What happened on 7 March 1612 in Poznan? Mass death of Jews #general #poland

Gerson Sher

From multiple Ancestry records, there must have been a mass execution of Jews on 7 March 1612 in Poznan (some records say Prague, but it seems to have been Poznan). Does anyone have any information about this?

Re: First name of Zelik #names


Wondering if my great-grandfather name, FELIK (Weiner/Veiner) is derived from Zelik as well. He’s from Maramaros Sighet.


Lisa Bernath
Ivins, Utah USA

ViewMate translation request - POLISH #lodz #poland #translation


Thank you in advance....only a few letters left to translate from my grandfather's collection and need your help.

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Rachel Keiles Kessler Park
KEILES - Vilnius, Lodz, Warsaw
KESSLER - Starokonstantinov,
LURIE - Dvinsk
DUBIN(sky), NAGIN(sky) - Poltava,

Warsaw Okopowa Cemetery - Chana Miriam Karmazyn (1865-1932) #warsaw #holocaust


A documentary on the Warsaw Ghetto posted on the Deutsche Welle youtube channel includes this below image from 1942 of the grave of Chana Miriam Karmazyn. The grave is still standing today. The fellow standing there is likely a relative of hers.  

Her husband was named  Moshe Yosef (seems to be in error on the grave as Moshe Avraham) and they had a daughter Rochel Monder. I set up a small tree on Geni and not sure there are any relatives around for them anymore. 

Azreil Graeber, NY
(researching: Graber, Brainin/Brynin, Zeldman, Pajes, Payes, Mnuskin, Namiote, Nitke)

Re: Marguerite HERSCHER, possible orphan at Saint-Mande, France, 1943 #france #holocaust #photographs

David Choukroun

Dear Selma, 

I am living @ Saint Mandé- France -- 500m from this place were this well known pictures was taken

It looks like a classical pictures of classroom, but the yellow star on their clothes is making it tragic

This picture was used and reused in tons of books, like a symbol of their fate, but the real story of this school (and rafle) is not so common

There are a couple of references (all in French I am afraid)  like this one :

There is an annual ceremony -- with the official every year -- at the same adresse (no more a school)

Let me dig into the archives of Saint Mandé -- I remember to have seen somewhere the list of those girls -- may be only the ones you are listing here




tracing possible WW2 resistance fighters #general #romania

Aline Petzold

Hello All:
 I am wondering how to go about researching whether my father, Dr. Joseph Sternberg,  was fighting for the resistance during WW2.  He was a doctor in the Romanian army.  He suffered from terrible nightmares throughout his life although as a child my sister and I were sheltered from this fact.  He used to tell stories of the time he spent treating peasants in the Crimea and being paid for his services with fistfuls of caviar.  I  have also discovered a series of pictures taken at Ispas in Transnistria ( ex: a group of people standing in front of a train car), however, there is no record of his being held as a prisoner there.  My question: Is there a listing of resistance fighters somewhere, or an organization that has such records?
Thanks for your help.
Aline Sternberg Petzold
St. Paul MN

Re: Terkowsky, Russland on 1885 passenger manifest #general

Sally Bruckheimer

Looking at the Jewishgen Gazetteer rather than the Jewishgen Communities Database brings up several possibilities for Turkowski.
The Communities Database includes only the major Jewish Communities in Eastern Europe, with hundreds or thousands of Jews. The Gazetteer has all the little places the Jews may have lived in. Some of my ancestors lived in places with only 1 or 4 or 5 Jewish families (and the 5 families were, of course, related).
So any time I search, I use the Gazetteer. It will bring up the big Jewish Communities as well as tiny one. If you click on the icon for the big communities, you will get all the information that is there.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: DE BEERl Translation of Genealogy Report from German to English #germany #translation

Andreas Schwab

Excerpt from the ancestral list of the present family "de Beer".
According to the list of the Protected Jews of the " City of Emden" from 1752, the "Jew Beer" from Wiegboldsbuhr near Aurich in East Frisia obtains the right of residence in the city of Emden, also for his son "Samuel". The latter appears on later lists under the name Samuel Beer. The grandson Simon-Szimche-Symachon (Greek) Simon Wiebelsbuhr, also his Soan Isak- Jzrek Wiebelsbuhr, his children, but among them the grandfather Daniel under the name Simon de Beer.  
Hence the lineage since 1752 is  
Baer, Samuel, Simon, Isak, Daniel
 Children of Daniel: Isak, Julius, Simon, Rosalie, David, Adolf.
 In the Jewish community registers the family appears until 1848 under the name Wiebelsbuhr, then under de Beer.
 The Wiebelsbuhrs were addressed as Kozim (Samuel-Simon).
 Another line: Baer , Samuel, Simon, Jacob, Michel.
 It is highly probable that the ancestors are of "Spanish origin", because they came in 1740 from Amsterdam (Holland), where at that time there was a severe economic crisis, which badly affected the so-called Portuguese community of Amsterdam.  Many members became impoverished and came to the neighboring East Frisia (North Germany) including the da Silveira family (van der Walde), who had a family coat of arms.
 The wife of Siem Samuel Wiebelsbuhr was Christian, but became a very pious Jewess (good Jewess) in 1750. Hence the blond to some extent also very tall descendants.A son of this woman was over 2 meters tall and lived to be 97 years old.
 The de Beers were always livestock farmers, had large land holdings (no livestock traders) and lots of livestock, hence Kozinim, brought country products, butter, eggs, grain etc to the city. But once by mistaken instead of Erev Rosh-Hashanah they came to town on Yom Tov with their products.
 This is an excerpt from the church and community records.
Year 1937.
Translated with (free version)
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: First name of Zelik #names

Judy Petersen

I'm currently transcribing records from Slovakia near the current Polish border.  I have seen a couple of different variants on the "Zelig" theme (meaning their secular name was Solomon and their religious name started with a "Z") for the name Solomon, including Zanvel and Zimel. 
Judy Petersen
Fort Collins, CO, USA

Re: How to pay the Ukrainian Archives for research #ukraine

Susan H. Sachs

In addition to which archive (per Mark Friedman's comment) - did the person who sent the notice give his / her name?

Susan Sachs

Re: First name of Zelik #names

Israel P

Zelig is a Yiddish nickname that is formally associated with a number of different Hebrew given names, most commonly Asher and Yehoshua, but also a number of others as listed in Bet Shemuel, which is used for Jewish divorces.

Israel Pickholtz

My genealogy research is electric.
It follows the path of least resistance.

Re: Terkowsky, Russland on 1885 passenger manifest #general


Hallo Lee, 

The one thing that is certain is that Terkowsky was in Poland. Here are some suggestions 
A) Torhovytsia in present-day Ukraine

B) Three villages in Poland with the name Targowisko

Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: Tombstone translation #translation


Thank you for your replies. According to her death certificate she died on Dec 3, 1893. I believe that the year (1891) written on the stone was a mistake. 
Giannis Daropoulos 


Terkowsky, Russland on 1885 passenger manifest #general

Lee Jaffe

I'm hoping someone on this list might recognize the community referred to as Terkowsky, Russland on a 1885 steamship manifest sailing from Hamburg to Hull.  I've located a manifest record which may belong to my great-grandfather Joseph Schwartz:
Josef Schwarzstein. age 18, previous residence Terkowsky, Russland
bound for NYC via Hull via Liverpool
ship: Argo, departed 24 Nov 1885
Screen Shot 2021-01-29 at 1.08.32 PM.png 

As this is the first potential clue I've found about where my great-grandfather came from, I am hoping to track down that locality in order to follow up.  However, Terkowsky is not a community listed in JewishGen's Town Finder.  I am pursuing other lines of inquiry – e.g., Town Finder produces 3 names using the "fuzziest" search option which I am looking into via KehilahLinks and other sources.  But I hoped perhaps the community name Terkowsky might ring a bell: there is nothing like the collective knowledge of a large group with hands-on experience in such cases. 

Thank you for whatever help you can provide, 

Lee Jaffe
Schwartz/Schwartzstein/Schwartzman - ?

Re: Searching Maimon #usa


Hi Stuart, 

I do not know if you have seen Benjamin Maimon's obituary

According to this, he had two sons and a daughter. 

From what it appears your aunt  Lillian was not married before she married Benjamin. 
Giannis Daropoulos 


DE BEERl Translation of Genealogy Report from German to English #germany #translation

Hilary Osofsky

I am helping my son-in-law research his de BEER family from Emden, Germany, but am unable to translate the attached report, which was written in German. 

I would greatly appreciate if if someone could translate this into English for me.

Thanks very much.

Hilary Osofsky

Re: Hebrew and Yiddish names #galicia #usa #names #bessarabia


My father and a Pittsburgh rabbi that I know had Jewish names of Ariah Leib (Lion/Lion).  My Jewish name is Yitzhack Isaac.  When my grandfather told me that I thought that he was just translating Yitzhack into English.  Actually Isaac is Yiddish although Yitzhack is more common.  
Bob Malakoff
Pittsburgh, PA

Re: Question about funding Holocaust Documentaries #holocaust

Peter Cherna

Dear Moshe,

Hi from next door (Exton PA)

Using Kickstarter, this film-maker was able to raise about $20000 for a film about his grandmother's journey:

I do not know of institutions that can help, but I would recommend contacting as many of the major well-known institutions as possible. (I know this is not very profound advice.)


Peter Cherna, Exton PA (peter@...)
Researching CSERNA (Budapest, Székesfehérvár), GRUNFELD (Székesfehérvár), BRAUN, REINER (Budapest, Nyíregyháza, Máriapócs), EHRENFELD (Pozsony, Balassagyarmat) BRACK (Ipolykeszi)

Re: Tombstone translation #translation


As you say, this is difficult to read, but here is what I could make out.

Her Hebrew name was Leeba.

Her father's name began with ELI, possibly Elimelech.

Her husband's name was Yosef Geliznik.

The Hebrew date of death looks like the 24th day of the month of Kislev of the year 5655.

This is off by a few weeks from the secular date on the stone, December 3, 1894, which corresponds to the 5th or the 6th of Kislev, 5655.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: Ethical Responsibilities of Genealogical Organizations during the Global COVID-19 Pandemic #education #guidelines

Sarah L Meyer

We are not going to travel, and I will not fly until things are clearer.  Also the virtual conferences that I have attended were generally much BETTER for me because I have hearing problems, and there is no problem with curtains and speech from another room.  And yes, my husband and  I just had our first shot of Covid vaccine yesterday.  I am hoping to be able to see our son and two grandchildren by early summer.  It may be fall before we even consider going as far as Chicago to see our daughter.  So my vote, if I have one is for another Virtual conference.

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

4541 - 4560 of 659656