New book by Simon & Schuster #general #poland


Dear Group


I wondered if the JewishGen subscribers may be interested in reading my brother Melbourne writer, Leon Silver’s latest book published by Simon & Schuster titled, ‘The Miracle Typist’. It’s a true story of Leon’s father-in-law Tolek Klings, who was conscripted into the Polish army in the Second World War. However, the army is rife with anti-Semitism and Tolek is relentlessly tormented. What follows is an extraordinary odyssey that will take Tolek – via a daring escape from a Hungarian internment camp – to Palestine where his ability to touch-type earns him the title of ‘The Miracle Typist’, then on to fight in Egypt, Tobruk and Italy.




Best Wishes

Rose Raymen

Perth, Western Australia






Records for Aliens Held for Special Inquiry - 305-Cert #general #usa


Abraham Leibowitz, 20 years old, arrived in New York City on October 17, 1913 aboard the SS Graf Waldersee.  He's listed on the Records for Aliens Held for Special Inquiry, and the cause for detention was "305-Cert."
I haven't been able to find an explanation for this designation-- "305 Cert."  Please advise.
Thanks in advance.  Shabbat shalom and chag Sukkot sameach.
Evan Fishman

Evan Fishman
New Jersey
FISHMAN--Terespol, Poland
FINKEL-- Brest Litovsk, Belarus

Lacova in Lithuania #lithuania


I am researching the Glass/Glas/Glaz family in Lithuania and have found information in Dublin's Jewish Museum that they originally came from a place called Lacova in Kovno Gubernia.  A place with this name doesn't exist and I am unable to find any historical record of it.  I assume that it is probably a misspelling of a name passed on orally and there are a could of candidates in the Northern part of the country.

I wondered if anyone on here had come across the name Lacova or had any idea which place it refers to please?

Many thanks in advance

Jeremy Bloom 

September 2020 Summary of IAJGS Records Access Alert #records #general #jgs-iajgs

Jan Meisels Allen

In her September 30 posting, entitled “reprieve” footnote 3, ( Judy Russell,  The Legal Genealogist, wrote “every genealogist should be signed up for news alerts from the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee. Check it out!! “  If you are not subscribed, the directions for the link to do so is below.


As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—all postings are included below. The following are the summaries for the month of September, 2020.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you to be subscribed to the Records Access Alert. Without records, genealogists cannot do genealogy –making certain that we retain access and gain access where it is impaired is every genealogists' responsibility.


  • (Australia) Bill Not Yet Introduced, But Will Be amended Making Facebook, Google Pay for News
  • (Australia) Facebook Says It Will Block News on its Australian Platforms if Proposed Revenue Sharing Law Goes Through
  • (Australia)  Thousands of Prison Portraits Captured in 15 jails Over 50 Years in Digital Archive
  • (Australia) Australia's Data Competition Regulator to Look at Competition on Apple, Google App Stores


  • (Austria)  Under Austria's Hate Speech Law Internet Companies Could be Fined up to $12 million
  • (Austria, Turkey, UK) Google to Pass On Digital Services Tax to advertisers; (US,  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK)  Multilateral Mutual Assistance and Cooperation Framework for Competition Authorities


  • (Brazil) General Data Protection Law General Effective September 16, 2020


  • (Canada ) Could Canada Be Next? Spat Over Facebook and Google Paying Publishers


  • (Colombia)  Colombian Regulators Order Google to Comply With Data Protection Rules


  • (European Union) European Data Protection Board Publishes Draft Guidelines on Targeting Social Media Users
  • (European Union)  EU Parliament  LIBE Committee Met Regarding Future of EU-US Data Flow As a Result of CJEU Schrems ll Decision
  • (European Union)  Parliament Pushes for New Revenue Sources Including New Taxes
  • (European Union) European Data Protection Board Publishes Draft Guidelines on Targeting Social Media Users
  • (European Union) EU Court of Justice Upholds Net-Neutrality Rules


  • Family Search Announces RootsTech Connect 2021; A Free Global Virtual Event


  • (Ireland) Facebook Told it May Have to Suspend EU Data Transfers
  • (Ireland)  Facebook Launches Irish  High Court Challenge to Irish Data Protection Commission Order to Suspend EU-US Data Transfers
  • (Ireland-Scotland)  Irish 2021 Census and Scotland 2021 Census Postponed Until 2022 Due to Pandemic


  • (Italy) Italy's Antitrust Authority Opens Inquiry Into Google, Apple, and Dropbox


  • Lawsuit Against Google and U of Chicago Medical Center Regarding Shared Medical Records Dismissed


  • (Netherlands) Amsterdam City Archives Has 500,000 Notarial Records


  • (New Zealand)  Papers Past Access to 78 New Zealand Newspapers


  • (Russia)  Russia Will Embark on Digitizing, Translation of All Vital Records Dating Back to 1926


  • (US) Bi-Partisan Bill Introduced to Extend Census Count
  • (US) US Copyright Office  Established New Copyright Registration Option to Help Bloggers and Other Online Writers
  • (US) Department of Homeland Security to Proposed NPRM on Modernization, Definition of Biometrics Including DNA
  • (US) Department of Justice Unveils Proposed Section 230 Legislation
  • (US) Despite Federal Court Saying Census Count Continues to October 31, Dept of Commerce Says Count Ends on October 5
  • (US) Federal Court Rejects President Trump's Order to Exclude Undocumented From Census
  • (US) Federal Judge Blocks Early Stop of Census Count
  • (US) Federal Court Judge Blocks USCIS Fee Hike Planned for October 2
  • (US) H.R. 8235 Open Courts Act of 2020--PACER
  • (US) Library of Congress Chronicling America Newspaper Navigator
  • (US) National Archives Launches Presidential Library Explorer
  • (US) US Publishers Taking Internet Archive to Court
  • (US) S 4626 Bill to Establish Data Privacy and Data Security for Consumers
  • (US) Trump Administration Plans to Appeal to US Supreme Court Federal Court Ruling on Non-Citizens Being Counted In 2020 Census
  • (US) Trump Administration to Appeal Federal Court Ruling Extending Census Count and Last Minutes 2020 Census Schedules
  • (US) US Supreme Court Says It Plans to Issue New Rule on Sealing Records
  • (US) USCIS Response to Federal Court Ruling Placing Fee Increases on Hold
  • (US) USCIS Sued Over New Payment Regulations
  • (US) The Archival Researchers Association (ARA)
  • (US) Stars and Stripes Newspaper Gets Reprieve


  • (US-CA)  Article on Both Sides of the California Prop 24-- Consumer Privacy Act
  • (US-CA) AB 1281 Passed the Legislature Awaiting Governor's Signature or Veto--Amends California Consumer Privacy Act
  • (US-CA) Two California Bills Amending the California Consumer Privacy Act Pass the Legislature and Have been Sent to the Governor  AB 1281 and AB 713
  • (US-CA) California SB 980 Privacy: Genetic Testing Companies Bill To Engrossing and Enrolling
  • (US) California SB 980 Genetic Information Privacy Act is NOT Yet Signed by the Governor
  • (US-CA)  California Governor Newsom VETOES SB 980 the California Privacy Legislation; Signs AB 713 California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018
  • (US-CA) California Governor Signs Bill To Move Non-Presidential Year Elections Back to June


  • (US-NY)) Bill in New York gives Deceased Rights for 40 Years
  • (US-NYC)  New York City  Department of Records and Information Services  Proposed Rules On New Fees And Access Requirements
  • CORRECTION:(US-NYC)  New York City  Department of Records and Information Services  Proposed Rules On New Fees And Access Requirements


  • (US- Oregon)  Due to Wild Fires and Vital Records Lost Oregon State Vital Records Department Will Provide Free Replacements


The IAJGS Board of Directors approved opening the Records Access Alert to anyone who is interested in records access. This was announced previously.  We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening I encourage you to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner.  If you are interested in any of the above items, please register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in the archives.  To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to: and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization you belong to-a society, SIG  or a subscriber of JewishGen, Avotaynu, Legal Genealogist  etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to, or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at:


The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.


These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Ukmerge/ Vilkomir , Lithuania birth records #lithuania #records

Bella Tseytlin

talking about Vilkomir/Ukmerge - my late gma, Alta Bak, was born in 1893 in Utena. So far I couldn’t  find any records of her existence (except obd memorial, where she was listed as next of kin for her missing in action young son) . It’s especially difficult as Alta may not be the name given at birth.

In your opinion, can I get anything from Kaunas Archives  if, in one of the Revision Lists for (supposedly) Alta’s family I’ve come across a girl (Leah Iudes  Bak) which more or less fits information re: my Gma?

Unfortunately, neither JewishGen, nor Ancestry has anything else on this person.

Or there is no hope to get any additional information? 

To Susie Adani, I’m So sorry to get into your post...

Many Thanks to both, 

Bella Tseytlin.

Melbourne, Australia 

A Yom Kippur Couch Potato in the Virtual World #announcements #yiddish #galicia

Steven Turner

It was a very unusual Yom Kippur for me this year and I'm sure for many others as well. I wrote about it in my blog for Times of Israel and it was published today.
Hope you enjoy it.
Shabbat Shalom,
Chag Sukkot Sameach

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Bella Tseytlin

Gary, many thanks for addressing above issues!

As we know Alex Krakovsky  continuously adding new records to Jewish Schtetles - be it in various FB groups,
j-roots Russian Forum and on his  Wiki list. 

I’m not Technology savvy person, hence is my question:
Do you have suggestion/s how to sort out particular region (or the whole list) in Chronological order? I’m asking, as until File is open, there is No way to see when File has been added to the Jewish  Mestechko.

Many thanks.
Bella Tseytlin
Melbourne, Australia 

Struggling to find a birth certificate - my own! Silesia 1946 #poland

Nomi Waksberg

My mother was repatriated from the Soviet Union in 1946. (That is documented). She 
registered with the Central Committee of Polish Jews and her address post the war
was Klodzko.
PSA doesn't have any records for my birth in Klodzko.
My mother told me I was born in a convent - near the train station. My dear Polish
friend thought this might be Bardo and they did confirm that many Jewish children were 
born there, but didn't have any information about records.
I realize these times of post war transition were especially traumatic in this region of
Does anyone know if the Jewish Committee in Wroclaw maintained records?
Was there a required procedure by the Catholic Church to document births and
send this information somewhere for civil records?
Thanks in advance for any leads on this.
Nomi Waksberg

Re: Researcher in Belarus #belarus

Susie Krumholz

Risa, I'm wondering if you have Portuguese Citizenship as you signed off with Portugal and Arizona.  I have many questions about obtaining Portuguese citizenship. I visited there a year or two ago.  Could I possibly email you?  Many thanks!

Susie Krumholz
Austin, Texas

Re: Missing information in mazeva in Warsaw's cemetery #warsaw #general

Madeleine Isenberg


Despite not having all the tools I normally have (desktop in the shop) I think I can see quite a bit here.

At the top, on the curve is a Hebrew date, and to the best of my ability, it looks like 18 Adar2 5643 (= 27 March 1883).  The last letter of the year is a bit difficult to read, so I hope this is right.

A few rows down, I believe I see the name Shraga Aharon (maybe) Leib (maybe), who died at an old age.  
Further down, I am assuming the father's name here was Mordechai.

Perhaps these pieces of information help you, but it's the best I can do at this time.


Madeleine Isenberg
Beverly Hills, CA
Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLUECKSMAN, STOTTER in various parts of Galicia, Poland
(Nowy Targ, Nowy Sanz, Wachsmund, Dembno, Lapuszna, Krakow, Ochotnica) who migrated into Kezmarok or
nearby towns in northern Slovakia and Czech Republic (i.e., those who lived/had businesses in Moravska Ostrava);
GOLDSTEIN in Sena or Szina, Szkaros and Kosice, Slovakia; Tolcsva and Tokaj, Hungary.

YIVO Online Exhibit Tells Stories of Jewish Life Before the Nazis #holocaust #lithuania

Jan Meisels Allen



In August, I posted about YIVO’s first online exhibit featuring the life of Beba Epstein, a young girl born in Vilna, Poland now Vilnius, Lithuania in 1922. The exhibit is called, Beba Epstein: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl . To enter the exhibit go to:   Beba survived three concentration and labor camps, moved to America and had a career as a social worker for Jewish Family Services helping Soviet-Jewish immigrants to settle in California, Beba died in 2012.


The New York Times has written a story about the exhibit. Not only does one learn about Beba and the Jews of Vilnius, but also about the schools, where Jews went in the summertime. The exhibit has over 200 artifacts-photographs, film clips, maps. School notebooks and more.


To read the New York Times article see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Gary Pokrassa

Re: Jacobstadt, Latvia 1958 Revision List #latvia

Ralph Baer

I didn't know that there was a Jewish community in Jakobstadt (now Jēkabpils). That is where my maternal grandfather Dr. [Isidor] Hermann GUNZENHÄUSER, an Oberarzt (supervisory physician) in the German Army, lost his left eye due to shrapnel on September 29, 1917, not long after having been transferred from the western front. See attachment. Of course, a Jewish community in 1958, doesn't imply one in 1917.

Sorry to go off-topic.
Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

searching for relatives of Joseph Goldstein and Lillian Kaufer of Chicago. #galicia #usa

Stuart Kaufer

Searching   Goldstein/Kaufer

I am searching for relatives of Joseph Goldstein and Lillian Kaufer of Chicago.  They had 3 sons  Morris, Sydney, Emmanuel, and 2 dtrs, Gertrude and Anna.  I am hoping one of their survivors will recognize and be able to identify who is in the attached photo from the early 1920's.    Thank you.

Stuart Kaufer

Jacobstadt, Latvia 1958 Revision List #latvia

Ava Nackman

Is the 1958 Revision List for Jacobstadt, Latvia extant?  If so, is there a translated version?  If so, where can it be accessed?  If no translation exists and it is extant, where can the original be accessed?  Thank you.
Ava Nackman

Friedlander family in Chicago #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Yehuda and Pessel (nee
Honig) Friedlander who were parents of Moshe Ber (married Beila
Rappaport), Yitzchok Eizik (married BatSheva Rosenberg), Chaim Hirsch
(Married Reizel) and Mordecai (married Miriam). They descend from the
Stern-Horowitz ancestry.
Neil Rosenstein, author of The Unbroken Chain

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records - Borokhovitch in Kherson #ukraine #records #russia

Nancy Reicher

Hi Donna,

Not that I know of. Mine are from Kherson city. I have a record of one birth from there and there were others available to me but I didn't know how any of the others were related. The one I got was of my great uncle's birth in 1855. It proved his name and my great grandparents names. I was thrilled. Actually there were two documents ; one in Russian and one in Hebrew or yiddish. They were identical.

Nancy L. Reicher

Trying to make contact with family Farkas in Montreal. #canada

Neil Rosenstein

Yisroel Zvi Farkas of Montreal was son of Chaim Farkas and Zisel nee
Stern (of Horowitz rabbinical ancestry). He married Malkie Stern.
Neil Rosenstein, author of 'THE Unbroken Chain."

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Gary Pokrassa

reply to both Shmuel and Meir inquiring about Rivne / Rovno
there are a few records listed in Alex K wiki - go to (using Chrome)

go to the index at the top and click on 3.9.  
Also you should contact the town leader Leah Teicher at anafa-e@...

As for Glinki I dont see much.....please try JRI-Poland which does seem to have some records from this town

Gary Pokrassa

Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division 

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Gary Pokrassa

I have good news and bad news - the good news is yes there were some records that survived.

The bad news is here is a photo of those records now at the Khmelnitsky archives attached - I hope this comes through
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

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