This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #poland #yizkorbooks

Bruce Drake

“To this day, the last laugh of our dear, sweet children echoes in my ears …”

This is a heart-breaking account by Helen Kajman of events that culminated in a prison cell in Bialystock in 1943, aptly titled “The Last Laugh of the Children of Ostrolenka” from the Yizkor book of that town in Poland. It is a story of children who suffered but also found moments for games, and singing and telling stories. It is also the story of anguished parents who knew they could do little for their children, particularly the hungry and sick.

“Szlomit, my child, do you blame me?,” Kajman tells one of her two children. “I won't be able to help you, I won't be able to save you.”

One night her daughter sings a song for the prisoners: “Everyone listened intently. From the depths of her little heart, her thin voice, expressing longing and love, shattered the darkness and the heavy atmosphere in our cell. When she finished, she said to me, “I sang to my father. Every evening, we will hug each other like this and sing, just like I did today. Right, Mother?”

On a Thursday in December 1943, the children were cruelly taken away. Forty-four children, of 312 Jews.



Bruce Drake

Silver Spring MD



Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Searching my Grandmother Rykla Kisfayn #ukraine #poland #russia


Dear JGenners, my grandmother Rykla Kisfayn was born in 1870 in Trisk (Other names: Turiys'k [Ukr], Turiysk [Rus], Turzysk [Pol], Trisk [Yid]) in Volhynia, the Russian Empire. I did not find any of the names Kisfayn/Kisfain/Kisfajn anywhere and would appreciate your help in identifying any family member.

 meirr@... <meirr@...>

Re: The Windemere Children--Child Survivors of the Holocaust #holocaust

Michael Sharp

Those who stayed in the UK went to hostels in cities such as liverpool Manchester and london and spught employment. Many had successful careers.  Some founded businesses. Judge Rinder is the grandson of one.

Martin Gilbert wrote the classic book on The Boys

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Jewish burial records from São Paulo, Brazil #bessarabia #latinamerica

charles goldenzon

Dear JGenners,
Following a recent update from the Bessarabia SIG, I would like to remind all that the São Paulo Chevra Kadisha Association has a database containing details of tens of thousands of jews buried in all four Jewish cemeteries in São Paulo. These names are not in JOWBR but can be searched for free. 
In order to search their database, go to, close the pop-up window that appears initially, find the "LOCALIZE" section on the right hand side and click on "Encontre uma sepultura".
Regards,   Charles Goldenzon    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Lower Saxony/Niedersachsen registrars #germany


Dear all
When I was in Jerusalem at the “The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People” I tried to make photos of some registrar such as the one attached for Weener in Lower Saxony.

It was so tiny that the exercise was difficult and the quality of my work pretty bad and not always readable.

Does anyone know where I could find them on the web, in PDF or in Germany/Europe in a larger size ?

I would need other nearby cities such as Emde,, Jemgum, Bunde, etc..

Thanks,  Joelle Meyer   joelle.meyer24@...

Re: ViewMate - Russian to English #translation

charles goldenzon

Dear JGenners, 
I would appreciate help with the extraction of the following vital records:
Chag sameach ve barí, 
Charles Goldenzon
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Re: German "JUDEN UND DISSIDENT" baptism/christening certificates for Jews? #germany

Gerald and Margaret

There were also many "baptisms " for pragmatic reasons.  An aunt of mine has described to me how in the 1930s in E Hungary her father was denied promotion in a Bank until he and his family converted to the prevalent Christian denomination, Calvinism.  She  remembers that because she was over six years old, she had to attend an interview with a Rabbi to ensure that she was doing this willingly.  Her brother was too young for this, so his conversion was part of the family package.  For the next two terms, she had private tuition, “to indoctrinate her into Calvinism”.  She describes that this was effective, as she remained very committed to Calvinism until the events of 1944. 
There were also those in Nazi occupied areas who hoped they could avoid the increasing discrimination by having the piece of paper to show that they were legitimate Christians.

Re: #translation from the Russian needed #translation


Hello, Deanna!

Шафаренко Сара Шлеймовна
Shafarenko Sara Shleimovna (=daughter of Shleima)
10(?).11.1894 - 28.8.1961

Where was she from?

Re: given name Orel in Lithuania #lithuania #names

Judith Singer

Hello - Yes, Orel is often used as a nickname for Aron among Lithuanian Jews.

Re: #ukraine #translation #ukraine #translation


The Russian word "Delo" means "Case [file]". There is, most likely, nothing inside. It's a Russian version of a report cover with the word "Delo" pre-printed, a studio prop in this case. Such covers were sold even in the Soviet times in stationary stores.




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Re: given name Orel in Lithuania #lithuania #names


According to Beider, it is a derivative of Aron.


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Re: 2nd Great Grandfather Moshe Mordecai BARNETT found in Kutno, Lodz, Poland #poland

Harvey Kaplan

My Lindeman/Linderman and Fux families lived in Kutno (which I visited in 2018)  in the late 1700s/first half of 19th century and I found them in the Books of Residents.  Can't remember if they are on JewishGen or JRI-Poland databases, but they are available via a Polish website:

Think there is an index.

The issue you may have is that Barnett is unlikely to have been the original family name.  Have you traced back through censuses, naturalisation records etc to see if there's any trace of a previous surname?

Good luck!

Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland


On Fri, 10 Apr 2020 at 01:24, Richard Goldman <dicksgenealogy@...> wrote:
A complete set of the Book of Residence for Kutno, Poland exists.  This lists all of the Jewish households from the early 19th century through 1931.  I don't know if it is incorporated into JRI-Poland or another site yet.  Many years ago we used a private researcher to extract some information from the BOR but I don't believe any of the Kutno group members were looking for the name BARNETT. I did just look at an index of ALL family names and did not see any BARNETT or anything similar.

Re: given name Orel in Lithuania #lithuania #names

David Lewin

At 23:13 09/04/2020, rv Kaplan via wrote:
Roiza Baier married Shmuil Benin in Kovno in
1897. Her father's name is listed as Orel Baier.
Does anyone know what Orel corresponds to in
Yiddish or Hebrew? Could it connect to Aryeh or Aron?
Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

I had never heard of the bane Orel before but
evidently it exists and is used for both men and women


It makes sense that "Or" = light and "El" = God
are combined into a single word and unsed as a name

Be safe and well

David Lewin

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Re: given name Orel in Lithuania #lithuania #names

Dror Bereznitsky

The name Orel is linked to the Hebrew name Aharon as follows (for Lithuania):

Hebrew:                Aharon
Origin:                Exodus 4:14

Yiddish:                Aron, Oron, Urin
Yiddish nickname:        Arel, Aril, Arka, Ora, Orel, Orka, Orko, Oro, Ortza

European secular:        Orelis
Origin:                Lithuanian of Orel

ViewMate translation request - Polish #poland #translation

Dror Bereznitsky

Hello everyone,
I've posted a vital records in Polish for which I need a translation.  It is on ViewMate at the following addresses...

Marriage record of

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

(UK) The Genealogist Free Package of Certain Records Sets #announcements #events #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen



The Genealogist is making a free package of their most useful record sets available as people are currently staying at home. The record sets area: The fully-searchable 1911 Census for England and Wales; Birth, Marriage and Death records for England and Wales 1837-2005, the Image Archive and a collection of digital magazines Discover Your ancestors Periodical for beginners. This is available for 3 months.  They also have an online family tree builder.


There are no credit card details, nor subscription required.

Go to:


Click on the signup/sign in with your name, email address and password.


To read the article on How to Start Your Family History see:


If you try to access records not in this free package you will be invited to subscribe to the Genealogist.


I have no affiliation with The Genealogist and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: given name Orel in Lithuania #lithuania #names

Alyssa Freeman

Orel is Hebrew - it means "light of God" (Or'el).

Alyssa Freeman
Henrico, VA

Myers in Breslau, Prussia / Wroclaw, Poland, 1800s #poland


Searching for any info on this family in Breslau/Wroclaw and their ancestors:

Lipman Myers, a merchant, (? - aft.1829) & Miriam ___?___(? - 1829, Breslau, Prussia)

They had children:
1- Henry Francis Myers (c.1811, Prussia - 19nov1864, England) married Lydia Walker
2-Alfred Moritz Myers (c.1812, Prussia - 10feb1880, England) married Elizabeth Emmersley
3-Louis Myers (1820, Prussia - after 1861, probably in England)
4-Several brothers and sisters

Re: The Windemere Children--Child Survivors of the Holocaust #holocaust #unitedkingdom

Bob Thompson

I may have missed how the 3 year old children survived the Holocaust.  I was very much surprised to see several of them made it.  Does anyone know?

#ukraine #translation #ukraine #translation

David J. Brotman

I have a photo of my great grandfather Kopul Brotman.  I think he lived in Verbovets, Ukraine.  The photo has a document with some lettering on it.  Does anyone know what language it might be and what it says?  Thanks
David J. Brotman   sunset100@...>