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(Slovakia) Article Highlighting Jewish Heritage in Slovakia #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The Slovak Spectator has an article on Jewish heritage in Slovakia. There
were around 100 identified synagogues in Slovakia before World War II. Many
are in disrepair, but there are seven active synagogues in Slovakia: One
in Bratislava, two in Nove Zamky and Komarno, two in Kosice, one in
Bardejov and one in Presov. Ten have been renovated for use in cultural
events. As Slovakia was an ally of Nazi Germany in WWII, their synagogues
were not destroyed as they were in other parts of Europe, however some were
destroyed during the Communist regime.

The Nazi-collaborationist Slovakia deported around 71,000 Jews with only a
few hundred returning after the war's end. The few that returned did not
stay and many then emigrated to the United States, the UK, Switzerland or
Israel.

Each year Slovakia holds a Jewish cultural event, "Opening the Windows for
You" or Mazel tov, the Jewish Cultural Festival. with Klezmer or jazz
music, exhibitions, workshops, and guided tours of some of the former Jewish
centers of Kosice, Bardejov and Presov in eastern Slovakia - available in
English and Hungarian as well as Slovak languages. The website for the
Cultural festival in Kosice was for June 2014. However, the article includes
websites for memorials, and synagogues throughout Slovakia. The article
found at:
http://spectator.sme.sk/c/20058562/jewish-heritage-still-alive.html
[or http://tinyurl.com/ntlljrl - MODXERATOR]
discusses a number of the Slovak Jewish cemeteries.

The Jewish Heritage Article which led me to the Slovak Spectator article may
be read at: http://tinyurl.com/or4flzk
Original url:
http://www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2015/07/06/highlighting-jewish-heritage-in-slovakia/%E2%80%9D

In full disclosure Presov, formerly known as Eperjes, is one of my ancestral
towns and there is a link for the Jewish Museum in Presov, with photographs.

Jan Meisels Allen
Agoura Hills, CA, USA

SEARCHING:
REICH, WALD, ZUPNIK - Presov, Mestiszko, Szivdnik; Salgo, Sebes Kellemes,
Slovakia (formerly Hungary)
MEISELS, SEGALLA/SIGALL, LIEBERMAN - Brody, Ukraine
KLAJNMAN, MICHELBERG, SYK, SZLANG, TYKULSKIER - Sochaczew, Chorzele, and
Zakroczym Poland
FREJER, IMJAK, WILAMOWSKY, KREPLAK - Stawiski, Poland
SZAPIRA, SOBOTKO, PIATKOWSKA, PERLA, ASZ, WAPNIARZ - Lomza, Poland
GUTFARB - Zambrow, Poland ASZ, Nasielsk, Poland
ELION - Suwalki Lithuania


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Slovakia) Article Highlighting Jewish Heritage in Slovakia #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The Slovak Spectator has an article on Jewish heritage in Slovakia. There
were around 100 identified synagogues in Slovakia before World War II. Many
are in disrepair, but there are seven active synagogues in Slovakia: One
in Bratislava, two in Nove Zamky and Komarno, two in Kosice, one in
Bardejov and one in Presov. Ten have been renovated for use in cultural
events. As Slovakia was an ally of Nazi Germany in WWII, their synagogues
were not destroyed as they were in other parts of Europe, however some were
destroyed during the Communist regime.

The Nazi-collaborationist Slovakia deported around 71,000 Jews with only a
few hundred returning after the war's end. The few that returned did not
stay and many then emigrated to the United States, the UK, Switzerland or
Israel.

Each year Slovakia holds a Jewish cultural event, "Opening the Windows for
You" or Mazel tov, the Jewish Cultural Festival. with Klezmer or jazz
music, exhibitions, workshops, and guided tours of some of the former Jewish
centers of Kosice, Bardejov and Presov in eastern Slovakia - available in
English and Hungarian as well as Slovak languages. The website for the
Cultural festival in Kosice was for June 2014. However, the article includes
websites for memorials, and synagogues throughout Slovakia. The article
found at:
http://spectator.sme.sk/c/20058562/jewish-heritage-still-alive.html
[or http://tinyurl.com/ntlljrl - MODXERATOR]
discusses a number of the Slovak Jewish cemeteries.

The Jewish Heritage Article which led me to the Slovak Spectator article may
be read at: http://tinyurl.com/or4flzk
Original url:
http://www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2015/07/06/highlighting-jewish-heritage-in-slovakia/%E2%80%9D

In full disclosure Presov, formerly known as Eperjes, is one of my ancestral
towns and there is a link for the Jewish Museum in Presov, with photographs.

Jan Meisels Allen
Agoura Hills, CA, USA

SEARCHING:
REICH, WALD, ZUPNIK - Presov, Mestiszko, Szivdnik; Salgo, Sebes Kellemes,
Slovakia (formerly Hungary)
MEISELS, SEGALLA/SIGALL, LIEBERMAN - Brody, Ukraine
KLAJNMAN, MICHELBERG, SYK, SZLANG, TYKULSKIER - Sochaczew, Chorzele, and
Zakroczym Poland
FREJER, IMJAK, WILAMOWSKY, KREPLAK - Stawiski, Poland
SZAPIRA, SOBOTKO, PIATKOWSKA, PERLA, ASZ, WAPNIARZ - Lomza, Poland
GUTFARB - Zambrow, Poland ASZ, Nasielsk, Poland
ELION - Suwalki Lithuania


Re: Databases from the Netherlands #general

Evertjan. <exxjxw.hannivoort@...>
 

I wrote on 07 Jul 2015 in soc.genealogy.jewish:

General Genealogic Qs can also be asked on
Usenet-newsgroup: soc.genealogy.benelux
[MODERATOR: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/soc.genealogy.benelux
or http://tinyurl.com/ooxpt3o ]
However Google groups makes a mess of Usenet responses nowadays,
so for serious discussion in most groups, better install a
Usenet-newsreader and link to a usenet-server [some servers
are free or provided by your ISP.]

This suggestion for
<soc.genealogy.benelux>
is just as valid for
<soc.genealogy.jewish>

Read only of soc.genealogy.benelux,
[most discussions are in Dutch,
some in French or English] try:

<http://soc.genealogy.benelux.narkive.com/>

Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
exjxwxhannivoortATinterxnlxnet
(Please change the x'es to dots)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Databases from the Netherlands #general

Evertjan. <exxjxw.hannivoort@...>
 

I wrote on 07 Jul 2015 in soc.genealogy.jewish:

General Genealogic Qs can also be asked on
Usenet-newsgroup: soc.genealogy.benelux
[MODERATOR: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/soc.genealogy.benelux
or http://tinyurl.com/ooxpt3o ]
However Google groups makes a mess of Usenet responses nowadays,
so for serious discussion in most groups, better install a
Usenet-newsreader and link to a usenet-server [some servers
are free or provided by your ISP.]

This suggestion for
<soc.genealogy.benelux>
is just as valid for
<soc.genealogy.jewish>

Read only of soc.genealogy.benelux,
[most discussions are in Dutch,
some in French or English] try:

<http://soc.genealogy.benelux.narkive.com/>

Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
exjxwxhannivoortATinterxnlxnet
(Please change the x'es to dots)


Does Anybody Recognize These Names? #general

Michael Baron
 

Hi ,

I am a new researcher.

My family names are: BARON/BARAN >from Obertyn, Ukraine,

SHOOR ( sp?), MIEL/MEIL, also >from Obertyn, Ukraine.

SALAK/SOLAK >from Vilnius, Lithuania,

HARTSTEIN/HARDSTEIN >from Krasnystaw, Poland.

Do anyone recognize these names?

Thanks very much,

Michael Baron,
Montreal, Canada

MODERATOR: If you haven't already, Michael, you should check
for your names/towns (and register your own names/towns) at
The JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) - http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/ .
And be sure to check out the advice for genealogical beginners at
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen/GetStarted.html


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Does Anybody Recognize These Names? #general

Michael Baron
 

Hi ,

I am a new researcher.

My family names are: BARON/BARAN >from Obertyn, Ukraine,

SHOOR ( sp?), MIEL/MEIL, also >from Obertyn, Ukraine.

SALAK/SOLAK >from Vilnius, Lithuania,

HARTSTEIN/HARDSTEIN >from Krasnystaw, Poland.

Do anyone recognize these names?

Thanks very much,

Michael Baron,
Montreal, Canada

MODERATOR: If you haven't already, Michael, you should check
for your names/towns (and register your own names/towns) at
The JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) - http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/ .
And be sure to check out the advice for genealogical beginners at
http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen/GetStarted.html


viewmate translation requested #poland

אבי freind <avraham997@...>
 

Dear Friends,

I've posted five vital record in Russian/Polish for which I need a
translation. Please focus on all names, ages, relationships and
professions. It is on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM40945
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM40944
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM40943
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM40942
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM40900

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thank you very much.

Avraham lapa Israel
avraham997@gmail.com


JRI Poland #Poland viewmate translation requested #poland

אבי freind <avraham997@...>
 

Dear Friends,

I've posted five vital record in Russian/Polish for which I need a
translation. Please focus on all names, ages, relationships and
professions. It is on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM40945
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM40944
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM40943
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM40942
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM40900

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thank you very much.

Avraham lapa Israel
avraham997@gmail.com


Re: Databases from the Netherlands #general

Evertjan. <exxjxw.hannivoort@...>
 

I would tend to say that this is an art of its own,
and the answer would depend on your ability to understand Dutch,
antiquated Dutch, local naming customs, Napoleonic naming laws.

You could [easier?] ask me and others on this NG when you
have a specific question and can give enough data to start from.
[so "Any Abraham Cohen between 1812 and 1850" would not do]

General Genealogic Qs can also be asked on
Usenet-newsgroup: soc.genealogy.benelux
[MODERATOR: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/soc.genealogy.benelux
or http://tinyurl.com/ooxpt3o ]

[benelux = Belgium-Netherlands-Luxemburg]

Btw, till 1831, Belgium was part of the Netherlands.

The Dutch Sephards immigrated mainly short after 1600
from Portugal to Amsterdam.
The Dutch Ashkenaz immigrated >from around 1750
from Germany, Poland, [Chechia, Lithuania, etc.]
earlier Jewish inhabitants were mass-murdered around 1349
[in Zutphen, Utrecht, etc].

All Jews became citizens in 1795 under the [puppet] government
of the Bataafse Republiek.

==

For Jewish families I would not throw out Sjoah databases,
as many of our victims were born in the 19th c. ce.:
< http://www.joodsmonument.nl/search?lang=en >
< http://www.communityjoodsmonument.nl/?lang=en >

The civil registration BMD database of choice,
starting >from around 1815 is
< https://www.wiewaswie.nl/personen-zoeken/ >

Use this older engine for Den Haag/Rotterdam/Eindhoven too:
< http://digitalestamboom.nl/search.aspx >

More data are in the various provincial databases, and the
databases of the city-archives. [see below] most have exquisite
scans available.

The Jewish family collections of
< http://dutchjewry.org/ >
are very usefull and often extend back to the 17th c.ce.

The newspaper-scans here are an important source, since
BMD data abound:
< kranten.delpher.nl >
[also having the Jewish "NIW", but BMD-advertisements in the
19th c still mainly in here available local papers]

useful are:
< http://geneaknowhow.net/ >
< http://genver.nl/ > [extensive voluntary indexing of LDS-scans]
< http://militieregisters.nl/ > [giving DOB of all conscriptable men]
< http://www.jhm.nl/ > [Dutch Jewish historical backgrounds]
< http://stenenarchief.nl/ > [Jewish gravestone collections]
[not "headstones", Americans, as many are buried feet-to-stone]
< http://www.online-begraafplaatsen.nl/ >
[cemeteries general, also Jewish ones]
< http://genealogie.startkabel.nl/ >

===

Provincial:

http://allegroningers.nl/
http://www.allefriezen.nl/
http://beta.drenlias.nl/
http://www.geldersarchief.nl/
http://www.zeeuwsarchief.nl/
http://www.allelimburgers.nl/

[1811 Napoleon era namegiving acts in Friesland, try "Cohen"]
http://www2.tresoar.nl/genealogie/naamsaanname/

Local [some random pickings]:

https://stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl/english/archives_database/genealogy/
[or http://tinyurl.com/pwjorfj - MODERATOR]
[Amsterdam NOT free of charge]
http://www.regionaalarchiefzutphen.nl/
http://www.archiefalmelo.nl/
http://archief.hengelo.nl/
http://217.114.107.60/atlantispubliek/ [Enschede municipality]
http://deventit.coda-apeldoorn.nl/atlantispubliek/
http://denhaag.digitalestamboom.nl/
http://rotterdam.digitalestamboom.nl/
[apparently changed to http://www.stadsarchief.rotterdam.nl/ - MODERATOR]
http://studiezaal.nijmegen.nl/ran/ [also Gelderlander newspaper]

Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
exjxwxhannivoortATinterxnlxnet
(Please change the x'es to dots)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Databases from the Netherlands #general

Evertjan. <exxjxw.hannivoort@...>
 

I would tend to say that this is an art of its own,
and the answer would depend on your ability to understand Dutch,
antiquated Dutch, local naming customs, Napoleonic naming laws.

You could [easier?] ask me and others on this NG when you
have a specific question and can give enough data to start from.
[so "Any Abraham Cohen between 1812 and 1850" would not do]

General Genealogic Qs can also be asked on
Usenet-newsgroup: soc.genealogy.benelux
[MODERATOR: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/soc.genealogy.benelux
or http://tinyurl.com/ooxpt3o ]

[benelux = Belgium-Netherlands-Luxemburg]

Btw, till 1831, Belgium was part of the Netherlands.

The Dutch Sephards immigrated mainly short after 1600
from Portugal to Amsterdam.
The Dutch Ashkenaz immigrated >from around 1750
from Germany, Poland, [Chechia, Lithuania, etc.]
earlier Jewish inhabitants were mass-murdered around 1349
[in Zutphen, Utrecht, etc].

All Jews became citizens in 1795 under the [puppet] government
of the Bataafse Republiek.

==

For Jewish families I would not throw out Sjoah databases,
as many of our victims were born in the 19th c. ce.:
< http://www.joodsmonument.nl/search?lang=en >
< http://www.communityjoodsmonument.nl/?lang=en >

The civil registration BMD database of choice,
starting >from around 1815 is
< https://www.wiewaswie.nl/personen-zoeken/ >

Use this older engine for Den Haag/Rotterdam/Eindhoven too:
< http://digitalestamboom.nl/search.aspx >

More data are in the various provincial databases, and the
databases of the city-archives. [see below] most have exquisite
scans available.

The Jewish family collections of
< http://dutchjewry.org/ >
are very usefull and often extend back to the 17th c.ce.

The newspaper-scans here are an important source, since
BMD data abound:
< kranten.delpher.nl >
[also having the Jewish "NIW", but BMD-advertisements in the
19th c still mainly in here available local papers]

useful are:
< http://geneaknowhow.net/ >
< http://genver.nl/ > [extensive voluntary indexing of LDS-scans]
< http://militieregisters.nl/ > [giving DOB of all conscriptable men]
< http://www.jhm.nl/ > [Dutch Jewish historical backgrounds]
< http://stenenarchief.nl/ > [Jewish gravestone collections]
[not "headstones", Americans, as many are buried feet-to-stone]
< http://www.online-begraafplaatsen.nl/ >
[cemeteries general, also Jewish ones]
< http://genealogie.startkabel.nl/ >

===

Provincial:

http://allegroningers.nl/
http://www.allefriezen.nl/
http://beta.drenlias.nl/
http://www.geldersarchief.nl/
http://www.zeeuwsarchief.nl/
http://www.allelimburgers.nl/

[1811 Napoleon era namegiving acts in Friesland, try "Cohen"]
http://www2.tresoar.nl/genealogie/naamsaanname/

Local [some random pickings]:

https://stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl/english/archives_database/genealogy/
[or http://tinyurl.com/pwjorfj - MODERATOR]
[Amsterdam NOT free of charge]
http://www.regionaalarchiefzutphen.nl/
http://www.archiefalmelo.nl/
http://archief.hengelo.nl/
http://217.114.107.60/atlantispubliek/ [Enschede municipality]
http://deventit.coda-apeldoorn.nl/atlantispubliek/
http://denhaag.digitalestamboom.nl/
http://rotterdam.digitalestamboom.nl/
[apparently changed to http://www.stadsarchief.rotterdam.nl/ - MODERATOR]
http://studiezaal.nijmegen.nl/ran/ [also Gelderlander newspaper]

Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
exjxwxhannivoortATinterxnlxnet
(Please change the x'es to dots)


Re: Databases from the Netherlands #general

news@...
 

On 5 Jul 2015 Amit Naor (amitna87@gmail.com) wrote:

I would like to conduct some research regarding a family which I have
reasons to believe originated in the Netherlands. Does anyone know of
any Netherland online database in which such search should be
commenced? I couldn't find any on JewishGen. Mind you, this
information is dated mostly to the 19th century, so no Holocaust
databases would be of use.

Thanks to the "Napoleon-effect" (I think) civil registration in the
Netherlands goes back to the early 19C and, thanks to the current
authorities, most of the entries were available through Genlias.

I find that Genlias has now been superseded by WieWasWie.nl

See http://www.traceyourdutchroots.com/roots/genlias.html
and
http://blog.traceyourdutchroots.com/2012/10/genlias-will-close-down-soon.html
[or http://tinyurl.com/pkasgq4 - MODERATOR]
for more information, in English, and
https://www.wiewaswie.nl/en/home for a link to a search page in
English.

I used Genlias a little. I found dealing with spelling of the early
19C was tricky. Using wildcards helped.

I also had difficulty with early Jewish families, and could not decide
whether the problem was my search parameters or the data held in
Genlias.

Note that in the early 19C it was not uncommon for people to use
patronymics rather than as well as in addition to surnames.

I've not tried wiewaswie.nl

Cecilia Nyleve


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Databases from the Netherlands #general

news@...
 

On 5 Jul 2015 Amit Naor (amitna87@gmail.com) wrote:

I would like to conduct some research regarding a family which I have
reasons to believe originated in the Netherlands. Does anyone know of
any Netherland online database in which such search should be
commenced? I couldn't find any on JewishGen. Mind you, this
information is dated mostly to the 19th century, so no Holocaust
databases would be of use.

Thanks to the "Napoleon-effect" (I think) civil registration in the
Netherlands goes back to the early 19C and, thanks to the current
authorities, most of the entries were available through Genlias.

I find that Genlias has now been superseded by WieWasWie.nl

See http://www.traceyourdutchroots.com/roots/genlias.html
and
http://blog.traceyourdutchroots.com/2012/10/genlias-will-close-down-soon.html
[or http://tinyurl.com/pkasgq4 - MODERATOR]
for more information, in English, and
https://www.wiewaswie.nl/en/home for a link to a search page in
English.

I used Genlias a little. I found dealing with spelling of the early
19C was tricky. Using wildcards helped.

I also had difficulty with early Jewish families, and could not decide
whether the problem was my search parameters or the data held in
Genlias.

Note that in the early 19C it was not uncommon for people to use
patronymics rather than as well as in addition to surnames.

I've not tried wiewaswie.nl

Cecilia Nyleve


HUREWITZ and ABRAMOWITZ - Novarodok connection #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari
 

I am trying to confirm a family connection between the HUREWITZ
families and ABRAMOWITZ families who lived in Novarodok during the
19th cent.

As with many families, one branch of this HUREWITZ family came to
Eretz Yisrael (Palestine) during the latter part of the 19th cent. The
one I had met in the early 1960s was R' Shimon H. who was a shochet in
Petach Tikva. of his children are the POCHOVITCH family who I had met
many years ago but have since deceased. One of my relatives in Israel
who were close with POCHOVITCH family and also "knew" we were cousins
is the KATZIN family in Raanana.

Another branch of the family came to the Hartford, Ct. USA, one of
them being Rabbi Isaac Simcha H. who served as a Rabbi in Hartford
until his death around 1935. Some of his extended family include:
WAXMAN, BERMAN, RUDMAN, PRENZLAU. They may also be connected to a
HUREWITZ family who used to live in Far Rockaway, N.Y. I have been in
contact with some of these families but though they also were aware of
our supposed connection they didn't exactly know how.

Almost all written sources in our family, including my mother's
autobiography and interviews of the past with deceased aunts and
uncles talk about the two HUREWITZ branches as being our cousins, but
no one alive today, that I have talked, to seem to know exactly how.

I was told by one of the American HUREWITZs that he had seen many
years ago a printed family tree with our names on it but that he
doesn't remember where and when he saw it.

One additional fact that may be connected is that a deceased uncle
wrote that an ancestor of our ABRAMOWITZ family was the brother of the
Rabbi of Novarodok some 200+ years ago by the name of David (with no
family name mentioned anywhere) , who had written a book called "Galia
Mesechet" (or "Galia Mescechta").

I would appreciate it if someone >from the HUREWITZ family group could
post this message on their board.

TIA

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen HUREWITZ and ABRAMOWITZ - Novarodok connection #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari
 

I am trying to confirm a family connection between the HUREWITZ
families and ABRAMOWITZ families who lived in Novarodok during the
19th cent.

As with many families, one branch of this HUREWITZ family came to
Eretz Yisrael (Palestine) during the latter part of the 19th cent. The
one I had met in the early 1960s was R' Shimon H. who was a shochet in
Petach Tikva. of his children are the POCHOVITCH family who I had met
many years ago but have since deceased. One of my relatives in Israel
who were close with POCHOVITCH family and also "knew" we were cousins
is the KATZIN family in Raanana.

Another branch of the family came to the Hartford, Ct. USA, one of
them being Rabbi Isaac Simcha H. who served as a Rabbi in Hartford
until his death around 1935. Some of his extended family include:
WAXMAN, BERMAN, RUDMAN, PRENZLAU. They may also be connected to a
HUREWITZ family who used to live in Far Rockaway, N.Y. I have been in
contact with some of these families but though they also were aware of
our supposed connection they didn't exactly know how.

Almost all written sources in our family, including my mother's
autobiography and interviews of the past with deceased aunts and
uncles talk about the two HUREWITZ branches as being our cousins, but
no one alive today, that I have talked, to seem to know exactly how.

I was told by one of the American HUREWITZs that he had seen many
years ago a printed family tree with our names on it but that he
doesn't remember where and when he saw it.

One additional fact that may be connected is that a deceased uncle
wrote that an ancestor of our ABRAMOWITZ family was the brother of the
Rabbi of Novarodok some 200+ years ago by the name of David (with no
family name mentioned anywhere) , who had written a book called "Galia
Mesechet" (or "Galia Mescechta").

I would appreciate it if someone >from the HUREWITZ family group could
post this message on their board.

TIA

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem


Researching SHAMIS family from Verba, Ukraine #general

ldance@feigaschoice.com <ldance@...>
 

I am the producer/director of a documentary in progress called
Feiga's Choice. It is the first-ever documentary about the
pogroms with a particular focus on the Russian Civil War pogroms
of 1917-1920.

We are telling this story through the memoir of Feiga SHAMIS.
Feiga survived but then chose to send her two youngest children
to an orphanage in South Africa. These two were part of a group
known as the Ochberg Orphans. Isaac OCHBERG, a wealthy South
African philanthropist originally >from Uman, undertook a mission
in 1921 to rescue 200 pogrom orphans. We know a great deal about
Feiga through her memoir, but we are hoping to fill in some gaps.

Feiga was born in 1878 in Verba as Feiga Mirel MISLER. In 1895 at
the age of 17, she married Kalman SHAMIS >from Vishnevets. It is
unclear whether they lived for a time in Vishnevets, but they did
end up living in Verba when a relative left her house to Feiga and
Kalman. He was a civil servant. They had 12 children. Two went
to the U.S. We are working on getting more information about those
two. We know the youngest two went to South Africa. An infant
born in 1915 appears to have died sometime before 1919 as Feiga
says that the two who went to South Africa, Rosa and Mannes, were
the youngest then. A 16-year-old son died during a pogrom in
Shumsk in 1919.

We would like to find out what happened to those who remained. The
names of the other children that we do have are Jakov, Ichiel, Leika,
Vanka, and Janica or Yenta. We think Ichiel may be the 16-year-old
killed in the 1919 pogrom, though we cannot confirm that. We have
searched records in the Tcherkower Archive at YIVO, but there was no
documentation about this particular pogrom, which is not unusual.
We are also researching Holocaust records for any of these other
children. We know Kalman died of typhoid in Kiev in 1919 and that
Feiga moved to Palestine before WWII to join her daughter Tzilla.

We would love to connect with any descendants as well as anyone
who also may trace their roots to Verba in the early 1900s. Thanks.

LeeAnn Dance
Co-Producer/Director
Feiga's Choice
www.feigaschoice.com
www.facebook.com/feigaschoice


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Researching SHAMIS family from Verba, Ukraine #general

ldance@feigaschoice.com <ldance@...>
 

I am the producer/director of a documentary in progress called
Feiga's Choice. It is the first-ever documentary about the
pogroms with a particular focus on the Russian Civil War pogroms
of 1917-1920.

We are telling this story through the memoir of Feiga SHAMIS.
Feiga survived but then chose to send her two youngest children
to an orphanage in South Africa. These two were part of a group
known as the Ochberg Orphans. Isaac OCHBERG, a wealthy South
African philanthropist originally >from Uman, undertook a mission
in 1921 to rescue 200 pogrom orphans. We know a great deal about
Feiga through her memoir, but we are hoping to fill in some gaps.

Feiga was born in 1878 in Verba as Feiga Mirel MISLER. In 1895 at
the age of 17, she married Kalman SHAMIS >from Vishnevets. It is
unclear whether they lived for a time in Vishnevets, but they did
end up living in Verba when a relative left her house to Feiga and
Kalman. He was a civil servant. They had 12 children. Two went
to the U.S. We are working on getting more information about those
two. We know the youngest two went to South Africa. An infant
born in 1915 appears to have died sometime before 1919 as Feiga
says that the two who went to South Africa, Rosa and Mannes, were
the youngest then. A 16-year-old son died during a pogrom in
Shumsk in 1919.

We would like to find out what happened to those who remained. The
names of the other children that we do have are Jakov, Ichiel, Leika,
Vanka, and Janica or Yenta. We think Ichiel may be the 16-year-old
killed in the 1919 pogrom, though we cannot confirm that. We have
searched records in the Tcherkower Archive at YIVO, but there was no
documentation about this particular pogrom, which is not unusual.
We are also researching Holocaust records for any of these other
children. We know Kalman died of typhoid in Kiev in 1919 and that
Feiga moved to Palestine before WWII to join her daughter Tzilla.

We would love to connect with any descendants as well as anyone
who also may trace their roots to Verba in the early 1900s. Thanks.

LeeAnn Dance
Co-Producer/Director
Feiga's Choice
www.feigaschoice.com
www.facebook.com/feigaschoice


Two obscure surnames - VARYUKA and PIKEPRETZ #general

harry@...
 

I am researching two family surnames, so far with no success. They are
VARYUKA >from Georgia and subsequently Vilna and PIKEPRETZ >from Kishinev.

If anyone has heard of either surname, could they please contact me.

Thank you,

Harry Ullmann, Manchester, UK

MODERATOR: Please contact Harry directly with any family information.
Responses that include leads and/or tips about research techniques
or possible information sources are welcome here in the Discussion
Group.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Two obscure surnames - VARYUKA and PIKEPRETZ #general

harry@...
 

I am researching two family surnames, so far with no success. They are
VARYUKA >from Georgia and subsequently Vilna and PIKEPRETZ >from Kishinev.

If anyone has heard of either surname, could they please contact me.

Thank you,

Harry Ullmann, Manchester, UK

MODERATOR: Please contact Harry directly with any family information.
Responses that include leads and/or tips about research techniques
or possible information sources are welcome here in the Discussion
Group.


Escape from Vienna, role of Chinese Consul Feng Shan Ho #general

Shulamit
 

Chinese Consul Feng Shan Ho is another forgotten hero, who saved
thousands of Jewish lives in pre WWII Vienna.

http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2015-05/15/content_20722914.htm
[or http://tinyurl.com/oyur9w6 - MODERATOR]

Shulamit Spain, Scotland

MODERATOR NOTE: The above-cited article references the following
surnames: GOLDSTAUB, ROSENBERG, LANG, ALFLEN, MARGALIT.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Escape from Vienna, role of Chinese Consul Feng Shan Ho #general

Shulamit
 

Chinese Consul Feng Shan Ho is another forgotten hero, who saved
thousands of Jewish lives in pre WWII Vienna.

http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2015-05/15/content_20722914.htm
[or http://tinyurl.com/oyur9w6 - MODERATOR]

Shulamit Spain, Scotland

MODERATOR NOTE: The above-cited article references the following
surnames: GOLDSTAUB, ROSENBERG, LANG, ALFLEN, MARGALIT.

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