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Re: Hebrew Translation Requests: Two News Articles #translation

Sfingold
 

Ignore this post.  The links are not working properly.  Will repost when they go to the right documents.
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Sharon


Yiddish translation #translation

Abe Hirsch
 


I've posted a vital record in Yiddish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM85014
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Abe Hirsch


Translation help in Hebrew #translation

Abe Hirsch
 


I've posted a vital record in Hebrew for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM85014
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
 
Abe Hirsch


Re: surname Morpurgo #names

Jules Levin
 

My wife, an Italian citizen, used to take me to visit the Jewish old age
home in Trieste every summer, when we stayed at her apt in Udine. One of
the residents of the home was the writer Alma Morpurgo
(https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Morpurgo) The name Morpurgo may be
from the German town of Marburg.  The extended family is very
wide-spread.  Of course, since Levi was Italian, it seems reasonable
that his Morpurgo was related to Alma.

As it happens, there may be a connection with English letters. As it
happens Alma, born in 1901, took English lessons in Trieste from an
expat named Joyce--he was the brother of James Joyce. James Joyce was
also in Trieste at that time, and no doubt was familiar with its Jewish
community.  Anyway, I guess I am only 2 or 3 degrees separation from
James Joyce..

Jules Levin


On 8/23/2020 8:12 AM, Roberta Sheps via groups.jewishgen.org wrote:
I have been reading Primo Levi's collection of stories The Periodic Table
and looked up some biography on him. He married a woman named Lucia
Morpurgo and I wonder if her family had any connection with the English
childrens' writer Michael Morpurgo. Does anyone know?

Roberta Sheps
Colchester, England


Re: U.S. Appeals Court Rules Spanish Museum May Keep Nazi Looted Art #announcements #holocaust

Herbert Lazerow
 

     Stephen Katz and Adam Cherson raise excellent points about the Cassirer case.
     In this case, the parties probably stipulated that the painting was stolen. In 1939, Lilly Cassirer  transferred the painting to a Nazi art appraiser for 900 Reichsmarks, well below its actual value, which the appraiser paid to a blocked account that Lilly could never access. The painting then disappeared. 
     A transfer under duress applied by the transferee or someone related to him would not be a voluntary sale and would not transfer the title to the painting. On the other hand, whether a transfer due to financial hardship not imposed by the transferee, such as loss of income source due to the Nazi laws followed by a public auction, would be a theft, has yet to be decided.
     In this case in 1951, the painting surfaces in a reputable U.S. art gallery. It was sold to a U.S. collector by a reputable gallery. In 1952, the collector sold it though a reputable New York gallery to another U.S. collector. In 1976, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza bought the painting through a reputable New York gallery. The painting was kept mostly in Switzerland until 1992, when the painting (along with the rest of the Baron’s collection) was loaned to the Spanish government and put on display by a foundation established by the Spanish government in a Madrid Palace.  The foundation bought the collection, including the Pissarro at issue,  in 1993 with funds provided by the Spanish government.
     The precise question in this case is whether the foundation had acquired title by acquisitive prescription. To acquire title in that way under Spanish law, a person must possess the property as though he were the owner for a set length of time. In U.S. law, we have a comparable doctrine called adverse possession. Under Spanish law, the length of possession for a good faith purchaser is shorter than the time required for others to acquire title.
     The trial judge found that the Baron, when he purchased the work in 1976, did not know that it had been stolen, and was not “wilfully blind” to the likelihood that it had been stolen. The court found that in 1976, when you bought a painting from a reputable gallery that displayed a bill of sale from another reputable gallery, there was no reason for a buyer to inquire further. Whether the court would have given the same answer had the Baron purchased at a later date, I cannot say. Thouogh the art world is famous for the secrecy of its transactions, it has become more common to pay attention to provenance since then. If the Baron had known that the work had been owned by the Nazi party, the wartime German government, or a prominent Nazi art dealer, there might have been a different answer.
    What the 9th Circuit decided (on the litigation’s third visit to the Court of Appeals) was that there was ample evidence to support the trial judge’s verdict.
    Adam is correct that if the question in the case was the legal effect of the sale in New York, New York law should apply (though some scholars might dispute that) and the Cassirers would win. But the question in this case was whether the Spanish doctrine of acquisitive prescription would apply.  If the Baron purchased in good faith, enough time had passed for him to become the owner under Spanish law. If the Baron did not purchase in good faith, the longer period for acquisitive prescription would apply, and that period had not been met.
     This is the classic case of the eternal triangle of the law. An owner is robbed of his property. The wrongdoer sells it to a good faith purchaser, and absconds with the money, leaving the owner and the purchaser to sort it out. In common law jurisdictions, the owner wins because England had a stronger attachment to the sanctity of property.  In continental European countries that follow Roman legal traditions, the good faith purchaser wins because their law favored the security of commerce over the security of ownership.  In neither jurisdiction do they follow what seems to me to be a sensible solution, which is to split the property. Each party is innocent.  Each has been wronged. Why should one win everything and the other lose everything when they actually stand on equal innocence?
    This case is a good example of waste. The claim is being made by the original owner’s grandchildren. If they win, they will need to sell the painting. Their lawyer, one of the best law firms in the country, is probably charging a contingent fee of between one-third and 40% of the fair market value of what is recovered. The Pissarro will probably fetch multi millions of dollars on the auction market.  It is doubtful that the Cassirers have a spare 3 or 4 million to pay their lawyers, much less the financial resources required to insure, secure and maintain such a valuable painting. So it will go to auction, where it is likely to be bought by a very wealthy person.  In the best of all worlds, it would disappear into a private collection for a generation, then be given to a museum. Alternatively, it might be placed in a storage locker in a freeport such as the Geneva airport and unseen for an indeterminate period of time. On the other side, the foundation is also represented by one of the best law firms in the U.S. It is difficult for an outsider to estimate what the legal fee has been, but it is not unusual to have a $1 million lawyer’s bill to litigate to the court of appeals once.  This case has been there three times, though presumably the cost of each trip is less than the preceeding trip. How much more efficient it would have been for everyone (except the lawyers) for the foundation to have offered the Cassirers a reasonable amount plus a promise that the full sad story of their ancestor would be displayed on the identifying tag, and the Cassirers to have accepted it in lieu of trying to get the full value of the painting less their legal fees.
Bert
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Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110
lazer@...
Author: Mastering Art Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2020)


Re: Genealogy research leads to discovery of cousins thought to have died in the Holocaust #holocaust

sjgwed@...
 

When I began digging into my family history about 20 years ago, all I was seeking was what happened to my maternal grandfather, who died (I believed) in New York City some time in the 1960's. By that time, (I also believed) everyone in the family had stopped talking to him. Not expecting much, and not even sure if he had died in New York City, I sent $15 to the NYC Board of Health and requested his death certificate. It arrived with pertinent information, including the location (New York!), the date of his death, and the name of a woman named Eva, listed as the "informant." Who was she? No one in my family knew. After months of searching, I tracked down Eva, a Hungarian-born second cousin who had visited New York in the '60's and cared for her uncle (my grandfather) until his death. Subsequently, I found out that afterwards, she had made aliyah to Israel. So on a Sunday morning in August, 1999, I picked up the phone to call her and thanked her for caring for my grandfather until his death. Of course she was stunned, but very happy to hear from me. "There is justice in heaven, because you remember him," she said. But most startling was when she said - "Do you know you are calling me on his Yarhtzeit? It is the anniversary of his death?" (on the Hebrew calendar.) 
Four months later, I was on a plane to Tel Aviv, where I visited Eva again and again, and listened to her stories....


Re: ASOVSKY / OSOVSKY from Slutsk #belarus

DAVID PERRY
 

I'm researching my Schiff family from Slutsk and have come across the name Sashe Kazofsky, Sophie Rosafsky and Hade Asofsky. Zalman Schiff born circa 1852 has a death record listing Hade Asofsky as his mother. Two of Zalman's children show marriage records with either Sashe Kazofsky or Sophie Rosafsky as their mother. I only have transcriptions of these records and when the family history centers reopen I hope to be able to view at least two of the images which hopefully might shed some light. Do you have any knowlege of any of these people?  I'm really at a roadblock with my Schiff family trying to trace back further than Zalman.


Viewmate Translation Russian #translation

J. Grossman
 

Please help with the translation of the following records:  Thank you for helping me with my family research.

 

https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmate.asp?key=VM84980

https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmate.asp?key=VM85025

 

https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmate.asp?key=VM85026

 

Reply only via ViewMate.

J. Grossman

 


Viewmate Photo Identification #photographs

Fran Stark-Hundiak
 

Hello Friends!

I've posted a photo for which I would like someone to identify the uniform and give me any information about the tapestry in the background. 
 It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

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Fran Stark-Hundiak
Michigan USA
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ViewMate Translation request - Polish #translation #poland

Sandra Krisch
 

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Polish

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM84995

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


ViewMate translation request - Yiddish in Cyrillic Script #translation #yiddish

Fran Stark-Hundiak
 

Hello Friends!

I've posted the back of a photograph for which I need a translation.  I've been told that it is Yiddish, but written in Cyrillic alphabet.
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
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Fran Stark-Huniak
Michigan USA


Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation #poland

Greg Tuckman
 

Hello everyone,
I've posted 4 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...
1.  Birth Record of Sender WAJSBLECH:  https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishgen.org%2Fviewmate%2Fviewmateview.asp%3Fkey%3DVM83704&data=02%7C01%7C%7C2da3dff93cd647987fd808d847a47ca5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637338119069201129&sdata=%2Fiq8V7%2BDE7kHEF4erxn841X414pr3x%2BzRR3nHdXX0ss%3D&reserved=0

2.  Birth Record of Abram WAJSBLECH:  https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishgen.org%2Fviewmate%2Fviewmateview.asp%3Fkey%3DVM84855&data=02%7C01%7C%7C1b9220a0bc3d4beb481208d847a5c904%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637338124643802776&sdata=t46AQwBvme2JpPVm5oSQSFM8WpLgSYzN72L%2Bp38sAJ0%3D&reserved=0

3.  Birth Record of Szyia Heszel WAJSBLECH:  https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishgen.org%2Fviewmate%2Fviewmateview.asp%3Fkey%3DVM84857&data=02%7C01%7C%7C5ba0a9e1090a4613742f08d847a5cbee%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637338124693567182&sdata=5cvC5dUE4amTUVk6Vi6HgZExUE2RAciQFXpv1fpAjw8%3D&reserved=0

4.  Death Record of Szyia Heszel WAJSBLECH:  https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishgen.org%2Fviewmate%2Fviewmateview.asp%3Fkey%3DVM84858&data=02%7C01%7C%7C9c6e186b9d474550682a08d847a5cef2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637338124742898415&sdata=%2BPA7eALXDE7EYxvVSJAsqM2pV9dIowy9PadhtHm9EGg%3D&reserved=0
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Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona USA


Multiple (male) given names and Russian patronymics #general #names

Michael Kaulkin
 

Dear Friends,
 
I wonder if anyone has any expertise that would shed light on what seems like a very odd situation.
 
I had never known the given name(s) of my great grandfather until a few months ago, when I found pictures of headstones of my grandmother and her sister.  According to my grandmother's headstone, he was Mordechi Avram LEVIN, and according to my great aunt's headstone, he was Yisroel Mordechi LEVIN.
 
To make things murkier, thanks to research done by a newly discovered cousin, there is strong DNA evidence that he was also the father of a man who stayed in Russia and whose Russian patronymic was "Nakhimovich"  (Aron Nakhimovich LEVIN).
 
So, my questions:
  1. Are there possible easy explanations for the discrepancies among given names?
  2. Does it seem likely that Nakhim was yet another given name of his?
  3. Are there other possible explanations for someone having a Russian patronymic that does not match is father's actual name?
I am leaving out a lot of detail in favor of succinctness, but if you think you can help and need more info, by all means, let me know!
 
Many, many thanks,
 
Michael Kaulkin (KOLKIN – Vitebsk)
Oakland, California


Re: Citizenship #general #usa

bobmalakoff@...
 

My mother and her parents were listed as naturalized in the 1930 and 1940 Census. I was told that based on the Cable Act of 1922, all women naturalized after the law became effective needed to be naturalized in their own right, not through their husband's naturalization.  That explains the 1941 petition.

Thanks to everyone who has responded here or in private.

Bob Malakoff
Pittsburgh, PA
bobmalakoff@...


Re: Sharing family tree information #general

Lee Jaffe
 

If you don't mind hearing a perspective from the other side of the fence, I'm having problems getting information from relatives that would help fill in branches of our family tree.  I've recently made connections with cousins scattered around the country and have asked for their help with gaps in the record since some family connections have lapsed once earlier generations have passed away.  As a sign of my goodwill and valid connection I've shared an outline of my branch, with an offer to answer their questions, and hoped they would reciprocate. 

So far I've received very little help.  Initially they are excited at making the connection and seem eager to share family information.  In some cases, we've talked on the phone and exchanged some photos and documents, but those exchanges dry up quickly.  And I've yet to get any information that would actually help me fill in the tree.  In one case it took 3 tries to get a cousin to identify which of my great-grandfather's siblings he's descended from.  And I still don't know his parents' names or his siblings, partner, or children.  Ironically, I get the most help when people on one branch name names in another branch – e.g., "I'm not in touch with Hal but we talk to his sister Susan once in a while."  Bingo!  I now know Hal has a sister named Susan.  This is how I found out that a HS classmate was a second cousin, when another second cousin reported on the other branch, but nothing about her own family.

Maybe I need to be more explicit about protecting their privacy.  I hadn't considered that this might be an issue until reading this thread.  I've been so excited and encouraged by making these connections it never occurred to me that long-lost family – who seemed equally excited by the connection – would be so reticent to share.  No one has said that they don't want to be included in the tree or that they had privacy concerns.  But perhaps if I take that issue off the table right up front, that would be one less hurdle to sharing.  

Lee Jaffe
JAFFE > Suchowola, Poland
STEIN > Grodno, Bialystok, Poland
LUDWINOWSKA and BRAUN > Wizajny, Poland
JOROFF and KOSHKIN > Snovsk, Ukraine
SCHWARTZ > Perth Amboy, NJ


Belarus SIG Request for Volunteers #belarus #translation

Steven Rosenberg
 

Dear JewishGeners,
 
Belarus SIG is continuing with the translations of the Grodnenskie Gubernskie  1912 Duma Lists and we are looking for volunteers. 
 
If you have some experience transliterating names from Russian Cyrillic or a background in using OCR Software please feel free to contact me for this important project.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration.
 
With Best Regards.
 
Steven Rosenberg.
 
Slonim Uyezd Project Leader.


Re: MARANTZ - Odessa, Ukraine, Russia 1872 #ukraine #russia #austria-czech #unitedkingdom

alankleinrealtor@...
 

Thanks.  Not sure what to do with this info, but I'll work on it.  Do you have any history of Nathaniel?
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Alan Klein


Re: Genealogy research leads to discovery of cousins thought to have died in the Holocaust #holocaust

dmjacobs@...
 

Michael, very interesting!  I am wondering about the Moritz side of yout family.  My 2nd great grandmother Margaretha Schiff (born Metzger) had a sister, Regine, who married Hermann Moritz in or around the Mainz area.  I have a DNA match in Ancestry with a predicted relationship of 4th cousin 1X removed with the same name as yours.  Is it the same family?

Diane Jacobs


Re: surname Morpurgo #names

Karol Swanson
 

Hi
I understand that Morpurgo was the surname of Michael Morpurgo's stepfather.
If anyone is searching that name they should check out the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. That name appears on some of the wall plaques there.
Kind regards,
Karol Schlosser
Scotland


Re: Help: Hebrew use of Gis brother law in the 18th century Germany #translation #germany

Dr.Josef ASH
 

In the dictionary there are four meanings of "gis"
the same as for "b-i-l"
May be in Germany they had some other ???

Josef Ash