Translation of the Memorial (Yizkor) Book of Podhajce, Ukraine (Pidhaytsi) available at reduced price #ukraine #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert

The Memorial (Yizkor) Book of Podhajce, Ukraine (Pidhaytsi, Ukraine)

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Viewmate – do you recognise this family called BAUMAN? #poland #names


Are any of the people in this photo on Viewmate familiar? I know their names from the back of the photo (Jozef, Sabrina, Bela and Henryk Bauman) and believe them to be related to my BAUMAN grandfather but can find no evidence. Does anyone recognise them? There are more details in the link.
Thank you.

(née Bowman in London)

Re: Refugee doctors who had to requalify not just UK #general

Irene Newhouse

National medical societies have been very protectionist for a long time. My earliest story concerns my aunt, who received her MD degree after studying medicine in Munich & defending her thesis in Berlin. This was just before WWI. She came down with TB & had to move to Switzerland to live at higher altitudes in those pre-antibiotic days. She was unable to pass the Swiss licensing exam, though she tried 3 times before she lost heart & gave up. My father was convinced that, as German medical schools of the time were the world's best, she should have been able to pass any reasonable exam.
My next example is from the diaries of a Viennese pharmacist. He received his pharmacy degree from the university of Vienna. When he came to the US as a Holocaust refugee, he learned he'd have to attend pharmacy school for 2 years in the US before even being permitted to take the licensing test. He pointed out bitterly in his diary that if he had the money for 2 years of university, he wouldn't have to work. He earned a living working in various private testing laboratories in the NYC area. Finally, after he retired from lab work, he was hired by a private Jewish hospital as pharmacist (obviously they knew how qualified he was, and as a private hospital didn't have to worry as much about US credentials) where he was very happy for several more years.
My third example is a man I knew personally - his path crossed my parents' in the Dominican Republic. He took the US licensing test. He was told he got a perfect score & he must have cheated, because no one gets a perfect score. So he took it again. This time, he was the only test-taker in the room & there was a proctor staring at him the whole time. He got another perfect score. He was told that although they couldn't figure how he could possibly have cheated this time, he must have, so they turned him down again. He took the test a third time. This time, he deliberately put down a wrong answer on 3 questions & passed.
He did not stay in the DR for many reasons, but one of them was that Jewish refugees were accepted into the DR if they "would not become public charges, and would work only in agriculture" - Kaplan, "Dominican Haven" ISBN 0-97-16859-3-2, p 25. Yet another country whose professional establishments did not want competition.
Irene Newhouse
Kihei Hawaii USA

Re: Prayer Book Translated by B Meyers Alexander#general

Paul King

I would certainly be interested in locating a subscription list. But let us be certain about particular details of this Prayer Book: location of publication, language or languages of text. I can provide the following information of an Alexander who began printing Hebrew Sephardic prayer books with English translation for the entire liturgical year (1771-1776). He began printing Hebrew books in 1770 but I don't know which ones.. His full name was Alexander Alexander (d. 1807) and lived in London. One possible identification source: Simeon Singer, "Early Translations and Translators of the Jewish Liturgy in England," Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England 3 (1898-1898, pp. 36-71.

Paul King

Photo Marian Cohn/Hans Dreyfuss 1928 #germany

Melody Schloss

In going through some early Schloss family photos from the late 1920s and and early 1930s in Hannover Germany, I came across several that have individuals identified in them. In the event that there are family members interested in those individuals I have posted them.

To view the photo with Marian Cohn and Hans Dreyfuss;

Melody Bredbenner Schloss
Santa Barbara CA USA

Re: Yiddish Publishers in Warsaw #poland

Abuwasta Abuwasta

I assume that you came also across the Groszen Biblitek  (גראשען ביבליאטעק)

"I am looking for information on two Yiddish publishers in Warsaw."

Jacob Rosen



Photo of Werner Mosheim 1930 #germany

Melody Schloss

In going through some early Schloss family photos from the 1930s in Hannover I came across several that have individuals identified in them. In the event that there are family members interested in those individuals I have posted them.
A photo with Werner Mosheim is found at:

Melody Bredbenner Schloss
Santa Barbara CA USA

Re: Romania SIG #bessarabia #ukraine #lithuania (European Union) European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative Launches New Website With Surveys of 1500 Jewish Cemeteries #bessarabia #ukraine #lithuania

Theo Rafael

The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative (ESJF) thread regarding the mapping of 1500 cemeteries in 5 countries: Greece, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia and Ukraine was mislabeled with the #Romania hashtag however this latter country is NOT included in the survey.
Moldova in this specific case is short for the Republic of Moldova which is a separate country from Romania and is labeled in this message board as #bessarabia (its former name).  While there is also a REGION in Romania called Moldova which explains the mislabeling, the region is NOT included in the survey nor is the rest of Romania.

I tried to but I am not sure I relabeled the thread correctly with the three relevant hashtags #bessarabia #ukraine #lithuania. For Greece and Slovakia there are no hashtags yet.

Theo R.

Photo of Klaus Meyer late 1920s/early1930s #germany

Melody Schloss

In going through early Schloss photos from Hannover Germany in the late 1920s and early 1930s I came across some that have individuals identified. In the event that members of those families have an interest, I have posted those photos.

For the photo with Klaus Meyer:

Melody Bredbenner Schloss
Santa Barbara CA USA

Marliese Frensdorf Bday Party Photo #germany

Melody Schloss

In going through early Schloss family photos from the late 1920s and early 1930s in Hannover Germany I came across several with individuals identified. In case families are interested in viewing the photos, I have posted them.

For the photo of the birthday party of Marliese Frensdorf:

Melody Bredbenner Schloss
Santa Barbara CA USA

Re: Manifest Question #poland

David Oseas


I'd start by gathering two pieces of info:

1. every census that your grandfather will appear in should have a column asking either "How long has this person been in the US" or "What year did they arrive in the US".  Many states (especially NY) did their own censuses in between federal census years and also asked this question.  From the answers, you should be able to get a good approximation of the year that your grandfather arrived.

2. if any of your foreign-born family members naturalized, or, if any of the foreign-born males registered for the WWI draft, those documents will list the town from which your family came.

3. if you know the name of the cousin that family lore says your grandfather came with, so much the better

Using the above information, head over to Steve Morse's One-Step webpage ( ).  Steve's search forms will let you search passenger manifests in a variety of different ways.  If the town had a small population, you may be able to locate your grandfather's manifest by using just the year of arrival, his age & the town name, for example.  I've done the same for cases where the name was badly mangled, or if I didn't know the original surname or person's Yiddish name. The Ellis Island form also allows you to search with a companion name.

Remember to search all of the ports -- not everyone landed at Ellis Island!

David Oseas

KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York
OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York  
SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel
WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

Meaning of abbreviation #hungary

Olivier Neuman

I’ve found a German document concerning a great aunt which explains where she was during the Shoah. 

and it’s written something about his brother my grandfather with this sentence just after his name :  « kmsz. 10 slj. 3zd. Majdanka ». I found that « kmsz » means « forced labourer from Hungarian army » but does someone know what means the rest of the abbreviations please?


Olivier Neuman

Announcing the publication of the translation of the Belchatow Yizkor Book (Poland) #poland

Joel Alpert

The Yizkor Books in Print Project is proud to announce the publication
of the translation of the Belchatow Yizkor Book.

The Original Yizkor Book was published by
The Central Federation of Polish Jews in Argentina together with the Belchatow
Society in Argentina, Brazil, and South America, Buenos Aires, 1951
Translation Project Coordinator: Roni Seibel Liebowitz

Editors: Mark Tarkov and Abraham Mittleberg
Layout: Donni Magid
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz, Impulse Graphics, LLC
Name Indexing: Bena Shklyanoy
Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 486 pages with all original illustrations and

List price: $62.95, available from JewishGen for $37

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Re: calendar of Torah and Haftarah portions #general

Dr.Josef ASH

on the 1 of Tishrei (every year the same on this day)
Bereshit, part Kaf"Alif, (21)
Haftara: Shmuel Alif, part Alif
My religious grandson told me.
Josef ASH, Israel

Meaning of "Permanent Residence" iin BMD records #russia #poland


I have purchased BMD records from JewishGen for the town of Nasielsk, Congress Poland/Russia Poland.  There is a column for "Permanent Residence (Town)" which has no data until 1907.  What is the definition of a Permanent Residence?  Also, is there a way to search past JewishGen questions?
Thank you

Reba Solomon  <theshviger@...>

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Correction Re: Recent experience with Latvian Archives #latvia

Max Heffler

Should have been “family tree they constructed” below:


I was researching my wife’s family and received a ton of information from Latvia including passport photos and a family  tree  they constructed. Was well worth that small amount I ended up paying.

Max Heffler <max@...>

Re: Recent experience with Latvian Archives #latvia

Max Heffler

I was researching my wife’s family and received a ton of information from Latvia including passport photos and a family the constructed. Was well worth that small amount I ended up paying.


From: main@... [mailto:main@...] On Behalf Of Kathy Lorber via
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:20 AM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] Recent experience with Latvian Archives #latvia


I also had positive contact with the Latvian Archives this winter. I requested the birth, death and marriage records on one line of my family. What I actually received was a compilation of the information in a two page document. I did not receive copies of the records themselves. I was a little surprised but decided maybe that was my own fault for not specifying copies of originals in the beginning. My email correspondence went very quickly. In the end, I did a wire transfer of only $27.00 US. I did not receive the volume of records that others may have, but what I received was sufficient for my needs. I received the file in a pdf by email. But about 10 days later I also received a hard copy of the information in the mail. This surprised me since it did not add anything to the information. My contact was:

Natālija Ivašina 
Head archivist of the Latvian State Historical Archives 
at the Latvian National Archives


Kathy Lorber

Montville, NJ

LORBER: Poughkeepsie, NY, Bardejev, Austria-Hungary; FELDMAN: NYC, Varifalu;

LIVINGSTON/LEVENSTEIN: Chicago, Davenport, IA, Lithuania; GOLDMAN/SZEYP: Davenport, IA, Mariampol, Lithuania; DAVIS: Chicago, Wales, UK, Courland; HERTZBERG: Chicago, Latvia



Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

Researching Rev. Moses Aaron EPSTEIN #poland


I am researching the Family of the late Rev M.A.EPSTEIN, born about 1847 Bereza Poland ,who after an illustrious career , Died in April 1912 in Willesden London. I understand that his parents were Samuel and Freda Epstein but cannot be certain.Any information would be very much appreciated.

Walter Aivis                   <walter@...>

Re: Refugee doctors in 1930s had to re-qualify before practising in UK and also in the USA - An excellent Holocaust novel cites an example #unitedkingdom


The discussion of how Holocaust refugee doctors had to requalify before practicing in the UK prompts me to cite the novel from which I learned about the discrimination against Jewish doctors from Europe who sought to practice in the USA.

Sarah Wildman's 2014 tragic but excellent Paper Love tracks a journalist's search for the girl her grandfather lost to the Holocaust.  A cache of letters discovered by Wildman revealed that a family's escape from Nazi genocide was incomplete. Her grandfather, a doctor trained in Vienna, came to the US but found that European doctors, perhaps especially Jewish doctors, faced roadblocks set by medical societies in America.

Wildman is an excellent reporter as well as novelist. Her book describes the horrible treatment of Austrian Jews that began immediately when the Nazis took over that country. After her family escaped from Vienna, their problems weren't over. Her grandfather had to struggle to survive in the USA due to discrimination here.

The details of life in Nazi Germany are revealed in the letters from the grandfather's former fiancé who was unable to escape.

I found Wildman's book interesting on many levels. It's a detective story, a romantic tale and a Holocaust horror story, a tragic but educational read.

I attended a lecture by Sarah Wildman at the Leo Baeck Institute in NYC but I have no other connection with the author and no commercial interest in her book.

Paper Love : Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind 2014  Riverhead Books     ISBN: 1594633975   ISBN13: 9781594633973

John Lowens,  Suburban NYC   JPL25@...

A note about online translation tools #general #poland

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

 I like Google Translate better than Deepl, for translating Polish, because Google Translate has a Polish keyboard (or any language),
Sally Bruckheimer,   Princeton, NJ   <sallybruc@...>