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WWI veterans guarded the Danzig synagogue #poland #danzig #gdansk #germany

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

In his autobiography, "On the Vistula Facing East," Israeli sculptor and
former Danziger Frank Meisler writes, "On the night of 12 November 1938,
when Nazi stormtroopers burned down the synagogues of Langfuhr and Zoppot,
Arthur [LEVANDOVSKY] guarded the Danzig Central Synagogue, club in hand,
with other First World War veterans. But the police intervened and the
synagogue remained intact until its 'official demolition' some six months
later. Violence and arson would not have looked too well in a place located
next door to Police Headquarters and the Fire Brigade."

Does anyone else remember this incident? Does anyone know how the veterans
were organized, and, in particular, whether there was an organization of
Jewish WWI veterans in Danzig? (Perhaps, it was a local chapter of the
Reichsbund Juedischer Frontsoldaten.) Such an organization's records, if
they survive, might have genealogical content.

Thanks and best wishes for Passover,

Logan Kleinwaks
Coordinator, JewishGen Danzig/Gdansk SIG
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


Danzig/Gedansk SIG #Danzig #Gdansk #Germany #Poland WWI veterans guarded the Danzig synagogue #germany #poland #danzig #gdansk

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

In his autobiography, "On the Vistula Facing East," Israeli sculptor and
former Danziger Frank Meisler writes, "On the night of 12 November 1938,
when Nazi stormtroopers burned down the synagogues of Langfuhr and Zoppot,
Arthur [LEVANDOVSKY] guarded the Danzig Central Synagogue, club in hand,
with other First World War veterans. But the police intervened and the
synagogue remained intact until its 'official demolition' some six months
later. Violence and arson would not have looked too well in a place located
next door to Police Headquarters and the Fire Brigade."

Does anyone else remember this incident? Does anyone know how the veterans
were organized, and, in particular, whether there was an organization of
Jewish WWI veterans in Danzig? (Perhaps, it was a local chapter of the
Reichsbund Juedischer Frontsoldaten.) Such an organization's records, if
they survive, might have genealogical content.

Thanks and best wishes for Passover,

Logan Kleinwaks
Coordinator, JewishGen Danzig/Gdansk SIG
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


Looking for ancestors in Vienna #austria-czech

GeoffMun@...
 

Hello,

I am looking for any information on the following relatives who all moved to
Vienna between 1880 -1910:-

1. Jakob SCHON, who was born in Lemberg about 1860. Married in 1885 in
Lemberg, Szyfra ROSENTHAL, the daughter of Aron Rosenthal and Krajncze BUCH.
Jakob and his wife later resided at Wien 11, Pazmaniten Gasse A 28. Their
children were:

i.. Arnold SCHON, born in Lemberg in 1886.
ii Ella SCHON, born in Lemberg in 1888.
iii Fany SCHON, born in Lemberg in 1890.
iv Etelka SCHON, born in Lemberg in 1893.
v Marya (Mandzia), born in Lemberg in 1896.


2 Sophie STEINBERG, nee SCHOTTLANDER >from Brody, the wife of a trader.
They resided with their family at Wien, 2, Muhlfeldgasse.


3. Teme SCHON, who was born in Lemberg about 1865. She married in Lemberg
in 1896 Mozes Jozef VOGEL, the son of Eizyg and Sara Vogel. Their children
were:

i Marek VOGEL, born in Lemberg in 1897.
ii. Gusta Betti VOGEL born in Lemberg in 1898
iii. Arnold VOGEL, born in Lemberg in 1899.


4. Chaje also known as Klara SCHON, who born in Lemberg about 1859. She
married in 1891, Elie Mendel PELL, the son of Jakob Mordeche Pell and Sussel
BLASSBERG. Their children were

i. Marek PELL, born in Lemberg in 1892 .
ii. Sigmar PELL, born in Lemberg in 1893.
iii. Gusta PELL, born in Lemberg in 1895.

Many thanks,

Geoff Munitz
Researching:
SCHON, EBEL - Lemberg & Vienna, SCHOTTLANDER, FASSECHES - Brody


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Looking for ancestors in Vienna #austria-czech

GeoffMun@...
 

Hello,

I am looking for any information on the following relatives who all moved to
Vienna between 1880 -1910:-

1. Jakob SCHON, who was born in Lemberg about 1860. Married in 1885 in
Lemberg, Szyfra ROSENTHAL, the daughter of Aron Rosenthal and Krajncze BUCH.
Jakob and his wife later resided at Wien 11, Pazmaniten Gasse A 28. Their
children were:

i.. Arnold SCHON, born in Lemberg in 1886.
ii Ella SCHON, born in Lemberg in 1888.
iii Fany SCHON, born in Lemberg in 1890.
iv Etelka SCHON, born in Lemberg in 1893.
v Marya (Mandzia), born in Lemberg in 1896.


2 Sophie STEINBERG, nee SCHOTTLANDER >from Brody, the wife of a trader.
They resided with their family at Wien, 2, Muhlfeldgasse.


3. Teme SCHON, who was born in Lemberg about 1865. She married in Lemberg
in 1896 Mozes Jozef VOGEL, the son of Eizyg and Sara Vogel. Their children
were:

i Marek VOGEL, born in Lemberg in 1897.
ii. Gusta Betti VOGEL born in Lemberg in 1898
iii. Arnold VOGEL, born in Lemberg in 1899.


4. Chaje also known as Klara SCHON, who born in Lemberg about 1859. She
married in 1891, Elie Mendel PELL, the son of Jakob Mordeche Pell and Sussel
BLASSBERG. Their children were

i. Marek PELL, born in Lemberg in 1892 .
ii. Sigmar PELL, born in Lemberg in 1893.
iii. Gusta PELL, born in Lemberg in 1895.

Many thanks,

Geoff Munitz
Researching:
SCHON, EBEL - Lemberg & Vienna, SCHOTTLANDER, FASSECHES - Brody


EISLER/HOROVITZ - Budapest, Vienna, Hollywood, Munich #austria-czech

Lachaus
 

I would be grateful for any information on relatives and descendents of:
Armin EISLER, born Budapest 1871 (parents: Isidor EISLER and Malvina
NEUMANN)
married in Budapest in 1898 to
Széren HOROVITZ, born Budapest 1878 (parents: Armin (Hermann) HOROVITZ and
Julia ÖSRERREICHER, (Armin remarried Anna ROTTER))

And their children:
1. Alice EISLER, born Budapest 1899
2. Edit EISLER, born Budapest 1900
3. Otto EISLER, born Budapest 1903-died Hollywood 1952
Possibly other children between 1903-1910
4. Egon EISLER, born Vienna 1910-died Munich 1994

Otto and Egon were writers and film and directors under their own names and:
Egon van Eyss, Osso van Eyss, Osso Eis, Trygve Larsen and Egon Eis.

Egon EISLER wrote several books as Egon Eis, one of which being: "Illusion
der
Sicherheit: das Schicksal der großen Bollwerke" (Sachbuch) Econ-Verlag, OA
HC (1958), published in French as: "L'illusion des remparts"; and in English
as: "The Forts of Folly: The History of an Illusion" (Oswald Wolff London
1959).
For more details in German: http://www.krimilexikon.de/eis.htm

I take this opportunity for thanking my genealogists in Budapest for their
invaluable help and patience.

Many thanks.

Paula HAUSER
Brussels
Researching: HAUSER, WEINER, HOROVITZ/HOROWITZ, HIRN, GUTMANN, RUBINSTEIN
(Budapest and Slovakia), SPITZER (Budapest), SCHÖNFELD (Ballassagyarmat)


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech EISLER/HOROVITZ - Budapest, Vienna, Hollywood, Munich #austria-czech

Lachaus
 

I would be grateful for any information on relatives and descendents of:
Armin EISLER, born Budapest 1871 (parents: Isidor EISLER and Malvina
NEUMANN)
married in Budapest in 1898 to
Széren HOROVITZ, born Budapest 1878 (parents: Armin (Hermann) HOROVITZ and
Julia ÖSRERREICHER, (Armin remarried Anna ROTTER))

And their children:
1. Alice EISLER, born Budapest 1899
2. Edit EISLER, born Budapest 1900
3. Otto EISLER, born Budapest 1903-died Hollywood 1952
Possibly other children between 1903-1910
4. Egon EISLER, born Vienna 1910-died Munich 1994

Otto and Egon were writers and film and directors under their own names and:
Egon van Eyss, Osso van Eyss, Osso Eis, Trygve Larsen and Egon Eis.

Egon EISLER wrote several books as Egon Eis, one of which being: "Illusion
der
Sicherheit: das Schicksal der großen Bollwerke" (Sachbuch) Econ-Verlag, OA
HC (1958), published in French as: "L'illusion des remparts"; and in English
as: "The Forts of Folly: The History of an Illusion" (Oswald Wolff London
1959).
For more details in German: http://www.krimilexikon.de/eis.htm

I take this opportunity for thanking my genealogists in Budapest for their
invaluable help and patience.

Many thanks.

Paula HAUSER
Brussels
Researching: HAUSER, WEINER, HOROVITZ/HOROWITZ, HIRN, GUTMANN, RUBINSTEIN
(Budapest and Slovakia), SPITZER (Budapest), SCHÖNFELD (Ballassagyarmat)


Napoleon's soldiers #lithuania

irene jalowayski
 

My husband's family lived in Kobylnik now in Belarus but at the time
of Napoleon's invasion it was part of the Palatinat of Vilna. His
ancestor fought in Napoleon's army and this man's son was my husband's
great great grandfather. That was Alexander Jalowayski who then was
forced to leave the country when he took part in an uprising against
the Russians in 1832. He was allowed to enter France because his
father has fought with Napoleon against the Russians. Evidently there
were many people in Lithuania at the time that did so because they did
not want the Russians to rule them. So Alexander entered France and
wound up in St Jean D'Angely where he worked as a banker, married and
had a family. The next generation of Jalowayski's went to Cuba and
from there has wound up in the USA. I think if we look there were
probably a lot of Lithuanians, both Jews and gentiles, who tried to
fight the Russians.

Irene Jalowayski
Names being researched: Jalowayski, Kaplan, Singerman, Tugendhaft,
Schwarz, Katcher,


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Napoleon's soldiers #lithuania

irene jalowayski
 

My husband's family lived in Kobylnik now in Belarus but at the time
of Napoleon's invasion it was part of the Palatinat of Vilna. His
ancestor fought in Napoleon's army and this man's son was my husband's
great great grandfather. That was Alexander Jalowayski who then was
forced to leave the country when he took part in an uprising against
the Russians in 1832. He was allowed to enter France because his
father has fought with Napoleon against the Russians. Evidently there
were many people in Lithuania at the time that did so because they did
not want the Russians to rule them. So Alexander entered France and
wound up in St Jean D'Angely where he worked as a banker, married and
had a family. The next generation of Jalowayski's went to Cuba and
from there has wound up in the USA. I think if we look there were
probably a lot of Lithuanians, both Jews and gentiles, who tried to
fight the Russians.

Irene Jalowayski
Names being researched: Jalowayski, Kaplan, Singerman, Tugendhaft,
Schwarz, Katcher,


Immigration Question #lithuania

adam1gs@...
 

Would anyone know what was involved in bringing a family member to the
US >from Poland during the 1930's ? For example: If my grandfather, who
was a US Citizen, and living in the US, wanted to bring a son or a
daughter >from Poland to this country, how would he go about doing this.

Would he need an attorney to represent him ? Did he have to file certain
papers with the US Government to get permission to bring his children to
the US ? Would he have to go through the local or county courthouse to
post a bond or file any papers ? If anyone could tell me what was involved
in this procedure it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you -

Fred Klein
adam1gs@adelphia.net


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Immigration Question #lithuania

adam1gs@...
 

Would anyone know what was involved in bringing a family member to the
US >from Poland during the 1930's ? For example: If my grandfather, who
was a US Citizen, and living in the US, wanted to bring a son or a
daughter >from Poland to this country, how would he go about doing this.

Would he need an attorney to represent him ? Did he have to file certain
papers with the US Government to get permission to bring his children to
the US ? Would he have to go through the local or county courthouse to
post a bond or file any papers ? If anyone could tell me what was involved
in this procedure it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you -

Fred Klein
adam1gs@adelphia.net


Jonava Yizkor Book Translation Update 1 #lithuania

Susan Goldsmith
 

Dear SIG,

Thank you to landsleyt Joel Sisitsky, Deborah Hatch and Nancy
Biederman for their immediate contributions in response to the Yizkor
translation being underway. Thank you to Peggy Freedman for the
Jonava shtetl website and for arranging the translation of Jonava vital
records. Thank you to Sonia Kovitz for her generous in-kind contribution
of herself---her countless hours spearheading the translation effort.

We are so fortunate to have about 120 landsleyt whose families came
from Jonava. Please contribute as generously as you can to our effort.
If each of us participates, we can reach the $16,000+ required to complete
the translation. Many of us will be with family and friends for Pesach.
Please mention our effort and encourage loved ones to give as well.

Giving is as simple as sending a check to JewishGen, Inc. 2951
Marina Bay Dr., Suite 130-472 League City, TX 77573 or contributing
securely on line at www.jewishgen.org and pressing the Jewishgenerosity
button, then selecting Jonava. Remember please to let me know the
amount and date of your contribution so that I can send you the detailed
information that has been translated about your family.

Chag Sameach and thank you,
Susan Goldsmith
Translation Coordinator
jcwsmg@sprintmail.com



~


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Jonava Yizkor Book Translation Update 1 #lithuania

Susan Goldsmith
 

Dear SIG,

Thank you to landsleyt Joel Sisitsky, Deborah Hatch and Nancy
Biederman for their immediate contributions in response to the Yizkor
translation being underway. Thank you to Peggy Freedman for the
Jonava shtetl website and for arranging the translation of Jonava vital
records. Thank you to Sonia Kovitz for her generous in-kind contribution
of herself---her countless hours spearheading the translation effort.

We are so fortunate to have about 120 landsleyt whose families came
from Jonava. Please contribute as generously as you can to our effort.
If each of us participates, we can reach the $16,000+ required to complete
the translation. Many of us will be with family and friends for Pesach.
Please mention our effort and encourage loved ones to give as well.

Giving is as simple as sending a check to JewishGen, Inc. 2951
Marina Bay Dr., Suite 130-472 League City, TX 77573 or contributing
securely on line at www.jewishgen.org and pressing the Jewishgenerosity
button, then selecting Jonava. Remember please to let me know the
amount and date of your contribution so that I can send you the detailed
information that has been translated about your family.

Chag Sameach and thank you,
Susan Goldsmith
Translation Coordinator
jcwsmg@sprintmail.com



~


Svir, Kurenitz, Dolginovo - RABINOWITZ & WEINER #lithuania

Arnold Rabinowitz <Arnold.Rabinowitz@...>
 

Looking for relatives who had emigrated earlier (or later) than dates shown
.....

Emigrated >from Dolginovo + Kurenitz (1904+1906) - lived & died in New
Haven,CT:
Joseph WEINER - tombstone reads "Yehoshua the son of Yirmiyahu"
Rachel SKOLNICK - tombstone reads "Rachel,daughter of Reb Ari n
Aryeh."

Emigrated >from Svir + Kurenitz (1888+1890) lived & died in New Haven,CT:
Nathan RABINOWITZ - tombstone reads "Reb Natan Note David,son of
Sholomo Ze'ev"
Jennie Rabinowitz - tombstone reads "Zlata Disa,daughter of Moshe
Michoel"

Thanks for your time
A Rabinowitz

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Please respond privately.


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Svir, Kurenitz, Dolginovo - RABINOWITZ & WEINER #lithuania

Arnold Rabinowitz <Arnold.Rabinowitz@...>
 

Looking for relatives who had emigrated earlier (or later) than dates shown
.....

Emigrated >from Dolginovo + Kurenitz (1904+1906) - lived & died in New
Haven,CT:
Joseph WEINER - tombstone reads "Yehoshua the son of Yirmiyahu"
Rachel SKOLNICK - tombstone reads "Rachel,daughter of Reb Ari n
Aryeh."

Emigrated >from Svir + Kurenitz (1888+1890) lived & died in New Haven,CT:
Nathan RABINOWITZ - tombstone reads "Reb Natan Note David,son of
Sholomo Ze'ev"
Jennie Rabinowitz - tombstone reads "Zlata Disa,daughter of Moshe
Michoel"

Thanks for your time
A Rabinowitz

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Please respond privately.


Another Soldier in Napoleon's Army #lithuania

Ziegelman <zieg_exp@...>
 

While researching here in Israel his Lublin-area Ziegelman (Cygielman, >from
the profession "brick-maker" = "tsigelnik") family, my husband came across a
35-year old fellow named Daniel Ziegelman whose story is that his family got
the name Ziegelman >from a French Napoleanic soldier who married an ancestor
of Daniel's, and stayed in Belarus.
Kind regards,
Andi Alpert Ziegelman

Searching:
ALPEROVICH >from Postawy, Kurenets, Vileika, and maybe other towns
FEINBERG/SUKKOT >from Kovarsk and maybe Moletai
COHEN, Raisa Gittel >from Vilkomir

MODERATOR'S NOTE: In addition to sharing the stories about Napoleon's
Army with readers of this list, make sure you also send them to the
Jewish Genealogy Society of Los Angeles, which originally requested
Napoleon stories for its newsletter. Send them to Nancy Holden. Editor,
Roots-Key, at nholden@interserv.com


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Another Soldier in Napoleon's Army #lithuania

Ziegelman <zieg_exp@...>
 

While researching here in Israel his Lublin-area Ziegelman (Cygielman, >from
the profession "brick-maker" = "tsigelnik") family, my husband came across a
35-year old fellow named Daniel Ziegelman whose story is that his family got
the name Ziegelman >from a French Napoleanic soldier who married an ancestor
of Daniel's, and stayed in Belarus.
Kind regards,
Andi Alpert Ziegelman

Searching:
ALPEROVICH >from Postawy, Kurenets, Vileika, and maybe other towns
FEINBERG/SUKKOT >from Kovarsk and maybe Moletai
COHEN, Raisa Gittel >from Vilkomir

MODERATOR'S NOTE: In addition to sharing the stories about Napoleon's
Army with readers of this list, make sure you also send them to the
Jewish Genealogy Society of Los Angeles, which originally requested
Napoleon stories for its newsletter. Send them to Nancy Holden. Editor,
Roots-Key, at nholden@interserv.com


Bydgoszczy/Bromberg 1929 address and business directory #poland

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

A 1929 address and business directory for the city of Bydgoszczy/Bromberg is
available online >from the Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library at
http://kpbc.umk.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=12140. This is in addition to the
1923 address directory I posted about yesterday. This directory is easily
manually searchable, as it contains a section alphabetized by business type,
beginning on image 64, a section alphabetized by street name, beginning on
image 161, and a section alphabetized by surname/given name, beginning on
image 380.

To view the directory, follow the above link and click on "Content" on the
left, under "Publication." Either the directory will open or you will be
prompted to download a DjVu plugin for your web browser. If you have
already installed the plugin, click on "Browse publication" to open the
directory. When the directory is open, you can use the pull-down menu near
the top to select the image you want to view. You can download the plugin
from http://www.lizardtech.com/download/dl_options.php?page=plugins.
Best regards,

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


JRI Poland #Poland Bydgoszczy/Bromberg 1929 address and business directory #poland

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

A 1929 address and business directory for the city of Bydgoszczy/Bromberg is
available online >from the Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library at
http://kpbc.umk.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=12140. This is in addition to the
1923 address directory I posted about yesterday. This directory is easily
manually searchable, as it contains a section alphabetized by business type,
beginning on image 64, a section alphabetized by street name, beginning on
image 161, and a section alphabetized by surname/given name, beginning on
image 380.

To view the directory, follow the above link and click on "Content" on the
left, under "Publication." Either the directory will open or you will be
prompted to download a DjVu plugin for your web browser. If you have
already installed the plugin, click on "Browse publication" to open the
directory. When the directory is open, you can use the pull-down menu near
the top to select the image you want to view. You can download the plugin
from http://www.lizardtech.com/download/dl_options.php?page=plugins.
Best regards,

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


Remembering Szabtay Bliacher - an actor in the Vilna ghetto #poland

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

I had never heard of Szabtay BLIACHER before Thursday
April 6th 2006, the day I visited Yad vashem in
Jerusalem to deposit my Pages of Testimony [POT].
I entered the impressive new building - stopped to
look at a few minutes of film on the screen on the
backdrop wall and started on the long, long, sombre
journey through the displays.

My first stop was on the right at the dramatic photo
on the wall - it showed a pile of bodies and Russian
officers staring down at them. In front of the
photograph lies a small display case with articles,
papers, etc recovered >from the pockets of the tragic
victims.

For this is a photograph of the notorious Klooga camp
in Estonia where the Germans shot thousands and they
did not have time to burn many of the bodies before
the Russians arrived. Many documents were recovered
from the pockets of the victims - some were scorched.
The first group I looked at belonged to Szabtay
BLIACHER - there was a Card of the Union of Artists of
the Jewish Theatre, Poland. His Union Membership [No.
285] was dated 15 May 1938, issued at Warsaw Lezsno
Street No 2. The card is printed in English and
French. He belonged to the Jewish Theatre group. There
were two or three cheerful photographs - some looked
as if they were of fellow actors. Szabtay had kept
these precious mementoes of his happy theatrical life
in his pocket right up to the the moment of his
murder.

You can read about Klooga Camp here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klooga_concentration_camp

On the yad vashem website <http://www.yadvashem.org>

you can find a POT submitted in 1989 by his sister Lea
Milkowski [the POT mistakenly says "brother", but I
have sent in a correction]. It reads: Shabtai BLIACHER
was born in Wilno, Poland in 1906 to Tzvi and Dina nee
GROS. He was an actor and married to Genia.

Szabtay's mother Dina [daughter of Mendel and Lea
GROS] and his older brother Mitia [born 1903], a
merchant married to Raya, also have a POT each.

The Vilna ghetto had an active Yiddish theatre and
cabaret group and Shabse BLIACHER's name is actually
mentioned on p 47 of this article >from the US
Holocaust Museum on the destruction of Lithuanian
Jewry: <http://tinyurl.com/hqymq>

Whether Shabse/Szabtay/Shabtai was a well-known actor
or he was singled out in this article because his
profession in the Vilna ghetto is listed as "actor", I
have no idea. I also have no idea if any of these
sources know about my discoveries about his death in
Klooga. It is never mentioned anywhere. Have many
people passing through the gates of Yad Vashem read
his miraculously "surviving" membership card before?

This Union Membership card and the photograph of his
plucky little band of fellow actors fired my
imagination >from the moment I saw it.

Szabtay, I think would have been pleased about that -
how lucky it was that his membership card was with him
when he was so tragically murdered. He will now be
remembered by a far larger audience of Jewish
genealogical researchers, 62 years after his death.

Celia Male [U.K.]


JRI Poland #Poland Remembering Szabtay Bliacher - an actor in the Vilna ghetto #poland

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

I had never heard of Szabtay BLIACHER before Thursday
April 6th 2006, the day I visited Yad vashem in
Jerusalem to deposit my Pages of Testimony [POT].
I entered the impressive new building - stopped to
look at a few minutes of film on the screen on the
backdrop wall and started on the long, long, sombre
journey through the displays.

My first stop was on the right at the dramatic photo
on the wall - it showed a pile of bodies and Russian
officers staring down at them. In front of the
photograph lies a small display case with articles,
papers, etc recovered >from the pockets of the tragic
victims.

For this is a photograph of the notorious Klooga camp
in Estonia where the Germans shot thousands and they
did not have time to burn many of the bodies before
the Russians arrived. Many documents were recovered
from the pockets of the victims - some were scorched.
The first group I looked at belonged to Szabtay
BLIACHER - there was a Card of the Union of Artists of
the Jewish Theatre, Poland. His Union Membership [No.
285] was dated 15 May 1938, issued at Warsaw Lezsno
Street No 2. The card is printed in English and
French. He belonged to the Jewish Theatre group. There
were two or three cheerful photographs - some looked
as if they were of fellow actors. Szabtay had kept
these precious mementoes of his happy theatrical life
in his pocket right up to the the moment of his
murder.

You can read about Klooga Camp here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klooga_concentration_camp

On the yad vashem website <http://www.yadvashem.org>

you can find a POT submitted in 1989 by his sister Lea
Milkowski [the POT mistakenly says "brother", but I
have sent in a correction]. It reads: Shabtai BLIACHER
was born in Wilno, Poland in 1906 to Tzvi and Dina nee
GROS. He was an actor and married to Genia.

Szabtay's mother Dina [daughter of Mendel and Lea
GROS] and his older brother Mitia [born 1903], a
merchant married to Raya, also have a POT each.

The Vilna ghetto had an active Yiddish theatre and
cabaret group and Shabse BLIACHER's name is actually
mentioned on p 47 of this article >from the US
Holocaust Museum on the destruction of Lithuanian
Jewry: <http://tinyurl.com/hqymq>

Whether Shabse/Szabtay/Shabtai was a well-known actor
or he was singled out in this article because his
profession in the Vilna ghetto is listed as "actor", I
have no idea. I also have no idea if any of these
sources know about my discoveries about his death in
Klooga. It is never mentioned anywhere. Have many
people passing through the gates of Yad Vashem read
his miraculously "surviving" membership card before?

This Union Membership card and the photograph of his
plucky little band of fellow actors fired my
imagination >from the moment I saw it.

Szabtay, I think would have been pleased about that -
how lucky it was that his membership card was with him
when he was so tragically murdered. He will now be
remembered by a far larger audience of Jewish
genealogical researchers, 62 years after his death.

Celia Male [U.K.]