Re: Kalwaria, Poland #poland #general

Krzysztof Witaszek

Kalwaria (after 1890 called Kalwaria Zebrzydowska)  lost its town privileges in 1896, so it could not effect your ancestors emigration in 1892. 
Town privilleges meant: self administration, possibility to organize markets and craftsman guilds and others.
I cannot tell what it meant in practice to the Jews.
See the brief article about the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska history 
Krzysztof Witaszek

Re: Abraham WEISFELD #usa

Michele Lock

When I've been at a lost as to how to locate a relative who I know little about, I check out family trees, to see if anyone else includes the person that I'm interested in. With Abraham Weisfeld having so many children, it's likely there are grandchildren or great grandchildren who have put up trees on Ancestry that you could consult to get clues as to the life story of your grandfather (though the clues have to be verified).

I would think that a killing in 1905 would have been covered in the newspapers, so checking those out might yield something. 
Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lewin/Levin in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

New Holocaust Database Set - Slovak Jewish Census (1941) #holocaust

Nolan Altman

Peter Absolon updated the 2,468 records from the Bardejov, Slovakia data set in JewishGen’s Holocaust Database ( The set has now been retitled “Slovak Jewish Census – 1941” ( and includes 18,126 records from three different lists.  The lists enumerate forced registrations of Jews from various Slovak cities and towns before deportation to concentration camos in Poland.

The records include surnames, given names, date of birth, place of birth, last residence, survey place, citizenship, occupation when available, and other remarks.  The transcription was done by the Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee and Peter Absolon.

Nolan Altman

JewishGen Director of Special Projects - Holocaust Collection



Re: Ferramonti di Tarsia: David Ropschitz - zoom talk tonight Thursday Jan 14 7.30 pm UK time #austria-czech #galicia #holocaust #israel

Sherri Bobish


For those of us who did not see the announcement of your talk until the next day, if there is a recording of your talk can you kindly post a link here on the discussion list?

Thank you,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Weitz Bakery on West Adams, Los Angeles #usa


You might contact The Los Angeles Times archive department. I found an article mentioning the bakery - maybe they have pictures

Dassy Wilen

Re: Kalwaria, Poland #poland #general

Sherri Bobish


Did "utrata praw miejskich" result from a city having a smaller population than previously, or were there political reasons?

Thank you,

Sherri Bobish

Looking for a town in Belarus #belarus

June Genis

According to the 1920 census the person I am looking for, Rose
Margolis Hollander, appears to have been born in a place called
"Katrineslav" which is the Mogilev gubernia. I say "appears" because
the handwriting is very hard to read. Another tree has her born in
"Katrenaler, Russia". Neither Google or Jewishgen can find either of
those places. Does anyone know another name for either of them?

June Genis
Hemet CA
June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

Re: French archives #france #records

David Lewin

At 17:18 14/01/2021, David Choukroun wrote:
Dear Linda, I had a quick look to the Fond de Moscou and found the following reference that might be the right one if we consider that Leon is the French variant of Chaïm (that was quite common)[] Will chase the file later -- Covid is making the access more complicated (and they have announced another curfew @ 6PM a few minutes ago)-- Regards, David CHOUKROUN david.choukroun@...FRANCECHOUKROUN ATTALI ATLANI

Is that really true?

Leon is a Lion and its Hebrew equivalent would be Arye

Chaim is Life in Hebrew

David Lewin

Re: Would a later born child have the same name as an earlier deceased child? #names


I found these responses very interesting, I have seen hints of this but not as much confirmation as you all have supplied.

I am curious if it is more common in second marriages or if your examples are from the same two birth parents.


Peggy Mosinger Freedman
Atlanta, GA 

Finding Your Roots Season 7 Begins on January 19 #announcements #general

Jan Meisels Allen


The 7th season of Finding Your roots with Henry Louis Gates begins on January 19 8Pm/7PM Central on your local PBS station—this is in the United States and possibly Canada.


There will be ten episodes broadcast throughout the winter/spring of 2021 featuring 20 new guests:

January 19—Glenn Close and John Waters

January 26— Andy Cohen and Nina Totenberg

February 2—Jim Gaffigan and Jane Lynch

February 9 –Tony Shalhoub and Christopher Meloni

February 16—Kasi Lemmons and Pharrell Williams

February 23—Clint Back and Rosanne Cash

April 13—John Lithgow and Maria Hinojosa

April 20—Lewis Black and Roy Wood, Jr.

April 27—Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin

May 4—Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon




Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Germany Hands Over 14 Nazi Looted Art Work to Rightful Heirs #announcements #germany #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


German authorities have now handed over all 14 works from the art trove accumulated by late collector Cornelius Gurlitt that so far were proven to have been looted under Nazi rule. In 2012, the public prosecutor's office searched the home of an 80-year-old man in Munich, suspecting him of tax evasion. Cornelius Gurlitt had been previously found carrying €9,000 ($9,900) traveling across the Swiss border by train. That led authorities to further investigate and finally search his apartment.  Cornelius Gurlitt, who died of heart disease in 2014, was the son of the Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, who was in charge of acquiring artworks for Adolf Hitler's planned museum.


Around 1,500 works of art were found there. Only 14 works by artists such as Max Liebermann, Henri Matisse, Thomas Couture or Adolph von Menzel have so far been officially identified as looted art. Of the more than 1,500 works of art in the trove, around 300 were cleared early in the investigation, as they were found to have been owned or commissioned by members of the Gurlitt family before the Nazis took power.


Culture Minister Monika Grütters said all of the pieces identified in a report earlier this year as stolen by the Nazis had now been handed back. The artworks come from a collection held by now-deceased Munich pensioner Cornelius Gurlitt — the son of a Nazi-era art dealer — which first surfaced 8 years ago.  However, the origin of many works — around 1,000 — remains uncertain. The art trove now belongs to the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, to which Cornelius Gurlitt had surprisingly bequeathed his collection before his death.

To read more see:;



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Would a later born child have the same name as an earlier deceased child? #names

Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz

The practice of naming later-born siblings after deceased older siblings are
something I have also encountered many times with Litvaks.
Ruth Leiserowitz, Warsaw / Berlin 

Re: Would a later born child have the same name as an earlier deceased child? #names

Phil Karlin

My grandfather was named after his brother.
Shimen Mendel b. 1896 d. 1897 in Lithuania. Simon Manuel b. 1898 in New Haven.
Phil Karlin
Hartford, CT USA

Re: Kalwaria, Poland #poland #general

Alexander Sharon

Degrading refers to the town that lost it's "city rights" and became a village. In Polish this is knowns known as "utrata praw miejskich".

Alexander Sharon

JewishGen Talks (RUSSIAN): Researching Your Bessarabian and Transnistria Jewish Roots with #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

We invite you to attend another free presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars, with Inna Vayner and Yefim Kogan.
Workshop: Researching Your Bessarabian and Transnistria Jewish Roots with (IN RUSSIAN)
Sunday, January 17, 2021
12:00 pm Eastern Time (New York)

Registration is free with a suggested donation.
Please click here to register now!
About the Talk
In this participatory workshop - given in Russian - we will share how to best search the JewishGen databases, as well as Along the way, we will share histories, resources, data, and research tips to help each other research Jewish Genealogy in the region of the Bessarabia gubernia of the former Russian Empire (including parts of today's Moldova and Ukraine) as well as today's Transnistria region with sections of Kherson and Podolia gubernias. *Requires a JewishGen account and access to a computer.

About Inna Vayner & Yefim Kogan:
Inna Vayner was born in Tiraspol, Moldova and immigrated with her family to the United States in 2002. Inna is co-Director of the JewishGen Bessarabia Research Division, and is also a professional genealogist and a founder of

Yefim Kogan was born in Kishinev, Moldova. After immigrating from the USSR in 1989 he has engaged in extensive genealogical and historical research. Yefim is co-Director of the JewishGen Bessarabia Research Division - which he organized in 2011 - and continues to work on multiple projects and present at conferences. In 2012, he received a Master's Degree in Jewish Liberal Studies from Hebrew College Boston, with a focus on Jewish Cultural History.

Registration is free with a suggested donation.
Please click here to register now!

Digitalize version of Biriceni /Brichany synagogue records #bessarabia

Ed Gorn <elgorn@...>

Are the synagogue records of the 7 shuls of Briceni digitalized? If so, how does one access them?


Ed Gorn/ Canada

Cemetery Briceni/ Brichany #bessarabia

Ed Gorn <elgorn@...>

Are the Cemetery Records for the Jewish Cemetery digitalized. If so, how does one access them.


Ed Gorn/ Canada

Westerbork Deportations (holocaust) #holocaust


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has added a major collection, “Camp Westerbork Memorial –A Name and a Face”.  This collection,, developed by the Camp Westerbork Memorial Center, contains 101,403 names, and may be accessed and searched by name on the USHMM’s Holocaust and Victims Database.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Re: Would a later born child have the same name as an earlier deceased child? #names

Chana Bonn

I noticed that all the responses are in the past tense.  This is probably still practiced.  I have an acquaintance who is named for his older brother who died in the holocaust.  

Chana Bonn, Philadelphia

Re: Would a later born child have the same name as an earlier deceased child? #names


Yes, my great-uncle, who was born in London, and my great-aunt lost a baby in 1918 and gave the same name to their second child a few years later.
Irene Plotzker 
Wilmington, DE

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