Re: Yizkor Book of Plotzk/Plock (Poland) #yizkorbooks

Tony Hausner

Here is what I have posted on viewmate on This is from the Table of contents from the Plock/Plotz Yizkor Book. I believe it is in Yiddish but it is possible in Hebrew. The Yizkor Book is mostly Yiddish (or Hebrew) and some in English. In the English version there is a brief section entitled "The Minute-Book of the Tailors" Is the Yiddish version of this chapter included in the Yizkor book and if so what pages. I would be interested in translations of all the chapter titles but am most concerned to know if there is a Yiddish version of the Tailor chapter. Please contact me at thausner@.... Tony Hausner  

HIRSZFELD Bros., Warsaw #poland

Yale Reisner


Dear JewishGenners:


The September 9, 2022 editions of the Polish newspapers Gazeta Wyborcza and Rzeczpospolita carried a notice from the City of Warsaw announcing that the City was reviewing an adminstrative case dating from the 1940s with an eye to settling the ownership of a parcel of real estate located in the city.  A claim to the property was filed by attorney Ludomir Sujkowski on May 23, 1947 on their behalf and no action was takem at that time in response to that claim.  Specifically, the City is now - at last - seeking the heirs to:


The HIRSZFELD BROS. Company which was headquartered at ul. Bielańska 5, Warsaw.


The property in question is ul. Rymarska 6, in Warsaw, formerly designated as Hip. 471E.


Heirs to the Hirszfeld Bros. are asked to contact the Warsaw Mayor’s Office, Bierut Decree Department, within six months of the publication of the notice.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980


Obtaining Austro-Hungarian army Records #records

Kenneth Berger

I am trying to obtain WW1 personnel army records for my great-uncle (Hyman Eisenkraft) who lived in Rusow, outside of Sniatyn. I wrote to the Austrian state archives and they stated that personnel army records were transferred to the successor states in 1919. Does anyone know if today they would be in Poland or Ukraine? Has anyone had success in obtaining these type of records? If so, who did you contact? Thank you very much.
Kennth Berger

JGS of Santa Cruz invites you to Ellen Kowitt, New Jewish Resources on the Genealogy Giant Websites: #education #records #announcements

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Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society 

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Re: Reading manifest of Leiser Fiksler and deposit in emigrant bank by brother #records

Sherri Bobish

Hi again Marilyn,
The other address on his manifest with number 309 - I misread.  It is 309 Kater.

In 1906 there is Shimon Fiksler from Chotyn, arriving NY, and bound for brother Mendel Fiksler in Philly at 309 Kater St.

Best regards,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Reading manifest of Leiser Fiksler and deposit in emigrant bank by brother #records

Sherri Bobish


The address on the manifest 761 St. 4th, Philadelphia.

In the 1908 Philly city directory is:
Name: Nathan Flxler
Residence Year: 1908
Street Address: 761 S 4th
Residence Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation: Woodworker
Publication Title: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1908
My interpretation of the manifest is this:
Leiser Fiksler
age 17
clerk (dealer crossed out)
can read/write
nationality Russian
last residence Chotin
final destination Philadelphia, has ticket to final destination
bound for brother Juda Fiksler, 309 Kelz St.
met at landing by brother
here three years 
????  761 S. 4th Street
height  5 ft 5 in
complexion fresh
hair / eyes -  red  /brown
born Chotin

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala, Lith.); LEFFENFELD / FINK / KALTER (Daliowa & Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BLEIWEISS (Tarnow & Tarnobrzeg, Pol.); WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.); SOLON / SOLAN / SOKOLSKY (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / BLUMENKRANZ / APPEL / WEINER / ROSENBERG (Vysoko-Litovsk, Brest, Biala Podlaska)

Place name unclear #austria-czech

John Anderson

I am attaching a photo of a place name in the Austrian Empire from naturalization papers of Moritz BECK. He gives his wife's name as Sali (Salie, or Salia) PELZLING (probably should be PELZING). He says he was born in Czernovitz, and she was from the place on the photograph. Any help appreciated.

John Anderson,
Orlando, Florida

JGSGM Announcement-Moscow and Chelyabinsk Archives #russia #records #jgs-iajgs

Paulette Bronstein

Dear Fellow Researchers,
You are invited to join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami and Temple Beth Am's Sunday Salon for a free presentation.
"What Our Genealogical Research Can Reveal
My great grandfather was a horse thief and brothel owner!"
Contact Yoram Millman at jgsgm.vpprogramming@... for a zoom link.
The meeting will also be live at the Temple Beth Am Chapel.
5950 SW 88th Street
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Speaker – Paulette Bronstein – President Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami in collaboration with Temple Beth Am's Sunday Salon will present "What Our Genealogical Research Can Reveal." The program will begin with a description of basic genealogy research and include a description of court records found in the Moscow and Chelyabinsk Archives.
Attendee Bonus:
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Paulette Bronstein
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami

Re: Reading manifest of Leiser Fiksler and deposit in emigrant bank by brother #records


Hi Marilyn,

As to whether this immigrant went before the board of special inquiry or was detained, I cannot say for certain looking at the manifest.

I suggest you send an inquiry to the National Archives in Philadelphia.  Their email is philadelphia.archives@... 

Ask if they can check the Registers of Detained Immigrants, 1904 - 1912, for that ship arrival (provide the ship name and date) for any reference to your immigrant (provide the name).   What you are asking them to check is identified in the NARA catalog with the NAID number 567230.  Be sure to provide that NAID number.  If he was detained at all he should be listed in the register, along with additional information as to why he was held and what happened after that.

Marian Smith

Meryl Menon

A friend who grew up in Cuba, George Alexander, sent me this message with a link that may be of interest:

People tracing Jewish roots in Cuba should approach the archives of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. The following article provides what I believe  is an unbiased history, shines on an overall view and provides hints and cautions regarding sources.

Meryl Blau Menon
Researching Blau, Weinstein, Cunea, Segall, Lobell

Jaslo Photographs from 1930's #poland #photographs

Jeffrey Alexander

I am looking to help George Lerner. He is a documentary film maker from New York working on a film about his family history in Jasło. He is searching in particular for old photographs of his family’s tavern (karczma) that was located in Jaslo.  His great-grandparents, Chaim and Golda Falek, operated a karczma (tavern) in Jasło until 1939.
Jeff Alexander
Charleston, South Carolina

Re: Notary records in Poland #poland

Erika Gottfried

Re the information in the article referenced, "A Potentially Powerful Alternative to Vital Records,"  this is tremendously exciting.  While recognizing that notaries and their functions vary greatly from country to country, my question is, what is the status, location, and availability of notarial records in countries besides Poland?  These, too, might be a treasure trove of records that could be alternatives to and ancillary to vital records. 

Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

Re: (Poland, Czech Republic ) Nowy Sącz Memorial Lists 12000 Jewish Names Nazis Deported to their Deaths; Returned Cobblestones in Prague #announcements #austria-czech #holocaust #poland

Ea Sh

Is there a list of the names available?

Ed Schinik

Re: ViewMate translation request - #translation


Bellow see attachment in spreadsheet format:

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Split Croatia Jewish Cemetery Inscription Question #translation


I have never encountered gravestones with צ מ ק instead of the traditional פ נ.So I decided to look into this a bit.
First I found on-line a few pictures of graves in the old Jewish cemetery of Split and indeed there are at least quite a few with this inscription.
Then I posed an appropriate question to the Hebrew Language Academy in Jerusalem.  They replied that they have no documentary evidence as to the meaning of צ מ ק , but they surmise - as Ittai does - that it means ציון מקום קבורה, that is, "a mark of a burial location".
They also have a picture of a gravestone in the Split cemetery with the abbreviation מ צ ק which, according to the documentation they found, is an abbreviation for מצבת קבר.
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rassein), Lithuania

Re: Translation of Jewish headstone to English #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

Re: Translation of Jewish headstone to English #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

"Yehuda" and "Levi" are two different names.
However: The Hebrew Yiddish combination of "Yehuda Leyb" is very common.
Please check your source for "Levi" -- it could be a wrong transcription.

Yehuda is the name of one of the tribes, and in Jacob's last blessing to his sons Yehuda was described as a lion and thus a lion became the symbol attached to Yehuda.
Lion in Yiddish is Leyb, and many were named Yehuda Leyb.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Please translate the Hebrew into English. #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

Deceased on 25 Kheshvan 5722
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

ViewMate Translation Request-Polish #translation


I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
David Spivack

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