Re: Help interpreting info from all Galicia gatabase #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG

Wendy Griswold asked about two people she had found listed on the All Galicia Database from the Żurawno Jewish marriages index book of 1901-1936 (held in the Przemyśl State Archive, Fond 154, Series 66, File 2), and whether she was right in thinking that the two people were the groom and bride in a marriage.

She is indeed right about this. The entries are given as:
Gicia DRUCKER; year of marriage: 1901; page (Blatt) in original record book: 83; record number (Postzahl): 13
Szulem Salomo ELLNER; year of marriage: 1901; page (Blatt) in original record book: 83; record number (Postzahl): 13

No marriage registers have survived from Żurawno, and nor have any death registers. It is very useful, therefore, to have two index books of Jewish marriages from the town, one covering the period 1841-1876 and the other, the one we are discussing, for 1901-1936.

Wendy asked whether knowledge of the record number and page number in the original marriage register could be useful. If the original register had survived, these number would certainly be helpful. In such a case, you could go to the original book and check on page 83, record 13 to find out more about Gicia DRUCKER and Szulem ELLNER, such as their dates and places of birth and the names of their parents. Unfortunately, that is not the case here.

Incidentally, the volume number (Tom) of the original marriages book is given as [Roman] number III. That would have been the number used at the time of the book (and not a modern archival number).

As it happens, Gesher Galicia has already planned for later this year to update the two Żurawno marriages index books on the All Galicia Database. The main purpose of this update, apart from some small corrections, is to present results of searches from these marriage index books so that the groom and bride are shown in a single result. In that way, Gicia DRUCKER and Szulem Salomo ELLNER will appear together in a search result, rather than separately as is the case now. Of course, even without this update, the scans of the index book are available on the All Galicia Database, for Gesher Galicia members who are logged into the site to view. Using these scans, it is possible - as Wendy has shown - to find matching pairs of grooms and brides, by comparing page and record numbers from the original marriages register.

Tony Kahane
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

Re: ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation


It seems to be in German.
A couple of thoughts:
a. There are two weddings on this page, both on December 24th. My grandparents married in Lwow on December 27, 1911. Were Jews taking advantage of the Christmas season to get married?
b. In both weddings the bride is 46 years old, and the groom about 50.....

Dan Geisler
Galicia: Geisler, Niker, Gerner, Roth, Keller, Wolf, Infeld, Kwadratsein

Latvia WW2 #latvia

Hazel Dakers

Fascinating extract about an author’s search for her grandfather and his activities in Latvia during and after WW2. Come to this Court and Cry: How the Holocaust Ends by Linda Kinstler.


Hazel Dakers, London UK researching:

BIRNBAUM (Zgierz, Poland), GOLD (Zgierz, Poland),  HEIMANN (South Africa and Luegde, Germany), NORDEN/NORDON/NORTON (London and South Africa)




There is still time to register: Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies #germany #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

The entire community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:

Topic: Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies
Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Registration: Free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register now! 

About the Talk

The Germany where our ancestors lived is not the Germany of today. Its boundaries have changed several times. Before its unification in 1871 it was more a concept than a state, composed of dozens of kingdoms, duchies and principalities large and small. Each of these states had its own laws and attitudes toward Jews. 

To do research in “Germany” one must know which places belonged to which state at a given time, the legal status of Jews there, and the records that they kept. Germany has an enormous wealth of records pertaining to Jews, especially after 1800, but there are no simple, global rules for using them.  

This talk will work backwards from today’s Germany to the early 19th century. It will focus on key historical events, their impact on Jewish life and the way records were kept.

About the Speaker:

Roger Lustig is a genealogical researcher based in Princeton, NJ. Since 2002 he has specialized in the Jewish families of Prussian Poland, especially Upper Silesia and West Prussia. He has done research in archives in the US, Germany and Poland. 

As research coordinator for the JewishGen GerSIG (German Special Interest Group) he is developing databases, including NALDEX (Name-Adoption List index), Württemberg Family Registers and the Hessen-Gatermann database. He has also contributed over 25,000 Prussian records to the JRI-Poland database.

He has given presentations at 13 IAJGS conferences, scholarly conferences in Germany and Poland, and various genealogical societies in the US and Canada.

He moderates the GerSIG group on Facebook, and is one of 4 admins of the Tracing the Tribe group—one of the largest Jewish genealogy groups on Facebook.

agencies Aiding WW2 Survivors #records


Below are extracts from the manifests of several ships arriving in New York in the immediate post WW2 years with displaced persons and other survivors of the war in Europe.  Many passengers were assisted at some point by social service agencies identified in the manifest only by their initials.  Sherri Bobish, in her recent contributions to this mailing list, correctly identified "OSE", and added : "Rescue groups include, but not limited to, OSE"
Many of these agencies are still in existence and can be found  by searching the net.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

  Christian World Service
  Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
    Lutheran World Federation
    National Council of Jewish Women
  National Catholic Welfare Conference
  Œuvre de secours aux enfants  (Childrens Aid Society)
  Travelers Aid Society
    United Service for New Americans
  United Ukrainian American Relief Committee

Tordobis #ukraine

Paul Mayerowitz

I have determined that my family roots were in Krisover, modern day Krivoye Ozero. I reached this conclusion after reviewing numerous immigration papers and a document listing the Jews of Krivoye Ozero from 1920-1921. A cousin, who was brought to this country by my grandfather, was in a book about Philadelphia. The author stated he was from Tordobis. I contacted the author, who would not cite his source. Another individual’s website also cited Tordobis as his birthplace but could not provide a reference source. 
Tordobis is allegedly in the Ukraine but I cannot locate any references to it. Has anyone heard of this location?
Paul Mayerowitz
14 Magnolia Court
Ocean, New Jersey 07712

Phone: 732. 508-9165
Mobile: 908 839-3300

Searching WEISSBURG #usa


Searching WEISSBURG:

Hungary, Austria, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Given names: Hermine, Arthur,
Jennie, Sophie, May.
Hermine WEISSBURG became my step-grandmother by marrying my (widower)
grandfather, Samuel JACOBSON, in Chicago, and outlived him by several years.

I knew the branch living on Crescent Heights, in L.A., where they had the
first indoor stairlift I had ever seen, and a succession of adorable pug

Hoping for contact.

Sandi (Blumenthal) Root

imigration to the UK #unitedkingdom

Daniella Alyagon


Where can I find information on arrival to the UK in 1938? I am searching for a number of relatives that escaped Vienna and Prague at this time. I have them showing up in the 1939 register in the UK.

thank you,

Daniella Alyagon

11 Rav Ashi St, Tel Aviv 6939545, Israel



Researching: ALYAGON (Israel), SHOCHETMAN (Kishinev / Letychev / Derazhnya), AGINSKY (Kishinev / Minsk), FAJNZYLBER (Siennica, Poland / Warsaw, Poland), JELEN (Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland), KIEJZMAN (Garwolin, Poland),  SLIWKA (Garwolin, Poland), MANDELBAUM (Janowiec, Poland / Zwolen, Poland / Kozienice, Poland), CUKIER (Janowiec, Poland), RECHTANT (Kozienice, Poland), FALENBOGEN (Lublin, Poland), ROTENSTREICH (Galicia), SELINGER (Galicia), BITTER (Galicia / Bukowina), HISLER (Galicia / Bukowina ), EIFERMAN (Galicia / Bukowina), FROSTIG (Zolkiew, Galicia / Lviv, Galicia), GRANZBAUER (Zolkiew, Galicia), HERMAN (Zolkiew, Galicia), MESSER (Lviv, Galicia / Vienna, Austria), PROJEKT (Lviv, Galicia), STIERER (Lviv, Galicia), ALTMAN (Lviv, Galicia), FRIEDELS (Lviv, Galicia)

Re: Seeking descendants of a Dr. Rachkovsky or Rotzkovski or Radkovski (or similar) of Haifa #holocaust

Odeda Zlotnick

Somebody attempted to add www to the link.  That won't work.
It has to written as I wrote it:

Or if you prefer:
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa


Camp Birchwood, West Goshen Connecticut.  1957-1963, 65.    Girls and Boys.  Some of the best days of my youth.  It was not advertised as a Jewish camp, I don't think.  Owned by the Greenberg family.  The Jewish part was that we had Friday night services, sang Adon Olam, and Jack Levins (boys head counselor) read us Chelm stories, Sholem Aleichem.  Almost everyone was Jewish, from New York with some from New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Sadly, the camp shut down but there are still remnants on the site.  I couldn't wait to go at the beginning of each summer and cried when it was time to go home.  A very special place and very special time.   Judy Hoffman, Montgomery MA

Translation from German to English #translation

Hannah Sperber

I’m willing to translate your letters from germ into English.
please send to naturefan33@...
Hannah Sperber, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Moderator note: please send translation requests privately

Re: Svislach Shishlovitz Belarus Belkin Chwalowski Szochet #belarus #poland


Hi Terry,

Did you find any additional resources?  I have ancestors from Svislach but not with your surnames, although Turetsky is on my wife's side.

Kind regards,

Charles Joseph

Researching: Burde, Lusky, Tikochinsky, Rosofsky, Zacuto

Re: Jewish children aboard the ship Athos II #usa

Sherri Bobish

Re: Help interpreting info from all Galicia gatabase #galicia

Steven Turner

That seems to be a logical conclusion. Yes. 
I'm glad our Identification Project was able to help you in your research.
If you have any questions please write to info@....

Steven Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

Re: Translation of comment - Romanian #translation #romania

Thanks to Luc Radu and Valentin Lupu who replied to my translation request.

The new surname was read as MARINOVICZ or MARINESCU.

I read the surname as MARINOVICI as I see 3 dots above the name.

Jacob Shayzaf, Israel

Announcing the Publication of Krynki In Ruins #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

Susan Rosin

JewishGen Press is proud to announce the publication of our 144th title: Krynki In Ruins
This is the translation of Krinik in khurbn: memuarn.
The book was written in Yiddish by A. Soifer.

Translated by: Beate Schützmann-Krebs

Extraction of the English translation: Donni Magid

Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind

Reproduction of Photographs: Sondra Ettlinger

Cover Design: Nina Schwartz

Hard Cover, 8.5" by 11" 230 pages with photographs


From his boyhood in Krynki to partisan life in the Shalker Forest, to the ghetto, to the hunger, thirst, beatings and killings of Auschwitz and a grim succession of death camps, Alex Soifer tells the story of his heroic struggle to survive and fight back. “The old concentration campers, who had been imprisoned for several years, forgot bit by bit that outside the electric wire there was another world where free people lived in dignity…. It seemed to them as if dozens of years had already passed, and that what was happening there on that piece of earth was a normal occurrence and would remain forever.

“Whether we would experience the next day was not certain, and with the red sky, the black smoke and the selections that spared no one, 'tomorrow' was no longer in our thoughts.... No one knew the exact date, or even a holiday. A holiday was whenever someone got hold of a piece of bread or a little watery soup. My bedmate was an elderly Jew who prayed silently every day, both at work and at camp and roll call, while looking around intently on all sides. From this Jew I learned that tonight was Passover.”


For more information and how to order, please visit:

Susan Rosin

JG Press Publications Manager


Re: Seeking descendants of a Dr. Rachkovsky or Rotzkovski or Radkovski (or similar) of Haifa #holocaust

Odeda Zlotnick

Correction, the site for graves info in Israel is, and now as I wrote above.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: POZNIAK and KRUL families from Benitsa, Belarus / Lithuania #belarus #lithuania

Sherri Bobish


Is this the town?

Byenitsa, Беніца, Bienica, Benitsa populated place 54°21' N 26°33' E G Belarus 51.3 miles NW of Minsk 53°54' N 27°34' E

It seems this is a hamlet in the region of Minsk.  Currently about 138 residents.

I am also searching a very tiny "town" that today is in Poland (Daliowa / Daljowa.)  I have found it impossible to find any records for my tiny town or the people that lived there.

The only thing I can suggest is to try searching at The JewishGen Unified Databases for each variation of the town name.  Byenitsa,  Bienica, and Benitsa

Do the same at databases such as and
You can put the town name in the birth field and leave everything else blank.  That's something that works well with small towns.

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

Eli Rabinowitz

Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant & John Stedman Memorial Fund Award


The deadline for submitting the Stern/Stedman Grant Nomination form and any supporting documentation is Friday 3 June 2022 at 7pm EDT. (USA). 

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)


Re: Jewish Summer Camps #usa

Jenny Schwartzberg

Dear All,


I went to Camp Marimeta (for girls) and my brother went to Camp Menominee (for boys) in the 1970s, located outside Eagle River, Wisconsin (in the far north of Wisconsin).  Both were run by the Wasserman family of Chicago.  I had not realized until checking their websites just now that Menominee was founded in 1928 and Marimeta in 1947. They were run by a Jewish family for children of Jewish families but were secular.  I remember that Shabbat candles were lit in the dining hall with brief prayers but otherwise I really do not remember any other sign of Judaism other that we were all Jewish.  I went there for 6 summers and enjoyed it.  Afterwards I went for 3 summers to Camp Harand, a theater camp founded by two Jewish sisters, Pearl and Sulie Harand, but otherwise no sign of Judaism though there were a lot of Jewish campers.  At that point, it was located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin but is now in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


All three camps still exist and are run by descendants of the original families.


Earlier in my family history, my great-grandfather Joseph J. Cohen founded two summer camps for the children of anarchist families, many of whom were Jewish, Camp Germinal, Jamison, Pennsylvania from 1926 to 1934 and Camp Sharon, at Mohegan Lake, New York, from 1928 to 1931 or so.  My grandparents, Emma Cohen Gilbert and Richard V. Gilbert were also involved with both camps.


I don’t know if these camps fall within the rubric for the researcher, but I would be curious to exchange memories and stories with anyone familiar with them.



Jenny Schwartzberg

Chicago, IL

4721 - 4740 of 673588