#general #france Jewish soldiers in the French Army during the Druz Revolt in Syria #general #france


Shalom all
Is any one familiar with the subject of soldiers from Eretz Israel in the French Army during the 20' of the 19century.
I have a client whose family's lore is that grandfather who left Eretz Israel, probably for Agricultural studied in France, Joined the army  to fight in the Druz REvolt of 1924-5. If this is correct info. where can one find information or data consistant with the story  ?
All the Best
Lea Haber Gedalia, Israel

#hungary #rabbinic in search of WEIL Family search #hungary #rabbinic


Hello All, 
I wander if any one can help with this query - Is the Weil family from Vac Hungary related to the Rabbinical family of Yehuda Weil and Yona Weil, as family lore states. I have searched almost all Weils family trees and found no connection.  Furthermore I know The famous Weil family did not have the given name Avigdor as this family have. Avigdor born in Vac circa 1830.
All the Best
 Dr. Lea Haber Gedalia,Israel

Re: Charlotte FRIEDMANN from Breslau #poland #unitedkingdom

David Lewin

Contact them via

I just got


At 14:12 07/07/2020, rv Kaplan via wrote:
Thanks David - link doesn't seem to work.  Wonder if you have to be a member?


On Tue, 7 Jul 2020 at 13:56, David Lewin < david@...> wrote:
At 20:19 06/07/2020, rv Kaplan via wrote:

Looking for information about the fate of Charlotte (Lotte)
FRIEDMANN from Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland), who was a refugee in
Scotland during the Second World War, living in Aberdeen. The trail
goes cold after 1945, though she doesn't seem to have married or
died in Scotland.


Harvey Kaplan
Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

Harvey L Kaplan MA, Director
Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
Garnethill Synagogue
129 Hill Street
Glasgow G3 6UB
Tel: 0141 332 4911  Email: info@...                      Â
The Scottish Jewish Archives  Centre is a national heritage, information and research centre that documents, collects and researches the history of Jews in Scotland since the 17th century.                                                                                Scottish Charity: SC030542

Re: Lincoln Brigade and Spanish Civil War #usa

Robert Murowchick

Jack Shiffman and many others in the International Brigade are listed and discussed in a number of reports of the Congressional Hearings of Un-American Activities (1938), Investigation of un-American Propaganda Activities (1944), and Scope of Soviet Activity in the U.S. : Hearings before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee To Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws (1956-1959). These are long reports, but if anyone is interested I'll be happy to make the full pdf documents available online through my GoogleDrive for a few months. Contact me directly by e-mail.

Lots of excellent resources on the International Brigades have already been provided by other respondents above--thanks! A few others include the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam  which holds a lot of photographs of the Int'l Brigades and related material; Polish, Austrian, and Hungarian participants in the International Brigades can be found in the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University in Budapest , and Martin Sugarman's "Against Fascism – Jews who served in The International Brigade in The Spanish Civil War" (Sugarman is Archivist of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, Jewish Military Museum).

Robert Murowchick    <robertmurowchick AT>
Needham, MA

Researching these family links:
MUROWCHICK/MURAWCHICK/MURAWCZYK etc (David-Gorodok, Belarus, New Jersey, Chicago)
KUNECK/KONIK/KYONIK (Kozhan-Gorodok, Belarus)
EPSTEIN/EPSTINE (Gavish/Gavieze, Liepaja, Latvia)
SEGAL/SIEGEL (Tilsit, Koenigsburg, Germany; Baltimore; Chicago)

Re: Can Udel be a Female Given Name?# names # hungary


My mother's sister's name was Adela. in Yidish she was called Udel.

Re: Philipsia Romania #romania


This is just a guess from someone who's been looking into his own Romanian ancestry, but it sounds as if it could be Filiasi in the southeastern part of the modern country. Does that general geography square with what else you know?

Re: Translation please from Dutch #germany #translation


Hello Reuven and Ed
I found in the document the father of Rika OS, [who was born on 18 Nov 1827], as Levi Simon OS who was married to Rachel Luppeman. Rika was born in Wonsdorf [now Wunsdorf, Hanover region].
Levi Simon OS is recorded as a rogue or scoundrel from Winschoten, province of Groningen, Netherlands, in the Allgemeiner Polizei-Anzeiger, Vol 29, No 42, pages 221-2, [Coburg 24 Nov 1849] as case # 10445, with a very detailed description of his features, and his misdeeds. His wife Rachel Luppeman and a number of their children are mentioned in old German lettertype. He is described as being 50 years old, which fits in with the record of Juan Goudsmit, where Rachel Luppeman is shown as Rachel Lappeman.
The document lists  4 witnesses who confirm the birth date of Rika OS. The declaration was issued by the burgomaster of Winschoten on 3 Feb 1853.
I know this is not the desired translation, but it may help.
Regards, Nick Lambrechtsen
Wellington NZ

Re: Morris Chaikin Mogilev, Russia #belarus


Good Day,
My wife's grandmother could be related to your family.  Her name was Lena Chaikin, her father was Morris and mother was Fayga.  This family lived in Gomel about 179 km from Mogilev.  Lena was born in 1893 and married Mendl "Max:Gitlin.  The immigrated to the US and lived in St. Louis, Missouri.  

Griffith Haber

Re: Charlotte FRIEDMANN from Breslau #poland #unitedkingdom

Michael Hoffman

Hello Harvey,

Try World Jewish Relief they have an archive of records for about 56,000 WWII Jewish Refugees see 


Michael Hoffman
HERTS, England

Re: Translation please from Dutch #germany #translation


Hello Ed
Perhaps we can work together on this for Reuven, because the handwriting is not very easy to read. Once we have done that, we have to translate it. Will you start transcribing the text into Dutch as a first step?
Regards, Nick Lambrechtsen
Wellington, NZ

Re: Morris Chaikin Mogilev, Russia #belarus

David Cantor

I cannot answer your question directly but this may narrow your search.  If Morris is part of the family also known as Charkin, there are many indications on Ancestry UK that they came from Yampol/Yampil which is on the current western border of Ukraine.  The river in question is the Dniester.  Coincidentally, I once overheard a conversation in which a member of what I presume is part of your extended family, said that they came from somewhere near the Dneiper river but I think Dniester is more likely.



Re: Nowe Miasto to Ulanow to Vienna #austria-czech

Johann Hammer

Did this family have children in Vienna? If so, what was the family name?


Re: Philipsia Romania #romania

Valentin Lupu

There is not such a place in Romania. There are some places with names sounding close (and derived from Philips): Filipis Mare (the big ) and Filipis Mic (the small), Filipesti, Filipesti de Padure, (Forest).
The first two places, north of Targu Mures (Marosvasarhely) are in Transylvania. The last two places are in Wallachia and Moldavia,but i doubt they had any Jewish people
Valentin Lupu

Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names

Jx. Gx.

The myth that immigration officers intentionally changed the names of arriving immigrants keeps coming up like a bad dinner.  Because family lore says so doesn't make it fact. To be sure, the person entering the names into the ship manifest may have misspelled names, but that is entirely different from a deliberate attempt to change a name.  Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing that misspellings may have happened when the ticket was purchased and was repeated on the manifest.  

Re: Translation please from Dutch #germany #translation

Pieter Hoekstra

If sourced online a link to the original document might make it easier to view, able to enlarge etc.
Pieter Hoekstra  <sold@...>

Netherlands Open Archives Adds 10 Million Historical Personal References in Particular Certificates of the Civil Registry #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



Open Archives added 10 million historical personal references,  in particular, certificates of the Civil registry.


These are documents from the following Flemish and Walloon archive repositories:


  • State Archives Belgium - Brussels, including deeds from Luik (Liège), Brugge, Antwerpen, Namen (Namur), Mechelen, Kortrijk (Courtrai), Turnhout
  • State Archives Belgium - Bergen, including deeds from Bergen (Mons), Doornik (Tournai), Charleroi, Boussu, Henegouwen (Hainaut), Chappelle-lez-Herlaimont
  • State Archives Belgium - Gent, including deeds from onder andere Gent, Sint-Niklaas, Moerbeke-bij-Lokeren, Vlierzele, Sint-Lievens-Esse, Herzele
  • State Archives Belgium - Hasselt, including deeds from Lommel, Tongeren, Sint-Truiden, Opglabbeek, Oostham, Tongerlo


The information from the scans has been indexed by volunteers from Family Search which shared the information with Open Archives.

To search Open Archive go to: This is a free website. 

Go to:


Open Archives is available in English, German, French and Dutch.


The scans of deeds can be viewed via the FamilySearch website, via Open Archives you are there in one click. Much of the data is linked to the exact scan. A small part of the data is linked to a scanned register. In that case you need to browse "digitally" to find the correct Belgian deed.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Question on DNA and Cohenim #dna

Stephen Weinstein

There is no way to conclusively prove through DNA that someone is a Cohen.  The child of a non-Jewish woman is never a Cohen, even if he properly converts to Judaism and his father was a Cohen.  However, his Y-chromosome (and that of his son) would still be the same as that of his father, who was a Cohen.  To be a Cohen, you need a line going back to the time of the Exodus in which everyone was born to someone whose mother was Jewish when he was born.  DNA testing will never tell you whether a woman converted before her son was born (which would make him a Cohen if he father was Cohen, and make his son a Cohen, if that son's mother was Jewish) or after her son was born (which would make her son, and therefore his son, not Cohenim).

New Translation of Memorial Book of the Sventzian Region in Lithuania just published #lithuania

Joel Alpert

Yizkor Books in Print is proud to announce the publication of its 97
and 98th titles

Memorial Book of the Sventzian Region
Part I - Life, Part II - Shoah

Original Yizkor Book
Published by the Former Residents of Sventzian in Israel
Published in Tel Aviv, 1965
Editor: Shimon Kantz

Translation Project Coordinator: Anita Gabbay
Layout: Donni Magid
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz
Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Part I: Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 930 pages with all original
illustrations and photographs.
Part II: Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 1076 pages with all original
illustrations and photographs.

List price for Part I: $67.95, available from JewishGen for $39

List price for Part II: $67.95, available from JewishGen for $41

The set of both volumes (Part I and Part II) is available at a reduced
price from JewishGen for $74

For more information on Part I and to order, go to the bottom of:
and click on JewishGen to fill out the order form and pay by PayPal
Put in Sventzian I and pay $39

For more information on Part II and to order, go to the bottom of:
For Part 1:
and click on JewishGen to fill out the order form and pay by PayPal
Put in Sventzian II and pay $41

To order BOTH Parts I and II go to the bottom of:
Put in Sventzian I and II and pay $74

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project (YBIP)

Re: Genealogical research in Argentina #latinamerica

Michele Lock

I would appreciate it if you could look for my great uncle Meir Colonis (or Colon). His first name might also be spelled Mejer. He came to Argentina in the 1920s, and he was likely born about 1897-1907. He was married to a woman named Felicia. He came from Zagare, Lithuania, where the original family name was Kalon or Kolon.

Thank you
Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA

Looking for
Lock/Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Rabinovitch in Papile, Lithuania
Leapman/Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Lithuania
Levin/Lavine in Minsk

Re: Baby birth/death records from 1910’s and 20’s New York — Doctor scandal — #general

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

I attended the Bronx High School of Science, took the bus down the Grand Concourse and worked as the hospital's switchboard operator from four to late evening. This was from 1952 to 1954. They were kind enough to give me supper. If I remember correctly it was Mrs. Leff who cooked or at least supervised the meals. And yes, they were delicious 😋
Deanna Mandel Levinsky, Long Island, NY
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

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