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Re: 1935 naturalization by a wife whose husband was naturalized in 1922 before the new law #usa #general

Gary Pokrassa
 

I want to thank the people who responded here - that is why this JG discussion board is such a wonderful asset to all of us......that gives a definitive answer to my questions!!!
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Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division


Freud's neighbor #austria-czech

rickglaser@...
 

I just learned that my great-grandparents Max and Eugenie Gans-Schiller may have lived next door to Freud in Vienna, sometime before 1910.

Is there any way to verify this?

Rick Glaser


Re: This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #ukraine #JewishGenUpdates #yizkorbooks

Laurence Broun
 

Bruce,

Thank you for featuring Yonatan and Corey's translation. They are remarkable young people and working with their professor, they are doing a great job in making the Yizkor Book of Mizocz accessible to English-language readers. In an unabashed plea for support, donations to JewishGen's Yizkor Book Translation Fund for Mizoch this spring will go towards a summer internship program to keep students engaged in Yizkor book translations over the summer.  
MIZOCZ YIZKOR BOOK TRANSLATION FUND!
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Larry (Itzik Leib) Broun
Washington, DC | USA
e-mail: Laurencebroun@...


Paolono/Paolona and Lita, Russia? #russia #belarus

amitch1066@...
 

Hi All!

Does anyone know of towns possibly named Paolona (Russia) and Lita (Russia)?  One of my relatives listed Paolono as his birth town on his Declaration of Intent, and Lita as that of his wife.  I'm guessing that Lita, Russia could be Lida, Belarus; but I am not certain.  

Document is attached. Thanks in advance!!
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Amy Mitchell


Re: Cemeteries in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area #usa

Alan Bauer
 

Judean Memorial Gardens - Olney, MD

 
Gan Zikaron Memorial Park - Clarksburg, MD
Mount Lebanon Cemetery - Adelphi, MD
 
Alan Bauer
Searching for Bauernfreund, Bornfreund, and Bornfriend of Tarnow, Poland, and Zborov, Slovakia


Re: Info on Jewish refugees in Central Asia during the War #ukraine

Laurence Broun
 

I found a book about a refugee from my grandparents shtetl of Mizocz who fled to Tashkent during the war. You can Google the book ...  Flight to Tashkent: The Desperate Journey of Holocaust Survivors Yosef Mednik and Feiga Geldi Mednik
This individual also served in the Polish forces in the Red Army. During the time he was in the military, his wife served on an agricultural commune. 

Also, I have a cousin whose family spent time in Tashkent after fleeing Latvia. I've been to Tashkent myself for business and the weather is fine ... sure beats Siberia. I have the impression it was one of the better places to end up for Jews fleeing Eastern Europe.  
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Larry (Itzik Leib) Broun
Washington, DC | USA
e-mail: Laurencebroun@...


Re: Cemeteries in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area #usa

Laurence Broun
 

Hi Ed,

I know of only one cluster of Jewish cemeteries actually in the city ...  The Elesavetgrad Cemetery DCHBA is a 2.6 acre Jewish cemetery located in Southeast Washington, D.C. The cemetery was established in December 1911. This cemetery is adjacent to the Ohev Sholom, Adas Israel, Bet Mishpachah and Washington Hebrew cemeteries. Their number is Phone(301) 366-4419 ... perhaps they can help

(If you do connect and find the sites you're looking for, let me know and I'll be glad to take some pics for you. It's not that far from me.)
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Larry (Itzik Leib) Broun
Washington, DC | USA
e-mail: Laurencebroun@...


Re: Does DNA prove that Jews are a race? #dna

Adam Turner
 

There is no definition of a "race" that is accepted by 21st-century biologists, so the question "Does DNA prove that Jews are a race?" makes no sense. It's a little like asking "does the fact that my spaghetti bolognese contains high levels of terpenes prove that it is delicious?" (The criteria that we all consciously use and understand for deciding whether something is "delicious" have nothing to do with its objectively measurable levels of this or that molecule; deliciousness isn't a concept that can be "proven" by biochemical analysis, but rather by our own messy and subjective senses of taste.)

While people of Ashkenazi descent tend to share particular markers in their DNA that suggest they are all likely descended from a single, small, distinct founder population that lived in Central Europe about a thousand years ago, race is a social construct, not a biological fact. The US government has never attempted to use DNA to establish who falls into what racial category, and given that the idea of race is incoherent from a scientific perspective*, it's hard to imagine why it would want to start applying such a principle now.

*For just one example of how various popular ideas (both current and past) about who belongs to what "race" don't map at all to the actual facts of genetics, populations from 21st-century Africa are more genetically different from one another than they are from other populations in Europe, South Asia, and East Asia. That is, the DNA of a Yoruba person from Nigeria tends to be more different from that of a Zulu person from South Africa than it is from the DNA of an Ashkenazi Jew or a Vietnamese person: https://www.genetics.org/content/161/1/269 

There's an interesting discussion of the history of classification of Jews as a race in this article by Emory professor Eric Goldstein: https://www.jstor.org/stable/20100947

Adam Turner


Re: Can anyone help me figure out these names? #names #records #ukraine

Scott Rothstein
 

Hello, Valentin. I'm pretty certain that Simon Rothstein had a sister named Dorothea.  I stumbled upon this biography of someone named Lotte Kallenbach-Greller, maiden name Karoline Greller. The text notes that "Karoline Greller's parents were the merchant Nathan Greller (died 1947 at the earliest) and Dorothea Greller, née Rothstein (born on July 20, 1871, died 1947 at the earliest)."  (Google Translate from the German)

The text quotes Kallenbach-Greller from 1946:
“I was born on March 22nd, 1893 in Sadagòra, Bukowina - until 1918 crown land] of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy - as the daughter of Jewish parents of the Mosaic faith. Shortly before I was born, my father, Nathan Greller, emigrated to America together with my mother's brother, Simon Rothstein, because of poor economic conditions, where they both established a respected existence as merchants. Both still live in New Jersey as American citizens." 

Along with the place of birth, Simon Rothstein lived in New Jersey so this is almost certainly him, but Kallenbach-Greller does not mention other brothers of her mother. How did you access the Czernowitz vital records?
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Scott Rothstein


Re: 1935 naturalization by a wife whose husband was naturalized in 1922 before the new law #usa #general

Risa Heywood
 

Hi Gary:

You were essentially asking two questions.

1) Why did Lena apply for citizenship if her husband had naturalized prior to September 1922?
 Marian gave you a great answer.

2) What were the meaning of the dates at the bottom of her petition?
It looks like those were the dates from when Witness 1 and Witness 2 knew Lena.
1st wit: January 1, 1906  Rose Wanshel knew Lena from 1906.
2nd wit: January 1, 1929 Irving Aaronson knew her from 1929.
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Risa Daitzman Heywood
Arizona


Subj: ViewMate translation request – German #holocaust #translation

roykgerber@...
 

These three people applied for refugee assistance in 1948. As part of that process, they completed these cards that detail their whereabouts from 1925 to 1948. I would appreciate a verbatim translation of the details on these three cards. Thank you in advance for your help.

 

They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM92938

https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM92939

https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM92940

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

 

 Roy Gerber


Re: How long for visa/naturalization records from USCIS? #records #usa

Dahirsh@...
 

Interesting they say they are working on Sept 25.  I've been waiting on a Visa File since July 2020.  Online tracking still shows "active"

Debra HIRSH


Ukrainian nicknames for family names. #names #ukraine

Mel Comisarow
 

We all know about nicknames for given names. Dick/Richard, Bill/William, Valodya/Vladimir, and so on. I have a genealogical mystery that can be resolved if the family name KONYAKOV, pronounced KONyakov, not konYAKov, could be a nickname for the family name KONOVALOV. Southeastern Ukraine, early 20th century. Any ideas? Thanks. 
Mel Comisarow
Vancouver BC


Re: Exciting news from Bratislava/Pressburg, Slovakia! #austria-czech #hungary

Dan Rottenberg
 

Randy,
That's very good news.
Is it possible to donate to this project via paper check and snail mail? I need to keep a paper trail.
Thanks—
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA
dan@...


Polish Jewish Cemetery Project are Among 26 Grants Awarded by Association of the Jewish Historical Institute #poland #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen
 

In the Jewish cemetery, Bedzin, Poland

 

The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw granted 26 Jewish heritage and cultural grants of which over half a dozen were to document, maintain, and/or restore Jewish cemeteries. The total grants awarded amount to 120,000 zloty (€26,000).

 

To read which Jewish cemetery grants are included see:

https://jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2021/04/01/poland-jewish-cemetery-grants/

 

The other grant-winning projects included Jewish culture festivals, the publication of a Jewish guidebook to the Jelenia Gora region, the publication of an English translation of a book on the Litzmannstadt (Lodz) Ghetto by Joanna Podolska, and various commemorative and educational projects.

 

See the full list of 26 grants go to: http://szih.org.pl/ogloszenie-wynikow-konkursu-grantowego-marzec-2021/

If you use Chrome as your browser the Polish will be translated into English.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Can anyone help me figure out these names? #names #records #ukraine

Valentin Lupu
 

Based on my search of Czernowitz vital records (Sadagura was a district of it), I believe the parents are:
- Gerson or Gerschon Rothstein, died on April 20, 1893
- Brana or Breine Graf (or Greif)
The couple had other two children:
- Moses Leib, born in July 7, 1861
- Hersh born on August 4, 1859
According to the document, Simon was born around 1869. In his naturalization paper Simon declared his birth date as Dec. 10th, 1869.

Valentin Lupu
ISRAEL


Does DNA prove that Jews are a race? #dna

Linda Lang
 

Ancestry DNA shows that I am 100% Ashkenazi. It does not say I am Polish or Russian, etc. The US government used to list Jews as a minority race with protections that such a classification afforded. It then changed the classification to a religion so that racial protections were removed. Would love to hear from people that better understand this.
Linda Lang
Researching Broude, Ginsburg, Frankel, Friend


Re: Help understanding 1912 Voters List for Grodno #belarus #records #russia

Marion Werle
 

The sentence should have read, "The transliterators were not Russian speakers and the patronymic suffixes (as with most of the JewishGen databases) weren't  transliterated." Just the names of the patronymics were included (e.g., Boruch instead of Boruchovitch). 
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Marion Werle
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Re: How long for visa/naturalization records from USCIS? #records #usa

MARLISE GROSS
 

I have been waiting 240 days for a naturalization document that I only wanted because it might have a photograph.  And that is after the initial 45 days I waited for them to confirm they had it.  It is still considered "Active". So frustrating.  Yet, I understand.

Prior to COVID, I received a visa application in 2 months after the initial search time.  I also received a "not found" after an initial search said it was available.  That one took another month for them to confirm it was not found.  Count yourself fortunate if you have access to this file because the information I found in mine was incredible.

Marlise Gross
Cherry Hill, NJ


Re: 1935 naturalization by a wife whose husband was naturalized in 1922 before the new law #usa #general

Marian
 

Hello Gary,

I found the husband's granted naturalization petition at FamilySearch, examined the back side of that document, and see that the order admitting Jerome to citizenship was on February 15, 1923 (the petition was filed earlier in 1922).  Here's the link that worked for me https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9MD-M8P2?i=306&cc=1999177.  

Lena may have assumed she became a citizen on her husband's petition not realizing the law had changed.  She might have discovered her noncitizen status if she applied for any relief during her husband's illness and learned she must naturalize to qualify for the benefit.  Or maybe some other reason.  But it seems clear she did not derive citizenship through her husband's naturalization prior to Sept 22, 1922.

Marian Smith

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