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RESPONSE SUMMARY - Re: proving [non-Jewish] ancestry in Nazi Europe #germany

Diana da Costa
 

Two weeks ago I posed the following query:

"I have heard it stated that in some countries overrun by the Nazis, that
local populations were required to prove their lack of Jewish ancestry by
producing their own family trees. Is this just a myth or is it true and if
so, which countries were affected? Regarding Germany, I don't think this
was the case but perhaps it might have been in some areas? All ideas
welcome on this issue!"

There were so many useful responses which I have summarised in case others
might find the information equally helpful:

In short, it was not a myth that the non-Jewish population had to prove
non-Jewish ancestry. In fact, it was in many instances a matter of survival
as well as an opening for promotion within the ranks of the SS and the
Gestapo and the opportunity to get a job in the public service or join a
university. >from 1935 it was also needed by those who wanted to get married.

The evidence took the form of either a document or a family tree showing
Aryan ancestry which then had to be verified by the Nazis, some were stamped
with a swastika. Some (e.g. those wanting to
join the SS) had to research their ancestry back into the 18th Century, no
mean feat in pre-computer days! Many who wrote to me stated that they had
been informed of the practice by non-Jewish friends, descendants of those
who had to produce this documentation. This practice was not confined to
Germany but my respondents also reported that the practice was also known in
France, Italy, Holland and Austria. The inference could be drawn that
enforcing people to produce proof of Aryan ancestry was probably commonplace
in all the countries invaded by the Nazi regime.

I was also sent this link which giving more detail, I found most useful:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_certificate

A big "thank you" to everyone for their help.

Diana (Mohr) Gomes da Costa, Kent UK - formerly >from London -
Researcher number: 166938 email: dianadacosta@...

Researches include ARNSTEIN, BACH, BASS, BERLIN, COHN, DITTMANN, FLACHFELD,
GUETERMANN, HAHN, HELLMANN, HIRSCHMANN, KOHN, KRAILSHEIMER, KUGLER, LOEWI,
MANES, MARX, MENDEL, MORGENTHAU, MOHR, ROSENFELD, ROSENWALD, UHLMANN,
WEIKERSHEIMER and ZIRNDORFER - all originally >from Bavaria, mainly Furth,
Nurnberg and Bamberg as listed in the JGFF database.

German SIG #Germany RESPONSE SUMMARY - Re: proving [non-Jewish] ancestry in Nazi Europe #germany

Diana da Costa
 

Two weeks ago I posed the following query:

"I have heard it stated that in some countries overrun by the Nazis, that
local populations were required to prove their lack of Jewish ancestry by
producing their own family trees. Is this just a myth or is it true and if
so, which countries were affected? Regarding Germany, I don't think this
was the case but perhaps it might have been in some areas? All ideas
welcome on this issue!"

There were so many useful responses which I have summarised in case others
might find the information equally helpful:

In short, it was not a myth that the non-Jewish population had to prove
non-Jewish ancestry. In fact, it was in many instances a matter of survival
as well as an opening for promotion within the ranks of the SS and the
Gestapo and the opportunity to get a job in the public service or join a
university. >from 1935 it was also needed by those who wanted to get married.

The evidence took the form of either a document or a family tree showing
Aryan ancestry which then had to be verified by the Nazis, some were stamped
with a swastika. Some (e.g. those wanting to
join the SS) had to research their ancestry back into the 18th Century, no
mean feat in pre-computer days! Many who wrote to me stated that they had
been informed of the practice by non-Jewish friends, descendants of those
who had to produce this documentation. This practice was not confined to
Germany but my respondents also reported that the practice was also known in
France, Italy, Holland and Austria. The inference could be drawn that
enforcing people to produce proof of Aryan ancestry was probably commonplace
in all the countries invaded by the Nazi regime.

I was also sent this link which giving more detail, I found most useful:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_certificate

A big "thank you" to everyone for their help.

Diana (Mohr) Gomes da Costa, Kent UK - formerly >from London -
Researcher number: 166938 email: dianadacosta@...

Researches include ARNSTEIN, BACH, BASS, BERLIN, COHN, DITTMANN, FLACHFELD,
GUETERMANN, HAHN, HELLMANN, HIRSCHMANN, KOHN, KRAILSHEIMER, KUGLER, LOEWI,
MANES, MARX, MENDEL, MORGENTHAU, MOHR, ROSENFELD, ROSENWALD, UHLMANN,
WEIKERSHEIMER and ZIRNDORFER - all originally >from Bavaria, mainly Furth,
Nurnberg and Bamberg as listed in the JGFF database.

Klein Rabbi Carl Yekutiel KLEIN family of Hallendale, FL #general

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with the family of Rabbi Klein - his son is
Dr. Shmuel Menachem Klein a physician and his daughter is Tzvia Rachel
Ulmann.

Neil Rosenstein

MODERATOR NOTE: Please respond directly to Neil via email.

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Klein Rabbi Carl Yekutiel KLEIN family of Hallendale, FL #general

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with the family of Rabbi Klein - his son is
Dr. Shmuel Menachem Klein a physician and his daughter is Tzvia Rachel
Ulmann.

Neil Rosenstein

MODERATOR NOTE: Please respond directly to Neil via email.

The September 2019 Issue of the Galitzianer #general

Gesher Galicia SIG
 

Gesher Galicia is delighted to announce the release of the September
2019 issue of our quarterly research journal, the "Galitzianer." This
issue portrays Galicia >from different perspectives - historical,
political, architectural, and geographical - and takes readers on a
journey >from the birth of Austrian Galicia to today.

In the September issue, we experience Emperor Joseph II's early
encounters with the Jews of Galicia, and we witness the evolution of
Jewish participation in local politics. We read about an assistant
rabbi >from Dolina whose loyalty to the state helped him to maintain
his job. We meet a Jewish architect with an artistic legacy that lives
on in Lviv and a family legacy that lives on in the US Congress. We
are introduced to two brothers >from Dynow, whose lives diverged
dramatically during World War II. Finally, we get to know Steven
Turner and learn how a question about his surname took him on a quest
that ultimately led to his new position as president of Gesher Galicia.

Here are the articles in the September issue:
- "Interview with Steven S. Turner"
- "Research Corner: Discoveries in the Archives" by Tony Kahane
- "Becoming Habsburg Galitzianers" by Andrew Zalewski
- "Jewish Political Rights: Evolution in Participation" by Borries Kuzmany
- "The Life of Jozef Awin" by Sergey R. Kravtsov
- "New Finds: Old Regional Maps" by Jay Osborn
- "Two Brothers: Parallel Lives and Divergent Paths" by Nina Talbot

The "Galitzianer" is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia; for
membership information, visit our website at
www.geshergalicia.org/membership/ . Both members and nonmembers alike
are invited to submit articles on Galicia-related topics. For details
on our submissions policy, see
www.geshergalicia.org/the-galitzianer/#submissions or contact me at
submissions@... .

Jodi G. Benjamin
Editor, The Galitzianer
Gesher Galicia

**Please do not reply to this email address**
Send all inquiries about Gesher Galicia to info@... and
all inquiries about the journal to submissions@... .

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen The September 2019 Issue of the Galitzianer #general

Gesher Galicia SIG
 

Gesher Galicia is delighted to announce the release of the September
2019 issue of our quarterly research journal, the "Galitzianer." This
issue portrays Galicia >from different perspectives - historical,
political, architectural, and geographical - and takes readers on a
journey >from the birth of Austrian Galicia to today.

In the September issue, we experience Emperor Joseph II's early
encounters with the Jews of Galicia, and we witness the evolution of
Jewish participation in local politics. We read about an assistant
rabbi >from Dolina whose loyalty to the state helped him to maintain
his job. We meet a Jewish architect with an artistic legacy that lives
on in Lviv and a family legacy that lives on in the US Congress. We
are introduced to two brothers >from Dynow, whose lives diverged
dramatically during World War II. Finally, we get to know Steven
Turner and learn how a question about his surname took him on a quest
that ultimately led to his new position as president of Gesher Galicia.

Here are the articles in the September issue:
- "Interview with Steven S. Turner"
- "Research Corner: Discoveries in the Archives" by Tony Kahane
- "Becoming Habsburg Galitzianers" by Andrew Zalewski
- "Jewish Political Rights: Evolution in Participation" by Borries Kuzmany
- "The Life of Jozef Awin" by Sergey R. Kravtsov
- "New Finds: Old Regional Maps" by Jay Osborn
- "Two Brothers: Parallel Lives and Divergent Paths" by Nina Talbot

The "Galitzianer" is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia; for
membership information, visit our website at
www.geshergalicia.org/membership/ . Both members and nonmembers alike
are invited to submit articles on Galicia-related topics. For details
on our submissions policy, see
www.geshergalicia.org/the-galitzianer/#submissions or contact me at
submissions@... .

Jodi G. Benjamin
Editor, The Galitzianer
Gesher Galicia

**Please do not reply to this email address**
Send all inquiries about Gesher Galicia to info@... and
all inquiries about the journal to submissions@... .

Re: Proving ancestry in Nazi Europe #general

Diana da Costa
 

Two weeks ago I posed the following query:

"I have heard it stated that in some countries overrun by the Nazis, that
local populations were required to prove their lack of Jewish ancestry by
producing their own family trees. Is this just a myth or is it true and if
so, which countries were affected? Regarding Germany, I don't think this
was the case but perhaps it might have been in some areas? All ideas
welcome on this issue!"

There were so many useful responses which I have summarised in case others
might find the information equally helpful:

In short, it was not a myth that the non-Jewish population had to prove
non-Jewish ancestry. In fact, it was in many instances a matter of survival
as well as an opening for promotion within the ranks of the SS and the
Gestapo and the opportunity to get a job in the public service or join a
university. >from 1935 it was also needed by those who wanted to get married.

The evidence took the form of either a document or a family tree showing
Aryan ancestry which then had to be verified by the Nazis, some were stamped
with a swastika. Some (e.g. those wanting to join the SS) had to research
their ancestry back into the 18th Century, no mean feat in pre-computer days!

Many who wrote to me stated that they had been informed of the practice by
non-Jewish friends, descendants of those who had to produce this
documentation. This practice was not confined to Germany but my respondents
also reported that the practice was also known in France, Italy, Holland and
Austria. The inference could be drawn that enforcing people to produce proof
of Aryan ancestry was probably commonplace in all the countries invaded by
the Nazi regime.

I was also sent this link which giving more detail, I found most useful:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_certificate

A big "thank you" to everyone for their help.

Diana (Mohr) Gomes da Costa, Kent UK - formerly >from London -
Researcher number: 166938 email: dianadacosta@...

Researches include ARNSTEIN, BACH, BASS, BERLIN, COHN, DITTMANN, FLACHFELD,
GUETERMANN, HAHN, HELLMANN, HIRSCHMANN, KOHN, KRAILSHEIMER, KUGLER, LOEWI,
MANES, MARX, MENDEL, MORGENTHAU, MOHR, ROSENFELD, ROSENWALD, UHLMANN,
WEIKERSHEIMER and ZIRNDORFER - all originally >from Bavaria, mainly Furth,
Nurnberg and Bamberg as listed in the JGFF database.

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Proving ancestry in Nazi Europe #general

Diana da Costa
 

Two weeks ago I posed the following query:

"I have heard it stated that in some countries overrun by the Nazis, that
local populations were required to prove their lack of Jewish ancestry by
producing their own family trees. Is this just a myth or is it true and if
so, which countries were affected? Regarding Germany, I don't think this
was the case but perhaps it might have been in some areas? All ideas
welcome on this issue!"

There were so many useful responses which I have summarised in case others
might find the information equally helpful:

In short, it was not a myth that the non-Jewish population had to prove
non-Jewish ancestry. In fact, it was in many instances a matter of survival
as well as an opening for promotion within the ranks of the SS and the
Gestapo and the opportunity to get a job in the public service or join a
university. >from 1935 it was also needed by those who wanted to get married.

The evidence took the form of either a document or a family tree showing
Aryan ancestry which then had to be verified by the Nazis, some were stamped
with a swastika. Some (e.g. those wanting to join the SS) had to research
their ancestry back into the 18th Century, no mean feat in pre-computer days!

Many who wrote to me stated that they had been informed of the practice by
non-Jewish friends, descendants of those who had to produce this
documentation. This practice was not confined to Germany but my respondents
also reported that the practice was also known in France, Italy, Holland and
Austria. The inference could be drawn that enforcing people to produce proof
of Aryan ancestry was probably commonplace in all the countries invaded by
the Nazi regime.

I was also sent this link which giving more detail, I found most useful:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_certificate

A big "thank you" to everyone for their help.

Diana (Mohr) Gomes da Costa, Kent UK - formerly >from London -
Researcher number: 166938 email: dianadacosta@...

Researches include ARNSTEIN, BACH, BASS, BERLIN, COHN, DITTMANN, FLACHFELD,
GUETERMANN, HAHN, HELLMANN, HIRSCHMANN, KOHN, KRAILSHEIMER, KUGLER, LOEWI,
MANES, MARX, MENDEL, MORGENTHAU, MOHR, ROSENFELD, ROSENWALD, UHLMANN,
WEIKERSHEIMER and ZIRNDORFER - all originally >from Bavaria, mainly Furth,
Nurnberg and Bamberg as listed in the JGFF database.

The September 2019 Issue of the Galitzianer #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG
 

Gesher Galicia is delighted to announce the release of the September
2019 issue of our quarterly research journal, the "Galitzianer." This
issue portrays Galicia >from different perspectives -- historical, political,
architectural, and geographical -- and takes readers on a journey >from
the birth of Austrian Galicia to today.

In the September issue, we experience Emperor Joseph II's early
encounters with the Jews of Galicia, and we witness the evolution of
Jewish participation in local politics. We read about an assistant rabbi
from Dolina whose loyalty to the state helped him to maintain his job.
We meet a Jewish architect with an artistic legacy that lives on in Lviv
and a family legacy that lives on in the US Congress. We are
introduced to two brothers >from Dynow, whose lives diverged
dramatically during World War II. Finally, we get to know Steven Turner
and learn how a question about his surname took him on a quest that
ultimately led to his new position as president of Gesher Galicia.

Here are the articles in the September issue:
- "Interview with Steven S. Turner"
- "Research Corner: Discoveries in the Archives" by Tony Kahane
- "Becoming Habsburg Galitzianers" by Andrew Zalewski
- "Jewish Political Rights: Evolution in Participation" by Borries Kuzmany
- "The Life of Jozef Awin" by Sergey R. Kravtsov
- "New Finds: Old Regional Maps" by Jay Osborn
- "Two Brothers: Parallel Lives and Divergent Paths" by Nina Talbot

The "Galitzianer" is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia; for
membership information, visit our website at
www.geshergalicia.org/membership/. Both members and nonmembers
alike are invited to submit articles on Galicia-related topics. For details
on our submissions policy, see
www.geshergalicia.org/the-galitzianer/#submissions or contact me at
submissions@....

Jodi G. Benjamin
Editor, The Galitzianer
Gesher Galicia

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Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia The September 2019 Issue of the Galitzianer #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG
 

Gesher Galicia is delighted to announce the release of the September
2019 issue of our quarterly research journal, the "Galitzianer." This
issue portrays Galicia >from different perspectives -- historical, political,
architectural, and geographical -- and takes readers on a journey >from
the birth of Austrian Galicia to today.

In the September issue, we experience Emperor Joseph II's early
encounters with the Jews of Galicia, and we witness the evolution of
Jewish participation in local politics. We read about an assistant rabbi
from Dolina whose loyalty to the state helped him to maintain his job.
We meet a Jewish architect with an artistic legacy that lives on in Lviv
and a family legacy that lives on in the US Congress. We are
introduced to two brothers >from Dynow, whose lives diverged
dramatically during World War II. Finally, we get to know Steven Turner
and learn how a question about his surname took him on a quest that
ultimately led to his new position as president of Gesher Galicia.

Here are the articles in the September issue:
- "Interview with Steven S. Turner"
- "Research Corner: Discoveries in the Archives" by Tony Kahane
- "Becoming Habsburg Galitzianers" by Andrew Zalewski
- "Jewish Political Rights: Evolution in Participation" by Borries Kuzmany
- "The Life of Jozef Awin" by Sergey R. Kravtsov
- "New Finds: Old Regional Maps" by Jay Osborn
- "Two Brothers: Parallel Lives and Divergent Paths" by Nina Talbot

The "Galitzianer" is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia; for
membership information, visit our website at
www.geshergalicia.org/membership/. Both members and nonmembers
alike are invited to submit articles on Galicia-related topics. For details
on our submissions policy, see
www.geshergalicia.org/the-galitzianer/#submissions or contact me at
submissions@....

Jodi G. Benjamin
Editor, The Galitzianer
Gesher Galicia

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The September 2019 Issue of the Galitzianer #ukraine

Gesher Galicia SIG
 

Gesher Galicia is delighted to announce the release of the September
2019 issue of our quarterly research journal, the "Galitzianer." This
issue portrays Galicia >from different perspectives -historical,
political, architectural, and geographical-- and takes readers on a
journey >from the birth of Austrian Galicia to today.

In the September issue, we experience Emperor Joseph II's early
encounters with the Jews of Galicia, and we witness the evolution of
Jewish participation in local politics. We read about an assistant
rabbi >from Dolina whose loyalty to the state helped him to maintain
his job. We meet a Jewish architect with an artistic legacy that lives
on in Lviv and a family legacy that lives on in the US Congress. We
are introduced to two brothers >from Dynow, whose lives diverged
dramatically during World War II. Finally, we get to know Steven
Turner and learn how a question about his surname took him on a quest
that ultimately led to his new position as president of Gesher
Galicia.

Here are the articles in the September issue:
- "Interview with Steven S. Turner"
- "Research Corner: Discoveries in the Archives" by Tony Kahane
- "Becoming Habsburg Galitzianers" by Andrew Zalewski
- "Jewish Political Rights: Evolution in Participation" by Borries Kuzmany
- "The Life of Jozef Awin" by Sergey R. Kravtsov
- "New Finds: Old Regional Maps" by Jay Osborn
- "Two Brothers: Parallel Lives and Divergent Paths" by Nina Talbot

The "Galitzianer" is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia; for
membership information, visit our website at
www.geshergalicia.org/membership/. Both members and nonmembers alike
are invited to submit articles on Galicia-related topics. For details
on our submissions policy, see
www.geshergalicia.org/the-galitzianer/#submissions or contact me at
submissions@....

Jodi G. Benjamin
Editor, The Galitzianer
Gesher Galicia
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Ukraine SIG #Ukraine The September 2019 Issue of the Galitzianer #ukraine

Gesher Galicia SIG
 

Gesher Galicia is delighted to announce the release of the September
2019 issue of our quarterly research journal, the "Galitzianer." This
issue portrays Galicia >from different perspectives -historical,
political, architectural, and geographical-- and takes readers on a
journey >from the birth of Austrian Galicia to today.

In the September issue, we experience Emperor Joseph II's early
encounters with the Jews of Galicia, and we witness the evolution of
Jewish participation in local politics. We read about an assistant
rabbi >from Dolina whose loyalty to the state helped him to maintain
his job. We meet a Jewish architect with an artistic legacy that lives
on in Lviv and a family legacy that lives on in the US Congress. We
are introduced to two brothers >from Dynow, whose lives diverged
dramatically during World War II. Finally, we get to know Steven
Turner and learn how a question about his surname took him on a quest
that ultimately led to his new position as president of Gesher
Galicia.

Here are the articles in the September issue:
- "Interview with Steven S. Turner"
- "Research Corner: Discoveries in the Archives" by Tony Kahane
- "Becoming Habsburg Galitzianers" by Andrew Zalewski
- "Jewish Political Rights: Evolution in Participation" by Borries Kuzmany
- "The Life of Jozef Awin" by Sergey R. Kravtsov
- "New Finds: Old Regional Maps" by Jay Osborn
- "Two Brothers: Parallel Lives and Divergent Paths" by Nina Talbot

The "Galitzianer" is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia; for
membership information, visit our website at
www.geshergalicia.org/membership/. Both members and nonmembers alike
are invited to submit articles on Galicia-related topics. For details
on our submissions policy, see
www.geshergalicia.org/the-galitzianer/#submissions or contact me at
submissions@....

Jodi G. Benjamin
Editor, The Galitzianer
Gesher Galicia
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Bharier family Edgware, London #rabbinic

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with the family of Colin Bharier, son of Ronald
Bharier and Nita Cohen of London. Their children are Linda Prior and
Colin Bharier (married Esther Moradoff all in London.

Neil Rosenstein

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Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Bharier family Edgware, London #rabbinic

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with the family of Colin Bharier, son of Ronald
Bharier and Nita Cohen of London. Their children are Linda Prior and
Colin Bharier (married Esther Moradoff all in London.

Neil Rosenstein

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JewishGen Education offers new class Research in Belarus Sept 6-27 #warsaw #poland

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen will offer a three week course Research in Belarus
September 6 - September 27. It covers the modern boundaries of
Belarus and includes parts of the former Lithuania, Latvia and
Poland.

This is a personal mentoring class held on a private JewishGen
Forum. Students work one-on-one with the instructor. Students
should have 8-10 hours per week to read the lessons, search online
and interact with the instructor. This class is open 24/7.

Students must feel comfortable using the computer for database
searches. Tuition is $150.

To enroll:
http://www.jewishgen.org/education

Enrollment is limited and registration will close when the course is full.
Send your questions to:
nholden@...

Nancy Holden
Instructor

Phyllis Kramer z'l #warsaw #poland

Nancy Holden
 

To all JewishGeners

It is with deep grief that I have to tell you that Phyllis Kramer
just passed away. She has been a loyal and deeply loving friend to
JewishGen, to JewishGen education and to those who worked with her
and to all her students .

She will be mourned.

Nancy Holden
JewishGen Education

Phyllis Kramer, z'l #warsaw #poland

Avraham Groll
 

Dear JewishGen Community,

With tremendous pain and sadness, I regret to inform you that Phyllis
Kramer, our beloved Director of Education, has passed away.

Not many were aware of this, but Phyllis was diagnosed with an
extremely aggressive illness shortly before the Cleveland conference.
Phyllis shared the news with me, but asked that I not publicize it.

Over the past 6 weeks, Phyllis did a lot of work, together with Nancy
Holden, to perpetuate our educational offerings, and more information
will be shared in the coming days. But for now, we join together in
great sadness and mourning for someone who dedicated so much of
herself to the broader Jewish genealogical community.

I last spoke to Phyllis a few days ago, and last saw her in person a
couple of weeks ago. She was an extremely loyal friend, mentor and
role model to me personally, and I know that she will be deeply,
deeply missed by all of us.

More information will be shared, including what we can do to honor
Phyllis's memory, in the days ahead.

With tears.

Avraham Groll
Executive Director
JewishGen.org

Nowogrod Jewish Cemetery Project Background and Announcement #warsaw #poland

Jeff Miller
 

In anticipation of traveling to Warsaw, Poland, to attend the =
International
Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies 38th IAJGS International
Conference on Jewish Genealogy in August 2018, and of my desire to make =
a
roots trip to the sites of my heritage, I hired Ancestry Pro =
Genealogists in
October 2017 to research my Jewish ancestry in Poland [although I've =
been
researching my Jewish ancestry for 20 years, and have found many records =
and
connections with possible ties to my family ancestry, I had been able to
confirm relatively few of my findings as being tied to my family tree].

In July, 2018, on month prior to the planned start of the IAJGS =
Conference,
I received the following message >from the Ancestry Pro Genealogist =
Research
Team Manager:
Although we have not yet found records in Europe for your =
great-grandmother,
Perl, we have found some incredible information about the family - we =
have
the death records of Herszek Berkowicz Burzy=F1ski and Ma=B3ka Abramowna
Cymerman, your 2x great-grandparents and their 1845 marriage records. =
We
know >from these records that Ma=B3ka was born in Drogoszewo, Miastkowo, =
=A3om=BFa,
Russian Empire and died in Nowogr=F3d, =A3om=BFa, =A3om=BFa, Russian =
Empire [today,
Gmina Nowogr=F3d is in County =A3om=BFa , Volvodeship Podlaskie, in =
Country
Poland] Herszek was born in W=B1sosz, Szczuczyn, =A3om=BFa, Russian =
Empire and
died in Rydzewo, Miastkowo, =A3om=BFa, Russian Empire.
It took quite a bit of effort in a short timeframe to locate and engage =
a
travel firm in Poland that would take me on a roots trip to the specific
locations of interest to my genealogy. I found TRAVPOL and guide Andrzej
Puchacz who picked me up in Warsaw at my hotel on our agreed-upon time =
and
date. On our travel northeast >from Warsaw, Andrzej inquired of passersby
(local citizens) about places of Jewish cemeteries for my 2x great
grandparents Herszek Berkowicz Burzynski and Malka Cymerman. Andrzej =
learned
from querying a random person along the highway that the cemetery place =
in
the area is located in Nowogr=F3d. When we went to Nowogr=F3d, again =
Andrzej
queried local citizens and found out the location for the cemetery. It =
was
unmarked and inaccessible- but that didn't stop us. We climbed up a =
steep
incline through weeds and made our way to an area with 18 headstones.
Inscriptions were often worn away or obscured by weeds, but we did our =
best
to clear away some weeds and each of us took digital photographs. These =
may
shed further light on my ancestry.=20

I have since learned that the Jewish population of Nowogr=F3d in 1765 =
was 26
and the Jewish cemetery in Nowogr=F3d was created about 1778. Between =
1860 and
1908, nearly half of the general population of Nowogr=F3d was comprised =
of
Jews.

The cemetery is located on a hill, at the end of Poleglych Street. As a
result of the damage sustained after World War II and after the =
liberation,
the cemetery was devoid of tombstones. The Lauder Foundation in 2005 =
brought
one tombstone to the cemetery, and in 2007 more tombstones were brought =
from
the foundations of nearby buildings. Additional tombstones are kept in =
the
Open-Air Museum in Nowogr=F3d.=20

I have taken it upon myself to create a project for restoration of the
Jewish cemetery in Nowogr=F3d, and made contacts with key players in =
Poland
and elsewhere to help me advance this initiative.

FOD=AF (Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland) =
Director
Piotr Puchta and I have agreed on a list of items for prioritizing in =
the
fund-raising, and a target goal has been set for the costs of doing such
work. YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED FOR THIS MOST WORTHWHILE PROJECT.

Dan Oren, President of Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland, has set up =
a
fund-raising page for the Nowogr=F3d Jewish cemetery on the Friends of =
Jewish
Heritage in Poland website. The page has more details of the objectives =
of
the effort.

Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c) =
(3)
organization. Contributions are used only for projects in Poland. To
contribute, go to:
https://jewishheritagepoland.org/nowogrod.html

Warmest regards,
Jeff Miller

Warszawa Research Group #Warsaw #Poland JewishGen Education offers new class Research in Belarus Sept 6-27 #warsaw #poland

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen will offer a three week course Research in Belarus
September 6 - September 27. It covers the modern boundaries of
Belarus and includes parts of the former Lithuania, Latvia and
Poland.

This is a personal mentoring class held on a private JewishGen
Forum. Students work one-on-one with the instructor. Students
should have 8-10 hours per week to read the lessons, search online
and interact with the instructor. This class is open 24/7.

Students must feel comfortable using the computer for database
searches. Tuition is $150.

To enroll:
http://www.jewishgen.org/education

Enrollment is limited and registration will close when the course is full.
Send your questions to:
nholden@...

Nancy Holden
Instructor

Warszawa Research Group #Warsaw #Poland Phyllis Kramer z'l #warsaw #poland

Nancy Holden
 

To all JewishGeners

It is with deep grief that I have to tell you that Phyllis Kramer
just passed away. She has been a loyal and deeply loving friend to
JewishGen, to JewishGen education and to those who worked with her
and to all her students .

She will be mourned.

Nancy Holden
JewishGen Education