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Israeli writer: Gershon SHOFMAN #general

Rhonda <hawkins@...>
 

I would like ANY information on writer Gershon SHOFMAN. He was born in 1880
in Orsha, Belarus. He married Annie Planck in 1921 in Austria or Israel.
They had 3 children: Peter (1922), Gertrude (1924) and Moshe (aft 1928).
Gershon died in Israel in 1972. Annie (born 1900) was alive at the time of
his death. I don't believe any of his children were living in Israel at
that time.

Gershon's brother Moishe Shofman (born 1874) is my great-grandfather.

Would appreciate any help with this line. The information I have (which the
above is pretty much it) is >from a book I found that was written about the
stories Gershon Shofman wrote.

Regards,
Rhonda Shofman Hawkins


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Israeli writer: Gershon SHOFMAN #general

Rhonda <hawkins@...>
 

I would like ANY information on writer Gershon SHOFMAN. He was born in 1880
in Orsha, Belarus. He married Annie Planck in 1921 in Austria or Israel.
They had 3 children: Peter (1922), Gertrude (1924) and Moshe (aft 1928).
Gershon died in Israel in 1972. Annie (born 1900) was alive at the time of
his death. I don't believe any of his children were living in Israel at
that time.

Gershon's brother Moishe Shofman (born 1874) is my great-grandfather.

Would appreciate any help with this line. The information I have (which the
above is pretty much it) is >from a book I found that was written about the
stories Gershon Shofman wrote.

Regards,
Rhonda Shofman Hawkins


Rabbi Chaim Schmueliwitz of the Mirrer Yeshiva in Israel #general

Jonina Duker <jonina.duker@...>
 

Would anyone happen to know where Rabbi Chaim SCHMUELIWITZ (now
deceased but was head of the Mirrer Yeshiva in Israel) was >from in
Europe? Just came across a mention of this teacher and wondered because
a family name is Schmueliwitz -- the source had no biographical
information or no source information about him at all. Thanks. L'Shalom.
Jonina Duker


Locating Brooklyn / L.A. Cousin #general

Sherribob@...
 

Hi everyone, I have been trying to locate a first cousin for some years now,
and so am throwing the information out to you resourceful JewishGenners in the
hopes something may ring a bell.

Beatrice RATOWSKY born June 3, 1913 at 1881 Dean Street, Brooklyn, New York
Parents: Benjamin RATOWSKY and Leah SAMUELS RATOWSKY.
Called herself "Beattie", and may have spelled her proper first name
"Beatryce".
In the late 1930's or early 1940's Beattie moved to Los Angeles, and may have
owned her own dress shop.
Married Paul POWELL on September 7, 1956 in San Francisco.

Thank you,

Sherri Bobish


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Rabbi Chaim Schmueliwitz of the Mirrer Yeshiva in Israel #general

Jonina Duker <jonina.duker@...>
 

Would anyone happen to know where Rabbi Chaim SCHMUELIWITZ (now
deceased but was head of the Mirrer Yeshiva in Israel) was >from in
Europe? Just came across a mention of this teacher and wondered because
a family name is Schmueliwitz -- the source had no biographical
information or no source information about him at all. Thanks. L'Shalom.
Jonina Duker


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Locating Brooklyn / L.A. Cousin #general

Sherribob@...
 

Hi everyone, I have been trying to locate a first cousin for some years now,
and so am throwing the information out to you resourceful JewishGenners in the
hopes something may ring a bell.

Beatrice RATOWSKY born June 3, 1913 at 1881 Dean Street, Brooklyn, New York
Parents: Benjamin RATOWSKY and Leah SAMUELS RATOWSKY.
Called herself "Beattie", and may have spelled her proper first name
"Beatryce".
In the late 1930's or early 1940's Beattie moved to Los Angeles, and may have
owned her own dress shop.
Married Paul POWELL on September 7, 1956 in San Francisco.

Thank you,

Sherri Bobish


Minsk Ghetto Book #general

Susan Lieberman <viukerville@...>
 

Dear Friends,

There has been much discussion of the Minsk Ghetto, therefore I am posting
the following information. A book written by Ana Krasnaperko, (a cousin of
a friend of mine) who still lives in Minsk, is available >from the
publisher Haus Villigst 5840 Schwerte, Germany (tel :02304/755230). A copy
of the book in German has been donated to the Holocaust Museum. The book is
called Briefe Meiner Erinnerung : Mein Uberleben im Judischen Ghetto von
Minsk 1941-1942. Roughly that translates to My letter living through the
Jewish Ghetto in Minsk. There were many Germans >from Bremen and Hanover
deported to Minsk. The book has photos and text but not lists of names.
Ana escaped to the woods with her mother who was a doctor and lived with
the partisans.

Susan VIUKER Lieberman Landau
Manhattan


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Minsk Ghetto Book #general

Susan Lieberman <viukerville@...>
 

Dear Friends,

There has been much discussion of the Minsk Ghetto, therefore I am posting
the following information. A book written by Ana Krasnaperko, (a cousin of
a friend of mine) who still lives in Minsk, is available >from the
publisher Haus Villigst 5840 Schwerte, Germany (tel :02304/755230). A copy
of the book in German has been donated to the Holocaust Museum. The book is
called Briefe Meiner Erinnerung : Mein Uberleben im Judischen Ghetto von
Minsk 1941-1942. Roughly that translates to My letter living through the
Jewish Ghetto in Minsk. There were many Germans >from Bremen and Hanover
deported to Minsk. The book has photos and text but not lists of names.
Ana escaped to the woods with her mother who was a doctor and lived with
the partisans.

Susan VIUKER Lieberman Landau
Manhattan


Re: Levirate marriages #general

AbigtM
 

I am aware that there are certain restrictions regarding what
should be discussed on this board, and I agree, however, some
of the information such as Levirate marriages is extremely helpful
in genealogy. It assists some of us who are not as knowledgable
on Jewish Law and customs to follow leads on the possibility of
who may or may not be our ancestors. Personally, I find these
discussions very helpful and I appreciate the input of those who
do have particular knowledge.

Marilyn Abigt
Fallbrook, CA

MODERATOR NOTE: As long as mention of Jewish law and custom
relate to genealogy, they are appropriate topics for limited
mention on this list. We may not allow discussions as to the
origin, the value, or the ramifications of not following these
customs.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Levirate marriages #general

AbigtM
 

I am aware that there are certain restrictions regarding what
should be discussed on this board, and I agree, however, some
of the information such as Levirate marriages is extremely helpful
in genealogy. It assists some of us who are not as knowledgable
on Jewish Law and customs to follow leads on the possibility of
who may or may not be our ancestors. Personally, I find these
discussions very helpful and I appreciate the input of those who
do have particular knowledge.

Marilyn Abigt
Fallbrook, CA

MODERATOR NOTE: As long as mention of Jewish law and custom
relate to genealogy, they are appropriate topics for limited
mention on this list. We may not allow discussions as to the
origin, the value, or the ramifications of not following these
customs.


POSNER #general

Stacy Harris <stacy.harris@...>
 

I see inquires to this list >from time-to-time about the surname POSNER.
Those interested might want to contact Rabbi Zalman POSNER of Nashville's
Sherith Israel.

Stacy


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen POSNER #general

Stacy Harris <stacy.harris@...>
 

I see inquires to this list >from time-to-time about the surname POSNER.
Those interested might want to contact Rabbi Zalman POSNER of Nashville's
Sherith Israel.

Stacy


Re: ZABLUDOW MOVIE #general

Tilford Bartman <bartman@...>
 

Hi,

I've been experimenting with streaming video over the internet. I have a
nine minute movie of consisting of family photos >from the "old country",
video of the Zabludow Yiskor book, me introducing the film, narration,
music in the background, 3d annimated titles, etc. If anyone is
interested in viewing this movie the location is bellow. I have this on
VHS tape also. As streaming video the quality is unfortunately quite
poor unless you have a cable modem or T1 line, but you'll get the
general idea.

See the video at: www.tiac.net/users/bartman/zabludonet.html
Or click on this link: Zabludow Movie

Note that you'll need to have the Real Player G2 plug in installed in
your browser. The page has a link to quickly download that. Once you
have the player installed you need to just click on the Zabludow Movie
title and wait a few short minutes for it to load.

Let me know how it works.

Tilford Bartman


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen re: ZABLUDOW MOVIE #general

Tilford Bartman <bartman@...>
 

Hi,

I've been experimenting with streaming video over the internet. I have a
nine minute movie of consisting of family photos >from the "old country",
video of the Zabludow Yiskor book, me introducing the film, narration,
music in the background, 3d annimated titles, etc. If anyone is
interested in viewing this movie the location is bellow. I have this on
VHS tape also. As streaming video the quality is unfortunately quite
poor unless you have a cable modem or T1 line, but you'll get the
general idea.

See the video at: www.tiac.net/users/bartman/zabludonet.html
Or click on this link: Zabludow Movie

Note that you'll need to have the Real Player G2 plug in installed in
your browser. The page has a link to quickly download that. Once you
have the player installed you need to just click on the Zabludow Movie
title and wait a few short minutes for it to load.

Let me know how it works.

Tilford Bartman


Anyone in Vancouver? #general

Steven Kahn <xkahn@...>
 

Does anyone know where Martin Kruger is? I had been translating
pages for him but had to take a break to care for my mother. Now
I'm ready to resume and his email has bounced. His previous e-mail address
was mkZBT@ultranet.ca.

Please e-mail me directly. Thank you.

Eleanor Feldman
Severna Park, Md
xkahn@saber.towson.edu


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Anyone in Vancouver? #general

Steven Kahn <xkahn@...>
 

Does anyone know where Martin Kruger is? I had been translating
pages for him but had to take a break to care for my mother. Now
I'm ready to resume and his email has bounced. His previous e-mail address
was mkZBT@ultranet.ca.

Please e-mail me directly. Thank you.

Eleanor Feldman
Severna Park, Md
xkahn@saber.towson.edu


Orsoy, Kreis Moers #general

Stephen G. Esrati <stevsta@...>
 

I just received a request for information >from a possible relative
who found my Philipp ancestors on the Family Tree of the Jewish
People.
In view of some of the notes about Orsoy that I was able to find on
Helena Philipp's husband, I would like to post them to the list.

1. Elias GOTTSCHALK

Birth Date: 1740
Death Date: 29 Jan 1820
Death Place: Orsoy, Kreis Moers, Germany
Occupation: Butcher
Religion: Jewish

Notes:
A 1980 book about the Jews of Orsoy, traces Jews in that town as far
back as 1361 when the Duke of Cleves permitted a Jew called Lyefman
to settle in Orsoy, Dinslaken, or B=FCderich. He chose Orsoy.
The Jewish cemetery in Orsoy (near Mt. Orsoy) shows Jews as far back
as the 1500s.
Frederick the Great required censuses of Jews.
In 1827 there were 20 Jews in Orsoy; in 1834, 27; in 1842, 42; in
1849, 51; and in 1858, 63. The number declined after that.
The 1799 census noted that E. Gottschalk was 59, was Jewish, was
married to the 24-year-old Beyle Mortje, and had two children. The
only child listed in that census was not named, but was a son, aged
15 (thus born in 1784). It would appear that this was Gottschalk
Elias. The two unnamed children would appear to be Keile and Feis.
In the Sephardic tradition, children could be (and often were) named
after the living, including parents.
Beyle had lived in the community only a year, so clearly she could
not have been the mother of Gottschalk Elias.
At that time, Elias, Beyle and his children lived on Egerstra=DFe.
In the 1801 census, the listing was for Elias Gottschalk, 61, a
butcher living on Gesthausstra=DFe.
Children under 12 in 1801 were: Keile, Feis, Leib, and Judla.
Children were required to go to a Protestant (Lutheran) school and
received their religious instruction at home.
A series of religious teachers was hired by the tiny community, but
all stayed only a short time because they could not make a living,
not even if they also tutored non-Jewish children.
A brick synagogue, which still exists on Kommandaturstra=DFe, was
built in 1866.
As in the rest of Prussia, Cleves restricted Jewish life with
discriminatory laws. Jews were restricted as to how to earn a living
and were not allowed to engage in crafts. Their number was
controlled by requiring permission >from the authorities to get
married.
Privileged Jews were proclaimed "Schutzjuden" (protected Jews),
which allowed them to pay high taxes and required that they remain
in one locality.
By paying "protection money" they received "protection." Those
without this privilege had no rights and were entitled to no
protection.
The French Revolution changed all that and declared Jews equal to
all others. In February 1808 the French forced Jews to adopt family
names.
Thus, on Feb. 8, 1808, Jakob Moses of Orsoy became Jacob Caen.
After the French left, these rights remained under a Prussian
reform initiated by Counts Stein and Hardenberg.
The Prussians required the Jewish community to file an annual report
on their well-being and morals.
The report of 8 Jan 1820 states: "Elias Gottschalk is an 80-year-old
senile man in the poorest circumstances, so that his sons have to
support him." The family was excused, therefore, >from paying Jewish
corporate debts.
The reports showed that in 1827 the Gottschalk brothers (Elias,
Ludwig, Heimann and Gottfried), who owned a slaughter house, also
were cattle dealers, both occupations that were favored by the Jews
in the lower Rhine Valley.
In 1871, at the creation of the German Empire, all citizenship
rights were extended to Jews under the constitution of 1871.
But as early as 1848 Ludwig and Heimann Gottschalk were named jurors
(Geschworene) (I am not clear as to what this means) by the
premier.
At the time Hitler came to power in 1933, only two Jewish families
remained. They also moved away soon thereafter and most were spared
death in the Holocaust.

Spouse: Beyle Marcus
Birth Date: 1773
Birth Place: Hilversheim
Death Date: 23 Oct 1811
Death Place: Orsoy, Kreis Moers, Germany
Religion: Jewish

Spouse Notes:
The 1799 census lists Beyle as Beyle Mortje, aged 24, who had moved
to Orsoy only a year before.
In the 1801 census her name was given as Berle Mortjon.
The 1802 census called her Beile Mortje.
The 1803 census called her Beile Morje.
She and her husband and his children lived on Egerstra=DFe. Beyle's
date of birth, according to the census, could have been as late as
1775.
The Church of Latter Day Saints' archives in Salt Lake City said
Beyle's marriage date was probably in 1798.

Marriage Date: 1798

Children: Laib (Ludwig) (Louis)
Juedela (Jedle, Jeanette, Jette)
Gumbrich (Godefroi)
Chaim (Heimann) (Germain)
Michel

Other spouses: Helena Philipp

Steve Esrati, searching HIRSCH (Dortmund and Berlin), GOTTSCHALK
(Orsoy) and many others


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Orsoy, Kreis Moers #general

Stephen G. Esrati <stevsta@...>
 

I just received a request for information >from a possible relative
who found my Philipp ancestors on the Family Tree of the Jewish
People.
In view of some of the notes about Orsoy that I was able to find on
Helena Philipp's husband, I would like to post them to the list.

1. Elias GOTTSCHALK

Birth Date: 1740
Death Date: 29 Jan 1820
Death Place: Orsoy, Kreis Moers, Germany
Occupation: Butcher
Religion: Jewish

Notes:
A 1980 book about the Jews of Orsoy, traces Jews in that town as far
back as 1361 when the Duke of Cleves permitted a Jew called Lyefman
to settle in Orsoy, Dinslaken, or B=FCderich. He chose Orsoy.
The Jewish cemetery in Orsoy (near Mt. Orsoy) shows Jews as far back
as the 1500s.
Frederick the Great required censuses of Jews.
In 1827 there were 20 Jews in Orsoy; in 1834, 27; in 1842, 42; in
1849, 51; and in 1858, 63. The number declined after that.
The 1799 census noted that E. Gottschalk was 59, was Jewish, was
married to the 24-year-old Beyle Mortje, and had two children. The
only child listed in that census was not named, but was a son, aged
15 (thus born in 1784). It would appear that this was Gottschalk
Elias. The two unnamed children would appear to be Keile and Feis.
In the Sephardic tradition, children could be (and often were) named
after the living, including parents.
Beyle had lived in the community only a year, so clearly she could
not have been the mother of Gottschalk Elias.
At that time, Elias, Beyle and his children lived on Egerstra=DFe.
In the 1801 census, the listing was for Elias Gottschalk, 61, a
butcher living on Gesthausstra=DFe.
Children under 12 in 1801 were: Keile, Feis, Leib, and Judla.
Children were required to go to a Protestant (Lutheran) school and
received their religious instruction at home.
A series of religious teachers was hired by the tiny community, but
all stayed only a short time because they could not make a living,
not even if they also tutored non-Jewish children.
A brick synagogue, which still exists on Kommandaturstra=DFe, was
built in 1866.
As in the rest of Prussia, Cleves restricted Jewish life with
discriminatory laws. Jews were restricted as to how to earn a living
and were not allowed to engage in crafts. Their number was
controlled by requiring permission >from the authorities to get
married.
Privileged Jews were proclaimed "Schutzjuden" (protected Jews),
which allowed them to pay high taxes and required that they remain
in one locality.
By paying "protection money" they received "protection." Those
without this privilege had no rights and were entitled to no
protection.
The French Revolution changed all that and declared Jews equal to
all others. In February 1808 the French forced Jews to adopt family
names.
Thus, on Feb. 8, 1808, Jakob Moses of Orsoy became Jacob Caen.
After the French left, these rights remained under a Prussian
reform initiated by Counts Stein and Hardenberg.
The Prussians required the Jewish community to file an annual report
on their well-being and morals.
The report of 8 Jan 1820 states: "Elias Gottschalk is an 80-year-old
senile man in the poorest circumstances, so that his sons have to
support him." The family was excused, therefore, >from paying Jewish
corporate debts.
The reports showed that in 1827 the Gottschalk brothers (Elias,
Ludwig, Heimann and Gottfried), who owned a slaughter house, also
were cattle dealers, both occupations that were favored by the Jews
in the lower Rhine Valley.
In 1871, at the creation of the German Empire, all citizenship
rights were extended to Jews under the constitution of 1871.
But as early as 1848 Ludwig and Heimann Gottschalk were named jurors
(Geschworene) (I am not clear as to what this means) by the
premier.
At the time Hitler came to power in 1933, only two Jewish families
remained. They also moved away soon thereafter and most were spared
death in the Holocaust.

Spouse: Beyle Marcus
Birth Date: 1773
Birth Place: Hilversheim
Death Date: 23 Oct 1811
Death Place: Orsoy, Kreis Moers, Germany
Religion: Jewish

Spouse Notes:
The 1799 census lists Beyle as Beyle Mortje, aged 24, who had moved
to Orsoy only a year before.
In the 1801 census her name was given as Berle Mortjon.
The 1802 census called her Beile Mortje.
The 1803 census called her Beile Morje.
She and her husband and his children lived on Egerstra=DFe. Beyle's
date of birth, according to the census, could have been as late as
1775.
The Church of Latter Day Saints' archives in Salt Lake City said
Beyle's marriage date was probably in 1798.

Marriage Date: 1798

Children: Laib (Ludwig) (Louis)
Juedela (Jedle, Jeanette, Jette)
Gumbrich (Godefroi)
Chaim (Heimann) (Germain)
Michel

Other spouses: Helena Philipp

Steve Esrati, searching HIRSCH (Dortmund and Berlin), GOTTSCHALK
(Orsoy) and many others


Omaha...searching Abramson (Sam and/or Betty) #general

Kenneth J. <kshapiro@...>
 

Looking for the brother (Sam) or niece (Betty) of my grandfather
Harry Henry Abramson (baltimore) who immigrated >from Galatz
Romania. A sister (Rose) went to NY, married a Cohen and had a
duaghter (Florence)livinging in the Ctaskills as Florence Gale.
Another sister (name not known) went to Buenes Aires and had
a daughter named Felicia.

Also, I believe the real surname was Abromowitz until they
got to Ellis Island.

ken shapiro

SHAPIRO- Bobruisk
ABRAMSON/ABROMOWITZ- Galatz Romania.
RICHMOND/REICHMAN- Covna Cobina Li.


Thank you(s) - Gerts Given Name #general

Maria Krane
 

Hello Genners,
Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to my post
regarding Gerts as a given name (>from 1858 revision list, Vegery, Lithuania).
Many of you suggested it may be a variation of Hirsh. However, Gerts'
father's name was Hirsh and was living so he wouldn't have been named after
his father. Someone kindly suggested that I obtain the original records to
see if something was lost in the translation. That is probably my best bet.
I appreciate the time everyone took to respond to me individually.
Regards,
Maria Krane
Pembroke Pines, Florida
MariaKrane@aol.com
researching: KREYN/KREIN/OKIN/SCHULDNER/ in Vegery (Vegeriai) Lithuania
HOFFMAN/KATZ/REMER in Salakas, Lithuania and HOFFMAN in Svir, Belarus