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

Stanley Diamond

In my post yesterday, I mentioned the publication of the little-known, first article about Oskar 
Schindler by Canadian Broadcasting Company journalist, Hebert Steinhouse in the April 1994 
Canadian "Saturday Night" magazine, and also indicated that it was attached and could be 
downloaded.  As the link for downloading was deleted, the article has now been uploaded to 
the website of the Ostrów Mazowiecka Research Family website at:

The preface to the article has illuminating details of Steinhouse's introduction to the SchindlerJuden,
his initial intrigue and then skepticism to what they were telling him.  The article also has many 
photos of the 1949 reunion of 35 Schindlerjuden with Schindler, and a sidebar with Steinhouse's 
description of “The First Reunion,” of the Schindlerjuden in which he wrote: 

"Early in 1949, a group of some thirty-five Schindlerjuden gathered privately at Aux de Colmar, an Alsatian restaurant in the north of Paris, to fete their friend Oskar Schindler, who was then passing through the city.  All were gay and exuberant as they surrounded the beaming and perspiring Schindler.  “Sto Lat!” they toasted him with passion as they roared out the traditional Polish song “A hundred years may he live!”   Glasses of white wine flashed in the air and, on raised arms, sleeves slipped back to reveal the tattoos of the concentration camp.
The speeches were full of florid tributes.  “It was known throughout Poland that whoever went to Schindler’s factory was safe,” said an industrialist movingly. “At the Sudetenland factory they sneered at as ‘Schindlerjuden,’ ” said a textile worker.  “Today we are proud of that name.”
Schindler spoke with tears in his eyes, stammering his thanks for the warm demonstration.  “Germans today seem to share a collective innocence," he told them, “not the collective guilt they should.”  When his speech was over, he rushed from table to table embracing each of them with his strong arms.   As we ate our Alsatian meal, everyone eagerly plied me with new details of the common experience and confirmed the stories originally recounted by Stern, as well as those I had heard from Schindler himself when I had visited him a few months earlier in his modest room in a Munich suburb."  H.S.

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.   (Montreal)

The little-known original article telling the Oskar Schindler story. #holocaust
From: Stanley Diamond
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2022 09:57:52 EST
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 
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 
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)

A Free Presentation: Finding Family in Online Newspapers, by Janeen Bjork to take place on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 1 p.m. #events #announcements


Hello All,
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Central New York will present a virtual program (Zoom): “Finding Family in Online Newspapers,” on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 1:00 pm by TV researcher and genealogy teacher and author, Janeen Bjork.

The presentation will begin with a brief look at OCR (optical character recognition, the technology that allows printed pages to be digitized and searched online) and its limitations. There will be a case study, Janeen’s cousins-in-law, the Kuznitzes of Syracuse, Rochester, Linden, NJ, and Boca Raton, and the techniques she used to find them in dozens of newspaper items, despite spelling errors and the unreliability of OCR.

There will also be an overview of the resources, both for-fees and free, that are available online for finding historical newspapers. Prior to the Q&A, Janeen will do a brief walk-through of a handout with tips and resources that will give participants all they need to find their family members in online newspapers.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Feb 6, 2022, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Yonat Klein
Syracuse NY


entry no. vs. death certificate no. #records

Trudy Barch

I am using FamilySearch and find death information about my great-uncle in Chicago.  It gives an Entry number.   Is that the same as a Death Certificate No.?

Thank you for your explanation if this is the same or different information.


Trudy Barch,  FLorida

JewishGen Summer Fellowship: Applications Now Open! #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

JewishGen is pleased to invite applications for our second JewishGen Future Scholars Fellowship program, to take place from July 5, 2022 – July 14, 2022. Graduate students, along with current third and fourth-year undergraduate students, are invited to apply.

This immersive program, created in partnership with The Matzevah Foundation, and the Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland, focuses on the role of Jewish cemeteries today in preserving the memory and legacy of former Jewish communities. Participants will help clean-up a cemetery, learn about symbols and epitaphs on tombstones, the general state of Jewish cemeteries in Poland after the Holocaust, efforts to preserve them from both a communal, political, and Halachic perspective,  and what lessons can be gleaned to inform our own life choices today. 

On this 10-day journey, participants will tour many Jewish heritage sites including Warsaw and Lublin, spend an inspirational Shabbat in Krakow, visit Auschwitz/Birkenau, and then travel to Przysucha, Poland, where the group will participate in the clean-up and preservation of the Jewish cemetery in partnership with a Polish university student group. 

The trip will be led by highly experienced staff and participants will have an opportunity to learn from rabbis, scholars, dignitaries, and community leaders, who will offer first-hand insights regarding the imperative (and challenges) of cleaning-up cemeteries in accordance with Jewish law. They will address how local Polish communities view Jewish cemeteries in their towns, the need to preserve Jewish memory, and more. 

During the trip, Fellows will play a leadership role in working with the Polish university students (in collaboration with the Historical Institute of the University of Szczecin), and will have nightly reflection exercises. Upon returning home, each Fellow will record a video and write an essay describing his or her experience. These recordings/essays will be made available on the JewishGen website.

This program is nearly fully subsidized, save for a $350 non-refundable registration fee (to be paid upon acceptance and commitment to the program). All other expenses will be completely covered by JewishGen (including r/t travel from NY, transportation in Poland, meals, lodging, materials, etc). Dietary laws will be observed.

To learn more, and apply, please visit:
If you feel you know of someone who might like to apply, please share this email and/or the attached flyer.

As always, if you have any questions, or would be interested in helping sponsor this program, please feel free to contact me at agroll@....

Avraham Groll
Executive Director

Re: The London Gazette #unitedkingdom

Eva Lawrence

The London Gazette acts as a sort of official notice board of the
British Civil Service and the legal profession here. It publishes
reports of Court cases, naturalisations, diplomatic appointments, royal
honours lists, bankruptcies, official notices of the fighting forces,
lists of ranking officers, but the contents have varied over time. Its
archive is now freely available to search online.
For its history, which goes back to the 18th century or earlier, I
suggest you search Wikipedia.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

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

Paul Chirlin

I do not think that Michaels is the Rabbi, he is a witness to the marriage.  The name of the Rabbi is shown on the smaller form as Dr ????.  That's the name you need to chase

paul chirlin

Re: The London Gazette #unitedkingdom

Michael Sharp

The London Gazette is the official journal for the publication of official government announcements, such as honours awarded by the monarch, medals for gallantry and for naturalisation certificates (i.e. the award of British citizenship)
Michael Sharp
Manchester UK

Re: Newman family in Mexico City #usa


I made contact with a person related to the Marcushamer´s and he provided the email of Mauricio Marcushamer: kidssmile@...
Alejandro Rubinstein

Viewmate - Russian to english #poland #translation


Hi all,

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I am hoping help with a translation on. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. 

Thank you so much in advance. 

Kind regards,

Hi all,

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I am hoping help with a translation on. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. 


Thank you so much in advance. 

Kind regards,
Benjamin Chynsky 

Re: Familysearch port of origin potential error (e.g. Boulogne Sur Mer in Argentina instead of France) #general #announcements

Marion Werle

You should be able to contact them, but it seems that their contact mechanisms have changed. Try emailing them at nasupport@.... They should be able to direct your general comment to the correct department or at least point you in the right direction to someone who can address the issue.
Marion Werle

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

JoAnne Goldberg

I am not planning to read the book, but I wonder if it goes into more
detail about the process. As shown in the segment, the approach was
almost cavalier, with possible suspects dismissed because "he didn't say
anything anti-Semitic" or "there's no evidence that Nazis living just a
few feet away spotted the family in their hiding place."

As pointed out in the articles, there is no reason to believe a list of
Jewish addresses existed. If I'm going into hiding, I'm going to
minimize the number of people who know, and keep it to a trusted and
trustworthy few. The Franks weren't signing up for Meals on Wheels.

I'm sure this six-year undertaking was expensive, and I understand the
financial need for a dramatic reveal vs, say, the mail carrier ratted
them out. But I agree that it's pretty reprehensible to identify a
fellow Jew on flimsy circumstantial "well, he might have a way to turn
them in" evidence when he has no one to speak on his behalf 80 years
later.  Do we know if other Jewish hiding places were similarly exposed?
During the segment, there was a brief indication that the Nazis were
familiar with the signs of a hiding place: the
cabinets/bookcases/pantries with well-worn grooves on the floor.
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Passenger-list name interpretation #names

David Brostoff

I have posted two images from a passenger list of the S.S. Zeeland, arriving in New York on Oct. 2, 1906. (The second image, ViewMate 96928, is for handwriting comparison.)

I would be grateful to know the name of the passenger on line 30 of the first image. She is the sister of Frieda (Blacker) Brostoff on line 28.

Thank you,

David Brostoff

Re: How to obtain Lodz cemetery photo #lodz

Moishe Miller


For those searching Lodz, there is also an excellent book that covers many names, dates and tombstone inscriptions from the earlier Lodz cemetery. Read about the early cemetery here: (if you open in Chrome, right click on the page to translate the WIKI to English).

To see the actual book, all 256 pages, you can go to

If you find a page of interest, you can type the Polish or Hebrew into
to understand the text.

For instance, I wanted to  understand the 5-line entry on page numbered 212, #673 (image 16 of 256). I typed it all into Google Translate
#673. zamozny kupiec przedzy bawelniane przybyl do lodz
prawdopodobnie okolo 1850 r. z Czestochowy. W Lodz nalezal
Sand do grup maskilow, skupiajacych sie dookola zalozonego
przez Zajdemana domu modlilwy dla postepowcow. Z.
Zajdemanem (v. nr. 116) byl Zand skoligacony przez syna swego
Moryca, Z. (v. nr. 2195 i 853).

and Google translated

# 673. a wealthy merchant of cotton yarn came to Łódź probably
around 1850 from Czestochowa. In Lodz, Sand belonged to a group
of maskils, gathered around the house founded by Zajdeman,
praying for the progressives. Z. Zajdeman (v. No. 116) was Zand
connected by his son Moryc, Z. (v. No. 2195 and 853).

Stay safe,

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

The London Gazette #unitedkingdom

Richard Stower

I have found a possible cousin-in-law, Olga (Haves) Suchostawer, listed in the August 23, 1949 issue of The London Gazette. The page appears to list the names and occupations of refugees and/or displaced persons living in post-war London. Her husband, Sigmund, was murdered in the Holocaust.

Is there someone who knows the purpose of The London Gazette?

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine
Dobrowa Tarnowską: KANNER, SCHMIDT, WERNER

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

Geoffrey Isaac Collins

Historians bash ‘rubbish’ findings of investigation into Anne Frank betrayal |
Headline in web newspaper TIMES OF ISRAEL

Big conclusions demand big proof,” historian Johannes Houwink ten Cate told The Times of Israel. “I cannot believe that a member of the Jewish Council traded addresses for freedom. After the Council was abolished, its members were sent to camps, if they did not go into hiding.”

As professor emeritus of Holocaust studies at the University of Amsterdam, Houwink ten Cate spent decades researching the city under German occupation. According to the scholar, Van den Bergh was in hiding throughout most of 1944, including during the raid on the secret annex in early August.

“Van den Bergh’s special status [of being protected as a council member and otherwise] had been withdrawn by the Nazis,” said Houwink ten Cate. “If he had betrayed the Frank family, he had to come out into the open, and that exactly was what he was trying to prevent.”
geoffic at

Familysearch port of origin potential error (e.g. Boulogne Sur Mer in Argentina instead of France) #general #announcements


I just noticed that  for arrivals in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay the records in Familysearch (based on a book of passengers) showed Boulogne Sur Mer, in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, instead of Boulogne Sur Mer in France as the port of origin.
I also noticed similar issues with the port of Marseille in France.
Familysearch allows the editing of the data on the individual record, but this seems to me to be a general problem that needs to be addressed at a higher level than a record.


Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Who Was Dora ROSNER from Tarnow? #galicia #poland

Abuwasta Abuwasta

Who was Dora Rosner from Tarnow? A devout collector of envelopes bumped into a postcard sent in 1941 by Dora Rosner from Tarnow to her son Leo Leib Rosner un Shanghai. I have an interest in it because my late father was also names Leon Leib and his family hailed from the environs of Krakow and Tarnow. I checked the Sugihara list and Leo Leib is not there, however he filled pages of testimony in Yad Vashem for his mother and his father Mojzesz Rosner which means that he survived in Shangahi but Yad Vashem does not display the image of the PoTs so I have no idea where he settled after the war. Would love to hear from anyone who may have more info. Thanks. I enclose the postcard's scan.

Jacob Rosen


JewishGen Talks: Stories of Escape - How Four WWII Jewish Refugees Survived by Landing in Japan #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the entire JewishGen community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:

Topic: Stories of Escape - How Four WWII Jewish Refugees Survived by Landing in Japan
Speaker: Mark Halperin
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Registration: Free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register now

Thousands of Jews fled war-torn Europe by traveling eastward via Shanghai and Japan. In this talk, Mark will trace the very interesting journeys of survival of four refugees from Europe to safe harbor in the United States – two in the New York area and two in the Los Angeles area. This talk will highlight the exploits of many virtuous souls including Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Lithuania who issued transit visas to over 2000 Jewish refugees. Along with providing their interesting narratives, Mark will share many of the research sources and practices used to document their journeys.
Registration is free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register nowAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email about how to join the webinar.

Warsaw legal documents #poland #photographs #records #warsaw


Does anyone know a legit way to find legal documents from Warsaw? I am really aiming to find a document which would contain a photograph of the person. Is there any way to obtain passports and the like? --
Saul Mark

Re: Translation of Hebrew tombstones Albany NY Bendel family #translation


To the first I’ll just add that the first line of the first stone is a quote from genesis 24:1. 

the second stone:
the woman Ms Pessele wife of Mr Abraham 
eighty seven years of age
she died Thursday (maybe Wednesday?) 6 Tishri
and buried Friday the 30th (?) of that month
year (5)622 by the short count (ie, not writing the thousands place)
May her soul be bound in the bonds of (everlasting) life 

the dates are hard to read and my numbers are likely off,  as it is unusual not to bury quickly. 

the last line is a boilerplate abbreviation used on both stones (and nearly all stones I’ve seen from the past few hundred years)

david dubin
teaneck nj

5501 - 5520 of 670867