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Voices from Vilna -- new book by Helaine Shoag Greenberg #general

Mark Halpern
 

Helaine Shoag Greenberg, a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Greater Philadelphia, donated a copy of her recently published book,
_Voices >from Vilna_, to the Society Library. I read this short book just
a few days ago.

Although Helaine's book is about her father, who lived in Vilna until
1934, and his family, who remained in Vilna, the voices of her ancestors
are the voices of a generation of Eastern European Jews trapped in a
cycle of Anti-Semitic events that led to the Holocaust. Helaine
publishes actual letters >from her father and other family members that
describe the environment of the time. She punctuates these letters with
her own feelings for her father and his relatives. All of us involved in
family history have thought about our ancestors in a similar way.

Helaine writes about her book (quoted with the permission of the
author):

"To my great joy, I found poignant letters in my family home describing
my father's and his family's life and current events >from 1930 to 1940
in Vilnius, Lithuania. On a "roots trip" there in 2000, the letters were
shown to the Director of the Vilna Gaon Museum who thought them
valuable. "Voices" is a creative, non-fiction memoir told >from the
perspective of a first generation 'child'. The letters are arranged
chronologically, interspersed with letters to my father telling him what
I found."

Voices >from Vilna was published in 2006 by iUniverse, Inc. It is sold
for less than $10 >from the publisher and many online book outlets.

Mark Halpern
President, Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia

PS: The book and Helaine's experiences are a direct result of her
ShtetlSchleppers trip to Vilnius, arranged through JewishGen.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Voices from Vilna -- new book by Helaine Shoag Greenberg #general

Mark Halpern
 

Helaine Shoag Greenberg, a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Greater Philadelphia, donated a copy of her recently published book,
_Voices >from Vilna_, to the Society Library. I read this short book just
a few days ago.

Although Helaine's book is about her father, who lived in Vilna until
1934, and his family, who remained in Vilna, the voices of her ancestors
are the voices of a generation of Eastern European Jews trapped in a
cycle of Anti-Semitic events that led to the Holocaust. Helaine
publishes actual letters >from her father and other family members that
describe the environment of the time. She punctuates these letters with
her own feelings for her father and his relatives. All of us involved in
family history have thought about our ancestors in a similar way.

Helaine writes about her book (quoted with the permission of the
author):

"To my great joy, I found poignant letters in my family home describing
my father's and his family's life and current events >from 1930 to 1940
in Vilnius, Lithuania. On a "roots trip" there in 2000, the letters were
shown to the Director of the Vilna Gaon Museum who thought them
valuable. "Voices" is a creative, non-fiction memoir told >from the
perspective of a first generation 'child'. The letters are arranged
chronologically, interspersed with letters to my father telling him what
I found."

Voices >from Vilna was published in 2006 by iUniverse, Inc. It is sold
for less than $10 >from the publisher and many online book outlets.

Mark Halpern
President, Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia

PS: The book and Helaine's experiences are a direct result of her
ShtetlSchleppers trip to Vilnius, arranged through JewishGen.


Josef BERNERT, from Germany to Leicester 1934; plastics manufacturer #unitedkingdom

MBernet@...
 

I'm looking for Josef (Seppel) BERNERT (note the spelling), >from Nurnberg in
Germany, who settled in Leicester in 1934, and opened a factory (or bought
into one) for celluloid and Bakelite products. His factory was later acquired
by the Halex Corporation.

He probably had very little connection with the Jewish community. He was
born in Nurnberg in 1884 and died in London in the 1950s. His wife was
Elisabeth KRAMMER b Nurnberg 1901.

They had one daughter who served (as an officer?) in the ATS.

The family moved to London, possibly before 1939. There last address was a
block or two >from the Golders Green Crematorium.

I'd appreciate any help.

Michael Bernet, New York


JCR-UK SIG #UnitedKingdom Josef BERNERT, from Germany to Leicester 1934; plastics manufacturer #unitedkingdom

MBernet@...
 

I'm looking for Josef (Seppel) BERNERT (note the spelling), >from Nurnberg in
Germany, who settled in Leicester in 1934, and opened a factory (or bought
into one) for celluloid and Bakelite products. His factory was later acquired
by the Halex Corporation.

He probably had very little connection with the Jewish community. He was
born in Nurnberg in 1884 and died in London in the 1950s. His wife was
Elisabeth KRAMMER b Nurnberg 1901.

They had one daughter who served (as an officer?) in the ATS.

The family moved to London, possibly before 1939. There last address was a
block or two >from the Golders Green Crematorium.

I'd appreciate any help.

Michael Bernet, New York


Re: Mount of Olives Index #general

Mathilde Tagger <tagger@...>
 

Hi Steve,

You wrote:

I know there is a CD with the database of burials on the Mt. of Olives.
When I've seen references to it, it's always in the context of
translations of tombstone inscriptions. Is there an actual necrology
8,012 tombstone inscriptions >from Mount of Olives Cemetery have been
translated, transcribed and indexed. This index was part of the projects
conducted by the Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) in view of the 2004
Jerusalem International JG Conference.
All the projects have been published on a special CD, that one can still
purchase >from IGS at:
http://www.isragen.org.il/NROS/conf2004/2004conf-index.html
The 8,012 tombstone inscriptions are based on a book published in 1906-1913,
that only covers the sections on the top the hill. The covered years of
death are 1740-1906.
This is why I would first suggest you make an online search at the
"Consolidated Name Index" covering all the database of that CD.
Nearly 1,500 tombstones are of Sephardim and 6,500 of Ashkenazim. While 87%
of the Sephardim inscriptions include a surname, only 27% of Ashkenazim have
a surname. In counterpart, the 75% of the inscriptions include the father's
given name and for 57% of them there is a place of origin (very possibly equal
the place of birth).

In case you do not find the names you are looking for, you can write (in
English) to the Prushim Hevra Kadisha.
For the addresses of all the Burial societies in the whole country of Israel
go to: http://www.isragen.org.il/NROS/Research/Aides.html

Shalom,

Mathilde A. Tagger
Coordinator of 2004 Projects


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Mount of Olives Index #general

Mathilde Tagger <tagger@...>
 

Hi Steve,

You wrote:

I know there is a CD with the database of burials on the Mt. of Olives.
When I've seen references to it, it's always in the context of
translations of tombstone inscriptions. Is there an actual necrology
8,012 tombstone inscriptions >from Mount of Olives Cemetery have been
translated, transcribed and indexed. This index was part of the projects
conducted by the Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) in view of the 2004
Jerusalem International JG Conference.
All the projects have been published on a special CD, that one can still
purchase >from IGS at:
http://www.isragen.org.il/NROS/conf2004/2004conf-index.html
The 8,012 tombstone inscriptions are based on a book published in 1906-1913,
that only covers the sections on the top the hill. The covered years of
death are 1740-1906.
This is why I would first suggest you make an online search at the
"Consolidated Name Index" covering all the database of that CD.
Nearly 1,500 tombstones are of Sephardim and 6,500 of Ashkenazim. While 87%
of the Sephardim inscriptions include a surname, only 27% of Ashkenazim have
a surname. In counterpart, the 75% of the inscriptions include the father's
given name and for 57% of them there is a place of origin (very possibly equal
the place of birth).

In case you do not find the names you are looking for, you can write (in
English) to the Prushim Hevra Kadisha.
For the addresses of all the Burial societies in the whole country of Israel
go to: http://www.isragen.org.il/NROS/Research/Aides.html

Shalom,

Mathilde A. Tagger
Coordinator of 2004 Projects


Researching LEIMDOERFER #hungary

Oliver Bryk <oliverbryk@...>
 

I am new to this SIG. I am looking for information regarding the ancestry
and place of birth of ALADAR LEIMDOERFER (also spelled LEIMDOERFFER) with O
Umlaut, and for information regarding his family. Aladar was born about
1880; he died in 1936 in Susine-Durdenovac, Slavonia, Croatia. In the 18th
and 19th century the Kingdom of Slavonia was a province of the Habsburg
Monarchy. Aladar was the Generaldirektor of the "Nasitzer Dampfsaege und
Tanninfabriken" with head office in Nasice and branch offices in Austria and
Hungary; he was also mayor of Susine. He was married to my ggf's sister,
Ella Bryk, born 1888 in Vienna. They had three sons: Hans b. 1913, Gustav b.
1916, and Franz b. 1921. Gustav and Franz perished in the Ustashe's infamous
Jadovno Camp (www.jadovno.org); the Jadovno records list their father Aladar
as Vladimir. Ella and Hans were hidden and saved by Dr. Boris Roic', a
Righteous Gentile. They died in Zagreb after the war.

I will be grateful for leads or suggestions. I can read German but not
Hungarian or Croatian.

Oliver Bryk, San Francisco, California


researching WALTER BRYK #hungary

Oliver Bryk <oliverbryk@...>
 

I am researching my relative WALTER BRYK, b. 22 Jan 1882 in Vienna, d. 1930
in Vienna, and his wife LEOPOLDINE nee LANK. According to undocumented
family lore Walter was a banker and allegedly counted the King of Yugoslavia
among his clients (if true that would have been Alexander I who was
assassinated in Marseille in 1934.) Walter's twin brother was the
anthropologist, lepidopterist, and biographer of Linne', Dr. Felix Bryk.
I will be grateful for any leads regarding Walter, his wife, and/or their
descendants.
Oliver Bryk, San Francisco, California


Holocaust-Senica Slovakia #hungary

Gabriela Svatos
 

For those of you who read Czech, there is an interesting interview with a
Senica survivor on this holocaust website:

http://www.holocaust.cz/cz2/resources/recollections/zm834

Regards,
Gabi

Gabriela Svatos
Richmond Hill, Ontario

E-mail: gsvatos@hotmail.com
Skype: agawabooks
Business E-mail: bookstore@agawa.com
Business URL: www.agawa.com


Hungary SIG #Hungary Researching LEIMDOERFER #hungary

Oliver Bryk <oliverbryk@...>
 

I am new to this SIG. I am looking for information regarding the ancestry
and place of birth of ALADAR LEIMDOERFER (also spelled LEIMDOERFFER) with O
Umlaut, and for information regarding his family. Aladar was born about
1880; he died in 1936 in Susine-Durdenovac, Slavonia, Croatia. In the 18th
and 19th century the Kingdom of Slavonia was a province of the Habsburg
Monarchy. Aladar was the Generaldirektor of the "Nasitzer Dampfsaege und
Tanninfabriken" with head office in Nasice and branch offices in Austria and
Hungary; he was also mayor of Susine. He was married to my ggf's sister,
Ella Bryk, born 1888 in Vienna. They had three sons: Hans b. 1913, Gustav b.
1916, and Franz b. 1921. Gustav and Franz perished in the Ustashe's infamous
Jadovno Camp (www.jadovno.org); the Jadovno records list their father Aladar
as Vladimir. Ella and Hans were hidden and saved by Dr. Boris Roic', a
Righteous Gentile. They died in Zagreb after the war.

I will be grateful for leads or suggestions. I can read German but not
Hungarian or Croatian.

Oliver Bryk, San Francisco, California


Hungary SIG #Hungary researching WALTER BRYK #hungary

Oliver Bryk <oliverbryk@...>
 

I am researching my relative WALTER BRYK, b. 22 Jan 1882 in Vienna, d. 1930
in Vienna, and his wife LEOPOLDINE nee LANK. According to undocumented
family lore Walter was a banker and allegedly counted the King of Yugoslavia
among his clients (if true that would have been Alexander I who was
assassinated in Marseille in 1934.) Walter's twin brother was the
anthropologist, lepidopterist, and biographer of Linne', Dr. Felix Bryk.
I will be grateful for any leads regarding Walter, his wife, and/or their
descendants.
Oliver Bryk, San Francisco, California


Hungary SIG #Hungary Holocaust-Senica Slovakia #hungary

Gabriela Svatos
 

For those of you who read Czech, there is an interesting interview with a
Senica survivor on this holocaust website:

http://www.holocaust.cz/cz2/resources/recollections/zm834

Regards,
Gabi

Gabriela Svatos
Richmond Hill, Ontario

E-mail: gsvatos@hotmail.com
Skype: agawabooks
Business E-mail: bookstore@agawa.com
Business URL: www.agawa.com


Re: Bela SACHER #hungary

Diane Jacobs <thegenie@...>
 

The 1920 US Census has a soundex name search, so if the name was
spelt differently you can search by soundex number. You can also
check the NYC Directories for 1919-1921 and if you find a listing,
search by address by finding the correct ED that address is included
in. It takes time, but is the best way to be sure they are not in
the US Census. If you used ancestry.com when this census first came
out it was not complete as I had found my grandfather years before
using the soundex card system, but I could not find him on ancestry.com
and the entry was clear and easy to read.

Diane Jacobs
Somerset, NJ

-----Original Message-----
From: Vivian Kahn [mailto:vkahn@kmort.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2006 2:05 AM
To: H-SIG
Subject: [h-sig] Bela SACHER

Yes, it is possible to find individuals who were enumerated in the
1920 US Census if you check the records at the National Archives or
have access to one of the commercial services that allow you to
search by individual names. I checked and did not find Bela Sacher
in the 1920 census. Perhaps he changed his name or wasn't at home
when the census-taker arrived. Contact me off-list with any details
you have and I'll see what I can find.

Vivian Kahn, Oakland, CA


Re: MOLDOVAN family and finding Romanian towns #hungary

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

There is an extensive list of then-Romanian towns in the back of the
1924/1925 business directory ("Anuarul "Socec" al Romaniei-mari"), which you
can view online by going to
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=gdc3&fileName=scd0001_2003012200
1ropage.db&recNum=2168, and clicking "NEXT IMAGE" to page through.

Best regards,

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


Hungary SIG #Hungary RE: Bela SACHER #hungary

Diane Jacobs <thegenie@...>
 

The 1920 US Census has a soundex name search, so if the name was
spelt differently you can search by soundex number. You can also
check the NYC Directories for 1919-1921 and if you find a listing,
search by address by finding the correct ED that address is included
in. It takes time, but is the best way to be sure they are not in
the US Census. If you used ancestry.com when this census first came
out it was not complete as I had found my grandfather years before
using the soundex card system, but I could not find him on ancestry.com
and the entry was clear and easy to read.

Diane Jacobs
Somerset, NJ

-----Original Message-----
From: Vivian Kahn [mailto:vkahn@kmort.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2006 2:05 AM
To: H-SIG
Subject: [h-sig] Bela SACHER

Yes, it is possible to find individuals who were enumerated in the
1920 US Census if you check the records at the National Archives or
have access to one of the commercial services that allow you to
search by individual names. I checked and did not find Bela Sacher
in the 1920 census. Perhaps he changed his name or wasn't at home
when the census-taker arrived. Contact me off-list with any details
you have and I'll see what I can find.

Vivian Kahn, Oakland, CA


Hungary SIG #Hungary RE: MOLDOVAN family and finding Romanian towns #hungary

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

There is an extensive list of then-Romanian towns in the back of the
1924/1925 business directory ("Anuarul "Socec" al Romaniei-mari"), which you
can view online by going to
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=gdc3&fileName=scd0001_2003012200
1ropage.db&recNum=2168, and clicking "NEXT IMAGE" to page through.

Best regards,

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


NYC Censuses - 1905, 1915 #general

Paul & Irene Berman <ikpjb@...>
 

I thank Jewishgen Discussion Group members who sent me information on where
to look for NYC censuses for the years 1905 and 1915. I have learned >from
them that the censuses are available at the Mormon family search centers and
at the New York Public Library's 42nd Street branch.

I am not familiar with the procedure for accessing Mormon genealogical
databases in the US nor is there any access here in Israel. If there is
anyone out there who is planning to make a visit to one of the Mormon family
search centers or is going to the New York Public Library at 42nd Street
anyway and is willing to do a lookup in the previously mentioned censuses, I
ask him/her to contact me privately and I will give him/her the name and
address of the individual I am seeking.

from a slightly tense but very strong Israel I bid you all a good week.
Irene Berman
Shoham, Israel


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen NYC Censuses - 1905, 1915 #general

Paul & Irene Berman <ikpjb@...>
 

I thank Jewishgen Discussion Group members who sent me information on where
to look for NYC censuses for the years 1905 and 1915. I have learned >from
them that the censuses are available at the Mormon family search centers and
at the New York Public Library's 42nd Street branch.

I am not familiar with the procedure for accessing Mormon genealogical
databases in the US nor is there any access here in Israel. If there is
anyone out there who is planning to make a visit to one of the Mormon family
search centers or is going to the New York Public Library at 42nd Street
anyway and is willing to do a lookup in the previously mentioned censuses, I
ask him/her to contact me privately and I will give him/her the name and
address of the individual I am seeking.

from a slightly tense but very strong Israel I bid you all a good week.
Irene Berman
Shoham, Israel


Police Records #france

Jackye Sullins <jsullins@...>
 

Is it possible that there are police records for the period beginning in
1914? I'm still trying to find my Benjamin KESSELMAN after he was deported
back to Cherbourg. Were there any war time rules in place?

Jackye Sullins
San Diego


Census Records #france

Jackye Sullins <jsullins@...>
 

Can anyone tell me if there are census records for Paris >from about 1912
onward? Can one access them without an address?

Jackye Sullins
San Diego