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Re: U.S. PBS Series Ridley Road #usa

ab12cohen@...
 

I was not denying that anti-semitic events took place at the time in London - they still do, though usually now under the disguise of being anti-Israel or pro-Palestine. It's just that so many dramatic TV series overemphasize the negatives - there wouldn't be any 'drama' otherwise.
It would be quite possible for regular visitors to places like Ridley Road to not see any anti-semitic events, probably because they were not so eventful. 
Alan Cohen


Re: Translation request please- gravestone #translation

Odeda Zlotnick
 



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Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.


JGSLI Meeting Wed, May 11 @ 7pm: Tall Tales and Transformations: Researching Two Families Who Changed More Than Their Names #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Jeff A.
 

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island is delighted to invite you to our next meeting.

 

When: Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 PM, via Zoom

Topic: Tall Tales and Transformations: Researching Two Families Who Changed More Than Their Names

Speaker: Renee Steinig


Most of us have relatives who shortened their names, fudged their ages, or reported birth places that were not quite right. We will look at some instances where such changes were taken to a whole new level - cases of deliberate coverups intended to hide past scandals, or advance careers or social status. For example, we will explore the family of suffragist Dorothy Frooks and her brother, Babert Vincent Brooks, two of several siblings who reinvented themselves - managing to convince influential New Yorkers that their Russian-Jewish immigrant parents were Reginald and Rozita, a "successful businessman" and an "international socialite." We will also discuss records and strategies that help uncover hidden backgrounds and the need to use multiple sources (and a dose of skepticism) in all our research.


Renee Steinig first did genealogical research in the 1970s, inspired by a cousin who made it look easy. 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 for probate cases. She is member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has testified as an expert witness in several New York City Surrogate's Courts. Her personal research interests include towns throughout Galicia, many of which she has visited. A founding member, past president, and longtime trustee of the JGS of Long Island, Renee is also a director of Gesher Galicia and its discussion group moderator and Family Finder editor. She is also Mielec Town Leader for Jewish Records Indexing-Poland and the president of the Young Tluster Society, one of New York’s few surviving landsmanshaftn.

 

To join our meeting:
Register for our Zoom meeting: this will allow you to join in so you can chat with others during the meeting

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqd-murzooHdVb8k54-4g1OPdj6JXSLxmY


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

 

Looking ahead, our next meeting will be both in-person and on Zoom on Sunday, May 22 at 2pm. Michael Waas will be talking about Understanding Y-DNA.

 

I look forward to seeing you all!

 

Jeff Austin

president@...


Genealogists Helping Displaced Ukrainians #ukraine

Mark Halpern
 

Dear Fellow Genealogists:

As you know, Poland has been the main country accepting people displaced as a result of the unprovoked attack by Russia on Ukraine. Many cities and towns on the border of Ukraine and Poland have been in the news helping their neighbors from Ukraine with shelter, food, clothing, education, and jobs.

While not in our news, the city of Bialystok (one of my ancestral towns) and nearby communities are also helping people from Ukraine with places to live and essentials to sustain these temporary residents. These Ukrainians do not have access to their funds and their Polish caretakers are not being fully reimbursed for their humanitarian efforts. We can help!

A Polish friend asked the Mayor of Bialystok, Tadeusz Truskolaski, how to help. The Mayor provided the name of a local Bialystok Charity - Fundacja Robert Adam. You can see their webpage at http://www.era-fundacja.pl. Open this URL in Google Chrome and have the website translated to English. One of their projects is "Help for refugees from Ukraine." There are also organizations in other area towns helping displaced Ukraine families.

Please join me in helping the Bialystok region help the displaced Ukraine citizens escaping the indiscriminate Russian attack on their country. For this purpose, I have set up a GoFundMe fundraiser. My promise to you is that all the funds collected will be transferred to Fundacja Robert Adam for "Help for Refugees from Ukraine" and other local charitable organizations also helping Ukraine families.

The GoFundMe webpage is at https://gofund.me/15ef4d8b

I recently read that the Jewish concepts of tzedakah (charitable giving), tzedek (justice) and chesed (mercy or kindness) compel Jews to give to charity and treat people who are less fortunate with compassion.

Be compassionate and give more to help our ancestral towns help the less fortunate.

Mark Halpern
JRI-Poland Bialystok Area Coordinator
Founder of JewishGen's Bialystok Area Research Group
Connected to Jewish Community of Bialystok since 1997


Re: Cause of Death for German Relatives During the Nazi Years #germany #records

Julia Trainor
 

When perusing death records for a relative in May 1938 in Vienna, I remember being struck by the number of suicides among older men.   The cause may have been despair following financial ruin, or despair at the impossibility of obtaining refuge in a safe country, or maybe they wanted to 'release' their children from any obligation to stay and look after them, and enable them to leave Austria.   Just a thought.   We will never know.   

Julia Trainor
Canberra, Australia 


IGRA lecture on May 10, 2022 - How I Discovered America - From Columbus to the Cloud #education #events #jgs-iajgs

Hinda Solomon
 

Israel Genealogy Research Association    Website: http://genealogy.org.il/
The lecture will be in Hebrew
Tuesday, May 10, 2022  No charge
Israeli Daylight Time 19:00 - 21:00        EDT    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM   
Lecture begins at 19:30     

How I Discovered America - From Columbus to the Cloud
Speaker: Michal Lewenstein 

A mysterious discovery in the attic begins a virtual transcontinental research journey that reveals a fascinating historical story of the young State of Israel.   

Michal Levinstein has 40 years of experience in organizational computing in the IDF, and in engineering and high-tech companies. She is the founder of "The Scanner - From The Attic to the Cloud" and is engaged in preserving historical photographs and documents for businesses, families, and archives. 

To sign up to attend the lecture in person, please send an e-mail to  billie @ genealogy.org.il
Venue: Shazar Community Center, ground floor
30 Yavne’eli St., Givatayim       Map:   https://goo.gl/maps/zvesttigzxJT6ViQ7
Wheelchair accessible

For those who are too far away, we will be on Zoom, opening at 19:20 Israeli Daylight Time, 12:20 PM EDT
Posted by Hinda Solomon
Rishon LeZion, Israel





Re: U.S. PBS Series Ridley Road #usa

Terry Ashton
 

My mother does remember anti-semitic attacks in London at the time this
series was set.

Ms Terry Ashton, Australia
PRASHKER-Kalisz; SZUMOWSKI-Lomza; WAJNGOT-Poland; WIERZBOWICZ-Poland;
GOLDMAN-Poland; SEGAL-SEGALOVITCH-Vilna; GOLTZ-Latvia; ABRAHAMOVICH-Latvia


Re: Updated Klishkivtsi KehilaLink #bessarabia #ukraine

Yefim Kogan
 

Harriet,  it is a very good website for Klishkivtsi.  Thanks a lot for your job.

I have a question about the cemeteries.  We are planning to send our photographer one day to that town and photograph all tombstones.
But I see that you have some photos already.   Did you or someone else already photographed all stones?  maybe in one cemetery?
If so, we can do the translations and put it online.

Please let me know,
All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator


U.S. PBS Series Ridley Road #usa

Shelley Mitchell
 

In most countries, earlier or later, there have always been “underground”groups fighting bigotry, antisemitism, trafficking of people. And followers of Hitler spoke loudly at gatherings. Didn’t we have something called the Bund? Hitler sympathizes in the 50’s and 60’s? I find no problem believing this historical event. I wouldn’t be so quick to doubt. Just because a non-resident in the 60‘s didn’t experience it in no way counters these facts. Everyday we see new hotspots of antisemitism. Here. Today.

Shelley Mitchell, NYC
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Shelley Mitchell, NYC    shemit@...
Searching for TERNER, GOLDSCHEIN, KONIGSBERG, SCHONFELD, in Kolomyya; PLATZ, in Delaytn; and TOPF, in Radautz and Kolomea.


Re: Cause of Death for German Relatives During the Nazi Years #germany #records

Eva Lawrence
 

Reading between the lines, it seems to me that these may have been
suicides. The doctors reporting the deaths are careful not to give n
opinion, but booth deaths occurred while no-one ese was present. In
1935, professional men began to lose their clients and were ostracised
by people whom they had thought of as friends. These were men in their
fifties whom one would not have expected to die of natural causes.
However, I agree with Corinne that murder was unlikely.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.
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Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.


Re: Information on the Sugihara Database #general

Eran Gindes
 

Dear Mark

Thank you very much for the detailed information. It all makes so much sense now, and there's an even greater chance that Moze Rubinsteinas was indeed my mother's uncle. My Great grandfather visited  my grandma in Tel Aviv in Nov 1939, and while visiting, he applied for visas for the entire family to the British authorities, which obviously, they denied. It, therefore, makes so much more sense that they would do everything to save at least one of the family members. I wonder how many visas were actually issued. After the war, my grandma went back to Europe to find out what happened to them, and when she returned, she informed everyone that no one had survived and that she cannot shed any more tears ever again, which she did not! It is so heart-breaking and inconceivable! 

I will try to contact the organization that you've mentioned, and I hope to find out more. When I do, I'll let you know.

Thank you again and all the best
Eran Gindes
Petah Tikva
ISRAEL





בתאריך יום ג׳, 3 במאי 2022, 21:01, מאת Mark Halpern ‏<mark@...>:

 
Dear Eran:

I have been studying Sugihara and the refugees who transited Japan from the early days of the War in Europe up to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor for about six years. I do not consider myself a historian or expert, but I do know something about the refugees and the process of survival. Sugihara started writing Japanese transit visas to Jewish refugees in mid July 1940 and the mass processing on July 24. On August 6, 1940, the Soviet Union annexed Lithuania and all citizens of Lithuania became subject of the Soviet Union. Why was this date important to Moze Rubinsteinas? When his Japanese transit visa was issued on August 13, he and all subjects of the Soviet Union were not permitted to leave, while Polish subjects could leave the Soviet Union with the proper documents, which included a exit visa and a travel permit issued by the Soviet authorities. The Mir Yeshiva students and staff were Polish.

If you look through the list of transit visas issued by Sugihara, almost 95% are Polish and maybe 1 to 2% were Lithuanian. Those Lithuanian citizens with Sugihara visas that did not leave the Soviet Union by August 6 or soon thereafter could not leave unless they had forged documents. I think this is the reason that we do not find more Lithuanians on Sugihara's list. 

Most of the Sugihara Visa recipients who did escape can be found on lists of the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) providing financial and emigration support. These lists are online and searchable through the JDC Archive names search function. There is no "RUBINSTEINAS" in the database and no Moze RUBINSTEIN. 

George Bluman, the son of Sugihara visa recipients, who lives in Canada has done research on as many of the Sugihara visa recipients as he could trace. In his database, he lists Moze as "likely perished." Or, maybe a better listing for Moze is "has not been found on any list of Jews in Japan, Shanghai, or passenger lists out of Japan or Shanghai during WWII."

You mentioned Visas for Life Foundation. I think this website https://www.holocaustrescue.org/visas-for-life/ is the same. This organization is run by Eric Saul. On this website is this contact information: You can contact us at VisasForLife@...

Best regards,
Mark Halpern
Conshohocken, PA, USA

On 2022-05-03 12:29 pm, eran.gindes@... wrote:

Dear all, and Shalom from ישראל

When looking for information on my grandmother's family, who were brutally shot to death during the holocaust, in the JewishGen site, I stumbled upon the Sugihara Database. I had heard before about the heroic act of the Japanese Consul in Kaunas, Mr. Sugihara, who issued visas to Jews and thus saved many lives. I heard that story spoken mainly about the survival of most of the Mir Yeshiva rabbis and studets. I was very surprised though, when the name Rubinsteinas Moze, a Lithuanian citizen, given in 13th Aug popped up. My grandmother's name at birth was Ona Rubinsteinate. She was in British - mandated Palenstine during the war, and thus survived!
I have little faith that this man, which according to the records survived the war, was indeed my grandmother's little brother, but at least, I believe, it is worth finding out.
In the JewishGen web page, there's a fax number of a non-profit organization, which is called Visas for Life Foundation from July 2013, in which one could send inquiries. I found such an organization in Japan, but not in the States. Could someone please tell me if this fax is still a valid number, or is there a website or a phone number or an email address, where I can find more information on the matter?
Thanks and Kol Tuv
Eran Gindes


Re: Information on the Sugihara Database #general

Mark Halpern
 

 
Dear Eran:

I have been studying Sugihara and the refugees who transited Japan from the early days of the War in Europe up to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor for about six years. I do not consider myself a historian or expert, but I do know something about the refugees and the process of survival. Sugihara started writing Japanese transit visas to Jewish refugees in mid July 1940 and the mass processing on July 24. On August 6, 1940, the Soviet Union annexed Lithuania and all citizens of Lithuania became subject of the Soviet Union. Why was this date important to Moze Rubinsteinas? When his Japanese transit visa was issued on August 13, he and all subjects of the Soviet Union were not permitted to leave, while Polish subjects could leave the Soviet Union with the proper documents, which included a exit visa and a travel permit issued by the Soviet authorities. The Mir Yeshiva students and staff were Polish.

If you look through the list of transit visas issued by Sugihara, almost 95% are Polish and maybe 1 to 2% were Lithuanian. Those Lithuanian citizens with Sugihara visas that did not leave the Soviet Union by August 6 or soon thereafter could not leave unless they had forged documents. I think this is the reason that we do not find more Lithuanians on Sugihara's list. 

Most of the Sugihara Visa recipients who did escape can be found on lists of the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) providing financial and emigration support. These lists are online and searchable through the JDC Archive names search function. There is no "RUBINSTEINAS" in the database and no Moze RUBINSTEIN. 

George Bluman, the son of Sugihara visa recipients, who lives in Canada has done research on as many of the Sugihara visa recipients as he could trace. In his database, he lists Moze as "likely perished." Or, maybe a better listing for Moze is "has not been found on any list of Jews in Japan, Shanghai, or passenger lists out of Japan or Shanghai during WWII."

You mentioned Visas for Life Foundation. I think this website https://www.holocaustrescue.org/visas-for-life/ is the same. This organization is run by Eric Saul. On this website is this contact information: You can contact us at VisasForLife@...

Best regards,
Mark Halpern
Conshohocken, PA, USA

On 2022-05-03 12:29 pm, eran.gindes@... wrote:

Dear all, and Shalom from ישראל

When looking for information on my grandmother's family, who were brutally shot to death during the holocaust, in the JewishGen site, I stumbled upon the Sugihara Database. I had heard before about the heroic act of the Japanese Consul in Kaunas, Mr. Sugihara, who issued visas to Jews and thus saved many lives. I heard that story spoken mainly about the survival of most of the Mir Yeshiva rabbis and studets. I was very surprised though, when the name Rubinsteinas Moze, a Lithuanian citizen, given in 13th Aug popped up. My grandmother's name at birth was Ona Rubinsteinate. She was in British - mandated Palenstine during the war, and thus survived!
I have little faith that this man, which according to the records survived the war, was indeed my grandmother's little brother, but at least, I believe, it is worth finding out.
In the JewishGen web page, there's a fax number of a non-profit organization, which is called Visas for Life Foundation from July 2013, in which one could send inquiries. I found such an organization in Japan, but not in the States. Could someone please tell me if this fax is still a valid number, or is there a website or a phone number or an email address, where I can find more information on the matter?
Thanks and Kol Tuv
Eran Gindes


Re: Car and Driver in Lithuania #lithuania

Peter Cohen
 

For what its worth, I will add my experience...I also used Regina Kopelovich and was very satisfied with her services.  I rented a car from Avis, which I picked up and returned to the airport. Regina's knowledge was enough to get us to wherever we wanted to go. Traffic is not a problem and most of the driving is on rural roads. The trickiest part was finding the actual Avis office to pick up and return the car. Unlike what you would expect from Avis in the US, the car, although in good shape and gave me no trouble, was about 4 years old with around 65,000 miles.

All of this was about 10 years ago, but I doubt things have change very much.
--
Peter Cohen
California


Information on the Sugihara Database #general

Eran Gindes
 

Dear all, and Shalom from ישראל

When looking for information on my grandmother's family, who were brutally shot to death during the holocaust, in the JewishGen site, I stumbled upon the Sugihara Database. I had heard before about the heroic act of the Japanese Consul in Kaunas, Mr. Sugihara, who issued visas to Jews and thus saved many lives. I heard that story spoken mainly about the survival of most of the Mir Yeshiva rabbis and studets. I was very surprised though, when the name Rubinsteinas Moze, a Lithuanian citizen, given in 13th Aug popped up. My grandmother's name at birth was Ona Rubinsteinate. She was in British - mandated Palenstine during the war, and thus survived!
I have little faith that this man, which according to the records survived the war, was indeed my grandmother's little brother, but at least, I believe, it is worth finding out.
In the JewishGen web page, there's a fax number of a non-profit organization, which is called Visas for Life Foundation from July 2013, in which one could send inquiries. I found such an organization in Japan, but not in the States. Could someone please tell me if this fax is still a valid number, or is there a website or a phone number or an email address, where I can find more information on the matter?
Thanks and Kol Tuv
Eran Gindes


Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant & John Stedman Memorial Fund Award - Reminder #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Eli Rabinowitz
 

Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant & John Stedman Memorial Fund Award

REMINDER

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is pleased to announce that the call for submissions for the 2022 Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant and the John Stedman Memorial Fund Award is now open. The grant and award are expected to be $3,000 each. The purpose of these grants is to encourage institutions or organizations to pursue projects, activities and acquisitions that provide new or enhanced resources to benefit those researching Jewish Genealogy.    

For details about the grants, please consult the general Award Rules and Criteria and the special Stern/Stedman Award Criteria. For information regarding the current committee contacts and submission deadline, and to submit a nomination, go to the Grant Nomination Form

The grants may only be awarded to a not-for-profit institution or organisation or charity (and may not be awarded to individuals). Nominations may be submitted by any individual or organization, and self-nomination by organisations is permitted.  

The deadline for submitting the Stern/Stedman Grant Nomination form and any supporting documentation is Friday 3 June 2022 at 7pm EDT. (USA).  The grants are planned to be announced during the 2022 IAJGS Virtual Conference, which will take place 21–25 August 2022. 

If further information is required, please contact me using the email address below. 

Eli Rabinowitz (Chair, IAJGS Stern/Stedman Grant Committee)

Eli.Rabinowitz@...

 
 


Ridley Road #unitedkingdom

Adele Lester
 

As an Anglo-American, I can attest to the anti-semitic events shown in the first episode of this four part series.  However, it was filmed in Manchester rather than London and the real Ridley Road is a shadow of its former role in the daily life of the huge Jewish community living in the area at that time.   Colin Jordon was a virulent racist who caused extreme unrest in an area which has notoriously been a haven for incoming refugees (especially during the Pogroms when many thousands of Jews fled Europe in the early 1900’s.). --
Adele Schlazer Lester
Riverdale, New York

 


Re: Riverside Cemetery (Saddle Brook NJ) - Grave search tool now on website. #usa

Steve Stein
 

Upon investigating the above anomaly further, the cemetery seems to have reused deed numbers between the East Family section and the West Family section, which explains why unrelated people come up when one clicks on the deed number. The search capability appears to be looking only for the deed number when you click on it.

Steve Stein


Re: Morris Kasdan from #belarus #lithuania

ahcbfc@...
 

My great-grandfather was Leib Kasdan, born around 1875 in Krucha/Mogilevy/Belarus. His parents were Barney and Gertrude Kasdan and he married Bella Shulman in 1894.  Leib immigrated to NYC in July 1903 via Amsterdam. By the time he landed on Ellis Island, he called himself Louis Cohen. He brought over his wife and children in February, 1909 under the named Kazdan. Leib/Louis may have lived in Lower Manhattan initially but he settled his family on Staten Island where relatives still live there. The house Leib/Louis built in 1920 still stands. He also had a younger brother Oscher/Oscar who immigrated in 1906.
Barbara Cohen
ahcbfc@...


Re: Morris Kasdan from #belarus #lithuania

Sherri Bobish
 

Hi Robert,

I did both a phonetic and then a soundex search at The JewishGen Unified Database.
A soundex search finds in this database

The Vsia Rossiia 1903 & 1911 Minsk, 1903 & 1911 Mogilev & 1911 Vitebsk Gubernias Database

KAZHDAN Moisey Shmuil Haberdashery 1903 787 Minsk

 
Minsk

Minsk
KAZHDAN Moisey Shmuil Haberdashery Goods 1911 1544 Minsk

 
Minsk

Minsk

There is a 1900 record in database 
Riga Passport and Travel Documents Registration List 1900
This fellow is older than your Moishe, but perhaps a relative?
KASCHDAN, Mowscha
son of Nison
A watchmaker, age 39 in 1900
Borisov, Minsk p. 
Melnichnaya 94, Riga

A search at The JewishGen Unified Database
https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/all/
for surname KASDAN (phonetic search)
and town Minsk finds hits on the surname spelled various ways, i.e. KOSDAN, KASHDAN, KASCHDAN.

A soundex search finds even more variations, i.e. KOZDON, and other spellings.

The name seems to be connected often to the town of Borisov
https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/community.php?usbgn=-1941088
Barysaw [Bel], Borisov [Rus, Yid], Borysów [Pol], Baryssau [Ger], Barysavas [Lith], Barisava [Latv], Borisovas, Borissow, Barysaŭ
Region: Minsk

There is a KASHDAN / KASHDON  who lived in Kaunas, but were from Minsk.

Try the search at the Unified database and see if you find any helpful records.

Also, a search of NY passenger arrivals, using the Steve Morse portal to the Ancestry database, finds several people with the name you are searching (I used a soundex search on the first and surname.)
https://stevemorse.org/ellis/passengers.php?mode=ny
Including this fellow from Borisow, which I mentioned is in the Minsk region.
Name: Moische Kazdan
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality: Hebrew
Marital status: Married
Age: 39
Birth Date: abt 1873
Birth Place: Russia
Other Birth Place: Borisow
Last Known Residence: Borisow, Russia
Departure Port: Hamburg
Arrival Date: 28 Feb 1912
Arrival Port: New York, New York, USA
Final Destination: Brooklyn, New York
Height: 5 Feet, 7 Inches
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Fair
Money in Possession: 30
Person in Old Country: Chaje Kazdan
Person in Old Country Relationship: Wife
Person in Old Country Residence: Barysaw
Person in US: Hole Rozow
Spouse: Chaje Kazdan
Ship Name: Amerika


Re: U.S. PBS Series Ridley Road #usa

Alan Cohen
 

I haven't read the book or watched the series so don't know how true or not the story is but my mother-in-law used to go shopping in Ridley Road every week in the 1960s and I don't remember her ever talking about anti-semitic incidents.
 
Alan Cohen
 

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