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

Jill Golden

Thank you so much for all of your suggestions. I'm attaching a copy of the certificate and applications. Here is both the application and Certificate. 

Jill Golden
Newport Beach, CA

ViewMate translation request - Polish - KUPERSZTEIN vital records from town of TERESPOL #translation

J.R. Silver

I've posted four  vital records in Polish for which I need translations.
Viewmate items: 96772, 96774, 96776, 96777
Item 96772  is on ViewMate at the following address 

The other three ViewMate items can be found adjacent , or nearly adjacent.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Judith Silver of London UK
Searching KUPERSZTEJN/KUPERSZTAJN from Siedlce Gubernia towns : Międzyrzec Podlaski, Biała Podlaska, Janow Podlaski, Terespol, Pratulin. etc. , also PITERMAN and ROZEN in same towns.  

Re: Seeking any information about Dr. Otto Hess and wife Leni Hess #general


Hi Tamara,

This is the Gneisenau ship list for 27 Dec 1938 from Bremen to Shanghai. If you find your father on it, you can also click the More button to the far right of his name for possible additional information.,%20China&lang=en

If your father is not on this particular list, here is the link to all recorded passenger embarkations from Breman to Shanghai 1920-1939 where I found the above record.

You can search the site by "Family name", "Shipnames", etc. via the links down the left side. I found the Hess family departure by clicking Shipnames, then Gneisenau, and then searching that list for all departures to Shanghai. You will see there were only four 1938 departures on the Gneisenau from Bremen to Shanghai (11Jan,12Jul,4Oct,27Dec) so it is great you know when he travelled. 

Good luck with your search. Let me know if I can assist.

Karen Schneider
Bolingbrook, Illinois

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

Jill Golden

Ellen the map of New York historical synagogues was a big help. I searched the city they came from in Lithuania, and it identified one synagogue which is near the address of both the bride and groom and the witness. Seems like a good guess. Unfortunately it appears the synagogue is long gone and there is no mention of the Rabbi. Thank you for the great lead. 

Jill Cohn Golden
Searching KAGAN/COHN, SIMPSON (Ritova, Lith./ New York Lower East Side
HARRIS/HIRSH (Germany, NY Lower East Side)

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #records

Chaim Landau

I've posted two death records in Russian, viewable on ViewMate at the following addresses

These are two death records, recorded in the city of Radom, 
both for Mendel FRYDMAN, (one of them could very possibly be my 3rd great-grandfather).
I would greatly appreciate if anyone could translate these for me. I don't need a word for word translation, only identifying details, e.g. date, place of birth, parents', wife's and childrens' names, profession etc. 

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. 
Thank you very much!

Chaim Landau
Jerusalem, Israel

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Ellen Trencher

I've posted a vital record in Polish 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.
Ellen trencher

Re: Searching Chilewitz #lithuania #latvia #general

Sherri Bobish


Rexzekne is probably:

Rēzekne [Latv], Rositten [Ger], Rezhitsa [Rus], Rezhitse [Yid], Rzeżyca [Pol], Rėzeknė [Lith], Räisaku [Est], Režica, Ryezhitsa

Region: Vitebsk

Try searching:

For surname Gavshon try searching:

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

Sherri Bobish


I looked on Ancestry and cannot find a Samuel Micheals.  Under the spelling Samuel Michaels there are none that I see listed as rabbi or reverend.

I also looked at old digitized newspapers:

The handwriting on certificates can be hard to read.  Can you post the certificate here?  There may be another interpretation of the name.

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?)

Zambrow Photo Studio #poland


I have a photo portrait postcard of my great uncle that he sent to my grandfather from Poland in the 1910's. The back of the postcard is stamped with the name of the photo studio "E. Hawin, Zambrow".  Would anyone have any information about E. Hawin as to exactly where in Zambrow his studio was and how long it existed? It would also be interesting to have information about E. Hawin himself. My great uncle was probably a resident of Zambrow and I wonder if he would be listed in a Zambrow directory?

Jerald Rothstein 

Re: How to obtain Lodz cemetery photo #lodz

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay


I would like to add to and clarify some of the replies you have received, as well as offer some more information. I have many ancestors and relatives buried in the Lodz Jewish cemetery and I have been there twice, in 2016 and in 2019, and have explored the cemetery at length.

Firstly, you have already done the most logical thing by writing to the Jewish community which looks after the cemetery. They do searches for gravesites on request and will probably send you a photo of the site. Please be aware that they are likely to charge a fee for this.

Find-a-Grave, mentioned earlier, as far as I know has next to nothing from Poland. Also, the .jpg reference mentioned earlier is not a picture of the gravesite but of the gravesite's listing in the burial records. The cemetery's website has general pictures in which individual tombstones can be seen, but unfortunately it does not have photos linked to names. In addition, the Museum of the City of Lodz mentioned earlier, while interesting in itself, does not have information about the burials in the Jewish cemetery. So those sources will not be of use to you. Finally, the Germans did not keep records of the burials in the ghetto field or the cemetery in general during the war or at any other time, the Jewish community kept and still keeps the burial records from there.

You may be interested to know that there are approximately 60,000 surviving individual burial cards (out of about 180,000 burials) that the Jewish community has in its offices, which are currently being digitized in a project with the Polish archives. These burial cards can be little treasure troves of information, as they state not only the deceased's name, age, sometimes the father's name, date of death, date of burial, and gravesite, but they also often state the address from which the deceased was brought to burial, so you can learn where your relative was when he or she died. If interested, you could inquire from the community if they have the burial card for your relative.

Back to the cemetery. As Bernard correctly wrote, those who died inside the ghetto, some 43,500-45,000 people, were usually buried in the so-called ghetto field. They were buried in individual, measured plots, but they had no matzevot or signs on them. Since the war, some of the graves in the ghetto field have been marked with plaques in a project done (I believe with the Israeli army) some years ago, but most have not. Also, some of the graves have received actual matzevot since the war, usually placed by surviving relatives. That was the case with my own great-grandfather, Szmul Aron Bulwar z"l, who died in the ghetto in January 1941. Below I am inserting a photo in which you can see my great-grandfather's grave, with here and there in the field other matzevot placed since the war poking up through the grass. But as you can see most graves do not have any kind of marking on them.

A number of people who died inside the ghetto were not buried in the ghetto field but in the older part of the cemetery, which had matzevot. Such people would not have had any matzevah of their own, but would have been buried under or next to the matzevah of the relative who was earlier buried there. This is worth keeping in mind too when searching for relatives' burial sites.

As is well known, the Jewish community was decimated in the Holocaust and after the war most of the survivors left Poland, so the cemetery fell into disrepair and neglect. In the older (pre-war) part of the cemetery, many matzevot have deteriorated and become illegible and/or broken, and vegetation and even large trees have grown up through the graves, completely destroying matzevot. Some have also fallen prey to human vandalism. Despite this, many matzevot, especially in the central area around the main paths, do still stand and are legible and in surprisingly good condition. It must be said that efforts have been made in recent years to clean up and maintain the cemetery, including by Polish volunteers who deserve commending for their work there.

I hope the above information assists you, and I wish you luck in your efforts to obtain a photo. Below I am inserting various photos from the cemetery, taken on my visit there in 2019, so that you can see the conditions. I have including the one mentioned above of my great-grandfather's grave in the ghetto field, and another one in the older part of the cemetery of the matzevah of his father, my great-great-grandfather, Chaim Leib Bulwar z"l, who died in 1921.

All the best,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,

Raanana, Israel.

Professional journalist, writer, editor, proofreader.

Professional translator (Hebrew/Yiddish to English).

Certified guide, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum.

Email: miriambdh@...

Researching: BULWA/BULWAR (Rawa Mazowiecka, Lodz, Paris); FRENKIEL/FRENKEL, FERLIPTER/VERLIEBTER (Belz); KALUSZYNER, KUSMIERSKI, KASZKIET, KUZKA, JABLONKA, RZETELNY, WROBEL (Kaluszyn, Lodz); KRYSKA/KRYSZKA, CHABIELSKI/HABELSKI (Sieradz, Lodz); LICHTENSZTAJN (Kiernozia, Wyszogrod, Lodz); ROZENBERG (Przedborz, Lodz); WAKS (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, Lodz); PELCMAN, STORCZ (Rawa Mazowiecka); SOBEL (Paris); SAPIR/SZAFIR (Wyszogrod).  

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

Sherri Bobish


Estricht may refer to Ustrzyki Dolne.  The Yiddish name of the town is Istryk.

Ustrzyki Dolne [Pol], Istrik [Yid], Ustriki Dolishni [Ukr], Istryk, Astrik, Estrik, Uschiki Dolne, Ustrik, Myasto Ustshiki Dol'ne, Ustshiki-Dol'ne, Ustriki-Dol'nyye, Nizhniye Ustriki, Nizhne-Ustriki

Region: Lwow

The other town you mention is probably Lezajsk, which is 141.5 km north off Ustrzyki Dolne:

Leżajsk [Pol], Lizhensk [Yid], Lizhansk, Lezansk, Lyzhansk, Lezhaysk, Lezhajsk

Region: Lwow

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

Arje Leib Szyfman

A New York Times article casts great doubt on these findings

Dara Horn points out that this is yet another example of how non-Jews can ignore antisemitism by pointing out that Jews turn against Jews. 60 Minutes should be ashamed of themselves for not properly vetting the story.

Aria Schifman

Beltsy Vital records #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Hello Bessarabian researchers,

For last couple of years we have translated many vital records for Beltsy:  1911 - 1916 Births, 1911-1912 Marriages (1918 in progress).
I want to let you know what Vital records we have left for Beltsy waiting to be translated:

Births:  1917, 1918
Marriages: 1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917
Deaths: 1913, 1914 and 1917

If anyone can read Russian handwriting and would like to work on them,  please let me know.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia Group Leader and Coordinator

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

Robert Hanna

I'm glad it was online for the 24 hours, as I could not watch the original presentation.  It was an incredible presentation.  I wish I could watch it over and over again until I absorbed everything.

Robert Hanna


Re: How to obtain Lodz cemetery photo #lodz

Lynda Kraar

 A few years ago I met Magda Komarzeniec who was the director of the new Museum of the City of Lodz. If you have not yet done so, I'd suggest that you reach her to see if she has the info that you seek. If not, she will probably know who to contact.
Director of the Museum of the City of Łódź
Magda Komarzeniec
You can also take a look at this academic article.  Go to the Model of Litzmannstadt-Ghetto.
Hope this helps!
Lynda Kraar

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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

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