's heirs nor Spain's Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum dispute the painting's early history.

 

What's at issue all these years later is whether Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza made any serious effort to determine the painting was looted art when he acquired it from a New York gallery owner for $275,000 in 1976.  Also in question is whether the Spanish curators did their due diligence in tracing its provenance when a Spanish nonprofit foundation acquired it and hundreds of other paintings from the baron's collection in 1992 and created the Madrid museum that bears his name.

 

Lilly Cassirer’s heirs say she spent years trying to recover the painting before concluding it was lost and accepting $13,000 in reparations from the German government in 1958.

 

It wasn’t until 1999 that her grandson, Claude, who had vividly recalled seeing it hanging in the family's German home, discovered it in the Madrid museum. After Spain refused to hand it over, he sued.


To read more see:  https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/08/18/us/ap-us-nazi-looted-art.html

 

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Jews and hot air ballooning #general

Jonathan Myers
 

Appreciate this info from everyone. Really interesting about Albert Samama-Chikly and the more recent Firefly Balloons. Once I can figure out how to use Jewish Gen to best effect I may well follow up individually. I'm also not an expert at finding census or similar material - still learning. So if anyone knows where I can find - or might even be able to provide - a historical document that shows the Weinlings (or just Aloys Casamir Frederick Weinling) were Jewish, I'd be grateful.
 
Jonathan Myers
 
 
 


Travel from Palestine early 1900s #general

Carol Reisman
 

My grandfather left Palestine around 1916 and eventually sailed to the US from Cherbourg France.
What is the most likely route he could have taken to reach Europe, and do any passenger records exist for passengers leaving from Yaffo or other port in the early 1900s.

In a newspaper clipping I have from Havatzelet late 1890’s another relative sailed from Yaffo to Alexandria Egypt. Any possible records exist from that time?

Thank you
Carol Reisman


Re: 1897 All Empire Russian Census #russia

peggyfreedman@...
 

There is an excellent article about "The 1st National Census of the Russian Empire" by Thomas Edlund in the Fall/Winter 1999 Issue of the FEEFHS Journal (Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies).
The bottom line is that the focus of the census was to collect statistics.  After the statistics were collected, many returns were destroyed, but not all of the returns. Twenty years ago, returns were being found in all sorts of local archives.

When Howard Margol and I worked on the remaining 1897 All Russia Census for Lithuania, we were told that about 10% of the records were preserved for future statistical analysis.  All of those records have been transliterated, indexed, and entered into the Lithuanian databases on JewishGen.  

Previous posters have mentioned work in other areas of the former Russian Empire.  The best thing to do is figure out the likely places that your family came from, then research those places to see what records are available.

Peggy Mosinger Freedman


Re: Help make out and translate mystery postcard #hungary #translation

András Alvincz
 

Since yesterday we have met two Serbian girls and a boy on the train. At first it was very difficult for the Russians to go, but we got more and more into the speech that we understood each other quite well.
Regards Andras Alvincz
(2.Teil)


Re: Help make out and translate mystery postcard #hungary #translation

András Alvincz
 

Dear Erika!
What can be read without a date:
My dear Mom
We are now in Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol. Thanks to God, our journey is going pretty well. Since yesterday we have met two Serbian girls and a boy on the train.(1 Teil)
Andras Alvincz


Re: (US) Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Museum Win in Nazi-Plundered Art #announcements #holocaust

michele shari
 

I am thrilled that our US Supreme Court agreed to take this case and hopefully right a serious wrong and error done by the lower court and restore this art to the family.
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL

researching Farkas in Transylvania/Hungary (Carei, Tasnad, Cluj, Kisvarda, Margitta, Satumare), Weiszhauz/Weisshaus (Vamospercs), Rosenfeld (Vamospercs), Isak/Izsak, Taussig/Tauszik, Schein, Pollak (married Farkas), Jakab (married Farkas)

Researching Stauber/Stober/Shtauber (Viseu and surrounding towns, Maramures, Romania), Deutsch, Malek/Malec, Fischman, Genud/Genuth, Apter, Herstik/Hershtik/Herstig, Teszler/Tessler, Davidovici, Ganz/Gancz, Paszternak, Feig, Pollak, Jakab

Researching Kaufman, Horowitz, Hurwitz/Gurevitz, Potashnik/Potasnik/Perlman, Perlmutter/Perelmutter, Lipsky, Leykin/Leikin, from Gomel, Minsk/Russia, Rosen and Resnick from Russia


Re: route from Cherkassy, Ukraine to Manchester, England #general

estherahr@...
 

Thank you for your replies,Previouls I wondered if thy didnot go south to the port in Odessa.Alan Shukat-please chekout my Simferopol wwebsite. I hope youhave some information for me to put on this site. Thanking you in advance.  estherahr@...
Esther (Herschman) Rechtschafner


Kimberley Diamond Mines #southafrica

Esta Kawaoka
 

My mother told me that my grandfather, and at least one other brother, worked in the Kimberley Diamond Mines in South Africa.  Are there any records of mine workers? This would have been in the later part of the 1890’s.
They migrated from Schwekshne Kovno, Lithuania.
Esta Kawaoka


This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #belarus

Bruce Drake
 

“I still had some hope that one day I would see the town of Kurenets with its Jews the way I wanted to see it, but to my great sorrow it was never to be.”
Yizkor books are filled with chapters about Jews who longed to return home, and did so, after the Nazis were defeated. This excerpt, “A Small Remnant” from the Yizkor book of Kurenets in Belarus, is an eloquent addition to that trove of stories about going home again. The endings are rarely happy, marked by grief over the many that had been lost and towns that were beyond recognition.
Daviv Motosov had left Kurenets in 1941 when Germany invaded Russia and had hear the rumors of bloody massacres and annihilations carried out by the Nazis. As the Red Army began driving out the Germans, he donned a Red Army uniform and set out for home clinging to the hope that “maybe someone from my large family in the area had survived.” But it soon became clear to him that “I would not find any of the dear ones alive, and soon I would enter a huge graveyard that was named Kurenets.”
The rest of the story is best told in his own words.


--
Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel


Please help decipher German and Hebrew #translation

David Lewin
 

Can you please help decipher the attached 1834 document?
All I know is that it is one of a group of documents from the then
German town of Gollub.
The second image is in Hebrew characters on the reverse - it is very feint

Thank you

David Lewin
Lonson


Re: Identifying Ancestral Town #galicia

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>
 

"Neither Martynow nor Bolschowzie show up on the JewishGen townfinder."

The problem is that Martynow wasn't  a big Jewish Communities, and that is what the Jewishgen Communities Database has. Using the Jewishgen Gazetteer, there are about a dozen possible Martynows. Bolschowzie, on the other hand, is a big Jewish community, now Bilshivtsi, Ukraine.

Using the co-ordinates of Bilshivtsi, there are 2 Martynuvs nearby: Stary Martynuv and Novy Martynuv, Old and New Martynuv 8.5 miles away.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ


Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names

yosrabin@...
 

My grandmother who came to the USA in 1920 was always "Yetta" (and NO other name was ever used), however, in finding her Ellis Island manifest record it clearly was written 'Yenta" (and she also had an aunt named "Yenta" - I suppose that both were named after the same person). 

The bottom line: due to this, I do believe / understand that "Yetta" is a shortened or nickname to the Yiddish name "Yenta".

I do NOT know of any specific "Hebrew name" for it, but various internet sites say that the name 'Yetta" = Light.

Yosef Rabin
Jerusalem, Israel 


Yad Vashem Online Seminar in Memory of Zvi Bernhardt Z"L – October 5, 2021 #events #israel #holocaust #announcements

Rony Golan
 

Dear friends and colleagues,

 

 

The Yad Vashem archives will hold a special online Seminar on Jewish Genealogy in memory of our friend & colleague Zvi Bernhardt Z"L, On Tuesday, October 5, 2021.


Zvi was Deputy Director of Reference and Information Services Department in Yad Vashem, and he was Deputy Director of the Hall of Names in the Archives division of Yad Vashem.

The seminar will mark Zvi's 59 birth anniversary.

The program will include a variety of topics. There will be two sessions of two lectures each (lectures by: Robinn Magid, Garri Regev, Giora Zwilling and by Serafima Velkovich) and one session with 5 simultaneous lectures (lectures by: Dr. Anat Kutner, Sara Shor, Avraham Groll, Dr. Alexander Avram and by Adv. Rony Golan).


The program will start on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 5 PM Israel time

10 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

9 AM CDT (Central Daylight Time)

7 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)  

For other time zones, please check.

Full program and schedule are available here:

https://trailer.web-view.net/Show/0XF79D19BADCE1E5AAC0E88FD9C1331FDEF87D57CD8E467DFF9DCD7092109BB2579984675BDDB0AF1B.htm?fbclid=IwAR3-BU_2qLfr8lVxWG6xGqWe1tzdfBcqY2TWnUBwD0FYEjPcXjoXDv8UhDE

 

You need to register in advance in order to attend the Seminar. Kindly register here:

https://yadvashem-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kjgcIlNFTPelvryskwFINQ

 

We look forward to seeing you all at the Seminar.

Shabbat Shalom,

--

Rony Golan
Ramat HaSharon, Israel

SEARCHING: KRMARUTSKY, KRIVORUCHKI, Kaunas, Lithuania
                        EISDORFER, Hungary
                        SLOMOVITS, Sighet, Romania


Trying to understand conflicting information on the Yad Vashem Website #holocaust

Peter Mcnally
 

Dear Genners
For many years my wife & I have believed that a distant relative , HILDEGARD LEHRER (nee HAEUSLER), born 1904 in
Gleiwitz perished in Auschwitz together with her husband MAX LEHRER.
However, today when I looked on Yad Vashem's database she appears both as having been murdered, and as having survived,
her name appearing in Pinkas Hanitzolim, thus also on the USHMM site. I have been unable to find any information about her
after The Holocaust.
Can anyone cast light on this discrepancy?

Many Thanks - Peter McNally
Ayelet Hashahar, Upper Galilee, Israel

Researching:
DURRA, Breslau, Staedtel, Berlin. KAPLUN-KOGAN, Moscow, Yalta, Breslau,. ROSENBERGER Mulheim an der Mosel.
FRIEDMANN, Beuthen (Bytom), Neisse (Nysa). MOSES, Ottmachau, Baranow, Hamburg. SACHS, Frankenstein.
WERNER, Ottmachau. SCHWARZ,
Koln, Hurben, Floss, Kempen. AMSEL, Koln, Roermond.


Re: Identifying Ancestral Town #galicia

Renee Steinig
 

Lisa Steinberg <mrssteinberg162@...> asked about the Galician towns where her friend's Ditchek family originated:

<<... In 1909 the first cousin to arrive said he was from Bolschowzie, Galicia. In 1911 a brother to the grandfather said he was from Martynow, Galicia.... Neither Martynow nor Bolschowzie show up on the JewishGen townfinder.>>

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland (JRI-Poland.org) has about 20 entries for the surname DICZEK / DYCZEK from Martynow Nowy and over 120 entries for the name from Bolszowce. 

Both towns are near Ivano-Frankivsk (formerly Stanislawow), Ukraine. They are listed in Gesher Galicia's Galician Town Locator (https://www.geshergalicia.org/galician-town-locator/), where you can view all the towns in Galicia in the year 1900, including their various districts (administrative, judicial, Jewish, etc.).  

You can find Bolszowce (now Bilshivtsi, Ukraine) in JewishGen's Communities Database:
https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/community.php?usbgn=-1036038

Martynow Nowy (now Martynuv Novy or Novyi Martyniv, Ukraine) -- a smaller place -- is listed in the JewishGen Gazetteer:
https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/gazetteer/gazetteer.php

And be sure to also check Gesher Galicia's All Galicia Database (https://search.geshergalicia.org/), which lists a number of people named Diczek and Dyczek in the Stanislawow region.

Renee

Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY
genmaven@...


Re: Identifying Ancestral Town #galicia

Mark Halpern
 

Hi Lisa:

The towns you mention are Bolszowce and Martynow. Before 1901, both of these towns Jews registered their vital events in nearby Bursztyn. JRI-Poland has indexed many of the records of Bursztyn and other nearby towns. Here is the search that you and your friend should duplicate.


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While JRI-Poland is volunteer-managed, funds are needed to cover the
costs of indexing activities so that this database can continue to grow.

JRI-Poland collects donations only through this site.

 
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Description Press the Button to view the matches

Searching for Surname (phonetically like) : DITCHEK and
Town (phonetically like) : MARTYNOW
in Stanisławów Wojewodztwo

Number of Matching Records: 19
(Note: Marriage and Divorce records count as 1)

Run on Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:48:29 -0600


(Note only records associated with a specific location will be plotted)

 

The results of this search shows 19 records. Maybe three of them are the sister left behind. Also, searching for DITCHEK and town of Bolszowce results in 127 matching entries. Most of the entries for surname phonetically like DITCHEK are from these two towns. Looks like your friend should be able to build an extensive family tree from this JRI-Poland data. 

JRI-Poland also has indexed 20th Century marriage and death records for Bolszowce and Bursztyn that are not yet online. If interested, contact me privately at mark@....

Best regards,
Mark Halpern
JRI-Poland Stanislawow Area Coordinator

On 2021-09-30 8:46 pm, Lisa Steinberg wrote:

A friend has asked me to help in finding the three sisters of his grandfather that stayed behind in Europe.
His grandfather and three brothers did come to America.
The family name is Ditchek in as many variety of spellings as you can imagine.
The problem I am hoping you can help me with is identifying the ancestral town in Europe.
In my friend's memory, the family always referred to the town as Martynow.
In 1909 the first cousin to arrive said he was from Bolschowzie, Galicia.
In 1911 a brother to the grandfather said he was from Martynow, Galicia.
In 1915 census, it was Austria.
In 1920 census, it was Odessa, Russia.
In 1930 census, it was Poland.
In 2021, I am very confused! I know nothing of Galicia. Neither Martynow nor Bolschowzie show up on the JewishGen townfinder.
Deeply appreciative of your wisdom and guidance in advance.

Lisa Steinberg, Riverdale The Bronx NY

SHATZMAN (Medzhybizh, Kamieniets Podolsk, Ukraine/Russia)

ROSENTHAL (Parchomowzy (Parhomowce/Parkhomivtsi), Khmelnytskyi, Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine)

SEGAL (Neshchiz, Kovel, Wolin, Ukraine)

ACKERMAN (Brichany, Khotin, Bessarabia) And Yedintz

KUPERMAN/COOPERMAN (Brichany, Khotin, Bessarabia) And Yedintz

CHAYET (Pasvalys, Kovno, Lithuania)

MEYEROWITZ (Kovno, Lithuania)

 


The Ordinary, Extraordinary Podcast Interview #announcements #education

Nolan Altman
 

If you're not tired of hearing me yet, I was interviewed for The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery Podcast yesterday. Our conversation covered a wide range of cemetery and genealogical topics. If you're interested, check it out at https://tinyurl.com/rdyves4f

 

Nolan Altman


Help make out and translate mystery postcard #hungary #translation

erikagottfried53@...
 

I'm hoping that someone in the discussion group will be able to make out what's written on the back of a postcard and translate it for me; all I can make out (I think) is.  I have been only been able to read the salutation ("Draga Anyukam") and the address: to a Gottfried Davidne (my grandmother) in Also Zsolca, Borsod (County).   Even though it is addressed to "Dear Mother" I cannot conceive that my father (who was a child when he emigrated from Hungary in 1928), his sister (who was even younger than he) or either of his older brothers would ever traveled out of the country -- even Austria.  To my knowledge the only city any of them had visited before they emigrated to the U.S. was Miskolc.  I'm hoping that the message, if it can be read, will explain this mystery.   Also would be grateful if from the parts of stamp and postmark visible anyone can guess when it was sent help me date it.    
--
Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey


Identifying Ancestral Town #galicia

Lisa Steinberg
 

A friend has asked me to help in finding the three sisters of his grandfather that stayed behind in Europe.
His grandfather and three brothers did come to America.
The family name is Ditchek in as many variety of spellings as you can imagine.
The problem I am hoping you can help me with is identifying the ancestral town in Europe.
In my friend's memory, the family always referred to the town as Martynow.
In 1909 the first cousin to arrive said he was from Bolschowzie, Galicia.
In 1911 a brother to the grandfather said he was from Martynow, Galicia.
In 1915 census, it was Austria.
In 1920 census, it was Odessa, Russia.
In 1930 census, it was Poland.
In 2021, I am very confused! I know nothing of Galicia. Neither Martynow nor Bolschowzie show up on the JewishGen townfinder.
Deeply appreciative of your wisdom and guidance in advance.

Lisa Steinberg, Riverdale The Bronx NY

SHATZMAN (Medzhybizh, Kamieniets Podolsk, Ukraine/Russia)

ROSENTHAL (Parchomowzy (Parhomowce/Parkhomivtsi), Khmelnytskyi, Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine)

SEGAL (Neshchiz, Kovel, Wolin, Ukraine)

ACKERMAN (Brichany, Khotin, Bessarabia) And Yedintz

KUPERMAN/COOPERMAN (Brichany, Khotin, Bessarabia) And Yedintz

CHAYET (Pasvalys, Kovno, Lithuania)

MEYEROWITZ (Kovno, Lithuania)

 

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