Re: Deaths during ships' voyages #general


Regarding deaths at sea: I went to the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
ans searched on the terms:  "Died at Sea" and "Died on Board" and found a number of examples.  Going to the ship manifests on  I saw how this was usually dealt with.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 1/19/2022 9:15 AM, Trudy Greener wrote:
A friend just told me that she understood that her grandmother died during the voyage from Europe to the US and that she was buried at sea.  So first question is, how was this looked upon in Judaism? And second, how would this be recorded in the ship's records - would it be a separate document or be listed next to her husband? 
Trudy Litt (Litvak) Greener, Jerusalem
Families: Litvak, Naiman, Chimerovitz, Ukraine

Re: Hebrew Translation GOLD #poland #translation #names #photographs


Maybe the year is 5691?

david dubin
teaneck nj

Rozenberg Piotrkow Trybulinski #general

Carin Miller

I found 2 Haskiel Rozenbergs on JRI. One of them is my great great grandfather.
Haskiel Roznberg from Ujazd, born 1829, index # 740777, line 29
Haskiel Rozenberg from Piotrkow, born 1839, index # 715805, line 29.
According to my searches, the family lived in both places at different times.
How can I use the index info to access further formation? How do you order info from LDS.
Carin Miller

Re: How to obtain Lodz cemetery photo #lodz

S. Cohen

In addition to my earlier message: I refer to a section of Ghetto Field which is seemingly other than the section photographed by Bernard Flam, since there are matzevos there, including one for my grandfather. 

Sheindle Cohen (New York)

The little-known original article telling the Oskar Schindler story. #holocaust

Stanley Diamond

I would like to touch on another aspect of the Oskar Schindler story of which the 
majority of the public are unaware.
Only one journalist knew Oskar well and wrote his story long before Thomas Keneally 
penned "Schindler's Ark."  That journalist is the late Montrealer, Herbert Steinhouse, 
at the time the Western Europe News Correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting 
The article he wrote in 1949 lay untouched in his voluminous files for 45 years after
it was rejected by Atlantic Monthly and several other leading a time 
when few people wanted to hear stories about good Germans.
He finally agreed to the publication of the original article after viewing the film and 
satisfying himself that Stephen Spielberg had captured the essences of the man
and had not given the story a whitewashed Hollywood treatment.  It was finally 
published in the Canadian "Saturday Night" magazine (attached). You can also 
read it here:
Following the publication in "Saturday Night," Steinhouse was interviewed on the 
Canadian nightly news.  The interview can be viewed here:
The Steinhouse files are now in the Canadian National Archives and the fond 
starts with his biography
which in part states:
"The appearance of Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List” in 1993 convinced 
him to submit his old manuscript “The German Who Saved a Thousand Lives”, 
written half a century earlier, to “Saturday Night” magazine. Its publication as 
“The Real Oskar Schindler” brought Steinhouse belated recognition as the 
journalist who had first discovered the Schindler story and whose hard research 
backed up the claims of the “fictional” film and novel. The article was translated
and reprinted throughout the world.”
For the sake of full disclosure, the late Herbert and I are first cousins. 

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.   (Montreal)
Re: Information on descendants of Schindler's List #poland #holocaust
From: Susan J. Gordon
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:04:08 EST
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

looking for Miseles or Measles around Munkasz (Munkachevo) #hungary

Sonja Marder nee Reichman

Just came across some documents with this name from my father's family.  Please pm me if you are connected to this name somehow from Hungary (might have been Czech) at that time.

thank you,

sonja marder nee Reichman

Re: List of Rabbis in New York Area mid 1800's #records



I would suggest checking a few websites.  One contains volumes of the American Jewish Year Book in PDF, which you can search.  The yearbook didn't begin until 1899, but perhaps the rabbi was still with the same synagogue.  You could also try the Synagogues of New York City list on the website of the Museum of Family History.

If neither of those pan out, contact the Center for Jewish History in NYC.  The organization has a map of New York historical synagogues online.  One of the librarians may be able to help you track down the name of the synagogue where this rabbi worked.  You can e-mail them at  inquiries@...

Good luck!

Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY


Re: Spindler- Grondo #belarus #records #russia

Raina Accardi

Aleksander can be Sender. But I have seen Eli listed as Alex in a number of records. Eli was short for Eliya or Elias. possibly Eliahu in hebrew. 
Raina Accardi 
Saugerties, NY
Poland: GEVIRTZMAN in Kobylin; JESINOWITZ/YESNOWITZ in Mszczonów; FELSENSTEIN in Parysów.
Belarus: GUTTWOCH/GOODMAN and ZISSERMAN in Volchin; BUSHMITZ in Vysokaye.
Ukraine: TRAUB and JANOVSKY in Kolki, Sofievka, Radomysl, and Zhytomyr; WEISMAN or ROSENBERG.

Re: Hebrew Translation GOLD #poland #translation #names #photographs


Good morning,


Here lies or here is buried (top two letters – abbreviation)

The  woman Malka


Daughter of Eliezer  Zvi

Hebrew date (unable to read)

May her soul be gathered in eternal life (last 5 Hebrew letters – abbreviation)

Shalom, Malka Chosnek

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

Frank Szmulowicz

I do not know where it is but here is proof that there is a town like them in Galicia (the part of Poland under Austro-Hungarian occupation)
Born in Estrich, Austria (province of Galicia on 16 May 1887 to William Szewczyk and Margaret Schnell. Christina Szewczyk married Jacob Kielbasa and had 4 children. She passed away on 1963-04-19 in Caldwell, NJ.

Born in Estrich, Austria on 6 Aug 1864.
 Frank Joseph Ditchman married Anna Lee White and had 1 child. He passed away on 11 Feb 1951 in Houston, Harris, Texas, USA.



  1. A submission from Australia says the name Estrich means "Estrich is variant of the Yiddish word Ostreicher which refers to a person from Austria. It is an Ashkenazi Jewish surname that refers to either a person from Austria, or a person who had associations with that country. In German Osterreich means eastern kingdom, and Osterreicher means Austrian. Est is a simplified Yiddish form of the German word ost ( East ), and rich is a simplified version of the German word Reich ( kingdom or empire )" and is of Jewish origin.

Perhaps then Estrich simply means someone from AUSTRIA and AUSTRIAN.

Frank Szmulowicz

Deaths during ships' voyages #general

Trudy Greener

A friend just told me that she understood that her grandmother died during the voyage from Europe to the US and that she was buried at sea.  So first question is, how was this looked upon in Judaism? And second, how would this be recorded in the ship's records - would it be a separate document or be listed next to her husband? 
Trudy Litt (Litvak) Greener, Jerusalem
Families: Litvak, Naiman, Chimerovitz, Ukraine

Searching for Theo David Sperber #unitedkingdom #germany

Hannah Sperber

Theo was born in Karlsruhe Germany in 1925 went to Rugby UK on Kindertransport in 1939, became a British citizen in 1947. Did he get married? Have children? Did he stay in the UK?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Hannah Sperber 
Denver, Colorado, USA

Re: List of Rabbis in New York Area mid 1800's #records

Steve Stein

You might try searching the archives of various newspapers of the era. Even if your GGPs' marriage was not announced, that Rabbi probably performed other weddings that were. Those announcements would certainly have a geographic location and possibly a synagogue affiliation.

You could also check city directories. His residence would almost certainly be located near a synagogue.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ

Google Email Group for the Klatovy District in Bohemia. #austria-czech #general

tony hausner

I have just created a google email group for the Klatovy District in Bohemia. Please contact me if interested.
Tony Hausner
Silver Spring, MD 


ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Ofer Biran

Subject: ViewMate translation request - Polish
This should be a marriage record of Kiszel Apeloig and Ester Feldman. Appreciate translation of the names/ages/places.

Thanks !

Ofer Biran

IGRA Free Webinar “Polish Jewish Refugees in the USSR During WWII” #poland #russia #events

Elena Bazes

Join the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) for our upcoming free webinar, “Polish Jewish Refugees in the USSR During WWII”  by Serafima Velkovich on February 6, 2022,          7 pm Israel Time, 12 pm ET.

The "Ribbentrop – Molotov pact" divided Poland between the Soviet Union and Germany in 1939. The Polish territories annexed to The Soviet Union had a Jewish population of about 2 million. About 400,000 residents of these territories, many of them Jews, were deported to "special settlements" mostly in Siberia. Additionally, about 250,000—300,000 Jewish refugees from German-occupied western Poland had fled to the Soviet Union after the war broke out. This lecture will present the route and the fate of Jewish refugees from Poland, who spent the war years in the USSR, and their post war search for a new home. The lecture will include information on where documentation exists to research these individuals, both in Yad Vashem and in other institutions.

Serafima Velkovich is the Head of the Family Roots Research Section in the Reference and Information Department of Yad Vashem Archives. She also was closely involved in the work on names material in Yad Vashem`s databases. She lectures on the use of Yad Vashem resources for genealogical and other research to various groups, as well as to visiting genealogists and organizations who make use of genealogical tools for their research. She participates in the international conferences and films on the Holocaust topic. Serafima also is a PhD Candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Advance registration required:

Elena Biegel Bazes
IGRA Publicity Chair

Scandals, Shandehs, and Lies Zoom meeting SDJGS#announcements #events #records

Marguerite Kealey

Sunday February 13, 2022

1-3 pm PT    Zoom Meeting

 Scandals, Shandehs, and Lies

 by Renee Steinig


In the course of decades of genealogical research Renee Steinig has uncovered many a "skeleton in the closet" — cases of mental illness, illegitimate birth, infidelity, abandonment, and even murder, all hushed up for decades. She will share with us these family secrets; the research tools that uncovered them and the reunions and reconciliations that followed many of her discoveries.        


Renee Steinig began to do genealogical research in the 1970’s,.  Many family trees and some 18 years later, she began to accept client work.  Her specialties include New York Research, locating lost family, and due  diligence probate cases.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has testified as an expert witness in several New York Surrogate’s Courts.  She is a Past President of JGS of Long Island, and director of Gesher Galicia and its discussion group


In order to register for the presentations, go to our website Welcome to the San Diego Jewish Genealogy Website ( and follow the registration directions.                 This is a free event for members Non-members: We ask for a small donation ($5) –

Marguerite Kealey, Publicity Chair
San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society
San Diego County, CA

Re: Hebrew Translation GOLD #poland #translation #names #photographs


A better picture is needed to read the date, but I'll translate what I can:
"Here lies the woman Malka Gold, daughter of Eliezer Zvi, died 9th(?) of Tevet(?) 56xx(?)."
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rassein), Lithuania

Wiener Library and Archive-in the United Kingdom, is World's Oldest Holocaust Archive Still Collecting Materials #holocaust #records

Jan Meisels Allen


The Wiener Holocaust Library in London, England, United Kingdom, is the world’s oldest Holocaust archive collecting materials since the Library’s founder gathered evidence of German antisemitism from the 1920s—before Hitler came to power. The Archive has over one million documents.


Founded as the Jewish Central Information Office in 1933, which itself grew out of an earlier bureau that Alfred Wiener had operated in 1920s Berlin, the institute was established to monitor German antisemitism. Much of the collection was gathered before and during the Holocaust.


Wiener, a trained Arabist and decorated World War I veteran, had become concerned at the antisemitic conspiracies that were swirling around post-WWI Germany and threw himself into efforts to monitor and combat Germany’s far-right underground.


He began collecting pamphlets, books, and leaflets in an effort to track German ultranationalists and opened an office under the main representative body of German Jews. By the mid-1920s, he was publicly debating German nationalists — both in print and in public debates — and in 1925 authored a critique of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”


By the time Hitler came to power in 1933, it was not safe for Wiener to remain in Germany. He moved his operations to Amsterdam, from where his staff established a network that could provide information on Jewish life across the Third Reich.


Kristallnacht was a turning point, and eyewitness accounts poured into Wiener’s Amsterdam office from Jews across Germany and Austria. Researchers, many of whom had fled with Wiener in 1933, began collecting testimonies — 305 of which remain in the museum’s collection — that were stored and fed into urgent reports that were sent to politicians and newspapers around the world.


In 1939, Wiener moved the archive to London where he had built close ties to the British Jewish community. Throughout the war, Wiener and his colleagues forensically gathered information from Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe. They published a fortnightly digest of information picked up from trusted informants, escapees and newspapers across Europe, which began to piece together the systematic destruction of Europe’s Jewish communities.


The information gathered by Wiener and his associates before and during World War II formed part of the evidence that was submitted at postwar trials, including Nuremberg and Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem in 1961.


Increasingly, however, the library has sought to become a center for both educating about the Holocaust and warning about antisemitism, genocide and fascism.


An affiliate website, The Holocaust Explained, (  received over 2 million unique views from 200 countries across the world in 2021, making it one of the most popular Holocaust education websites globally.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: How to obtain Lodz cemetery photo #lodz

S. Cohen

By information I received: some decades after the Holocaust, matzevos were placed at graves in Ghetto Field, each with the name of the person buried there. It may be that the Germans kept a written record of burials and that the matzevos were placed accordingly. Would anyone know anything about this? 

Sheindle Cohen (New York)

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