Re: Need assistance getting three vital records from Berlin #germany

Lewis, Megan

Sometimes these records are in the International Tracing Service/Arolsen Archives DP materials.  Have you contacted either the Arolsen Archives or United States Holocaust Memorial Museum about this?


NOTE: I am teleworking until March 30, 2020.

Megan Lewis  Reference Librarian  202.314.7860
National Institute for Holocaust Documentation
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


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Re: Upcoming free access to the Archives of St. Petersburg, Russia

Joel Ratner

As of today, the free access to the SPB Archives is now scheduled from March 23 through April 30. 

Re: Need assistance getting three vital records from Berlin #germany


I know from a past experience,  marriage taking place in a DP camp in Germany was then also registered in the local town offices.

You might actually want to search the records that were gathered here:

For which you would learn potentially quite a lot about the people in question.

You could then write to the town administration to ask if they would look for a record of marriage.  Easier for them if you provide as much information as you possibly can.. Names, their birth dates, parents names, and date of marriage or year of marriage.  The more the better.  You most likely will find an email address for the town's administration.   I will guess you can write to them in English, but if you receive no reply in a week to 10 days, write to them in German.

Good luck with your search.


Re: CONVOY 68 OF FEBRUARY 10th 1944 FROM DRANCY TO AUSCHWITZ #france #holocaust

Selma Sheridan

My paternal cousins, Cécile HERSCHER, age 16, and Odette HERSCHER, age 14, were forced from St-Privat-des-Prés to Poitiers to Drancy to Auschwitz on 10 Feb. 1944 (convoy 68).  Their parents had been murdered in 1942, Mathias (convoy 8) and Sara (convoy 40).  Their little sister Marguerite, age 9, was deported to Auschwitz (convoy 77).  The family had fled from Lens, Pas-de-Calais, about 1938, hoping that St-Privat would be a safer place.  Thank you for keeping alive  the memory of the victims of convoy 68, and all the others.
Selma Sigal Sheridan
Oswego NY USA

Re: Kalmen Kaplansky

Alyssa Freeman

Thanks to those who've offered to help. I've confirmed what I
suspected - he is not related to me. His father was named Nochum
Jankiel, not Abraham.

Alyssa Freeman (researching SHAPIRO (Lithuania), LEVANISKY, KAPLINSKY,
(Latvia), FREIMAN (Galicia), and SUSSMAN.

Re: Kalmen KAPLANSKY - Canadian politican/human rights activist

joannegrosman joannegrosman

There is an archive in Montreal I believe called Canadian Jewish Congress as well contact the Jewish Public LIbrary in Montreal. They have genealogical information. I did some family research there. Also, there is a Montreal Genealogy society. Also, there is the Montreal Jewish Museum that does research into notable Jewish Montrealers.
Good luck!
Joanne Grosman

Re: Locate grave in Germany after Holocaust #germany

Eva Lawrence

The sentence starting  'In gleich.... '  means, "Please also copy,me in" .  it's a piece of office jargon. 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: Kalmen KAPLANSKY - Canadian politican/human rights activist


The bookstore was open in the early 1940s

Re: CONVOY 68 OF FEBRUARY 10th 1944 FROM DRANCY TO AUSCHWITZ #france #holocaust



My aunt, Sarah Mazour was in the convoi 68 of February 10th 1945. 


Re: Where is Arszana in pre-WW II Poland? #poland

Alexander Sharon

Well, looks like this is a misinterpreted name of Poland’s capital Warszawa.


Alexander Sharon

Calgary, Ab

Re: Family name and town #lithuania


There is a writer named Janice Aronofsky who lives, I think, in Arizona. Her website is

Good Luck!

BIALAZURKER (Hungary, Zbaraz)
LEMPERT ( Skalat)

Re: Carol Skydell z"l #JewishGenUpdates

Hank Mishkoff

Oh my, Carol was the first person with whom I worked closely when I started doing volunteer work for JewishGen all those decades ago. According to my archives, my first email from Carol was in June of 1999, when she asked me to develop something that now seems to be called the Wall of Honor -- which, I notice, dates back to September 1999. She was ALWAYS an absolute pleasure to work with, and she was always the first person to whom I'd turn to grouse about problems I might be having dealing with other people. She was unrelentingly cheerful, professional, and helpful. I haven't exchanged notes with her for some time, but now that she's gone I miss her just the same.

Re: Family name and town #lithuania

Paula Eisenstein Baker

Here is an example of a reply that would be better addressed to the sender of the question (rather than to the group):

"You can also try Lithuania, where Kaunas/Kovno is.”

I, a reader, do not know what the question was. Maybe I don’t care, but maybe—given that I have ancestry from near Kovno—this answer might be useful to me IF I knew what the question was!

May I suggest that it would be useful, when submitting a reply like that, for the writer either to address the sender privately OR to include the original question?

Paula Eisenstein Baker
Houston, TX

virtual conference - March 29

Janette Silverman

Many of you are familiar with the Limmud model of learning, spanning the diversity that is 21st century Judaism, across the globe. To make sure that we maintain social distances and yet also maintain community, Limmud North America is hosting a virtual conference on Sunday, 29 March 2020 from noon- 5 PM Eastern Daylight time. There will be more than 50 sessions offered in 1 hour blocks covering a spectrum of Jewish thought, history, literature, current events, and, yes genealogy. To see more and register go to

I look forward to "seeing" many of you there.
Janette Silverman
Salt Lake City and Phoenix

Need assistance getting three vital records from Berlin #germany

Ruth Clarke

Is there anyone our there with access to Marriage and/or Birth records from Berlin Germany.

I would be looking for two marriage records of jewish survivors which occurred in a DP camp in Berlin, the first occurring in 1945, the second ca. 1947.   I don't know the name of the DP camp but is was in Schlachtenee.   Also looked for a 1946 birth record from same.

I am assuming, of course, that the marriages and births of Jewish DP survivors were registered.

Re: Online Meetings

Sarah L Meyer

I too would appreciate this.  However professionally, I do know that there are charges for webinars.  It would depend upon the meeting.  Maybe if you belonged to saya JGS, your membership would include all that JGS webinars and perhaps there could be reciprocal webinars.  Then perhaps a small charge ($10 or so) for those of us who don't belong to any JGS due to distance - or create a virtual JGS with an annual fee such as the $50 for a year of Legacy webinars.  If the webinar was not recorded or even if it was but no one could get the handouts (you have to take notes) perhaps that would protect the speakers.

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: CONVOY 68 OF FEBRUARY 10th 1944 FROM DRANCY TO AUSCHWITZ #france #holocaust

Jerry Krassner

I have a relative from this convoy- Maurice Jagodzinski. He was my first cousin once removed. BTW- the email for Hess ("over quota") and Fride ("invalid recipient") failed.- Jerry Krassner

Re: New Mailing List Format

Ze'ev Itzhak Tschan

Re: New Mailing List Format A hashtag is a term immediately prefixed with a # (hashsign), like #this.

[Ze'ev Itzhak Tschan, Har Adar, Israel]

Re: Jaffa 1903

Rose Feldman

Your family probably changed boats. Maybe in France. It was the time of the Ottoman Empire in Eretz Israel and our society has yet to see any documents of ships sailing from here. I do suggest you try a search of our collection which has some documents going back to the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. They may have had documents from one of the foreign consulates here.

Good luck,

Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year

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Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year

Re: New Mailing List Format

Andreas Schwab

Add a hashtag referring to the country you are interested in to your topic/subject. For example, it you are member of GerSIG (German SIG), you add the hashtag #Germany. 
You can then select the postings refering to Germany by selecting "#Germany" frpm the Hashtags pulldown menu on the Messages page.

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