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Valuable background material for WWI family stories #lithuania

water wind & stars <shiralunacy@...>
 

You may find the two articles noted below helpful for background for
family stories connected with World War I. They are based directly on
documents dating >from 1915 and supply eyewitness accounts of events in
specific towns (which I've listed) as well as the names of the
witnesses. I should mention that the material is very disturbing.
Before reading it I had never realized the scope of the brutality
or the viciousness of the lies spread by the Russian government to
justify their treatment of the Jews. The material reads like a prologue
to the Shoah, and in many ways it was.

Both pieces are available on the LitvakSIG online-journal. Anatoli
Chayesh found these accounts buried in Russian archives. Many of you
may be familiar with this very fine researcher >from reading his
contributions to Avotaynu. Here is Mr. Chayesh's short bio copied
from on-line:
Anatoli Chayesh is an engineer. Since 1991, he has been a scientific
researcher at the St. Petersburg Jewish University, where his area of
interest is searching for materials and documents on the Jews of
Imperial Russia in the libraries and archives in St. Petersburg. As
the son of Lithuanian Jews, Chayesh also has a special interest in the
history of the Jews of Lithuania. He has been engaged in genealogy
since 1978.

ON THE FRONT LINE IN LITHUANIA, 1915
http://www.litvaksig.org/litvaksig-online-journal/on-the-front-line-in-
lithuania-1915?task=article

On the Front Line in Lithuania in 1915: Narratives of Jewish
Eyewitnesses draws upon documents the author unearthed in the
Russian State Historical Archive. However, as Mr. Chayesh points out,
the document title "Petition >from Jewish population about protection
from pogroms" is not accurate as this Act does not actually contain a
petition but rather the recorded narratives of Jewish eyewitnesses to
events described that took place in 1915.
Krekenava
Panevezys
Radvili
A1kis
Seiminiskiai
Troskunai
Viesintos
Vyzuonos

THE EXPULSION OF THE JEWS >from LITHUANIA IN THE SPRING OF 1915
http://www.litvaksig.org/index.php/litvaksig-online-journal/
the-expulsion-of-the-jews-from-lithuania-in-the-spring-of-1915

A description of political events preceding and accompanying the
expulsion of Jews >from the western part of Kovno Gubernia,
based on the periodical press of 1914-1915, the stenographic
minutes of the State Duma, and publications primarily >from the
interwar period. The motives for the eviction are given, as are
the cover stories; the conditions of the expulsion itself are
illustrated by excerpts of reminiscences of older residents of
Zeimelis. Additional towns mentioned:
Joniskis
Kaunas
Kedainiai
Kuziai
Panevezys
Pasvalys
Siauliai
Smorgon [now in Belarus]
Vilnius

Submitted by Sonia Kovitz


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Valuable background material for WWI family stories #lithuania

water wind & stars <shiralunacy@...>
 

You may find the two articles noted below helpful for background for
family stories connected with World War I. They are based directly on
documents dating >from 1915 and supply eyewitness accounts of events in
specific towns (which I've listed) as well as the names of the
witnesses. I should mention that the material is very disturbing.
Before reading it I had never realized the scope of the brutality
or the viciousness of the lies spread by the Russian government to
justify their treatment of the Jews. The material reads like a prologue
to the Shoah, and in many ways it was.

Both pieces are available on the LitvakSIG online-journal. Anatoli
Chayesh found these accounts buried in Russian archives. Many of you
may be familiar with this very fine researcher >from reading his
contributions to Avotaynu. Here is Mr. Chayesh's short bio copied
from on-line:
Anatoli Chayesh is an engineer. Since 1991, he has been a scientific
researcher at the St. Petersburg Jewish University, where his area of
interest is searching for materials and documents on the Jews of
Imperial Russia in the libraries and archives in St. Petersburg. As
the son of Lithuanian Jews, Chayesh also has a special interest in the
history of the Jews of Lithuania. He has been engaged in genealogy
since 1978.

ON THE FRONT LINE IN LITHUANIA, 1915
http://www.litvaksig.org/litvaksig-online-journal/on-the-front-line-in-
lithuania-1915?task=article

On the Front Line in Lithuania in 1915: Narratives of Jewish
Eyewitnesses draws upon documents the author unearthed in the
Russian State Historical Archive. However, as Mr. Chayesh points out,
the document title "Petition >from Jewish population about protection
from pogroms" is not accurate as this Act does not actually contain a
petition but rather the recorded narratives of Jewish eyewitnesses to
events described that took place in 1915.
Krekenava
Panevezys
Radvili
A1kis
Seiminiskiai
Troskunai
Viesintos
Vyzuonos

THE EXPULSION OF THE JEWS >from LITHUANIA IN THE SPRING OF 1915
http://www.litvaksig.org/index.php/litvaksig-online-journal/
the-expulsion-of-the-jews-from-lithuania-in-the-spring-of-1915

A description of political events preceding and accompanying the
expulsion of Jews >from the western part of Kovno Gubernia,
based on the periodical press of 1914-1915, the stenographic
minutes of the State Duma, and publications primarily >from the
interwar period. The motives for the eviction are given, as are
the cover stories; the conditions of the expulsion itself are
illustrated by excerpts of reminiscences of older residents of
Zeimelis. Additional towns mentioned:
Joniskis
Kaunas
Kedainiai
Kuziai
Panevezys
Pasvalys
Siauliai
Smorgon [now in Belarus]
Vilnius

Submitted by Sonia Kovitz


Re: Viewmate Translation Russian Death reg #general

bernerfolk
 

A kind researcher has advised that my ViewMate post #32616 is not
the record I'd hoped. Please disregard my request for translation.

Thank you,
Sherri Venditti


JRI Poland #Poland re: Viewmate Translation Russian Death reg #poland

bernerfolk
 

A kind researcher has advised that my ViewMate post #32616 is not
the record I'd hoped. Please disregard my request for translation.

Thank you,
Sherri Venditti


ViewMate translation request - Polish: MANELA #poland

Ofer Manela
 

Dear All,

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a loose translation.
It is on ViewMate at the following address:

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM32593

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Many thanks,
Ofer Manela
Petach-Tikva


Researching:
MANELA, KWART, GOLDRAT Everywhere
LANDAU / LANDA Szczekociny, Wolbrom, Piotrkow Trybunalski, Rozprza,
New-York City
ROZENBERG, RATHAJZER, PANSKI Szczekociny,
TRAJMAN / FRAJMAN Szczekociny
LINDNER/LONDNER Szczekociny, Zarnowiec, Koniecpol
LEWI Koniecpol
KLIN / KLEIN, TIMBERG Chrzanow, Krakow
KALISH, KON, KUTAS, ROZENKRANC, NAJMAN, MOYSZES, LTMAN/LISMAN, FRIDEL,
LITWIN, Lodz, Strykow, Brzeziny, Zgierz
ALTMAN, LANDSMAN/LANCMAN, DAJCMAN, BESSER, RYBSZTAJN, PELTZMAN,
ZOMBEK/ZANBEK/ZABEK, KLUBOCKI, ROZENCWAJG, GLIKMAN/GLIKSMAN/GLIXMAN
Czestochowa, Przyrow, Klobuck
JOSKOWICZ, LEWY, ZYLBESZAC, BELCHATOWSKI, GOLDBARDT Belchatow, Lask, Rozprza
GOLOVENCIC/GOLOVENTZIC Everywhere
BODENSHTEIN, GROSS New-York, Gorlice, Ropa
AGASSI Bagdad, Jerusalem
ORENSHTEIN, PRASZKER Opatow
YERUSHALIMSKI Poland, Jerusalem


JRI Poland #Poland Fwd: ViewMate translation request - Polish: MANELA #poland

Ofer Manela
 

Dear All,

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a loose translation.
It is on ViewMate at the following address:

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM32593

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Many thanks,
Ofer Manela
Petach-Tikva


Researching:
MANELA, KWART, GOLDRAT Everywhere
LANDAU / LANDA Szczekociny, Wolbrom, Piotrkow Trybunalski, Rozprza,
New-York City
ROZENBERG, RATHAJZER, PANSKI Szczekociny,
TRAJMAN / FRAJMAN Szczekociny
LINDNER/LONDNER Szczekociny, Zarnowiec, Koniecpol
LEWI Koniecpol
KLIN / KLEIN, TIMBERG Chrzanow, Krakow
KALISH, KON, KUTAS, ROZENKRANC, NAJMAN, MOYSZES, LTMAN/LISMAN, FRIDEL,
LITWIN, Lodz, Strykow, Brzeziny, Zgierz
ALTMAN, LANDSMAN/LANCMAN, DAJCMAN, BESSER, RYBSZTAJN, PELTZMAN,
ZOMBEK/ZANBEK/ZABEK, KLUBOCKI, ROZENCWAJG, GLIKMAN/GLIKSMAN/GLIXMAN
Czestochowa, Przyrow, Klobuck
JOSKOWICZ, LEWY, ZYLBESZAC, BELCHATOWSKI, GOLDBARDT Belchatow, Lask, Rozprza
GOLOVENCIC/GOLOVENTZIC Everywhere
BODENSHTEIN, GROSS New-York, Gorlice, Ropa
AGASSI Bagdad, Jerusalem
ORENSHTEIN, PRASZKER Opatow
YERUSHALIMSKI Poland, Jerusalem


Martha Lev Zion Z"L #poland

ehfurman@...
 

Martha Lev Zion 1940-2014
We are gathering at the cemetery in Omer on Thursday, March 13 at 15:30
for the Shloshim.

The Israel Genealogical Society, the founders of the Society, members in
the past and present,colleague and friends remember and grieve at the
Shloshim of Martha Lev Zion z"l.

Martha was amongst the group that broadened the activities of the Israel
Genealogical Society since she became a member in 1995.
In 1997 with the development of additional branches Martha founded the
Negev branch in Beer Sheva then at the Magen Avraham synagogue in Omer
and chaired the branch till 2011.

Martha LevZion was a historian teaching at Ben Gurion University and
used her professional knowledge in her activities both in the Israel
Genealogical Society and in the world genealogical community. She was
an active participant in the planning committee of the 24th
International Genealogy Conference held in Jerusalem in 2004. She
chaired the Courland SIG as part of the Latvia SIG and was a member
of the IAJGS. Martha was always ready and devoted to answer the
requests on those researching their roots when ever she could help.

All above was on one scale, and on the other scale Martha met Tamar as a
baby with Down's Syndrome. Martha adopted Tamar to her heart and raised
her to lead a healthy life. She taught Tamar how to deal with the real
world and understand her special position in life. Tamar learned to be
independent and lead a normal life. She was there for her mother in her
declining health.

Martha kept her health problems to herself over the years. In the past
two years she fought to keep on living with courage and dignity.

Martha Lev Zion z"l will remain in the hearts of all who knew her.
May her memory be blessed.
On behalf of the IGS Founding of IGS - Shmuel Shamir, advocate
Chana Furman, Kiryat Gat Israel
Israel Genealogical Society.


BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland Martha Lev Zion Z"L #poland

ehfurman@...
 

Martha Lev Zion 1940-2014
We are gathering at the cemetery in Omer on Thursday, March 13 at 15:30
for the Shloshim.

The Israel Genealogical Society, the founders of the Society, members in
the past and present,colleague and friends remember and grieve at the
Shloshim of Martha Lev Zion z"l.

Martha was amongst the group that broadened the activities of the Israel
Genealogical Society since she became a member in 1995.
In 1997 with the development of additional branches Martha founded the
Negev branch in Beer Sheva then at the Magen Avraham synagogue in Omer
and chaired the branch till 2011.

Martha LevZion was a historian teaching at Ben Gurion University and
used her professional knowledge in her activities both in the Israel
Genealogical Society and in the world genealogical community. She was
an active participant in the planning committee of the 24th
International Genealogy Conference held in Jerusalem in 2004. She
chaired the Courland SIG as part of the Latvia SIG and was a member
of the IAJGS. Martha was always ready and devoted to answer the
requests on those researching their roots when ever she could help.

All above was on one scale, and on the other scale Martha met Tamar as a
baby with Down's Syndrome. Martha adopted Tamar to her heart and raised
her to lead a healthy life. She taught Tamar how to deal with the real
world and understand her special position in life. Tamar learned to be
independent and lead a normal life. She was there for her mother in her
declining health.

Martha kept her health problems to herself over the years. In the past
two years she fought to keep on living with courage and dignity.

Martha Lev Zion z"l will remain in the hearts of all who knew her.
May her memory be blessed.
On behalf of the IGS Founding of IGS - Shmuel Shamir, advocate
Chana Furman, Kiryat Gat Israel
Israel Genealogical Society.


Jewish residences in Vienna 1939-41 #austria-czech

stephanieschoen1@...
 

I am doing some research for a cousin by marriage who escaped from
Vienna in 1939 at age 5 (one of 50 children documented in a
fascinating documentary, "50 Children" showing on HBO on demand this
month).

I have discovered that this cousin, on my father's side, is connected
through marriages in Vienna to my mother's side as well. Now I am
trying to figure out how well these families might have known each
other.

I just learned that my great grandfather and my cousin's aunt were
living directly across the street >from each other for a period of time
after they were forced to move out of their homes. My great
grandfather's address >from June 1939 to February 1941 was Vereinsgasse
6, and my cousin's aunt's address >from March 1940 to October 1941
(when she was deported) was Vereinsgasse 5. Further, my great
grandfather moved in February 1941 to Grosse Schiffgasse 7, the same
address >from which his son-in-law was deported, apparently a day
later.

My question is, when Jews were forced to leave their earlier
residences in Vienna, did they have a choice within Leopoldstadt, or
within certain residences of that district, as to where they could
move, or were they assigned new addresses and had no choice? Could
they move where other family members lived in order to be close to
them.

Thank you,

Stephanie Cooper Schoen
Boston, Massachusetts


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Jewish residences in Vienna 1939-41 #austria-czech

stephanieschoen1@...
 

I am doing some research for a cousin by marriage who escaped from
Vienna in 1939 at age 5 (one of 50 children documented in a
fascinating documentary, "50 Children" showing on HBO on demand this
month).

I have discovered that this cousin, on my father's side, is connected
through marriages in Vienna to my mother's side as well. Now I am
trying to figure out how well these families might have known each
other.

I just learned that my great grandfather and my cousin's aunt were
living directly across the street >from each other for a period of time
after they were forced to move out of their homes. My great
grandfather's address >from June 1939 to February 1941 was Vereinsgasse
6, and my cousin's aunt's address >from March 1940 to October 1941
(when she was deported) was Vereinsgasse 5. Further, my great
grandfather moved in February 1941 to Grosse Schiffgasse 7, the same
address >from which his son-in-law was deported, apparently a day
later.

My question is, when Jews were forced to leave their earlier
residences in Vienna, did they have a choice within Leopoldstadt, or
within certain residences of that district, as to where they could
move, or were they assigned new addresses and had no choice? Could
they move where other family members lived in order to be close to
them.

Thank you,

Stephanie Cooper Schoen
Boston, Massachusetts


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech if you are a person whom Jiri Fiedler helped ..... #austria-czech

Helen Epstein
 

and would like to write an email to his children, plese send it to me
at the above email and I will forward it to them. Please write: For
Fiedler Family in the subject line.

Thanks,
Helen

--
www.helenepstein.com
www.plunkettlakepress.com


Eulogy for a Source: Jiri Fiedler #austria-czech

Pamela Weisberger
 

This beautifully written remembrance of Jiri Fiedler, a researching of
Jewish heritage living in Prague, is well worth reading. "Eulogy for
a Source" in today's New York Times can be found here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/opinion/sunday/eulogy-for-a-source.html?ref=opinion&_r=1

It is a reminder of all those non-Jews who have taken it upon
themselves, almost as a calling, to research our past and share their
knowledge selflessly with other researchers. In 1992 Fiedler
published his book, "Jewish Sites of Bohemia and Moravia," which is
now part of a database of Jewish heritage in the Czech Republic. He
worked as a specialist and research director at the Prague Jewish
Museum through 2012.

Pamela Weisberger
Santa Monica, CA
pweisberger@...


Viewmate translation request --- Old German script #austria-czech

carolevogel51@...
 

Hi All,

I've posted a snippet >from the 1744 census of the Mattersdorf, Hungary
Jewish Community (now Mattersburg, Austria. This census was phenomenal
in that it provided the names and ages of all the family members and
their birthplaces. I Think I have gotten a lot of the information
already but there is one child 's name that I can't decipher. I have
highlighted it in yellow.

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM32604


Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thanks for the help!

Carole G. Vogel
Branchville, New Jersey


if you are a person whom Jiri Fiedler helped ..... #austria-czech

Helen Epstein
 

and would like to write an email to his children, plese send it to me
at the above email and I will forward it to them. Please write: For
Fiedler Family in the subject line.

Thanks,
Helen

--
www.helenepstein.com
www.plunkettlakepress.com


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Eulogy for a Source: Jiri Fiedler #austria-czech

Pamela Weisberger
 

This beautifully written remembrance of Jiri Fiedler, a researching of
Jewish heritage living in Prague, is well worth reading. "Eulogy for
a Source" in today's New York Times can be found here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/opinion/sunday/eulogy-for-a-source.html?ref=opinion&_r=1

It is a reminder of all those non-Jews who have taken it upon
themselves, almost as a calling, to research our past and share their
knowledge selflessly with other researchers. In 1992 Fiedler
published his book, "Jewish Sites of Bohemia and Moravia," which is
now part of a database of Jewish heritage in the Czech Republic. He
worked as a specialist and research director at the Prague Jewish
Museum through 2012.

Pamela Weisberger
Santa Monica, CA
pweisberger@...


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Viewmate translation request --- Old German script #austria-czech

carolevogel51@...
 

Hi All,

I've posted a snippet >from the 1744 census of the Mattersdorf, Hungary
Jewish Community (now Mattersburg, Austria. This census was phenomenal
in that it provided the names and ages of all the family members and
their birthplaces. I Think I have gotten a lot of the information
already but there is one child 's name that I can't decipher. I have
highlighted it in yellow.

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM32604


Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thanks for the help!

Carole G. Vogel
Branchville, New Jersey


Handwriting #galicia

Israel P
 

If you can decipher handwriting, please have a look towards the bottom
of http://www.pikholz.org/Script.html where there is a death for a male
Cellermayer whose given name I cannot figure out. The records is >from
1836 in Husiatyn.

(No the name isn't Kevin.)

Thank you.

Israel Pickholtz


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Handwriting #galicia

Israel P
 

If you can decipher handwriting, please have a look towards the bottom
of http://www.pikholz.org/Script.html where there is a death for a male
Cellermayer whose given name I cannot figure out. The records is >from
1836 in Husiatyn.

(No the name isn't Kevin.)

Thank you.

Israel Pickholtz


Re: Immigrant search 1900-1907 #general

Don Solomon
 

Allan,

Some creative use of the Morse Pages may get you to some eligible
records.

The Morse Gold Page allows you to search by first name with dates of
birth and arrival. I posited that the American surname Morrison was
derived >from a family name beginning with M.

I searched the Ellis Island files for persons named Abram with surname
beginning with M who were male, married, designated as Jewish, came
through Ellis Island 1900-1907 and were born in in 1873, plus or minus
4 years. That search yielded 62 records, a manageable number even if
you have to search every one individually.

I then searched for Jewish, female, married persons named Sara (leaving
off the "H" to get more records) with surname beginning with M, who
arrived in 1900-1909 and were born in 1875, plus or minus 4 years.
That search yielded 34 records.

Comparing the two lists, I hit upon two entries: Abram MEYERSON (#46
on the list), >from Krislawsky, who arrived in May 1904 at the age of
28, and Sarah MEYEROSIN (#22 on that list), >from Glasgow, who arrived
in September 1904 at the age of 27. The text manifest shows her
traveling with two sons, Aron and Herman, aged 5 and 3.

Reviewing the scanned manifest for Sarah shows that she is the wrong
person -- she said she was going to Cleveland and listed her husband
Josef as the relative she was to join in the US. Abram, by contrast,
was on his way to Brooklyn.

Although this did not produce a hit, it illustrates the methodology --
combine your best guesses with a willingness to to record by record
through a small set of results.

I don't have access to Ancestry and was not able to do the search on
Boston, but Ancestry apparently requires 3 characters of a surname,
which makes things difficult, but using the Ellis Island results you
can come up with likely three-letter combinations (Mar, Mas, Mei, Mey,
Mor, Mos, etc.) that could take a while to go through but could produce
some results.

Don Solomon

From: "A. Jordan" <aejordan@...>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:39:05 -0500 (EST)

Is there any tool that would let me search just the first name for a
mother and two children coming >from Europe to New York or Boston in
the 1900-1907 time frame?
...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Immigrant search 1900-1907 #general

Don Solomon
 

Allan,

Some creative use of the Morse Pages may get you to some eligible
records.

The Morse Gold Page allows you to search by first name with dates of
birth and arrival. I posited that the American surname Morrison was
derived >from a family name beginning with M.

I searched the Ellis Island files for persons named Abram with surname
beginning with M who were male, married, designated as Jewish, came
through Ellis Island 1900-1907 and were born in in 1873, plus or minus
4 years. That search yielded 62 records, a manageable number even if
you have to search every one individually.

I then searched for Jewish, female, married persons named Sara (leaving
off the "H" to get more records) with surname beginning with M, who
arrived in 1900-1909 and were born in 1875, plus or minus 4 years.
That search yielded 34 records.

Comparing the two lists, I hit upon two entries: Abram MEYERSON (#46
on the list), >from Krislawsky, who arrived in May 1904 at the age of
28, and Sarah MEYEROSIN (#22 on that list), >from Glasgow, who arrived
in September 1904 at the age of 27. The text manifest shows her
traveling with two sons, Aron and Herman, aged 5 and 3.

Reviewing the scanned manifest for Sarah shows that she is the wrong
person -- she said she was going to Cleveland and listed her husband
Josef as the relative she was to join in the US. Abram, by contrast,
was on his way to Brooklyn.

Although this did not produce a hit, it illustrates the methodology --
combine your best guesses with a willingness to to record by record
through a small set of results.

I don't have access to Ancestry and was not able to do the search on
Boston, but Ancestry apparently requires 3 characters of a surname,
which makes things difficult, but using the Ellis Island results you
can come up with likely three-letter combinations (Mar, Mas, Mei, Mey,
Mor, Mos, etc.) that could take a while to go through but could produce
some results.

Don Solomon

From: "A. Jordan" <aejordan@...>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:39:05 -0500 (EST)

Is there any tool that would let me search just the first name for a
mother and two children coming >from Europe to New York or Boston in
the 1900-1907 time frame?
...

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