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Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities Calls for Independent Commission for Study of Cultural Assets # announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

The Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (SIG/FCSI) [https://www.swissjews.ch/en/ - whose website is in German, French and English] has called on the Swiss  government to designate so-called “escape property” as “cultural property seized as a result of Nazi persecution.”  It has also called for the appointment of an independent study commission for the study of cultural assets.

 

According to the SIG/FCSI, the outdated assumption still persists that people fleeing the Nazi regime sold their works of art at market prices and without need. Thus, many still assume today – often wrongly – that a fair deal was struck between the buyer and the seller.

 

As reported in EuroJewish Congress, “In 1998, the Washington Declaration was signed by 44 states. It is a legally non-binding agreement that seeks to ensure that works of art confiscated by the Nazi regime are found and returned.

 

Likewise, the signatory states have undertaken to take the necessary steps to reach fair and just solutions. In recent years, the Washington Declaration has made it possible for well over a thousand paintings and art objects from some twenty states to be restituted to their owners or their heirs.”


While Switzerland is a signatory of the Washington Declaration, its interpretation of the principles regarding art is more restrictive.  In Switzerland, private art collections in particular usually take the same position as the Bührle Foundation*, for example, that works of flight art should not be treated like looted art.  The SIG/FCSI calls on the Swiss Confederation, as well as private and public museums, archives, private collectors, auction houses and libraries, to adopt the designation and definition “Nazi-confiscated cultural property”.

 

*IAJGS Records Access Alert reported on the Bührle Foundation in another posting on October 19, 2021 which can be found in Record Access Alert archives—see below how to access the archives.

 

The SIG/FCS also demands that possible so-called “flight property” in Swiss museums and private collections be comprehensively investigated and, if claims are justified, restituted accordingly. The institutions concerned must actively and increasingly contribute to identifying and locating “cultural property seized as a result of Nazi persecution”. In doing so, the examination of the individual case would be decisive.

 

To read more see:

https://eurojewcong.org/news/communities-news/switzerland/swiss-jews-call-for-independent-commission-for-the-study-of-cultural-assets/

 

To read the previous postings about Nazi looted art, holocaust, cultural assets and more,  go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at:  http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/. You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts   and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


Next Generation Research: Cultural Genography #dna

Adam Cherson
 

Have you done every type of genetic testing, scoured every database, and still are not sure of your ethnic and cultural origins beyond a few documented generations, in fewer than all of your lineages?

 

Introducing Cultural Genography, a genetic research strategy whereby at very low cost a person of any age and gender may delve into their complete ethnicity and cultural affinities, both maternal and paternal, with no civil records or extended-family testing necessary.

 

A Cultural Genography report is unique to you (no two are identical), using a peer-reviewed methodology (primary component analysis) prepared by a live human being (not automated), and based on the comparison of your autosome to that of nearly 3,000 ancient samples reported in the scientific literature covering Neolithic to Medieval times. The report identifies your closest cousins in each of 12 eras stretching from 10,000 BCE to 1300 CE, providing the most complete awareness of cultural and ethnic ancestry possible. Make your next trip a tour of all your ancestral homelands!

 

Each study includes a custom-made report, the accompanying interactive maps, and five scatter charts (including a Sephardic-Ashkenazic study, and a modern European/Near Eastern populations study), available for download in only ten days. If you or your loved one(s) have already obtained an autosomal test from any of the major companies (23andMe, Ancestry, FTDNA, MyHeritage, etc.), a Cultural Genography can be produced for merely US$120 (plus the US$12 to format your autosomal data into primary components, a 2-3 day process). Complete, step-by-step guidance and instructions are provided, including everything you need to know to conduct your own modeling studies, should you wish to do so. This is a new data-only version of the complete report which goes for $US600!

 

You deserve to benefit from this treasure trove of self-knowledge—and makes a fantastic gift as well.


To see examples please view this short PDF presentation: What Is Cultural Genography?


--
Adam Cherson
NY, NY


Re: Hebrew Minsker Old Men's Benevolent Society #general

Sherri Bobish
 

From The American Jewish Yearbook, 1919:

Minsker Old Men's Benevolent Association
156 Henry
Org. 1911
Rabbi, D.S. Stern;
Pres., Charle Mishkin;
Sec., Henry Dobkin;
Members, 25
Services: Hebrew and Yiddish

http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/erc-syn-manhattan.htm
Former Synagogue List
Manhattan

156 Henry Street
--Agudas Anshei Mamud u 'Bais Vaad Lachachomim

--Minsker Old Men's Benevolent Association

Minsk, Belarus

--Minsker Independent Old Men
Minsk, Belarus
     1933-34.

--Pochavitzer Congregation

--Anshei Moskve
     1910-11.


Following excerpt from:
https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/front-page/freida-sima-and-the-great-depression/2016/03/09/4/
“Atheist or not, you will say Kaddish for your father!” Freida Sima whispered to Max as the funeral procession reached the Minsker Old Men’s Benevolent Association section in the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, the landsmanschaft Abraham Kraus had joined upon his immigration to America over twenty years earlier.

Hope this info is helpful,

Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)


Re: Metric Records from Tarascha, Pyatigorsk, Kohodirv, Zhivotov, Stavyschan, Tetiyev, Kishovat #ukraine #records

Asparagirl
 

Josh, almost all of those specific records you mentioned are already transcribed and already online for free searching at JewishGen. I know this because I paid for their acquisition and transcription and helped get them added to the site several years ago. :-)
 
If you check the Ukraine SIG vital records inventory spreadsheet, which is online here...
...you can see that the Ukraine Births, Ukraine Marriages, and Ukraine Deaths databases (i.e. vital records) at JewishGen do include those same books you're asking about.
 
The only ones that appear to be missing from JewishGen are the Pyatigorsk and Tetiev books. I don't have those, so the Ukrainian wikipedia site is currently the only online source I know for them.
 
I also gave JewishGen the Khodorkov (now Khodorkiv) 1846 synagogue attendees book (which was labeled, possibly mis-labeled, as the Stavishche 1847 community book), which I think you're also asking about here. It's not listed in the official Ukraine SIG spreadsheet linked above, because it seems to have been loaded into the Ukraine Revision Lists database at JewishGen rather than the vital records databases. But in any case, that one is online, too.
 
Happy searching. :-)
 
 
- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California
 
 
 
 


Re: ViewMate: Group of soldiers 1922, 42 regiment #hungary

beer_tom@...
 

Frank is correct that the writing is Hungarian so it would be the Hungarian army and it is most likely that the 19 year old is doing his compulsory military service.  

There are, however, unusual aspects about the uniforms of the officers.  In particular, my reading indicates that it was not usual for Hungarian officers to have peaked caps, or epaulettes.  Yet some of the officers have both.  My guess is that the group photo was taken to commemorate the visit of some senior officers from the army of another country.  This may be incorrect, as it is possible that this particular regiment had different uniform traditions to the rest of the army.

There is a Hungarian Museum of Military History.  They may (or may not) be able to provide further information. My recollection is that one needs to correspond with them in Hungarian.  




Tom Beer
Melbourne Australia


Re: Which shtetl is Wytkor / Witkor / Vitkor Galicia / Austria? # #galicia #austria-czech

Mark Halpern
 

Hi Tracy:

I think the town may be Wiktorow, now Vyktorov in Ukraine near Halicz. Jewish vital events for Wiktorow were recorded in Halicz. Unfortunterly, the Jewish vital records from before 1923 have not survived. JRI-Poland has indexed marriage and death from 1923 to 1931, which are not yet online. There are a few ADLER entries, but none living in Wiktorow. 

The other option is Wiktorowka, near Kozowa, where Jewish records were recorded. Search JRI-Poland for ADLER from Wyktorowka and there are no matching entry leading me to believe that this is not your ADLER's town. 

Best regards,
Mark Halpern
JRI-Poloand


On 2021-12-02 2:20 pm, Tgrigoriades via groups.jewishgen.org wrote:

Hello friends - I have a branch of the family, the Adlers, whose ship manifests say that they hailed from Wytkor / Witkor / Vitkor in Galicia / Austria.  I searched on Jewish Gen to try to find where that shtetl might've been, but am coming up empty.  Has anyone seen this town name before?

Thank you!
Tracy Grigoriades


Re: Another facial identification question #photographs

Sherri Bobish
 

Bruce

In 1916 NYC city directories is listed under "picture dealers" Gabriel GROSSMAN at 60 Suffolk.  In 1917 George GROSSMAN at 60 Suffolk, picture dealer.  In 1915 George Grossman is at 58 Suffolk.

Since when searching on surname GROSSMAN and address 60 Suffolk in the keyword field only finds those two listings, than Grossman was likely at another address in other years.  Your photo was likely taken circa 1916 / 1917.  Also, if the photo is indeed Jacob ZLOTNICK, he passed on in 1919. 

Also, is this the Zlotnick family that you seek?  This is from the 1910 census and they were living on The Lower East Side on Madison Street.  In 1910 there are three sons.  Sons Harry and Hyman about 14 years apart.  Lena states she has given birth to eight children and six are living.

Jacob Zlotnick 44 Head
Lena Zlotnick 41 Wife
Harry Zlotnick 18 Son
Rose Zlotnick 17 Daughter
Racael Zlotnick 13 Daughter
Samuel Zlotnick 11 Son
Esther Zlotnick 5 Daughter
Hyman Zlotnick 5 Son
Lena Doroshig 30 Boarder
In this 1919 document on Ancestry, Jacob's children are listed, including three sons, and three daughters, including Ray KIMMEL.
New York, U.S., Wills and Probate Records
Name: Jacob Zlotnick
Probate Date: 23 May 1919
Probate Place: Kings, New York, USA
Inferred Death Date: 1919
Inferred Death Place: New York, USA
Item Description: Admin Records (Without Wills)
Hope this info is helpful in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)


Which shtetl is Wytkor / Witkor / Vitkor Galicia / Austria? # #galicia #austria-czech

Tgrigoriades@...
 

Hello friends - I have a branch of the family, the Adlers, whose ship manifests say that they hailed from Wytkor / Witkor / Vitkor in Galicia / Austria.  I searched on Jewish Gen to try to find where that shtetl might've been, but am coming up empty.  Has anyone seen this town name before?

Thank you!
Tracy Grigoriades


Re: Terkel or Terkiel? Help with two matzevos #poland

David Shapiro
 

When writing non-Hebrew names in Hebrew documents (and a matzeva is called a document for this) there are halachic rules for spelling the vowels. An 'ayin' represents a soft 'e' (a segol) for Ashkenazim (Sefarim have different rules of spelling). There is only a minor difference in the pronunciation of the names in the two pictures. In the left picture there is an 'e' sound between the 'k' and the 'l'. In the right picture the sound between those two letters is slurred.

David Shapiro
Jerusalem


Re: Looking for dads side #usa

Renee Steinig
 

Len Weinstein inquired about the family of Sam (Schmuel) Weinstein, who arrived in Providence c.1924, and Sam's brother Max (Mendel), who immigrated earlier. In response, Johanna Becker <ronjohanna@...> wrote in part:

... You say Sam arrived the US through Providence around 1924.  A Srul Weinstein b.c. 1908 arrived Providence on the ship Sinaia out of Constanta, Romania on 1 Oct. 1925. He was born in Jashcov.  The jewishgen townfinder search yields one possiblity:  Zhaskov, Kiev district, Ukraine province, Sov. Union between the wars, c. 1930.  Today it is Zhaskiv, Ukraine.   He was going to his brother Mendel Weinstein at 1327 N. 17th St., Philadelphia.  Could this be your grandfather?  source:   Ancestry for the manifest...

This find is very promising. As I wrote to Len yesterday:

Sam's WWII draft card says that he was born in "Shoshkov" -- which could be Zhashkov, which was located in Kiev Gubernia (province). https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/community.php?usbgn=-1060624

Renee

Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY


Uruguay Connections #latinamerica

astupay@...
 

I have discovered a Stupay (Stupaj) family in Uruguay that may have settled there from western Poland in late 1920s. I have contacted the two children of these early settlers, but they know little about their grandparents. Would like to know when exactly they arrived and from where in Poland? Also, are there any books or research on the Jewish settlement in Uruguay? Would welcome any help on this settlement. Thank you, Arthur Stupay


Announcing the Publication of the Yizkor Book of Jaroslaw, Poland #announcements #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

Susan Rosin
 

JewishGen Press is proud to announce our 133rd title: Jaroslaw Book: a
Memorial to Our Town.(Jarosław, Poland). This is the English Translation of
Sefer Yaroslav: gal-'ed le-zekher 'irenu.

Details:

Editor of Original Yizkor Book: Yitzhak Alperowitz
Project Coordinator: Susan Rosin
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind and Rachel Kolokoff Hopper
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz
Reproduction of Photographs: Sondra Ettlinger

Hard Cover, 8.5" by 11", 268 pages with original photographs

Jaroslaw's development was founded on its great 16th and 17th century fairs,
in which Jewish merchants played a prominent part. During its triennial fall
fair, the town often hosted meetings of the Council of Four Lands-the
central administrative body of the Polish Jewish community. By 1738, about
100 Jewish families lived in the town. By 1921, Jews numbered 6,577, about
33 percent of the population.

The city was captured by the Germans on September 10, 1939. On September 28,
they ordered the Jewish population to assemble in the Sokol sports field.
Some 7,000 people were deported across the San River to Soviet-occupied
territory. Jews had to hand over all items of value, and all their property
was taken. On the Soviet side, it was difficult for them to find food,
shelter, and work. In summer 1940, many were exiled to the Soviet interior.
But several hundred of the exiles survived, while those in east Poland were
killed by the Germans between 1941 and 1944.

Generations of rabbis, Torah scholars, intellectuals, and Zionist leaders
lived, wrote, and taught in Jaroslaw.

May this Yizkor Book serve as a memorial to all the victims of the Shoah
from Jaroslaw.

For the researchers, this book contains a wealth of both genealogical and
cultural information that can provide a picture of the environment of our
ancestors.

For ordering information please see:
https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip/YBIP_Jaroslaw.html

Susan Rosin
JewishGen Press Publications Manager


Re: Looking for dads side #usa

The Becker's Email
 

Start  w/ census records for your grandfather Sam and work back in time.  That is, find him on the 1940 census and then the 1930 census.  Read the info in all the columns.  Look for an obituary to see if it mentions any surviving siblings.  Similarly, if you know where his brother Max  lived, do the same for Max. (You should be able to go back to the 1920 census at least.  for Max. Use familysearch.org as it is free and/or Ancestry.com which requires a subscription but is available free at many public libraries.  Preferably, don't just rely on one genealogy website as they often use different transcribers and have different search engines.  While there is overlap in databases, some are different.

You say Sam arrived the US through Providence around 1924.  A Srul Weinstein b.c. 1908 arrived Providence on the ship Sinaia out of Constanta,Romania on 1 Oct. 1925. He was born in Jashcov.  The jewishgen townfinder search yields one possiblity:  Zhaskov, Kiev district, Ukraine province, Sov. Union between the wars, c. 1930.  Today it is Zhaskiv, Ukraine.   He was going to his brother Mendel Weinstein at 1327 N. 17th St., Philadelphia.  Could this be your grandfather?  source:   Ancestry for the manifest

As Havey Kaplan suggested, you can also look for naturalization records,  marriage/death records and other records such as WWII draft registration for Sam and WWI and possibly WWII draft registrations for Max.  There are lots of databases to check, but start with the basic ones like census records first.

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI


Letter on Viewmate in Russian #translation

Linda Mintz
 

From: Linda Mintz <minilini@...>
Date: July 30, 2021 at 4:17:36 PM EDT
To: main@...
Subject: Letter on Viewmate in Russian

I've posted a vital record, written by my grandfather Myron (Morris) Weinstein,  in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM94421
                                                  VM94422
                                              Vm94423
                                              Vm94424
                                                Vm94424
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Linda S. Mintz


Re: ViewMate: Group of soldiers 1922, 42 regiment #hungary

Frank Szmulowicz
 

42ezred 42 regiment in Hungarian
Frank Szmulowicz


Sunday meeting - Sephardic Genealogy in Livorno #announcements #sephardic

contact@...
 

Sephardic World meeting, this Sunday.

The port of Livorno, in northwest Italy, was a major hub of the Western
Sephardic diaspora. One of the oldest Portuguese-Jewish communities, Livorno
served as a gateway between the Spanish & Portuguese Jews, other Sephardim,
and Mizrahi communities of the Mediterranean. Trade networks spread as far
as India in the east and the Caribbean in the west. Relying on the recent
project mapping the community's ketubot, Alain Nedjar will take us into the
heart of the Jewish community of Livorno. He will show us important and
recently discovered documents, discuss the origins and meanings of family
names, genealogies and family itineraries.

Alain Nedjar is a leading Jewish genealogist in France. With Gilles Boulu,
Liliane Nedjar and Raphaël Attias, he is co-author of 'Ketubbot registers of
the Jewish Nation of Livorno, 1626-1890' and 'La communauté juive portugaise
de Tunis dite livournaise ou Grana'. He has written articles for Genealo-J,
the French Jewish genealogy publication, and appeared on TV and radio in
France, the United Kingdom, Spain and Israel. A few copies of the
award-winning books on Livorno ketubot are still available from
https://www.genealoj.org/en/boutique/ketubbot-registers-livorno

This Sephardic World meeting is on 5 December 2021, at 11am in LA, 2pm NYC,
7pm London, 8pm Paris/Amsterdam and 9pm Jerusalem. Patrons can join us on
Zoom. Everyone is invited to join us for free
at: https://www.youtube.com/SephardicGenealogyAndHistory Please subscribe to
the YouTube channel. It helps us a lot and reminds you when we are going
live! If you are not already on the Sephardic World mailing list, it is free
to join at https://bit.ly/3xOnSMD

Best wishes,

David Mendoza and Ton Tielen
Sephardic World


Dec. 13: Mid-1800's American Jewish Genealogy webinar from the Center for Jewish History #usa #events

Moriah Amit
 

Family History Today: Mid-1800’s American Jewish Genealogy Research - Resources and Considerations

Monday, December 13, 5 pm Eastern Time / 2 pm Pacific Time (U.S.)

Researching Jewish ancestors who immigrated to the United States in the mid-1800’s can be challenging, as common genealogical resources which exist in later periods may be unavailable or less informative in this period. In this lecture, Nancy Levin, a professional genealogist licensed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1997, will highlight some of the lesser-known resources and special considerations necessary for successful research in mid-1800’s America. 

Tickets: Pay what you wish; register here for a Zoom link

This program is sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute and the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History. It is funded, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Live closed captioning has been made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

--
Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY
mamit@...


Re: Tomek Wisniewski in Bialystok #poland

rkum2@...
 

The most recent contact information that I have used for Tomek is bagnowka@....   I believe that it is still current.

Bob Kumins


IGRA Free Webinar “The Krakovsky Documents: Utilization of the Data by the Ukraine Research Group and Its Preservation on JewishGen” #events #ukraine

Elena Bazes
 

Join the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) for our upcoming free webinar, “The Krakovsky Documents: Utilization of the Data by the Ukraine Research Group and Its Preservation on JewishGen” by Joel L. Spector on December 19th , 7 pm Israel Time, 12 pm ET

Advance registration required:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpd-Cpqj0rHtdwSUDoVpDXxcHd0tE0hzTf

For several years, Alex Krakovsky, a Ukrainian Jew, has been scanning metrical and census records found in long-closed Ukranian archives. He has placed the indexes, in Cyrillic, on a webpage where they can easily be accessed by anyone interested. This presentation will first discuss the origin and method of Alex’s data acquisition, and then give an overview of the contents of his site.

The Ukraine Research Group, formerly the Ukraine SIG, has begun a project to make English language indexes to these documents available. I will describe the Group’s current Metrical Records Project, whose purpose is to transliterate components of the documents and make the data available for researchers on JewishGen.  

Joel L. Spector is a Past President of the Jewish Genealogical [and Archival] Society of Greater Philadelphia, where he has also been chairperson of its Russian Special Interest Group.  He is a former Secretary of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and now serves as its Archivist. Currently Joel is a member of the Ukraine Research Division and serves as its Director of Metric Record Projects.

Joel has been actively engaged in genealogy for over 30 years, and has been conducting research in several historic Russian language encyclopedias. He has produced a unique English language Index to the Russian language Evreiskaya Entsiklopedia. Joel has given presentations and workshops on the Russian language, both contemporary and pre-Revolutionary, and has provided translations of documents to individuals and groups.

 

Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair 


Re: Metric Records (CDIAK 1162-1-3a) #records #ukraine

Family and DNA
 

Also, there are some name index listings in various places for this file, see https://forum.j-roots.info/viewtopic.php?f=105&t=4799&p=145649&hilit=1162#p145649 
as well as https://forum.j-roots.info/viewtopic.php?f=113&t=3916&p=101657&hilit=1162#p101657

 


Juliana Berland (France)
--
Galicia: BADER, BADIAN, FELDMANN, FREIDENHEIM/FREUDENHEIM, GERTLER, VIENER * Germany: ADELSDORFER, BÄR/BAER, EPSTEINN, HAUSSMAN, ISSAK, MEYER, MOSES, ROSENSTEIN * Romania: HORNSTEIN * Russia: AMBURG, BENIN/BERLAND, BERKOVICH/BERKOWITZ, EPSTEIN, GELBURD/GOLDBERG/GAYLBURD/GILBERT

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