Austria will Allow Descendants of Holocaust Victims to Receive Citizenship Beginning September 1st #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen




I previously posted about the Austrian Parliament enacting on 19 September 2019 an amendment to the Austrian Nationality Act extending citizenship to descendants of victims of the Nazis. The law becomes effective September 1, 2020.


An announcement is from the Austrian Embassy in Israel. Before an amendment to Austria’s citizenship law ratified last September, only survivors were entitled to receive citizenship, and then only if they left Austria due to Nazi persecution before May 1945.  The application process will be free.


The amendment is “in line with Austria’s ongoing endeavor for reconciliation with all those who suffered under the totalitarian Nazi-regime in Austria,” Austria’s government website states (


Eligibility is for all direct descendants of victims of Nazi-persecution in Austria who will be eligible to claim Austrian citizenship, while keeping their present nationality. Austria also widely extended the definition of victim of Nazi-persecution so that now more persons fall within the ambit of this provision. The Austrian ancestor had to be subject to persecution by associations of the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers’ Party) or other authorities of the so-called “Third Reich” or had reason to fear such persecution.


A new deadline has been set as to the date of departure of the victims of Nazi-persecution from Austria: all victims will be eligible, if they left Austria before 15 May 1955. Before the date was set at 9 May 1945.


It is not necessary that the ancestor reclaimed and regained Austrian citizenship nor that all descendants of this person apply. Every descendant is eligible without reference to any other claimant or citizen.


The process can be initiated at your Austrian Embassy or Consulate General of residence abroad or directly at the competent Austrian provincial authority (“Landesregierung”).


Normally Austrians lose their Austrian citizenship when they apply for citizenship in another country.

to read more see:


I have no further information than what is included in this post and the links included within the posts.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Partial solution found to transcribing audio or video memoirs / testimonies #translation

David Lewin

I am at the moment trying to use voice dictation in order to input onto the computer some German sound recordings

I can already "feel" the hours of tidying up ......

will try  <>.
Have not done so yet because I know I need to find a stretch of available, uninterrupted time


At 16:46 04/08/2020, Emily Rosenberg wrote:
Thank you so much for these two pathways. For recording histories now The Jewish Women�s Archive ( has developed an app called Story Aperture which gives interview prompts and a platform for recording and storing. Seems it would be a great inter-generational project to do remotely during quarantine. I can even imagine siblings interviewing each other to leave a record for future generations u

Re: Birth Record from Kishinev YOSEF Meylman #bessarabia #romania

Yoram Millman

Thank you Yefim,

As you can see, I also got earlier from Alan Shuchat a step by step instructions how to trace the record.
I looked at the record but  the link to crack the wall is missing.
None of the family names I mentioned in my original inquiry appear,
Are there other records to search for like Census reports /

I am impressed of the quick response I am getting from the group. Looking forward seeking your support.
Thank You !Stay safe !


Re: Where did the term Galitziana come from?#general

Barbara Ellman

The Galicia in Eastern Europe was a kingdom in early 1200s  well before the Inquisition and dispersal of Jews from Iberia.
Per Wikipedia - The area was  named after the medieval city of Halych,

Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

Re: Where did the term Galitziana come from? #general

Harry Green

Maybe from the Romania town Galati which is located on the Danube River before it enters the Black Sea.
Harry Green

Re: Ariogala 1784 Poll Tax Question #lithuania

Jeremy Lichtman

I forgot to add: the family were Cohanim. They adopted the surname Shapiro circa 1826, but family tradition says they were not "real" Shapiros.

Philip Aurenbach and his files #records

tammy adler

Does anyone have any information about Philip Auerenbach and the files he kept on Jewish victims he tried to help

Online trees #general

Max Heffler

I have had my trees online for about 13 years with no negative consequences. Quite the opposite. It has allowed me to meet in-person with cousins I hadn’t even known about. Collaborating on geni, Ancestry & MyHeritage since 2008, becoming a geni curator, my many volunteer projects I have done and am doing for JewishGen, as well as DNA testing at 23andMe, FTDNA and Ancestry and managing 35+ others’ DNA profiles, have provided me a rich family I would not have otherwise known. Attending the annual IAJGS conference is a family reunion for me.

Max Heffler


Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

Ariogala 1784 Poll Tax Question #lithuania

Jeremy Lichtman

One of the signatories of the 1784 Poll Tax record for Ariogala is listed as follows (translation from the LitvakSIG extract file):

Chackiel Yankielowicz (father a rabbi) - "thus sayeth R'Yekhezkel (Ezekiel), son of the high rabbi, R'Yakov (Jacob) (father deceased)."

The same person (who appears to be my 7th gg) is also listed on the 1765 Poll Tax record as:

Chackiel Jankielowicz, Starszy (i.e. community elder)

Based on the age of his children in the records, he must have been born circa 1700.

I'm wondering who Rabbi Jacob is though. The 1784 language seems to imply that his identity would have been obvious. Anyone have a clue?

Lublin & Zamosc Area BOF Meeting at the IAJGS Virtual 2020 Conference #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Shelley K. Pollero

Lublin & Zamosc Area BOF Meeting at the IAJGS Virtual 2020 Conference

The Lublin & Zamosc Area BOF will meet virtually on Thursday, August 13, from 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm, U.S. Eastern time. (11:45 am - 12:45 pm Pacific, 7:45 - 8:45 pm UK, 8:45 - 9:45 pm Central Europe, 9:45 -10:45 pm Israel, 4:45 - 5:45 am next day Australia).

Please join us for networking, research updates and information about your Lublin and Zamosc area towns! The meeting is open to all; you do not have to be a paid conference attendee to join in. However, whether or not you’ve paid for the conference, you do need to register to attend this and other “Free Access Sessions.” Please read more below.


Go to the Attendee Service Center on the conference website (, sign in, and select “Update Your Info.” Then click “Edit” and page through your registration until you reach the listing of free sessions. Select your choices, then be sure to continue to the end of the registration to save them.


If you have not registered for the conference and want to have access to SIG and BOF meetings and other free events, go to and register for the Virtual Limited Access Conference. Select your choices, then be sure to continue to the end of the registration to save them.

If you have already registered for limited free access but did not select the meetings you want to attend, please go back and edit your registration to include your choices. Follow through to the end of the registration to save them.

We hope that you will be able to attend the Lublin & Zamosc Area BOF meeting.

For more information about the conference see or . Registration questions/problems? Contact registration@....

For information about the Lublin & Zamosc Area BOF, contact rkpollero@....

Shelley K. Pollero and Robinn Magid
Shelley K. Pollero
Severna Park, Maryland

Housing Family Trees for FREE #general


The last place you want to put your data is on a site that contacts you and asks you to do so.  This is what a phishing attack in a genealogical context would look like.  If Moishe Miller knows the person who invited him use "FamilyEcho," he should find out how that person came to know about it, and see whether it traces back to a credible source.
Yale Zussman

Korshak executed in Rovno #russia


My aunt, Leah Stern was executed in Rovno in 1941. I have learned that her husband's family name was Korshak and that he was also executed. Does anybody have any knowledge or connection to this Korshak family?

Re: military notbook #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

These stamps are for military retraining for military in reserve:
one says 1911 Khotin uezd, Military gathering
second same for 1912


Photo Vienna Jewish Cemetery Gate 4 #austria-czech #photographs

Daniela Torsh

Could some kind person please take a photograph of a grave at the
Zentralfriedhof for me?
Heinrich Neumann born in Lvov in October 1913 died in Vienna in 1941.
According to JewishGen JOWBR he is buried in the Gate 4 Jewish cemetery in
Grp 21, Row 38, Grave no 46. I am not sure there is a headstone but even if
there were not I would like to see a photo of the site please.
A friend wants to have Heinrich added to the Shoah Wall in Vienna and is
trying to convince the IKG that her uncle was a Shoah victim.
Many thanks in advance.
Daniela Torsh
Researching THORSCH in Vienna and Prague and Brno and Boskovice

Re: Birth Record from Kishinev YOSEF Meylman #bessarabia #romania

Yefim Kogan


this is in ancestors website,  but if you go to and do a search for same person, you will get also a link to an image at FHL collection.
It might not be easy to find exact image, but it tells you the microfilm #, Item #... from the link you go directly to the beginning of that Microfilm at FHL...  slide to Item # (=2) and you also have the registration # of the record M39, and that you could find...
I downloaded the image you need, and attaching it here.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
born in Kishinev

Re: Seeking ECHTMAN/ACHTMAN/KAMINSKY #russia #usa


My first cousin's father was David Echtman, born in Vinnytsya, Russia (now Ukraine) in 1908. He lived in the Bronx, New York and died in 1969. His father was Yisroyl Echtman. His grandfather was Chaim Echtman.

Re: Why would my Grandfather travel under his older brother's name? #names

Eva Lawrence

Emigration passes cost money. If you'd paid for a pass for one family
member, they might well send the pass back to be used again.

Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: military notbook #bessarabia

Eva Lawrence

I also have the military record book of my grandfather. In his case it
was for his service as a private in the French army in the 1890s and was
issued by the French government of the time. . I thought that he only
kept it out of nostalgia, but on further consideration, he would have
needed it to obtain a permit to leave France and settle in Germany to
marry my grandmother. She kept his jubilant telegram saying that at
last he was free!
Presumably Adrian Koifman's grandfather had to show his book to the
Russian embassy to prove that he had emigrated legally and get their
suppor. His book, too would be an official document....

I'm sure that any soldier in any country would have an official record
book of his military service. And if military service was obligatory in
his country, he would have to show that he had fulfilled that
obligation, or be subject to a court trial and a fine or prison should
he be caught by the police. ,
One of my mother's great-uncles was in fact on a police list for
avoiding Prussian military service - though he just din't return from
England to stand trial. My paternal grandfather, I believe paid money
to avoid his military obligations. A third ancestor formally
renounced his German citizenship to relieve himself of the obligation. A
great many emigrants avoided military service in one way or another,
which is why such military record books are so rare.

Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Need help with finding a BLUMBERG/MICHELSON family. #usa #lithuania #names #latvia


Hi all. I was wondering if I could get some help on this. In my genealogical research, I found that my 3rd great grandparents were Meyer Blumberg (b. abt 1850) and Liba Devorah Michelson (b. abt 1850), but I don't know where they came from. When I was doing research, I found a website called and on the website under "The Genealogical Quest" website, it mentions that this family came from Grobina, Latvia, and that a Michelsohn family came from here. So, I have a strong incentive to believe that they came from there. The website is ran by a Henry Blumberg, and when I tried to send a message to the email listed on the website, it didn't go through, and the last post on the website was in 2008. However, the website does mention that this Henry Blumberg was once the President of the LatviaSIG group, so I was wondering if I'd be able to get some help here. I'll copy and paste the email I tried to send to him:

"Hi Henry,

My name is Samantha, I’m 19 years old and I’m from Philadelphia, PA, USA. I’m reaching out because I found your genealogical website and I think we may possibly be cousins. Based on genealogical research I have done so far, I’ve found that my 3rd great-grandfather was Meyer Blumberg, born around 1850 somewhere in the Russian Empire, and my 3rd
great grandmother is Libe Devorah “Dora” Michelson, also born around 1850 also in the Russian Empire. The two immigrated to New York City sometime before 1880, and had several children, one of which was my 2nd great grandmother Annie Katz.

According to death records I was able to find, Meyer’s parents were named Raphael Blumberg and Goldie Cohen, and Dora’s parents were named Max and Annie. I was able to find her tombstone and it suggests that Max’s Hebrew name was Jankiel.

You mentioned something on your website about a Michelsohn family also living in the Grobina area with the Blumbergs, which makes me think that we are related.

Let me know what you think!


Re: Seeking descendants of Masya Ginda Rakovschik from Minsk Belarus #belarus


You may wish to contact Jewish Tour  ( an established firm based in Minsk which offers an in-depth genealogical service as well as heritage tours. It might also be worth getting in touch with Hesed - Rachamim (hesed@...), also in Minsk, which may have current members with the family name you are seeking on their register.