Re: Online copy or access to the Reichsanzeiger list #germany #holocaust

Ernst-Peter Winter


Does anyone know of an online source.or has access to the
Reichanzeiger lists of Jews who were de-naturalized in
Germany?  If so, please let me know.
you will find the "Reichsanzeiger" at

Ernst-Peter (Winter). Münster (Hessen)

Holocaust-Era Jewish Artifacts Discovered in Nowy Sacz #holocaust #poland

Jan Meisels Allen






Archaeologists and historians from the History Association of Poland found a Jewish treasure trove when excavating of an old castle in Nowy Sacz known as Tzanz.   They found silverware, cups, knives, forks and other items.  The valuables were apparently buried there during the course of World War II.


Prior to exhibition in the local museum the items will be further investigated.




Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Portugal Recognizes Consul who Saved thousands From Holocaust #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen




In mid-June 1940 Hitler’s forces were days from completing victory over France. Paris fell on June 14 and a week later an armistice was signed.  Portugal's diplomatic corps was under strict instruction from the right-wing Salazar dictatorship that visas should be issued to refugee Jews and stateless people only with express permission from Lisbon.  For those thronging Bordeaux's streets hoping to cross into Spain and escape Nazi persecution there was no time to wait.


Aristides de Sousa Mendes (1885-1954) was Portugal’s consul in Bordeaux during World War ll. He supplied Jews with visas that permitted them to escape from advancing German forces. His decision to save the Jews’ lives cost him his diplomatic career under Portuguese dictator António de Oliveira Salazar. The foreign ministry in Lisbon began sending cablegrams to Bordeaux, ordering him to desist, amid reports from colleagues that he had "lost his senses".


Spanish authorities declared his visas invalid, but thousands had already made it across the Bidasoa river into Spain's Basque region.

Among those who escaped occupied France due to Salazar’s visas include surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker King Vidor, members of the Rothschild banking family and the majority of Belgium's future government-in-exile.


The rest of his life was spent in penury.


The Consul had a friendship with Rabbi Chaim Kruger who fled the Nazis from his home in Belgium. Consul Sousa Mendes offered the rabbi and his immediate family safe passage across the Spanish border. Kruger refused the offer, as he could not abandon the thousands of other Jewish refugees in Bordeaux. After days of contemplation, according to Menes’ son. “he strode out of his bedroom, flung open the door to the chancellery, and announced in a loud voice: 'From now on I'm giving everyone visas. There will be no more nationalities, races or religions'."


Estimates of number of transit visas allowing refugees to pass from France into Spain and travel on to Portugal range between 10,000-30,000. On June 9 Parliament’s parliament decided for a monument with his name in the National Pantheon.


In 1966 Yad Vashem recognized him as Righteous Among the Nations.


In 1988 Portuguese parliament posthumously withdraws disciplinary charges against him


Now the Portugal has recognized him.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Hirschenbaum family of Beit Shemesh, Ashdod and Staten Island. #israel #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the children of Rabbi Nachman Hirschenbaum
of Ashdod where his children Alexander Michael, Mordechai Peretz and
Natan live. His other children include Malka Esther (Moshe Bezalel)
Feller in Boro Park, Naftali and Pinchas in Jerualem and Chaya Ita
(Asher Ringel, musician) and Pessia Sima (Zvi Meir Fastag in Staten
The family traces back to the rabbinical families of Weinstock and Horowitz.

Town Map of Novoselitsa #bessarabia

R Jaffer

Liora Ofer has donated a map of Novoselitsa drawn for the family by her grandfather in the 1970s. The map has been translated from the original Hebrew and uploaded to the Bessarabia Research website.

From Research Divisions of JewishGen click on Bessarabia
Hover over History and Geography and then Maps
Click on Town Maps Translated into English

We thank Liora for her donation and translation of the map.

Roberta Jaffer
Bessarabia Yizkor Book Coordinator
Massachusetts, USA

Searching Zawelowicz family from Koidanov, Minsk, Belarus #belarus

My gf, Leib Zawelowicz (Zavelovich) emigrated to Philadelphia in 1899. He eventually helped other relatives to come to the U.S. Upon entry, they changed their name to Cohen. Would appreciate knowing of relatives in Philadelphia. Other family members stayed in Russia and perished in the Holocaust. They possibly died in the 1941 Koidanov Massacre of 1941.
Any knowledge would be most welcomed. Thank you.
Judy Cohen
Ventura, CA
Sent from my Verizon ASUS tablet

The June Issue of the Galitzianer #galicia #general

Gesher Galicia SIG

Just in time for summer reading, we are delighted to announce the release of the June 2020 issue of the Galitzianer, the quarterly research journal of Gesher Galicia. This issue takes us from protests on the streets of Lemberg in 1848 to desperation in the fortress-city of Przemyśl during World War I. It draws us into a Viennese opera romanticizing the last imperial couple of the Austrian Empire and walks us through the holdings and history of the remarkable Ossolineum Library in Poland. It informs us of surprising genealogical revelations and makes some of us think about our ancestors’ names in a new light. It even helps us consider the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of the Spanish flu.

The June issue of the journal takes us on this whirlwind tour through the following articles:

·         “Research Corner: The Ossolineum” by Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła

·         “Soaring Hopes of 1848: Demonstrations and Petitions” by Andrew Zalewski

·         “The Great Siege of Przemysl: Prelude to the Holocaust” by Alexander Watson

·         “Surviving a Pandemic: Then and Now” by Sharon Taylor

·         “An Opera Tried to Heal a Broken Europe” by Larry Wolff

·         “Name Americanization Patterns: From Rochel to Rose, Mendel to Max” by Jason H. Greenberg

·         “Discovering a Rabbinic Lineage: From Bardejov to Brody” by Jacob Rosen-Koenigsbuch

·         “President’s Page” by Steven S. Turner

The Galitzianer is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia, though anyone is invited to submit articles on Galicia-related themes. For membership information, visit our website at For details on submitting an article, please review our submissions policy ( and contact me at submissions@....


Jodi G. Benjamin

Editor, The Galitzianer

Gesher Galicia

Send all inquiries to submissions@...


Jewish Genealogy Society of Toronto. Exclusive free MyHeritage webinar on Thursday June 18 at 10 am EST. #events #announcements #jgs-iajgs #canada

Jerry Scherer


Jewish Genealogy Society of Toronto. Exclusive free MyHeritage webinar on Thursday June 18 at 10 am EST. 


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto is proud to present MyHeritage Genealogy Expert, Daniel Horowitz, in a series of exclusive free genealogical webinars on Thursdays @ 10 am EST.

Thu, Jun 18 @ 10 a.m. EST. MyHeritage's Unique Technologies to Research Your Family EST by Daniel Horowitz

An advance review of new features and technologies on MyHeritage, the online family history service. Take full advantage of MyHeritage's unmatched technologies to help you find long-lost relatives. The tree Consistency Checker, PedigreeMap, Theory of Family Relativity, Calendar and Events, Statistics, Pedigree Tree, Charts, Relationship Report, Surveys, and more.

Registration URL:


To register for this and other MyHeritage webinars, go to!Aj0KbYtxFZQsg7p02wIzT9ap35faiw?e=mKjFgG


JSTOR Expands Free Access During Pandemic #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



JSTOR, the digital library for genealogists and others has expanded its free online reading program until the end of 2020.

JSTOR has access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.


You can read 100 free articles online every month without institutional affiliation. You need to create a JSTOR account.  To register you only need to provide your email address and password


Go to:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Online copy or access to the Reichsanzeiger list #germany #holocaust



Does anyone know of an online source.or has access to the Reichanzeiger lists of Jews who were de-naturalized in Germany?  If so, please let me know.

Rob Weisskirch  rweisskirch@...  Marina, California

IAJGS Welcomes 3 New Members from New Zealand, Colombia and New Hampshire! #jgs-iajgs #announcements #usa #latinamerica

Nolan Altman

On behalf of the IAJGS Board and our current membership, it is with great pleasure that we welcome 3 new members to our growing family of IAJGS organizations:

            Jewish Genealogical Society of New Zealand

            Sociedad Genealogica Judia Colombiana (SGJC)

            Upper Valley Jewish Genealogy Society (New Hampshire)

Below is some basic information on each group including contact email addresses and upcoming meeting plans.


Jewish Genealogical Society of New Zealand

The JGS of New Zealand has been organizing and meeting since last year.  Meetings were held in person, but due to the Covad-19 virus, the last membership meeting was held via the internet.  Although meetings are for members only, they gladly welcome first-time visitors without requiring them to be members.  Since the group serves the entire country, membership meetings are always accessible to members via Internet access. For more information about the group, please contact the group’s Secretary, Kerry Aluf at

The next membership meeting is scheduled for 23 August from 3 PM to 5 PM, New Zealand time. As the date gets closer, the group will decide if the meeting will be held via the internet, as it did for its last meeting, or in person.  The agenda for their next meeting will be a presentation by one of their members of their own family research, followed by a short question and answer session; a video presentation of DNA testing as it relates to Jewish genealogy (part two), followed by a discussion; and finally, presentation of information of general interest.


Sociedad Genealogica Judia Colombiana (SGJC)

The Sociedad Genealogica Judia Colombiana (SGJC), which has been meeting since February, is an affiliate of the Confederacion de Comunidades Judias de Colombia in Bogota.  They are working on their upcoming schedule of virtual meetings.  Already in the works are 2 Sunny Morton presentations that will be translated into Spanish.  The topics will be "Comparing the 4 Genealogy Giants" and "Digging for Historical Records on FamilySearch".

For more information about the group, please contact President Lia Sragovicz at Lsragovicz@... or genealogiajudiacolombia@...


Upper Valley Jewish Genealogy Society (New Hampshire)

The Upper Valley Jewish Genealogy Society (New Hampshire) will continue to hold meetings next month via Zoom.  Their next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, July 12th at 1:15 EDT.

Starting at 1:15 PM, representatives from the group will go over group business and host an informal discussion of their members' latest discoveries and questions before the featured speaker’s presentation at 2:00 PM. The presentation will be given by Ruth Craig, one of the group’s members and a certified genealogist. Her topic is "An Introduction to the Resources of Family Search." The presentation is designed for people who are not familiar with the website or would like to brush up on the resources and tools available on the site. Since this will be a Zoom meeting, the group requests RSVPs by July 10th. 

To register for this meeting or for more information on the group itself, please contact President Marilyn Roberts at thefarb14@...


The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) was formed in 1988 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  IAJGS is an umbrella group of organizations which provides a common voice for issues of significance to its members, to advocate for and educate about our genealogical avocation, and to coordinate items such as the annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.  For more information on IAJGS, please see our website at or contact me directly at membership@...

Nolan Altman

Membership Development


Re: Vetting family tree submissions to genealogy sites for data soundness #general

sharon yampell

Even if the names on someone else’s tree match up perfectly with mine, I always take the extra time to review their sources to make sure the data is also correct.   In fact, today I came across this exact scenario;  by double checking the sources, I found the correct marriage record with bride’s parents’ names.  The owner of the tree, husband of a newly-found fourth cousin three times removed,  assumed that the couple  married in one place since they both came from there; never make assumptions!!


Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, NJ USA



From: Eva Lawrence
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 5:52 PM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] Vetting family tree submissions to genealogy sites for data soundness #general


-- While ones tree may be a work in progress, the best way not  to mislead other people is always to put in one's sources. So anyone examining it can make their own decision as to whether an entry is correct.  
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.


Re: Vetting family tree submissions to genealogy sites for data soundness #general

Eva Lawrence

-- While ones tree may be a work in progress, the best way not  to mislead other people is always to put in one's sources. So anyone examining it can make their own decision as to whether an entry is correct.  
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Are we related? If so, how? #general

Marilyn Feingold

My grandfather, Tobias Schlaffer, (born 1888 in Camenca Moldova) told me that all his aunts and uncles were from Camenca, but that his father, Abraham, (born 1857 ) had two brothers who left Camenca and had perhaps gone to Austria to escape the Russian draft.   My great grandfather's name was Israel Schlaffer. Israel and his wife, Rebecca had  the following  children : Moses Joseph, Eta, Sura, Dina, and Samuel and my great grandfather, Abraham.
 I was recently searching on My Heritage and found another family who spelled their name Schlifer.  They said  that their tree contained these two great great uncles I was looking for.  They had  changed their names and identities. One became David Hascal "Schlifer". David Hascal died in the Holocaust.  The other brother took the name Albert Zanvil "Schlifer".

In checking on the Yad Vashem site I did find a David Hascal but his parents were listed as Hascal and Ettel Hascal. (not Schlifer). David  Hascal was born in Falticini and died in Aushwitz  in l943. 
Albert  Zanvil  (b. 1874) was also called Shmuel Zvi (Schlifer), He had three wives, Golda,Ethel and one other.
 From the Schlifer site I also learned that my great great grandfather, Israel, instead of using the name Israel, used the name Israel Jacob or an alias of Isaac Jacob.  They said that Isaac Jacob was born in Kamienka Lubovna-Slovakia. The dates on their tree  for the death of Israel 1890 is the same date I have.

 I also learned from this other site that my great grandfather Abraham Schlaffer (Schlifer) was born in Kamienka Stara Lubovna District Presov Region Slovakia or Kamenka Kamensky District Penza Oblast. Oblast or Kamienka. My grandfather had told me that his father was born in Camenca.  There are no records for births in Camenca.  I am wondering if these are in fact my relatives or if this might not be the right match.  
The Schlifer site also mentioned that Solomon Schlifer was the father of my great grandfather, Israel, and that Solomon was married to Sara Leah Reines. Sara Leah comes from a long line of Hassidic rabbis.  It also says that Solomon was the Chief Rabbi of Moscow during the 1950's.  I am trying to figure out if my Schlaffer line is related to this Schlifer line.  Any suggestions as to how I should proceed?   If I decide to use a researcher does anyone have any suggestions as to who I should use?  I feel stuck! Thanks for any suggestions. Marilyn Feingold 
New EMAIL! This is my new email. Please use this email to contact me in the future.

Waxman and/or Wexler -Radomyschol -Ukraine/Russia #ukraine


Looking for family of George (Gamliel) and/or Fannie Wexler Waxman who lived in the Radomyschol area of Ukraine. Immigrated to USA around the turn of the century after their glass factory was burned sown.

Re: Iasi , Romania research #romania

Susanna Vendel

Securon is probably Secuieni, a commune in Bacau county, Western Moldavia, Romania. It is composed of seven villages (see Wikipedia). There are other Secuieni too, one in Harghita county and an other in Neamt county.
Susanna Vendel

Treasure trove of WWII silver found in Nowy Sącz #galicia #holocaust #poland

Moses Jefferson

The sensational find which is thought to have belonged to Jews murdered during WWII was made during archaeological work at the town’s Royal Castle by the Nowy Sącz Historical and Exploratory Association carrying out exploratory work at the ruins on Castle Hill.

Read here:
and here:

Re: Help needed headstone translation - Hebrew #translation


Hi Terry,

I just had a look at the headstones.  They do in fact mention the names of Sarah Z”l and Abraham Z”l. 
The names on the headstone are:
Sarah daughter of Eliahu 
Abraham Natanel son of Shmuel Ha’Levi.

Hope this helps.
Best wishes 

Amelia Angel

Balti Yizkor Book #bessarabia

R Jaffer

Several newly translated selections from the Yizkor book for Balti/Beltsi have just been uploaded to in addition to translations from Yiddish uploaded earlier in the year. If you are interested in sponsoring the translation of a selection, please contact me privately for more information.

Additionally, I am looking for somebody to take over as translation coordinator as I have no association with this town.

Roberta Jaffer

Bessarabia Yizkor Book Coordinator

Massachusetts, USA


New Translation of Yizkor (Memorial) Book of Suwalk, Poland Yizkor book just published #poland

Joel Alpert

Yizkor Books in Print is proud to announce the publication of its 97 title.

Memorial Book of Suwalk

Original Yizkor Book Published by
The Suvalk and Vicinity Relief Committee of New York, 1961
Editor: Berl Kagan, New York
Layout: Jonathan Wind
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff Hopper
Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 880 pages with all original illustrations and

List price: $75.95, available from JewishGen for $41

To order, go to the bottom of
and click on JewishGen to fill out the order form and pay by PayPal
(you may use credit card)

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project (YBIP)