Re: Town in Galicia #galicia

Sherri Bobish


Check if Aaron & Dora are buried with a landsmanshaftn.  These societies were often shtetl based, although one could be with a society of a town they did not come from, the society may be a clue.  Their death certificates may have a clearer spelling of a town of birth.

Since Aaron's mother and his bride have the same surname than they may have been cousins, or from the same shtetl.  Try searching for a town that has both ROSNER and SPANIER residents.

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: Book - list of Jewish military died 1ast WW #germany

Irene Newhouse

The WWI German army was divided into 3 sections: Prussian, Bavarian & Wuerttembergian. The Prussian military archives were in Berlin & were mostly destroyed in WWII. Very little of the military records remain. The Bavarian muster rolls survived. They have been digitized & indexed & are searchable on Your family member does not necessarily have to have been born in Bavaria to have enrolled in that section of the army. I have several distant relatives from Silesia who served in the Bavarian army. The records of the Wuerttembergian army also survive, but have not been digitized. I do not know about access. My only experience has been: my greatuncle Rabbi Georg Wilde served as a field Rabbi. A local publication I found digitized online from a name search indicated he had been awarded a particular Wuerttembergian medal, so I wrote the archive asking if there were records indicating what he had done to be awarded this medal. They were unable to find the information.
I recently learned that two other relatives had been awarded Iron Crosses 2nd class because it was announced in their hometown newspaper - which happened to be Berlin, therefore the papers have been digitized, indexed & are searchable online. It's virtually certain that in smaller towns there werealso such announcements, but the newspapers are orders of magnitude less accessible.
You can check to see if your relative's home town has a city archive with a google search (use a translation extension for your browser) and write them to see what it would take to learn if your relative was awarded a medal in WWI from a local newspaper report. If the locality is too small for its own archive, google its name only, find out what district/county (Kreis) it's in & look for the archive there.
The Wiener Library has papers of the Reichsbund Juedischer Frontsoldaten: but it doesn't seem likely they contain service records. 
Irene Newhouse
Kihei HI 96753

Re: Tulchyn, Vinnytsia, Ukraine #ukraine

Sherri Bobish


Try doing phonetic searches on surnames KLASSOVSKY and OLSHEVSKY at:
The JewishGen Unified Search:
You can search on surname only, town only, or surname and town at once, and other search combinations.

Be prepared to see the names spelled differently than you may expect.  Also, people moved from town to town for various reasons, so it's possible to find people in a different town.

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?)

Help in finding BOROK relative from Ukraine #ukraine #latvia


Seeking information on my great uncle Lova BOROK. He was born in 1885 (either in Dvinsk, Latvia or Akkerman, Romania/Ukraine). His son Robert was interviewed and noted that his father fought in various battles, including pogroms, Kotovsky brigade, WWI (he was in the White Army) and awarded 3 Cross of St George medals. He lived in Akkerman, Odessa and Kharkov. His name does not appear anywhere in JewishGen, so I'm wondering how can I learn more about this man and where to look.
Donna Borok Moss
San Rafael, CA
 Searching: Borok, Lipschitz, Novogrodski, Braverman, Mischel

Update on the Yedinitz Yizkor Book Translation Project #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates


Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year to our fellow Yedinitzers!
The Yedinitz Yizkor Book Translation Project team has made tremendous progress since our last Zoom meeting in December 2021.
At that time, we had completed or assigned less than 70% of the pages. Now, we are at 85% completed or assigned. The assigned status means that the original articles are in the hands of our translators and will be completed in due time.
We have less than 150 pages left to be assigned out of a total of 1026 pages. This is something we are looking to achieve in the next few months.
We want to thank all of you for participating in this journey together with Yvette, Ed, and myself.
For those that have donated towards this project, we thank you again.
Please consider donating as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Please enter the amount in the Yedinitz box.
As a reminder, donations of $ 250 will allow you to provide a personal dedication to any article. Total donations of $ 500 will provide you with a free published book. 
Please send me an email at bassfish4@... to advise when you have donated so I may reconcile with JewishGen.
Please read what is available online and let us know what articles you have read with interest.
Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you.
Yvette Merzbacher, Ed Berkowitz, and Allan Bass

Re: What became of the Suwalki-Lomza group run by Marilyn? #lithuania

Esther Brill

Does anyone know where we can buy these journals? or get online access -- most of the places having these journals in their library are not near me.   
My paternal gp's came from the Lomza area - specifically Grajewo and Szcucyn - names include Jablonski, Golberg, Grossman. Specific names can be found on Ancestry and My Heritage 
Esther Levine Brill 

Petrof Piano Provenance - Haas Family (Anna & Grete) Vienna #austria-czech

James T Kelly

Greetings... I am a professional piano technician working on a project to e=
stablish the provenance of two Petrof Grand Pianos both located in Austria =
before the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938/1939. One piano for which I h=
ave the serial number is here in the US and may have been brought here as a=
 war souvenir. It would be extremely important to arrange for its return to=
 the heirs of the last owner. The second Petrof was listed on a property cl=
aim seeking to protect the piano from confiscation in 1946. The owner was G=
rete Haas who fled the Nazi annexation and went to New York City. Her mothe=
r Anna Haas stayed in her Vienna apartment throughout the war. Unfortunatel=
y the claim had no serial number on it so we do not know if the one here is=
 the Haas piano. The Haas apartment was at Neustiftgasse 55/14 Vienna VII. =
Grete Haas passed away in 1986 in Winter Park Florida. I have no way to kno=
w if the piano was ever moved to the US after 1946 or if it stayed in Austr=
ia with Anna Haas. Perhaps someone can provide information about how proper=
ty is distributed after the owner or custodians death in Austria. Is there =
a probate court and estate inventory ? On the export side how would a piano=
 be shipped to the USA and what manifests/bills of ladings would be needed =
? where could one search ?

James T. Kelly

ViewMate Translation Request - German #germany #poland #translation

Barbara Olinger

I've posted excerpts from 2 postcards written in German but mailed from Poland to Chicago.  I'd be very grateful for any translations.  They can be found at:

Thank you.

Barbara Olinger

Do these first names fit with your family? #usa #lithuania #names #photographs


I’ve posted on ViewMate the translation of the message in Yiddish on the back of a postcard,  The photo has two men standing by a horse-drawn carriage belonging to Boston Stores in Chicago. The one on the right is my grandfather, so I assumed the writing was by someone in his - and my - family.  My grandfather emigrated from Vilnius to Chicago around 1900-1900-1905.   But there are no surnames, and none of the first names are familiar to me - so I’m exploring whether these people are in the other man’s family.  Please get in touch if any combination of  Alter, Zalman, Kreine Yente and Yudes fit with your people in your family tree.  I’d love to be able to identify the mystery man, and share the photo and message with his descendants. 

Here is the link:


With many thanks

Ruth Silman
Manchester, England

Re: Gustav (Gustave) GOLDMANN (Goldman)

kristina bielenberg

Good news!  Yesterday I found on index listings for the various children of Philipp Goldmann of Namslau.  I pleased to discover that Gustav Goldmann, born March 7, 1852, was the older half-sibling of Henriette Goldmann, born September 6, 1854.  See posting #640026.  Gustav's mother was Henriette Böhm (Boehm), while Henriette's mother was Ernestine Schweitzer.  Gustav and Henriette each married two Bielenberg siblings.  Henriette married Hermann Heinrich Christian Bielenberg in Berlin in 1881; Gustav married Hermann's younger sister, Martha K. Bielenberg, in New York City in 1890, with the G. Golmanns moving promptly to Pittsburgh, PA.  By the way, Gustav's older brother Julius, born November 27, 1847, was the father of Felix Goldmann, famed Rabbi of Leipzig.  Anyone having further information regarding the Philipp Goldmann family of Namslau, their ancestors and descendants, please send me a message.  Thank you,

Kristina Bielenberg, Calais, Vermont

Re: GOLDMANN / BIELENBERG Family in Berlin

kristina bielenberg

See new information under posting for Gustav Goldmann, #640024. -

Kristina Bielenberg

Re: Town in Galicia #galicia

Brian Kerr

That's surely a challenging one...

Maybe the following link can (hopefully) be helpful in trying to decipher that (somewhat) Abbreviated location in Galicia.

Good Luck! :-D

-- V/R, Brian D. Kerr, Esq SSG, U.S. Army (Retired) SSA, Brigade G1, U.S. Army (Retired)

viewMate translation needed - Yiddish - family GOLD #yiddish #translation #poland

David Buford

This is a postcard written in 1939 to my father from a relative I believe.  My father's name was GOLD and it's from GILCHENSKII believe. I would love a translation.  Thanks in advance.

Linda Gold Buford

                      Kobryn, Belarus Belarus - KAMENETZKI - KAMIENKA
                      Russia - SALIMAN, SCHREIBER, SEGAL, WALDMANN
                      Israel - PALTER

Re: Riga - Latvia Holocaust website #holocaust #latvia


In answer to the last question, this is what happened in Riga In November/December 1941.

My great grandmother was among those who were murdered there.

Ronald Friedman
Menlo Park, California

Re: Tulchyn, Vinnytsia, Ukraine #ukraine

Tammy Driver <110166tlj@...>

Further to my original posting. Sophia's grandson and I are both on fixed incomes, and can't afford to pay anyone to do research.

Tammy Driver

Amazing New Book from a Jewish Norwegian Medical Student Who Survived The Holocaust #scandinavia #holocaust

Robert Zavos

The book by Robert Savosnick (1915-1998) is titled I Did Not Want TO DIE - From Norway to Auschwitz It was initially released in the Norwegian language in 1986.  The English version was just released  by  Their website has a  summary of the story.   Holocaust Remembrance Day is July 27 with Special TV Programs in the USA on Monday January 31 at 10pm (CBS?).  Some international locations may show it on January 10pm.



Robert J Zavos

Braden River, Florida

Re: Book - list of Jewish military died 1ast WW #germany


I apologize, I thought I replied to this threat already but am learning how to use this forum. 
Does anyone know if there are lists of Jewish veterans that served and not injuries or fatalities? Or is anyone familiar with the The Reich Federation of Jewish Front-Line Soldiers (Reichsbund jüdischer Frontsoldaten, RJF) and whether or not they have indexed accessible archives? 

Trying to find record of service for a someone from Grossenhain near Dresden. 
Many thanks in advance for suggestions or experiences you've had finding records that might be related.

-Theresa Koenigsknecht

Re: Max Bruch. Who wrote the music for Kol Nidre was NOT Jewish #general

Larry Gaum

Let me clarify so that there is no confusion.
Yes, Max Bruch wrote his classical piece Kol Nidre which was based on the Aramaic/Hebrew liturgical prayer Kol Nidre and it’s melody.
However, it was based on the Ashkenazic version of the Kol Nidre, not the Sephardic.
Bruch took the music and adapted it for musical instruments. He created a written musical score.
Thanks to all who contributed to the discussion, in the group and privately.
Larry Gaum

Re: Max Bruch. Who wrote the music for Kol Nidre was NOT Jewish #general

Larry Gaum

The Kol Nidre prayer, initially written in Aramaic was chanted centuries ago. It was not sung with the melody we are familiar with today in Ashkenazic synagogues. Sephardic synagogue chanting is completely different.
Larry Gaum

Re: Subj: ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Kris Murawski

This is a certificate issued by the Lwów midwifery school, dated July 15, 1882; stating that Mrs. Sara Goldfatb, born Arzt, age 50, from Jarosław, wife of a tinsmith, attended the Lwów midwifery school in the school year 1881/2 and has passed exams with safisfactory grades. Her conduct was appropriate.
Kris Murawski
Raleigh, North Carolina

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