Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Austria Czech programs at IAJGS 2013 #Austria-Czech


Here are the programs specifically focusing on Austria Czech topics at IAJGS 2013. This is the preliminary
program so times and days might still change.

Sunday 3:15 to 4:30 pm
Thomas Furth. 245 Telegrams to a Wedding in Vienna 1907.

Sunday 4:45 PM - 6 PM
Paul King. The Notorious Familianten Decree of 1726. Was it Enforced?

Tuesday 8:15 Am -9:30 AM
Dr Lenka Matusikova. Registry Districts of Jewish Religious Communities of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia.

Tuesday 9:45 Am - 11 AM
Austria Czech SIG Meeting

Tuesday 11:15 - 12:30 PM
Dr Lenka Matusikova. Digitized Archival Holdings Concerning the History of the Jewish Population of Bohemia and Moravia

Tuesday 12:30 PM- 2 PM
Austria Czech SIG Lunch
Randy Schoenberg, Speaker

Hope to see you there.
Vera Finberg
Austria Czech Conference Coordinator

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Introduction Pollask or Obert #Austria-Czech


How much could Hungarian roots also include Slovak origins in Ruthenia or Carpathia?

My family has a very strange and possibly tragic origin.
As my Great-Grandfather, Steve Pollask Obert, who was born August 6, 1888 said that he was a

Yet now Lars Menk of Berlin has now found evidence that he might have been an ethnic Slovak.

He was an orphan who emigrated to British-Columbia as a young child. But he said his Parent's owned a
steel mill and that his Parent's were murdered for that steel mill.

His name has iterations of possibly Steve Pollask, Steve Obert, Stefan Obert, and Steve P. Obert

Maybe I should join the Czechoslovakia SIG or Austria-Czech SIG as well?

With Kind Regards,

Marcus Poulin


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Now Available-- JEWISH LIVES: BRITAIN 1750-1950 #Austria-Czech


Dear  JewishGenners,

My book, JEWISH LIVES: Britain  1750-1950,  

based on actual genealogical research,

traces the lives  of ten  individual Jews who immigrated  

--- >from Lisbon,  Amsterdam, Prussian-Poland, Bessarabia, Russian Empire,

Austro-Hungarian Empire, and Germany

--to London, Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, and Sheffield, UK.


... It's not just names and dates.  I explore  their trades, pastimes,

families, daily chores, food and celebrations  Drawing on social, economic

and historical records.  I  also explore their background, places of origin,

motives for  immigration, arrival in the UK  and experiences as they adjusted

to their new surroundings.


JEWISH LIVES: Britain 1750-1950
Author: Melody Amsel-Arieli
Publisher: Pen & Sword, 2013
IBSN : 9781848844117
Available through major bookstores, as well as  Amazon, Book Depository,
Pen & Sword Books, and  other choice  sites.

With kind regards,

Melody Amsel-Arieli
Maaleh Adumim, Israel


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Members of my family with two first names #Austria-Czech


Dear all

I am writing about a subject which has already been raised in the past. So
please direct me to previous postings, if you think this helps. I raise the
subject again, because I am not sure that I understand it.

In the course of my family research, I have learnt that members of my family
have two first names, one used frequently, one used sparingly. Why?

My great grandfather is referred to in almost all documents as HERMANN
POLLITZER. Born in Frauenkirchen, Burgenland, in 1839, he died in Vienna in
1905. However, his birth entry, in the Frauenkirchen records, gives his
first name as Isak.

My great, great uncle is consistently given the names Hugo Steiner. Born in
Retz, Lower Austria, in 1878, he died in Korneuburg in 1969. However, his
mother's death certificate "she died in 1924" lists all her children,
where he is named as Moses Steiner.

Dominique Dubois
London, UK

POLLITZER, Frauenkirchen, Vienna.
SINGER, Retz, Krems, Vienna.
STEINER, Retz, Vienna.

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Pnovany Synagogue #Austria-Czech


Hello Austria Czech SIG,

Does anyone here have any drawings or photos of the Pnovany Synagogue from
about 1870 to 1920? I have asked both the Prague Jewish Museum and the Plzen
Jewish Community. Both have said they do not have any. I do have recent
photos taken about 2005. Thank you.

Dave Bernard,
Sherborn, Massachusetts

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Courage of the Spirit Posting- Refuge in Stalingrad #Austria-Czech


I have posted the latest chapter in my research on my parents account on
Courage of the Spirit. It follows my father's route >from Lwow through
Tarnopol and on to Stalingrad where he and his brother found safe haven-
until the battle of Stalingrad.
Click on this link for the full text : COURAGE OF THE SPIRIT

Soviet Exile- Finding Safety in Stalingrad as the Khimike
There followed a year of relative quiet as the
two brothers managed to settle themselves in Tarnopol. The Soviets had
annexed the central regions of eastern Poland to Byelorussia (White Russia)
and southern regions to the Ukraine , while Lithuania absorbed the northern
regions. They set about removing all traces of Polish heritage >from these
regions. They also disbanded the Jewish communal institutions and Hebrew
education, while allowing for Yiddish language education under state-run
schools. All this did not affect the two brothers as they kept a low
profile. . . .
Rabbi Dr. Norbert Weinberg
email: norofra@...
The Courage of the Spirit:The story of Europe's Jewry in the 20 the
from family accounts and documents
Reasearching Family Records of WEINBERG( Dolyna/Ukraine,
Vienna/Austria, Frankfurt AM, Germany),ZARWANITZER ( Dolyna/Ukraine),IGER(
Lviv, Podwolochisk/Ukraine)GOTTDENKER ( Lviv, Bolekhiv/Ukraine).

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Entertainment at International Conference / Early Registration Deadline Near #Austria-Czech

Florence Schumacher, Boston 2013 Publicity Chair

Evening Entertainment Announced for International Conference;
Deadline Near for Early Registration Discount

Boston, April 24 --
Conference organizers for the 33rd IAJGS International Conference on
Jewish Genealogy have just released the line-up of evening programs
and entertainment for the August 4-9th meeting in Boston.
Internationally acclaimed musicians, artists and speakers will perform
each evening of the conference following each day's program of lectures,
workshops, films and tours. The first five nights are included in the
conference registration fee; the final night is a Gala Banquet for
which tickets must be purchased.

As previously announced, Sunday evening will feature the keynote
speaker Aaron Lansky, founder of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst,
Massachusetts. A dessert reception will follow.

On Monday night, Hankus Netsky, founder and director of the famous
Klezmer Conservatory Band and a multi-instrumental performer as
well as a professor in contemporary improvisation and jazz at the
New England Conservatory in Boston, will both speak and perform.
The title of his presentation is "Taking Extreme Measures:
The Ongoing Rescue of Jewish Music" (aka "The Hebrew National
Salvage Project").

On Tuesday, the internationally known classical pianist Mona Golabek
will perform a musical narrative, "The Children of Willesden Lane".
This is the moving story about Lisa Jura, her mother, who escaped
Nazi persecution on the "Kindertransport".

On Wednesday, the Boston based and internationally acclaimed Safam,
a six-member band, will play its original music, a unique blend of
American and Jewish musical styles.
After the evening's entertainment, a lively Jewish Genealogy Game Night,
a version of Jeopardy and Family Feud, will be held for late-nighters.

Thursday night's Gala Banquet will feature the Zamir Chorale of
Boston, Joshua Jacobson Artistic Director, an internationally known
singing group based in Boston. The Zamir Chorale has made 21 recordings
and has toured internationally with its repertoire of major classical
works, music of the Holocaust, newly commissioned compositions, and
Israeli, Yiddish, and Ladino folksongs.

The conference Film Festival will also be showing films in the evenings,
Monday through Thursday.

Be sure to register for the conference by April 30th -- less than a
week away -- to take advantage of the early registration discount.
Go to to register and learn more about the

Hotel rooms are still available. If you have problems making a
reservation, contact hotel@....

Florence Schumacher
Publicity Chair
33rd IAJGS Conference on International Genealogy

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech messages #Austria-Czech


I have not received any emails >from you since this one 10 days ago. I
continue you receive emails >from Gesher Galicia to which I also subscribe.
Judith Tapiero

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech NYT: Bystanders, Not So Innocent #Austria-Czech

Tony Hausner
Looks like a moving and important exhibit.
Tony Hausner Silver Spring, MD 20901 (primary email address: thausner@...)

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech FW: Pnovany Synagogue #Austria-Czech


Hello Austria Czech SIG,

Does anyone here have any drawings or photos of the Pnovany Synagogue from
about 1870 to 1920? I have asked both the Prague Jewish Museum and the Plzen
Jewish Community. Both have said they do not have any. I do have recent
photos taken about 2005. Thank you.

Dave Bernard,
Sherborn, Massachusetts

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech New article on Bohemian and Czech Jews in American History by Mila Rechigl #Austria-Czech

E. Randol Schoenberg

Mila Rechcigl has authored a new article on Bohemian and Czech Jews in
American History. I placed it on our website at

Randy Schoenberg
Los Angeles, CA

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech RE: Members of my family with two first names #Austria-Czech

David & Diana Laufer


My observation is that your ancestors each had
- a Hebrew name used for religious occasions such as synagogue services, and
- a civil name used in everyday life.
Both could have been recorded, but not necessarily so.


David Laufer

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech 2. Pnovany Synagogue #Austria-Czech


Apropos Synagogues of the CSR:

I have information, and a photo of the Trencyn Synagoge.
Also of Klatovy cemetery.
My visit there was in 1991.

In case of interest, contact me at zeevr@...

Zeev Raphael, Haifa


Roger Adler

Dear Siggers:
One of my relatives married a Bernhard HOLZER who was >from Neustadt or Neustadl
bei Haid in the Tachov district.
Can anyone tell me where records for Neustadt bei Haid would appear. I have
tried several possibilities but so far no cigar. The Plzen marriage record
says he was born about 1845 and married a (Lotti) Sara LOWIT on September 8, 1872.
His birth was not recorded in Tachov.

Roger Adler
Email: Baldreal@...
San Antonio, Texas 78213

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Researching SCHNEIR (SP?), ALBIN #Austria-Czech


from towns of Bucacsz and/or Jaslowicz or nearby. Some went to USA early
1900s-LA, Chicago, and Vienna, Montreal; some to Israel after WWII.

Please contact me if you have any information. Thank you.

Shelley Albin Corwin
900 Euclid st
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Kaufer family #Austria-Czech

Stuart Kaufer

All that i can find on my family re records of immigration simply
indicate Austria as point of origin. No towns noted on any records

Solomon KAUFER came in 1893 >from "Austria" w wife Rebecca STEINLAUFF
and several children including my GF Edward born in 1884.

Any info or suggestions on how to locate actual country and town of
origin would be appreciated.


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: Return to Ostrava, Czechoslovakia 1946 #Austria-Czech


For those of you interested in the immediate post-war period, the late
and excellent New Yorker writer Joseph Wechsberg wrote a long article
about returning to his hometown of Ostrava as an American soldier in
1945. We have just republished it at Plunkett Lake Press and you can
check it out on Amazon or at our Plunkett Lake Press site. It's a
great addition to our list of books by and about Central European

-- Best,



Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech RE: Kaufer family #Austria-Czech

Barbara Ras Wechsler

Stuart, you may want to sign up for the mailing list of
(austria@...). There's quite a number of experts there who
also can offer a lot of help with Jewish Geneology. What they need
however, is precise information, like birth dates, names etc. to start
of with. I found my jewish family link, thanks to this list. You have
to sign up via the website mentioned before.

Barbara Ras Wechsler

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Honoring JewishGen's Volunteers #Austria-Czech

Warren Blatt

Dear Friends,

On June 2, we will be honoring Karen Franklin, Gary Mokotoff, and
Lance Ackerfeld, for their leadership and dedication to JewishGen.

After working with each of these individuals for years, it gives
me great pleasure to see that they will get just a small measure
of the recognition they deserve.

Please join me in honoring them and participate in JewishGen's
Spring Brunch, which be held in New York on June 2. We will
also publish a tribute journal, and I invite you to place an ad.

You can register for the brunch and/or place an ad by calling
646-437-4326, or by visiting

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Warren Blatt
Managing Director, JewishGen

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Yizkor Book Project, April 2013 #Austria-Czech

Lance Ackerfeld


Simply amazing! These are the words that come to mind in regards the Yizkor
Book in Print Project coordinated by Joel Alpert which is presently
celebrating its second year of existence. There are now, no less than 14
books available to be purchased and in the very near future, a further two
new books will be added:

- Memorial (Yizkor) Book of the destroyed Jewish Community of Podhajce,
- Yampol Memorial Book

My sincere thanks go out to Joel and his team for this incredible
achievement in this project thus far and look forward to seeing their next

So popular is this project that we receive requests for books that have yet
to be translated which is, you'll agree, "slightly" problematic. <g> So, if
the community book you are interested in seeing printed has yet to be fully
translated, we welcome your involvement in helping to see this goal reached
and if you are interested, please feel free to contact me. We presently have
over 70 books fully translated but we also have a further 600+ book projects
in various stages of progress, so that we do have our work set out for us.

I would also like to note in this report, the great contribution of Osnat
Hazan and her team in preparing data for our Yizkor Book Main Index
database. The idea behind this database is the establishment of a searchable
database of all the people appearing in the various Yizkor Books. As you can
imagine, preparing such a database requires a great deal of dedication and
patience to go through the translations and index the proper names within
them. I understand the database will presently hold a total of 85,000
records which is a very commendable achievement and, of course, the work to
add more and more names goes on.

In general, I would like personally shake hands and thank all those many
people involved in the Yizkor Book Project whose contributions are so
important. Since I don't think I'll be able to visit you to shake all your
hands, I have continued to update the long credit list of over 400
volunteers who make the YB Project what is. This list is viewable at

Now to facts and figures for April, during this last month we have added
these 2 new projects:

- Dobromil, Poland (Dobromil: life in a Galician Shtetl, 1890-1907)

- Hoshcha, Ukraine (The book of Hosht - in memoriam)

Added in 6 new entries:

- Bakalarzewo, Poland (Memorial book of Suvalk)

- Benesov, Czech Republic (The Jews and Jewish Communities of Bohemia in the
past and present)

- Dunajska Streda, Slovakia (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Slovakia)

- Filipow, Poland (Memorial book of Suvalk)

- Ribnita, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume I)

- Vertiujeni, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume

We have continued to update 21 of our existing projects:

- Brzozow, Poland (A Memorial to the Brzozow Community)

- Capresti, Moldova (Kapresht, our village; memorial book for the Jewish
community of Kapresht, Bessarabia)

- Czestochowa, Poland (Resurrection and Destruction in Ghetto Czestochowa)

- Falenica, Poland (Falenica Book)

- Garwolin, Poland (The life and decline of a Jewish city) [Polish & English]

- Goniadz, Poland (Our hometown Goniondz)

- Grojec, Poland (Grizer Scroll)

- Karelichy, Belarus (Korelitz; the life and destruction of a Jewish

- Klobuck, Poland (The Book of Klobucko; in memory of a martyred community
which was destroyed)

- Lowicz, Poland (Lowicz; a Town in Mazovia, Memorial Book)

- Lyakhavichy, Belarus (Memorial book of Lachowicze)

- Lyubcha, Belarus (Lubtch and Delatich; in memory of the Jewish community)

- Molchad, Belarus (Molchadz, In Memory of the Jewish Community)

- Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of Nowy-Dwor)

- Radekhov, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Radikhov)

- Suwalki, Poland (Memorial book of Suvalk)

- Szczebrzeszyn, Poland (The Book of Memory to the Jewish Community of

- Szczuczyn, Poland (>from the Inferno Back to Life) [Hebrew]

- Tarnogrod, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish

- Tighina, Moldova (Bendery Community Yizkor Book)

- Tuchin, Ukraine (Tuczin-Kripa, Wolyn; in Memory of the Jewish Community)

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at to make it easy to find
- All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project
- Yizkor Book Translation Funds
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations go

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager