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Re: Looking for a reliable archivist to obtain family records from Belarus #belarus

Carl Kaplan
 

I just got my research results from the Together Plan. I was very impressed, and amazed they were able to take my family back to the 1700s. I also got a great story involving my great-grandfather illegally selling beer. I am now one of their testimonials. Good luck with your research.
--
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania
HOFFERT, BIENSTOCK< BIENENSTOCK Kolbuszowa, Galicia
STEINBERG, KLINGER, WEISSBERG, APPELBERG Bukaczowce, Galicia


Re: Lithuania SIG Vilnius household registers - 5,000 lines of new data available #lithuania

Amir Gur
 

Is Batch 2 already available added to the free searchable All-Lithuania Database?
18 month passed since this post.

Thanks,
Amir Gur (Gordonowicz)


New and Updated Databases on IGRA’s Website #israel

Elena Bazes
 

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released new and updated databases on its website. There are over 1,600,000 records available in our databases. With each release we provide a variety of records to our collection.

A preview of the database is available at

 

https://www.slideshare.net/igra3/new-igra-releasesoctober-2020

 

New Databases

 

Sefer Gemilut Hasadim Safed   1940-1951    371 Listings

 

Immigrants 1941-1942    4, 679 Listings

 

Voters Knesset Israel   Tel Aviv   Letters aleph-bet     18,053 Listings

 

Hemekasher Workers   Jerusalem 1959     311 Listings

 

Egged Workers    523 Listings

 

World Zionist Congress Delegates   1965    1,466 Listings

 

World Zionist Congress Delegates    1972   916 Listings

 

Updated Database

 

Telephone Directory Haifa 1963   Letters I-R    6,387 Listings

 

 

Before viewing the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:

 

http://genealogy.org.il/

 

Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.

 

 

To view the databases, go to the database tab on the website.

Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair

 


After 87 Years Nazi Looted Art Returned to Rightful Heirs #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

Winter Credit: Gari Melchers

 

The painting “Winter” by American impressionist Gari Melchers was one of more than 200 pieces of artwork seized by Nazis when the Mosse family fled their home in Germany in 1933. It is a painting of two young 19th century skaters and was recently discovered in a small museum in upstate New York. “Winter,” sometimes known as “Skaters” or “Snow,” was purchased in 1900 by publishing magnate Rudolf Mosse, who displayed it in a grand Berlin residence loaded with fine art.

 

The Mosse family spoke out about the Nazis early on in their newspaper Berliner Tageblatt. The negative attention earned the Mosses the ire of the Nazis, who publicly criticized the family and later looted their extensive collection of artwork. Heirs have been tenaciously seeking to recover the lost pieces for the past decade.

 

The Mosse Art Restitution Project was started in 2011 to locate and restitute the stolen artworks on behalf of the Mosse heirs. They have completed three dozen restitutions covering more than 50 items from public and private museums as well as private individuals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Israel and the United States.

 

Rudolf Mosse was a prominent publisher from the well-known family. He purchased the painting -- also been known as "Skaters" and "Snow" -- directly from the artist in 1900 at the Great Berlin Art Exhibition. Mosse died in 1920 and the family's art collection and publications were passed down to his daughter when his wife died in 1924, according to federal court documents.

 

The painting went from the Nazis to a number of people before businessman Bartlett Arkell bought it from a prominent gallery in 1934. There was no evidence of Arkell knowing the painting had been stolen Since 1934, the painting has been in the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, New York. When the museum learned the painting was taken illegally, it surrendered the art to the FBI in 2019.

 

"Winter" has an estimated value in the hundreds of thousands, but the figure will be determined in auction. The painting is expected to be auctioned off by Sotheby's.

 

There have been three dozen successful restitutions of over 50 Mosse pieces. There are eight ongoing restitutions in Poland, Sweden, Germany, Israel and US.

 

The restitution started when the Arkell Museum noted its seasonal closing in January 2017 with a Facebook posting that was illustrated with the picture of “Winter”. The post was noticed by a student who was working the person who heads the Mosse Art Research Initiative which is a university-based collaboration involving Mosse heirs and German public cultural institutions.

 

To read more see:

https://apnews.com/article/new-york-museums-albany-painting-377f76d519391ad1dae6e1f879454db5#

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


Claims Conference: Holocaust Survivors to Get $664 Million in Coronavirus Aid #announcements #germany #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

The Claims Conference has negotiated significant increases with the German government in compensation and social services due to the Coronoavirus.  The payments will be metered out over two years.

 

Approximately 240,000 survivors will receive two payments each of €1,200 (approximately $1,400) for a total of €2,400 ($2,800) beginning in December. Most survivors live in Israel, North America, the former Soviet Union and Western Europe. The German government accepted the results of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum regarding “open ghettos” in Bulgaria and the report of Yad Vashem on “open ghettos” in Romania which together recognized 27 specific places as ghettos, thus enabling survivors who were in those places to receive Claims Conference compensation payments.

 

The group said the aid from Germany will help Nazi victims get groceries, personal protective equipment and other necessities, and cover delivery fees so they can stay home.

 

Additionally, the German government will directly provide to spouses of BEG recipients who died after January 1, 2020, and do not get a BEG spouse pension, a “transitional payment” of up to nine months.

 

These additional Hardship Fund payments, along with the 2021 global allocation of over for social welfare services funded by Germany to €554.5 million (over $653 million) will impact Holocaust survivors globally,” Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, Claims Conference Special Negotiator, stated. The negotiations also resulted in a €30.5 million ($36 million) increase over last year in funding for social welfare services for Holocaust survivors.

 

The Claims Conference currently funds in-home care for over 83,000 frail and vulnerable Holocaust survivors around the world, enabling them to live their remaining days in dignity and in their own homes. Additionally, the organization assists over 70,000 survivors with other vital services, including food, medicine, transportation to doctors and programs to alleviate social isolation.


To read more see:

http://www.claimscon.org/2020/10/negotiations-between-the-claims-conference-and-german-government-result-in-significant-increases-for-holocaust-survivor-programs/

 

I have no further information on this. Questions should be directed to the Claims Conference- http://www.claimscon.org/about/contact-us/

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Re: Ukraine and Belarus births and marriages - what is best approach to find records? #ukraine #belarus

David Dubin
 

My father's mother's parents came from Grodno and I trying to find any records about them. May you provide more in-depth about how you got the documents from what archivist in Grodno? What did you need to do, how long did it take, how much did it cost, etc?

David Dubin
606XX, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States of America, North America, Northern and Western Hemispheres, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy, Universe, Space 


Re: Czar’s Dentist #russia #general

Jules Levin
 

This is a minor correction to my comment above.  Jewish boys AND girls
went to Germany to study medicine.  Pharmacy was especially popular with
women.  and I would bet that in 1900 there were more women doctors and
pharmacists in Russia than in the USA.

Jules Levin


On 10/15/2020 7:28 PM, Jules Levin wrote:
I doubt that your great grandmother was the only person in the Palace
who could read and write.  All the nobility and the gentry, and all
medical people would have been literate in 2 or 3 languages, or more.
The best doctors--and those in a hospital in the St Petersburg area
would be the best--had medical degrees from German universities. In
fact many Jewish boys went to Germany to become doctors and then
returned to Russia.  But what Palace was that?  It was possible to work
on Kronshtadt and live in Tsarskoe Selo, where the Summer Palace was
located, or in St. Pete itself: there was a regularly scheduled
ferry/sleigh between Tsarskoe Selo and Kronshtadt, and the first
commuter train ran between St. Pete and Tsarskoe Selo.  The latter was
the first fully electrified city in the world.  My grandmother, educated
in Tsarskoe Selo, arrived in America at the age of 15 speaking perfect
English in 1891 and the family settled in Chicago, which she considered
a primitive frontier town compared to her beloved Petrograd.  The
family's military supply store on Kronshtadt, and birth records for them
and my greatgrandmother's two brothers' families are recorded in the
Kronshtadt Jewish synagogue.  I would imagine that records for a
hospital located there might still exist.  A newspaper existed in
Kronshtadt and a researcher might well find your family mentioned in
some article.  My ggf ran ads and I have a photocopy of one, so I know
how much an officer paid for a kortik (the dagger worn on the belt) in
1878, when they were bound for the Russo-Turkish War.

Jules Levin


On 10/15/2020 6:00 PM, GRSN@... wrote:

My Great Grandfather, Alexander Borisovich Shneyer was said to be in
Charge of the Hospital in Kronstadt (Dentist) and whose wife, Anna
Alterman Shneyer was in charge of the communication system in the
Palace because she could read and write.
I remember my Great Aunt Sara, my Grandfather’s sister-in-law telling
me that my Grandfather's childhood was one of privilege because of
his
father’s stature with the czar.

Gail Roberta Shneyer  Nussbaum


Re: Czar’s Dentist #russia #general

Jules Levin
 

I doubt that your great grandmother was the only person in the Palace
who could read and write.  All the nobility and the gentry, and all
medical people would have been literate in 2 or 3 languages, or more. 
The best doctors--and those in a hospital in the St Petersburg area
would be the best--had medical degrees from German universities.  In
fact many Jewish boys went to Germany to become doctors and then
returned to Russia.  But what Palace was that?  It was possible to work
on Kronshtadt and live in Tsarskoe Selo, where the Summer Palace was
located, or in St. Pete itself: there was a regularly scheduled
ferry/sleigh between Tsarskoe Selo and Kronshtadt, and the first
commuter train ran between St. Pete and Tsarskoe Selo.  The latter was
the first fully electrified city in the world.  My grandmother, educated
in Tsarskoe Selo, arrived in America at the age of 15 speaking perfect
English in 1891 and the family settled in Chicago, which she considered
a primitive frontier town compared to her beloved Petrograd.  The
family's military supply store on Kronshtadt, and birth records for them
and my greatgrandmother's two brothers' families are recorded in the
Kronshtadt Jewish synagogue.  I would imagine that records for a
hospital located there might still exist.  A newspaper existed in
Kronshtadt and a researcher might well find your family mentioned in
some article.  My ggf ran ads and I have a photocopy of one, so I know
how much an officer paid for a kortik (the dagger worn on the belt) in
1878, when they were bound for the Russo-Turkish War.

Jules Levin


On 10/15/2020 6:00 PM, GRSN@... wrote:
My Great Grandfather, Alexander Borisovich Shneyer was said to be in
Charge of the Hospital in Kronstadt (Dentist) and whose wife, Anna
Alterman Shneyer was in charge of the communication system in the
Palace because she could read and write.
I remember my Great Aunt Sara, my Grandfather’s sister-in-law telling
me that my Grandfather's childhood was one of privilege because of his
father’s stature with the czar.

Gail Roberta Shneyer  Nussbaum


Re: Researching family in Saint Petersburg, Russia #russia

Tracy Fish
 

I just wanted to chime in regarding the significance of the SPb (Saint Petersburg) records that Joel Ratner mentioned in an earlier post. I meant to write about this much earlier in the year, but at the time, health and work had both gotten in the way. As Covid first picked up and various establishments began to close, Joel had shared on a different thread SPb records were temporarily available online for free. They were written in Cyrillic and not indexed. I myself, do not read Cyrillic and with the unbelievable kindness and guidance of Joel and also using Google translater, I combed through some of the records once I knew how to read the surname FISH in Cyrillic. Lucky for me, it was a short word so it stood out when the writing was legible.

My connection to SPb: My paternal grandfather immigrated to NY and I was always told he was from Saint Petersburg. This was interesting to me considering was I never able to find any DNA matches from Saint Petersburg nor any matches with the surname FISCH. For a long time, I thought it was misinformation or perhaps the surname changed. It is solely because of the temporary access to the SPb records I located both my grandfather and great grandfather's birth certificate. It turned out both were born specifically in Kronstadt. For context of time period, my grandfather was born 1906, my great grandfather, 1875. These records eventually lead me to the names of my 2XGG (b. 1850) and 3x great grandfather, as well as their spouses with their surnames, GRUNER, PAKORNOV, SKOVRONSKY/SKOWRONSKI, SLAVIN, and various siblings, their spouses and descendants. Also, although my great grandmother Esther SKOVRONSKY was born in Kronstadt, her father, was born in Klodawa, Poland (1846).

I share this for the following reasons:
  1. With the hopes of finding others with with connections to these surnames as well as other surnames listed in my signature below for this region
  2. To share of my family being an example of Jews living around Saint Petersburg pre-1900.
  3. To stress how valuable these SPB records are. I wish I had more time to go through the records when they were available because there's still an incredible amount I didn't have the chance to go through. There are a couple of forums that Joel has shared with me that have a couple of these documents indexed (I was able to find one family member on them). That being said, this would be an incredible and beneficial project should there be the means for someone to take it on, especially one who can read Cyrillic. I totally understand the time and cost it would take to do such a thing. JewishGen has been super helpful for identifying records of specific regions, but in terms of this region in Russia there has been no information available, which is unfortunate.
  4. My family, despite seemly living in SPb for a few generations, may not have originated from there, as suggested by one specific branch, however I have not confirmed this for other branches of this lineage.

All my best,

--
Tracy Fish
Nevada/Brooklyn, New York
tsfishphotography@...
IG: @tsfish

Researching many surnames includingBelarus: DORINSON/DOROSINSKY, LEIBOWITZ/LEVOVICH, LEVIN; Hungary: FRIEDMAN, HERTZ, KLEIN, WEIS; Poland: CHELMINSKI, FRAJSTMAN/TRAJSTMAN, KIERZENBLAT, LAKOMSKA, LANGMAN, LESZCZYNSKI, LEWKOWICZ, MARKOWSKI, POTOLOWSKA, SKOVRONSKY/SKOWRONSKI, WYGODA; Russia: GORDON, JAFFE, KAPLAN, PAKORNOV, SEBULSKY; Kronstadt/Saint Petersburg, Russia: COHEN, FELDMAN, FISH/FISCH, GRUNER, TSCHESNO, SLAVIN


Translate Yiddish written postcard from Jalowka #poland #translation

ronskillian@...
 

I request help in translating a Yiddish handwritten message on the back of a postcard. The photo on the postcard front shows my great-aunt Friedel Lewin nee Jelin standing by a fencepost, presumably taken in her hometown of Jalowka, Poland. I estimate the postcard was written in the late 1930s, prior to the advent of WWII. The entire family was killed sometime between 1941-43: Friedel, husband Hersh(el), and children Mashie/Moses, Yoshua, Itzhak, and Dvorah. This may be the last communication our family holds from the Lewins. Thank you for any assistance in translating this postcard.
Ronald Killian
Newton Centre, MA


Czar’s Dentist #russia #general

GRSN@...
 

My Great Grandfather, Alexander Borisovich Shneyer was said to be in Charge of the Hospital in Kronstadt (Dentist) and whose wife, Anna Alterman Shneyer was in charge of the communication system in the Palace because she could read and write.
I remember my Great Aunt Sara, my Grandfather’s sister-in-law telling me that my Grandfather's childhood was one of privilege because of his father’s stature with the czar.

Gail Roberta Shneyer  Nussbaum


Trying to make contact with the Iglow family in Los Angeles #rabbinic #usa

Neil Rosenstein
 

Howard Martin Iglow of Chicago & Rancho Mirage, CA was the father of
Greory Baines Iglow of Los Angeles and Agoura Hills, CA. The family
descends from the Menachis-Bergson-Sonnenberg-Horowitz rabbinical
families. Neil Rosenstein, author of The Unbroken Chain.


Viewmate: Russian Translation #translation

Rusty Wilson
 

I've posted a photograph on Viewmate with a name or phrase written in what I assume is Russian at the bottom.  I'd like a translation.  

You can see the photo here:  
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM87000

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

--
Rusty Wilson
Rusty.Wilson1@...


Re: SCHWARTZ/SCHVARTZ family #hungary

rich.meyersburg@...
 

Do you have any locations or other information?


Re: Jews employed by the Czars #russia

Rachelle Litt
 

My GGF was supposedly the barrel maker to the Czar.  They had a very nice house with a second house on their property because of the proceeds from providing the barrels to the Czar. That is what the family story is.

--
Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida


Reclaim The Records launches its biggest FOIA request ever, for BILLIONS of digital images and associated text metadata, from the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) #records

Asparagirl
 

Hello again from Reclaim The Records! We're writing today, to let you know that we just filed the single largest Freedom of Information Act request in our organization's history, for billions of historical records. Yes, billions!

And this time, we're not just taking on a single city or state archive or agency. No, we're trying to get these billions of files from none other than the United States National Archives and Records Administration, NARA.

What kind of files? Oh, you know, basically just everything that was ever digitized through their long-running public-private digitization partnership program.

Like, say, the Census. Immigration records. Military files. Everything.
 
Most of these records were digitized years ago, through NARA's public-private digitization partnership program, but even after the embargo periods ended, NARA never got around to making the data available on their own website. And then they dodged and denied any informal requests that were made for even small parts of that data. For example, we once tried getting a digital copy of the 1910 US Federal Census from NARA, as a test case, a guinea pig. And indeed, despite many back-and-forth e-mails, NARA refused to hand over the files to us, saying just that all the data would go online on the NARA website or through their API access eventually. (Spoiler: it did not.)
 
In other words, all these amazing historical digital records of AMerican history remained available online only through expensive subscription websites, and not through the Archives, even though the files actually belong to the American taxpayers. Not cool.
 
We're working with a great FOIA lawyer on this one, a guy who just won the FOIA case against the US Department of Justice for the unredacted version of the Mueller Report two weeks ago. And now he's helping the genealogists. And when we get this NARA data, and we're pretty sure we're going to get it one way or another, we're going to put it all online, for free. No strings attached. Anyone will be able to do anything they want with the records, both the digitized images and the text metadata that goes along with them.
 
Here's the actual text of the FOIA request we sent to NARA yesterday morning:
 
 
It's really, really long, but there is a lot of background information we need to present, to put the FOIA request in its proper context -- and to help explain the whole situation to the judge, should we need to sue.

Note that this is still a FOIA request, not a full-on FOIA lawsuit just yet, but it very well might become one in the near future, depending on whether NARA chooses to follow the law and release all the records, or not.

We hope they will. But we're ready to sue if they don't.

And if you're as excited about this new FOIA request (and potential new lawsuit target) as we are, we hope you'll consider making a donation to our non-profit organization, so we can keep fighting for open records from every level of our government, from the smallest city clerk's office to the actual no-joke National Archives itself.

Public records belong to the public, and not just to people who can afford hundreds of dollars a year for subscription websites. Help us get these records back and put them online -- for free -- for everyone!

From all of us at Reclaim The Records, thank you for your support! 🤗
 
 
- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records


Re: Free Webinar: Translating Russian Documents for the Non-Russian Speaker #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll
 

Yes. It will then be available on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Re: What is my best approach for finding census data on my family in Belarus born between 1885-1905. #belarus

clucenti@...
 

I have had quite a bit of success using Yad Vashem when families are known to have been residing in Europe during the interwar period, especially if they are believed to have been living there when WWII broke out. Not only are there Pages of Testimony, but other records, such as ghetto lists, lists of the persecuted, etc., are also coming online. You may find related households on Yad Vashem. I used Pages of Testimony this past week, in combination with Lithuanian Internal and Foreign passport applications I found on www.JewishGen.org, to piece together large portions of my extended family.

Best of luck.
Regards,
Cary Pollack


KAUFER family #poland #ukraine #usa

Stuart Kaufer
 

There are a number of branches of my paternal family, Kaufer in the US.  Some in Chicago, PA, Michigan and some of us have DNA connections with other branches but don't know or never heard of one another.  Some came from the area near Rzesow, some from Krakow and some from Lukovica, (now in Ukraine).   Lobl or Leib and Chaya (Chaja) Kaufer seem to be progenitors of family.   Can anyone add knowledge?    Usual searches have come up empty.  Thanks all.

Stuart Kaufer


STEIN family Chicago photos #usa

Stuart Kaufer
 

My GF Sam Stein ran a tavern at 1900 Grand Ave & my aunt and uncle a restaurant attached to the taven at Grand & Damen in Chicago.  Does anyone have memories of this, or photos?   The Tavern remained in the family until the late 60's.  Thanks.

Stuart Kaufer

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