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

Sandra Malek

It is also a BOOK!

For those who read, the information contained in more than 350 pages will be equal to, or even better than, the 60 minutes or you tube abridged version.

Sandy Malek
Los Angeles, California

Who Betrayed Anne Frank and Her Family? #holocaust

Joseph Hirschfield

The book's author presented his theory. It was his answer to the question that has existed ever since the Ann Frank diary was published. It is why the 60 Minutes episode has created so much interest. That a Jew could betray other Jews to save his own life may be immoral but happened in other circumstances too. I recall reading of concentration camp inmates stealing food from the weak and the young. The need for survival can overwhelm all other considerations.
Joe Hirschfield
Portage, MI  USA
MINOWITSKI, MINOFF- Brest Litovsk, Wysoko Litovsk -BELARUS
HIRSCHFELD, LINDENBAUM, BUXBAUM, BUCHSBAUM-Bialy Kamien, Gliniany, Skwarzawa, Jaryczow Nowy- GALICIA

Private investigator in Israel #israel


Hi group. I’ve been trying to find a long lost relative for years with no success. Please believe me when I say I’ve tried EVERYTHING. Can anyone recommend a private investigator in Israel? TIA
Milana Peacock
New York, NY

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

Andrew Sverdlove

I disagree with Larry Gaum.  While the Jewish leader of the area is dead and cannot defend himself, I personally think it was a very good investigative reporting and probably correct.  It is why the father stopped his search.  There is no other reasonable explanation.  Jews, like everyone else, have good, bad and partially good or partially bad people.  That is human nature.  "What would you have done".  That is always in my mind when I read horrific deeds.  We are not morally superior in any greater number than other humans. Perhaps instead of focusing on "money grabbing" we should focus on "life saving".  Whose life?  The accused.  I read stories of early Israeli immigrants who survived the Shoal being killed because they were recognized as fellows who worked with t he Nazi's to survive a few months or years or forever.
Andrew Sverdlove
Stamford CT

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


City directories contain prefatory materials that include house of worship listings. These often include names and addresses of clergy.

Far too many people nowadays only access online city directories for name searches. Those of us who examined physical volumes in our research learned the true value of a city directory is more than that. They contain a history of a region's development, announce street re-naming and numbering schemes, census and demographic statistics, and provide lists of civic offices, schools, fraternal organizations, and more. They often contain a reverse street directory. The table of contents will guide you.

It is worth taking the time to scroll to the beginning and the end pages of online/microfilmed city directories and not limit yourself to using them merely for name searches.

Good hunting!
Pat Weinthal, USA

The London Gazette #unitedkingdom #records (correcting my earlier message) #unitedkingdom #records

Jeffrey Cohen


I’ve found the London Gazette very useful especially for name changes where often the whole of the family is stated. I suggest searching directly on as searching from google may miss results.  Also do try different spellings as its not great at fuzzy searches.

In parts of the British Empire / Commonwealth there have been similar publications,



Jeff Cohen

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #belarus #JewishGenUpdates

Bruce Drake

Just like most towns had their “royfes” —barber surgeons with no formal education who cared for people when there was no doctor, or one a person could afford — they had their “bobbes” who were the midwives families depended on to bring their children into the world. The profession of bobbes was an inherited one just as was the case with the royfes.
“Two Bobbes” from the Yizkor book of Horodets (Belarus) is the story of Bobbe Mindl and Bobbe Chaya-Zlate. For decades, Bobbe Mindl delivered children of Jewish mothers, and almost the whole shtetl were her “Children”. She did not wait for them to get sick: when scarlet fever was raging, she would bring a red band or sew garlic in a sack and put it around the child's neck. When the town’s old Rabbi passed away, she brought her “children” pieces from the Rabbi's shrouds as a charm for long life (he was almost 100 years old when he passed away).
For Chaya-Zlate, her profession as midwife was a sideline income, while her chief income was drawn from teaching. Bobbe Mindl was the more popular choice, but many wives preferred Chaya-Zlate because when they were in labor, she used to tell jokes and humoristic episodes, and though the wife was in great pain, she would still laugh through them.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: “Torat Chasidism” by Rav Shmuel Chassid Bendet #general


Have you tried asking at your local library? Reference librarians are experts in locating current and out-of-print books. Big city, university, and state libraries will have topic specialist reference librarians.

London in particular is rich in bibliographic resources. A librarian should have little difficulty in identifying a holder and helping you access it.

You don't have to go in person. All libraries have websites. They publish email addresses, telephone numbers, and Contact Us forms. They often will do a look-up for free or a small fee.

All researchers should learn how to use It is the premiere online catalog for identifying publications of all kinds and who has it. It is free to use.

Good hunting!
Pat Weinthal, USA

Re: Who Was Dora ROSNER from Tarnow? #galicia #poland

Howard Fink

Hi Jacob,

I hope that you saw this on the record Leib Leo Rosner made for his mother:

Dwora Rosner nee Balsam was born in Zaszczomka, Poland in 1873. She was married. Prior to WWII she lived in Tarnow, Poland.

Howard Fink
Tarnów Archives Coordinator

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

Re: HKP Jewish Labor Camp 1943-1944 #holocaust

Russ Maurer

Also, the website, is definitely worth examining. It is especially rich in testimonies and interviews, and includes its own list of 1234 HKP prisoners and their fates, assembled from various sources, including the lists in the HKP book.

Russ Maurer
Records Acquisition & Translation coordinator

Re: Soroki uezd (county) Vital records #bessarabia #translation

Maury Kitces

I am not able to help with translations, but am definitely interested in the results.  Especially for names Kharast and Kitzes in Dombroveny and Markuleshty.

Maury Kitces

Re: “Torat Chasidism” by Rav Shmuel Chassid Bendet #general

Rubin, Rabbi - Contractor {PEP}

Try posting this question on Facebook.  There are several Jewish groups that might be able to assist you.
For example, Buy, sell, or swap seforim.  hosted by  Pesach Sommer.   I don't know if you have to be a member of the group to post.  Or if he will allow you to post without being a member.  But it is worth contacting him.  You can always join.
A Rubin, Chicago

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

Larry Gaum

I agree with Ms Goldberg.
To point our a fellow Jew who is not here to defend himself is reprehensible.
In my opinion, this is a money grabbing episode to sell books.
To accuse or even suggest a person’s guilt after he has long died is a cowardly act.
Larry Gaum

Re: Spindler- Grondo #belarus #records #russia

Richard Sperber

Hi Art,

I have been working with an archive researcher from Belarus and he recently sent me the extract below of a record he found in Belarus's central archives.  He sent it to me because the woman mentioned, Feyga Badash, and my great grandmother Chana Badash, were sisters (Movsha Badash being my g-g-grandfather).  I thought you might be interested as Feyga's husband Mordukh Shpindler, being from Grodno and born about 1869, may well be a brother or first cousin of your g-g-grandfather Alexander.

1894. Personal information of residents from foreign passport applications, Grodno guberniya.

April 15: Mordukh son of Neakh Shpindler, 25 years old; Jewish petty bourgeois from town Grodno, and his wife Feyga daughter of Movsha Badash, 22 years old applied for a foreign passport for a trip to abroad. He requested to send his passport to town Belsk, Walkovysskaya  Street, Kaplan’s house.

Fond 1/24/1184

I hope this information helps in you in your Spindler research.  Maybe Neakh Shpindler, who was probably born in the 1840s or so, is a direct ancestor of yours!

Continued luck in your searchers,

Rich Sperber





ROSCH, KRELL, NEUFELD (Western, Ukraine)


LERER, FIDELMAN, MALAMED (Eastern Poland & Warsaw)




Jews in Georgian Society - The Laras of London #unitedkingdom #sephardic #events


The extraordinary lives of the LARAS of London during the Georgian period.

Abraham collaborated with Pitt the Younger’s government to reduce the
National Debt. Esther’s husband was a good friend and benefactor of Horatio
Nelson. Benjamin was the perpetrator of a huge lottery swindle and his
brother, Moses, accumulated a large fortune. Charlotte Dacre and her father,
"the Jew King", were personalities of the day.

Their life stories are absorbing and entertaining: drawn from letters, court
proceedings, and other contemporary sources. Jews in Georgian Society is
rich in detail and full of remarkable insights into the commonplace and
exceptional circumstances of this extended family.

Pearl Foster was born in London and moved to Bristol for teacher training
and to complete a degree in Economics and Sociology. Her career in education
was followed by ten years as a registrar of births, marriages, and deaths.
She has pursued a lifelong interest in family history research – in
particular a branch of the Lara and Furtado families who escaped the
Inquisition of Portugal to England. Pearl is married, has two children, is
happily retired, and will be pleased to hear from anyone tracing similar

Pearl's books, are available from SilverWood Books

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

Odeda Zlotnick

On Thu, Jan 20, 2022 at 11:56 PM, Paul Chirlin wrote:
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
I agree.  The witnesses are Michaels and Hydecker (part of the latter name appears on the second document).  The Rabbi may have been Dr. -- Miller.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: How to obtain Lodz cemetery photo #lodz

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Concerning persons who had been buried during Shoah in Lodz' cemetery ghetto fields, I attach my picture of the original identification poles / plates of graves.
These original poles / plates are displayed in Yad Vashem Lodz' ghetto room.
Bernard Flam

Re: HKP Jewish Labor Camp 1943-1944 #holocaust

Russ Maurer

Hi Mindy,

There is no comprehensive list, but quite a bit of fragmentary information from items such as work group lists, daily sick lists, and the like. These were all researched and assembled into a book published 20 years ago. LitvakSIG obtained permission to index all of the names from this book (4467 total entries, but about 1000-1200 unique names as there was a lot of redundancy) and they were added to the All-Lithuania Database a few years ago. You can see all the names by searching Any Field Contains "HKP Jewish labor camp" (without the quotes) on the ALD search form,

The book, which also gives some camp history and context, has the same text in Lithuanian, Russian, and English.

Title: The H.K.P. Jewish Labor Camp 1943-1944
Author: Irina Guzenberg
Publisher: Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum (Vilnius), 2002

Russ Maurer
Records Acquisition & Translation coordinator

Re: Viewmate translation from polish to English #translation

Kris Murawski

This is in German.
Kris Murawski
Raleigh, North Carolina

Re: The London Gazette #unitedkingdom

Martyn Woolf

The London Gazette is an official publication of HM Government. Its purpose is to carry announcements and official notices such as Parliamentary Acts, Wills, Honours etc.


Interesting to read from time to time.  It is published every weekday.




Martyn Woolf


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