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Military Personnel Records #general

Pennyu@...
 

Just a point of information. I sent away for my father's military personnel
records using information >from a JewishGen message. The answer that I
received was that the records needed to answer my inquiry were not in their
files due to the fact that records at the National Personnel Records Center in
St. Louis, MO as of July 12, 1973 were in the area that suffered damage in
the fire on that date and may have been destroyed. The message also stated
that alternate records sources exist which often contain information that can
be used to reconstruct service record data lost in the fire. However, in my
father's case complete personnel/medical records could not be reconstructed.
All I received was a Certification Of Military Service which contained the
dates of his service, his rank and the fact that he received an honorable
discharge.

Selma Ring Prager
Springfield, NJ


Re: Lithuanian group #general

Rechtman <rechtman@...>
 

My grandfather came to NY >from
Kalvaria, Lithuania
Could this be Kalvaria, Poland? At some point in early 1900 the Kalwaria town
was part of Lithuania... Have you confirmed the country?

Just a thought...

-Yigal Rechtman
+ Yigal Rechtman email: RECHTMAN@aol.com +
+ www.RECHTMAN.com Mirror site:members.aol.com/rechtman
+ Research: RECHTMAN, Suwalk; Augustow;
+ WYBRANCZYK, Lomza; FOGLEMAN, Riga; MILLER,
+ Mazstrow-Maz., Poland; SHER or MARCUS, Kwarsk, Lithuania


fyi: InfoFiles update #general

Bernard Kouchel <koosh@...>
 

InfoFiles Update...

See latest index, last revised 15 October 1998.

Retrievable documents (InfoFiles) provide added information at your
fingertips on topics of relevance to Jewish genealogical research.

Documents may be viewed or retrieved on the web at:
http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/
JewishGen InfoFile Index

or

Documents may be retrieved via e-mail.
To order a copy of the index, simply send a blank e-mail to:
mailto:index@mail.jewishgen.org

Response time may vary. All documents are in ASCII entirely.

--
Bernard I. Kouchel
<koosh@jewishgen.org>


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Military Personnel Records #general

Pennyu@...
 

Just a point of information. I sent away for my father's military personnel
records using information >from a JewishGen message. The answer that I
received was that the records needed to answer my inquiry were not in their
files due to the fact that records at the National Personnel Records Center in
St. Louis, MO as of July 12, 1973 were in the area that suffered damage in
the fire on that date and may have been destroyed. The message also stated
that alternate records sources exist which often contain information that can
be used to reconstruct service record data lost in the fire. However, in my
father's case complete personnel/medical records could not be reconstructed.
All I received was a Certification Of Military Service which contained the
dates of his service, his rank and the fact that he received an honorable
discharge.

Selma Ring Prager
Springfield, NJ


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Lithuanian group #general

Rechtman <rechtman@...>
 

My grandfather came to NY >from
Kalvaria, Lithuania
Could this be Kalvaria, Poland? At some point in early 1900 the Kalwaria town
was part of Lithuania... Have you confirmed the country?

Just a thought...

-Yigal Rechtman
+ Yigal Rechtman email: RECHTMAN@aol.com +
+ www.RECHTMAN.com Mirror site:members.aol.com/rechtman
+ Research: RECHTMAN, Suwalk; Augustow;
+ WYBRANCZYK, Lomza; FOGLEMAN, Riga; MILLER,
+ Mazstrow-Maz., Poland; SHER or MARCUS, Kwarsk, Lithuania


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen fyi: InfoFiles update #general

Bernard Kouchel <koosh@...>
 

InfoFiles Update...

See latest index, last revised 15 October 1998.

Retrievable documents (InfoFiles) provide added information at your
fingertips on topics of relevance to Jewish genealogical research.

Documents may be viewed or retrieved on the web at:
http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/
JewishGen InfoFile Index

or

Documents may be retrieved via e-mail.
To order a copy of the index, simply send a blank e-mail to:
mailto:index@mail.jewishgen.org

Response time may vary. All documents are in ASCII entirely.

--
Bernard I. Kouchel
<koosh@jewishgen.org>


Found my long-lost cousin . . .! #general

Candice Bradley and Daniel Byrne <djbyrne@...>
 

At the risk of writing a "Me, too" message (I know -- it's even less
cool than posting a surname querry) I'd just like to point out that,
like Ben Elton, I have benefitted enormously >from the mere *mention* of
a surname in a JewishGen post.

Over the past couple of weeks I've heard >from all sorts of Nebenzahls
all over the world. I don't know what to do with all the information
and links (and new correspondents) I'm getting. I'm thrilled.

But the neatest thing happened today. I heard >from a Nebenzahl I have
not seen nor communicated with in 30 years: my second cousin from
Brasil, with whom I spent an entire summer way back when . . . She was
a dear friend, and finding her again is priceless. This alone has made
JewishGen worthwhile.

Candice Bradley
Appleton WI


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Found my long-lost cousin . . .! #general

Candice Bradley and Daniel Byrne <djbyrne@...>
 

At the risk of writing a "Me, too" message (I know -- it's even less
cool than posting a surname querry) I'd just like to point out that,
like Ben Elton, I have benefitted enormously >from the mere *mention* of
a surname in a JewishGen post.

Over the past couple of weeks I've heard >from all sorts of Nebenzahls
all over the world. I don't know what to do with all the information
and links (and new correspondents) I'm getting. I'm thrilled.

But the neatest thing happened today. I heard >from a Nebenzahl I have
not seen nor communicated with in 30 years: my second cousin from
Brasil, with whom I spent an entire summer way back when . . . She was
a dear friend, and finding her again is priceless. This alone has made
JewishGen worthwhile.

Candice Bradley
Appleton WI


Greater Hecht family #general

Shluchim2 <shluchim2@...>
 

To Whom It May Concern:

My great-great-grandfather, Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech ("Hersh Meilich") Hecht OBM,
came to New York in the 1880s, >from White Russia. I don't know if he was from
Shinov proper, but he was a chasid of Rabbi Yecheskel of Shinov, the Shinover
Rebbe.

He had two sons: Shea (short for Yehoshua--not Irish!), who became known as Sam
in New York City (he ran a dry-goods store on the Lower East Side), and
Yitzchok Meir (or something like that--I don't recall his name offhand).

If anyone knows anything about my family's origins, or if you are related to
me, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,


Mendy Hecht
Shluchim2@aol.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Greater Hecht family #general

Shluchim2 <shluchim2@...>
 

To Whom It May Concern:

My great-great-grandfather, Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech ("Hersh Meilich") Hecht OBM,
came to New York in the 1880s, >from White Russia. I don't know if he was from
Shinov proper, but he was a chasid of Rabbi Yecheskel of Shinov, the Shinover
Rebbe.

He had two sons: Shea (short for Yehoshua--not Irish!), who became known as Sam
in New York City (he ran a dry-goods store on the Lower East Side), and
Yitzchok Meir (or something like that--I don't recall his name offhand).

If anyone knows anything about my family's origins, or if you are related to
me, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,


Mendy Hecht
Shluchim2@aol.com


INS can't find a file #general

Irene Newhouse <newhoir@...>
 

Has anyone ever had this experience? I requested the INS file on a
deceased cousin [an FOIA request] & have just gotten a reply that
their indices indicate the file exists, but they can't find it, that
I can consider this an adverse finding & appeal it, that they will
keep looking for it. If I file an appeal, will this make them more
liable to keep looking for it? Does anyone know what can cause a file
to disappear, other than carelessness, that is? [The state of MIchigan
filed our 1986 tax return under a wrong social security number, for
example, and then tried to prosecute us for failure to file 5 years later...]

Thanks!
Irene Newhouse
Kihei HI


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen INS can't find a file #general

Irene Newhouse <newhoir@...>
 

Has anyone ever had this experience? I requested the INS file on a
deceased cousin [an FOIA request] & have just gotten a reply that
their indices indicate the file exists, but they can't find it, that
I can consider this an adverse finding & appeal it, that they will
keep looking for it. If I file an appeal, will this make them more
liable to keep looking for it? Does anyone know what can cause a file
to disappear, other than carelessness, that is? [The state of MIchigan
filed our 1986 tax return under a wrong social security number, for
example, and then tried to prosecute us for failure to file 5 years later...]

Thanks!
Irene Newhouse
Kihei HI


Jews in Montpellier France #general

Joe Ross <nospam.laken@...>
 

Researching

Researching Jewish Communities in France
Is there a synagogue and any Jewish Community in the Montpellier
area of the South of France (to the West of Marseille).

Please reply by private email
Joe Ross , London, England.
laken@bcs.org.uk


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jews in Montpellier France #general

Joe Ross <nospam.laken@...>
 

Researching

Researching Jewish Communities in France
Is there a synagogue and any Jewish Community in the Montpellier
area of the South of France (to the West of Marseille).

Please reply by private email
Joe Ross , London, England.
laken@bcs.org.uk


* Are Anton and Nathan equivalent names? #general

Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...>
 

Dear all,

Here is one more puzzle in my family tree:

Background:

My paternal great-great-granfather was Nathan Venetianer. There is no doubt
that he existed and about his given name as I found dozens of references on
him in LDS films. According to my first and original source (my father) he
was born at Smrecsany, Slovakia in 1800 and died at Kezmarok, Slovakia in
1888.

Yesterday I received >from the Slovak Archives the death certificate of Mr.
Anton Weneczianer (Antal in Hungarian) born at Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia
in 1800 and having died at Kezmarok in 1888.

Observation: Smrecsany and Liptovsky Mikulas are very close to each other,
about 3 miles apart, in the Liptov county, Slovakia.

My question:

Can it be that Anton and Nathan are the same person? Is Anton the Slovak
(or Slavish) equivalent of Nathan?

Many thanks for your help to clarify this one.
friendly regards
Tom


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen * Are Anton and Nathan equivalent names? #general

Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...>
 

Dear all,

Here is one more puzzle in my family tree:

Background:

My paternal great-great-granfather was Nathan Venetianer. There is no doubt
that he existed and about his given name as I found dozens of references on
him in LDS films. According to my first and original source (my father) he
was born at Smrecsany, Slovakia in 1800 and died at Kezmarok, Slovakia in
1888.

Yesterday I received >from the Slovak Archives the death certificate of Mr.
Anton Weneczianer (Antal in Hungarian) born at Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia
in 1800 and having died at Kezmarok in 1888.

Observation: Smrecsany and Liptovsky Mikulas are very close to each other,
about 3 miles apart, in the Liptov county, Slovakia.

My question:

Can it be that Anton and Nathan are the same person? Is Anton the Slovak
(or Slavish) equivalent of Nathan?

Many thanks for your help to clarify this one.
friendly regards
Tom


Re: Where is Posvil, Russia? #general

Stewart Levy <srlevy@...>
 

My grandmother was also >from a Posvil but it is in Lithuania.
Could it be that a mistake was made. Posvil is not too far
from Birzai.
Stewart Levy

Steve Slesinger wrote:

One of my (now deceased) relatives wrote a history of the
SLESINGER family and said our ancestors came >from Posvil,
Russia. I have been unable to find such a town. Any ideas?


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Where is Posvil, Russia? #general

Stewart Levy <srlevy@...>
 

My grandmother was also >from a Posvil but it is in Lithuania.
Could it be that a mistake was made. Posvil is not too far
from Birzai.
Stewart Levy

Steve Slesinger wrote:

One of my (now deceased) relatives wrote a history of the
SLESINGER family and said our ancestors came >from Posvil,
Russia. I have been unable to find such a town. Any ideas?


Report from Krakow/ Farewell to Poland #general

HOLORO@...
 

Yesterday in Krakow I found some street vendors selling an unusual bread
product. It was circular in shape and had a hole in the middle. There
were three varieties, plain, sesame and poppy seed. The Poles called it
"Bajgel". My cousin Tom Breheny thought that it had possibilities as an
import to the Sates, maybe even serving it with cream cheese. I assured
him that it would never work.

We had a beautiful day in Krakow, sunny and mild, the first day we had
in Poland free of rain. We spent the day exploring the city on foot,
primarily in the old Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. This section, once an
independent city, was opened to Jews in 1335 by King Kazimier. It was
eventually merged into Krakow.

I was completely ignorant of the huge Jewish presence here in the pre war
era.

We visited at least seven synagogues within a relatively small area. Some
were in very poor condition, but workmen were there doing restoration. One
was called "Temple Synagogue". We went inside and moved carefully around
the scaffolding. It was beautiful. I was assured that it was a Reform Temple,
but there was a balcony where the women had to sit. I guess that "Reform" in
Poland could only go so far.

Another that we visited was the "Isaac Synagogue" on Isaac Street. While it is
still being restored, it is open to the public, with occasional services on
Saturdays and holidays.

A few blocks away was "Remuh Synagogue", a small, old building, with services
every Friday evening and Saturday morning. I was assured by one old gentleman
that there is always a minion. On the side of this building was the "Old
Cemetery". At first glance, it seemed to be in good repair, but I was told by
a visiting Jew >from Sweden that it had been vandalized and restored. More than
likely, the head stones are not in their original places. In addition,
fragments of head stones were being used to make an unusual, but beautiful,
wall around the cemetery. I doubt if anyone has catalogued the graves.

from there we went to the "New Cemetery", in use since about 1850, and still
used for burials today. It is much larger than the older one. I'm not sure all
the stones are in their original locations. Someone seems to be cataloguing
them, but I was not able to learn who. There were numbers painted on the sides
of the stones, which seemed to be designated by location. I would assume that
it is possible to do research there. I didn't get any further, as none of my
family came >from this area.

There was an open square in Kazimierz with at least one Kosher restaurant and
a number with Jewish style food. This was too good an opportunity to miss. We
returned for dinner and dined on gefilta fish, pickled herring and carp for
appetizers, and duck with side dishes of kugel and kishka. I could hear my
Bubbie Raisa telling me to "Ess, tatalah". I had to be rolled back to the
hotel.

As emotionally down the previous days had been, Wednesday left us feeling
pretty good.

Because we had taken an extra day in Krakow, we only have an overnight in
Warsaw. It is an entirely different city than that which I encountered on an
earlier visit in 1959. I spent some time this afternoon with Yale J. Reisner,
Director of Research and Archives for The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation. He is
extremely articulate and most knowledgeable about the Jewish presence in
Poland today.

We really need one more day in Warsaw but I've run short of time and energy.
I'll put this on the Net tomorrow morning and then head out to the airport.
My eleven days in Poland far exceeded my expectations. The time was short on
research but long on uniting myself with my RUDEK (ROSEN), WAJS (WEISS),
MORDCHAJEWICZ, NOSKOWITZ and GORZEWSKI forebears.

Howard L. Rosen holoro@aol.com
Mountainside, NJ


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Report from Krakow/ Farewell to Poland #general

HOLORO@...
 

Yesterday in Krakow I found some street vendors selling an unusual bread
product. It was circular in shape and had a hole in the middle. There
were three varieties, plain, sesame and poppy seed. The Poles called it
"Bajgel". My cousin Tom Breheny thought that it had possibilities as an
import to the Sates, maybe even serving it with cream cheese. I assured
him that it would never work.

We had a beautiful day in Krakow, sunny and mild, the first day we had
in Poland free of rain. We spent the day exploring the city on foot,
primarily in the old Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. This section, once an
independent city, was opened to Jews in 1335 by King Kazimier. It was
eventually merged into Krakow.

I was completely ignorant of the huge Jewish presence here in the pre war
era.

We visited at least seven synagogues within a relatively small area. Some
were in very poor condition, but workmen were there doing restoration. One
was called "Temple Synagogue". We went inside and moved carefully around
the scaffolding. It was beautiful. I was assured that it was a Reform Temple,
but there was a balcony where the women had to sit. I guess that "Reform" in
Poland could only go so far.

Another that we visited was the "Isaac Synagogue" on Isaac Street. While it is
still being restored, it is open to the public, with occasional services on
Saturdays and holidays.

A few blocks away was "Remuh Synagogue", a small, old building, with services
every Friday evening and Saturday morning. I was assured by one old gentleman
that there is always a minion. On the side of this building was the "Old
Cemetery". At first glance, it seemed to be in good repair, but I was told by
a visiting Jew >from Sweden that it had been vandalized and restored. More than
likely, the head stones are not in their original places. In addition,
fragments of head stones were being used to make an unusual, but beautiful,
wall around the cemetery. I doubt if anyone has catalogued the graves.

from there we went to the "New Cemetery", in use since about 1850, and still
used for burials today. It is much larger than the older one. I'm not sure all
the stones are in their original locations. Someone seems to be cataloguing
them, but I was not able to learn who. There were numbers painted on the sides
of the stones, which seemed to be designated by location. I would assume that
it is possible to do research there. I didn't get any further, as none of my
family came >from this area.

There was an open square in Kazimierz with at least one Kosher restaurant and
a number with Jewish style food. This was too good an opportunity to miss. We
returned for dinner and dined on gefilta fish, pickled herring and carp for
appetizers, and duck with side dishes of kugel and kishka. I could hear my
Bubbie Raisa telling me to "Ess, tatalah". I had to be rolled back to the
hotel.

As emotionally down the previous days had been, Wednesday left us feeling
pretty good.

Because we had taken an extra day in Krakow, we only have an overnight in
Warsaw. It is an entirely different city than that which I encountered on an
earlier visit in 1959. I spent some time this afternoon with Yale J. Reisner,
Director of Research and Archives for The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation. He is
extremely articulate and most knowledgeable about the Jewish presence in
Poland today.

We really need one more day in Warsaw but I've run short of time and energy.
I'll put this on the Net tomorrow morning and then head out to the airport.
My eleven days in Poland far exceeded my expectations. The time was short on
research but long on uniting myself with my RUDEK (ROSEN), WAJS (WEISS),
MORDCHAJEWICZ, NOSKOWITZ and GORZEWSKI forebears.

Howard L. Rosen holoro@aol.com
Mountainside, NJ