Re: Who Betrayed Anne Frank and Her Family? #holocaust

Boris Shapira

Nothing is new!
We the jews known for betraying our brothers...
From my personal knowledge KAPU - were jews that sold to the nazis their neighbours... Getho Stanislawow where dozens of my family were murdered.

boris baruch shapira cwiren
Philadelphia usa
Tel aviv israel

Re: ViewMate gravestone help requested #translation

Dubin, David M. MD

H(ere) L(ies)
Our dear father
Straight of heart, honored and flawless
He supported the poor all his days
He honored the holy with his intellect
He walked faithfully in god’s path
Pure and esteemed, crown of our head
Cherished father, our hearts’ glory 
Yaakov (=Jacob) Zev
son of Benjamin Beinish
died 21 Shevat (5)704

Then the boilerplate abbreviation “may his soul be bound in the bonds of (everlasting) life”

david dubin
teaneck nj 

Samotins of Baku #general

Abromowitz, David M.

Dear Group,


I am tracing my Samotin ancestors, who lived in Baku during the middle 1800s until early 1900s.   My great grandfather was Morris Samotin, 1854-1920, married to Bessie Yachnowitz 1865-1948, and Morris’s father was Aaron.   Aaron might have been born in Warsaw and migrated to Baku.   My grandfather Joseph 1890-1963 and most or all of his siblings emigrated to the USA around 1911.   However, most of what I have read is that the Jewish migration to Baku was not until around 1900 when the oil industry attracted them, while my ancestors were there much earlier. 


I would appreciate anyone who has good historical information about the Jews of #Baku, connections to the family names Samotin or Yachnowitz, or any other helpful information. 


Thank you,


David Abromowitz

Re: Webinar- Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online in the Polish State Archives #announcements #poland

Linda Strauss

The librarian mentioned that there was a link for handouts. I could not find the link. Do you have it and could you post it here?
Linda Strauss

German research resources #germany

Nikki Bossert


I have written to this group before for help, with success, and am hoping to find some additional resources. My search for my biological paternal grandfather (name unknown at the time - found through DNA testing and genealogy) began several years ago. Little by little I made progress, first by narrowing down the branches of a cousin's family tree, then finding a name through records at Arolsen Archives, and now, finally, I have determined a date of death and location of death. But there are many more questions I would like to answer. 

Abram Zilberminc was born in Poland in 1924 (in later years all records reflect 1928). He survived several years in Auschwitz and it appears he was the only member of his family to survive. He lived in a displaced persons camp for a few years and eventually immigrated to the US in late 1949 and made his way to Minnesota. There he fathered a daughter who would be put up for adoption. It is unknown if he knew of this daughter since his name was not on her birth certificate. At some point in the next ten years he moved to Los Angeles. There he fathered my father. My grandmother had been living there for a short time and not long after she became pregnant she married the man I had always believed to be my grandfather (he died in 1969 so I never actually met him) and she moved to Michigan where my father was born. It is unknown if Abram ever knew of the pregnancy. Through records recently obtained from Germany regarding restitution payments that Abram received, I finally discovered that he died in 1989 and in Germany. I am not sure when (or why) he moved to Germany but I believe it was around the late 1960s to early 1970s. His death record (attached) reveals he was not married at death and doesn't reflect any children living or dead (though I am not sure if German death records would note this information). He was living at the Saul Eisenberg retirement home when he died. 

Despite a lot of searching, I have never located any testimonies or stories that he left behind. What I know of him relies on documents I have obtained. But I still very much wish to know his story. Now that I know he lived his final years in Germany, I wonder if there may be more to uncover in German records. If anyone has advice on the best way to navigate those records or the best websites to use, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Kind regards,
Nikki Bossert
North Potomac, MD

Re: ViewMate gravestone help requested #translation

Diane Jacobs

I can read his name as follows:

Yakov Zev son of Benjamin Beinish

Hope this helps.
Diane Jacobs

On Jan 17, 2022, at 12:27 AM, Sam Eneman <sam.eneman@...> wrote:


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

Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Berlin (Seedorf) instead of the city of Berlin in MyHeritage records #germany #records

Andreas Schwab

The MyHelritage records database has 2,414 records from Berlin, Seedorf, Segeberg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, among them 1768 for France, Naturalization. Berlin, Seedorf is a hamlet of 500 inhabitants, it is impossible that so many people from this place immigrated to France. This is evidently an error in the MyHeritage database, and the correct place name would be Berlin, Germany. Maybe somebody from MyHeritage could correct this.
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Webinar- Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online in the Polish State Archives #announcements #poland

Relly coleman

How do we  watch it? It is set to private and requires sign in.
relly coleman

Re: Who Betrayed Anne Frank and Her Family? #holocaust


If, like me, you live in an area where you can't watch, you can see it on YouTube

Nachum Aronson

Re: Spindler- Grondo #belarus #records #russia

Diane Jacobs

I think Alexander could be Sender.

Diane Jacobs

On Jan 15, 2022, at 2:52 AM, Arthur Pronin <aspronin@...> wrote:

My great grandfather was Simon or Sam Spindler. Born in Grodno Poland 1888. I know his father- per death cert-was Alexander. Sam's mother was Rachel. Alexander never made it to USA-my family has said he "died young." Alex's wife Rachel remarried a name Kopitinick. Sam came to USA through Galveston in 1912-and settled in Kansas City. 

Sam had brother Yankel, a sister Sarah , a sister Mashke. Sam was raised by his grandmother Elke. 

Sam was married in Grodno in 1912 before leaving for America. His wife- Sarah Dovidovich (maiden)-came to USA via canada in 1914. Sarah born 1892.

Ive dug around looking for Alexander's parents. I see many Spindler recs on jewishgen Im almost certain some of these are their's-but I dont know best translations of what Alexander would be or even if...its something else? I see some Dovidovich's  as well -Sarah's parents were Frieda and Meyer. Hoping for some help here on Alex's parents...and possible recs on Sarah's parents...because Im stumped! 

Art Pronin

Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

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

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