Re: Newman family in Mexico City #usa


I made contact with a person related to the Marcushamer´s and he provided the email of Mauricio Marcushamer: kidssmile@...
Alejandro Rubinstein

Viewmate - Russian to english #poland #translation


Hi all,

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I am hoping help with a translation on. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. 

Thank you so much in advance. 

Kind regards,

Hi all,

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I am hoping help with a translation on. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. 


Thank you so much in advance. 

Kind regards,
Benjamin Chynsky 

Re: Familysearch port of origin potential error (e.g. Boulogne Sur Mer in Argentina instead of France) #general #announcements

Marion Werle

You should be able to contact them, but it seems that their contact mechanisms have changed. Try emailing them at nasupport@.... They should be able to direct your general comment to the correct department or at least point you in the right direction to someone who can address the issue.
Marion Werle

Re: Who Betrayed Anne Frank and Her Family? #holocaust

JoAnne Goldberg

I am not planning to read the book, but I wonder if it goes into more
detail about the process. As shown in the segment, the approach was
almost cavalier, with possible suspects dismissed because "he didn't say
anything anti-Semitic" or "there's no evidence that Nazis living just a
few feet away spotted the family in their hiding place."

As pointed out in the articles, there is no reason to believe a list of
Jewish addresses existed. If I'm going into hiding, I'm going to
minimize the number of people who know, and keep it to a trusted and
trustworthy few. The Franks weren't signing up for Meals on Wheels.

I'm sure this six-year undertaking was expensive, and I understand the
financial need for a dramatic reveal vs, say, the mail carrier ratted
them out. But I agree that it's pretty reprehensible to identify a
fellow Jew on flimsy circumstantial "well, he might have a way to turn
them in" evidence when he has no one to speak on his behalf 80 years
later.  Do we know if other Jewish hiding places were similarly exposed?
During the segment, there was a brief indication that the Nazis were
familiar with the signs of a hiding place: the
cabinets/bookcases/pantries with well-worn grooves on the floor.
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Passenger-list name interpretation #names

David Brostoff

I have posted two images from a passenger list of the S.S. Zeeland, arriving in New York on Oct. 2, 1906. (The second image, ViewMate 96928, is for handwriting comparison.)

I would be grateful to know the name of the passenger on line 30 of the first image. She is the sister of Frieda (Blacker) Brostoff on line 28.

Thank you,

David Brostoff

Re: How to obtain Lodz cemetery photo #lodz

Moishe Miller


For those searching Lodz, there is also an excellent book that covers many names, dates and tombstone inscriptions from the earlier Lodz cemetery. Read about the early cemetery here: (if you open in Chrome, right click on the page to translate the WIKI to English).

To see the actual book, all 256 pages, you can go to

If you find a page of interest, you can type the Polish or Hebrew into
to understand the text.

For instance, I wanted to  understand the 5-line entry on page numbered 212, #673 (image 16 of 256). I typed it all into Google Translate
#673. zamozny kupiec przedzy bawelniane przybyl do lodz
prawdopodobnie okolo 1850 r. z Czestochowy. W Lodz nalezal
Sand do grup maskilow, skupiajacych sie dookola zalozonego
przez Zajdemana domu modlilwy dla postepowcow. Z.
Zajdemanem (v. nr. 116) byl Zand skoligacony przez syna swego
Moryca, Z. (v. nr. 2195 i 853).

and Google translated

# 673. a wealthy merchant of cotton yarn came to Łódź probably
around 1850 from Czestochowa. In Lodz, Sand belonged to a group
of maskils, gathered around the house founded by Zajdeman,
praying for the progressives. Z. Zajdeman (v. No. 116) was Zand
connected by his son Moryc, Z. (v. No. 2195 and 853).

Stay safe,

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

The London Gazette #unitedkingdom

Richard Stower

I have found a possible cousin-in-law, Olga (Haves) Suchostawer, listed in the August 23, 1949 issue of The London Gazette. The page appears to list the names and occupations of refugees and/or displaced persons living in post-war London. Her husband, Sigmund, was murdered in the Holocaust.

Is there someone who knows the purpose of The London Gazette?

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine
Dobrowa Tarnowską: KANNER, SCHMIDT, WERNER

Re: Who Betrayed Anne Frank and Her Family? #holocaust

Geoffrey Isaac Collins

Historians bash ‘rubbish’ findings of investigation into Anne Frank betrayal |
Headline in web newspaper TIMES OF ISRAEL

Big conclusions demand big proof,” historian Johannes Houwink ten Cate told The Times of Israel. “I cannot believe that a member of the Jewish Council traded addresses for freedom. After the Council was abolished, its members were sent to camps, if they did not go into hiding.”

As professor emeritus of Holocaust studies at the University of Amsterdam, Houwink ten Cate spent decades researching the city under German occupation. According to the scholar, Van den Bergh was in hiding throughout most of 1944, including during the raid on the secret annex in early August.

“Van den Bergh’s special status [of being protected as a council member and otherwise] had been withdrawn by the Nazis,” said Houwink ten Cate. “If he had betrayed the Frank family, he had to come out into the open, and that exactly was what he was trying to prevent.”
geoffic at

Familysearch port of origin potential error (e.g. Boulogne Sur Mer in Argentina instead of France) #general #announcements

angel kosfiszer

I just noticed that  for arrivals in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay the records in Familysearch (based on a book of passengers) showed Boulogne Sur Mer, in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, instead of Boulogne Sur Mer in France as the port of origin.
I also noticed similar issues with the port of Marseille in France.
Familysearch allows the editing of the data on the individual record, but this seems to me to be a general problem that needs to be addressed at a higher level than a record.


Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Who Was Dora ROSNER from Tarnow? #galicia #poland

Abuwasta Abuwasta

Who was Dora Rosner from Tarnow? A devout collector of envelopes bumped into a postcard sent in 1941 by Dora Rosner from Tarnow to her son Leo Leib Rosner un Shanghai. I have an interest in it because my late father was also names Leon Leib and his family hailed from the environs of Krakow and Tarnow. I checked the Sugihara list and Leo Leib is not there, however he filled pages of testimony in Yad Vashem for his mother and his father Mojzesz Rosner which means that he survived in Shangahi but Yad Vashem does not display the image of the PoTs so I have no idea where he settled after the war. Would love to hear from anyone who may have more info. Thanks. I enclose the postcard's scan.

Jacob Rosen


JewishGen Talks: Stories of Escape - How Four WWII Jewish Refugees Survived by Landing in Japan #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the entire JewishGen community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:

Topic: Stories of Escape - How Four WWII Jewish Refugees Survived by Landing in Japan
Speaker: Mark Halperin
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Registration: Free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register now

Thousands of Jews fled war-torn Europe by traveling eastward via Shanghai and Japan. In this talk, Mark will trace the very interesting journeys of survival of four refugees from Europe to safe harbor in the United States – two in the New York area and two in the Los Angeles area. This talk will highlight the exploits of many virtuous souls including Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Lithuania who issued transit visas to over 2000 Jewish refugees. Along with providing their interesting narratives, Mark will share many of the research sources and practices used to document their journeys.
Registration is free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register nowAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email about how to join the webinar.


Does anyone know a legit way to find legal documents from Warsaw? I am really aiming to find a document which would contain a photograph of the person. Is there any way to obtain passports and the like? --
Saul Mark

Re: Translation of Hebrew tombstones Albany NY Bendel family #translation


To the first I’ll just add that the first line of the first stone is a quote from genesis 24:1. 

the second stone:
the woman Ms Pessele wife of Mr Abraham 
eighty seven years of age
she died Thursday (maybe Wednesday?) 6 Tishri
and buried Friday the 30th (?) of that month
year (5)622 by the short count (ie, not writing the thousands place)
May her soul be bound in the bonds of (everlasting) life 

the dates are hard to read and my numbers are likely off,  as it is unusual not to bury quickly. 

the last line is a boilerplate abbreviation used on both stones (and nearly all stones I’ve seen from the past few hundred years)

david dubin
teaneck nj

Re: Beltsy Vital records #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Hello everybody, 

I got a reply from a person Josef A. from Israel, who want to help translating Beltsy recordsm   but my several attempts to email Josef failed, and my email returned back.

Josef, please email me from your regular account and I would be glad to work with you.  Or if anybody else wants to work on Beltsy Vital records, please let me know.

Thank you,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia Group Leader and Cooridinator

Re: original article telling the Oskar Schindler Story #holocaust

Aline Petzold

Thank you Stanley!  This is very cool.  I was especially interested since I grew up in Montreal and I am still a proud Canadian.  I never heard of this connection to a Montrealer.
Aline Sternberg Petzold
St. Paul MN USA

2021: JewishGen Learning Center served 607 Education Students #education #JewishGenUpdates #announcements

Nancy Holden

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HKP Jewish Labor Camp 1943-1944 #holocaust


Are there lists of those incarcerated (and what happened to them) by the Nazis at the HKP forced labor camp in Vilna? I believe I may have a relative who was listed as a seamstress in the setup by Karl Plagge, which was somewhat similar to Schindler's.
Thank you.
Mindy Yochelson


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Viewmate translation from polish to English #translation

Ellen Trencher

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.--

Ellen Trencher

Re: Who Betrayed Anne Frank and Her Family? #holocaust


And in the meantime the name of a possibly innocent man, actually someone about whom it is proven that he did loads of good things for the Jewish Community, has been besmirched. His poor grandchildren.
Nachum Aronson