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Re: Benno: the name #general

Mark Halpern <willie46@...>
 

In some Galician records, I have noticed Benno or Beno to be the
secular name for the Hebrew name Benzion.

Mark Halpern

----- Original Message -----
I'm wondering what the history of the forename "Benno" is. Is
it a diminutive of Benjamin? Is it specifically Jewish, or
specifically German, or what? Anything you know might help.

Thanks

Benjamin Griffin

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Benno: the name #general

Mark Halpern <willie46@...>
 

In some Galician records, I have noticed Benno or Beno to be the
secular name for the Hebrew name Benzion.

Mark Halpern

----- Original Message -----
I'm wondering what the history of the forename "Benno" is. Is
it a diminutive of Benjamin? Is it specifically Jewish, or
specifically German, or what? Anything you know might help.

Thanks

Benjamin Griffin

Re: Benno: the name #general

MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 9/5/2002 5:54:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
bgriffin@... writes:

<< I'm wondering what the history of the forename "Benno" is. Is it a
diminutive of Benjamin? Is it specifically Jewish, >>

==Kaganoff says it's derived >from Benno, a Polish and Czech diminutive of
Ber (kinnuy for Dov and for Issachar). Beider doesn't mention the name at
all unless you count a very rare Medieval Benoye-->from the Biblical
Benayah.

Encyclopedia Judaica lists about a dozen people with the Benno name, one
of them as a contributor on many topics. His Hebrew name is given as Ben
Zion, and there's also a noted Israeli jurist, Benno/Benzion.

I'm pretty sure the name's been taken by quite a few Benjamins and
Benedicts (originally Baruch). I'm not sure that the Czech/Polish
derivation is the major one; it was quite a common name among "educated"
German Jews who generally did not want to associate with Slavic names.

Benno has a neat Italian sound and has probably been appropriated for that
reason by German Jews. It may have been a vogue name, especially for boys
named Yom-Tov, Shem-Tov, Tuviyah whose name includes the Hebrew Tov, for
"good."

It's not necessarily a Jewish name either: the Chief of Police in Nurnberg
during the German deportation of the Jews, was named Benno (apparently, he
had a "good" heart and was able to save quite a few Jews.)

Michael Bernet, New York <mBernet@...>

WOLFF (Pfungstadt, Frankfurt/M, Koenigsberg, Amsterdam, N.Carolina); BERNET,
BERNERT, JONDORF(Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg); FEUCHTWANGER
(Schwabach, Hagenbach & Fuerth); KONIGSHOFER (anywhere); BERG, WOLF(F),
(Demmelsdorf & Zeckendorf); Shim`on GUTENSTEIN (Bad Homburg ca 1760);
FRENSDORF/ER (anywhere); MAINZER (Lorsch); anyone in Ermreuth or Floss;
GOLDSCHMIDT (B. Homburg, Hessdorf). ALTMANN (Silesia); TIMMENDORFER

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Benno: the name #general

MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 9/5/2002 5:54:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
bgriffin@... writes:

<< I'm wondering what the history of the forename "Benno" is. Is it a
diminutive of Benjamin? Is it specifically Jewish, >>

==Kaganoff says it's derived >from Benno, a Polish and Czech diminutive of
Ber (kinnuy for Dov and for Issachar). Beider doesn't mention the name at
all unless you count a very rare Medieval Benoye-->from the Biblical
Benayah.

Encyclopedia Judaica lists about a dozen people with the Benno name, one
of them as a contributor on many topics. His Hebrew name is given as Ben
Zion, and there's also a noted Israeli jurist, Benno/Benzion.

I'm pretty sure the name's been taken by quite a few Benjamins and
Benedicts (originally Baruch). I'm not sure that the Czech/Polish
derivation is the major one; it was quite a common name among "educated"
German Jews who generally did not want to associate with Slavic names.

Benno has a neat Italian sound and has probably been appropriated for that
reason by German Jews. It may have been a vogue name, especially for boys
named Yom-Tov, Shem-Tov, Tuviyah whose name includes the Hebrew Tov, for
"good."

It's not necessarily a Jewish name either: the Chief of Police in Nurnberg
during the German deportation of the Jews, was named Benno (apparently, he
had a "good" heart and was able to save quite a few Jews.)

Michael Bernet, New York <mBernet@...>

WOLFF (Pfungstadt, Frankfurt/M, Koenigsberg, Amsterdam, N.Carolina); BERNET,
BERNERT, JONDORF(Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg); FEUCHTWANGER
(Schwabach, Hagenbach & Fuerth); KONIGSHOFER (anywhere); BERG, WOLF(F),
(Demmelsdorf & Zeckendorf); Shim`on GUTENSTEIN (Bad Homburg ca 1760);
FRENSDORF/ER (anywhere); MAINZER (Lorsch); anyone in Ermreuth or Floss;
GOLDSCHMIDT (B. Homburg, Hessdorf). ALTMANN (Silesia); TIMMENDORFER

Help JewishGen to Help You in the New Year #yiddish

David Harris <dharris1@...>
 

Dear Friends:

As we prepare to celebrate the New Year, please take a moment to consider
that JewishGen provides us with the vital source for our ongoing
genealogical research. JewishGen is still one of the only free
genealogical sites - free to us, but not free to JewishGen who must bear
the monthly expense of providing all the resources we use daily without a
second thought. These are costs that must be met to overcome the current
shortfall.

To continue as a public service institution, JewishGen has launched the
first Annual New Year Donor Appeal. The goal is to raise $300,000 to carry
us through to the end of 2002 and to acquire the necessary hardware and
software applications for improved databases scheduled to begin going
online by October. There are two million records >from Yad Vashem and other
sources waiting to be made available to us!

Hopefully, our group has provided a useful service to its members. I know
that some of you have been successful in your search for information about
family members who were active on the Yiddish Stage or in Vaudeville and
to keep up this service takes money.

The financial support of each and every one of us is needed if JewishGen
is to continue as the only free site for Jewish genealogical research.
Give what you can afford, be it $25, the suggested annual minimum, or $100
(or more) which will enroll you in the JGFFAlert. This is a system that
informs you via immediate e-mail if another researcher enters data into
the JGFF that has the potential of linking to your family names.

Please go now to
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml. With your
permission, your name will be listed on a special 2002 Annual New Year
Donor Appeal recognition site. We are asking that all our users make a
donation to the very best of their financial ability. Consider scheduling
a monthly deduction >from your credit card if this works best for you.

On behalf of JewishGen and our Research Group our very best wishes for a
healthy, happy and peaceful New Year.

David Harris, Moderator Yiddish Theater & Vaudeville Research Group.

Yiddish Theatre and Vadeville #YiddishTheatre Help JewishGen to Help You in the New Year #yiddish

David Harris <dharris1@...>
 

Dear Friends:

As we prepare to celebrate the New Year, please take a moment to consider
that JewishGen provides us with the vital source for our ongoing
genealogical research. JewishGen is still one of the only free
genealogical sites - free to us, but not free to JewishGen who must bear
the monthly expense of providing all the resources we use daily without a
second thought. These are costs that must be met to overcome the current
shortfall.

To continue as a public service institution, JewishGen has launched the
first Annual New Year Donor Appeal. The goal is to raise $300,000 to carry
us through to the end of 2002 and to acquire the necessary hardware and
software applications for improved databases scheduled to begin going
online by October. There are two million records >from Yad Vashem and other
sources waiting to be made available to us!

Hopefully, our group has provided a useful service to its members. I know
that some of you have been successful in your search for information about
family members who were active on the Yiddish Stage or in Vaudeville and
to keep up this service takes money.

The financial support of each and every one of us is needed if JewishGen
is to continue as the only free site for Jewish genealogical research.
Give what you can afford, be it $25, the suggested annual minimum, or $100
(or more) which will enroll you in the JGFFAlert. This is a system that
informs you via immediate e-mail if another researcher enters data into
the JGFF that has the potential of linking to your family names.

Please go now to
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml. With your
permission, your name will be listed on a special 2002 Annual New Year
Donor Appeal recognition site. We are asking that all our users make a
donation to the very best of their financial ability. Consider scheduling
a monthly deduction >from your credit card if this works best for you.

On behalf of JewishGen and our Research Group our very best wishes for a
healthy, happy and peaceful New Year.

David Harris, Moderator Yiddish Theater & Vaudeville Research Group.

Re: EIDB success #general

Joan Parker <housemom@...>
 

I don't know the answer, but I do know the same thing happened to me, and
recently too.

It would seem to me that new info is being put into the databases all the
time as it becomes available. As a volunteer with Joel Weintraub for the
One-Step census and Howard Relles for listing passengers info I know that
more info is being made available as we complete each project we are
working on.

So I would suggest to all that when we have no info today, tomorrow is
another day to quote Scarlett O'Hara.

Joan Parker
Miami, FL
Searching: GOLDBERG and GOODSTEIN-Plock, Poland/Russia and Brooklyn, NY;
PINKUS and WINOGRAD-Odessa, Ukraine and Brooklyn, NY; GELFAND-Minsk and
Bronx, NY; YEHUDIS; KATZ, Bronx, NY

As soon as it bacame available on-line, I accessed the EIDB to find my
mgf, Barnett LEVINE. The scan for the Vaderland, June 25, 1906, however,
was not available. I have periodically checked back, still with no luck.
With the unfortunate demise of the Morse sites, I thought I'd try again.
To my amazement and delight, it appeared today!!

1910 or 1920 occupation codes #general

Joan Parker <housemom@...>
 

A while back a Genner wrote that he/she didn't know what the numbers were
at the very far right of the 1910 or maybe the 1920 census. I wrote then
that someone had sent a website that had a link to the codes and I asked
if anyone knew what it was, please let us know.

Well! It was under my nose all the time, sort of. I had saved it to a
file and just came across it a few minutes ago while looking for
something else.

So my dear Genners, here it is:

Below is a link to occupation codes others may find of use.

http://www.ipums.umn.edu/usa/volii/92occup.html

and this was to 1920 and others

Joan Parker
Miami, FL
Searching: GOLDBERG and GOODSTEIN-Plock, Poland/Russia and Brooklyn, NY;
PINKUS and WINOGRAD-Odessa, Ukraine and Brooklyn, NY; GELFAND-Minsk and
Bronx, NY; YEHUDIS; KATZ, Bronx, NY

New yizkor book for Siret, Romania #general

Gary Mokotoff <mokotoff@...>
 

There is a new yizkor book for Siret, Romania "Die sprechenden Steine von
Siret" (The Speaking Tombstones of Siret). Information about it can be
found at http://keplerweb.oeh.uni-linz.ac.at/~web99589/

Gary Mokotoff

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: EIDB success #general

Joan Parker <housemom@...>
 

I don't know the answer, but I do know the same thing happened to me, and
recently too.

It would seem to me that new info is being put into the databases all the
time as it becomes available. As a volunteer with Joel Weintraub for the
One-Step census and Howard Relles for listing passengers info I know that
more info is being made available as we complete each project we are
working on.

So I would suggest to all that when we have no info today, tomorrow is
another day to quote Scarlett O'Hara.

Joan Parker
Miami, FL
Searching: GOLDBERG and GOODSTEIN-Plock, Poland/Russia and Brooklyn, NY;
PINKUS and WINOGRAD-Odessa, Ukraine and Brooklyn, NY; GELFAND-Minsk and
Bronx, NY; YEHUDIS; KATZ, Bronx, NY

As soon as it bacame available on-line, I accessed the EIDB to find my
mgf, Barnett LEVINE. The scan for the Vaderland, June 25, 1906, however,
was not available. I have periodically checked back, still with no luck.
With the unfortunate demise of the Morse sites, I thought I'd try again.
To my amazement and delight, it appeared today!!

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen 1910 or 1920 occupation codes #general

Joan Parker <housemom@...>
 

A while back a Genner wrote that he/she didn't know what the numbers were
at the very far right of the 1910 or maybe the 1920 census. I wrote then
that someone had sent a website that had a link to the codes and I asked
if anyone knew what it was, please let us know.

Well! It was under my nose all the time, sort of. I had saved it to a
file and just came across it a few minutes ago while looking for
something else.

So my dear Genners, here it is:

Below is a link to occupation codes others may find of use.

http://www.ipums.umn.edu/usa/volii/92occup.html

and this was to 1920 and others

Joan Parker
Miami, FL
Searching: GOLDBERG and GOODSTEIN-Plock, Poland/Russia and Brooklyn, NY;
PINKUS and WINOGRAD-Odessa, Ukraine and Brooklyn, NY; GELFAND-Minsk and
Bronx, NY; YEHUDIS; KATZ, Bronx, NY

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen New yizkor book for Siret, Romania #general

Gary Mokotoff <mokotoff@...>
 

There is a new yizkor book for Siret, Romania "Die sprechenden Steine von
Siret" (The Speaking Tombstones of Siret). Information about it can be
found at http://keplerweb.oeh.uni-linz.ac.at/~web99589/

Gary Mokotoff

SHLEIFERMAN in Chernovitz #ukraine

Florence Gurwin <fgurwin@...>
 

I just found some old letters that belonged to my father. They were sent
in 1972 & 1973 and they were written in Yiddish >from his sister-in-law
Ethel(I think) SHLEIFERMAN, the widow of Viktor. At that time, her address
was (I'm writing >from what I was told about the translation of Russian
from slips of paper contained within the letter): Chernovitz, Caral
Liepclient St. #12, house 8. The name given was Ethel or Esther bas
Shulem. These letters were not mailed >from Chernovitz but appear by the
return address on the envelopes to have been forwarded >from someone by the
name of LANG at 4972 De La Peltrie, Montreal, Que.

Based on my memory >from years ago, I seem to recall that Lang may be a
sister to Ethel. If Ethel is still alive, she would be quite elderly, but
I believe she had 2 sons who, most likely, would be in their late 50s or
early 60s. They would be my first cousins. If anyone has any information
or could help in finding additional information, I would be most
appreciative. This is the first clue I've found in tracing my family on my
fasther's side.

Florence Gurwin
Columbus, OH
fgurwin@...

Researching: SHLEIFERMAN (Ukraine), PEISACHOW, PEISACHOV, PEISACHOVITZ,
BAKER(Belarus)

Ukraine SIG #Ukraine SHLEIFERMAN in Chernovitz #ukraine

Florence Gurwin <fgurwin@...>
 

I just found some old letters that belonged to my father. They were sent
in 1972 & 1973 and they were written in Yiddish >from his sister-in-law
Ethel(I think) SHLEIFERMAN, the widow of Viktor. At that time, her address
was (I'm writing >from what I was told about the translation of Russian
from slips of paper contained within the letter): Chernovitz, Caral
Liepclient St. #12, house 8. The name given was Ethel or Esther bas
Shulem. These letters were not mailed >from Chernovitz but appear by the
return address on the envelopes to have been forwarded >from someone by the
name of LANG at 4972 De La Peltrie, Montreal, Que.

Based on my memory >from years ago, I seem to recall that Lang may be a
sister to Ethel. If Ethel is still alive, she would be quite elderly, but
I believe she had 2 sons who, most likely, would be in their late 50s or
early 60s. They would be my first cousins. If anyone has any information
or could help in finding additional information, I would be most
appreciative. This is the first clue I've found in tracing my family on my
fasther's side.

Florence Gurwin
Columbus, OH
fgurwin@...

Researching: SHLEIFERMAN (Ukraine), PEISACHOW, PEISACHOV, PEISACHOVITZ,
BAKER(Belarus)

location of Kreviniatz #ukraine

Andrew Blumberg <ajb61@...>
 

Hello all,

Can anyone tell me is they have ever heard of a town called Kreviniatz
in Ukraine, and where it is located?

thanks,

Andrew Blumberg

Searching
BLUMBERG: Bielsk Podlaski, Grodno Gubernia, Poland; EDELSTEIN /
ADELSTEIN: in or near Bessarabia; EIDUS / EIDUSS / AIDUS / AIDUSS / ADUS
/ EDUS: Dvinsk & Riga, Latvia; GOLDMAN: Kolki, Ukraine; GERMAN / GURMAN:
Bessarabia; GILMAN: Ukraine (Kolki); KAPLAN: Bielsk Podlaski, Grodno
Gubernia, Poland; KAPLAN: Kolki, Ukraine; LASKOWITZ: near Vilnius,
Lithuania; RICHMAN: Radomyshl, Ukraine; RITZ/RITS: Drissa & Miori,
Belarus; HIMELFARB / HIMMELFARB / GIMMELFARB: Kovel, Ukraine; KIPELMAN /
KIPPELMAN / KIPILMAN: Kolki, Ukraine, and Lutsk (Luck), Poland

Ukraine SIG #Ukraine location of Kreviniatz #ukraine

Andrew Blumberg <ajb61@...>
 

Hello all,

Can anyone tell me is they have ever heard of a town called Kreviniatz
in Ukraine, and where it is located?

thanks,

Andrew Blumberg

Searching
BLUMBERG: Bielsk Podlaski, Grodno Gubernia, Poland; EDELSTEIN /
ADELSTEIN: in or near Bessarabia; EIDUS / EIDUSS / AIDUS / AIDUSS / ADUS
/ EDUS: Dvinsk & Riga, Latvia; GOLDMAN: Kolki, Ukraine; GERMAN / GURMAN:
Bessarabia; GILMAN: Ukraine (Kolki); KAPLAN: Bielsk Podlaski, Grodno
Gubernia, Poland; KAPLAN: Kolki, Ukraine; LASKOWITZ: near Vilnius,
Lithuania; RICHMAN: Radomyshl, Ukraine; RITZ/RITS: Drissa & Miori,
Belarus; HIMELFARB / HIMMELFARB / GIMMELFARB: Kovel, Ukraine; KIPELMAN /
KIPPELMAN / KIPILMAN: Kolki, Ukraine, and Lutsk (Luck), Poland

JewishGen and H-SIG Need Your Support Now! #hungary

Vivian Kahn
 

Dear Friends:

As we prepare to celebrate the New Year, please take a moment to
consider the wonderful benefit that you have received during the
past year >from JewishGen. . JewishGen is the vital source for our
ongoing genealogical research and remains one of the only
genealogical sites that is available without any cost to all of us
users. Unfortunately, JewishGen's services do have a cost to those
who must bear the monthly expense of providing all the resources we
use daily without a second thought. At this time, JewishGen needs
your support to overcome a substantial budget shortfall and continue
providing the service many of us take for granted.

In order to make it possible for JewishGen to continue as a public
service institution, we have launched the first Annual New Year Donor
Appeal. The goal is to raise $300,000 to carry us through to the end
of 2002 and to acquire the necessary hardware and software
applications for improved databases scheduled to begin going online
by October. There are two million records >from Yad Vashem and other
sources waiting to be made available to us along with thousands of
other records of particular interest to all of us in the Hungarian
SIG!

H-SIG's most exciting project is the creation of an All Hungary
Database that will make it possible to search for names and places in
a consolidated index of Hungarian records. The first series of
records >from the 1828 Census is also ready to go on-line. JewishGen
resource problems have also delayed the publication of thousands of
burial records including 2,000 records >from the Jewish cemetery in
Sighet.

I am pleased to report that H-SIG members who attended the
International Jewish Genealogy conference in Toronto made personal
contributions that totalled more than $1200 to help provide JewishGen
with the resources needed to upload these important resources and
continue providing services that are vital to our research including
support for our H-SIG mail list. We matched these generous personal
contributions with a donation >from H-SIG's operating funds.

Now is the time for those of you who weren't in Toronto to join us
and help to ensure that JewishGen remains the #1 resource for Jewish
roots researchers. The financial support of each and every one of us
is needed if JewishGen is to continue as the only free site for
Jewish genealogical research. Give what you can afford, be it $25,
the suggested annual minimum, or $100 (or more) which will enroll you
in the JGFFAlert. This is a system that informs you via immediate
e-mail if another researcher enters data into the JGFF that has the
potential of linking to your family names.

Please take a moment to click on
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml and make
a donation. With your permission, your name will be listed on a
special 2002 Annual New Year Donor Appeal recognition site. You can
make your contribution in one donation of, if installment payments
work better for you, schedule a monthly deduction >from your credit
card.

On behalf of JewishGen and the Hungarian SIG, l'shana tova! Boldog
uj evet kivanok! And our very best wishes for a healthy, happy and
peaceful New Year to you and yours.

Vivian Kahn, H-SIG Coordinator

Hungary SIG #Hungary JewishGen and H-SIG Need Your Support Now! #hungary

Vivian Kahn
 

Dear Friends:

As we prepare to celebrate the New Year, please take a moment to
consider the wonderful benefit that you have received during the
past year >from JewishGen. . JewishGen is the vital source for our
ongoing genealogical research and remains one of the only
genealogical sites that is available without any cost to all of us
users. Unfortunately, JewishGen's services do have a cost to those
who must bear the monthly expense of providing all the resources we
use daily without a second thought. At this time, JewishGen needs
your support to overcome a substantial budget shortfall and continue
providing the service many of us take for granted.

In order to make it possible for JewishGen to continue as a public
service institution, we have launched the first Annual New Year Donor
Appeal. The goal is to raise $300,000 to carry us through to the end
of 2002 and to acquire the necessary hardware and software
applications for improved databases scheduled to begin going online
by October. There are two million records >from Yad Vashem and other
sources waiting to be made available to us along with thousands of
other records of particular interest to all of us in the Hungarian
SIG!

H-SIG's most exciting project is the creation of an All Hungary
Database that will make it possible to search for names and places in
a consolidated index of Hungarian records. The first series of
records >from the 1828 Census is also ready to go on-line. JewishGen
resource problems have also delayed the publication of thousands of
burial records including 2,000 records >from the Jewish cemetery in
Sighet.

I am pleased to report that H-SIG members who attended the
International Jewish Genealogy conference in Toronto made personal
contributions that totalled more than $1200 to help provide JewishGen
with the resources needed to upload these important resources and
continue providing services that are vital to our research including
support for our H-SIG mail list. We matched these generous personal
contributions with a donation >from H-SIG's operating funds.

Now is the time for those of you who weren't in Toronto to join us
and help to ensure that JewishGen remains the #1 resource for Jewish
roots researchers. The financial support of each and every one of us
is needed if JewishGen is to continue as the only free site for
Jewish genealogical research. Give what you can afford, be it $25,
the suggested annual minimum, or $100 (or more) which will enroll you
in the JGFFAlert. This is a system that informs you via immediate
e-mail if another researcher enters data into the JGFF that has the
potential of linking to your family names.

Please take a moment to click on
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml and make
a donation. With your permission, your name will be listed on a
special 2002 Annual New Year Donor Appeal recognition site. You can
make your contribution in one donation of, if installment payments
work better for you, schedule a monthly deduction >from your credit
card.

On behalf of JewishGen and the Hungarian SIG, l'shana tova! Boldog
uj evet kivanok! And our very best wishes for a healthy, happy and
peaceful New Year to you and yours.

Vivian Kahn, H-SIG Coordinator

Nyitra Archives Records #hungary

Vivian Kahn
 

As promised, I contacted the Family History Library regarding status
of Nyitra archives records. Daniel Schlyter, the FHL's Collection
Development Specialist for Eastern Europe, reports that very little
of the Nitra vital records have yet been cataloged. He says that the
cataloger is still working on a backlog of census records. He will
try to find out when they expect to start cataloging the vital
records >from this archive.

Vivian Kahn

Success story - just in time for the New Year! #hungary

Marilyn Sheridan <marilyns@...>
 

Dear members of JewishGen Discussion Group, and BohMor SIG, France SIG,
Galicia SIG, and Hungary SIG,

Thanks to JewishGen (and to some other wonderful Jewish organizations) I
have recently found lost family in Budapest!

Not long before my father died, he mentioned that when he was a young child,
his mother would take him by train >from Vienna to visit his C******* cousins
in Budapest. He had three girl cousins, all older than himself. He
remembered only the first name of one cousin, and that another cousin had
married a man with the surname R*****.

My father could not tell me how he was related to these cousins, but I
suspected that his own mother and the mother of the cousins were sisters.
This proved to be correct, as I found when I looked recently in a book
called "Counted Remnant: Register of the Jewish Survivors in Budapest" that
was published in Budapest in 1946.

When I searched the list under "R" for the name R*****, I found a woman by
that name. As is done for each survivor in this record, she listed her own
mother's maiden name. That was my big clue: it was the same maiden surname
as that of my father's mother. Moreover, Mrs. R***** listed her mother's
first name. So, for the first time, I knew a name my father had not been
able to remember - the first name of his mother's sister.

My next step was to scan the same list for any children of Mrs. R*****. I
found two sons, who identified the maiden name of their mother as the former
Miss C*******, and their current home address as the same one where their
mother currently lived.

In an on-line telephone book of Hungary, I found only 5 people with the
surname R*****, and with one of the two first names. I wrote by snail-mail
to the only one in Budapest, including a photocopy of the relevant page of
"Counted Remnant" and a genealogy tree to show how we might be related.

You can imagine my thrill to receive a reply by snail mail! This was indeed
my second cousin. My father's mother and his mother's mother were sisters.
(Those sisters were daughters of Avraham Zvi Hersch BEUTEL the Hosid, who
was born in Skalat on April 16, 1852 and died in Vienna on May 7, 1936. I
can not find further information about him; so if anyone knows where I can
look, I would be happy to receive suggestions. The IKG Wien has no further
information; and I can not find out where Skalat records might be -
apparently they are not in Skalat - if any have indeed survived to this
day.)

The daughter of BEUTEL who lived in Budapest became the mother of three
daughters of her own. One was the mother of the the two R***** brothers
whom I discovered very recently. The second moved with her family to
France; my father lived with them >from the time he fled Vienna in 1938 until
the battle of Dunkirk in 1940; alas, I have confirmed (Klarsfeld) that all
perished at Auschwitz. The third sister (probably the oldest) and her
family may have moved to France, but they or some children may have stayed
in Hungary. No one seems to know or remember their surname.

It turns out that the wife of the younger R***** brother has cousins in Las
Vegas; they are very close, and telephone each other several times a month.
The younger R***** brother told his cousins about the letter that I had sent
to the older brother. A few weeks ago, the younger brother and his wife
traveled to Las Vegas to visit these cousins. Because I live in nearby
Tucson, I went to meet them. It was instant family!

The younger brother speaks only Hungarian; and because his wife is a
Hungarian government worker, their number is not in the telephone book for
reasons of privacy. The cousins in Las Vegas are multilingual (the wife
survived Bergen-Belsen, the husband was a partisan) and every word back and
forth had to be translated - but with such warmth and joy! My cousin hugs
just like my father did; we could not stop hugging each other. We had a
huge traditional Czechoslovakian / Hungarian dinner!

The younger brother knows little about his past, because his mother, who
died only a few years ago, could not bear to talk about her losses,
including the murders of her husband and father. His older brother, also,
finds it hard to talk about those times. The earliest memory of the brother
I met, is the occasion when Jews were herded brutally toward a ghetto in
Budapest; a soldier shoved his beloved grandfather, who could not move
"quickly enough", making him fall down, and then shot him on the spot.

When the Nazis demanded that Jews join the labor battalions, the older son
tried to convince his father that they should run away together and join the
partisans. The father said he was a WWI veteran, this was his fate, etc. -
and paid for this with his life, as did so many other decent Jews. The
older son fled, and survived as a partisan.

The younger son and his mother were saved by the extraordinary and
unforgettable heroism of Raoul Wallenberg; they lived in one of the
safe-houses till the end of WWII.

The younger son brought to Las Vegas a stack of ancient photographs; he had
found them in his mother's room after she died. She had never shown them to
him, or talked about them with him. He had planned to leave all of them
with me, so that I could photograph them and then mail them back to him.
But in the end, he could not bear to part with any that showed his father,
whom he does not remember at all. He also hung on to all the photos of his
mother. I find it very touching that he is such a devoted son.

However, he agreed to lend me photos that showed people he did not know. I
could not believe what I saw! There was a photo of my father at about 3
years old, with his mother and older sister, similar to the one SIGAL family
photo my father had been able to save. There were several photos of the two
sisters of the mother of the R***** brothers, each with spouses and / or
children. I knew who these people were, only because names on the backs of
some photos were those my father had mentioned. I was able to tell my
cousin, "This was your aunt! These were your little cousins!"

Some of the other photos showed a person or persons whose name on the back I
do not know; others provided no name or information, and I did not recognize
the person. But I found a wonderful turn-of-the-century photo of the
exquisite eldest aunt of the R***** brothers, with her three sparklingly
beautiful little children - and their first names are on the back of the
photo. Any such clue is a help in further research!

Now I must visit my cousins in Budapest, in order to meet all of them and
their families, and to see the rest of the photographs! I still have a
thousand questions, and I want to find more family. More important, we are
alive and we need to celebrate life. I must locate a person who speaks both
Hungarian and English, and with whom all of us can feel comfortable in
Budapest and / or Vienna.

I have found these relatives in large part due to the existence of JewishGen
and its various SIGs and sources of information. Thank you, also, to the
dozens of Genners and SIGgers who have helped me with all kinds of advice; I
have tried to thank each of you personally. My financial contribution will
be on its way to JewishGen.

Shana Tova to all. May we see peace in Israel and throughout the world,
this year.

Marilyn Sheridan (Miriam SIGAL)
Tucson, AZ, USA

Moderator VK: Thank you so much for sharing your story. Yet another example of why it's essential that we keep JewishGen financially healthy. Can you tell us where you found the register of Jewish survivors in Budapest? I suspect that other H-SIG subscribers would find this resource very helpful for their research.