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Russia Decides to Return Greek Jews Holocaust Archives #announcements #holocaust #records #sephardic

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on December 8, 2021 that Russia will return to Greece the Jewish Holocaust archives that were moved to Russia following World War ll. The largest part of the archives relates to the once-thriving Jewish community in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city.

 

During the Nazi regime and occupation of much of Europe, the Nazis plundered the documents and culture a treasures of Jewish organizations which they deemed to be enemies of the Reich. According to official figures, on July 11, 1942, the Nazis, led by the Austrian head of the SS Alois Brunner, surrounded the Jews of Thessaloniki in order to deport them to concentration camps. The community paid 2.5 billion drachmas for the freedom that they had been told would be given to them, but they only managed to delay the deportation until March 1943.

 

When the Nazis were crushed, many of these looted collections, as well as records of Nazi state agencies that persecuted and murdered Jews, were discovered by the Soviet Army, then transferred to Moscow and held for decades in closed, secret archives.

 

More than 44,000 Thessaloniki Jews perished in the Nazi death camps. Most were sent to Auschwitz. The few Greek survivors who returned to the country in the early 1950s found most of their sixty synagogues and schools destroyed, their cemeteries looted and their own homes occupied by other people. Once part of thriving communities in several Greek cities, approximately 59,000 Greek Jews were victims of the Holocaust — at least 83 percent of the total number living in Greece at the time of World War II and the German Occupation.

 

To read more see:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/12/08/russia-greece-jewish-holocaust-archives/

 

To read more about looted art and Russian State Military Archives go to:

https://www.lootedart.com/MFEU4M60512

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Jewish Cemetery at Former Psychiatric Hospital on New York's Long Island #general #usa

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

A number marks a Jewish grave, left, at the former Central Islip Psychiatric Center on New York's Long Island. A stone at right was added after the hospital began working with a Jewish burial society. (Patricia Desrochers/Touro Law Center)

 

At New York Long Island’s Central Islip Psychiatric Center there is a cemetery that Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center -part of Touro College  (which opened In 2007)  and the Office of Mental Health agreed to care for the Jewish and non-Jewish portions of the cemetery to assist relatives who believe their loved on is buried there. The  Jewish cemtery has about 500 graves. “The Jewish section had been consecrated in 1980 by Rabbi Melvyn Lerer, the former Jewish chaplain at the psychiatric center. He had raised funds for the cemetery’s restoration, the installation of the gate with the Star of David and the purchase of proper headstones for all future internments, which numbered about 100 until the hospital closed.”

 

In October 2013, the law school and the state signed their agreement in which the Office of Mental Health agreed to restore the cemetery and help relatives identify ancestors who lie under numbered stones. The project was delayed for a number of years before being revived in 2019.  Then COVID-19 came along and it was no longer a priority. James Plastiras, a spokesman for the Office of Mental Health, said that project is once again under way, and would include a historical marker and paving an existing walkway. Families are free to erect approved markers at the graves of relatives “once direct lineage has been established” through the supervising facilities’ Records Department.

 

Central Islip Psychiatric Center had been one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the United States. The unacknowledged dead include Holocaust survivors, who twice in their lives were given numbers instead of names.”  Touro Law Center, was built on a portion of the psychiatric hospital’s property after it was closed in 1998. The cemetery is all that remains of the hospital, which was opened in 1889. The cemetery holds the graves of an estimated 5,500 former patients from not only the Central Islip facility, but the Kings Park and Pilgrim State psychiatric hospitals. After the Central Islip hospital closed, the state fenced off the cemetery, restricted public access and provided mowing and cleanup.

 

To read more see:

https://www.jta.org/2021/12/08/ny/numbers-mark-the-graves-at-a-former-psychiatric-hospitals-jewish-cemetery-families-want-names-and-answers

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Upcoming JewishGen Webinar (DNA Part 2): The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll
 

The entire JewishGen community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:

Topic: The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are
Speakers: Libby Copeland and Jennifer Mendelsohn 
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

In the book The Lost Family, journalist Libby Copeland investigates what happens when we embark on a vast social experiment with little understanding of the ramifications. She is an award-winning journalist and author, who writes about culture, science, and human behavior and whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company. In this talk, Copeland will be joined by well-known journalist and genealogist Jennifer Mendelsohn for a discussion about the book and the significance of DNA testing within Jewish communities and beyond.
 
Registration:
Registration is free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register nowAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email about how to join the webinar.


Re: Are those gravestones proof my ancestors were jewish? #germany

jsheines@...
 


--Never say never.  For a burial in a VA cemetery, the religious symbol that appears on the headstone is up to the deceased's family and if the family was not Jewish, say the veteran converted, and wants a cross on the headstone, that is what goes on it.  The only exception I am aware of is headstones of US veterans buried in US Military cemeteries overseas for whom Operation Benjamin was able to instigate a change from a cross to a Star of David, but even then a family member must agree to changing the religious symbol on the stone.  
Herschel Sheiness
San Antonio, Tx
jsheines@...


Seeking MATTITIYAHU EILAT, Be'er Sheva, #israel #hungary

Susan Miller
 

I am trying to locate a man by the name of Mattitiyahu Eilat who was living in Be'er Sheva in the 1970's.  He was at that time head of the Periodicals Department at the University of Be'er Sheva.  He is Hungarian and I think lived close to Budapest.  I don't know his name prior to his immigration to Israel. He survived the Holocaust, spent time in France and settled in Israel in the lat 1940's or in the 1950's.  His daughter's name is Yael.

Any assistance is appreciated.  
Please reply privately.  

Susan Miller
suski2@...





foreign wire transfer for record copying #poland

Frank Szmulowicz
 

What is the most efficient way of making a wire transfer to the account of the Polish National Archives in Lodz for making a digital copy of a document?
The copying charge is under a dollar, but my bank in the US charges $75 for the transfer.
There has to be a better way.

Frank Szmulowicz


Re: Archived documents in Novo Ushytsky District and Kamianets-Podolsk County #records #ukraine

Barbara Ellman
 

Rebecca,

The inventory of what records had been at the Kamenets Podolsk archive at the time of the fire can be found at

https://www.rtrfoundation.org/results.php?townName=NOVAYA%20USHITSA&testing=0

Whatever survived where transferred to the Khmelnitskiy archive.  
--
Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
HASSMAN, SONENTHAL, DAUERMAN, LUCHS - Drohobycz, Ukraine
HIRSCHHORN, GOLDSTEIN, BUCHWALD - Dolyna, Ukraine
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland


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

Margarita Lacko
 

Thank you Frank and Tom for your replies and ideas. I hope this reply goes to all, including a copy to me (not sure how this works).

 

Tom, if I understand correctly, epaulettes are those ornamental decorations with fringes that are over the shoulder. I don’t see any in the picture I submitted.  

 

Many years ago I went to the Museum of Military History. I did not have this picture but I had one of his older brother, my grandfather in uniform (WW1), but they were not able to help me. Conversation was a bit difficult because my Hungarian is very basic. I will write to them, maybe now they have someone that knows English.

 

As far as I know, my great-uncle was still living in Dunaszerdahely. If it was the Czech army, why would the sign be in Hungarian?


Regards,
Margarita Lackó


Re: Was Max GORDON (1913-1971) really married? #usa #general

David Gordon
 

Thanks to all for their thoughts and suggestions, both publicly and privately.  Mr. Daropoulos found a record of Max Gordon's marriage that had eluded me for reasons I cannot explain.  Working with the relevant database, I was able to establish that Max did, in fact, marry Rose Petluck in Chicopee in 1940.  Also, although no divorce (or annulment) record has been found (yet!), it seems that the marriage was not a terribly long one because by 1948, Ms. Petluck had remarried.  Still, it seems Max was good at keeping things quiet because no one in the family appears to have known that he ever married (though what they may have suspected, we'll never know).  

Again, many thanks to the many people who posted and wrote me directly; I truly appreciate the assistance, the time, and the thoughtfulness.

David Gordon

tiganeasca /at/ gmail.com

Evanston, Illinois

Searching: 

GORDON: Butrimantz; Eisiskes, Daukniunai; HORWITZ: Smolevichi, Lapichi;

GEBALOVITCH: Borisov, DRAZIN: Bobruisk; BENENSON: Borisov;

HURWITZ: Gomel


Tomorrow (Dec. 10): new episode of Genealogy Coffee Break from the Center for Jewish History #events

Moriah Amit
 

Tomorrow (12/10) at 2 pm ET (11 am PT), tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for the next episode of Genealogy Coffee Break. The CJH's J.D. Arden will interview Dr. Stefanie Halpern, Director of the YIVO Archives at the Center for Jewish History, regarding what you should know about donating historical material to an archive. We welcome you to pose your questions to our guest and librarians live during the broadcast. There is no registration or link. To join the live webinar, click "Follow" or "Like" on the top of the Center's Facebook page to be alerted when the video starts and return to this page at 2 pm ET. All episodes feature live captions. Catch up on previous episodes on Facebook or YouTube.

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


Re: Printing Birth record #general

EdrieAnne Broughton
 

Many times documents can be 'manipulated' by using Tools on the viewers toolbar.  Often you can lighten and darken and my favorite is to increase the contrast.  When I was transcribing records for FamilySearch I used their tools all the time.  I also had it on my old Photoshop Elements.  I had an old Brownie snapshot of my grandmother's that had to have been taken about 1900-1905.  I was so light all over you could just make out that there were figures.  I took all day increasing the contrast on the image before three figures and the Loami, Illinois station sign emerged from the 'fog'. I still can't identify the figures but I figured out that it was Gram's paternal uncle and family, leaving for Canada.  I know little of that family because Gram's father died when she was two and after that the uncle was just about all that was left of that family.
EdrieAnne Broughton, Vacaville, CA 


Danzig Mattenbuden yahrzeit list 1825-1877 now searchable on JewishGen #danzig #gdansk #germany #poland

Logan Kleinwaks
 

A small yahrzeit list from Mattenbuden (Danzig), apparently covering deaths during 1825-1877 (one possibly in 1816), though not comprehensive, is now searchable via JewishGen's Unified SearchGermany Database, and Poland Database. You may find it helpful to restrict your search by Town = Danzig, in addition to whatever surname you are looking for.

Written in Hebrew, the list includes yahrzeit (day and month, no explicit years), given name and title, father's given name and title, and sometimes a surname. The titles often use abbreviations and we do not know with certainty the meaning of all of them. The surnames, where given, have been transliterated from Hebrew taking into account German spellings in other sources. Where surnames are not given, we have included speculative surnames in [], based on comparisons of the yahrzeits, names, and titles with other sources, especially: CAHJP Da/305 (Mattenbuden Memorbuch 1734-1883), CAHJP Da/286 (Mattenbuden Births 1832-1846), FHL 1184410/3 (Altschottland Burials 1720?-1874), and APG 1497 (Danzig Deaths 1852-1879). Before relying on the speculative surnames, please consult other sources yourself. The speculative surnames are NOT included in this source, we have added them as a search aid. The date range 1825-1877 is based on comparison with other sources that include full dates. The introduction to the yahrzeit list mentions the year 5586 (1825/1826) and gabbaim Isaac GOLDSTEIN and Moshe Leib. There are 39 entries (note that the abovementioned Mattenbuden Memorbuch is much more comprehensive, but is not yet online).

This yahrzeit list is file Da/533 at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem (CAHJP), and was acquired by the JewishGen Danzig/Gdańsk Research Division through the generosity of our donors. All transcription and proofreading was done by volunteers. Thanks especially to Tamar Amit and Yariv Timna for their work on this source.

Several additional Danzig datasets will be posted online very soon. Others require varying amounts of proofreading or transcription and proofreading to complete. If you might like to volunteer to get Danzig records online quicker, please email me. We especially need volunteers who can read old German handwriting (Kurrent).

Logan Kleinwaks
JewishGen Research Director for Danzig/Gdańsk
lkleinwaks@...


Re: 1921 United Kingdom Census Release #records #unitedkingdom #announcements

rv Kaplan
 

Think it's England & Wales? Scotland not till later in the year.

Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow

On Thu, 9 Dec 2021, 19:34 Jan Meisels Allen, <janmallen@...> wrote:

 

  

 

The 1921 United Kingdom census will be released on January 6, 2022. This was announced by the IAJGS Records Access Alert on October 30, 2021.  To access the digitized census to view and search you will need to create a free Findmypast account at: 

 https://www.findmypast.com/help/articles/4409232773649-do-i-need-to-sign-up-to-a-findmypast-account-to-view-the-1921-census-

 

While you can search for free, to view the records one is required to pay  on per view basis using Findmypast micropayments…see: https://www.findmypast.com/help/articles/360009238938-how-much-will-it-cost-to-access-the-1921-census-online-

 

In the US these charges will be $3.50 for a transcript and $4.90 for an image.

 

For prices in the United Kingdom, Ireland an Australia see:

UK https://www.findmypast.co.uk/help/articles/360009238938-how-much-will-it-cost-to-access-the-1921-census-online-

Ireland: https://www.findmypast.ie/1921-census

Australia:  https://www.findmypast.com.au/1921-census

 

You will find all the usual things one expects in a modern census: the name, age, sex and birthplace of everyone in a household; their relationship to the head of household; and the marital status for all individuals over 15. New features of the 1921 census are: Divorce was an available as a marital status; children under 15 could report whether their mother, father, or both were dead; and if a person was employed their occupation, employer and the employer’s address were included.

 

You will be looking at the last census available for England and Wales for 30 years as the 1931 census was destroyed by fire and the 1941 census wasn’t taken due to the Second World War. You will encounter a population deeply impacted by the 700,000 men who were killed during the First World War.

 

To read the previous IAJGS Records Access Alert postings about the UK 1921 census 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

 

 


Re: Kishinev Revision Lists 1910 #bessarabia

Janet Furba
 

Ask the  regional archive in Kishinev
Janet Furba ,
Germany


Re: Was Max GORDON (1913-1971) really married? #usa #general

Sherri Bobish
 

David,

City directorieshow Rose P. GORDON and Max GORDON living at 30 Myrtle from 1942 - 1945. Beginning in 1950 at 30 Myrtle are Rose P. BAUM and Leopold Baum.

If Rose and Max were married it was only for a few years.  In 1948 Rose PETLUCK married Leopold BAUM.  

If Rose used her maiden name on the 1948 manifest than she was either divorced by 1948 or Rose and Max were never legally married.

An obit for Leopold BAUM gives their daughter's name as Penny B Moldofsky.
 
Good luck 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?)


Re: Ephraim and Fanny Rebecca Averbuch of Lifziretz, Volinsk, Russia #ukraine

Janet Furba
 

Hi ask the Volyn State historical archive
 E-mail: archive_volyn@... 
Janet Furba Germany


1921 United Kingdom Census Release #records #unitedkingdom #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

  

 

The 1921 United Kingdom census will be released on January 6, 2022. This was announced by the IAJGS Records Access Alert on October 30, 2021.  To access the digitized census to view and search you will need to create a free Findmypast account at: 

 https://www.findmypast.com/help/articles/4409232773649-do-i-need-to-sign-up-to-a-findmypast-account-to-view-the-1921-census-

 

While you can search for free, to view the records one is required to pay  on per view basis using Findmypast micropayments…see: https://www.findmypast.com/help/articles/360009238938-how-much-will-it-cost-to-access-the-1921-census-online-

 

In the US these charges will be $3.50 for a transcript and $4.90 for an image.

 

For prices in the United Kingdom, Ireland an Australia see:

UK https://www.findmypast.co.uk/help/articles/360009238938-how-much-will-it-cost-to-access-the-1921-census-online-

Ireland: https://www.findmypast.ie/1921-census

Australia:  https://www.findmypast.com.au/1921-census

 

You will find all the usual things one expects in a modern census: the name, age, sex and birthplace of everyone in a household; their relationship to the head of household; and the marital status for all individuals over 15. New features of the 1921 census are: Divorce was an available as a marital status; children under 15 could report whether their mother, father, or both were dead; and if a person was employed their occupation, employer and the employer’s address were included.

 

You will be looking at the last census available for England and Wales for 30 years as the 1931 census was destroyed by fire and the 1941 census wasn’t taken due to the Second World War. You will encounter a population deeply impacted by the 700,000 men who were killed during the First World War.

 

To read the previous IAJGS Records Access Alert postings about the UK 1921 census 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

 

 


Re: Was Max GORDON (1913-1971) really married? #usa #general

Sherri Bobish
 

Shelley,

Good thought, but to claim spousal allowance from the military she would have had to present the marriage record.  My mom had to do that when my dad entered The U.S. Army at the start of WW11.

I recall her story clearly because my mom said she thought the Army would give the marriage license back to her, but they kept it!  
 
Best regards,

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?)


Translations #records #translation

Esther Brill
 

I have updated requests on Viewmate to get more information from past translations. The posts are in Russian. As my post explains I have gotten new information and I am trying to figure out/support the info.  It can be viewed on viewmate # 73047 and 72937 
Thank you
Esther Levine Brill  
773411 Dec 9 2021


Translations #records #translation

Esther Brill
 

I have updated requests on Viewmate to get more information from past translations. The posts are in Russian. As my post explains I have gotten new information and I am trying to figure out/support the info.  It can be viewed on viewmate # 73047 and 72937 
Thank you
Esther Levine Brill 

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