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Thanks for your reply and the links. My grandmother's mother was Anna
Thanks again for the pictures and text. She will find it very interesting.
We are seeking further information about my father's family, many of whom perished in the town of DRUJSK.
In the Table of Contents for the book of Druya and communities of Miory, Druysk and Leonpol,
it indicates that ENGLISH translation is available for this Sefer Druja.
However, the Website allows Internet access to English only for pages 201 - 212, " Trials and Tribulations "
by Liba Levitanos-Zaidlin.
*** DO YOU KNOW HOW I MAY ACCESS the ENGLISH Translation for the following additional
Chapters of Druysk - Y. Sosnovik , pp. 85-87.
Our school " Chorev " - T. Berkman, pp. 88.
Days of Tranquility before the Siege - Reuven Budownicz, pp. 89-94.
Personal Chapters from the book of the Shoah - L. Yudin, pp.180 - 200.
The Horrors and the Eradication of the Jews of Druysk - R. Budownicz, pp. 215-216
List of the Martyrs - pp. 236 - 255.
I have already purchased the entire Volume # VIII in Hebrew and Yiddish, from the New York Public Library system,
but deeply desire now to obtain the ENGLISH translation for the above 6 portions in particular.
Thank you very much indeed for your kind assistance in directing me to a suitable source for
Gratefully, B' Shalom,
Menachem Mendel ben Eliezer Baldovitch
Re: Druya Yizkor books and much information
Dear Mama Levitan!
We found 3 striking coincidence in the Libe Levitanus' story http://www.jewishgen.org/Y izkor/Druya/dru201.html
It's curious for me but I found many my grandfather's relatives in Yad Vashem but no one grandmother's relatives. She had many brothers and sisters and almost all of them were killed in the Shoah. Their surname was Leviman (reading about Levitan's family which had beginning from Avrohom Leviyan I thought that we could have common roots). If you meet such surname please tell me about it.
If you have some questions for my father we'll try to help you.
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Druya survivors of the Shoah near the place were others were perished and buried.
-- Added by Julia Sherman
David Peltin (email@example.com) on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Survivors at the Druya killing field (grave) after the war Amongst
| In the
Lithuanian State Historical archives there is a collection of Druya revision lists
of 1834, 1850-54 and also there are lists of Jewish men only dated 1874-75. The
revision list of 1816 does not have any Jewish family, additional Revision list of
1819 has a few Jewish families, the lists of 1827, 28 has quite a lot of names,
and the records of 18th century (in Polish) have no family names at all. Revision
list of 1850 was translated and published on Litvak web-side. There are Smorgany
revision lists of 1834, 1850 and additional lists of 1865 and 1894.
I have been working in this archives a few months ago and sent Miriam Weiner a
| It took about 1.5 years, but I finally got the results of my inquiry
about the name BARTAK in Druya, Belarus (formerly Lithuania). There is
at least one reference to my great great grandfather, Bentsion Bartak,
and now I am able to trace back at least to Benstion's grandfather, and
possibly great grandfather.
So, although there are probably quicker ways to get the records (or, at
Depending on the town, they may have access to quite a bit more than what
As others have pointed out, they are understaffed, but quite competently
| BFC-01888 Boris Feldblyum Collection. Captions
Meer Barbakov. Notarized copy of the birth record on the letterhead of
the Riga Rabbi. Parents: Abel Barbakov from Belarus and Luba Gofman.
Signed by Riga Rabbi M. Zak. Document 1921.
Fania Barbakov ( Of Druja), aged 29, kept a diary during the
The Jews of Bielorussia During World War II
By Shalom Cholawski
| This year the Disna District Research Group has funded the translation of
the Disna District Additional Revision List 1851-1856 and the 1857 District
Farmers List. As well work has begun on the 1834 Revision list and data
for the three towns of Glubokoye, Golubichi and Germanovichi has been
received. Together this represents 3,300 lines of new data which is not
yet on the All Lithuania Database (ALD).
Translation work is now underway for the following towns.
Leonpol (Disna)1834 RL
With the translation of the above two lists, the district will be out of
The following towns in the Disna District 1834 RL are waiting to be
Disna around 1800 lines,
The translation cost is $0.55 per line. If you can raise the necessary
If you are already a contributor to the work of Disna District, please
No donation is too small but $100 is requried to become a qualified
From: rk carl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My great-grandmother, Anna (Khaika) BUDOVNITSH married my great-grandfather Solomon (Schlema) KATSHER in Dvinsk in 1904. They immediately set off for London and then the United States. They settled in St. Louis, Missouri and Anna died in childbirth in 1911.
Anna had several younger siblings who lived in London: Zipporah, Rebecca and Lou. Their father's name (my great-great grandfather) was called Zalman.
I have found a couple of other BUDOVNITZ family members in St. Louis but have not been able to establish exactly how, or if, we are related.
I'm hoping that we might be able to figure out a connection.
My name is Zalman Solomon, from Sydney Australia.
I am researching the Nichamchin family of Druya, Disna, Vilna. Chaia
The Druye website is very touching, and it is part of my own heritage. My maternal grandparents, Hinda (Anna) Nachamzin and Morris (Mayshe) Prusow, were born in Druye. My mother, Dorothy (Dveira) Prusow was born in Vilna in 1903. The family emigrated to the U.S. in 1905, when my mother was two years old. My great aunt, Sarah Nachamzin also emigrated. But two of my grandmother's siblings, Josef and Chia Toba Nachamzin, stayed behind and were never heard from after the German invasion. We assume that they were among those who were killed in 1941. Is there any way of finding out what happened to them?
Found 6 Records, 6 Photos and 244 Family Trees
Born in Druia Disna Vilna Gubernia Lithuania, Russia on 1870 to Moshe Zubach(http://records.ancestry.com/moshe_zubach_records.ashx?pid=57198338). Chaim married Chana Mayper (http://records.ancestry.com/chana_mayper_records.ashx?pid=88008944).
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This Web page is fascinating, and I only wish my father and uncle could have seen it. Their father was from Druja. Shortly before his father’s death, my uncle took down the following information from him: “Morris (Moshe) Kunin, born in Druja, Lithuania, on the Dvina River, in September 1884 (or maybe 1883), son of Israel Hillel Kunin, a shoemaker and hazzan (cantor), one of 13 children.” Morris left home at age 10 to go to Vilna, where he lived for 10 years, and then went to Zurich (where, he claimed, he knew Lenin, Axelrod, and Mussoline---“they were all bums,” according to him). But that’s beside the point---what I was wondering is whether there are any records of Israel Hillel Kunin and the rest of his family in Druja.
Subject: R' Meir Simcha Hakohen of Dvinsk (The Or Sameach)
I am looking strictly for genealogical information on Rabbi Meir
From what I've found on the Internet, and based on Chaim Oscar
To me, Meir Simcha's decision to become the rabbi of Dvinsk and to
My primary purpose is to discover the names of the parents of my
So, to conclude: If anyone is aware of a family tree that adds
From: Edward Rappaport <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I've not successfully worked my way through the burial database mentioned in the noted below.
From: Lainey Melnick <lmelnick
Ed wrote; We know almost nothing about his life except that he was born with the surname of Lioznov. He was later adopted by the Berman family, who were friends and possibly distant cousins, to lessen the chance of his being conscripted into the Russian army. Name.
Year of Birth
Gnesya Lioznov nee Ostrov was born in Vitebsk, Belorussia (USSR) in 1863 to Kopel. She was married Leiba. Prior to WWII she lived in Moskva, Russia (USSR). During the war she was in Sverdlovsk, Ukraine (USSR).
Gnesya was murdered in the Shoah.
This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by her great-granddaughter Anna Lioznova of Moscow.
Abram Finkelman was born in Disna, Poland in 1894 to Ruvim and Revekka. He was a chemist and married Ginda nee Lioznov. Prior to WWII he lived in Moskva, Russia (USSR). During the war he was in the Soviet armed forces.
Abram was killed in military service.
This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by his granddaughter Anna Lioznova of Moscow.
Grigori Melamed was born in Kowno, Lithuania in 1889 to Samuil. He was a house painter and married. Prior to WWII he lived in Kowno, Lithuania. During the war he was in Kowno, Lithuania.
Grigori was murdered in the Shoah.
This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by his relative Anna Lioznova of Moscow.
Rakhil was murdered in the Shoah.
This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by her son Mikhail Katz.
Thank you very much for sharing this information (and pardon my typo of 2002 for 2012).
Perhaps some day I'll be able to connect my great-grandfather to someone on that list and/or to one of the Druya Bermans.
I am searching any relatives of the Reichel (Raichel) family from Druya and neighborhood.