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SPERBER from Sieniawa (Galicia) and possibly Vienna #austria-czech

Joseph Lonstein
 

Dear SIG,

I recently posted this on the Galicia SIG and am now trying here. I'm searching
for the fate of four SPERBER children born in Sieniawa (birth records are in the
All Poland Database) and hoping something might ring a bell.
Their parents were Marim SCHYRAK/SHERAK/SZYROK (daughter of Solomon
SCHIROK and Reisl SCHIPPER) and Moses Wolf SPERBER (son of Lieb SPERBER
and Leah LAUFER) >from Sieniawa. The children were:

1) Beile SPEBER (b. 1902)
2) Mendel SPERBER (b. 1906)
3) Lea SPERBER (b. 1909)
4) Zelig SPERBER (b. 1911)

Their older brother Liebisch SPERBER (b. 1900) was a brush maker living in
Vienna beginning in 1922. He was deported >from there and killed in Auschwitz in 1943.
IKG Wien sent me a copy of his 1938 emigration form, on which he stated he was single,
with no names listed on the form's "family relationships" table. I don't know if that means
he had no family in Vienna or none anywhere. He had a valid passport and I do recognize
the name - a mutual cousin - he put as his contact to emigrate to NYC. IKG said they
had no records with these other four SPERBER names, and I'm assuming they considered
non-Galician variations of the given names.

I found SPERBERs >from Sieniawa a generation older than these children and there's probably
some connection (uncles? older cousins?): On Ellis Island database there's an Israel SPERBER
(b. 1874) coming to NYC in 1893, Sam SPERBER (b. 1887) coming to NYC in 1905 to meet a
Vinea Raudsis (probably Raudnitz?), and Liebish SPERBER (b. 1872) coming to NYC in 1898
to meet sister E. BURSTEIN. I can trace these three men in the U.S. Census records.
Elsewhere I found an Abraham SPERBER (b. 1892) >from Sieniawa killed in Brussels in 1942.
Maybe others >from this Sieniawa SPERBER family fled to Brussels?

I would love to hear >from anyone with a connection to this family, or suggestions
where I might look. I've searched numerous online databases including
the JG Holocaust, USHMM, Yad Vashem, Auschwitz, and Terezin as well as Geni,
Ancestry and FamilySearch, but so far haven't found anything clearly relevant.

Thank you,

Joe Lonstein
East Lansing, MI, USA


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech SPERBER from Sieniawa (Galicia) and possibly Vienna #austria-czech

Joseph Lonstein
 

Dear SIG,

I recently posted this on the Galicia SIG and am now trying here. I'm searching
for the fate of four SPERBER children born in Sieniawa (birth records are in the
All Poland Database) and hoping something might ring a bell.
Their parents were Marim SCHYRAK/SHERAK/SZYROK (daughter of Solomon
SCHIROK and Reisl SCHIPPER) and Moses Wolf SPERBER (son of Lieb SPERBER
and Leah LAUFER) >from Sieniawa. The children were:

1) Beile SPEBER (b. 1902)
2) Mendel SPERBER (b. 1906)
3) Lea SPERBER (b. 1909)
4) Zelig SPERBER (b. 1911)

Their older brother Liebisch SPERBER (b. 1900) was a brush maker living in
Vienna beginning in 1922. He was deported >from there and killed in Auschwitz in 1943.
IKG Wien sent me a copy of his 1938 emigration form, on which he stated he was single,
with no names listed on the form's "family relationships" table. I don't know if that means
he had no family in Vienna or none anywhere. He had a valid passport and I do recognize
the name - a mutual cousin - he put as his contact to emigrate to NYC. IKG said they
had no records with these other four SPERBER names, and I'm assuming they considered
non-Galician variations of the given names.

I found SPERBERs >from Sieniawa a generation older than these children and there's probably
some connection (uncles? older cousins?): On Ellis Island database there's an Israel SPERBER
(b. 1874) coming to NYC in 1893, Sam SPERBER (b. 1887) coming to NYC in 1905 to meet a
Vinea Raudsis (probably Raudnitz?), and Liebish SPERBER (b. 1872) coming to NYC in 1898
to meet sister E. BURSTEIN. I can trace these three men in the U.S. Census records.
Elsewhere I found an Abraham SPERBER (b. 1892) >from Sieniawa killed in Brussels in 1942.
Maybe others >from this Sieniawa SPERBER family fled to Brussels?

I would love to hear >from anyone with a connection to this family, or suggestions
where I might look. I've searched numerous online databases including
the JG Holocaust, USHMM, Yad Vashem, Auschwitz, and Terezin as well as Geni,
Ancestry and FamilySearch, but so far haven't found anything clearly relevant.

Thank you,

Joe Lonstein
East Lansing, MI, USA


Re: Czech Trip #austria-czech

josaschneider@...
 

Dear fellow searchers,

In the last week of May and first week of June I will be visiting the Czech lands with my family.
I will make a point of visiting places of origin and family history such as Marianske Lazne,
Usovice, Karlovy Vary, Dalovice, Skalna, Lesna, Novy Kostel, Prague, Humpolec, Trebic,
Terezin, Litomerice, Melnik, Host ka, Primda, Sokolov, Chotebor, Mlada Boleslav.
I would love to hear any advice or suggestions >from people who have been
there before.
I speak only english and hope to visit local archives is it possible to
communicate satisfactorily?
Travel hints re: accommodations, food etc. contacts, and words of
experience would be grately appreciated!

Thank you:)
Josa


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: Czech Trip #austria-czech

josaschneider@...
 

Dear fellow searchers,

In the last week of May and first week of June I will be visiting the Czech lands with my family.
I will make a point of visiting places of origin and family history such as Marianske Lazne,
Usovice, Karlovy Vary, Dalovice, Skalna, Lesna, Novy Kostel, Prague, Humpolec, Trebic,
Terezin, Litomerice, Melnik, Host ka, Primda, Sokolov, Chotebor, Mlada Boleslav.
I would love to hear any advice or suggestions >from people who have been
there before.
I speak only english and hope to visit local archives is it possible to
communicate satisfactorily?
Travel hints re: accommodations, food etc. contacts, and words of
experience would be grately appreciated!

Thank you:)
Josa


Update on Austria Granting Citizenship to Descendants of Austrian Victims of the Holocaust #austria-czech

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Several months ago I posted about an Haaretz article which stated the
Austrian government was working on citizenship for descendants of Austrian
victims of National Socialism. I then followed up with contacting the
Austrian Counsel General in Washington D.C. who replied that this is part of
program of the new Austrian government but was not able to provide specifics
at the time.

I followed up with the Counsel General who advised me of the following:
"The Embassy has not received further instructions in the matter yet.
However, on 13 March 2018 the Austrian Federal Government noted and approved
a report by the Federal Minister of the Interior to the Council of Ministers
(available in German only)
https://www.bundeskanzleramt.gv.at/documents/131008/722986/11_13_mrv.pdf/b14
185ea-270f-4ea7-91e8-d37ba21f59d8
regarding the intention to make it possible for descendants of Austrian
victims of National Socialism to acquire Austrian citizenship. The revision
of the Austrian citizenship law is expected to be passed later this year."

When more information is known I will post it here.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


IAJGS Warsaw Conference Early Bird Deadline Extension *and* Notice of Special Lecture #austria-czech

IAJGS Listserv Communications <iajgs2018@...>
 

The conference organizers are pleased to announce that the "Early
Bird" Registration deadline has been extended until 11:59 PM CDT this
coming Saturday, 5 May. To get the best rate for the full conference,
please register by Saturday. With the program now available on the
IAJGS Conference website iajgs2018.org and the schedule of SIG
luncheons now available there as well, this may be a good time to
register for the full conference. (Full conference registration rates
increase on Sunday. One and two day reservation rates remain the same.)

Further, the IAJGs 2018 Warsaw Conference Program Committee is
delighted to announce the addition of an intriguing new lecture by
Professor Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs of Jagiellonian University of
Krakow at our conference called:

Memory Conflicts in Poland Related to the Jewish Past & the Holocaust

This lecture addresses the current public discourse in Poland and will
occur on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018. The presentation includes an
evaluation of existing educational projects in Poland as they relate
to Jewish history and the Holocaust.

It is just one of the more than 200 special events occurring at the
next IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference, presented by approximately 170
lecturers and their colleagues >from at least 22 different countries!

Review the Preliminary Conference Schedule and other registation
details at iajgs2018.org and then join the more than 600 genealogists
who have already registered for the conference.

Sign up for our historic conference today and let us know that you are
coming so we can plan accordingly.

See you in Warsaw - August 5-10, 2018

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Listserv Communications
Woodbridge, Connecticut USA


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Update on Austria Granting Citizenship to Descendants of Austrian Victims of the Holocaust #austria-czech

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Several months ago I posted about an Haaretz article which stated the
Austrian government was working on citizenship for descendants of Austrian
victims of National Socialism. I then followed up with contacting the
Austrian Counsel General in Washington D.C. who replied that this is part of
program of the new Austrian government but was not able to provide specifics
at the time.

I followed up with the Counsel General who advised me of the following:
"The Embassy has not received further instructions in the matter yet.
However, on 13 March 2018 the Austrian Federal Government noted and approved
a report by the Federal Minister of the Interior to the Council of Ministers
(available in German only)
https://www.bundeskanzleramt.gv.at/documents/131008/722986/11_13_mrv.pdf/b14
185ea-270f-4ea7-91e8-d37ba21f59d8
regarding the intention to make it possible for descendants of Austrian
victims of National Socialism to acquire Austrian citizenship. The revision
of the Austrian citizenship law is expected to be passed later this year."

When more information is known I will post it here.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech IAJGS Warsaw Conference Early Bird Deadline Extension *and* Notice of Special Lecture #austria-czech

IAJGS Listserv Communications <iajgs2018@...>
 

The conference organizers are pleased to announce that the "Early
Bird" Registration deadline has been extended until 11:59 PM CDT this
coming Saturday, 5 May. To get the best rate for the full conference,
please register by Saturday. With the program now available on the
IAJGS Conference website iajgs2018.org and the schedule of SIG
luncheons now available there as well, this may be a good time to
register for the full conference. (Full conference registration rates
increase on Sunday. One and two day reservation rates remain the same.)

Further, the IAJGs 2018 Warsaw Conference Program Committee is
delighted to announce the addition of an intriguing new lecture by
Professor Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs of Jagiellonian University of
Krakow at our conference called:

Memory Conflicts in Poland Related to the Jewish Past & the Holocaust

This lecture addresses the current public discourse in Poland and will
occur on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018. The presentation includes an
evaluation of existing educational projects in Poland as they relate
to Jewish history and the Holocaust.

It is just one of the more than 200 special events occurring at the
next IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference, presented by approximately 170
lecturers and their colleagues >from at least 22 different countries!

Review the Preliminary Conference Schedule and other registation
details at iajgs2018.org and then join the more than 600 genealogists
who have already registered for the conference.

Sign up for our historic conference today and let us know that you are
coming so we can plan accordingly.

See you in Warsaw - August 5-10, 2018

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Listserv Communications
Woodbridge, Connecticut USA


Jewish cemetery Karmacs, Hungary #austria-czech

Traude Triebel
 

The Austrian Jewish Museum http://www.ojm.at has published on its site all
gravestones >from the almost forgotten little cemetery in Karmacs.
The cemetery was discovered coincidentally in 2007 by a friend of the
museum. All in all, she visited the place -- and took pictures -- five times
until 2018. Unfortunately, biographical data is sparse. However, the museum
wants to make sure that also the names >from this little cemetery will not be
forgotten. Several familiar names are to be found such as Oesterreicher,
Pollak, Rechnitzer, Fuerst, Rosenberg. There is, for example, the grave of
Ester Rechnitzer, d. 1855, wife of Abraham Rechnitzer who was born in 1780
in Rechnitz in (today's) Burgenland.

Entry page:
http://www.ojm.at/blog/mitbringsel-souvenirs/karmacs/

The gravestones:
http://www.ojm.at/blog/thema/souvenirs/karmacs/

Archive:
http://www.ojm.at/blog/mitbringsel-souvenirs/karmacs/juedischer-friedhof-karmacs-personenregister/

Traude Triebel
A-2700 Wr.Neustadt


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Jewish cemetery Karmacs, Hungary #austria-czech

Traude Triebel
 

The Austrian Jewish Museum http://www.ojm.at has published on its site all
gravestones >from the almost forgotten little cemetery in Karmacs.
The cemetery was discovered coincidentally in 2007 by a friend of the
museum. All in all, she visited the place -- and took pictures -- five times
until 2018. Unfortunately, biographical data is sparse. However, the museum
wants to make sure that also the names >from this little cemetery will not be
forgotten. Several familiar names are to be found such as Oesterreicher,
Pollak, Rechnitzer, Fuerst, Rosenberg. There is, for example, the grave of
Ester Rechnitzer, d. 1855, wife of Abraham Rechnitzer who was born in 1780
in Rechnitz in (today's) Burgenland.

Entry page:
http://www.ojm.at/blog/mitbringsel-souvenirs/karmacs/

The gravestones:
http://www.ojm.at/blog/thema/souvenirs/karmacs/

Archive:
http://www.ojm.at/blog/mitbringsel-souvenirs/karmacs/juedischer-friedhof-karmacs-personenregister/

Traude Triebel
A-2700 Wr.Neustadt


interpretation help for birth matrick #austria-czech

morav@...
 

Hi,

I hope someone can help me to interpret what it says about the parents
of my ancestor Joseph Zinner >from Teresov on the following page from
the Drahunov Ujezd birth ledger:
http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/241/reprodukce/?zaznamId=375224&reproId=424752.

Many thanks in advance for your help.


Philip Moravcik


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech interpretation help for birth matrick #austria-czech

morav@...
 

Hi,

I hope someone can help me to interpret what it says about the parents
of my ancestor Joseph Zinner >from Teresov on the following page from
the Drahunov Ujezd birth ledger:
http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/241/reprodukce/?zaznamId=375224&reproId=424752.

Many thanks in advance for your help.


Philip Moravcik


Free Value Added Class offered by JewishGen Education May 7 to May 21 #austria-czech

Nancy Holden
 

Free Value Added Class offered by JewishGen Education May 7 to May 21

Want to discover family research methodology and map the hidden resources
of JewishGen? Want to learn how to search one of the leading resources for
Jewish genealogy? Want to learn to navigate your way through the maze of
Jewish data collections?

This course is a series of workbook exercises that will take you on a
guided tour of the paths and byways that make up JewishGen's massive
website. You will visit the links that connect the composite databases,
projects, SIGs and open up the wonders of JewishGen.

Newbies, dabblers and serious researchers can benefit by using these
guided pointers.

Our private forum is open to enrollees 24/7. If you have donated $100 to
JewishGen General Fund in the past 12 months this class is Free.
If you have not made this contribution, there is a charge of $18.

Enrollment is open
http://www.jewishgen.org/education
Click on the enroll hyperlink

Please address questions to
mailto:jewishgen-education@lyris.jewishgen.org

Nancy Holden


TWO MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS regarding the 2018 IAJGS conference in Warsaw #austria-czech

bounce-3505732-772950@...
 

ONE: PRELIMINARY PROGRAM is available

The IAJGS 2018 Conference Program Committee is delighted to announce
the availability of the preliminary conference program.

While the program is subject to revision due to upcoming and
unanticipated scheduling needs, the basic framework of the conference
is now available and it should be a great help to those formulating
their conference plans.

At this moment, the preliminary program is accessible at:
www.iajgs2018.org/program_schedule.cfm

TWO: MEAL RESERVATIONS are available

The IAJGS Warsaw Conference Planning Team is delighted to announce
that registrants can now return to their registration forms and sign
up for the larger luncheons and Thursday evening Gala Banquet. To sign
up for a meal, you must first register for the conference, if you have
not already done so. Meal tickets may be purchased through the website
through July 23rd, and detailed instructions appear on the Conference
Registration Form.

The Meal Schedule in Summary:
Monday, August 6 JRI-Poland
Tuesday, August 7 Litvak SIG, JewishGen German-Jewish SIG
Wednesday, August 8 JewishGen Ukraine SIG, JewishGen Austria/Czech SIG
Thursday, August 9 JewishGen Belarus SIG & Conference Evening Gala Banquet
Speakers at the SIG luncheons will be announced at a later date.

Hours: Luncheons 12-1:30 p.m.; Banquet 7-9 p.m.

Costs: Luncheons ($32/person); Banquet ($62/person).

Meal options:
JRI-Poland luncheon: Kosher chicken or vegetarian.
Other SIG luncheons: Non-kosher buffet style; or pre-plated Kosher
chicken or Kosher vegetarian.
Banquet: Pre-plated chicken, fish, or vegetarian, kosher or non-kosher.
Medically based dietary restrictions that you told us about in the
registration form will be accommodated. If you have questions or
concerns you may contact the event planners at
eventplanner@iajgs2018.org.

Meals may be signed up for on the Attendee Service Center >from the
REGISTRATION menu on the Conference Home page www.iajgs2018.org. Sign
in with the Email address you used for registration and the password
from your confirmation message. On the Welcome page, Click Update Your
Info, then click Edit and continue through the registration form
adding information or meals as you go.

Watch for announcements about food offerings for lunchtime
get-togethers of smaller, country-focus, birds-of-a-feather, or
special interest groups.

See you in Warsaw - August 5-10, 2018

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Listserv Communications
Woodbridge, Connecticut USA


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Free Value Added Class offered by JewishGen Education May 7 to May 21 #austria-czech

Nancy Holden
 

Free Value Added Class offered by JewishGen Education May 7 to May 21

Want to discover family research methodology and map the hidden resources
of JewishGen? Want to learn how to search one of the leading resources for
Jewish genealogy? Want to learn to navigate your way through the maze of
Jewish data collections?

This course is a series of workbook exercises that will take you on a
guided tour of the paths and byways that make up JewishGen's massive
website. You will visit the links that connect the composite databases,
projects, SIGs and open up the wonders of JewishGen.

Newbies, dabblers and serious researchers can benefit by using these
guided pointers.

Our private forum is open to enrollees 24/7. If you have donated $100 to
JewishGen General Fund in the past 12 months this class is Free.
If you have not made this contribution, there is a charge of $18.

Enrollment is open
http://www.jewishgen.org/education
Click on the enroll hyperlink

Please address questions to
mailto:jewishgen-education@lyris.jewishgen.org

Nancy Holden


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech TWO MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS regarding the 2018 IAJGS conference in Warsaw #austria-czech

bounce-3505732-772950@...
 

ONE: PRELIMINARY PROGRAM is available

The IAJGS 2018 Conference Program Committee is delighted to announce
the availability of the preliminary conference program.

While the program is subject to revision due to upcoming and
unanticipated scheduling needs, the basic framework of the conference
is now available and it should be a great help to those formulating
their conference plans.

At this moment, the preliminary program is accessible at:
www.iajgs2018.org/program_schedule.cfm

TWO: MEAL RESERVATIONS are available

The IAJGS Warsaw Conference Planning Team is delighted to announce
that registrants can now return to their registration forms and sign
up for the larger luncheons and Thursday evening Gala Banquet. To sign
up for a meal, you must first register for the conference, if you have
not already done so. Meal tickets may be purchased through the website
through July 23rd, and detailed instructions appear on the Conference
Registration Form.

The Meal Schedule in Summary:
Monday, August 6 JRI-Poland
Tuesday, August 7 Litvak SIG, JewishGen German-Jewish SIG
Wednesday, August 8 JewishGen Ukraine SIG, JewishGen Austria/Czech SIG
Thursday, August 9 JewishGen Belarus SIG & Conference Evening Gala Banquet
Speakers at the SIG luncheons will be announced at a later date.

Hours: Luncheons 12-1:30 p.m.; Banquet 7-9 p.m.

Costs: Luncheons ($32/person); Banquet ($62/person).

Meal options:
JRI-Poland luncheon: Kosher chicken or vegetarian.
Other SIG luncheons: Non-kosher buffet style; or pre-plated Kosher
chicken or Kosher vegetarian.
Banquet: Pre-plated chicken, fish, or vegetarian, kosher or non-kosher.
Medically based dietary restrictions that you told us about in the
registration form will be accommodated. If you have questions or
concerns you may contact the event planners at
eventplanner@iajgs2018.org.

Meals may be signed up for on the Attendee Service Center >from the
REGISTRATION menu on the Conference Home page www.iajgs2018.org. Sign
in with the Email address you used for registration and the password
from your confirmation message. On the Welcome page, Click Update Your
Info, then click Edit and continue through the registration form
adding information or meals as you go.

Watch for announcements about food offerings for lunchtime
get-togethers of smaller, country-focus, birds-of-a-feather, or
special interest groups.

See you in Warsaw - August 5-10, 2018

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Listserv Communications
Woodbridge, Connecticut USA


This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #general

Bruce Drake <BDrake@...>
 

This being Friday, what better time to read "Sabbath in Town" >from the
Yizkor book of Olyka, Ukraine, about 21 miles >from both Lutsk and Dubno.
This is another account of how Jews in relative or real poverty scrimped
during the week with their reward being a joyous (and food-filled)
celebration of the Sabbath. Nathan Rosenfeld's account starts with the
preparations that begin as early as Wednesday, the men's pilgrimmage to
the "public bath to clean themselves up >from the impurities of the week,"
the services in the synagogue which was "filled with light >from oil
candelabras and shining candelabras" and of course the Sabbath feasts
that followed: "Kugels cooked with a lot of goose fat, plus kishke, cake
and cookies... recitation of the blessing on a full glass of vodka ...
Chopped liver spiced with goose fat is served, followed by the cholent
and delicacies."

URL: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=jewishgen.org

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #general

Bruce Drake <BDrake@...>
 

This being Friday, what better time to read "Sabbath in Town" >from the
Yizkor book of Olyka, Ukraine, about 21 miles >from both Lutsk and Dubno.
This is another account of how Jews in relative or real poverty scrimped
during the week with their reward being a joyous (and food-filled)
celebration of the Sabbath. Nathan Rosenfeld's account starts with the
preparations that begin as early as Wednesday, the men's pilgrimmage to
the "public bath to clean themselves up >from the impurities of the week,"
the services in the synagogue which was "filled with light >from oil
candelabras and shining candelabras" and of course the Sabbath feasts
that followed: "Kugels cooked with a lot of goose fat, plus kishke, cake
and cookies... recitation of the blessing on a full glass of vodka ...
Chopped liver spiced with goose fat is served, followed by the cholent
and delicacies."

URL: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=jewishgen.org

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel


Memorialization for the Holocaust Victims from the Town of Birzh (Birzai), Lithuania #lithuania

Roy Ogus
 

On August 8, 1941, 2400 Jews living in the town of Birzh were force-marched
to the Astrava forest, 3 Km outside of Birzh, and brutally murdered. The
victims lie buried in the forest in two large mass graves. A fuller
description of this horrific event is found at
https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/birzai/Birzh_3.html

A major undertaking to build, at the gravesite, a memorial to the victims
is now in process, with the goal of dedicating the memorial in October
2018.

A list of victims has been constructed using data >from the Yad Vashem
Database of Shoah Victims Names. However, this list falls well short of
identifying a majority of those who died on that fateful day.

The organizers of the memorial project urgently seek people who can
contribute names of Jews who were resident in Birzh during WWII or Jews
who are known to have perished in the Astrava forest.

If you have such names or other pertinent information to share, please
contact Jonathan Dorfan at <jdorfan@yahoo.com>. Jonathan will provide
you with a Testimony Form to capture, in a standardized format, what
information you have.

Thanks!

Roy Ogus
Palo Alto, California
r_ogus at hotmail.com </jdorfan@yahoo.com>


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Memorialization for the Holocaust Victims from the Town of Birzh (Birzai), Lithuania #lithuania

Roy Ogus
 

On August 8, 1941, 2400 Jews living in the town of Birzh were force-marched
to the Astrava forest, 3 Km outside of Birzh, and brutally murdered. The
victims lie buried in the forest in two large mass graves. A fuller
description of this horrific event is found at
https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/birzai/Birzh_3.html

A major undertaking to build, at the gravesite, a memorial to the victims
is now in process, with the goal of dedicating the memorial in October
2018.

A list of victims has been constructed using data >from the Yad Vashem
Database of Shoah Victims Names. However, this list falls well short of
identifying a majority of those who died on that fateful day.

The organizers of the memorial project urgently seek people who can
contribute names of Jews who were resident in Birzh during WWII or Jews
who are known to have perished in the Astrava forest.

If you have such names or other pertinent information to share, please
contact Jonathan Dorfan at <jdorfan@yahoo.com>. Jonathan will provide
you with a Testimony Form to capture, in a standardized format, what
information you have.

Thanks!

Roy Ogus
Palo Alto, California
r_ogus at hotmail.com </jdorfan@yahoo.com>

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