Re: ViewMate translation request-Russian #translation


All this 5 documents is the same copy.
Michael Ryabinky, Boynton Beach, FL

Who Betrayed Anne Frank and Her Family? #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


60 Minutes the CBS newsmagazine aired on January 16 in North America an investigative report on “Who Betrayed Anne Frank and Her Family to the Nazis”. 

It can be seen at:


It runs about 28 minutes.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


This Sunday, January 23, 1:00 PM, JGSNY Presentation #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Lynn Diamond

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting, via Zoom

Sunday, January 23 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time


Letters to Jozef Tiso, President of the Slovak State 1939-1945

Speaker: Madeline Vadkerty

In connection with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27

Between 1939 and 1944, thousands of ordinary people wrote to then-President Jozef Tiso of the Slovak State about the so-called "Jewish question.” Some wanted mercy from anti-Jewish persecution, others coveted Jewish property. Why did these individuals write to Tiso? How did the President’s Office process the letters? What fates awaited the Jews who wrote to him? In her talk, Madeline Vadkerty will answer these questions and describe her research at the Slovak National Archive. She will also read some letters to Tiso and discuss their outcomes, as well as discuss the fates of the letter writers. She will describe what the contents of the letters reveal about the scope and nature of anti-Jewish persecution in the Slovak wartime state. 
Madeline Vadkerty is a Samuel P. Mandell Fellow in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at Gratz College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is pursuing her PhD. She is the author of the book Slovutný pán president: Listy Jozefovi Tisovi (Your Honor Mr. President: Letters to Jozef Tiso) published in March 2020. She is from the United States but is currently living in Bratislava to carry out her research. Her work has appeared in several Slovak and US journals and her book is currently in its second printing. 


followed at 2:30 by...

Czech Records in the JDC Archives Names Index

Speaker: Jeff Edelstein

Jeff Edelstein will give a presentation on Czech Records in the JDC Archives Names Index following Madeline Vadkerty’s featured talk. He will discuss records of Czech Jews recently added to the JDC Archives Names Index. These include an index of Emigration Service Case Files from JDC’s Prague Office, 1945-1950; a set of index cards from JDC’s Vienna Office of Jews who fled Czechoslovakia during the period of the Prague Spring, 1967-1968; and an index of transmigrants from across Eastern Europe who received assistance from JDC in Vienna and Rome during the Cold War era, 1946-1988.

Jeff Edelstein is Digital Initiatives Manager at the JDC Archives. His responsibilities include management of the collections database and website, the digitization of text collections, and the JDC Archives Names Indexing Project. Prior to his arrival at JDC in 2013, he had a long career in academic reference publishing, culminating as project director of The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. He holds a BA from Amherst College, an MA from Columbia University, and an MS in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute.

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required: 
Click here to register at our website

Submitted by:
Lynn Diamond

JGSNY VP Communications

New York, NY


View Mate Translation Request - Cyrillic #poland #translation


I've posted a vital record in Cyrillic for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

ViewMate gravestone help requested #translation

Sam Eneman


Please translate the Hebrew on my great grandfather's gravestone. It looks like a poem with the first letter of each line spelling his name in Hebrew at:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Sam Eneman
Charlotte NC USA

View Mate Translation Request - Russian #russia #translation


I've posted a portion of a Yad Vashem Page of Testimony in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much,
Tammy Weingarten

Identifying town name from WW1 and WW2 Draft Cards. Maybe in Bessarabia? #bessarabia #russia


I have the WW1 and WW2 Draft Cards for the same person - it's the only piece of data I have that lists his birthplace.  

The WW1 Draft card line 5 has 3 words, I can't really decipher the middle word (but maybe it's shorthand for Bessarabia?), and the first word is very elusive.  Each guess I make has zero results in google.  

The WW2 Draft card is much more legible, but still are those Us or Js or Vs?  Still no result in Google, so I am asking for help from more experienced eyes and knowledge of places in Russia and/or Bessarabia.    

Is this town name familiar to anyone? 

--Lianne Yarvis
MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately

MNJGS Jan 23 Virtual Meeting 1PM Central: Discussion of film "Mamaliga Blues" with producer/writer/director Cassio Tolpolar #bessarabia #announcements #education #events


Exploring Ancestral Towns: A Discussion of the film Mamaliga Blues


On Sunday, January 23, 2022, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Central Time, the Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society (MNJGS) will host producer/writer/director Cassio Tolpolar for a discussion of his film Mamaliga Blues.


The film is approximately one hour and you can view it prior to the discussion on Vimeo at


In 1931, Abram Tolpolar and his wife Rachel emigrated from Moldova to southern Brazil. Seventy-seven years later, their only child, Mauro Tolpolar, makes the trip back. Accompanied by his two kids, who never knew their grandparents, Mauro visits his parents' birthplace and also finds clues to an unrevealed past. Having as a starting point only one remaining photograph of a lost grave, the Tolpolars drive through ancient villages, walk in the bushes of abandoned cemeteries, and meet locals, looking for what happened to their relatives who disappeared during the Holocaust. The search reveals the fragility of Moldova's memory, and how its Jewish past is vanishing.


The program will take place on-line via Zoom. For more information and to register go to


Questions can be emailed to MNJGS at


Members are free, recommended donation of $5 from non-members

Make sure to watch the film in advance!!!

Liba Casson-Nudell
Minneapolis, MN
Researching: NOTKIN from Minsk, Hlusk, Gomel, Zlynka and CASSON/CHAZANSKI from Nemencine, Vilnius

Re: New Database: Altona (Hamburg), Germany Vital Records #JewishGenUpdates #germany #announcements #records

Jeff Marx

Kudos to Michael Moritz for his labor of love in translating and indexing the Altona records. I remember looking them up years ago and they were, in many places, almost impossible for me to decipher. He has done a phenomenal job and deserves all of our thanks.
Jeff Marx

Re: Town in Russia - Markus Family #translation

Gavin Simms

Lena and Hannah Rachel father was called Harris. I have seen the Boston Harris Marcus and couldn't determine if they are the same family.

When Hannah married in 1896 she listed Harris as a builder on her marriage certificate. Lena listed him as a joiner in 1890 on her marriage certificate.

Gavin Simms

Translation Russian to English please Student Record #translation

Christopher Kan

Hello and thank you in advance

Requesting any help in translating relevant information for exploring family history from the below two images.  A full translation is nice, but would be happy with any key points in the text.

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Many thanks

Chris Kan


Re: Now online: Center for Jewish History's genealogy webinar on New York City historical photos #usa


For those of us will not use Facebook due to its notoriously aggressive tracking spyware, there is another way to access these videos. I received a private reply with this helpful link to the CJH YouTube channel:

Pat Weinthal,

Re: Help needed finding maiden name. Married name SALIMAN #names #russia #usa


Is there some reason you haven't contacted the person who posted this name and supposed family information on Ask what evidence (sources) they have for this association. Are they related?

Currently, I am helping a cousin try to remove a non-existant brother from a pedigree on FamilySearch created by a 'helpful' volunteer. The volunteer, who has no relationship to the family, based this addition from faulty information in an extracted record online. It probably will be impossible to correct the online record. This phantom sibling will likely crop up again in other poorly researched online pedigrees. We don't yet know where along the line this incorrect information was introduced. Errors can be introduced any time a record is created, transcribed, extracted, copied, or indexed. An example of why it is vital for genealogist detectives to study how to source and evaluate evidence.

Pat Weinthal

ViewMate translation request-Russian #translation

Susan Weinberg

I would greatly appreciate any translation assistance that anyone can offer for some vital records in Russian.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:
I believe that several are interrelated, siblings in the case of 96843 and 96844
And I believe grandfather-father-son in 96845 and 96847.
Please respond via the form on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much!
Susan Weinberg

Susan Weinberg
Edina, Minnesota

Radom, Poland- Rubensztajn, Bekierman, Wajnberg
Kamenetz-Podolsk - Kishlansky, Schiecher, Wasserman
Dunilovichi - Raichel, Sher, Gold

Re: Painter J. Majzels Zamość #poland #general

Jack Berger

I found a solitary reference in my English Translation of "Pinkas Zamoosc"

Menachem-Mendel Ettinger was also a prominent person in Warsaw. The first record of his community activity dates from 1846: He steps forward as a community delegate and takes part in the military committee of the 3rd circle, whose purpose was to compile a list of Jews eligible for military service. In the years 1854-1856 he is active as a Warsaw ‘Dozor,’ and at the end of his term, he sees through a decision by the community to invite the famous Rabbi Berish Maiseles as Rabbi of Warsaw. He takes part in community activities in later years as well. He also works on a variety of assistance committees, as an example, in the year 1852,  the ‘value committee,’ which was created to provide assistance to poor Jews.

Good luck!
Jack Berger
Mahwah, NJ

Research Your Family Using JewishGen Class February 2022 #announcements #education #JewishGenUpdates

Barbara Rice

The JewishGen website might be hard to use but JewishGen Education makes it easy for you.

Do you want to learn how to use the JewishGen website and databases to research your family?
Have you tried to search for your family on JewishGen databases and been confused or frustrated by the results?

In this class you will work with an instructor one -on- one to search your family surname(s) and places as you explore the many databases and resources of JewishGen's website.

Join JewishGen’s online class  - Research Your Roots with JewishGen -   February 6 - 26 2022.
Your tuition of $150 gives you
2 ZOOM sessions, 7 detailed written lessons in pdf on the components of the JewishGen site and 3 weeks of unlimited communication in our private online forum.
or contact Barbara Rice: brice@...

Barbara Rice,  Minneapolis MN
Researching KUPFERSCHMIDT - Radekhiv Ukraine (Radziechow, Galicia) and Philadelphia PA; ZUCHOVITZ - Stowtsby Belarus and Woodbine NJ; ROHSSLER - Krakow and New York City; REHFELD- Gollub-Dobrzyn; RUSONIK - Polotsk Belarus, Manchester England, New York City and Providence RI.

Badower Family #usa

David Jacobowitz

Recently I discovered a second cousin named Urszula Einhorn who lives in Sweden. Her grandfather Abram Badower married my grandmother's sister Pessa Wajcman. We have been collecting information about the Badowers, who seem to have lived in Des Moines, Iowa, Victoria, Australia and one was buried in Montreal, Canada. Many were murdered in the Lodz ghetto, as reported by Zofia Dymant, and that name is of interest, too.

If you have any informations about the Badower family, I Urszula and I would be delighted to receive it.

David Jacobowitz

Re: Help needed finding maiden name. Married name SALIMAN #names #russia #usa


Do you have a naturalization certificate, birth certificates for her children or similar items that might state her maiden name?  I found my grandmother's name on the birth certificates of my father and his brothers. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Coincidence? #general

Peter Cohen

When you examine New York City death certificate (and other records) of Eastern European immigrants, you will find that a very high percentage of those that give an exact date of birth claim they were born on the 15th. Also, far more people claim they were born December 25th than are likely to have actually been born that day. Take the dates of birth of Eastern European immigrants with a grain of salt.  They are still useful, in that they are an approximation of the person's age and allow you to determine if the person in the record is far too old or young to be the person you are looking for.
Peter Cohen

Re: Now online: Center for Jewish History's genealogy webinar on New York City historical photos #usa


You don't need to have Facebook account. Just click on the link above. Note - it does take a few minutes to start. You can also watch past episodes - again no membership to Facebook needed.

Dassy Wilen

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