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holocaust era insurance claim question #general

Sara Wenger <sara_wenger@...>
 

I received a letter form Generali insurance company
stating that they located a life insurance policy
issued to my grandfather in 1928. The letter goes on
to say that because this policy does not appear in
their accounting records of 1936 or of subsequent
years, it must have left their portfolio (before the
beginning of the Holocaust Era as defined by the
International Commission). The policy therefore does
not qualify for any payment. The front page that they
sent me of the supposed policy seems to be of someone
else's policy.

Does anyone out there have any experience with this?
Is it worthwhile to appeal as they indicated I am
entitled to do? If so, on what grounds would I appeal
as I have no information.

Shana tova

Sara


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen holocaust era insurance claim question #general

Sara Wenger <sara_wenger@...>
 

I received a letter form Generali insurance company
stating that they located a life insurance policy
issued to my grandfather in 1928. The letter goes on
to say that because this policy does not appear in
their accounting records of 1936 or of subsequent
years, it must have left their portfolio (before the
beginning of the Holocaust Era as defined by the
International Commission). The policy therefore does
not qualify for any payment. The front page that they
sent me of the supposed policy seems to be of someone
else's policy.

Does anyone out there have any experience with this?
Is it worthwhile to appeal as they indicated I am
entitled to do? If so, on what grounds would I appeal
as I have no information.

Shana tova

Sara


Mordechai Goodman in LA #general

R.C. Klein <rachack@...>
 

I looking for information about a Mordechai (Max)
Goodman who moved to Los Angeles in 1912. It is
unclear whether or not he was a member of the
mainstream Jewish community, but he appears to have
lived in the Valley area (North Hollywood, Valley
Village, etc..). He passed away in 1959. If anyone
knew him or knows someone who might have known him,
please contact me.

rachack@futurecities.com

Reuven Chaim Klein


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Mordechai Goodman in LA #general

R.C. Klein <rachack@...>
 

I looking for information about a Mordechai (Max)
Goodman who moved to Los Angeles in 1912. It is
unclear whether or not he was a member of the
mainstream Jewish community, but he appears to have
lived in the Valley area (North Hollywood, Valley
Village, etc..). He passed away in 1959. If anyone
knew him or knows someone who might have known him,
please contact me.

rachack@futurecities.com

Reuven Chaim Klein


Adoption records - Kansas City, MO #general

Mimi Katz <GeveretKatz@...>
 

Can someone please tell me if original birth records and/or adoption records
are accessible in Kansas City, MO, for 1918-1925?

Thank you,
Mimi Katz, Chicago


Potstawy Poland #general

Dick <birdpop@...>
 

I have been talking with a lady >from Poland, who escaped >from a transport in
1940 along with two Jewish Girls Sara (10 or 11) and Jadwiga (Harrait).

She Maria Zok spelled the town Potstawy. I have been unable to locate the
town, any ideas. The Jewish girls familly lived in the town, and had a
small store. but unknown last name.

Richard Wenig
Show Low, AZ
1birdpop@cybertrails.com (remove the 1 please)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Adoption records - Kansas City, MO #general

Mimi Katz <GeveretKatz@...>
 

Can someone please tell me if original birth records and/or adoption records
are accessible in Kansas City, MO, for 1918-1925?

Thank you,
Mimi Katz, Chicago


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Potstawy Poland #general

Dick <birdpop@...>
 

I have been talking with a lady >from Poland, who escaped >from a transport in
1940 along with two Jewish Girls Sara (10 or 11) and Jadwiga (Harrait).

She Maria Zok spelled the town Potstawy. I have been unable to locate the
town, any ideas. The Jewish girls familly lived in the town, and had a
small store. but unknown last name.

Richard Wenig
Show Low, AZ
1birdpop@cybertrails.com (remove the 1 please)


Link to the family of R' Chaim of Volozhin through the LANDA family #general

ben-ari <yrcdi@...>
 

I fielded this question several times but I'll try again:

I am researching a possible connection to R' Chaim of Volozhin. The clues I
have are as follows:

According to a scribbled note, not very reliable, written by a family member
my gggrandmother, Sarah Hinde (nee SCHATZ daughter of Yosef-name SCHATZ may
only be his profession and not his actual family name) KANTOR, was a
descendant of R' Chaim through a LANDA grandchild. According to the book
"Etz Chaim" by M. Zinovitz (1972) R' Yitzaleh, the son of R' Chaim had a
daughter Raichel, who married R' Shmuel LANDA. This couple died at a young
age leaving a daughter, who married Chaim Hillel FRIED, father of, among
others, the well known BEN-SASSON family and another son.
Our problem with this is that another daughter is not mentioned and we know
of no connection to the FRIED/BEN-SASSON family (who we know well).
Ofcourse its possible that the LANDA couple had other children not mentioned
in the book.

Two other clues are: According to a family rumour, R' Mordechai Gimple
YAFFE, who was a student in Volozhin and possibly distant relative of the
Volozhin family, and Rabbi of Yehud in Israel, told my gguncle that he (my
uncle) was a descendant of R' Chaim. It is noted in another family source
that this ancestress was brought up in the house of R' Mordechai of Ruzanoi
(R'Mordechai YAFFE ?) We also have a family tradition that R' Yitzaleh was
the "shushvin" ( accompying the bride down the aisle) at my gggrandmother's
wedding (due to the premature death of her parents?).


All the above seem to strengthen the theory of our connection with R'chaim
of Volozhin but I would be happy to hear >from other sources who could
corraborate this theory. The reason that I mentioned above regarding the
reliability of the original note was that it mentioned also a possible
connection with the Gaon of Vilna and after some research it seems that this
link was put to rest.

Thank you for any suggestions on other books which you know contain details
on the Volozhin family or personal knowledge of the family.

Shavua tov and Shana tova to one and all.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Efrat, Israel


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Link to the family of R' Chaim of Volozhin through the LANDA family #general

ben-ari <yrcdi@...>
 

I fielded this question several times but I'll try again:

I am researching a possible connection to R' Chaim of Volozhin. The clues I
have are as follows:

According to a scribbled note, not very reliable, written by a family member
my gggrandmother, Sarah Hinde (nee SCHATZ daughter of Yosef-name SCHATZ may
only be his profession and not his actual family name) KANTOR, was a
descendant of R' Chaim through a LANDA grandchild. According to the book
"Etz Chaim" by M. Zinovitz (1972) R' Yitzaleh, the son of R' Chaim had a
daughter Raichel, who married R' Shmuel LANDA. This couple died at a young
age leaving a daughter, who married Chaim Hillel FRIED, father of, among
others, the well known BEN-SASSON family and another son.
Our problem with this is that another daughter is not mentioned and we know
of no connection to the FRIED/BEN-SASSON family (who we know well).
Ofcourse its possible that the LANDA couple had other children not mentioned
in the book.

Two other clues are: According to a family rumour, R' Mordechai Gimple
YAFFE, who was a student in Volozhin and possibly distant relative of the
Volozhin family, and Rabbi of Yehud in Israel, told my gguncle that he (my
uncle) was a descendant of R' Chaim. It is noted in another family source
that this ancestress was brought up in the house of R' Mordechai of Ruzanoi
(R'Mordechai YAFFE ?) We also have a family tradition that R' Yitzaleh was
the "shushvin" ( accompying the bride down the aisle) at my gggrandmother's
wedding (due to the premature death of her parents?).


All the above seem to strengthen the theory of our connection with R'chaim
of Volozhin but I would be happy to hear >from other sources who could
corraborate this theory. The reason that I mentioned above regarding the
reliability of the original note was that it mentioned also a possible
connection with the Gaon of Vilna and after some research it seems that this
link was put to rest.

Thank you for any suggestions on other books which you know contain details
on the Volozhin family or personal knowledge of the family.

Shavua tov and Shana tova to one and all.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Efrat, Israel


One day seminar at the Museum of the Diaspora in Tel Aviv #general

Martha LEV-ZION <martha@...>
 

We at the Israel Genealogical Society [IGS] are fairly bursting our
buttons with pride in the one day seminar [Yom Iyun] that we have
arranged for the 28th of November 2005 at Beit Hatefutzot [the
Diaspora Museum] on the Tel Aviv University campus. If you could have
one genealogical wish, wouldn't it be that you could find that
illusive document that would allow you to prove once and for all that
a tie that binds was true? We at the IGS have been feverishly working
for over a year to arrange just such a seminar that would allow you
to find the missing key.

Without fear of contradiction, I can categorically state that every
Jewish family in the world has family - known or unknown - in
Israel. Our seminar, "Family Roots in the Land of Israel and in the
World," will demonstrate what I mean. We have invited archivists >from
the smaller, but sometimes more interesting archives, to address us
with talks on their holdings. When we invited proposals, even we
didn't know details of all the treasures these archives hold, but
after reading the abstracts and talking with the archivists, it is
hard not to jump up and down with enthusiasm!

Go to our website's direct seminar access:

http://www.isragen.org.il/NROS/YY2005/

There you can get .pdf files in Hebrew and/or in English of the
program, the abstracts and the biographies of the speakers. See for
yourself what an incredible program we have arranged for you! >from
our opening keynote speaker on Eastern European Aliyah >from the late
1800's to 1920, to a detailed description of the microfilm collection
of the Diaspora Museum, at the close of the day, you will be
enthralled for the entire time.

One caveat: regretfully, places are limited due to the number of
seats available and we can only accept reservations on a first come
first serve basis. Early registration ends on 10 November, if there
are still places available. Registration includes coffee and cake and
a chance for a greatly discounted hot lunch, but here too, places are
limited. Please register early so you will not be disappointed. When
the places are gone, they are gone and that's it.

The registration form can be downloaded at

http://www.isragen.org.il/NROS/YY2005/YY-reg-HE-2005.pdf

You are going to love this day and we are looking forward to seeing
you there!

Martha Levinson Lev-Zion
for the Organizing Committee
Israel Genealogical Society


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen One day seminar at the Museum of the Diaspora in Tel Aviv #general

Martha LEV-ZION <martha@...>
 

We at the Israel Genealogical Society [IGS] are fairly bursting our
buttons with pride in the one day seminar [Yom Iyun] that we have
arranged for the 28th of November 2005 at Beit Hatefutzot [the
Diaspora Museum] on the Tel Aviv University campus. If you could have
one genealogical wish, wouldn't it be that you could find that
illusive document that would allow you to prove once and for all that
a tie that binds was true? We at the IGS have been feverishly working
for over a year to arrange just such a seminar that would allow you
to find the missing key.

Without fear of contradiction, I can categorically state that every
Jewish family in the world has family - known or unknown - in
Israel. Our seminar, "Family Roots in the Land of Israel and in the
World," will demonstrate what I mean. We have invited archivists >from
the smaller, but sometimes more interesting archives, to address us
with talks on their holdings. When we invited proposals, even we
didn't know details of all the treasures these archives hold, but
after reading the abstracts and talking with the archivists, it is
hard not to jump up and down with enthusiasm!

Go to our website's direct seminar access:

http://www.isragen.org.il/NROS/YY2005/

There you can get .pdf files in Hebrew and/or in English of the
program, the abstracts and the biographies of the speakers. See for
yourself what an incredible program we have arranged for you! >from
our opening keynote speaker on Eastern European Aliyah >from the late
1800's to 1920, to a detailed description of the microfilm collection
of the Diaspora Museum, at the close of the day, you will be
enthralled for the entire time.

One caveat: regretfully, places are limited due to the number of
seats available and we can only accept reservations on a first come
first serve basis. Early registration ends on 10 November, if there
are still places available. Registration includes coffee and cake and
a chance for a greatly discounted hot lunch, but here too, places are
limited. Please register early so you will not be disappointed. When
the places are gone, they are gone and that's it.

The registration form can be downloaded at

http://www.isragen.org.il/NROS/YY2005/YY-reg-HE-2005.pdf

You are going to love this day and we are looking forward to seeing
you there!

Martha Levinson Lev-Zion
for the Organizing Committee
Israel Genealogical Society


Gesher Galicia Regional Meeting-Nov. 20th-NYC #general

Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>
 

Announcement:

Gesher Galicia, the special interest group for Galicia, a province of the
former Austro-Hungarian Empire, will be holding our second annual regional
meeting this November, jointly sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society
of New York.

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2005

Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Location: The Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St., New York, NY
10011

We've planned a full and interesting program for researchers interested in
Eastern European Jewish life, not just Galician. We are providing this
early notice so those of you who don't live in the Greater New York area can
make plans to attend.

* Program: *

-A brief update on Gesher Galicia's research projects and town/region
groups, the status of the Lviv Historical Archives, and a tutorial on how to
find genealogical treasures on the Polish online auction site, Allegro.

-Film: The Jews of Poland: Lwow. Shot in 1939 on the streets of Lwow, this
ten-minute documentary is one of the last visual accounts of Jewish life in
the former Lemberg, Galicia, before the Holocaust.

-Jewish Records Indexing Poland Update: Mark Halpern will discuss the status
of the JRI-Poland Galician projects in Polish and Ukrainian archives and
will clarify strategies for ordering records.

-Jewish Life in Galicia – Suzan Wynne will focus on the lives of our
Galician ancestors as they set about making a living, marrying and raising
families, educating their children, and participating in religious life.
She’ll explain the process of surname acquisition, the development of the
Kahal system of Jewish self-government and the participation of Jews in the
mandated system of universal education under Emperor Franz Josef.

-Searching Polish And Galician Directories Using Optical Character
Recognition (OCR)
Logan Joseph Kleinwaks will discuss the Polish and Galician business and
telephone directories that are now available online through the websites of
the Digital Library of Wielkopolska and the U.S. Library of Congress and
will demonstrate how to use the OCR-based online search engine he has
created to search these successfully. For those with an interest in using
OCR, he will briefly review the leading commercial OCR software programs,
demonstrating their use on Galician documents, and will comment on
associated scanning technologies.

* Post-Script - (After regular meeting) *

Film: ““I Remember Jewish Drohobycz”

In this short video portrait of the vanished world of Eastern European
Jewry, JGSLA founding member and rabbinical scholar, David Einsiedler, born
in Drohobycz in 1919, recounts the heart and soul of shtetl life between the
two World Wars. Through personal reminiscences, he leads us through the
streets and into the homes and schools of this Galician town. David
describes moving to Lvov, then to the university in Pisa, Italy and then on
to America in the late 1930s as the threat of war looms over his beloved
home and the lives of his loved ones.

Prior to the meeting's start, the Center Genealogy Institute will be open
from 12:30PM to 2:00PM for networking with other researchers and access to
resource materials and computers.

Additionally, we plan to hold several Birds-of-a-Feather lunch gatherings
from 12:00N - 2:00PM at the Center.
If you are interested in attending a BOF group, please e-mail Eden Joachim
at:

esjoachim@optonline.net

with your town(s) or region information so we can plan accordingly. As the
date draws closer, we will notify the specific groups as to arrangements.
(You do NOT need to RSVP to the general/JGSNY meeting, however.)

If you have any questions about any other aspects of the program, please
contact me privately.

Looking foward to seeing you there.....

Pamela Weisberger
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia
Santa Monica, CA
pweisberger@hotmail.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Gesher Galicia Regional Meeting-Nov. 20th-NYC #general

Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>
 

Announcement:

Gesher Galicia, the special interest group for Galicia, a province of the
former Austro-Hungarian Empire, will be holding our second annual regional
meeting this November, jointly sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society
of New York.

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2005

Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Location: The Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St., New York, NY
10011

We've planned a full and interesting program for researchers interested in
Eastern European Jewish life, not just Galician. We are providing this
early notice so those of you who don't live in the Greater New York area can
make plans to attend.

* Program: *

-A brief update on Gesher Galicia's research projects and town/region
groups, the status of the Lviv Historical Archives, and a tutorial on how to
find genealogical treasures on the Polish online auction site, Allegro.

-Film: The Jews of Poland: Lwow. Shot in 1939 on the streets of Lwow, this
ten-minute documentary is one of the last visual accounts of Jewish life in
the former Lemberg, Galicia, before the Holocaust.

-Jewish Records Indexing Poland Update: Mark Halpern will discuss the status
of the JRI-Poland Galician projects in Polish and Ukrainian archives and
will clarify strategies for ordering records.

-Jewish Life in Galicia – Suzan Wynne will focus on the lives of our
Galician ancestors as they set about making a living, marrying and raising
families, educating their children, and participating in religious life.
She’ll explain the process of surname acquisition, the development of the
Kahal system of Jewish self-government and the participation of Jews in the
mandated system of universal education under Emperor Franz Josef.

-Searching Polish And Galician Directories Using Optical Character
Recognition (OCR)
Logan Joseph Kleinwaks will discuss the Polish and Galician business and
telephone directories that are now available online through the websites of
the Digital Library of Wielkopolska and the U.S. Library of Congress and
will demonstrate how to use the OCR-based online search engine he has
created to search these successfully. For those with an interest in using
OCR, he will briefly review the leading commercial OCR software programs,
demonstrating their use on Galician documents, and will comment on
associated scanning technologies.

* Post-Script - (After regular meeting) *

Film: ““I Remember Jewish Drohobycz”

In this short video portrait of the vanished world of Eastern European
Jewry, JGSLA founding member and rabbinical scholar, David Einsiedler, born
in Drohobycz in 1919, recounts the heart and soul of shtetl life between the
two World Wars. Through personal reminiscences, he leads us through the
streets and into the homes and schools of this Galician town. David
describes moving to Lvov, then to the university in Pisa, Italy and then on
to America in the late 1930s as the threat of war looms over his beloved
home and the lives of his loved ones.

Prior to the meeting's start, the Center Genealogy Institute will be open
from 12:30PM to 2:00PM for networking with other researchers and access to
resource materials and computers.

Additionally, we plan to hold several Birds-of-a-Feather lunch gatherings
from 12:00N - 2:00PM at the Center.
If you are interested in attending a BOF group, please e-mail Eden Joachim
at:

esjoachim@optonline.net

with your town(s) or region information so we can plan accordingly. As the
date draws closer, we will notify the specific groups as to arrangements.
(You do NOT need to RSVP to the general/JGSNY meeting, however.)

If you have any questions about any other aspects of the program, please
contact me privately.

Looking foward to seeing you there.....

Pamela Weisberger
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia
Santa Monica, CA
pweisberger@hotmail.com


Researching: BERGMANN in Chotebar #austria-czech

susiestree@...
 

My new Mac OSx with a version 9.0 of aol will not allow me to post to the
newsgroup as it is not in the correct text. I am now on another computer trying
to ask that anyone with information about the Wilhelm BERGMANN family of
Chotebar married to an Olga VOHRYZKOVA born in Prestavlky contact me. The
Bergmann's were in the wig business in Laupheim and Ulm.
Susan Boyer
LA CA


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Researching: BERGMANN in Chotebar #austria-czech

susiestree@...
 

My new Mac OSx with a version 9.0 of aol will not allow me to post to the
newsgroup as it is not in the correct text. I am now on another computer trying
to ask that anyone with information about the Wilhelm BERGMANN family of
Chotebar married to an Olga VOHRYZKOVA born in Prestavlky contact me. The
Bergmann's were in the wig business in Laupheim and Ulm.
Susan Boyer
LA CA


Baden bei Wien #austria-czech

E. Randol Schoenberg
 

If anyone is going to the Jewish cemetery in Baden bei Wien, please let me
know. I just found in the IKG database the grave of my ggg-grandmother
Sophie Hoffmann geb. Biedermann (1822-1893) -- misspelled Sofie Hofmann in
the database and the phonetic search didn't work! -- at Row L2 Grave 423.

Randol Schoenberg
Los Angeles, CA

MODERATOR NOTE: Please respond privately


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Baden bei Wien #austria-czech

E. Randol Schoenberg
 

If anyone is going to the Jewish cemetery in Baden bei Wien, please let me
know. I just found in the IKG database the grave of my ggg-grandmother
Sophie Hoffmann geb. Biedermann (1822-1893) -- misspelled Sofie Hofmann in
the database and the phonetic search didn't work! -- at Row L2 Grave 423.

Randol Schoenberg
Los Angeles, CA

MODERATOR NOTE: Please respond privately


Prussian geography and statistics c. 1800 #poland

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

On the website of the Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library (http://kpbc.umk.pl)
are volumes one (http://kpbc.umk.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=623) and two
(http://kpbc.umk.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=726) of "Geographie und Statistik
von West- Sued- und Neu- Ostpreussen : nebst einer kurzen Geschichte des
Koenigreichs Polen bis zu dessen Zertheilung," by August Karl von Holsche,
published in Berlin in 1800 and 1804. (The file format in which these
appear, .DjVu, requires that they be viewed using a special viewer.
Instructions for downloading this viewer can be found in the archives of
this group.)

I am not qualified to fully assess the genealogical usefulness of these
works, but two points struck me while perusing their contents: 1) each
begins with a list of prenumeranten (pre-subscribers), which could be useful
to genealogists, though it is not clear to me whether any Jews are included;
and 2) beginning on image 397 (p. 385) of volume two, there is a list of
census statistics that includes the number of Jews for several places near
Leczyca (e.g., Gabin).

Perhaps, someone with sufficient expertise can more closely examine these
works and apprise us of their Jewish content?

Thanks very much to Edward Luft for publicizing this Digital Library's
website (and others) in his article in the most recent issue of Gen Dobry!,
the e-zine of PolishRoots.

Best regards,

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


JRI Poland #Poland Prussian geography and statistics c. 1800 #poland

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

On the website of the Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library (http://kpbc.umk.pl)
are volumes one (http://kpbc.umk.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=623) and two
(http://kpbc.umk.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=726) of "Geographie und Statistik
von West- Sued- und Neu- Ostpreussen : nebst einer kurzen Geschichte des
Koenigreichs Polen bis zu dessen Zertheilung," by August Karl von Holsche,
published in Berlin in 1800 and 1804. (The file format in which these
appear, .DjVu, requires that they be viewed using a special viewer.
Instructions for downloading this viewer can be found in the archives of
this group.)

I am not qualified to fully assess the genealogical usefulness of these
works, but two points struck me while perusing their contents: 1) each
begins with a list of prenumeranten (pre-subscribers), which could be useful
to genealogists, though it is not clear to me whether any Jews are included;
and 2) beginning on image 397 (p. 385) of volume two, there is a list of
census statistics that includes the number of Jews for several places near
Leczyca (e.g., Gabin).

Perhaps, someone with sufficient expertise can more closely examine these
works and apprise us of their Jewish content?

Thanks very much to Edward Luft for publicizing this Digital Library's
website (and others) in his article in the most recent issue of Gen Dobry!,
the e-zine of PolishRoots.

Best regards,

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