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Early registration fee for Conference ends May 15 #warsaw #poland

Nicole BERLINE <nberline@...>
 

-------- Message original --------

De: Carol W. Skydell <cwskydell@...>

Before you book that return plane ticket, or plan to hop on the train to
your summer home or to take off for the beach, please look at the
Conference's Friday morning schedule. We have some very exciting talks and
events planned that morning that you won't want to miss.

We have been blessed with over 260 presentations. Rather than keeping
everyone awake until midnight every night to attend them, we opted to
schedule a full morning of sessions on Friday, Aug. 18, >from 8:00 a.m. to
12:15 p.m.

If you're interested in Jews >from Lithuania, Ukraine, Hungary, Greece,
Transcarpathia, Scotland -- or New York...

If you'd like to gain exposure on the Internet, unearth deep dark secrets
about the criminals in your family's past, or find other "Jews in the
news"...

If you need advice on getting organized, publishing your research, or
conserving your photos and documents...

If you're searching for living relatives or trying to learn more about Shoah
victims or survivors...

If you hope to understand your "chochka" (or how a word comes to be spelled
that way)...

If you want to hear the story of a genealogist who became "suddenly
Jewish"...

...Friday has something for you. I suggest that you read about Friday's
sessions on the Conference web site

www.jgsny2006.org/conference_program.cfm

One of these programs requires some preparation. For "The Jewish Chochka and
Ephemera Road Show" (Session 408), Rafi Guber requests that registrants
bring family items, documents, photos, and ephemera to the conference. He
and a panel will help determine when and >from where the items originated and
any other secrets they may reveal about your family. Please remember to
bring along items for this exciting session.

Stay through the 18th and leave on a chai!

EARLY REGISTRATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAY 15, 2006 !!!
Roni Seibel Liebowitz
IAJGS 2006 Conference Registration Chair and Exhibit Coordinator
www.jgsny2006.org
registration@...
Roni@...


Re: Help identifying Polish city on Russian-German border during WWI #warsaw #poland

Joseph Fibel <jfibel@...>
 

Dear Gary,

Although you may have received several answers to your posting, I doubt than
anyone responding top your posting can help you with the information you
have given..

The first place she should think of doing is to go to the nearest office of
the American Red Cross and make an application to the International Tracing
Service in Arolsen in Germany who only purpose in being is to trace people
whe were lost in the Holocaust. Howver, you must give all the informatio
you have including first names (presuming the last name was Katz) ages oof
birth or estimates and the relationshipsd and any other know information,
This is a long term process, perhaps as long as a year.

Then go into jewishgen.org and post your names on the JGFF and look for
other Katz's near Warsaw.

You also need to try to find their home town shtetl's by looking at any
available death or birth certificates or other documents that might have
homre town's on them. The description of the shtetl could describe hundreds
of potential communities, in fact all of them in the area you describe.

Actually, you should get a map of the area you describe and start to delimit
the communities.

You also don't mention >from whom he received notice of their deaths. This
could be important in this discussion. How did this person know of these
events? Why did thisas person have this information and what else does this
person know.

Now, also go onto the Yad VaShem site and look oon the Pages of Testimony
(POT) by name and see if the relatives were reported. Look for their
communities on the P O T's.

Look in the the JRI records for their names and see if you can locate the
names and see what communities they are listed in. If they are listed any
place in a community, a shtetl, look for a Yizkor Book for the community and
see if they are mentioned in the Yizkor Book. If the Yizkor Book has not
been translated probably the Necrology (list of those who were killed in the
Shoah)has been translated and is on line.

Further more, once you have a community, contact Yad VaShem and ask yhrem
for the Report of the Russian Extraordinary Commission report on the
communty and for his family names in the report.

Incidentally,Joe certainly knows his own community. That's may be where his
relatives probably will be listed.

Good luck.

Joe Fibel

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Katz" <katzgary@...>
To: "Warszawa Research Group" <warszawa@...>
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2006 4:46 PM
Subject: [warszawa] Help identifying Polish city on Russian-German border
during WWI


I recently located the following April 7, 1921 newspaper article
related to my KATZ family in the Bismarck (North Dakota) Tribune. I'd
greatly appreciate if anyone can help me identify the Polish city
that is described.

FAMILY WIPED OUT IN WORLD WAR, SAYS NIECE

Joe Katz after Six Years Without Letters Receive News of Deaths


Joe Katz received word today >from a niece in Poland that three
brothers and two sisters were killed during the World war.

Mr. Katz has been trying for six years to get in communications with
some of his relatives in Poland, but today message of death was the
first once which he has received.

His niece said that she did not know whether they had been shot or
starved to death.

They lived about 150 miles west of Warsaw in a small city in which
the Russians and Germans clashed 16 times during the war.

The writer declared that the brothers and sisters had been driven out
of their homes and everything which they had had been taken. They
were all well to do.


In the mid-1800s, the family had lived in the Vilna area.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.


Gary Katz
Santa Clara, CA 95051

SEARCHING: KATZ, GOLEMBA, BLUMENFELD, BOHRER, BENNETT, HERTZ,
BERKOWITZ, SCHOENFELD, SPINNER, TEITELBAUM, SCHNEIDER, ADOLF,
RABINOWITZ, MORDOHOVICH, CHERNIAK, MOSHEVITZKY


Warszawa Research Group #Warsaw #Poland Early registration fee for Conference ends May 15 #warsaw #poland

Nicole BERLINE <nberline@...>
 

-------- Message original --------

De: Carol W. Skydell <cwskydell@...>

Before you book that return plane ticket, or plan to hop on the train to
your summer home or to take off for the beach, please look at the
Conference's Friday morning schedule. We have some very exciting talks and
events planned that morning that you won't want to miss.

We have been blessed with over 260 presentations. Rather than keeping
everyone awake until midnight every night to attend them, we opted to
schedule a full morning of sessions on Friday, Aug. 18, >from 8:00 a.m. to
12:15 p.m.

If you're interested in Jews >from Lithuania, Ukraine, Hungary, Greece,
Transcarpathia, Scotland -- or New York...

If you'd like to gain exposure on the Internet, unearth deep dark secrets
about the criminals in your family's past, or find other "Jews in the
news"...

If you need advice on getting organized, publishing your research, or
conserving your photos and documents...

If you're searching for living relatives or trying to learn more about Shoah
victims or survivors...

If you hope to understand your "chochka" (or how a word comes to be spelled
that way)...

If you want to hear the story of a genealogist who became "suddenly
Jewish"...

...Friday has something for you. I suggest that you read about Friday's
sessions on the Conference web site

www.jgsny2006.org/conference_program.cfm

One of these programs requires some preparation. For "The Jewish Chochka and
Ephemera Road Show" (Session 408), Rafi Guber requests that registrants
bring family items, documents, photos, and ephemera to the conference. He
and a panel will help determine when and >from where the items originated and
any other secrets they may reveal about your family. Please remember to
bring along items for this exciting session.

Stay through the 18th and leave on a chai!

EARLY REGISTRATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAY 15, 2006 !!!
Roni Seibel Liebowitz
IAJGS 2006 Conference Registration Chair and Exhibit Coordinator
www.jgsny2006.org
registration@...
Roni@...


Warszawa Research Group #Warsaw #Poland Re: Help identifying Polish city on Russian-German border during WWI #warsaw #poland

Joseph Fibel <jfibel@...>
 

Dear Gary,

Although you may have received several answers to your posting, I doubt than
anyone responding top your posting can help you with the information you
have given..

The first place she should think of doing is to go to the nearest office of
the American Red Cross and make an application to the International Tracing
Service in Arolsen in Germany who only purpose in being is to trace people
whe were lost in the Holocaust. Howver, you must give all the informatio
you have including first names (presuming the last name was Katz) ages oof
birth or estimates and the relationshipsd and any other know information,
This is a long term process, perhaps as long as a year.

Then go into jewishgen.org and post your names on the JGFF and look for
other Katz's near Warsaw.

You also need to try to find their home town shtetl's by looking at any
available death or birth certificates or other documents that might have
homre town's on them. The description of the shtetl could describe hundreds
of potential communities, in fact all of them in the area you describe.

Actually, you should get a map of the area you describe and start to delimit
the communities.

You also don't mention >from whom he received notice of their deaths. This
could be important in this discussion. How did this person know of these
events? Why did thisas person have this information and what else does this
person know.

Now, also go onto the Yad VaShem site and look oon the Pages of Testimony
(POT) by name and see if the relatives were reported. Look for their
communities on the P O T's.

Look in the the JRI records for their names and see if you can locate the
names and see what communities they are listed in. If they are listed any
place in a community, a shtetl, look for a Yizkor Book for the community and
see if they are mentioned in the Yizkor Book. If the Yizkor Book has not
been translated probably the Necrology (list of those who were killed in the
Shoah)has been translated and is on line.

Further more, once you have a community, contact Yad VaShem and ask yhrem
for the Report of the Russian Extraordinary Commission report on the
communty and for his family names in the report.

Incidentally,Joe certainly knows his own community. That's may be where his
relatives probably will be listed.

Good luck.

Joe Fibel

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Katz" <katzgary@...>
To: "Warszawa Research Group" <warszawa@...>
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2006 4:46 PM
Subject: [warszawa] Help identifying Polish city on Russian-German border
during WWI


I recently located the following April 7, 1921 newspaper article
related to my KATZ family in the Bismarck (North Dakota) Tribune. I'd
greatly appreciate if anyone can help me identify the Polish city
that is described.

FAMILY WIPED OUT IN WORLD WAR, SAYS NIECE

Joe Katz after Six Years Without Letters Receive News of Deaths


Joe Katz received word today >from a niece in Poland that three
brothers and two sisters were killed during the World war.

Mr. Katz has been trying for six years to get in communications with
some of his relatives in Poland, but today message of death was the
first once which he has received.

His niece said that she did not know whether they had been shot or
starved to death.

They lived about 150 miles west of Warsaw in a small city in which
the Russians and Germans clashed 16 times during the war.

The writer declared that the brothers and sisters had been driven out
of their homes and everything which they had had been taken. They
were all well to do.


In the mid-1800s, the family had lived in the Vilna area.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.


Gary Katz
Santa Clara, CA 95051

SEARCHING: KATZ, GOLEMBA, BLUMENFELD, BOHRER, BENNETT, HERTZ,
BERKOWITZ, SCHOENFELD, SPINNER, TEITELBAUM, SCHNEIDER, ADOLF,
RABINOWITZ, MORDOHOVICH, CHERNIAK, MOSHEVITZKY


FW: HERSHKOWITZ -- from Romania to Chicago #general

C & V <proprius@...>
 

A member of a congregation in a small town in Ohio was kind
enough to photograph some tombstones for me. She has told me about
wanting to find information about her grandfather, but does not how to
go about it, so I told her I would help her.
Here is what is already known about him:
Marcus HERSHKOWITZ came >from Romania. He died around 1940 in
Chicago. He was a lawyer. He came to this country before 1902, when his
daughter was born.
Are there divorce records for Chicago going back that far,
because he was divorced, perhaps even before 1902?
I am not familiar with researching in Chicago. I have sent a
request to the Chicago Public Library to see if there is an obituary or
death notice for Marcus HERSHKOWITZ. I have looked at the online
Illinois death certificate index. I have checked the online Jewish
burial site. I have contacted HERSHKOWITZ researchers on the Family
Finder. I checked the Ellis Island db through Steve Morse's site.
I would appreciate any suggestions >from Chicago researchers, or
if the name is familiar to anyone, please contact me privately.

TIA,
Cynthia Spikell
Cleveland, Ohio


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen FW: HERSHKOWITZ -- from Romania to Chicago #general

C & V <proprius@...>
 

A member of a congregation in a small town in Ohio was kind
enough to photograph some tombstones for me. She has told me about
wanting to find information about her grandfather, but does not how to
go about it, so I told her I would help her.
Here is what is already known about him:
Marcus HERSHKOWITZ came >from Romania. He died around 1940 in
Chicago. He was a lawyer. He came to this country before 1902, when his
daughter was born.
Are there divorce records for Chicago going back that far,
because he was divorced, perhaps even before 1902?
I am not familiar with researching in Chicago. I have sent a
request to the Chicago Public Library to see if there is an obituary or
death notice for Marcus HERSHKOWITZ. I have looked at the online
Illinois death certificate index. I have checked the online Jewish
burial site. I have contacted HERSHKOWITZ researchers on the Family
Finder. I checked the Ellis Island db through Steve Morse's site.
I would appreciate any suggestions >from Chicago researchers, or
if the name is familiar to anyone, please contact me privately.

TIA,
Cynthia Spikell
Cleveland, Ohio


Re: Help finding family in Dnipropetrovsk or Khmelnytska, Ukraine #general

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

Henoch Duboff asked about a MAILSHANKER family in Dnipropetrovsk or
Khmelnytska, Ukraine. If you do a soundex search for MAILSHANKER at
JRI-Poland, you will find possible Polish spellings of the surname, such as
MELSZENKIER. There was also a B. MELSZYNKIER working in Sejny, Bialostock
woj. in 1930.

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@...
near Washington, D.C.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen re: Help finding family in Dnipropetrovsk or Khmelnytska, Ukraine #general

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

Henoch Duboff asked about a MAILSHANKER family in Dnipropetrovsk or
Khmelnytska, Ukraine. If you do a soundex search for MAILSHANKER at
JRI-Poland, you will find possible Polish spellings of the surname, such as
MELSZENKIER. There was also a B. MELSZYNKIER working in Sejny, Bialostock
woj. in 1930.

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@...
near Washington, D.C.


Re: Borislav Jewish Cemetery (WEGNER family) #general

Judith Romney Wegner
 

At 9:57 PM -0700 5/8/06, Pamela Weisberger wrote:
Gesher Galicia is trying to find out if there is a Jewish cemetery
still in existence in Borislav, Ukraine (about 5 km >from Drohobycz.)

If you have traveled to Borislav recently and have knowledge of a
Jewish burial grounds in or around the town, please contact me
privately unless the information is of interest to the group. If
you have any photographs please include them.
If by chance anyone can supply information about burials at this
cemetery, my husband and I would liketo know about any burial
listings or stone inscriptions for the surname WEGNER

Judith Romney Wegner
jrw@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Borislav Jewish Cemetery (WEGNER family) #general

Judith Romney Wegner
 

At 9:57 PM -0700 5/8/06, Pamela Weisberger wrote:
Gesher Galicia is trying to find out if there is a Jewish cemetery
still in existence in Borislav, Ukraine (about 5 km >from Drohobycz.)

If you have traveled to Borislav recently and have knowledge of a
Jewish burial grounds in or around the town, please contact me
privately unless the information is of interest to the group. If
you have any photographs please include them.
If by chance anyone can supply information about burials at this
cemetery, my husband and I would liketo know about any burial
listings or stone inscriptions for the surname WEGNER

Judith Romney Wegner
jrw@...


Re: Cities of Sabile and Goldingen: Courland, Lativa #latvia #courland

A.M.Lenhoff <lenhoff@...>
 

Louise,

Here are some numbers for Goldingen taken >from a history summary that
appears on a modern Kuldiga map. In the 1897 census, the total
population was 9720, including 1368 Jews (about 14%). The total
population was 8072 in 1881 and 4601 in 1863, but I'm afraid I don't
have the Jewish statistics for those years. Sabile was (and still is)
much smaller, but I don't have any statistics for it either.

Regards,
Bramie Lenhoff

On May 8, 2006, at 7:33 PM, cabsha1@... wrote:

Hello,

How can I find the Jewish population as compared with the general
population of the cities of Sabile and Goldingen in approximately 1875
and 1900?

Thanks so much,
Louise Hajdenberg


Courland SIG #Courland #Latvia Re: Cities of Sabile and Goldingen: Courland, Lativa #courland #latvia

A.M.Lenhoff <lenhoff@...>
 

Louise,

Here are some numbers for Goldingen taken >from a history summary that
appears on a modern Kuldiga map. In the 1897 census, the total
population was 9720, including 1368 Jews (about 14%). The total
population was 8072 in 1881 and 4601 in 1863, but I'm afraid I don't
have the Jewish statistics for those years. Sabile was (and still is)
much smaller, but I don't have any statistics for it either.

Regards,
Bramie Lenhoff

On May 8, 2006, at 7:33 PM, cabsha1@... wrote:

Hello,

How can I find the Jewish population as compared with the general
population of the cities of Sabile and Goldingen in approximately 1875
and 1900?

Thanks so much,
Louise Hajdenberg


Re: Vysokoye #belarus

joyweave
 

Hi Adar,

You are right that there were many towns called Vysokoye. I've been
told that it means "upper," so originally it would usually have been
part of a longer name. My maternal ancestors came >from the one that is
now in Belarus in the Brest District of Grodno Gubernia. The border
with Poland was pretty fluid over the years, so sometimes the shtetl was
in Poland and sometimes in Russia. Depending on the language of the
time, it was called by various names: Vysoke- Litovsk, Wisoko-
Litewskie, etc. The name meant that it was the upper (higher ground
level?) part of a settlement of Litvaks dating back to when Lithuania
ruled all the way down into that region. And this was a very heavily
Jewish town.

There were a couple of others which seem to have been heavily Jewish as
well. I don't know as much about them, but I've seen references to them
in Ellis Island Manifests. I recall that one had a second part of the
name that started with M and the other with D. I think if you Google
various spellings like Vysoke, Visoko, Wysoki, Wisoky, etc., you will
probably find sites that discuss them.

I've been doing a project, trying to find everyone who came through
Ellis Island >from Vysoke-Litovsk, so if you know when your ancestors
came over and give me their surnames, I might find them on my list. So
far I've got 10 pages of names.

Joy Weaver

POLAND (Krasnik, Zaklikow, Lublin): Blumberg, Fogiel, Rosenel./
BELARUS (Wisoke-Litovsk, Brest, Grodno): Feinberg, Vilner, Greenberg,
Petruskitz/ Petritzki?, Deibach.

Adar Belinkoff wrote:


I recently found a reference to my mother's family name >from the town
of Vysokoye. However there are 14 Vysokoyes listed in the
ShtetlSeeker, all in an area roughly 235 miles east to west and 330
miles north to south in Belarus and Poland. I believe the town is
Wysokie in Polish. What is the meaning of the name and does anyone
know why there would be so many? Were any of them centers of Jewish
population?

Adar Belinkoff, Claremont, CA


FW: Research Journal/To-Do Items/Excel sheet/Template?? #general

Jim Bennett <bennett@...>
 

Like many of us, I'm drowning in little notes, torn pieces of paper, piles
of extracted handwritten data, bulging file cabinets, etc. No way to keep
track of sources, results, etc. Sometimes I find myself re-examining
archival files that I forgot after seeing them 15-20 years ago!
"Genealogical Alzheimer's"

Let's say I plan a trip to Polish archives in, say, Poznan, Pila, Leszno,
Gdansk, Kalisz, Konin, etc to search for material on Sepolno, Lobsens,
Rawicz, Leszno, Kolo, and families LEWINSKI, DANCYGIER, ISRAELSKI,
SALOMONSOHN, WARMBRUN, ETC, ETC.

It occurred to me to make a simple Excel sortable database with columns
like: Archive; Locality; My [paper] file; Family name; Subject; LDS Film;
Date; Date done. Then jam in everything -weeks of work- and then be able to
sort by up to three priorities any combination of those columns. Then add
colors, flags, etc, for emphasis.

Then it occurred to me that surely my wheel was already invented by smarter
people than I.

So, who can suggest the best existing programs or templates, either
home-made or commercially available. I'll bet that many of you have
developed and evolved an Excel database model that really works well.

If the moderator permits, post it in the digest for all to see, including
me!

Jim Bennett
Haifa

MODERATOR NOTE: Please send replies privately. If Jim is willing to sum up the
different ideas in a single message, we will consider it for posting.


Belarus SIG #Belarus Re: Vysokoye #belarus

joyweave
 

Hi Adar,

You are right that there were many towns called Vysokoye. I've been
told that it means "upper," so originally it would usually have been
part of a longer name. My maternal ancestors came >from the one that is
now in Belarus in the Brest District of Grodno Gubernia. The border
with Poland was pretty fluid over the years, so sometimes the shtetl was
in Poland and sometimes in Russia. Depending on the language of the
time, it was called by various names: Vysoke- Litovsk, Wisoko-
Litewskie, etc. The name meant that it was the upper (higher ground
level?) part of a settlement of Litvaks dating back to when Lithuania
ruled all the way down into that region. And this was a very heavily
Jewish town.

There were a couple of others which seem to have been heavily Jewish as
well. I don't know as much about them, but I've seen references to them
in Ellis Island Manifests. I recall that one had a second part of the
name that started with M and the other with D. I think if you Google
various spellings like Vysoke, Visoko, Wysoki, Wisoky, etc., you will
probably find sites that discuss them.

I've been doing a project, trying to find everyone who came through
Ellis Island >from Vysoke-Litovsk, so if you know when your ancestors
came over and give me their surnames, I might find them on my list. So
far I've got 10 pages of names.

Joy Weaver

POLAND (Krasnik, Zaklikow, Lublin): Blumberg, Fogiel, Rosenel./
BELARUS (Wisoke-Litovsk, Brest, Grodno): Feinberg, Vilner, Greenberg,
Petruskitz/ Petritzki?, Deibach.

Adar Belinkoff wrote:


I recently found a reference to my mother's family name >from the town
of Vysokoye. However there are 14 Vysokoyes listed in the
ShtetlSeeker, all in an area roughly 235 miles east to west and 330
miles north to south in Belarus and Poland. I believe the town is
Wysokie in Polish. What is the meaning of the name and does anyone
know why there would be so many? Were any of them centers of Jewish
population?

Adar Belinkoff, Claremont, CA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen FW: Research Journal/To-Do Items/Excel sheet/Template?? #general

Jim Bennett <bennett@...>
 

Like many of us, I'm drowning in little notes, torn pieces of paper, piles
of extracted handwritten data, bulging file cabinets, etc. No way to keep
track of sources, results, etc. Sometimes I find myself re-examining
archival files that I forgot after seeing them 15-20 years ago!
"Genealogical Alzheimer's"

Let's say I plan a trip to Polish archives in, say, Poznan, Pila, Leszno,
Gdansk, Kalisz, Konin, etc to search for material on Sepolno, Lobsens,
Rawicz, Leszno, Kolo, and families LEWINSKI, DANCYGIER, ISRAELSKI,
SALOMONSOHN, WARMBRUN, ETC, ETC.

It occurred to me to make a simple Excel sortable database with columns
like: Archive; Locality; My [paper] file; Family name; Subject; LDS Film;
Date; Date done. Then jam in everything -weeks of work- and then be able to
sort by up to three priorities any combination of those columns. Then add
colors, flags, etc, for emphasis.

Then it occurred to me that surely my wheel was already invented by smarter
people than I.

So, who can suggest the best existing programs or templates, either
home-made or commercially available. I'll bet that many of you have
developed and evolved an Excel database model that really works well.

If the moderator permits, post it in the digest for all to see, including
me!

Jim Bennett
Haifa

MODERATOR NOTE: Please send replies privately. If Jim is willing to sum up the
different ideas in a single message, we will consider it for posting.


Bad Aarolsen Holocaust Records; Holocaust Compensation Claims #general

Miriam Klepper <mklepper@...>
 

In yesterday's Palm Beach Post there was an article stating that the
German government and the Red Cross would finally allow public access to
millions of Nazi Holocaust records which detail what happened to our
Jewish loved ones, and that such public access would be beneficial for
historical Holocaust research. I am hoping that this access will also
help survivors and survivors' children and grandchildren to file
Holocaust compensation claims against the German Government.

Several years ago I asked the Red Cross' International Holocaust Tracing
Service (ITS) to perform a search on my late father Sydney Kalmanowitz
(born Zelig Kalmanovich in Lida, Belarus @ November 1915). My father
died when I was 15 >from cancer and I never did get to ask him to recount
the his experiences as a Jewish concentration camp inmate. One of the
few photos that he brought with him were photos taken in March 1946 in
Camp Fohrenwald, a displaced persons camp in the Western zone of
Germany. The two page summary report that I received >from the Red
Cross's International Holocaust Tracing Service took close to five years
to arrive and seemed to describe two persons with the same name --- my
father and famed philologist and Vilna scholar Zelig Kalmanowich (who
was at least 30 years his senior) who perished in Estonia in the
concentration camp Klooga, a sub-camp of the Vaivara concentration camp.
My father emigrated to the US in September 1946 and later became a US
citizen.

I asked the Red Cross to redo the search because, as a retired librarian
I found the summary lacking in not citing the source of each brief fact
outlined in the report. Citing the source of a fact is as important as
the fact itself. I told the Red Cross that I believed the ITS report
described two different individuals. I gave the Red Cross a hefty
donation and am still waiting since 2001 for a new ITS report.

My concern is that my father never received any compensation >from the
German government for having been incarcerated in various concentration
camps, and for the death of his immediate family at the hands of the
Nazis. In my research about my father I found out that he might have
served in the Polish Army before Lida, Belarus became part of the former
Soviet Union, and that later he served in one of the Jewish brigades of
the Red Army, becoming wounded in March 1943 in Germany. The story I
heard >from my late mother was that he was interned in Buchenwald
(confirmed by the ITS report) and had to survive by his wits and keep it
from being known that he was also Jewish. I have a brief recollection
that my father sued the German Government for having his teeth knocked
out by the SS and that the case was thrown out of court.

If release of the Bad Aarolsen records enables me to obtain more
detailed information on my father's incarceration in Nazi concentration
camps, I would like to be able to refile a claim against the German
Government on my father's behalf. That is if the statute of limitations
has not expired. Are there any organizations in the US that could be of
assistance to me in filing a claim? Are there any reliable researchers
that I could hire to do the research at Bad Aarolsen on my behalf and
speed up the process?

I also heard >from my father's elderly cousin Chaim Basist (born in Lida,
now living in Israel) that the Lithuanian Government was paying
reparations to the families of Holocaust survivors. My cousin said that
my sister and I were the only known direct descendants of my Aunt and
Uncle who perished in Vilna. Since I didn't know until recently what my
aunt's married name was --- Adelson -- this could be welcome news.
Thanks to Jewishgen's Vilnius Ghetto List I found an address in Vilna
for Mirjam Adelson, spouse Motel, son Chaim, and two other Adelson
relatives on Ligonines 6 -1. I don't know if Mirjam Kalmanowich was
married in Lida or in Vilna. I've been told that most if not all Vital
Records >from Lida were destroyed by the Nazis. I don't have any other
documentation regarding my father's sister other than several photos
taken when my father was a child with his older siblings, and not all of
them are labeled, and my father's cousin's recollections about his late
cousins. Any help would be appreciated.

Miriam Klepper
Delray Beach, FL

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JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Bad Aarolsen Holocaust Records; Holocaust Compensation Claims #general

Miriam Klepper <mklepper@...>
 

In yesterday's Palm Beach Post there was an article stating that the
German government and the Red Cross would finally allow public access to
millions of Nazi Holocaust records which detail what happened to our
Jewish loved ones, and that such public access would be beneficial for
historical Holocaust research. I am hoping that this access will also
help survivors and survivors' children and grandchildren to file
Holocaust compensation claims against the German Government.

Several years ago I asked the Red Cross' International Holocaust Tracing
Service (ITS) to perform a search on my late father Sydney Kalmanowitz
(born Zelig Kalmanovich in Lida, Belarus @ November 1915). My father
died when I was 15 >from cancer and I never did get to ask him to recount
the his experiences as a Jewish concentration camp inmate. One of the
few photos that he brought with him were photos taken in March 1946 in
Camp Fohrenwald, a displaced persons camp in the Western zone of
Germany. The two page summary report that I received >from the Red
Cross's International Holocaust Tracing Service took close to five years
to arrive and seemed to describe two persons with the same name --- my
father and famed philologist and Vilna scholar Zelig Kalmanowich (who
was at least 30 years his senior) who perished in Estonia in the
concentration camp Klooga, a sub-camp of the Vaivara concentration camp.
My father emigrated to the US in September 1946 and later became a US
citizen.

I asked the Red Cross to redo the search because, as a retired librarian
I found the summary lacking in not citing the source of each brief fact
outlined in the report. Citing the source of a fact is as important as
the fact itself. I told the Red Cross that I believed the ITS report
described two different individuals. I gave the Red Cross a hefty
donation and am still waiting since 2001 for a new ITS report.

My concern is that my father never received any compensation >from the
German government for having been incarcerated in various concentration
camps, and for the death of his immediate family at the hands of the
Nazis. In my research about my father I found out that he might have
served in the Polish Army before Lida, Belarus became part of the former
Soviet Union, and that later he served in one of the Jewish brigades of
the Red Army, becoming wounded in March 1943 in Germany. The story I
heard >from my late mother was that he was interned in Buchenwald
(confirmed by the ITS report) and had to survive by his wits and keep it
from being known that he was also Jewish. I have a brief recollection
that my father sued the German Government for having his teeth knocked
out by the SS and that the case was thrown out of court.

If release of the Bad Aarolsen records enables me to obtain more
detailed information on my father's incarceration in Nazi concentration
camps, I would like to be able to refile a claim against the German
Government on my father's behalf. That is if the statute of limitations
has not expired. Are there any organizations in the US that could be of
assistance to me in filing a claim? Are there any reliable researchers
that I could hire to do the research at Bad Aarolsen on my behalf and
speed up the process?

I also heard >from my father's elderly cousin Chaim Basist (born in Lida,
now living in Israel) that the Lithuanian Government was paying
reparations to the families of Holocaust survivors. My cousin said that
my sister and I were the only known direct descendants of my Aunt and
Uncle who perished in Vilna. Since I didn't know until recently what my
aunt's married name was --- Adelson -- this could be welcome news.
Thanks to Jewishgen's Vilnius Ghetto List I found an address in Vilna
for Mirjam Adelson, spouse Motel, son Chaim, and two other Adelson
relatives on Ligonines 6 -1. I don't know if Mirjam Kalmanowich was
married in Lida or in Vilna. I've been told that most if not all Vital
Records >from Lida were destroyed by the Nazis. I don't have any other
documentation regarding my father's sister other than several photos
taken when my father was a child with his older siblings, and not all of
them are labeled, and my father's cousin's recollections about his late
cousins. Any help would be appreciated.

Miriam Klepper
Delray Beach, FL

MODERATTOR NOTE: All names of companies and researchers should be sent privately.


Hebrew translation JOWBR-Slovakia grave please #general

Rakoff125
 

http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsearch~model~[jowbr]j_SLOVAKIA
_2_RECNUM4518

I can't copy the picture but it is the grave of Rachel Langer in Sabinov
that I found through JOWBR resources. Would somebody please send me [privately]
the translation of the text on the gravestone? thank you.

Is there a reason the grave pictures are not able to be copied?
Linda Rakoff
Newton, MAssachusetts, USA
searching:
ASCHNER-, Assakurte, Berko, Bratislava, Budapest , Hradiste, Katlo, Kosice,
Breslau/Wroclaw,Brunovce, Danzig, Chorzow [Konigshutte], Kattowitz , LIFSITZ-
Galati; GELLMAN-Kosice, GOLDMAN(N), LANGER -Kosice, Bolyar; Miskolc, Presov; LOW'Y
Brezova, Hradiste, Spisska Nova Ves MELTZER, PERLBINDER, LADENHEIM- Horodenka,
Galicia, POLASCEK-Kosice, RAKOFF-Keilce,Russia, RIESENBERG- Bolygen, Horodenka,
Kasperowicz, Zaleschicki, GORDON-Moletai, WATMAN, MILLER-Lithuania, Ponemunka


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Hebrew translation JOWBR-Slovakia grave please #general

Rakoff125
 

http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsearch~model~[jowbr]j_SLOVAKIA
_2_RECNUM4518

I can't copy the picture but it is the grave of Rachel Langer in Sabinov
that I found through JOWBR resources. Would somebody please send me [privately]
the translation of the text on the gravestone? thank you.

Is there a reason the grave pictures are not able to be copied?
Linda Rakoff
Newton, MAssachusetts, USA
searching:
ASCHNER-, Assakurte, Berko, Bratislava, Budapest , Hradiste, Katlo, Kosice,
Breslau/Wroclaw,Brunovce, Danzig, Chorzow [Konigshutte], Kattowitz , LIFSITZ-
Galati; GELLMAN-Kosice, GOLDMAN(N), LANGER -Kosice, Bolyar; Miskolc, Presov; LOW'Y
Brezova, Hradiste, Spisska Nova Ves MELTZER, PERLBINDER, LADENHEIM- Horodenka,
Galicia, POLASCEK-Kosice, RAKOFF-Keilce,Russia, RIESENBERG- Bolygen, Horodenka,
Kasperowicz, Zaleschicki, GORDON-Moletai, WATMAN, MILLER-Lithuania, Ponemunka