Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Looking for Zdenka JOHLOVA nee VRBOVA #Austria-Czech


Zdenka/Zdena VRBOVA and my mother Hilda TAUSSIG were together when they
escaped the death march >from Christianstadt. After the liberation, they
returned to Prague.

Zdenka's married name is JOHLOVA. She was born 30.05.1920.

Does anyone know Zdenka or her family?

Best regards,
Miriam Friedman Morris, NY


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech New interesting book for research in Bratislava from 1806 to 1839 #Austria-Czech


According to one of my contact the book named "Berit Israel" has been
published in London in 2009. This book embbed handwrittings >from Moses Sofer
( who was the Rabbi of Bratislava
from 1806 to 1839.
Within the book one can find the names of some young boys who have been
circumsized by Moses Sofer.

I think I found the correct reference here :

For example for the name MODERN :
Jacob (born before 1820) son of Simon

If you are aware of this book please tell us more. It seems it can be found
in :
- Yeshiva University, New-York, NY, USA
- Harvard University, harvard college library, Cambridge, MA, USA

J.Modern (France)

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: Czech forces in the British Army #Austria-Czech

Thomas F. Weiss

Dear fellow Siggers,

I have tried the web sites suggested by Pauline Crump, Frank
Eisinger, and Hans Peter Grab to find the list of names of Czech
soldiers in Britain. None of the links to the list of Czech soldiers
who stayed in the Army works - they are all broken links. Does anyone
have any other suggestions?


Thomas Fischer Weiss
Newton, MA

FRENKEL (Buchach, Vienna); BUCHHALTER (Skalat); ENGEL (Vienna);
FISCHER (Hriskov, Schlan, Prague); FRAENKEL, FRUCHTER (Rozhnyatov,
Vienna); KATZ (Schlan); KLEPETAR (Jistebnice); MEISELS (Nadworna,
Vienna); OLLOP (Vienna); ORLIK (Pohor, Jistebnice, Benesov, Tabor);
QUADRATSTEIN (Vienna, Saarbrucken); VODICKA (Dobronitz, Jistebnice,
Benesov, Tabor); WEISS (Mattersburg); SCHISCHA (Mattersburg)

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Czechs in Pioneer Corps #Austria-Czech


The web site quoted by other members asks 'Where Did They Go' but admitted
not having full information on the subject. In my own case I was not old
enough to join the British Army until January 1945 and togrther with many
other Czechs - sufficient numbers ro form a platoon - received our primary
training at the Royal West Kent barracks at Maidstone.
I cannot vouch for what happened to the other members of the platoon
afterwards but I was commissioned as Interpreter Officer in the Pioneer
Corps and acted in this capacity at several German PW camps in the UK until

Harry Stadler
Cranleigh UK

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Prague conscriptions add 50k more entries #Austria-Czech

E. Randol Schoenberg

Another 50,000 entries were added to the Prague Conscription database.
Total is now 1,263,272


Randy Schoenberg
Los Angeles, CA

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech JOWBR Update Announcement #Austria-Czech

Nolan Altman

JewishGen is pleased to announce its 2009 year-end update to the
JOWBR (JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database. The JOWBR
database can be accessed at

This update includes approximately 104,500 new records and 20,700
new photos. The database is adding 118 new cemeteries along with updates or
additions to an additional 99 cemeteries >from 15 countries. This brings
JOWBR's holdings in excess of 1.3 million records >from more than 2,500
cemeteries / cemetery sections >from 45 countries!

JewishGen is also pleased to announce two new partnerships, both
starting in the fourth quarter of 2009:
1. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA)
in Cincinnati, Ohio. JewishGen volunteers will help to create searchable
databases >from paper holdings at the archives for inclusion in JOWBR. We
thank the administration at the Archives and Jennie Cole for help
facilitating the arrangement. Thanks also to JewishGen volunteer Marian
Brown for help on premises.
2. The Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project, led by Harley Felstein,
assists in restoring abandoned Jewish cemeteries around the United States.
The Project will be adding burial records >from these abandoned cemeteries to
the JOWBR database. If you are aware of such sites, please contact Harley at

Of particular note in this update are the following additions:
. Bayside, NY. Thanks to Maurice Kessler and his team for an
additional 23,000 records >from the Bayside / Ozone Queens cemetery complex
whose original records were documented by Florence Marmor and David
. Weil Funeral Home Records - Cincinnati, OH. Thanks to the
management of the Weil Funeral Home ( and
the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
( for the first installment of 10,800
funeral records.
. Washington State. Thanks to the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Washington State, led by coordinator Nancy Adelson, for over 9,100 records
from 11 cemetery locations within the state. Photographs and additional
records are still to come.
. Mount of Olives, Israel. Thanks to the Israel Genealogical Society
through a project coordinated by Mathilde A. Tagger and facilitated by Rose
Feldman, to add portions of approximately 7,600 records >from their detailed
Mount of Olives records to JOWBR. Full records can be found on their site
at (
. Maryland Records. Thanks to the Jewish Museum of Maryland
( and Deb Weiner for an additional 6,600 records from
four Baltimore area cemeteries.
. Radauti, Romania. Thanks to Yossi Yagur for adding over 5,300
records to the existing Radauti records.
. Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park and Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Ontario.
Thanks to Kevin Hanit and Allen Halberstadt representing the JGS of Canada
(Toronto) for more than 4,900 records >from 70 sections of these two Canadian
. Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, the Dakotas and Kansas. Thanks to
Terry Lasky who has submitted records and photographs that he has personally
created or coordinated with other volunteers in these states. This update
includes more than 4,300 new records and approximately 3,600 photographs.
. Petach Tikvah, Israel. Thanks to Gilda Kurtzman for her ongoing
work at the Segulah Cemetery in Petach Tikvah, with approximately 4,300
additional records and 2,300 additional photos
. Home of Peace Cemetery & Emanu-El Mausoleum, Colma, CA. Thanks to
Pierre Hahn and Rosanne Leeson >from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS) , for adding close to 4,200 records >from the first book of burial
records for this San Francisco area cemetery.
. New York City Metropolitan Cemeteries. JOWBR has added
approximately 3,200 records along with their corresponding photos through
the Jewish Genealogy Society of New York's Cemetery Project >from various
landsmanschaft plots in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey
. Shara Tfilo, West Roxbury, MA. Thanks to Marjorie Duby for adding
to JOWBR's existing records with an additional 2,400 burial records and
3,800 photos.
. Khotyn, Ukraine. Thanks to Hymie Reichstein for coordinating the
submission of approximately 2,700 burial records and photos >from the
cemetery in Khotyn.
. Weibstadt, Germany. Thanks to Allan T. Hirsh for adding
approximately 2,700 records >from the old and new cemeteries in Weibstadt.
. South Carolina Cemeteries. Thanks to Ann Hellman, president of the
Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina ( for
their submission of close to 2,100 burial records and 900 photos >from seven
South Carolina cemeteries.
. Lodz Ghetto Victims. Thanks to Avigdor Ben-Dov for coordinating
submissions of close to 1,400 records >from burials marked by the IDF working
with the Yad LeZehava Holocaust Research Institute (YZI) Witnesses in
Uniform project at three sections of the cemetery in Lodz.
. Slovakian Cemeteries and Foreign Language Volunteers. Thanks to
Bobby Furst for submitting photos >from around Slovakia and a special thanks
to our team of Hebrew and foreign language translators for their patience
working with often very hard-to-read headstones; David Rosen, Ernest
Kallman, Gilberto Jugend, Nathen Gabriel, Osnat Hazan, Reuben Gross, Shay
Meyer and Zygmont Boxer.
. Anchorage, Alaska. Last but not least, thanks to Brock Shamberg for
submitting records and photos >from Anchorage Alaska cemeteries. probably our
northernmost burial records.
. Whether your name or records are listed above, we appreciate all
your submissions! Thank you to all the donors that submitted information
for this update.

We appreciate all the work our donors have done and encourage you to
make additional submissions. Whether you work on a cemetery / cemetery
section individually or consider a group project for your local Society,
temple or other group, it's your submissions that help grow the JOWBR
database and make it possible for researchers and family members to find
answers they otherwise might not. Please also consider other organizations
you may be affiliated with that may already have done cemetery indexing that
would consider having their records included in the JOWBR database.

Nolan Altman
JewishGen VP for Data Acquisition
JOWBR - Coordinator
January 2010

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech CAST - Czech and Slovak Things #Austria-Czech


The right link for the site concerning Czech forces in the British Army is:

Uri Meretz, Israel

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech SWOBODA oven factory/family BRUCK #Austria-Czech


Dear All

I am trying to find information on the Swoboda oven factory which I believe
was trading in Vienna in the 1930's. My father told me that his uncle was
co-owner of the factory with his father. My grandfather's name was Samuel
BRUCK, DOB 30.11.1880 and his brother was Andor BRUCK. I am trying to find
a connection with the Swoboda factory and also some information on Swoboda.

If anybody could help or point me in the right direction, would be much appreciated.

Many thanks.

Jackie Kelly
Aylesbury, England

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Pioneer Corps #Austria-Czech


I was interested to read about the Pioneer Corps because my cousins tells me
this is what my grandfather was in. I could not work out how this was
possible as he should have been an enemy alien. I thought he changed both
his name and age. Can we have any more information about this Corps? My
grandfather was Rudolph HNILICEK and probably passed himself off as David
WARNER, >from Tottenham UK

Ann Lazarsfeld Jensen

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: Czech Forces in the British Army #Austria-Czech


Czech Forces in the British Army
Sorry that the link didn't work. I know that the original lists came >from
material held at the National Archives. I suspect it may be in the
extensive refugee files >from the Home office, rather than the army, though I
would guess that the names must be in the Army Lists somewhere. A quick
search using 'Czech Pioneer Corps' etc only produces tactical reports. A
search using a specific surname should be more productive, but the best
place is probably in the huge HO294 file which is the Home Office file
relating to the Czech Refugee Trust and its forerunner, the British
Committee for Refugees >from Czechoslovakia.
Pauline Crump

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Translation of German causes of death at VM=14290 #Austria-Czech

Thomas F. Weiss

Dear fellow JGenners,

I would like help with the translation of the causes of death written
in script German shown on ViewMate (
viewmate/) located at

Thank you very much,

Thomas Fischer Weiss
Newton, MA

FRENKEL (Buchach, Vienna); BUCHHALTER (Skalat); ENGEL (Vienna);
FISCHER (Hriskov, Schlan, Prague); FRAENKEL, FRUCHTER (Rozhnyatov,
Vienna); KATZ (Schlan); KLEPETAR (Jistebnice); MEISELS (Nadworna,
Vienna); OLLOP (Vienna); ORLIK (Pohor, Jistebnice, Benesov, Tabor);
QUADRATSTEIN (Vienna, Saarbrucken); VODICKA (Dobronitz, Jistebnice,
Benesov, Tabor); WEISS (Mattersburg); SCHISCHA (Mattersburg)

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Translation of Hebrew for gravestone at VM=14269 #Austria-Czech

Thomas F. Weiss

Dear fellow JGenners,

I would like help with the translation of the Hebrew portion of the
gravestone inscription shown on ViewMate (
) located at

Thank you very much,

Thomas Fischer Weiss
Newton, MA

FRENKEL (Buchach, Vienna); BUCHHALTER (Skalat); ENGEL (Vienna);
FISCHER (Hriskov, Schlan, Prague); FRAENKEL, FRUCHTER (Rozhnyatov,
Vienna); KATZ (Schlan); KLEPETAR (Jistebnice); MEISELS (Nadworna,
Vienna); OLLOP (Vienna); ORLIK (Pohor, Jistebnice, Benesov, Tabor);
QUADRATSTEIN (Vienna, Saarbrucken); VODICKA (Dobronitz, Jistebnice,
Benesov, Tabor); WEISS (Mattersburg); SCHISCHA (Mattersburg)

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: Czech forces in the British Army + Czechs in Pioneer Corps + Czech And Slovak Things #Austria-Czech


Dear All,

I've seen the digests for the last few days with the posts about my web
pages, originally just an experiment in web page creation and therefore
named somewhat randomly "Czech And Slovak Things", but only now have the
time and energy to sit and write a message. The original location was indeed
on Geocities which closed at the end of October. In December I became aware
that the site had been transferred automatically to WebRing web space, but
was missing most of the images. It's only about 2 weeks ago that I uploaded
all the missing material, and as a Moderator note to one of the postings
mentioned the full site is now available, currently exactly as it appeared
on Geocities, at the following location:

The name lists umbrella page with links to individual list pages is at:

The copy >from Geocities at does seem to be missing some
parts of the site, but I have no control over this.

Amos: I wrote to you directly 2 days ago about this. I hope you received my
message. I have received no reply.

Pauline: I definitely had A LOT of problems with the Zoznam mail server over
many years, but they replaced their software (after a 2 week shutdown) some
time ago and the rgaskell@... address should work. Alternatively try
r.gaskell@... After a quick look I can see no correspondence >from
you after an initial exchange in July 2007.

Harry: Thanks for your comments. My "Where did they go?" question related
specifically to the members of the two Pioneer Corps companies formed >from
the "mutineers" removed >from the Czechoslovak forces at Cholmondeley in July
1940. The sums about what happened to them just didn't add up to the
original total. I think I later realised that many were released >from
service on the basis of being physically unfit. However, I'd be interested
in hearing more about your platoon and the company it was in.

To my continuing shame my web pages remain fragmentary, for which I
apologise. I always intended to fill in the gaps and expand the coverage on
Czechoslovaks in Britain during WW2, both civilians and military personnel,
but since posting the first of the name lists almost 7 years ago almost all
of my efforts have gone into replying to requests for further information on
specific individuals. Even here I have failed miserably. I'm afraid I get
far too involved in each case and it takes a lot of time, mental energy and
emotional strength to deal with them. I have received many E-mails that I
just haven't been able to reply to, and if any of the senders are reading
this I humbly apologise.

In addition to the name lists of civilian and military personnel (see link
above) I've also built a library of images that includes the following items
which may be of interest:

BCRC/CRTF Case Registration Cards
All items >from the 59 files with batches of cards open before this year (6
more were opened on 1st January, with another 40 currently due to be opened
gradually in future). >from The National Archives in Kew, London.

List of Military Personnel
6 volume alphabetical list of all personnel who served with the Czechoslovak
forces in the west (France and Britain), roughly estimated at around 20,000
names. >from the Vojensky ustredni archiv in Prague.

Loading Documents 1944/45
Copies of loading documents including names of all personnel of the
Czechoslovak Brigade for ships across the English Channel, both the initial
deployment of the units of the Brigade to France around the turn of
August/September 1944 (4,450 men) and later reinforcement transports. >from
the Vojensky ustredni archiv in Prague.

Maybe one day I will win the lottery (although that might be a little
difficult as I don't gamble) and retire so that I can do all this full time
and fulfil everyone's wishes including my own. Otherwise I'll just have to
try and fit in as much as I can and do my best, however inadequate that
might be.

Best wishes

Richard Gaskell
London, UK.

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) #Austria-Czech



I'll be on a visit in Israel at the end of March.
Now I am thinking about visiting "The Central Archives for the History
of the Jewish People" (CAHJP) where I have never been before.
Can I expect to find material especially on Bohemia (mainly Prague),
that I would not find in the Prague archives?
How should I prepare such a visit to make it a success?

All helpful information is welcome.

Thank you very much for your help in advance.

Peter Zimmer
Munster, Germany

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) #Austria-Czech

Israel P

Have a look at their website, Peter - .
The director is an English speaker and you can email her with questions.

Keep in mind three things. You may be talking holiday-time, so make sure
you go when they are open. Also, much of the material they have there is
catalogued by town, so you have to have an idea where you are looking.
Third, their material is in any number of languages, and the index cards
are in the language of the material.

Israel Pickholtz

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Pioneer Corps #Austria-Czech


Ann Lazarsfeld Jensen wrote:
I was interested to read about the Pioneer Corps because my
cousins tells me this is what my grandfather was in. I could not work out how this
was possible as he should have been an enemy alien.

The PC recruited >from amongst refugees >from early on, at least as
early as 1940. My late uncle, a teenaged refugee >from Vienna, was
offered a posting, but refused to be placed in a non-fighting
unit, as he wanted to strike back at the enemy in a more positive

He was interned for 18 months before being released and joining
the Royal Engineers.

Robert W Fraser
Western Australia

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Pioneer Corps #Austria-Czech

Anne Buchanan

Ann Lazarsfeld Jensen asked about the Pioneer Corps. My father, born in
Vienna, also served in the Pioneer Corps and later in the Royal Navy. My
mother tells me that the Corps would accept those who could prove that
they were refugees >from Nazi oppression and who could find someone of
good standing in England to vouch for their loyalty to Great Britain.
I've also found references to 2 books which have been written about
some of the Germans and Austrians who served in the armed forces
including the Pioneer Corps - "The King's Most Loyal Enemy Aliens" by
Helen Fry and "The King's Own Loyal Enemy Aliens" by Peter Leighton-Langer.

Anne Buchanan
New Zealand

Researching: ADLER (Slovakia; Wien) BERGER & POLLAK (Bratislava; Wien)
BUCHWALD (Kapolcs, Hungary; Wien)
HAHN (Kopychintsy & Drogobych, Ukraine) LAUTERBACH (Drogobych, Ukraine)
REDINGER (Chernivtsi, Ukraine)

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Opava (Troppau), north Moravia - Public Registry Archives on the Web #Austria-Czech


Dear genners,

I am not sure if this has already been posted, but the Opava (Troppau),
north Moravia - Public Registry Archives "Images" - are now on the Web.

The site is in Czech but the Search fields in English allow to search by:
Place, Date range, Sort (alphabet), Type (catholic, evangelical, jewish,
civil, army, other).

Happy searching !!

Peter Rohel
Rohel-Bach-Bohm-Loeb + Associates (genealogy)

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: Czech forces in the British Army + Czechs in Pioneer Corps + Czech And Slovak Things #Austria-Czech


Dear Richard and EVERYONE who has replied to my query about Czech forces
in the British Army,

I have been unable to properly reply due to internet problems arising
from the fact that I am away >from home. I now have a reliable connection
that allows me to SEND e-mails, so I am taking the opportunity to thank
EVERYONE for their help and postings.

Do we have a link to Richard's site on the Austria-Czech website? If
not, perhaps we should...

Hope everyone is having an excellent New Year.

Yerres, France

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech AW: Fanny (Zerkowitz) Hahn's deathdate #Austria-Czech

Traude Triebel

Hahn Jakob 76 Jahr(e) 26.06.1917 ZENTRALFRIEDHOF I. TOR 50 20 79

Hahn Pauline 53 Jahr(e) 06.11.1895 ZENTRALFRIEDHOF I. TOR 50 20 79

Traude Triebel
Pognergasse 6
A-2700 Wr. Neustadt