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Re: Avotaynu Inc is closing its doors #announcements

Meryl Menon
 

I would like to add my thanks to the many tributes for Gary and Sallyann. I, also, have enjoyed reading the articles and learning from them. In addition, having had one article published in Avotaynu encouraged me to keep writing and to continue my genealogical quest.

Meryl Blau Menon
Connecticut


Ukrainian Refugees Receiving Aid from Gesher Galicia and Partners #galicia #poland #ukraine

Steven Turner
 

The partnership of GG and the UCJU and the Jewish Community of Ivano-Frankivsk bring much needed aid to refugees in I-F (formerly Stanislawow). Thanks so much to Igor and Vitaly for making this happen.
Shabbat Shalom.

Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia


Re: Female names Gussie and Sadie #names

JudiZimmer
 

My great-aunt Sadie was originally Zissel, and my great-aunt Gussie was Golde. My great-great aunt Jessie was originally Sheyndl. While usually Yiddish names had Americanized names that sounded similar, that wasn't always the case. My great-great aunt Katie was born Bluma, my aunt Sylvia was also called Zelda.
 
Judi Zimmer


Re: Female names Gussie and Sadie #names

ahcbfc@...
 

My grandmother was always known as Sarah but her Ellis Island record said Sadie.

Barbara (Schneider) Cohen
ahcbfc@...


Re: Seeking Katzenellenbogens #belarus

David Seldner
 

I am a descendant of the Maharam of Padua (and Shaul Wahl), several paths in my ancestry lead to them. In The Unbroken Chain by Neil Rosenstein you will find many other descendants.
--
David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany
seldner@...


Searching for Hersku Sacagiu from Darabani Romania / Bercu din Comanesti #romania

Sharon
 

Hi all,
I was able to make much progress with my ancestors' research thanks to much help from this group.

I'm looking for information from Hertza about Bercu din Comanseti- the great father of my great maternal father. I know he lived in the Herta area in 1872 from the census of that year.
At the time, he was documented at Movila, Romania.

I'm also looking for information about Hersku Sacagiu from Darabani. He might be related to my Bercu by marriage (to his daughter in 1880).

Thank you,
Sharon Cop
NY, NY
copsharon@...


Re: Female names Gussie and Sadie #names

Madeleine Isenberg
 

In my experience, Gussie was the nickname of someone bearing the name of Augusta or Augustine.  As for the Hebrew or Yiddish name, again a Golda and an instance, of a Gela, a rather rare name.
--
Madeleine Isenberg
madeleine.isenberg@...
Beverly Hills, CA
 
Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLÜCKSMAN, 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.
GOLDBERG, TARNOWSKI in Chmielnik and KHANISHKEVITCH in Kielce, Poland


Re: Tracking Down an Arsonist #general #usa

Sherri Bobish
 

Jeff,

A search for "Joseph L. Harris" and the word arson at Newspapers.com finds a Dec. 23, 1896 lengthy article in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle about his capture.

He was found in Monmouth, Ohio living under the name W.C. Lagrace.

There's lots of other interesting info about him, his wife and children.  If you give me your email address than I will email you the article from Newspapers.com

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching:
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)


Re: Female names Gussie and Sadie #names

Jay Hamburger
 

My paternal grandmother was known alternately as Gussie or Golda.  I believe her given name was Golda.  Good luck.

JAY HAMBURGER
HOUSTON TX


Re: JewishGen announces "The Weekly News Nosh"...a weekly e-newsletter from JewishGen.org #announcements #JewishGenUpdates

Joyce Eastman
 

While it is sad that Nu? What’s New” will no longer be published due to Gary Molotoff’s retirement, I definitely look forward to the “Weekly News Nosh” that will start next week.  Best wishes to Gary Mokotoff in his retirement as well.

 

Joyce Eastman

Orange City, FL USA

 

From: main@... <main@...> On Behalf Of Phil Goldfarb
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2022 7:54 PM
To: main@...
Subject: [Special] [JewishGen.org] JewishGen announces "The Weekly News Nosh"...a weekly e-newsletter from JewishGen.org #announcements #JewishGenUpdates

 

We are saddened to hear that Gary Mokotoff, one the "founding fathers" of Jewish genealogy, has retired his weekly ezine - Nu? What’s New? For many years, thousands of readers looked forward to his weekly email, which contained commentary, announcements, interesting tidbits, links to various articles, resources, and information of interest to the Jewish genealogical community.


In Gary's honor, and as a tribute to his devotion and dedication, JewishGen will attempt to follow in his footsteps, and publish our own free weekly update going forward. Called The Weekly News Nosh It will be e-mailed each week to JewishGen.org and JewishGen Discussion Group subscribers and edited by Phil Goldfarb, President of the JGS of Tulsa, Lead Moderator of the JewishGen Discussion Group, and member of the JewishGen Leadership Team. For the past ten years Phil has edited a similar weekly newsletter for his Genealogy Society containing information of interest to Jewish Genealogists.


Phil has spoken at several IAJGS Conferences, as well as individual JGS meetings, both nationally and internationally and has given over 2,000 presentations in his health care communications career. A 4th generation pharmacist by profession, he is the founding President of the JGS of Tulsa in 2005, has served as a member and Chairman of the IAJGS Awards Committee, has written two books, and in 2020 won an Emmy Award as a co-producer for best Historical Documentary titled: L’dor V’dor, Generation to Generation: A History of Tulsa’s Jewish Community.  He also writes a monthly column for the Tulsa Jewish Review, many of which have been picked up by news outlets around the world.

We envision this newsletter to be somewhat similar to Nu? What’s New? but besides containing Jewish Genealogy news, it will also contain new stories and links about Jewish History and Culture which is also of interest to Jewish Genealogists. Our hope is that it will be educational, interesting, and fun at the same time.


It is our hope that you will enjoy our free Weekly News Nosh which will start next week and spread the word about it!

 

 

 


Re: Female names Gussie and Sadie #names

Ellen Caplan
 

I once looked into the question of what someone named Gussie might have been called in Yiddish, or even what English name Gussie could be a diminutive for, and one suggestion that I found was Rebecca or Rivka. I have no idea why this would be.
--
Ellen Caplan
Ottawa, Canada
Researching: EISENBERG, NAGLER, GINIGER, KLINGER: Mielnica, Ustye Biscupie, & Zalescie, Galicia; BREGER, LIEBMAN: Gomel & area, Belarus; PARADISGARTEN, BESPROZVANIE/ SOLOMON: Tukums & Mitau, Latvia


Re: Searching for Dr Fenyves Zoltán and family #hungary

Sherri Bobish
 

Jason,

A search for "Fenyves Zoltán" at:
https://genealogyindexer.org/directories
finds the name in several directories.

The earliest is 1931 

Hungary Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture Directory

in Budapest under Gyógyszerészek (pharmacists.)
Fenyves Zoltan, VII, Erzsebet korut 6

The most recent is a 1958 Bucharest telephone directory:
Fenyves Zoltán 
Postelnicului 5

You should search at the above mentioned website as their are many listings of this name in between these years.

A search for "Lányi Oszkár" finds the earliest mention of the name in 

1922/1923 Budapest Address and Business Directory

and, the latest mention of the name in

1950 Budapest Telephone Directory


Try searching all your names of interest.  Put the name in quotes with surname first, i.e "Lányi Oszkár" so you get that specific name.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching:
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)


Re: Female names Gussie and Sadie #names

Felice Bogus
 

My paternal grandmother Gussie was Golda. 

My maternal great-aunt Gussie also used the secular name Gisela and had the Yiddish name Gitza. I’m not familiar with “Gitza” but that’s what appears on her matzevah. 
--
Felice Bogus
Raleigh, NC


Russian Translation Request #poland #translation

aaran1286@...
 

Shalom, 

I would be very grateful if someone could please help in translating any relevant genealogical information from the attached document (orignal russian document.jpg). It should match the JRI index that is also attached (vitalia _ moshe marriage.png). 

Thank you very much. 

Shabbat shalom, 

Yoav Aran 
London


Re: Finding Passport Document from Riga (Livland and Jalgava, (Courland )Provinces and 1890-1910 #latvia #records

Arlene Beare
 

Deborah

Unfortunately databases for Incoming passports at that period do not exist. You can however try different methods to find some passport information.
Ciltskoki.lv has indexed the Internal passports and there is a link to the images on Family Search.  Internal passports were more like ID's and proof of citizenship for the period 1919-1940.  When one looks at the images on Ciltskoki there are often Visa images and sometimes foreign passport (Arzeme passports)images.  Do not be put off by 1919-1940 as the information on many images may be really helpful. Familiarise yourself with the headings with English translation but do search in Latvian. Remember to use different spelling eg Chaja/Haja, Bencion/Bentzion. Remember Russian has no H so Girsh as well as Hirsh If you look at our LatviaSIG Jewishgen Page there is helpful information about how to do a search on Ciltskoki
https://latvia.jewishgen.org/research/archival-resources/ciltskoki-website
You also need to look on Ancestry or Findmypast for passenger lists leaving the UK as they probably came to England and then boarded ship in Liverpool for the States.  Outgoing passenger lists are good. There are no Incoming Passenger lists for  your dates.
You should also look at the Hamburg Passenger lists as many travelled to Hamburg then on to England or America.
Rotterdam and Bremen were other ports they left from but not as often as Hamburg.
Arlene Beare
Co-Director Latvia and Estonia SIG.


Re: Seeking Katzenellenbogens #belarus

gsjacobs412@...
 

Hi
This probably wont be much help, but rabbi Meir Katzenellenbogen, maharam of Padua is my second cousin once removed's husband's 12th great grandfather.

The line starts with Meir K
his father, shmuel Yehuda,
his father Saul Wahl K (1 day king)
his father Meir Wahl K
his mother Beile Frankel-Teomim (Wahl)
etc

Gerald Jacobs


Re: Seeking Katzenellenbogens #belarus

David Lewin
 

At 23:38 21/07/2022, Deb Katz wrote:
I'm looking for living male descendants of a Katzenellenbogen (or any variant) lineage who  traces to Katzenellenbogen in the Minsk region of modern Belarus.  The person DOES NOT need to have the tradition of descent from the Maharam of Prague (via Saul Wahl Katzenellenbogen)---in fact, it would be just as well if they do not have this tradition.  
 
I'm hoping to find someone as described above who might be willing to take a Y-chromosome DNA test (which I will pay for) as part of a research project on a major YDNA cohanim lineage where there is a significant subgroup of Nelson/Katznelson/Katzenellenbogens.  
 
To keep this short I've left out a lot of detail...if interested and it seems relevant, please contact me via email below and I can fill you in.
 
Thanks so much!
 
Deb Katz
Pacific Beach CA USA
dnadeb@...
Genetic Genealogy Maven

--
Deb
aka Debra Katz
Pacific Beach CA USA
dnadeb@...


I do not know how up-to-date my data is, but try

simonehellerman@...,
Kathryn Kanarek James         Kathrynbkj@...,


Tracking Down an Arsonist #general #usa

Jeff Marx
 

In July of 1893, the fur store of Henry Seide was totally destroyed by a fire of suspicious origin. One of the partners of the store, Joseph L. Harris, an immigrant from Poland who arrived in the US a short time after 1880, was said to have collected almost $200,000 in insurance money (worth over 5 million today). Wanted by the District Attorney, Harris closed up his expensive home at 833 President St. in Brooklyn, took his wife, Rose, and their 6 (?) children, and vanished in July of 1895, never to be seen again, though there were false sightings of him over the next few years in Illinois and Copenhagen. The only other info I have is that he owned a dry goods store at 62 Fifth Ave. in Brooklyn in 1889, and a fur store, R. Harris & Co., at 282 6th Ave. in New York in 1895.  Do some of you super sleuths want to take a crack at finding him? I am working on an academic article on Jews and arson – yes, there really were a few Jewish arsonists - and it would be of help to me to find out what happened to him. 

--
Jeff Marx
Researching ANSPACHER, AUGAPHEL, AUGENBLICK, BREAKSTONE, BREGSTEIN, CARLEBACH, HIEGENLICH, KUBELSKY, MARX


Re: 𝐉𝐞𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐆𝐞𝐧 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐅𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 - 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟑 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐩 #JewishGenUpdates #poland

Yvonne Airey
 

Thank You! Eric Joshua Resnick for a very vivid, yet sensitive, report. You were very brave to go there. I am so glad your grandfather escaped death there.
Yvonne Airey.


On Fri, 22 Jul 2022 at 06:54, Avraham Groll <agroll@...> wrote:
𝐉𝐞𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐆𝐞𝐧 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐅𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 - 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟑 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐩
𝑊𝑒 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑃𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑎 ℎ𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑙𝑦 𝑠𝑢𝑐𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑓𝑢𝑙 𝐽𝑒𝑤𝑖𝑠ℎ𝐺𝑒𝑛 𝐹𝑢𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑆𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝐹𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑚, 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝐹𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝐽𝑒𝑤𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝐻𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑃𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑀𝑎𝑡𝑧𝑒𝑣𝑎ℎ 𝐹𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝐼𝑛𝑐.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑖𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑒𝑔𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑢𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝐽𝑒𝑤𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑖𝑛𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑣𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡. 𝐹𝑜𝑐𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑛 𝑃𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑, 𝑤𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑘 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑡𝑜𝑜𝑙𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑃𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑, 𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑒 ℎ𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑓 𝑜𝑓 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝐽𝑒𝑤𝑟𝑦, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑔𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑢𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒.
𝑆𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑊𝑒𝑑𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑑𝑎𝑦, 𝐽𝑢𝑙𝑦 20𝑡ℎ, 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝐹𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑝𝑢𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝑎 𝑑𝑎𝑦-𝑏𝑦-𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑝 (𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠) 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑟𝑙𝑤𝑖𝑛𝑑 10-𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑝.
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟑: 𝐖𝐚𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐰, 𝐌𝐚𝐣𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐤, 𝐋𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧
𝐁𝐲 𝐄𝐫𝐢𝐜 𝐉𝐨𝐬𝐡𝐮𝐚 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐤
Thursday marked the first full day that all eight Fellows and our respective group leaders were together and able to collectively experience a more in-depth context of what it means to be a Polish Jew; how we got here, how we grew, how we acclimated to non-Jewish rulership, how we became a resilient people, how we navigate the present, and how we can work towards a more inclusive future.
While our tour of the Majdanek concentration and extermination camp seemed to become the main talking point of the next several days, our day began in Warsaw with an amazing visit to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. A striking architectural gesture to the history of Polish Jews, the POLIN Museum is located in what was once a thriving Jewish district, the district that was eventually demarcated as the Warsaw Ghetto. The POLIN Museum provides a forum to establish a connection between the history of the Jewish people and Poland, curating difficult histories in a way that can be understood by children and adults alike.
I won’t recap every exhibit and artifact that the POLIN Museum offered, but I will emphasize that the museum’s use of historical narrative, artifacts, and interactive exhibits helped to curate the history of Polish Jews from the pre-medieval era to present, providing a context that enforces the fact that Jewish history is Polish history. Jews were integral in the settlement, construction, and growth of cities and towns throughout Poland, finding balance between civic life and religious practice. I found it quite inspiring that the museum focused on the genealogical story and cultural growth of Polish Jews, and despite a chronic history of exclusion and exile, the museum perpetuated a story about resilience and growth rather than defeat. Even more apt is that the museum’s research center actively connects with the Jewish community to maintain and preserve both the historical and contemporary Jewish story.
The POLIN Museum provided a historical context that strengthened our sense of belonging in our ancestral lands, but our “new” perceptions were soon to be challenged. We departed sunny Warsaw for Lublin, and several hours later the lifeless fields and remaining barbed wire fence of Majdanek appeared on the horizon, creating a stark contrast to its otherwise suburban context. This concentration turned extermination camp was not hidden or remote, but it was in clear sight of its residential neighbors. As a site of memorialization and learning, The State Museum at Majdanek is unique in that it remains as one of the most well preserved concentration turned extermination camps in Poland, providing tangible evidence to the atrocities committed to both Jews and non-Jews during the Shoah.
Personally, I did not know what to expect upon our arrival at Majdanek as this was the first concentration camp that my grandfather was sent to. When he arrived in the summer of 1943, he had already been separated from his family and survived both the Grodno and Bialystok Ghetto’s. Would I be upset, angry, or hopeful? Would tears come to my eyes because of the torture my grandfather endured or would I rejoice in knowing he survived and I could now honor his memory by walking as a free Jew in Poland? What about the others, those who were not given a chance at life and instead were sent directly to the gas chambers? How would I sympathize with those who I did not know, despite the fact that a majority of my family suffered a similar fate at other extermination camps?
Our entry through the main gates was rather tranquil; a Soviet-era concrete memorial cantilevers over a stone plinth, but this is not how the victims entered the camp. Victims were transported via train, dropped off at a platform near the Flugplatz camp (a local airfield), and forced to march several kilometers to the sorting square at the camp. Hardly a traditional European square, this small plot of land beside the processing barracks was the first step in determining whether you were disinfected and sent to a “living barrack” or detained to be executed by rifle or gas chamber. The intense emotions of this moment overcame me yet I chose to hold my composure, picturing my grandfather on these very grounds 79 years to the month. Despite the weather being overcast, the heat of the sun still cut through the clouds; did he experience the same sensations? Did he know if he would feel sunshine ever again?
Once sorted, victims would be sent to the processing barracks; females to the left and males to the right. Upon entering the processing barrack, his story came to life; the rooms where possessions were removed and prisoners shaved, followed by the disinfecting baths and showers. I remember his descriptions of how the disinfectant burned his eyes, how the showers blasted extremely hot water followed by extremely cold. How could this be real? How could one human devise a plan so inhumane and convince others to implement it? How did my grandfather and others survive? Could he — or any of the survivors — foresee that their kin would return to this very spot, 79 years later? Imagine if they knew at that very moment that, in the future, their kin would return as academics and intellectuals, seeking the truth, reconciliation, and healing. While this perspective provides hope, those that were deemed incapable of work were sent further into the barrack. An exit at the rear led to a brief moment of fresh air, quickly followed by entry into the concrete chambers where Zyklon B and carbon monoxide would be used to asphyxiate men, women, and children.
While it is inevitable that structures were modified and reconstructed in order to maintain a more accurate depiction of Majdanek, the flora and fauna — native plantings, trees, birds, etc — remain untouched. Perhaps that’s what was most painful yet inspiring; seeing the cabbage like weeds my grandfather picked for added sustenance, juxtaposed with the white and lavender perennials that inevitably come back year after year, regardless of war or peace. The work barracks have since been converted as exhibition spaces, and the living barracks of Field Three are preserved to depict the inhumane living conditions endured — barracks meant for 250 often housed up to 1000. By the time we arrived at the crematorium our group had begun to reflect individually; some of us were reticent, others mournful, and a few seeking more answers. For me, the crematorium was a reminder that the Shoah was an attempt to completely eliminate any evidence of Jews — as well as millions of non-Jews — from the historical timeline, yet there was a poetic moment; if one made it to the crematorium, they no longer had to suffer.
At the conclusion of the tour there was a memorial to the 18,400 Jews of Lublin and Majdanek murdered during the “harvest festival” in November of 1943, a fraction of the 42,000 murders that occurred in the region within the two-day span — my grandfather was transferred from Majdanek to Blizyn two months earlier by chance. The topographic depressions of the mass graves and the brutalist architecture of the Mausoleum Memorial — a semi-domed concrete structure covering a mound of ashes — remain as markers to indicate the final resting place for those that were unjustly murdered. Their voices were taken, but we can — and must — preserve their memory.
𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐄𝐫𝐢𝐜 𝐉𝐨𝐬𝐡𝐮𝐚 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐤
Eric Joshua Resnick is pursuing a dual degree in historic preservation and architecture at the University of Maryland. This is his second career path as his original career was in concert production. He currently resides outside of Washington, DC but is originally from Atlantic City, New Jersey. He grew up very close to his Grandfather and has always sought ways to learn more about his lineage, especially as a Jewish American with ancestry in Poland. Outside of academics and professional life, he enjoys spending time outside, playing music, attending concerts and baseball games, trying new cuisine, and exploring the DC region with his partner and dog.
𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟒 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐩.
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Re: Female names Gussie and Sadie #names

Odeda Zlotnick
 

Gussies was consistently Gittel
Do you have any Golda's in your tree? 
I would guess that Golda could also become a Gussie.
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Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

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