Suwalki-Lomza Landsmen Journal #poland

Stanley Diamond

There have been a number of posts recently about the Suwalk-

Lomza journal “Landsmen”, some of which said the data in this

journal had come from groups such as JRI-Poland or LitvakSIG.

This is not the case, and I would like to share some history as

to how it relates to JRI-Poland.


In 1994, in a phone call to Marlene Silverman (editor of Landsmen),

I proposed the idea of a coordinated volunteer "indexing project" and,

at her request, submitted a detailed plan. In a subsequent letter, I

talked about multiple people collaborating on indexing the records 

for their towns. 


In the end, Marlene considered my proposal a dream for which it would

be impossible to find sufficient volunteers to make it a reality and for

which she had no time to be involved. (Later, some of us concluded 

that she may have feared that sharing data electronically might diminish

the importance of her Landsmen journal.)


  (At this point, it is important for me to mention that I will always be deeply 

  indebted to Marlene.  The very first edition of the Landsmen journal 

  (1990) had a Family Finder posting by Michael Richman (Maryland) 

  who was looking for others sharing his roots in Ostrów Mazowiecka.

  When the journal was brought to my attention two years later, I quickly

  telephoned Michael. He mentioned the "notes" he had made on 250 

  families [including mine] using the LDS microfilms.). 


My December 1994 letter to Marlene was copied to fourteen others with

roots in Lomza Gubernia and in the spring of 1995, Michael Tobias and

Steve Zedeck turned my embryo of an idea into an email searchable

index that preceded our website on the Internet as we know it today.

All of us with roots in Poland owe Michael and Steve a huge debt of

gratitude for their initiative.  


In the early years, JRI-Poland reached out to Marlene to share Landsman

data but, she did not agree to do so. Then in 1997, after signing an

agreement with the Polish State Archives to formalize our relationship,

we were able to hire an archivist in Poland to create professional indices

(including father's name) to all the records for towns in both the Lomza 

and Suwalki archives.  Many of these indices have now been extended 

into extracts and the work continues. In addition, JRI-Poland has created

data from Books of Residents, Army Draft files, Notarial files, missing

and fallen soldiers in WWI, etc.  


Just as JRI-Poland gave a home to the valuable material in the excellent

Kielce-Radom SIG Journal 

following publication of its last edition in 2004, we stand ready to welcome

the Suwalki-Lomza Landsmen Journal and to bring its contents to the

widest audience.  

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  (Montreal, 514-484-0100)
Co-founder and Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.


Thank you so much for your work with JRI-Poland, Stanley. I’ve seen the index for the articles from Landsmen and made several attempts to get the articles that pertain to my ancestral towns but without success. My maternal family comes from the Lomza region and I’d love to be able to read these. 

Terry Newman

Hi Stanley

I'm trying to discover if Marlene Silverman is still alive, and if it's possible to buy the last issues of Landsmen.  (I have most of them).
Best regards. Terry Newman, Sydney, Australia

Jill Whitehead

I last heard from Marlene Silverman in 2018. Nothing since. 

I have her latest known email address and have just emailed her to see if I get a response.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Brian Neil Burg


Can you or anyone else confirm that the last issue of Landsmen was Volume 25, Numbers 1-2 Double Issue, January, 2017?  That seems to be the last one I received.  I have an email from Marlene dated January 5, 2018.  In it she said she was having technical difficulties with Windows 10 and that Volume 25, Numbers 3-4 would be coming to me, but would be delayed.  She said that she was hoping to get to the printer by the end of the month.  I don't believe I ever received that double issue.  Did it ever come out?  I got so busy with other matters that I never followed through on this!

Would you believe I was a Charter Member of the Suwalk-Lomza Interest Group and actually submitted several questions and two documents to the very first issue of Landsmen?  Marlene published my letter and one of the documents and really helped me get a handle on my wife's family from Suwalki Gubernia.  I owe her and Nicki Russler a lot.  It's hard to believe, but that was 30 years ago!

Thank you for your historical overview of how Landsmen and the Suwalk-Lomza Interest Group came into existence.

Brian Neil Burg
Self-quarantining in Fullerton, CA, USA


I wrote Marlene  last year in August of last year and October of 2018. I didn’t get an answer.

Jill Whitehead

I have not had an answer to the email I sent to Marlene earlier in the week, using the email address I had for her in 2018.

When I last heard from her she was looking at trying to get someone to migrate material to an online format, but it does not look as though it hapened.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Jeff Miller


If anyone has any information from look-ups in the Journal I’d appreciate your help.

Send me information at SingingTM@...

Best regards,
Jeff Miller

evelyne Primack

Hello!Je cherche Les traces ma famille,qui a,quitté Suwalki,autour de 1868, pour Paris.
Sarah Marcus(ou Markus) , fillede Abraham et Mina,Gorfunkel, veuve de Nison, oùMax Mardoche Marcus . 
Quels,conseils pouvez vous me donner?
il y a t il un groupe pour Suwalki?
Merci Beaucoup. 

Evelyne Primack-Molko

Jill Whitehead

Two of my Guttenberg great aunts/uncles, brother and sister Abraham Simon (b Hull 1872) and Rachel Guttenberg (b Hull 1882) married Gorfunkles, Minnie and Isaac. Both the Guttenberg and Gorfunkels (spelt various ways) came from Rajgrod in Lomza Gubernia and both came to UK in the 1860's. The Gorfunkels went to Liverpool and the Guttenbergs went to Hull, Grimsby and then Sheffield. Minnie and Isaac were two of the children of Lazarus and Sprinza Gorfunkel. They can be found in the Liverpool Censuses of 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911. Minnie and Mina Gorfunkel sound like a family naming pattern.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK


Il y a un groupe ici:

Bonne chance et Shabbat shalom,

Irene Greenwald Plotzker    <ireneplotzker@...>