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

Ted Gostin

Many thanks to the people who posted positive things about the talk I gave last Saturday for the Genealogy Garage program at the Los Angeles Public Library entitled "Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online Through the Polish State Archives."  I'm glad people found it useful.  

Regarding the short time the video was available, it was supposed to be available for 3 months after the original date.  That is what the librarian and I agreed to.  However, she informed me the night before the talk that LAPL has a requirement that all videos online be close-captioned, but that they will only spend the money to close-caption videos if they are the website permanently.  So they had to take the video down after 24 hours because the library wouldn't pay for the closed-captioning, and they are not allowed to keep it online if not closed-captioned.  Kind of a catch-22 situation.

Regarding the handout, I have no objections to anyone sharing it after the presentation, since it is no longer available on the LAPL website.  Feel free to contact me directly for a copy, if necessary.

Regarding viewing it elsewhere, it may be offered again for one or more genealogy societies in the coming year, so there may be another chance to see the talk down the line.

Ted Gostin
Sherman Oaks, CA  

Hebrew Translation GOLD #poland #translation #names #photographs

David Buford

I know it may be to fuzzy to read but I would like Malka Gold's Hebrew name, giving me a clue of father and dates of birth and death. Thanks

Linda Gold Buford

Researching: Poland or other GOLD, BREWDA - BREVDA - , BLUMENTHAL, PALTER - also Israel, SPITZ
                      Kobryn, Belarus Belarus - KAMENETZKI - KAMIENKA
                      Russia - SALIMAN, SCHREIBER, SEGAL, WALDMANN

OCJGS 2022 Calendar of meetings #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Michelle Sandler

OCJGS 2022 Meeting Calendar

January 23rd, Jeffrey Mark Paull - Jewish Surname Process in the Russian Empire
February 27th, Daniel Rottenberg - In Conversation With (Author of
Finding our Fathers)
March 27th, Susan King - In Conversation With (Founder of JewishGen)
April 24th, Neil Rosenstein - In Conversation With (Author of The
Unbroken Chain)
May 22nd, Ken Bravo - Finding Freida (Former IAJGS President)
June 12th, Marian Smith - Immigration Records (Retired Historian from the USCIS)
July 24th, Karen Franklin, - What's New in German Jewish Genealogy
August 28th, Emily Garber - Researching Relatives in the Holocaust
September 18th, Lisa Cooper - Eastern European Jewish Life in the 19th
and Early 20th Centuries
October 23rd, Aaron Ginsburg - Curing the I cannot Find my Shtetl syndrome
November 20th, Phil Goldfarb - Getting the Most out of the JewishGen
Discussion Group
December 18th, Vivian Kahn - Hungarian Jewish Genealogy

Michelle Sandler MLS
Vice President of Programming OCJGS
President OCJGS
Librarian OCJGS

Newman family in Mexico City #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Nicky (Nicholas) Newman who
is father of Louis (and Clarissa) Newman in Mexico City and Esther
(Mauricio) Marcushamer in San Antonio, TX. The Newman family traces
back to rabbinical roots which include the Bnei Yisaschar.
Neil Rosenstein.

NAJMARK, Będzin, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner


The January 18, 2022 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza carried a legal notice from the Regional Court in Będzin indicating that the court is seeking to find any heirs to the following individuals:


Franciszka (Frymeta) NAJMARK & Adam (Abram) NAJMARK,

died August 1, 1943 in Będzin, last known residence: Będzin.


Anyone with knowledge of heirs to this couple is asked to contact the Court directly within three months of this notice’s publication.  If no information is received, the Court will disregard them in its further proceedings.


In contacting the Court, please make reference to Docket No. I Ns 996/20.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980


Re: Galitsino Krasnodar, Russia #russia


This is rather short description of this place in Russian, but Jewish population is not mentioned. This is resort near the central resort Sochi.

Lara Tsinman

Re: Missing Shtetl and Location #russia


Perhaps I am confused, so allow me to ask a follow-up question.  Is White Russia not what is now Belarus rather than Ukraine or did they overlap? 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Spindler- Grondo #belarus #records #russia

Sherri Bobish


When searching Spindler on the JewishGen databases I suggest using a phonetic or soundex search.  Spindler is sometimes spelled Shpindler / Szpindler.

Simon's manifest has his first name spelled Szymon.

There is a WW1 draft card for Sam Spindler in Kansas City that states he served three years in the Russian army.  Is this draft card for your Sam Spindler? I wonder if there are extant records from his military service in Russia that may shed light on his father.

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: Missing Shtetl and Location #russia


I agree with the location mentioned by Mike.  My family’s shtetl was Krivoye Ozero, or Krivozzer in Yiddish. 

Susan Schlichting 

ViewMate Translation Request - German #germany #translation

Barbara Olinger

I've posted 2 images on ViewMate.   Each image shows the first few lines of a postcard written in German in the Sutterlin script.  The postcards were mailed from Poland.  I hope that someone can translate the passages.

Thank you.

Barbara Olinger

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

JoAnne Goldberg

The timing of this episode, airing the day after Colleyville, has
triggered my ever-present paranoia. Will the takeaway for the masses be
"Jews are their own worst enemies -- betraying and killing each other --
who cares about them?" (It didn't help that on Saturday, I heard early
speculation that the hostage-taker might be a disgruntled congregant.)

Interesting segment, but one that may stoke rising anti-Semitism.
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


beth lozano

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society invites you to  


Finding Your Eastern European Jewish Family on JRI-Poland


Speaker: Robinn Magid


Sunday, February 6th, - 1 pm Pacific Time Zone/4 pm Eastern

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Germany and the former territories of Galicia and Prussia. Through understanding

the contents of the database and how to improve your search results to exploring

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Beth Lozano, SCJGS

Re: Information on descendants of Schindler's List #poland #holocaust

Susan J. Gordon

I suggest that you try looking through the book, Schindler's Legacy, by Elinor J Brecher, (pub 1994), which contains chapters/stories about 30+ survivors, but Jakob Kornblau is not listed on the contents page where those in the book appear. However, he might be in one or more of the chapters/stories. Unfortunately, the book lacks an index, which is a serious flaw. Other than that, it's a good book, and probably available in libraries or for sale at Amazon....

Years ago, I heard Poldek Pfefferberg speak at a college in CA, and met him afterwards. He's not in this book, also, but he's the person who inspired Keneally to write Schindler's list.(PP owned a shoe store in Beverly Hills, where Keneally walked in, looking for shoes. When PP heard he was a writer, he said, "I've got a story for you!"  I wrote about our meeting for The Jewish Week of NY but it's not online. (If you'd like to read it, I can send you a copy).

Good luck!
Susan J Gordon
New York

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

Shelley Mitchell

The search results were not dispositive of the question. It was narrowed down but not proven. The person they fingered for disclosing the name was financially well off and had connections. A program like this should not be viewed as speaking for the dead. Some people are strong. Others are weak. We should not judge people for doing something to stay alive.  We have no idea how we would react in their shoes.

In the camps, some women slept with Nazis to stay alive. Just that act alone was enough for other Jewish women to treat these women like dirt. It is very easy to judge in a 2 dimensional world. Real life is much more complex. How far would you go to save yourself or a loved one?

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

Family tree of Simona Yehudit LEVINGER (POCHOVITZ) #names # israel #names

Yonatan Ben-Ari

In my search for my family connection with the HURWITZ family
Novarudok, I found on ftjp a Simona Yehudit LEVINGER (POCHOVITZ) whom
I guess is named after her ancestor, Shimon HURWITZ of Petach Tikva,
Israel. Shimon had a daughter who married a POCHOVICH who I believe
eventually moved to Chicago, and as I have heard that both his
daughter and husband have passed away.

If anyone on this forum is a member of the above POCHOVITZ family and
has extensive knowledge of their family tree I would be happy to hear
from them.

My ABRAMOWITZ ancestors were also from Novarudok and left there (as
did the HURWITZs) in the latter part of the 19th century.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

p.s. I have received several suggestion of doing a dna test which is
very hard to do in Israel for reasons I have written in the past

Re: How to obtain Lodz cemetery photo #lodz

Shelley Mitchell

When I wanted a copy of my great grandfather’s grave in Radautz, I was informed that the grave was intact but the Matzevah was destroyed. I hope you have better luck. 

Shelley Mitchell, NYC

Re: Galitsino Krasnodar, Russia #russia

Sherri Bobish


Do you mean this place?

Krasnodar [Rus, since 1920], Ekaterinodar [Rus, before 1920], Yekaterinodar

Region: Russia
"Jews started to settle in Krasnodar (then Ekaterinodar) in the mid-19th century. They were mostly former solders of the tsarist army and they and their family members were allowed to live outside the Pale of Settlement."

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: Who Betrayed Anne Frank and Her Family? #holocaust

Stephen Katz

It's very difficult for one, over 75 years after the event, to judge actions taken in desperation under the conditions of those times. On the other hand, the suspected betrayer knew that the Franks would be sent to the camps and likely murdered. Under legal standards of today, if there were sufficient evidence to prove he was indeed the betrayer, he would likely face charges of murder, and it's an interesting question whether he could claim self-defense.
It's also interesting that Otto Frank never revealed the name that was sent to him anonymously. We can only speculate as to why.
Incidentally, as noted by the lead investigator, the accumulated evedence against the prime suspect probably doesn't meet the high standard of proof needed for a criminal conviction.
A final point: I found the 60 Minutes broadcast to be very superficial. Maybe the book is less so.
Stephen Katz

Help needed locating the town of Estricht #austria-czech #poland #general


I am searching for information about a town - Estricht, that appears on a document addressed to my grandmother

I have a document - Department of Commerce Bureau of Census dated 29 July, 1942, that was sent to my grandmother, Esther Leibowitz. (Nee Kanner) that lists information from the 1920 census.

This document lists as Place of Birth for Esta (Esther) Kanner as Estricht. 

According to other family members, we believe Esther Kanner was born in Lezajsk or Lezajok. My grandmother said she is from Poland, but some records list Austria.

I have not been able to locate this town - either what country it was in at the turn of the century, or the present location. I have tried various websites, such as the Jewish Gen Town Finder, but no luck.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!


Eric Shuel


Re: How to obtain Lodz cemetery photo #lodz


I have the same question about one of my relatives.
There is a website for the Lodz cemetery, that appears to have shown its photos via the Flash app
Now that Flash is no longer a functioning app, that part of the website is broken when you try to click on the listing for a person.
I would suspect that the .jpg image referred to is a current photo of the tombstone, but the website can no longer display these images properly.

Someone related to the cemetery and its website should be able to find and email to you the pertinent .jpg photo.

Deborah Shindell
Trumbull, CT
researching: Beserglik, Lederhendler, Goldberg (all in Poland) and Szmukler (Ukraine)

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