University of Zurich Students, 1833-1910 #general


In her message of March 21, 2001, Renee Steinig called attention to this
very interesting websit:

I had visited it several times before, astonished that it exists and
recognizing with glee some of the names it lists of various
revolutionaries about whom I've read in books.

But Ms. Steinig's message today prompted me to return to look for a
particular name, that of Chaim Zhitlovsky, because for several months I
have harbored a suspicion that my grandfather Isidor BELKOVSKY. while
studying medicine in Switzerland, might have met Zhitlovsky and been
introduced by him into revolutionary thought and activities.

I did know that at the same time my grandfather was in Switzerland,
Zhitlovsky was studying in Zurich but today I just wanted to check to see
what the website reported about him. But to my surprise, I couldn't find
his name listed, even though I spelled it as "Zhitlovsky"
and "Zshitlowski". Surely all the biographies I've read about Zhitlovsky
couldn't have been wrong in asserting that he'd studied in Zurich!
Puzzled, I was about to give up the search, when suddenly I thought of
spelling it in a way I'd not yet seen anywhere transliterated into English
and didn't think could be a"right" way. And sure enough, I found Chaim
Zhitlovsky's name listed as "Schitlowsky." (His father's name was entered
as "Schiltkowsky" followed by a question mark in parentheses.)

So I remind you all, give your mind free rein in spelling names, whether
they be surnames or place names, And be stubbornly persistent in your

(By the way, with my scant knowledge of German and aided by a huge
dictionary, I am very, very slowly struggling through a book about women
students at the University of Bern, by Franziska Rogger: "Der Doctorhut im
Besenschrank: das abenteurerliche Leben der ersten Studentinnen am
Beispiel der Universitat Bern" eFeF Verlag, 1999, ISBN 3-905561-32-8.
I keep telling myself that if all those revolutionaries I've read about
could teach themselves to read and even speak other languages while they
were in prison, as a free person I ought to be able to teach myself to
read German,Yiddish, Hebrew and Russian. But this is so hard to do when
one's brain is atrophying with age and there seems to be so little time

Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)
Bloomington, Indiana
Researching: BELKOWSKY, Odessa, Berdichev; FELDMAN, Pinsk; SHUTZ, SCHUTZ,
Shcherets; LEVY, Mulhouse;SAS, Podwolochisk; RAPOPORT, Tarnopol; BEHAM,
Salok, Kharkov.

Daniel Teichman <106607.620@...>

Recently the website of the University of Zurich with records of the
students between 1833-1910 was mentioned on this list a few times.

Let me add that this big work was done by the former archivist of the state
of Zurich, Dr. Helfenstein, who happens to be a good friend of the present
president of the Swiss Society for Jewish Genealogy, Raymond Jung.

Dr. Helfenstein is very interested in receiving additional informations
about the people mentioned in these records. I am myself interested in the
history of medicine and for that purpose, but also for genealogical
questions people asked me, I found many data in that source. On the other
hand I was then able to give Dr. Helfenstein additional informations, which
he included on the website again (see f.i. Moses Leman Bloch, David
Farbstein and his wife Betty Farbstein-Ostersetzer). So if anyone has
something to add, I will be happy to receive the data and forward it to Dr.
Helfenstein. This will help both researchers in the history of medicine and
genealogy to find even better sources in the future.

Best regards to all

Daniel Teichman
Zurich, Switzerland
e-mail: Daniel.Teichman@...