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Topf-Frankel link, so close... #ukraine

Shelley Mitchell
 

My biggest brick wall is my maternal great grandfather,SHIMON TOPF.  Born in 1855 in Rohatyn, Ithink there is a decent possibility he’s related to PAJE TOPF FRANKEL, born1849 in Podhajce.  I believe that thecommon parent is Anczel Topf.  We seem toshare DNA matches on both sides.  I’ve
researched Ancestry, Jewishgen, FamilySearch, and there’s no history on TOPF tobegin with.  It has been verified that he died in Radautz in around 1900 where he lived with his second wife.  Does anyone have either of them in their tree?  Can anyone suggest an unturned rock I missed? 
Thank you in advance.

Shelley Mitchell, NYC
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Shelley Mitchell, NYC    shemit@...
Searching for TERNER, GOLDSCHEIN, KONIGSBERG, SCHONFELD, in Kolomyya; PLATZ, in Delaytn; and TOPF, in Radautz and Kolomea.


Re: Deportations and transfports lists #poland

Rainer Borsdorf
 

Hello Jorge,

don't know whether you can find here any hint:

https://collections.arolsen-archives.org/archive/80985912/?p=1&s=Raciaz&doc_id=80985913

Otherwise you could ask here which archive is responsable for the mentioned district:

https://portal.ehri-project.eu/institutions/pl-003147

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Best regards,

Rainer Borsdorf
Ilmenau (Thuringia/ Germany)
www.jewishpastfinder.com


Re: Jews of Sicily #general

Adam Cherson
 

Greetings,

I recommend "Chapter 20: The Expulsion" from Simonsohn's book "Between Scylla and Charybdis" (ISBN: 978-90-04-19245-4). This 50 page chapter details events in Sicily at the time of the expulsion, and how the Jews of Sicily responded, and will also  give you a foundation upon which to proceed, including many citations to primary sources, which may prove useful to you.

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Adam Cherson


Re: From Romania to Omaha -- Who helped them leave? Who helped them when they arrived? #general

David Jacobowitz
 

My Uncle George T Rosenstein was born in Omaha. His story was that his family was poor that he was put in a Catholic orphanage where he served as a choirboy. 

Here is is profile on Geni.

I don't  have any documentation of this, but his brother Millard also served in the church. We don't know how their parents got to Omaha.
Louis Rosensteih. In 1910 Fanny Becker, their mother, reported that she arrived in the US in 1897.

If you find out  more about your Romanian relatives, let me know.

David Jacobowitz
david.jacobowitz  (at) uvm.edu


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

Bruce Drake
 

A fixture of the Jewish shtetl was the shabbos goy on whom people relied to perform tasks that were prohibited by Jewish religious law on the Sabbath.
A section from the Yizkor book of Zgierz in Poland profiles Wawzyn, the Shabbos goy in that town: “Everyone, young and old, knew Wawzyn, who used to walk around barefoot, with a strip around his pants, which drooped a bit lower than his belt. By nature, he was a very good gentile. He spoke Yiddish like any Jew in town, and was involved in all Jewish matters. He knew all the laws. Were it not for his gentile traits, such as shaving his folksy, yellow, constantly growing beard, sipping the “four cups” ten times a day, and various other trivialities, he could be a considered a perfect Jew.”
In the book of Rokiskis, Lithuania there is Tzimtzerevises who could not always be relied on. “His peasant blood would draw him to his village and, during the summer, his soul would long for green grass, for birds and for summer nights, and in winter days he longed for a little dance and a flirtation with a full-bosomed village shiksa” and on some Friday nights, it was necessary to run to faraway neighbors to catch the Shabbos goy from the next street.


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Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

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


Re: MNJGS Virtual Meeting Nov 7: Deborah Long presenting "Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust" #announcements #holocaust #education

Bob Silverstein
 

I have heard her talk and the story is riveting.  Do not miss Deborah.
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Bob Silverstein
bobsilverstein@...
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Pinsk, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).


Re: MNJGS Virtual Meeting Nov 7: Deborah Long presenting "Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust" #announcements #holocaust #education

Terry Ashton
 

Just to let you know that Deborah Long and I found each other through Jewish Gen about 4 years ago….we share the same 4 x great grandfather, Abram Leyb Lefkowicz Praszkier (about 1785 - 1846) from  Stryków, Poland. It was a very exciting moment when we realised we were cousins.

We remain in touch and I know she is very knowledgeable on researching family histories.

 

Ms Terry Ashton, Australia

PRASHKER-Kalisz; SZUMOWSKI-Lomza; WAJNGOT-Poland; WIERZBOWICZ-Poland; GOLDMAN-Poland; SEGAL-SEGALOVITCH-Vilna; GOLTZ-Latvia

 

 


Re: Names of Kagan and Cohen from the all Lithuania Database #lithuania

crystalbrown3431@...
 

I noticed the same thing. My wife's Cohen relatives from Debeikiai/Anyksdciai, Lithuania were also called 'Kagan'  in Lithuania. After arriving in Chelsea, Mass. in the early 20th c, the name was  changed to Cohen and then eventually to Cagen and in one branch, Chandler.

Katz in our family,  was used in the USA as a shortened version of what had been Kadishevitz in Lithuania. Kadishevtiz is somewhat unique and easy to search; not so with Katz.

Richard Brown
Glastonbury, CT


Records of the Beth Din of Brody 1808-1817 #poland #records #translation

Carol Jean Weightman
 

I have submitted to ViewMate translation the first five pages from the index of Records of the Beth Din of Brody. The pages are part of a name index at the end of the volume.

I am looking for records of the Reisfeld, Löw / Lewin (various spellings) and Schmelkes families of Brody and Lwöw. I wonder if any of these family names appear in these first five pages of the index. If they do, then the next search will be for the records within the Pinkas.

If you are able to read the Hebrew, then please let me know if you find any Reisfeld, Lewin, Schmelkes listings in these five pages.

Thank you.
Carol Jean Weightman


Re: Deportations and transfports lists #poland

Evelyn and Christopher Wilcock
 

The Yad vaShem website has an increasing list of transports.

The excellent site https://statistik-des-holocaust.de/index.html suggested below seems to be limited to transports from Germany.

Evelyn Wilcock
eandcw@...
London


Jews of Sicily #general

Lowell Nigoff
 

At the time of the Inquisition in Spain and Italy were persecuted. Their last name was Nachman(spelling?). They changed their last names to Amato(father’s side) & Cunzolo(could be Cunzalo) on mother’s, fled to Sicily & converted to Catholicism.

When her mother’s father came to America, he changed the spelling to Consolo. The last names Amato & Cunzolo were traced back to Nachman.

 

Does anyone have any clues where to start the search? I am researching this for a friend.

 

Thank you, 

Lowell Nigoff

Lexington, KY

 
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"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is."

              

Taken from Blaise Pascal's  (1623-1662) wager.                            

 


Re: Deportations and transfports lists #poland

Eleanor Lind
 

Can you contact the Weiner Library in Russell Square London? They should be able to help. 
Eleanor Lind
London UK


Re: Name RIBA/RIVA in hebrew/yiddish. #names

lapid.ron@...
 

My wife's name is Riwa (pronounced RiVa). This is her English name given on birth in South Africa. Her Hebrew name is Rivka and she is named after her grandmother.
Ron Lapid,
Ra'anana


Re: Name RIBA/RIVA in hebrew/yiddish. #names

David Shapiro
 

In halacha, the standard spelling of names is outlined in the laws of gittin, where the correct spelling of names is crucial to the kashrus of the get. For the sound of 'v' the rule among Ashkenazim is that for names that are derived from languages other that Hebrew that sound is represented by two 'vov's. Such names also end with and 'alef' rather that a 'hei'. However, in 'Tiv Gittin' by Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margolios, one of the main authorities on these laws, he states that Riva is short for Rivka, and thus it is consided a Hebrew name and is written with a 'veis' and ends with a 'hei' like Rivka.

David Shapiro
Jerusalem 


Re: Can someone read this word #translation

Jeffrey Cohen
 

Many thanks for the advice I have received. In answer to Sherri I attach the complete document. I know the bride’s family well and she had four brothers but I am trying to confirm the family of the groom. The Springer family I suspect to be that of the groom had a father named Daniel and two daughters in addition to the son Maurice. So I now suspect the reference to witness on the form is to a brother of the bride.

Jeffrey Cohen


Re: Deportations and transfports lists #poland

Jorge Frankon
 

Hello Rainer,
Many thanks for your reply
My interest is in transports and deportation lists that started in the
small towns of Zuromin and Raciaz, located in the Masovian
Voivodeship, Poland, from where my family members disappeared during
the Holocaust.
Best regards,
Jorge Frankon
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Jorge M. Frankon
jorgefrankon@...
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Re: Names of Kagan and Cohen from the all Lithuania Database #lithuania

Shlomo Katz
 

Russian has no "H" sound, so "Kohen" became "Kagan.
Another common name, "Heller," became "Geller."

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring MD


Re: Dame Judi Dench on (UK) Who Do You Think You Are #announcements #unitedkingdom

ab12cohen@...
 

The next episode with Alex Scott who is probably not well known to many of us not interested in British football is even more interesting as she is of mixed East End Jewish and Jamaican descent - a pretty unusual family I guess. The programme includes film of the Battle of Cable Street .

Alan Cohen


Re: Deportations and transfports lists #poland

Rainer Borsdorf
 

Hello Jorge,

if you know from where the concerned deportations started, I could search for you here:

https://statistik-des-holocaust.de/index.html

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Best regards,

Rainer Borsdorf
Ilmenau (Thuringia/ Germany)
www.jewishpastfinder.com


Re: Looking for a town in Romania #romania

Jorge Frankon
 

May be you refer to the region of Săpoca, a commune in Buzău CountyMunteniaRomania ?

Detailed information in Wikipedia.
Gook luck with your search.


Jorge M. Frankon
jorgefrankon@...
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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