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Re: Why Alabama? #lithuania #usa

Adam Turner
 

Birmingham was a fast-growing steel town at the turn of the 20th century. With the economy booming, there was lots of economic opportunity in catering to the needs of the recently-arrived steelworkers - clothes, shoes, food, etc. 

The ISJL has plenty of background information as a jumping-off point: https://www.isjl.org/encyclopedia-of-southern-jewish-communities.html

Adam Turner


Jeweszany #general #poland

Geoffrey Makstutis <gmak@...>
 

Hello,

I've got a copy of a ship's passenger list with a group that shares my surname (and, apparently, there are DNA links). I'm trying to figure out where these individuals are from. This is the page showing the passenger list:

https://www.public-juling.de/passagierlisten/listen.php?ArchivIdent=STAB-24.10.1908_4,57/5-60_M&start=151&pers=&ankunftshafen=New%20York&abreisehafen=Bremen&lang=en

The individuals (a family) are lines 104-109. The 'State or Province' as Suwalki makes sense (a 'county' in northern Poland). Russland, makes sense, as at the time much of this region was within the Russian sphere of influence.

Jewszany is the part that is giving me trouble. It doesn't appear to be a city (at least I can find nothing). I've seen 'zhany' appear in place names throughout Central Europe, so I wonder if 'zany' might be a variant.

The more interesting part, for me, is 'Jewes'. I'm wondering whether this indicates that they were Jewish. In my family research, I've found a few things that point to the possibility that my father's family may have converted to Catholicism when they arrived in the US, but I've never found anything definitely points to this. 

 
So, does anyone know what "Jeweszany" might mean? Or where "Jeweszany" might be?


Thanks
Geoffrey Makstutis


The Unread Letters of 1941 - Kamianets-Podilskyi #announcements #holocaust #ukraine

Tsiporah Trom
 

I would like to bring to your attention a collection of letters that could be of interest to those of you who had relatives in the town of Kamianets-Podilskyi in Ukraine.

This collection called “The Unread Letters of 1941” is presently held at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, in Kiev. The Museum's goal is to return each letter to their rightful owners, surviving relatives, when they can be located. 676 letters have found their home so far, but more than 500 remain unread. Most of them are in Russian, and only about a 100 of those epistles were written by Jews, of which about 35 in Yiddish.

The Jewish part of this collection is especially significant for us, as most likely it contains the last written communications of people, many of whom, if not all, were murdered during the Jewish massacre of Kamianets-Podilskyi. Most of these Jews were from Carpathian Ukraine, but some had also been deported from Hungary. 

How did those epistles survive the war? In July 1941, shortly after Operation Barbarossa, a German officer, Gustav Olschlagër, seized mail comprised of 1.215 letters from the town of Kamianets-Podilskyi. In 1942, he sent it to Vienna and asked his colleague Dr. Riedel to keep the collection for future research. They believed the epistles would paint an accurate picture of the mood of the Soviet population at the onset of their war. The letters remained in Austria for 70 years. In 2010, they were returned to Ukraine and placed in the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, in Kiev.

The envelopes corresponding to those letters are viewable at this link: https://warmuseum.kiev.ua/_ua/projects/search  They are written in Cyrillic.

With the help of some friends, I created a list of names (addressees and senders) for you to check.
There may still be some mistake. A few of those names may in fact not be Jewish. It’s sometimes difficult to ascertain from just an address on an envelope.
I may also have missed some Jewish names, as there are 1.215 envelopes to check.

That’s why I welcome corrections from the Russian knowledgeables among you, who have time on their hands to review those envelopes.
The envelopes’ images are separated by towns of destination. One needs to click on each town to view the respective batch.

If you find an envelope that you believe to be connected to your relative, please contact the Museum at this address: info@...

I worked on the translation project for the letters in Yiddish for the Museum, so you can also reach out to me to get the English translation of your letter, once you have received the digital version from the Museum.

 

Thank you for reading my message and happy hunting!

Here is the list of names:

KAMIANETS

1 – To Lizi GULIK

5 – To Mari Gulmanov

10 – To R. L.  LURYE (in Proskurov) from O. L. BLANK

17 – To BACZYNSKI from ANDRUSZKI

20 – To BONDER Musi Mikailov

31 – To L. I. SHEINBERG (in Dunaev) from Kh. L. SHEINBERG

34 – To Dora STEINBERG from sister BERGER

35 – To Zeida UBERMAN from RIKIN

36 – To Olga Izakovna SHEVCHUK

46 – To M. KECHMAN from R. KECHMAN 

59 – To LISOVI from LISOVOY

80 – To KORBA Marusia

88 – To BLOCH G. I.  from BLOCH V. Ch.

91 – To KUSHNIR from I. M. KUSHNIR

95 – To Anni KULCHISKI from KULCHISKI

106 – To L. LACHTERMAN from TRACHTENBERG

107 – To Z. Kh. FAITENZON from FAITENZON

110 – To Ita TZIFERMAN

114 – To Fani FINGERET Srulivich from Itzko FINGERET

115 – To Rosalin KLEINMAN from KLEINMAN

116 – To YAMPILCHUK from Lyub GAVRILOV

122 – To A. E.  ? from TRACHTENBERG

128 – To GERNISHKOV E. Ia.

135 – To S. CHANKIV

136 – To SMOTRICH from Paia KAIMAN

139 – To KRASILOV from Adel VAISBURG

142 – To SMOTRITZKI from TZIMBALIST KALLIN

146 – To KOMARNIUK

152 – To S. G. MELNIK

154 – To Sonia SOBOLEV from G. N. SOBOLEV

157 – To S. CHANKIV Yosel

159 – To Blima SHERMAN

160 – To VINOKUR

165 – To S. SAVITZI

176 – To RUBIN STEINBERG from I. I. ?

178 – To BRICHAK Vera

179 – To Riva ZEKEL Aronovna from R. M. ZEKEL

180 – To Fani FINGERET Srulivna from Itzko FINGERET

181 – To Maria Alterovich SPOKOINOY from SPOKOINOY

183 – To Gita GOYKHMAN from S. M. GOYKHMAN

184 – To Chantzi TKACH (in Dunaev) from FEFERMAN

185 – To Meir VINOKUR

191 – To P. Z. FAITENZON from FAITENZON

192 – To LECHTZIR From ROTENBER

193 – To Riva VOMORDUNI from Sh. VOMORDUNI

194 – To S. MARTINOVSKI from Isaak ROTENBERG

196 – To MELNIK

197 – To Chantzi TKACH (Dunaev) from Abram FEFERMAN

198 – To Yankel VISOIKOY (Dunaev)

199 – To ? from Etel Roza CHEMEROVICH

202 – To Fane KADESH from KADESH

204 – To I. M. GRINBERG

206 – To Aron BABICH

207 – To Ch. M. KATZ

208 – To Yankel TABACHNIK from M. L. NAIMAN

209 – To Peysach SIDILKOVER from SIDILKOVER

210 – To R. L. LURYE (Proskurov) from O. L. BLANK

211 – To Gutzalik Fishnovna SAMIELENKO

213 – To VOZNIUK Mari from VOZNIUK G.T.

218 – To O. YAKOVLEV

219 – To Yozek GRUSHKEVICH (Dunaev)

238 – To Maruse SIRAIT

245 – To SHNAIDER REKHMAN

268 – To Eta BRONFMAN Abr.

271 – To M. SOLOBKOVICH from Mordku KATZMAN

285 – To Mari EFRIMOVICH KOTIK from Mikola KOTIK Pavl.

298 – To Riva VAISMAN (WEISMAN)

302 – To Mane Efim EPSTEIN

308 – To Mani FELDMAN

310 – To GAVRILOV

320 – To P. GINSBURG

322 – To M. A. ZAIDMAN from Ch. U. ZAIDMAN

331 – To Miki BILENKOY from Mani BILENKI

333 – To Itzku STUDNER (Horodok) From Kh. R. SCHWARTZMAN

336 – To M. L. VEKSLER (Frampol)

342 – To ? (Dunaev) from E. DAICHMAN

343 – To MOKHLOKH Ekatarina Aronovna from M. T. PETRIUK

345 – To T. T. KOTIK and Z. M. KOLOSOVSKOY from SHUSTER

367 – To Yosel BARENBOIM (in Dunaev)

368 – To KOLESNIK from KOLESNIK

372 – To SLOBODANIUK Yakovlev

373 – To KARAKUL from BERKUN A.

397 – To Musi BONDER Mikhalovna


RIVNE/LVIV

1 – To Zina VINIK from S. V. VINIK


KHARKIV

1 – To ZIVERT

9 – To Tani PLATONOVOY from ABRAMOVICH

42 – To PRESHMAN

43 – To M. NUSINOV


KHARKIV Region

5 – To LUGOV Semkhaievich

9 – To Mari Yakovlevna NEDORUBKI

12 – To KARNOVI Moiseienkovoy


BELARUS

15 – To Prokhor Alexeievich ABRAMOVICH

17 – To Mor VOLKOVOY

44 – To RUBASHENKO Lizi

45 – To RUBASHENKO Lizi


CHERNIVTSI

6 – To Zissel FINGER


CHERNIHOV

2 – To Anne BARANOVOY


TERNOPIL

2 – To Berta VANGARTEN (WEINGARTEN)

3 – To Berta VANGARTEN (WEINGARTEN)


ZHITOMIR

7 – To Yudel Leib KATZ from Ch. E. GEYKHMAN

9 – To M. Sh. ZILBERMAN

10 – To SPIVAK


VINNYTSIA

40 – To TARNAVSKI Katerina

 

KIEV

2 – To GERSTEIN from Kh. P. AVERBUKH 

11 – To BONDAR

13 – To ORLOVETZKAIA from Lyubi NARUTZAK

16 – To GERSTEIN

22 – To GERNER

26 – To KATZ

31 – To A. S. SCHWARTZ


KIEV CHERKASSY

50 – To KOMARNIK

56 – To GERNER

60 – To KATZ (Kiev)


CRIMEA

4 – To Raye ROYZEN


KHERSON

17 – To STEINGART (Stalin Donbas / Donetsk)


ST PETERSBURG / LENINGRAD

3 – To A. NUDELMAN


SARATOV

2 – To Grina A. NUDELMAN


VORONEZH

9 – To SOKOLOV Tamar Lwowi


MOSCOW

2 – To P. I. TUTELMAN from A. M. TUTELMAN

3 – To AKERMAN from SHENKER


MOLDAVIA
4 – To Chaim FURMAN

 

--
Geraldine Tsiporah Trom
Antwerp, Belgium
gtrom@...


Mendelson #ukraine

Nancy N. Smith
 

Hi all! I’m new to messaging, but been researching, on and off, for about 10 years. My current brick wall involves my maternal great grandmother’s family, Mendelso(h)n. Like everybody else, I’m trying to see how far back I can go. Right now, I have confirmed my g-grandmother, Nellie. According to a census, she was born in Kovno, Russia; whereas her brother, Albert, shows being born in Kiev, Ukraine. (Births would have been 1864-1867). Not confirmed are parents Harris and Betsy Mendelson, who lived in Prestwich, England..and died there. The headstone of Harris says “Mr. Tzvi, son of Mr. Mendel Gershon”. Betsy’s headstone says “Mrs. Peshe, daughter of Mr. Tzvi”.

I have received quite a bit of help from the FB groups I joined, just thought I would try here to see if I can get more information. If not, I will most likely be done with this part of my family.

TIA!
Nancy Newmark Smith


Re: Help deciphering a civil wedding certificate, Johannesburg (1936) #southafrica

Michele Lock
 

The 'E' for race stands for European (i.e., white).

The address for the woman looks like 29 Winter Street in Yeoville.  The certificate also lists that she was divorced, so maybe you can find another marriage certificate for her.

There is a facebook group called Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy, and they might have more information about rabbis in the country in the 1930s. 
--
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus


Offering Mount Carmel Cemetery photos (Queens, NY) #photographs #usa

A. E. Jordan
 

I am thinking I might tackle Mount Carmel Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens, NY as my next cemetery visit for 2021. 
 
Process I follow is fairly simple in offering to take photos for people.
 
You ID the grave from the cemetery's online database and send me the details. I take a photo and email it to you and in turn I appreciate a few dollars to help defer the expense of doing this for everyone, ie gasoline money.
 
I am happy to help out where I can, but please don't send me a generic name and ask me to find the person at the cemetery and please don't send me around the cemetery to find the 20 people named Jack Cohen because one of them might possibly be your long lost cousin. The cemetery is massive and a few people have asked me to do that and it is a very slow process that takes a lot of time and gasoline, etc.

Also if you are asking for an infant or child's grave please tell me. They are mostly in separate areas of the plots and a lot of those graves do not have markers.
 
Mount Carmel has an online database. It is better if you search the name on their database versus the commercial Find a Grave because the position information and data is better at the cemetery's page.
 
Feel free to ask me questions via email and ask about other NYC area cemeteries because I will visit most of them as the summer progresses. There's a few I do not go to because of distance or safety issues.
 
Please respect the discussion group and send your specific requests to me privately by replying to this email or my email address aejordan at aol dot com.
 
Allan Jordan
New York



 
 
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Offering Mount Judah Cemetery photos (Queens, NY) #photographs #usa

A. E. Jordan
 

I am thinking I might tackle Mount Judah Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens, NY as my next cemetery visit for 2021. 
 
Process I follow is fairly simple in offering to take photos for people.
 
You ID the grave from the cemetery's online database and send me the details. I take a photo and email it to you and in turn I appreciate a few dollars to help defer the expense of doing this for everyone, ie gasoline money.
 
I am happy to help out where I can, but please don't send me a generic name and ask me to find the person at the cemetery and please don't send me around the cemetery to find the 20 people named Jack Cohen because one of them might possibly be your long lost cousin. The cemetery is massive and a few people have asked me to do that and it is a very slow process that takes a lot of time and gasoline, etc.

Also if you are asking for an infant or child's grave please tell me. They are mostly in separate areas of the plots and a lot of those graves do not have markers.
 
Mount Judah has an online database. It is better if you search the name on their database versus the commercial Find a Grave because the position information and data is better at the cemetery's page.
 
Feel free to ask me questions via email and ask about other NYC area cemeteries because I will visit most of them as the summer progresses. There's a few I do not go to because of distance or safety issues.
 
Please respect the discussion group and send your specific requests to me privately by replying to this email or my email address aejordan at aol dot com.
 
Allan Jordan
New York



 
 
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Re: Why St. Louis? #usa

Bberiman597
 

My grandfather, Israel Druse, also settled in St Louis for a few years and then returned to NYC.  I do not know why.  Barbara Hacker Berman


Re: Ustilug ? #galicia

Alexander Sharon
 

Ustilug was located in Wolynia region of the Russian Empire

Alexander Sharon


Re: Chiena? #names

segslusky@...
 

Thank you all so much for the validation that Chiena is really the name. 


So it is three syllables, right?

And the first syllable is KHY like the first syllable of Chaya?

or is the first syllable KHEE like maybe chiyuv and chinuch?

Susan Slusky
Highland Park, NJ


Epstein family from Polotsk #belarus

Myers.debby@...
 


I am searching for information on the Epstein family from Polotsk. My grandfather and his brother -Zalman and Pinchus- were born and lived in Polotsk and came to Cape Town South Africa in the 1920s- they had been living in Nevel since after WW1 and it was from there that they came to South Africa. They left behind family in Polotsk particularly 2 brothers -Goodman and Arachmiel. One of whom  was involved in the Communist Party. Their father was Shmuel, a teacher, and their mother I think was Dina. The Epstein family was also somehow related to the Postowsky family from Polotsk. If anyone has any connection to above names, would be delighted to hear from you. 
Thanks
Drbby Myers
Cape Town, South Africa
Myers.debby@...
Epstein/Levin/Joffe
 


Re: Romanian passport #romania #records #subcarpathia

michele shari
 

I have my grandmother’s and grandfather’s original Romanian passports. One was from Viseu de Jos and the other from Carei. They were not issued locally and would probably not be in the local archives so you would need to first figure out where they would have been issued. I will tell you they have great information such as their actual address, their father’s name ( which I already knew) and their pictures. It is a precious piece of history. Since I have the original it is stamped with exactly where they left from and the dates. The archive wouldn’t have that as it is after the fact. 

please let us know if you are successful in getting the copies. 

Hatzlacha. 

Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL
researching Stauber, Stober, Shtauber, Ganz, Gans, Herstik, Hershtik, Teszler, Tessler, Malik, Malik, Davidovici (all from Viseu, Also Visso), Weiszhausz, Weiszhausz, Rosenfeld (Vamospercs, Hungary)


Why Alabama? #lithuania #usa

Marcia Segal
 

A distant cousin (Aron Joseph Kaplan) emigrated from Lithuania to the US, circa the 1890s. He was in Savannah, Georgia by 1897 (appearing in the city directory), and in Birmingham, Alabama by 1906 (where he was married). What was the draw for Jews going to the Southern US? I haven't yet found his immigration papers, which would help know where and when he arrived--although I'm told Galveston, Texas was a point of entry for the arrivals to the South. He had family in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C., so there must have been a draw for him to go elsewhere (he was on speaking terms with those parts of the family). Guidance welcome, and thanks in advance.

Sincerely,
Marcia Segal


Help needed to interpret details in Offenbach Jüdische Einwohnermeldekartei #germany

sohail.husain@...
 

The attached image is of my grandfather’s index card in the Meldekartei. In the lower left quarter are details of his movements. Most of these relate to time spent in the Prussian Army. For example, he went to Darmstadt in 1909 for his national service in Infantry Regiment 115. However, I have several questions about the entries and hope someone can help with answers.

 

For most of the various recorded comings and goings two dates are shown, one above the other. In all but one instance, the first date is a few days after the second. So why are there two dates?

 

In November 1912 he appears to have gone to Landau for 10 months. But Landau at that time was in Bavaria, whose armed forced were quite separate from the Prussian Army. So why would he have gone there?

 

I cannot read the characters after ‘Landau’ or after ‘Wiesbaden’. Any suggestions?

 

The final ‘linked’ dates on the card are 21 November 1916 (midway through WW1) and 1 August 1914 (the day the Kaiser ordered full mobilisation). So these are almost two years apart and appear to be linked with a return from Wiesbaden. Perhaps he was wounded in 1916 and returned home, but that doesn’t explain the 1914 entry. Any ideas about this?

 

I have searched for answers in Offenbach and in online databases without success, so hoping someone seeing this might have encountered something similar and found answers.

 

Sohail Husain (Hampshire, UK)

Searching for Grünebaum and Reiss




civil registraion mihalyfalva #romania #hungary #records

joseph just
 

Do civil registration records for mihalyfalva/valea lui mihai exist? Where would they be found?

Sarah Just


Romanian passport #romania #records #subcarpathia

joseph just
 

Is it possible to get an ancestor's passport or passport application from Romanian archives?

Sarah Just


Invitation to JGSSN Zoom meeting: "Oceanic Journey to America – Traveling in Steerage Class” with Nancy Levin #events

Ben Kempner
 

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, November 21: "Oceanic Journey to America – Traveling in Steerage Class” with Nancy Levin.

 
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:

Nancy will discuss the experiences that passengers endured at all points of time - including actual reports from newspaper articles, interviews, etc. For those that arrived in the 1840s - the oceanic experiences were different than those that come in the 1870s, and different again, then those who arrived after the cholera epidemic in Hamburg and ensuing changes.



About Nancy Levin:

International lecturer; author; and full-time professional genealogist specializing in Jewish genealogy. Licensed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1997. Speaker at annual NGS and Jewish genealogy international conferences (IAJGS); New England Historic and Genealogical Society; Hebrew College; community centers; libraries; and other venues. Author of chapters on immigration and naturalization in the Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy. BA, U. of Vermont; MBA, Northeastern U.  

 

Ben Kempner

Vice President,

Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada


Boston,MA Wyner Family Center for Jewish Heritage "At Home in the World: American Jewish Women Abroad, 1865-1940 #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society is holding a free webinar on October 26 at 6:00PM Eastern Time, At Home in the World: American Jewish Women Abroad, 1865-1940.  Registration is required at: https://hubs.americanancestors.org/wyner-lecture-home-world

 

 

 

Presented by: Dr. Melissa R. Klapper

 

Join the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) and Dr. Melissa R. Klapper for this exploration of the lives and travel experiences of American Jewish women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Interweaving stories about women represented in the JHC’s own archives, Dr. Klapper will discuss how at a time of prescribed roles for women, American Jewish women discovered independence and self-actualization as they traveled around the world.

 

Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and Director of Women's & Gender Studies at Rowan University. She is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press, 2013), which won the National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies. Her most recent book is Ballet Class: An American History (Oxford University Press, 2020).

 

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Switzerland's Zurich Kunsthaus Museum Has Art Work to Bührle, Which Belonged to Jews During World War ll #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

A new, $220-million extension to the Kunsthaus Zurich, left, faces the museum’s original 19th-century building across a central Zurich square. Credit...©Luxwerk, Zurich

 

The Zurich Kunthaus Museum became the largest art museum in Switzerland with a new extension which includes the masterpieces once owned by Emil Georg Bührle, a Swiss industrialist who died in 1956 but whose dark legacy haunted the opening of the new $220-million extension. Bührle made his fortune by selling arms to Nazi Germany, and that he bought art that was looted by the regime, new revelations keep emerging.

 

The Swiss magazine “Beobachter, reported that Bührle employed hundreds of girls and young women from troubled backgrounds in slave-labor-like conditions in Switzerland as late as the 1950s. This month, the magazine said that in 1941, Bührle snapped up two Swiss spinning mills at bargain prices after their previous owners — Jews whose assets in Germany had been “aryanized” in forced sales — had fled to Argentina.”

 

“Now, 203 artworks belonging to the Foundation E. G. Bührle Collection, an organization set up by the industrialist’s family after his death, have entered the Kunsthaus collection on a 20-year loan. About 170 are on show in the new extension.

 

During World War II, his company produced weapons for both the Allies and Nazi Germany, and Bührle became the richest man in Switzerland. Though the Allies put his company on a blacklist after the war, the boycott was lifted in 1946 and the business continued to expand.

 

Between 1936 and 1956, Bührle bought more than 600 artworks — some of them looted from Jews by the Nazis. In 1948, the Swiss Supreme Court ordered him to return 13 pieces.

 

The Bührle Foundation itself began conducting provenance research in 2002, and the results are published on the foundation’s website (https://www.buehrle.ch/sammlung/) , though there is no detailed ownership history on the labels next to the paintings on display in the Kunsthaus.

 

Lukas Gloor, the director of the Bührle Foundation, said in an interview that ‘today, we can be sure that there is no looted art, in the strictest sense, in the collection,’ but added, ‘we do not rule out the possibility that new information could come to light.’

 

One such work is an 1879 Cézanne work, ‘Paysage,’ The foundation’s website doesn’t mention that its prewar owners, Martha and Berthold Nothmann, were Jewish; it says the couple ‘left Germany in 1939,’ instead of spelling out that they fled persecution.

 

Monet’s 1880 ‘Poppy Field Near Vétheuil’ is another contested work. Bührle bought it in 1941 at a Swiss gallery for less than half its market value, according to a 2012 report by the historian Thomas Buomberger. It had been offered for sale by Hans Erich Emden, the son of a German Jewish department-store mogul whose assets in Germany were expropriated by the Nazis after he moved to Switzerland. The foundation rejected a claim from Emden’s heirs, arguing that the sale was not a result of Nazi persecution. Gloor said that cases in which German Jews sold assets while exiled in Switzerland should not necessarily be considered sales under duress. “Switzerland was not German-occupied; there was no persecution in Switzerland,” he said. ‘People were free to sell, or not sell.’

 

With the collection’s move to the Kunsthaus, responsibility for provenance research now rests with the museum, though any restitution decision would fall to the foundation as the owner, Gloor said.”


To read more see:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/11/arts/design/kunsthaus-zurich-buhrle-collection.html

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Re: Why St. Louis? #usa

Cantor Dan Singer
 

Judith, where is your Singer surname from? Also Lithuania? If so, is it near Paneveys? My Singer family comes from Birzai, but most of the Singers who remained there were murdered in the Holocaust. Wondering if we have a connection.

Dan Singer.

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