Re: German Jews incarcerated in England/Scotland during WW2 #holocaust #germany

ronald Wallace

Had it not been for the internment that took place I would not be here. My Father who had already started his own business in a government provided factory in the North East of England, was put into an internment camp while he awaited his naturalization papers. He was there only for a few months, but during that time he met a fellow internee who was a close friend of my Grandfather and who, after release from the camp, introduced my Father to my Mother and the rest is history.

Nothing I have heard about the camps was anything more than an inconvenience while the internees awaited their papers or other documents and they were well treated.


Ronald Wallace

Apollo Beach, FL


Social Security Cards (SS-5) #general


Hi Jewishgen folks,

A few questions about ordering an SS-5 (Deceased Person's Original copy) for my great-grandmother (d1973).

  1. What kind of information comes with an SS-5? 
  2. I can not find a death certificate for the deceased person, but I know they will accept a statement of death from the funeral director.  What does the director need to include? 
  3. And will my application be disqualified if the funeral director is not the one who performed the service?
  4. Should I ask for certification?

Thank you in advance!

Amy Mitchell

Translation from Polish of birth record for Haim Wasserstein #poland #translation

Relly coleman

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

It is for Haim Wasserstein marriage I belive in 1837.

Please respond in email or via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much,
Relly Coleman

Re: Need Help With DNA Puzzle #dna


Dear Jeri,
I agree with other responders who have suggested endogamy.
Think of Jews living in ghettos and shtetls over a period of 500-1000 years. Compared to the more open European communities of towns and cities, they comprised a very small gene pool. Instead of diversifying, the same genes were likely to be combined and re-combined.
Nina Schwartz

Re: Was my grandmother a bigamist? #general #usa


Polyandrist, actually—but I see why you used the term bigamist. I agree with the fellow researchers who suggested Florida and Reno, NV. The divorce need not have been granted in New York City, or even state. BTW was Mr. Fitzer still living at the time of your grandmother’s second marriage?
Best of luck with your search.
Nina Schwartz

Re: Russian records #russia

Alan Shuchat

A Google search reveals some sites with information about records for Nizhnyi Novgorod.

FamilySearch has images of revision lists up to 1858, so they may have records of your great-grandparents, but these are unindexed records (images only).

Here is an article about the 1897 census in Nizhny Novgorod: 

Here is an article about the central archive for that region: 

Here is a listing of archive fonds that may have 1897 census records for that region (in Russian, but use Google Chrome to translate it):

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Death record translation request #translation

Richard Stower

Would someone kindly translate the death record of MOJZES FELLNER, Aka# 58.

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine
Dobrowa Tarnowską: KANNER, SCHMIDT

Re: Need Help with Hebrew Translation from a Gravestone, Please! #translation


Considering that the stone has both the Hebrew Date of death and the Gregorian calendar date of death, it is clear that the deceased,
Tzvi the son of Moshe Mordechai died November 20, 1927, Sunday evening sometime between sunset and midnight, which was the beginning of the 26th day of the Jewish Month of Cheshvon, in the year 5688.

Shimon Sporn
Beit Shemesh, Israel



Re: Can anyone recognize this uniform? #general


These are two brothers who served in the Austria-Hungarian army in WWI. The seated man had a higher rank, hence a different uniform.
Carol Sicherman

Re: German Jews incarcerated in England/Scotland during WW2 #holocaust #germany

Robert Weinberg <weinberg@...>

Mr. Salit's note is hard to reconcile with my grandfather's experience as an internee on the Isle of Man. These were the best 6 months of his life, as he lived in a former resort hotel.  The notion that the Jews were murdered and mistreated by the Brits, as Mr. Salit writes, is simply untrue, as I know from the accounts of others, including cousins who enlisted in the British army.  Bob Weinberg, Brookline MA

Re: Was my grandmother a bigamist? #general #usa


You might also want to check Florida records. My aunt traveled there to get a divorce from her first husband because the divorce laws were more liberal there. I found my aunts divorce listing on Ancestry dot com.

Karen I Sanders
West Haven, CT

Re: German Jews incarcerated in England/Scotland during WW2 #holocaust #germany

Jill Whitehead

It is not only German Jews, but those who were born in the old Austro Hungarian Empire that became part of Nazi Germany, who escaped to UK and were treated as enemy aliens.  The Dukes family lived in my house for 46 years  and they escaped from Vienna in 1939, where they had lived since 1911. The parents came from respectively what is now Slovakia  (near Bratislava) and Hungary (near Budapest). Their daughter had been born in Vienna in 1912 (as had a son born in 1916 but who died in Crystallnacht), and she lived until 1983. The Dukes father was interned briefly for 6 months somewhere in the London area. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Can anyone recognize this uniform? #general

Frank Szmulowicz

Looks like an Austro-Hungarian uniform of WWI era:
Consider the shape of the breast pocket flaps and the shape of the hat.
Frank Szmulowicz

Austro-Hungarian Army Officer by tsd715 on DeviantArt

Trying to contact Anszel Bendiner #general

Nil S <nijusa@...>

Necessary to contact Anszel Bendiner since in his tree he has Ickowski, a family that I investigate
Thank you
Greetings from Argentina
Nil S Fernández

Re: Need Help with Hebrew Translation from a Gravestone, Please! #translation

Ilan Ganot

P"N (Po Nitman = Resting Here)
R' Zvi, son of Moshe Mordechai
died 25 Heshvan 5688
T.N.Z.V.H (May his soul be bound among the souls of the living)
Ilan Ganot

Re: German Jews incarcerated in England/Scotland during WW2 #holocaust #germany


UK residents will no doubt be aware that public libraries [at least in England] will normally subscribe to Find My Past, so that if folk can find a free computer there, they should be able to log into that website/database, and, I think, should be able to forward downloaded stuff to their own email address. And if folk are anywhere  near the Public Records Office complex near Kew Gardens in West London, then access to Find My Past and a whole load of other data will be free.
Michael A Hutchinson
Gloucestershire, UK

Re: Town named Chernastra/Cherustra/Cherna in Russian Empire #russia #ukraine


Thank you, everyone! After further research, Cherna/Chernustra is most likely Cherny Ostrov from the original post.

Evan Rosenfield,
Dallas, TX

RITEVE Yiskor book #general

Barbara Title

I found a copy of the Yiskor Book from the town of RITEVE in a private library.  If there is anyone in our group whose family was from RITEVE and would like this book, let me know

Barbara Title NYC


Can anyone recognize this uniform? #general

Ellen Gottfried

The man in the photo is Solomon Mendel DICKER (DIKER) who was born in Galicia and lived in Palestine before coming to the United States in 1923 at the age of 24.

  Ellen GOTTFRIED, Plainview New York

Russian records #russia

Roberta Berman

There is a possibility that my grandfather, born 1865- 1870, was born in Nijni Navgorod / Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The surnames of his parents are OFENHEIM and VASBERG/WEISBERG.
Do records exist for that town? And, if so, where can I find them?

Roberta Berman
Southern California

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