This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #belarus #yizkorbooks

Bruce Drake

Two very different things loomed large in Zalman Wendroff’s memories of growing up — his hard-to-approach but awe-inspiring mother and the centrality of the family’s large samovar. (Wendroff went on to become a well-known Yiddish writer).

In “On the Threshold of Life,” a chapter from the Yizkor book of Slutsk (Belarus), he recalls being told how proud his father was on the day of his circumcision “but my mother did not demonstrate much joy. She knew – another child, another worry on her head.” His mother, who almost single-handedly ran a soap factory, was a “stately woman, proud, authoritative, always calm and controlled” who, when she did not like something, tersely pronounced “This is not good.”

“I loved my father very much, but did not fear him in the least,” Wendroff writes. “My love for my mother was more like awe of G–d, mixed with real fear. This G–d–fearing sense was like a stone wall between us…”

As for the samovar, it “was ‘large’ not only in size, but in the role it played in the house.” The large samovar was only used on festive nights and on Shabbath. The Shabbath nights “re the only evenings when Wendroff’s mother feels that she is still alive on this earth.” Worried about money, she saw the Friday night large samovar as “one of the means of maintaining the reputation of an ‘open house’” at which neighbors, acquaintances, important people, scholars, and maskilim [“enlightened” people”] could gather together.


Bruce Drake

Silver Spring MD

Re: Florence MARMOR burial records of the New York Mokkom Sholom, Bayside and Acacia cemeteries #usa


Yes thank you! I was in contact with Florence many years ago when Bayside was being “cleaned up” by a Mormon group during the litigation. My great-Uncle was buried there & is on the list (Isak Blumenthal age 1yr 10m. As far as I know they never found his grave or bones (I was in touch w/the man working on the area he was buried in). But he was a baby so...On the spreadsheet there are some ?? under cause of death as they listed several. He died of TB. The rest were just a result of the TB. His mother -listed on the spreadsheet as Emilie/Mollie Gryngras died 6 yrs later as she also had TB. She died soon after giving birth to another child who miraculously survived until her late 90’s. And she also had TB. I would not be here if that had not happened as my great grandmother Rebecca Schoenberg was sent for from Kuz’myn Ukraine to marry David Blumenthal & take care of his children & she would have 4 more girls including my grandmother Mollie (named after his 1st wife). Strange world. So thank you & thank you Florence (I know she is gone) for your amazing work. I’m glad that things are a bit better at Bayside. 

Does anyone know any survivors from Krinki/krinik #poland


Survivors from Krinki/Krynki, Poland near Lithuanian border c. 1914?

Belchatow Poland Book of Residents Additions on JRI-Poland #poland #announcements


When JRI-Poland added the Belchatow Book of Residents to the database over 13 years ago, we were limited to adding people that were born in the 19th Century.   Now that the Polish State Archives had made all of the images live, we were able to add all of the Jewish residents born in the 20th Century births and link all the entries!  Let me say that again.  ALL of the entries are linked to the scanned images from the Belchatow Book of Residents and are live on the JRI-Poland database -

Book of Residents are known in Polish as Księgi/Spis Ludności and in Congress Poland each community was required to maintain an ongoing census-like record of all legal residents of the community. The information was recorded in huge volumes and organized by house number.  More information can be found on Book of Residents at    Not all town Book of Residents survived but Belchatowers are happy that their town did.

Belchatow is located 26 miles south of Lodz and 13 miles west of Piotrkow Trybunalski and by 1939, fifty percent of the population was Jewish.

Many thanks go to Andrzej Selerowicz who lovingly worked on this project for his birth town.  The JRI-Poland would also like to thank Roni Seibel Liebowitz,  the original Belchatow leader, who worked on many projects to remember her ancestral town. 

Hadassah Lipsius

Dickler family genealogy #bessarabia


Dear All,

We are researching the Dickler family who emigrated from Otaci/Ataky and Mohyliv-Podilsky to the USA, Brazil and Argentina in the early 20th century. We have already developed a tree until our last known ancestor, Meer Dickler, who was born in about 1790, but there are still some branchs to be developed.

Please, write me if you can collaborate or want more information.


Best regards,


Re: "adoption" to avoid the czar's army #general #lithuania

Jeremy Lichtman

I've heard some similar stories in my family as well, but wanted to add that there were other reasons as well why siblings might have wound up with different surnames.

Surname adoption in Eastern Europe tended to happen between 1808 and 1826 (i.e. after the Napoleonic Wars), and generally speaking people didn't have surnames prior. There were various taxation policies around that time that may have made it advantageous for two siblings living in separate homes to adopt different names. I don't recall my source for this, or the details, unfortunately. Might have been an article on Avotaynu.

Which website has records of money transfer requests from Russian/Ukranian jews to American relatives? #poland #general #russia

N. Summers

For the life of me, I cannot remember which organization arranged money transfers to Eastern Europe from Americans. I know that my relatives (the Finkelsteins) asked for funds to come to the US from their cousin Abraham Sukoenig/Koenig in 1919 or 1920,  and I have seen a record of the request, but I can't find it on my computer or on the internet. Could someone please save me from myself and remind me which organization this was?

many thanks

Nancy Summers

Maryland, USA


FINKELSTEIN, BOOKSTEIN, KOENIG/SUKOENIG, LUSMAN, GOLDINER, SAGORODER/ZAGORODER (Radziwillow, Belarus/Ukraine; Ostrog, Poland/Belarus; Warsaw, Poland; Wolinsky, Russia/Ukraine)

LISS/ALPER  (Motol, Russia/Belarus)

LEAF/LIFSCHITZ ( Rechitsa, Belarus)

A question about tattoos and Auschwitz #general #holocaust

Simon Kreindler

An aunt and uncle briefly lived with us after World War II. Each had a number tattooed on their forearm. From what I have learned the only place that tattooed prisoners in World War II was Auschwitz but I have been unable to find either of their names in the Arolsen database.
Has anyone else encountered this?

Simon Kreindler

Re: Warsaw pre-1939 districts: Orla str. and Kr #holocaust #warsaw

Logan Kleinwaks

Warsaw directories of various types from 1784 to 1965 are full-text searchable at Warsaw is also part of many directories with coverage of all of Poland or other large geographic areas. You can see the list of Warsaw-specific directories included in the search at (scroll up a bit to see all-Poland coverage). By searching, you might discover other addresses where Adolf Tarnower lived or worked, but it's unlikely you will discover his sister's name in these sources, unless she was a co-owner of real estate.

Some Warsaw Jewish birth records for 1915 apparently survive, but I am not aware of any being online. See the inventory from the State Archives on szukajwarchiwach.

Logan Kleinwaks
near Washington, D.C.

Re: Ellis Island looking for Rebecca Braunstein or Ritzer #general

Barbara Mannlein <bsmannlein@...>

Have you looked for her as Rifke/Rivke? I doubt she entered the US as Rebecca.

Barbara Mannlein
Tucson, AZ

On Jul 3, 2020, at 12:56 AM, Ilan Leibowitz <maya@...> wrote:

Have found my Grandfather's Israel Feld entry into America 1905-1906.. Havent found my grandmothers(Rebbecca) entry who arrived in America around the same period of time. She went by the name Braunstein or even Ritzler She evenually married a Jacob Cohen(Her 1rst marriage) and later on Israel Feld!

Re: Looking for the Grunfeld from Cluj who wrote a book #general

Mihai Grunfeld

Hi Marcel,
I worked with Ladislau Gyemant about ten years ago. He was excellent, but he might have retired and I don't know anyone else. 
Good luck,

Re: Warsaw pre-1939 districts: Orla str. and Kr #holocaust #warsaw

Michael Turnbull

Many thanks for this!
How far back do the owner directories go for Warsaw? Where can I access them?
Adolf Tarnower was born in district V/VI, Sygnatura 77 but his family in 1930 was at Orla str and in 1935 at Krolewska str 29A. He was an architect and businessman but I have not been able to find where he was living when his son Aleksandre was born on 20 Feb 1915. He had a sister also but I don't know her name yet.
I am searching for Aleksandre's Birth Record and perhaps also other forms of Identity document, such as a 
Familijna Ksiązka Legitymacyjna, or  “Metryka Urodzenia” or “Odpis Aktu Urodzenia”  or “Dowod Osobisty.

Re: Paul (Pinchas Natan) Sternschuss of Neuilly sur seine, near Paris. #france

Francoise Kraft

On Facebook You can find a Elise Sternschuss Sarfati living in Paris.You could send her a message .She might be of the same family. Good luck
Françoise KRAFT

searching KRAFT from HRUBIESCHOW (Poland) and ODESSA (Ukraine).   INDIS from ODESSA (Ukraine),BELTSY (Moldova) and  NIKOLAIEV KHMELNITSKY Podolia(Ukraine)

Re: Arolsen Archives search available online!! #holocaust


The search feature at the Arolson Archives website is far from complete. If anyone wishes to get information from them, you really need to fill out an inquiry form  available on their website. I have used this method extensively for the last 10 years, but usually multiple requests are needed to get all the information you may need or want. I have visited the facility on several trips to Germany. The institute has undergone a major re-organization. The immense amount of records they have is far from being completely organized. The researcher that will help you fulfill your request is hindered by the incomplete organization of the stored records. That is why multiple requests is helpful, because chances are you will get a different research assistant who may locate  information that may have been missed by the previous research assistant. When I first visited Bad Aroloson, I was allowed to search the original documents. This is no longer possible, because of preservation concerns. This is by no means a criticism of their work, only an observation by someone who has extensively researched their holdings.

Town or village of Synorushko #names


Hello everyone, in any birth record Ï have seen the place Synorushko, where is it? Thank you

Jenya Kanadov

Re: Viewmate translation request - Szrensk, Poland #poland #translation


Great news on the New Szrensk indices.   Is there a time frame for their posting online? 


J. Glass

Re: ViewMate translation request – RUSSIAN #lithuania #translation


In Russian:


Для памятника     Копия

Тело умершей Сары Израйлевны Кейсис 39 лет от роду, похоронено на Виленском Еврейском кладбище в 4 разделе, 2 ряду, могила А20.

12 августа 1902

Смотритель кладбища (подпись)


Translate into English:


For monument                                                                                                                       Copy

The body of the deceased Sarah Izrailevna Caseis, 39 years old, was buried in the Vilna Jewish cemetery in section 4, row 2, grave A20.

August 12, 1902

Graveyard Overseer (signature)

Ellis Island looking for Rebecca Braunstein or Ritzer #general

Ilan Leibowitz


Have found my Grandfather's Israel Feld entry into America 1905-1906.. Havent found my  grandmothers(Rebbecca) entry who arrived in America around the same period of time. She went by   the name Braunstein or even Ritzler  She evenually married a Jacob Cohen(Her 1rst marriage) and later on Israel Feld!


Thank you

Ilan Leibowitz


Re: Florence MARMOR burial records of the New York Mokkom Sholom, Bayside and Acacia cemeteries #usa

David Lewin

At 19:52 02/07/2020, peter.cohen@... wrote:
Thank you for posting this. It is a valuable resource.  I recall seeing a much earlier version of this and noticing my all-time favorite Jewish name: Pesach Manneschewitz (see line 19800).  Researchers should be aware that this is not a comprehensive list, at least as far as Acacia is concerned. (I cannot speak to Mokom Sholom or Bayside in that regard, but I am aware of Acacia burials that are not included.) Nevertheless, a great help to many researchers. thanks again.

I totally accept Peter Cohen's comment that the 31892 listed burials are not a comprehensive listing of all burials in these New York three cemeteries.  If you care to send me any addendum you may know of, I will gladly add them to this tabulation
Currently I believe it is the best there is, and should serve as a memorial to the group of volunteers who assembled the data and, as far as I know, are all no longer with us

David Lewin


Joan Parker

Congratulations to Robinn Magid for this well-deserved appointment as Assistant Director of JRI-POLAND. It is a given that she is an excellent asset to JRI-Poland and will continue to be.  How lucky we researchers are that the board created this position and unanimously voted for Robinn Magid to fill it.
With warmest wishes for a long and productive service to JRI-Poland.
Joan Parker
Past President/Archivist
JGS of Greater Miami, Inc.
1) GOLDBERG/ GOULD, GOODSTEIN/GUDSTEIN, BERGER, GERBER/CRAWFORD, JAGODA-LipnoPlonsk, Plock, Poland-Russia; Warsaw, Poland-Russia; Galveston, TX; Bronx and Brooklyn, NYPortland, OR, Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA.
2)  PARKER/PINKUS, WINOGRAD, (GERSHO-BEROVNA?)., R0SEN, -Brest (Litovsk), Belarus; Grodno, Russia; Bronx and Brooklyn, NY. WEISS, NEIKRUG, DEL PINO--Brooklyn, NY.  RABWIN--Hollywood, CA, Salt Lake City, UT. CLAYTON-California.
3) GELFAND, KRITZOFF, KATZ, TROCK --Berezin/Bresin, Kodima, Minsk, Belarus, Bronx, NY, Miami and Miami Beach, FL.

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