Re: looking for sescendants of German Refugees in Dominican Republic #germany #holocaust #latinamerica


I recently read 2 mysteries by the writer  A.J. Sidransky who lives in Washington Heights, NYC.  The first book "Forgiving Maximo Rothman"  goes into the story of refugees in the DR and is a central theme of this mystery. You might want to contact Mr. Sidransky through his website as he has done quite a bit of research and may know the families of refugees.

If any one is interesting the in subject I recommend the book for a different view of New York City.

Jessica Schein

Re: Rabbi Abraham ABRAMOWITZ-Jerusalem-Chicago early 20th cent. #usa #rabbinic

Bob Silverstein

Shabbat shalom,

Check the research database on Jewish Genealogy Society of Illinois.
Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Motol, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

Re: Latvia SIG Donation #latvia

Joyaa Antares

Hi Barry,
Please can you say a few more words about the new Research Group and it's current short and long term goals (if known).
Thanks, Joyaa ANTARES
Gold Coast Queensland, Australia

Re: Looking for Bernard Freed and Anna nee Siporin's two children Laurie and Barry #usa


Hi Sharon, 

Bernard Freed married Mary Kotek in Illinois in 1954

Ma(r)y  Freed died in February 2000. A transcription of her obituary attached. 

Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: Mystery man in London, 1905: Isidor Lasker #unitedkingdom #general


Thank you all!

  • Diane - now I understand, thanks - a useful approach as I research further.
  • Jeremy - thanks for the JC tip, I've taken a look and see more can be done here.
  • Off-list, Eva - thanks so much for doing those searches. Intriguing possibilities, but as you'll see below, I think they're probably unconnected.
  • Off-list, Sherri - thanks, I did consider the 'cad using a false name' as a last resort, intriguing too but very hard to research.
  • Off-list, Amit - thanks, even though my problem was Isidor not Eva.
  • Others I may have forgotten en route - thank you too!
  • Sheryl - wonderful! I'm sure at least some of those are him, and those SA websites in general are a great way to look for more info. Specifically, they mention that ship...
I've now managed to piece together more of the puzzle, thanks to a hitherto unidentified letter combined with the information above. It seems Isidor and Eva went to Cape Town (the ship Kenilworth Castle, departing 16 Dec 1905 has a "Mr J Lasker"), then Port Elizabeth (staying at "the Royal", presumably a hotel), where "his business collapsed". The marriage didn't go well - by September 1906 she was complaining that "Jimmie" was treating her like a dog - gambling, drinking, threatening to kill her, frustrating her attempts to get "a situation" (a job?) by telling people they weren't married, and so on. So she fled to "a decent berth" (job?), "15 pounds a month with board and lodging" at the Queen's Hotel, Umtali (Rhodesia) - they even paid her "expensive" fare for the week-long train journey there. And although she did leave "Jimmie" a letter offering to return if he treated her better, she didn't tell him where she was going, out of fear he would make himself such a nuisance that she would have to give up her "situation" (again, does this mean some sort of hotel work? secretary? dancer? who knows...). She also says she has used her maiden name when "taking a situation" as "it is the normal thing here".

What happened next, I don't yet know. The letter was written to her father (a well-known academic) the same day he died in mysterious circumstances... (Anyone fancy making a book/film of this?!) So it may take more research, probably delving deeper into South African and Rhodesian data (both official records and newspaper reports etc.), if there are any.

The 1890 Isadore/Jennie marriage is possible... maybe they split before his UK (re)marriage in 1905, or Jennie died. But if they were "pre 1890 settlers", where did he come from before then - where is his father Aaron Lasker? And why would he be applying for naturalization in 1906? Maybe the 1906 "APPLICATION FOR LETTERS OF NATURALIZATION. ISIDOR LASKER." were an application on behalf of his new wife Eva?

The 1928 death is rather confusing - age 67 implies he was born 1861 (whereas the UK marriage certificate implies born 1867; a six year difference is not impossible, but still...). I note there's also a Jane Lasker dying at the same location in 1926 age 56, so an implied wife. Did Eva just say "I'm widowed" at her remarriage in 1918 because she assumed/pretended he was dead, whereas in fact he'd survived, remarried Jane (third wife?) and lived on? I'd need to find a marriage record for Isidor/Isadore + Jane.

So, overall I think I now have a good initial grasp of what happened, thanks to everyone here, although numerous questions remain. A simple one for now: "Isidor/Isadore" appears to be a Greek name, 'gift of Isis'. I'm guessing she called him "Jimmie" just as a random 'pet name', not because it's a common abbreviation for Isidor, right? And although I've come here because I blithely assumed he was Jewish, I've not actually seen any evidence for that fact - is it a reasonable assumption?

Ben Jones

Latvia SIG Donation #latvia

Barry Shay

Those of you who were dues-paying members of the original Latvia SIG will be happy to learn that a donation in the amount of $6,227.86 was recently made to JewishGen for exclusive use by the new Latvia Research Group. The funds had been collected by the SIG over many years beginning in 1996 and ending about ten years ago. (See for the historical reference.)

I am sure that under the leadership of Paul Cheifitz, Arlene Beare, and Marion Werle the funds will be put to good use and I look forward to seeing the results of their efforts in expanding the research capabilities of the LRG under JewishGen.

Barry Shay   

Visits to concentration camps #holocaust


It appears to me that the concentration camps from the Holocaust were not widely talked about from 1945 for the next 20 to 25 years.  I visited Auschwitz in October of 1970.  I was the only person there that day except for the admin staff and maintenance staff. A film about the camp was available to be shown in the auditorium.  They had trouble finding a copy in English and I watched it alone in the auditorium. Travel by bus and train to the site was difficult.  My  question is:  who had visited camps before 1970 as I haven't met anyone who had?
Larry Burgheimer
San Francisco, CA

Success with Jewish DNA #dna #events #announcements

Marguerite Kealey

Success with Jewish DNA

By Jarrett Ross

June 13th   1-3 pm PT

Zoom Meeting and Presentation    This presentation will explore multiple case studies by Jarrett Ross in researching his own genetic family history. Using different types of DNA tests and multiple techniques to identify significant DNA matches he was able to expand multiple branches of his tree   Learn all the presenter’s techniques used to break down the process of each case study and what methods were most successful
To register go to San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society website 
San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society - Success with Jewish DNA (
Marguerite Kealey, Publicity Chair
San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society
San Diego County, CA




Looking for Bernard Freed and Anna nee Siporin's two children Laurie and Barry #usa

Sharon Ann Dror

I am looking for Bernard Freed’s wife May or Mary Freed AND Bernard & Anna’s two children… No one in the family remembers this family. 
Bernard Freed
August 19, 1911 New York- June 21, 2005 Died in Florida and buried at Evergreen Memorial Park in Tucson, AZ
Bernard was married to Anna nee Siporin Freed Doyle - all born and lived in New York. 
Anna passed away in 1990 in Los Angeles.
They have two children: Laurie Freed and Barry Freed - he moved to Chicago - no idea where Laurie lives.
Laurie born in 1941 and I dont know when Barry was born. 
I saw a listing in White pages that a Laurie Freed was married to George Milman with two sons then remarried to Milton Klorman. I have no idea if this is the right family as no one responded to me. 
Bernard and Anna divorced. Bernard remarried to a May or Mary - I dont know her maiden name. Anna remarried to a Doyle.
I found this article - very sweet to read… I got some clues that Bernard’s wife May or Mary died 10 years before the article was printed in 2003. They lived in Florida.
Before living in Florida, they lived in Brookfield, IL and before that New York…. May or Mary was a hair dresser. She may have worked at a funeral parlor. Relatives recall hearing something like this.
I tried several white pages and emails bounced back… or no responses…
I wrote to the Alzheimers Organization in Chicago - headquarters and see if they can help with any info - its been over 15 years since Bernard died so I dont know if they would know anything...
Does anyone in this group know this family?
Please let me know.

Sharon Ann Dror
MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately

May 2021 Summary of IAJGS Records Access Alert #general #jgs-iajgs #records

Jan Meisels Allen

As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—all postings are included below.  The following are the summaries for the month of May, 2021.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you to be subscribed to the Records Access Alert.

Without records, genealogists cannot do genealogy –making certain that we retain access and gain access where it is impaired is every genealogists' responsibility.


Ancestry Acquires Forces War Records

(Australia) To Save Historical Documents National Archives of Australia Launches a Crowd Funding Site

(Canada) 2021 Census day Is Almost Here--May 11th

(Canada) 2021 Federal Budget Calls for Hiring New Data Commissioner and a Digital Service tax

(Canada) C-10 Amends Broadcasting Act to Regulate Streaming Services

(England) England's National Health Service Plans to Share Patient Records with Third Parties

(European Union) Amazon Wins EU Tax Appeal in Second Highest Court

(European Union) EU Commission Proposes New Ambitious Business Tax Agenda

(European Union) EU Parliament Voted Infringement Against Ireland Data Protection Commission--CJEU Rejects Facebook's Petition

(European Union) US Companies Storing Data In European Union-Microsoft

(Germany) Federal Cartel Office Launches Probe into Google About Anti-Trust

(Germany) Privacy Regulator Bans Facebook From Gathering Data on WhatsApp Users

(Great Britain) Planned New Law Would Fine Social Media Companies for Failure to Remove Online Abuse

(Ireland) Activist Max Schrems Complains about Irish Data Protection Regulator to Parliament Committee

(Ireland) Facebook Loses Court Fight With Irish Data Regulator Over Transferring Data to US

(Ireland) Proposed Legislation Will Give Adoptees Access to Birth Certificates

Microsoft to Stop Internet Explorer Browser-June 2022

MyHeritage Purchases the French Genealogy Company

(New Zealand) National Library of New Zealand Project to Digitize 130 Years of The Press Archives

(Netherlands) Family Cards 1919-1939 Are Available Online

(Portugal) President Enacts Charter of Human Rights with Right to be Forgotten and Social Tariff for Internet Access

(Russia) New Database Documents One Million WWll Citizen Heroes Who Defended Moscow

(United Kingdom) England and Wales Marriage Certificates to Include Mothers' Names

(US) More on Litigation Over 2020 US Census

(US) National Archives and Virginia Tech Working on Digitization of Records

(US) National Archives On Track To Release 1950 US Census

(United States) National Archives Proposed Rule on Extending Selective Service Record Requests

(US) USCIS Withdraws Proposed Regulation on Collecting Biometrics Requirements

(US-FL) HB 969 The Florida Privacy Protection Act Dies on Final Day of Legislative Session

(US-FL) Governor Signs Bills Reigning In Social Media Companies

(US-FL) Senator Rick Scott Introduces Data and Algorithm Transparency Agreement Act

(US-NY) Legislation Introduced About Privacy Issues Around Criminal DNA Profiles


The IAJGS Board of Directors approved opening the Records Access Alert to anyone who is interested in records access. This was announced previously.  We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening you are encouraged to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner.  If you are interested in any of the above items, please register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in the archives.  To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert

go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization you belong to-a society, SIG  or a subscriber of JewishGen, AVOTAYNU, Legal Genealogist  etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to, or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at:


The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.


These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee






JRI-Poland search results now link to online images on the new Polish State Archives website - A huge challenge met. #records #poland

Stanley Diamond

Researchers finding records of interest in the JRI-Poland database for which there are
links are now seeing the digital images on the new 
website of the the National Digital Archives (NDA) division of the Polish State Archives. 
The transition to the new system happened behind the scenes and has been seamless, 
but this didn’t happen miraculously. What you need to know is the story behind how this 
transition was made possible. 
It starts with the NDA’s need to use a totally different system to identify each image.
While file names for images on the old website were numbered chronologically, file 
names for images on the new site are randomly generated number strings. 
Thus, all the links for the more than two million records in our database with images 
were basically useless. Notwithstanding that JRI-Poland is the only organization 
currently direct linking search results to online NDA vital record images, we received 
extraordinary cooperation from our partners in building tools to make the transition 
seamless.  It took several months of planning, multiple exchanges of data files and 
extensive correspondence to enable the changeover to happen with minimal hiccups.
(Several image links are not working but will be fixed; if you come across any, please
report to webmaster@...) 
We are truly indebted to our colleague, JRI -Poland database manager Michael Tobias 
and our suburb partners at the NDA for pulling it off so successfully. For all of us on the 
JRI-Poland team, a hearty Yasher Koach to Michael and a huge thank you to the NDA.
Enjoy continued use of the direct linking to online scans!
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  (Montreal, 514-484-0100)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Special Inquiry proceedings Deportation 1909 #records


Hi All:

It appears that a great uncle of mine was deported after arrival in Ellis Island in 1909.  Does anyone know how to find any Special Inquiry records if they do survive.  How would a 7 year old boy be sent back to Poland?  My great Uncle Abe did return to the United States and lived out his life in New York

“New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. “ (  Arrival of Isrelsky Family on November 17, 1909 aboard the Zeeland.   Note that  son Abe was deported curvature of the spine.

  ( Records of Aliens Kept for Special Inquiry Pessche Israebsky b 1879, Chaje Israelsky b 1898, Beile Israelsky b 1900, Abram Israelsky b 1902, Schmuel Israelsky b 1905.

Page 224 -The Israelsky family -Index Group 54.

Thanks for your help
Jay Filan
Brooklyn, New York

Thanks for your help

Jay Filan
Brooklyn, New York

Re: Index of Holocaust testimonies #holocaust

Peggy Mosinger Freedman

The Breman Museum of Jewish Heritage in Atlanta also has a number of Holocaust recordings.  The museum is in the process of making these available on their website here:
Collection: Esther and Herbert Taylor Oral History Collection | The Breman Museum ArchivesSpace

The JGS of Georgia indexed these interviews and the index was just placed on JewishGen last week.  The entire list of oral interviews can be searched from the USA Research Division database.  The Holocaust testimonies can be searched from both the JewishGen Holocaust database and the USA database.

It is a great project.  I encourage other groups to index and submit the index to JewishGen to make all these records more widely available.

Peggy Mosinger Freedman
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Re: Family Tree Magazine Has Come Out With its 2021 Best Websites #announcements #general

Nancy Siegel

JewishGen is listed as one of the “Best European Genealogy Websites” on the Family Tree Magazine 2021 list.

Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

looking for sescendants of German Refugees in Dominican Republic #germany #holocaust #latinamerica



I am writing on behalf of someone who has done extensive research on the way a few hundred German refugees found refuge in the Dominican Republic. Now the topic is their stay there, between 1938 and 1945.
She is now looking for descendants of those refugees.

I hope someone can help.

Best wishes!

Gershon S. Lehrer
Antwerp, Belgium

Yizkor Book Report for May 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates




Quite often I am contacted by people looking for information on the ancestral community of their parents. In quite a few cases, I am able to point them in the direction of a translated Yizkor book of the very community they are looking for which assists them in learning more about the community and, on occasion, even about their own family.


Of course, we are not fortunate enough to have all of the Yizkor books translated but this is certainly  our goal. The information is waiting in these books, hidden behind the Yiddish and Hebrew, till we are able to translate it into English and other languages and enable a much wider audience access to its contents.

The thing is, of course, someone needs to lead the translation of these books and, fortunately, there are many dedicated volunteers who have taken on the task of leading the translation of these books. Still, there are many, many more of these books out there, just waiting for someone to take on this sacred task and if you would like to know more about what is involved, I would be pleased to hear from you.

From the projects that have been taken on I am fortunate, from time to time, to be able to announce the complete translation of a book and this month I can let you know about the following:

Berehove, Ukraine (The Jews of Berehovo - Beregszasz in pictures) This book which was single-handedly translated by Dorothy Gross Nadosy and, as the book name suggests, contains a great deal of pictures from life in the community before the Holocaust. We are very grateful for Dorothy for providing us with the translation and pictures, providing a glimpse into a community that was and is no longer.


And now for details of what was carried out in May:


Yizkor Book updates

This month, 31 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Berehove, Ukraine (The Jews of Berehovo - Beregszasz in pictures)

·  Będzin, Poland (A Memorial to the Jewish Community of Bendin)

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zhetel)

·  Edineţ, Moldova (Yad l'Yedinitz; memorial book for the Jewish community of Yedintzi, Bessarabia)

·  Hrubieszow, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Jaroslaw, Poland (Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town)

·  Kalisz, Poland (The Kalish Book)

·  Kamyanyets, Belarus (Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies)

·  Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey)

·  Krynki, Poland (Memorial Book of Krynki)

·  Kurów, Poland (Yiskor book in memoriam of our hometown Kurow)

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

·  Lesko, Poland (Memorial book; dedicated to the Jews of Linsk, Istrik and vicinity who perished in the Holocaust in the years 1939-1944)

·  Lviv, Ukraine (A memorial library of countries and communities, Poland Series: Lwow Volume)

·  Mlyniv, Ukraine (Mlynov-Muravica Memorial Book) 

·  Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland (Ostrowiec; a monument on the ruins of an annihilated Jewish community)

·  Radom, Poland (The book of Radom)

·  Radomsko, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity)

·  Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)

·  Siedlce, Poland (On the ruins of my home; the destruction of Siedlce)

·  Slutsk, Belarus(Slutsk and Vicinity Memorial Book)

·  Stowbtsy, Belarus (Sokolievka/JustingradMemorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

·  Tarnogród, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish community)

·  Tarnow, Poland (Tarnow; The Life and Destruction of a Jewish City)

·  Telšiai, Lithuania (Telsiai Book; memorial epitaph of the Holy community)

·  Tyszowce, Poland (Tiszowic book)

·  Ustilug, Ukraine (The growth and destruction of the community of Uscilug)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

·  Zyrardów, Poland (Memorial Book of Zyrardow, Amshinov and Viskit)

New book

The following is a new book placed online:


  • Kupiškis, Lithuania (This is Kupishok that was: Idylls from the life of our forefathers in Lithuania)


New Yizkor Books in Print

The never disappointing  Yizkor Books in Print Project team has, again, provided us three treasures:

If you are interested in these books or any of the others that have been made available, please go to the YBIP main page using the link shown below. 

Important links

Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

All the best,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



Sunday, June 13 - JGSNY Zoom: Scandals, Shandehs and Lies #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday June 13, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT
Zoom Webinar

Scandals, Shandehs and Lies: The Stories Families Don't Tell

Speaker: Renee Steinig

In the course of decades of genealogical research Renee Steinig has uncovered many a "skeleton in the closet" — cases of mental illness, illegitimate birth, infidelity, abandonment, and even murder, all hushed up for decades. A Viennese refugee whose baby was born in a New York State psychiatric hospital; a suburban businessman who led two lives; a Romanian immigrant hanged — or so his family thought — for "stealing horses"; a Jewish GI's love affair in Belgium during World War II; a young woman who married, had a baby, then vanished... Renee will talk to us about these family secrets, the research tools that uncovered them and the reunions and reconciliations that followed many of her discoveries.        

Renee Steinig began to do genealogical research in the 1970s, inspired by a cousin who made it look easy. Many family trees and some 18 years later, she began to accept client work. Her specialties include New York research, locating lost family, and due diligence for probate cases. She is member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has testified as an expert witness in several New York City Surrogate's Courts. A past president and longtime trustee of the JGS of Long Island, Renee is also a director of Gesher Galicia and its discussion group moderator and Family Finder editor.    

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required:

Click here to register at our website

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Re: Finding Marriage Record from Ukraine and Finding Their Parents Given Names #ukraine #general

Madeleine Isenberg

My thoughts for the given name of Tsal, is that it is a shortened form of the Hebrew name Betzalel.  In records I have looked at in Slovakia and Poland, sometimes it looks like Zalel.  Perhaps this might help.
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

passenger record number from "United States Russians to America Index, 1834-1897" #records


Thanks to Sherri Bobish for locating the elusive manifest.

Turns out the passenger's name was transcribed incorrectly. The first letter, "B", was transcribed as "D," and the passenger was indexed accordingly. Thinking outside the box was the key.

I also learned that NARA's AAD (Access to Archival Database) entry for this passenger indicated his destination as Philadelphia. Technically that was correct, but I assumed incorrectly that that's where the ship landed. He actually debarked in NYC and proceeded to Philadelphia.

By the way, I didn't see the passenger record number on the manifest. It was a seven digit number (6258129) found on the AAD entry. Still wondering what it means and if it's useful in finding out more information.

Evan Fishman
Evan Fishman
New Jersey
FISHMAN--Terespol, Poland
FINKEL-- Brest Litovsk, Belarus

Re: Index of Holocaust testimonies #holocaust

Jake Jacobs

Very useful, thank you. Does anybody know of a master index, where all of these testimonies are listed together?

Diane Jacobs
Austin, Texas