Researching Romanian/Moldovan or Belarus towns #belarus #general #romania

Angie Elfassi



A relative in Israel has given me, in Hebrew, the names of two towns where various relatives were born.


One of the towns I believe I have found but it is in Belarus, although in 1941 it might have been considered Romania.

This following relative was born in 1941

משה נולד מוגלוב, שזה היה רומניה

This following extract I found on a site called wikiaray and I don’t know if it’s a very safe site.

“In its Third Establishment Treaty, the following territories for the republic were claimed: Moglov (district) as well as Belarusian parts of Minsk region, Grodno region (including Bialystok), Vilnius district, Vitebsk region, Smolensk region and parts of the population of Belarus. Border regions, rejecting the division of Belarusian land between Germany and Russia at that time. The territories were claimed by a Belarusian majority or a large minority (as in the Grodno region of Vilnius), although there were a number of Lithuanians, Poles, people who spoke mixed varieties of Belarusian, Lithuanian and Polish, as well as many Jews, mostly in cities and towns (they were majority in some towns). Some Jews spoke Russian as their mother tongue; Others spoke Yiddish (or Yiddish)”

This following relative Ella was born c. 1908 and Grandma Tsiporra (also known as Fanny, surname unknown) was born c. 1886
אלה נולדה גם במיאטראמים ,וגם הסבתא ציפורה. לאחר מכן עברו לרומניה

I’d appreciate any input about the names of the towns.

Thank you.



Angie Elfassi


RAYKH-ZELIGMAN/RICHMAN, Stakliskes, Lithuania/Leeds;
COHEN, Sakiai, Lithuania/Leeds

MAGIDOVICH, Jurbarkas, Lithuania/Leeds; KASSIMOFF, Rezekne, Latvia/Leeds; MULVIDSON, Rezekne, Latvia/Sweden; GREENSTONE, Rezekne, Latvia/Leeds

ITMAN, Stakliskes, Lithuania/USA; SOKOLOV, Latvia

KANTOR, Sakiai, Lithuania; GOLDBERG, Sakiai, Lithuania; GELBERG, Kamianka-stromilava, Lvov, Poland; ELFASSI, Settat, Morocco


Valentin Lupu

Both Hebrew places are probably misspelled. I am identifying the first place as Moghilev -Podolski, now in Ukraine. During WWIi Romanian Jews  (especially from Bassarabia, Bukowina and Moldova regions) were deported to Transnistria. The majority of them were either killed or died from the very harsh conditions. The deportation started in 1941 and Moghilev was one of the killing places.
Valentin Lupu