Re: Town name, Ukraine #ukraine #records

N. Summers

You might want to try enhancing the image at I think it is free for non-paying members, up to 5 images. I have found it really helps

Nancy Summers

Maryland, USA


FINKELSTEIN, BOOKSTEIN, KOENIG/SUKOENIG, LUSMAN, GOLDINER, SAGORODER/ZAGORODER (Radziwillow, Belarus/Ukraine; Ostrog, Poland/Belarus; Warsaw, Poland; Wolinsky, Russia/Ukraine)  LISS / ALPER  (Motol, Russia/Belarus)  LEAF / LIFSCHITZ ( Rechitsa, Belarus)

Re: Grodno Gubernia Revision Lists #records #belarus #general


This looks like a tax payment. I recall reading something about the Jewish societies collecting tax money in their communities. However, I could be wrong.

Re: Coat of Arms #poland


While it was not common for individual Polish Jewish families to have a coat of arms, it was very common for Polish cities to have coats of arm.  Certainly for the all of the large cities, many of the medium size towns, but even some of the smaller towns had them.  You can find these very easily from a browser search for that town.  It is possible that what you might have thought was a family coat of arms was really the city/town coat of arms that they might have been using.

Lorne Hanick, Toronto

Re: North Adams, Massachusetts - early Jewish settlers #usa


Brick wall in western Massachusetts: looking for FRIEDSON, FRIDZON, AISENBERG and SAMURIN #usa #belarus #latinamerica

Bob Silverstein

Three or, possibly, four Friedson brothers (Chontze, Solomon, Alexander and Hyman) emigrated from Motol/Motal/Motele Belarus in the 1910's.  They lived in several towns in western Massachusetts, Fitchburg, Gardner, Worcester and, finally, Springfield.  The Aisenberg/Samurin family emigrated from Pinsk, Belarus, and settled in Gardner at the same time.  DNA, family stories and family pictures link the Friedson's and Aisenberg's.  My brick wall is that I cannot figure out how the families are related.  All I can think of is that they had a common ancestor in Belarus.  Nonetheless, I wonder if anyone might have any information on these families.

The Friedson's had another brother named Jacob Fridzon who emigrated with several relatives to Cuba in 1923.  I am not sure if this helps with the brick wall but it is an interesting and moving story in itself.

Thanks for your help,
Bob Silverstein

Seeking Samuel roots in Latvia #latvia

Peter Elliott

Hi Everyone,

We only know grandfather as Max Samuel, born Latvia February 1874,  we don't know if the family name was different, we only have information from 1895 when he left libau/Leipaja to come to UK  join  Royal Navy, From 1908 Naturalisation papers his parents were Moses and Cecelia

Any information ie parents marriage, siblings, family history etc would be gratefully received.

peter elliott

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Re: Russian passport page translation #translation

Dr.Josef ASH

issued by Kiev Gouvernor on November 30, 1905 #7468 to the petty bourgeous Mojshe-Lejb Avrumovuch (=s/o Avrum) MAZUR with children: Khaya 22 yo and Khava 16  yo
the rubber stamp "Jan 28, 1906 in Libev??" approves they have passport exiting Russia.

Josef Ash

Re: know of any researchers who can go to archives in Beszterce/Bistrita or Galatz/Galati Romania? #romania


Hi. I do not know a researcher, but would appreciate if you share any information on Galati! I also have family from this area and would love to find someone who can go to the Archive. I am also interested in finding local newspapers from 1890-1905. If you do find someone, maybe we can share the cost.
Deborah Annex
Miami Beach, Fl 

Re: North Adams, Massachusetts - early Jewish settlers #usa


Two distant cousins, Max and Morris Harry Wein, moves to N. Adams in the early 20th century.  Their family had immigrated from Eishyshok and Lida in the 1890’s to Port Chester, NY.

Re: where is Pitze? #hungary


Since changing to the "Daily Summary" setting for receiving posts, I can no longer see how to reply or... #general

Joyaa Antares

Hi All,
I used to get 10-12 message digests of this discussion boards posts, but - apparently since changing to the "Daily Summary" setting for receiving posts, I can no longer see how to "like" a post online nor appear able to reply to sender or to the group.
Am I missing the blazingly obvious?
Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA


Re: Potato Latkes...are you Litvak or Galitizianer? #galicia #lithuania

Odeda Zlotnick

Mom's maternal grandparents both from Galicia, Dad and family from Minsk.  In both families, it was the women who did the cooking - and probably got the recipes from their mothers.

Lakes were a rather mixed issue - apple sauce and sourcream both.  But no doubt at all about gefilte fiish:
My mom  (only child, so no siblings to compare with) made them sweet. 
My paternal aunt (only daughter) made them savory with black pepper.  Always a bit of a shock come the Seder the families ate together. ... Until I got used to it.

Odeda Zlotnick, Jerusalem Israel

ZLOTNICK and from Minsk and Lapitch
MENDELOWITSCH from Tomaszow Mazowietsky to Switzerland, BLASS (KULIKOWER), BOTTWIN (MELLER)  from Lwow (Lemberg) and from Vienna
LESEROWITZ (aka SIEGLER) from Cosula and Iasi Romania to Vienna and Switzerland.

Members of all families also emigrated to the US.

Town name, Ukraine #ukraine #records


Trying to decipher the last residence of the family in lines 11-14. See image. Thanks

Re: Searching for Tombstone/Cemetery Record for Teraizah/Alice JUROWICZ, died 1933 in Budapest #hungary #records



There's a "friends of" website for the cemetery:

Google gives contact information for the cemetery as:
Address: Budapest, Kozma u. 6, 1108 Hungary
Phone: +36 1 262 4687

(That phone number may be from 2002, but I can find nothing newer.)

The Hungarian Wikipedia page for the cemetery says it's owned by the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities; their website is:

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Simonia card? #yiddish #translation

David Brostoff

I was very grateful to receive a translation of Yiddish handwriting on a postcard I recently posted to ViewMate, but one expression is still puzzling me: "simonia card."

Does anyone know what this could mean?

Thank you,

David Brostoff

U.S. Appeals Court Rules Spanish Museum May Keep Nazi Looted Art #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen



The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on August 18, 2020, that a Camille Pissarro painting a Jewish woman traded to the Nazis to escape the Holocaust in 1939 may remain the property of a Spanish museum that acquired it decades later. While the case has been making the rounds of Spanish and US courts for 20 years this may not be the last court that has a decision on who owns the painting valued at $30 million.  The Cassirer family may appeal to the full 9th Circuit or even the U.S. Supreme Court.


The painting is, "La Rue St. Honoré, effet de Soleil, Après-Midi, 1898,” an oil-on-canvas work of a rain-swept Paris street that Pissarro painted as he gazed at the scene from his hotel window.


Lilly Cassirer’s father-in-law bought it directly from Pissarro’s art dealer and left it to her and her husband when he died. In 1939, she traded it to the Nazis in exchange for exit visas for herself, her husband and her grandson, who eventually settled in the U.S. Her great-grandson, David Cassirer of San Diego, has continued the litigation since his father's death.


Neither Cassirer's heirs nor Spain's Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum dispute the painting's early history.


What's at issue all these years later is whether Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza made any serious effort to determine the painting was looted art when he acquired it from a New York gallery owner for $275,000 in 1976.  Also in question is whether the Spanish curators did their due diligence in tracing its provenance when a Spanish nonprofit foundation acquired it and hundreds of other paintings from the baron's collection in 1992 and created the Madrid museum that bears his name.


Lilly Cassirer’s heirs say she spent years trying to recover the painting before concluding it was lost and accepting $13,000 in reparations from the German government in 1958.


It wasn’t until 1999 that her grandson, Claude, who had vividly recalled seeing it hanging in the family's German home, discovered it in the Madrid museum. After Spain refused to hand it over, he sued.

To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Coat of Arms #poland


Barbara is absolutely right in general -- but heraldry (and nobility) in Poland is Weird:

Short version: in Poland, coats of arms were often granted to multiple unrelated families, who then formed a heraldic/noble clan (_herb_). All members of a Polish noble family (_szlachta_) therefore used the same heraldry.

I am not aware of any Jewish _szlachta_, but I haven't exactly made a study of the topic.

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Re: "Holy Silence" Documents Vatican's Role in the Holocaust #announcements #holocaust

Ed Vogel

I tried using Safari, Chrome and Firefox, all on my iPhone SE.  The same problem occurred with all.  I will try with my PC shortly. 

Re: Looking for cemetery in London for Horowitz, Moskowitz #unitedkingdom

Geoffrey Samuel

There is definitely an ohel for the Shotzer Rebbe at the Enfield cemetery. There are photos and descriptions of it on the web, e.g. and also some material about it in Harry Rabinowicz’s 1997 book A World Apart: The Story of the Chasidim in Britain and at


Does anyone have detailed material on the Shotzer rebbe’s family? My grandmother, Esther Moscovici, was apparently a close relative, and used to visit him regularly in London in the 1920s and 1930s, but I have never been able to trace the relationship. I assume it was through her father, Aron Moise Moscovici, also a Hasid, who died in 1900 at the age of 64. The family was from Piatra Neamţ, which is not far from Suceava (Shotz). I’d be grateful for any help.

Re: Zweinache. Austria


Susie, I sent a message to you today, but I don’t see it in this thread. Did you receive one from me?
Jan Enns