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am so excited to report that I have found the family
of Boris Kowarsky. A few days ago, I posted a message
asking if anyone knew of him or his relatives, because
he had submitted pages of testimony to Yad Vashem for
my aunt, uncle, and cousin. Up until I saw those
pages of testimony, my branch of the family had
believed that all of that branch had died in the

Two days ago I received a reply from a man in Israel
who said he knew the family. In a subsequent email,
he gave me the email address of a daughter of the
family, because she is fluent in English. I got a
message from her this morning, and I have found the
family! I can't tell you how amazing this is for mother searched for them from 1945 until she
died in 2002, and I had decided on a whim to give it
another try.I want to encourage all of you who feel that you are
up against a brick wall to keep trying. This
particular brick wall stood for 62 years...starting
before I was born, and has now fallen down! So don't
give up, because more and more people are getting on
the internet every day.

Corinne Lipman
Cupertino, CA
researching Kozhevnik, Pamusky, Kowarsky

Amy has updated the immigration of her family from Ruzhany ( and
Kossovo) to America, and if you look at the sources she sites, it
might give you some ideas of where to look for information.
Also somewhere, I found that there was someone from Ruzhany who
published a book in 1720 -
Sefer Yeshu`ah be-Yisrael: ve-hu perush maspik ve-kalil `al hilkhot
kidush ha hodesh le-Mosheh ben Maimon ve- `al mefarshe devarav
`Ovadyah ve-Levi ben Habib/ Frankfor am Maim: J. Kellner, 5480 [1720]
It is listed on
Some where under the piles of paper on my desk, I have lists of
donators from Ruzhany as published in a Hebrew newspaper, I just have
to work on reading Rashi.
For those of you with family members that made aliyah to Eretz Israel
in the 19th century and early 20th century, you might find the
following book interesting
Princess or Prisioner? Jewish Women in Jerusalem from 1840-1914 by
Margalit Shilo and translated from Hebrew. It is very well documented
and can give you new ideas for background material. Though many of the
sources are in Hebrew.
Additional information, pictures and stories are always welcome.

Rosie Feldman

I discovered that Boris Kowarsky of Vilna, Lithuania,
had submitted pages of testimony to Yad Vashem in
the late 1990s for my aunt,Leiba Kowarsky, my uncle
Aizik Kowarsky, and my cousin, Sara Kowarsky. My cousin
Peretz had no page of testimony, and we have never
found any information about what happened to him, but
we presume that he also died in the Holocaust.

I didn't know there were any relatives left alive in
Lithuania, and was actually planning to submit my own
pages of testimony when I discovered that someone else
had already done so. Obviously,this was quite a
surprise! Through the efforts of a very kind person
in Vilna, who contacted the city registrar there, I
found out that Boris Kowarsky has since passed away.
The registrar's office refused to provide any further
information about other relatives. They did give the
name of a woman whom they implied was his widow, but
she has refused to be contacted.

Does anyone know of these people, or have any ideas on
how to proceed?

Corinne Lipman
Cupertino, CA
researching Kozhevnik, Kowarsky

Notes to and from Judy Wolkovitch;
Dear Judy,
My great grandmother was also a member of the Alperovich family.
You asked; Can anyone tell me if records from Dunilovichi are
> I have received a marriage record from Belgium which states that the
Nechama Alperovich was born in Dunilovichi in 1883.
Dunilovichi is today in Belarus, was in the Vilna gubernia in 1883.
for pictures, lists, Yizkor book , revision list for 1850 go to;
You will not find muchy Alperovitzes in the 1850 revision list for
Dunilovichi ( one family only). They were all registered in the near
by shtetl; Kurenets The name
Alperovich/ tz originated in Kurenets. About a third of the town took
that last name c 1810. For pictures and information about the family;
I would like very much to add pictures of your family to the site

Eilat Gordin Levitan
Los Angeles
Thank you very much indeed for the information. Apparently Nechama
Alperovich was a descendant of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Lyady. This may
been a apocryphal but her husband was a wise man and I think he knew
what he
was saying. In fact, my late husband, Nechama's grandson, was named
Zalman. I am trying to find the names of Necham's sisters because they
to Philadelphia in the late 1800's and as I am not sure of their names
have not been able to trace them though I have a photo of one of their
children. I do not have a picture of Nechama but will try to get one
her daughter who lives in England......
Dear Judy,
Nechama Alperovich being a descendant of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of
Lyady is very much in the spirit of the town of Kurenets which had
strong family ties with the leaders of early Chasids and Chabad. Read
the story of Rabbi Landau in the Yizkor book of Kurenets. There was
also a Schneurson family in Kurenets which was related to the Chabad
family ( see picture on the Kurenets page). They lived in Kurenets
before the war and were well of and highly connected. They owned a
pharmecy and the were not killed with the rest of the Jews on 9- 9-
1942 because they were needed. For months they helped Jews who
escaped the killings and were hiding in the forest. They also helped
the underground. They were ready to escape to the forest many times
but asked to stay ( by the underground ) for a little longer). They
did what they were asked to do and eventuly the Germans killed them. I
heard from my mothers' first cousin ( his name is also Schneur Zalman
- or today Zalman Uri Gurevitz) who was a partisan, that one of the
sons escaped and survived. Love to have for the site and the tiny
museum in Kurenets any picture you have.
Dear Eilat,I have learnt more from your three e-mails that I have in the past ten
regarding the background to the Alperovich family. I am most grateful
the information.I would like to give you the little information I have in the hope that
day it will tie in with someone else's. Nechamah was the daughter of
Schneur Zalman Alperovich who died around 1892 and Rifka nee Feldman
died around 1908. Rifka was a single daughter with about four brothers
the family owned a flour mill. Nechama had three or four sisters who
to Philadelphia and they must have married. One of the husbands was
apparently killed in a flooding of the Ohio river. There was a
granddaughter named Jean Stellar (sp?).Judy
Dear Judy,
Arthur Wouks' mother ;Sarah Wouk, nee Feldman ( she was first cousin
of the mother of the writer ;Herman Wouk. Her husband was the brother
of his father.) They came from the Kurenets area. She might have been a
cousin of your Rifka Feldman.
Arthur sent me a picture;
In the first row - left to right:standing - Sarah Wouk, nee Feldman,
my mother. seated: - Faiga Racha Feldman, nee Levine, her mother, and
the eldest of the Levine children; Rabbi Mend Leib was her younger
brother. standing - Sadie Podolnick, nee Feldman, my mother's older
sister. behind, standing, are two men, thought to be cousins of Sarah
and Sadie. this picture was taken in 1934, when the two sisters
visited their mother who was not well. however, she lived on till
1942. it was taken in either Kurenitz or Budonovah. Anyone having any
information about Faiga Racha or the two men, please send it to me.
Arthur Wouk for the picture;
from the Kurenets Yizkor book; During the last two years, we had two
rabbis, Rabbi Moshe Aharon Feldman, Z"L, a dear man and a gentle soul,
and Rabbi Shlomo Elie Oshpal, Z"L. ........
Days and events that happened do not exist anymore… Everything was
erased. Rabbi Feldman, Z"L, was martyred and died a torturous death in
When we walked near the house Paikon, we saw that in a puddle of blood
lay the body of the rabbi's widow (Moshe Aron Feldman's wife)......
I found reports from yad vashem for him; Feldman Moshe
Moshe Aharon Feldman was born in Olsan, Poland ( not far from
Kurenets and Dunilovichi) in 1880. He was a rabbi and married. Prior
to WWII he lived in Kurenets, Poland. During the war was in Kurenets,
Poland. Moshe perished in 1942 in Kurenets, Poland. This information
is based on a Page of Testimony submitted on 10/12/1956 by his
acquaintance Dov Benes.
I received the email from Arthur Wouk of Colorado about 5 years ago
but still you should write him,
All the best,Eilat Judy Wolkovitch to me
show details 4/19/06Dear Eilat,This gets more and more interesting. I was never certain of Nechama's
siblings names but one was defintely Faiga Raiza. I saw the name Faiga
Racha and wondered about a possible connection. The other names were
possibly Esther and Sarah. There was definitely a young brother named
who remained in Lithuania. I will ask Nechama's daughter who lives in
England if she recognizes any of the other names. The daughter, my
aunt by
marriage, is named Rene (Raina Mariam) and she is in her 80's. She has
marvellous memory although her health is failing. Nechamah used to
write to
her sisters in Philadelphia but when Nechama died the contact was lost.
believe that one sister returned home after she became a widow.
One sister may have gone to Birobidjan.
Thank you for following up on this.
Judy Dear Eilat,Just a note to let you know that my e-mail to Arthur Wouk bounced so I
called him and there may well be a connection. He told my that Faiga
Racha's husband Aron Feldman was a miller and this matches the
that I have about Rifka Feldman and that her family had a flour mill.
will keep you informed as to any progress we make and again thank you
much for taking the time to help.
Kind regards,

Judy Wolkovitch

Joseph Bensman (born about 1866) the son of Shaya Bensman and the
brother of Ayre Leib Bensman. Joseph and Arre Leib also had a sister
Miriam. The brother's lived in Lepel,Belarus
and the sister in Krasnoluki,
Belarus. Joseph. came to the United States in the early 1900's. His
parents and siblings all remained in Europe. The family
remained in contact through the 1930's.

Joseph Bensman changed his name to either Berman or Benson. They
may have lived in Brooklyn where he
had a paint store. Joseph's wife's name was Hannah and they had three
sons. Joseph died in a fire in the paint
store in the 1930's.

The descendants of Ayre Leib are trying to locate the descendants
of Joseph Bensman (Berman,Benson). We
hope someone reading this will respond.

You may contact Allen B. Saxe at absaxe@earthlink.n..

RAVSIG Digest for Monday, February 05, 2007.

1. Eliahu Arkis DAICHES from Krakow
3. Re: Gedalya of Linitz's Family

Hello to all,

I have discovered recently that I'm a descendant of Shmuel ben Arye
Leyb DAICHES, one of the dayanim of Vilnius (died in 1825). I have
found the names of his father and grandfather (Eliahu Arkis DAICHES
from Krakow) in the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia but I have no other

If any of you happens to have some data on Eliahu Arkis DAICHES
(born between 1710 and 1730; I suppose in Krakow) or any useful
genealogical data about the Krakow DAICHES, I would be very

Many thanks in advance for your help,

Nathalie Ried


Dr. Neil Rosenstein mentions in his book "The Ubroken Chain," under
the ELIAS family (1990 ed., p. 542) the name Mordecai RASSEINER as
being the father of R.S. RABINOWITZ husband of the daughter of Gad
Asher ROKEACH and his wife, daughter of DovBerish ELIAS.

My gggreat uncle mentions in his diary of a relative called Reb
Mordechai RUZHINER. According to Rosenstein and others DovBerish's
children lived in Karlin, my ancestors town of origin.

I would like to contact any members of the family of the above
Mordechai RASSEINER to check the possibities of our relationship.

Thank you

Yoni Ben-Ari

On January 24, 2007, Yaron Pedhazur wrote a message concerning
R' Gadalya of Linitz's ancestry. He mentioned the possibility that
R' Yitschak, R' Gedalya's father, was son-in-law of R' Moshe of
Slavita, son of R' Pinhas of Koretz. On the same date Perets Mett
commented on this and wrote that R' Yitschak was father-in-law of
R' Moshe, and not son-in-law.

Mr. Mett is correct, of course. This relationship between R' Yitschak
and R' Moshe is documented in at least 2 places: 1) In the book "Shem
Ve'She'erit" in the chapter dealing with the Linitz Dynasty. 2) In the
book "Torat Avot" written by my g-g-father Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel
RABINOWITZ from Manisterich (R' Gedalaya's g-g-grandson). This book
has a supplementary called "Erech Avot" in which the author writes
about his ancestors. In "Erech Avot" I found 2 more interesting facts
about R' Gedalya of Linitz:

1) The author claims that they have a tradition in the family that
they are descendants of R' Natan SHAPIRA, the "Megale Amukot", though
he doesn't know exactly how he is related.

2) R' Gedalya of Linitz and R' Moshe of Slavita are related once again
two generations later, when R' Gedalya's grandson, R' Gedalya of
Sokolivka, married R' Moshe's granddaughter Bella Shifra.

Yehoshua Baharav
7th generation to R' Gedalya of Linitz

From: (Jesse Berman)

Message: My mother, Edna (Itka) Berkman, and her family came to New
York City
from Horodok in December 1923. I am thinking about visiting Horodok (as
well as
Rakov, the village of my grandmother).

I have seen Scott Edelman's photos of his 2005 visit to Horodok on your
"New Scenes" page, and would like to contact Scott to learn details of
how one
goes about planning to visit Horodok.
I ( Eilat) visited the area. You need a visa to go to Belarus. You
could ask Yuri Dorn of Minsk, the head of JHRG of Belarus"
to send you a letter of invitation. He could also arrange for an
English speaking driver from Minsk, which is less then an hour away
from Rakov and not much more to Horodok. I came to Vilnius prior to
obtaining a visa to Belarus and was able to obtain the Visa in about
2 hours in the Belarusian embassy in Vilnius. It takes about 3 hours
by car from Vilnius to Minsk. There was a large Berkman family in
Vishnevo ( very near to Horodok)

Thanks for those of you who have responded to my email. I should have
more specific...Moshe (Morris) RUDERMAN was MY grandfather. I have
unable to find him in any passenger records for immigration. His 1910
from Mamakating, Sullivan Cty states he immigrated in 1900. I DO have
of his marriage to Sarah(Eske) Cohen in August, 1903. She immigrated
in 1898
along with her brother Jack(Jacob) COHEN, whose family I am also having
difficulty finding as they did not remain in touch over the decades. I
written to Sullivan Cty for naturatization proof, supposedly 1916 for
Morris & Sarah.
I have not located any SS information on Morris ( I believe that Sarah
not have had her own).

I am trying to obtain a picture of Ester Ruderman Kasdin Josephs'
gravestone in
Rochester. She came over as Ester KASDEN along with her son, Jankel.
Does anyone know what the numbers mean next to Jankel KASDEN's name?:

It is on Ester KASDEN'S immigration record in 1912 that the village
Kreist appears. I believe that the last letter is T not K because it
like a script T. Any ideas on where this place was? I doesn't appear
the list of Disappearing Villages or Villages that merged together.

Again, thanks in advance for any help.

Liz Ruderman Miller

As a matter of interest regarding adoption of the name RABINOWITZ.

My grandfather, Arieh (or Lova) RABINOWITZ was a descendent of a great
16th century rabbi, Mordekhai ben Abraham JAFFE, ba'al ha levoushim
(see ), through Rabbi Dov Ber
Turitser JAFFE (1783-1828), one of the rabbi's descendents.
Dov Ber Turitser JAFFE had four sons. In order to avoid being drafted
into the tsar's army, each of his sons took on a different surname
(apparently, the rule was that if you had only one son, he didn't get
These were:
- Rabbi Yoseph Yehoshua *RABINOWITZ* (?-1874), my own great-great-great
- Rabbi Chaim Zalman JAFFE (?-1890)
- Rabbi Yaakov MATZ
- Rabbi Mordekhai GIMPL

Lova immigrated to Israel, but his wife, Miriam JOSSELOWITZ, had two
siblings in South Africa (Leon JOSEPH, Leah JOSSELOWITZ later HERMANN),
as well as many cousins (SCHULTZ).

Hope this might be of interest to some of you out there regarding
surname changes.

Toulouse, France

RABINOWITZ: Mariampol (Marijampole, Lithuania)
JAFFE: Prague (Praha, Czech Republic), Karelichy (Belarus), Turets
MEVZOS: Mariampol (Marijampole, Lithuania)
JOSSELOWITZ/YOSELOVITCH: Shavl (Siauliai, Lithuania), Mazheik
SCHUTZ or SCHULTZ: Shavl (Siauliai, Lithuania), South Africa
ABRAMOV: Ange/Anje (Dagestan), Petah Tikva (Israel)
SVATITSKY: Pinsk (Belarus), Petah Tikva (Israel)

steven lansky (Slansky333@aol Message): I believe that I am the great
grand son of Bernard and Mary (Mare)
Sosensky who lived in New Haven Ct from 1920 on. She came with her two
Nathan & Chaim (Herman)and her daughtert Ester. Mare arrived on May
27th 1897
aboard the S.S. Frederick der Grose with her three children. She came
to join
her husband Bernard (Buroch) who was already in New York. I believe
that the
family I am researching came from Kurenetz. In New Haven they lived on
Avenue. Nathan Sosensky owned a large hardware store on Dixwell
Please e-mail me so we can "talk" about the possible connections
between our
families. Thank you Steve Lansky

Rose Zydel Olson (
Message: My Greatgrandparents were Josef Zydel and Elzbieta Manel Zydel
from Vikszynany, Iuje Parish, Vilna Uyezd.

I am trying to trace my jewish family roots... Please help me



In 1915, The Tsar of Russia decided that the Jews may be spies for the
Germans since Yiddish and German languages were so similar. He ordered
all Jews in the territory of Lithuania, not already occupied by the
army, to leave and go to the Eastern part of Russia.

Along with others, the Rabbi in Obeliai, went deep into Eastern
He took with him all of the Obeliai Jewish pre-1915 vital records. He
ended up leaving those vital records in an archive in Moscow. They
been stored there for the past 91 years or so.and are the only known
pre-1915 Obeliai vital records to exist.

This is a very rare find since it is not easy to obtain records from
Moscow archives.

LitvakSIG is acquiring an English translation of those Obeliai records
539 birth records, 126 marriage/divorce records, and 228 death records
a total of 893 records dating from 1881 to 1915. Funds are needed to
for the records. Anyone donating a minimum of $100 USD to the LitvakSIG
Vital Records Translation (VRT) project, designated for Obeliai, will
receive an Excel spreadsheet containing all of these records.
we are hoping to obtain the 1921-1939 Obeliai vital records. If we are
successful, all $100 donors will receive these records as well.

Many of those listed in the Obeliai vital records actually lived in one
the shtetlach in the vicinity of Obeliai so many towns in the area are

You can make your donation either online via a secure site with a
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I'm currently researching my grandmother's family, originally from
Sosenka. Her
maiden name was Becky Shulman, and she was born in 1888. She was the
of Louis (Label?) Shulman from Sosenka. Her mother,(who died when my
grandmother was a young girl) had the maiden name of Alperovich
and was also from Sosenka. My grandmother had three siblings: Sarah
Shulman -
who also emigrated to the U.S., Mala - who remained in Sosenka, and a
(unknown first name) - who was killed in Sosenka as a young boy by some
youths during a pogrom.
Any information you might have would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Laurie Krosigk
New York
For Shulman family from the area of Sosenka ( next to Vileika and
Kurenets - now in Belarus)
For the Alperovich/ Alperovitz family from the area of Sosenka ( next
to Vileika and Kurenets - now in Belarus)
For other Alperovitz family members who originated in tiny Sosenka;

Home Page:

Message: Please change references from to

Scott Noar

Dear Eilat Gordin Levitan,

Congratulation on your website on Kurenets.


39 Zulty,Sam Kernize, Russia 1914 40y

I would like to know the Sam Zulty's family and yet I have
to Zulty in the U.S.A. and I haven't been answered.

Best regards,



The MUSHIN family originated in Druja. Some left for Palestine, and
some went to Minsk Gubernia, and others may have settled in
Dokshitsy. I am researching a branch of the MUSHIN family which was
founded either by Tsvi or Abraham (Avram). Names that might be found
are : Ruvane ,Leah and Channa.

The FAGELMANs were from Dokshitsy. Chaim married Leah MUSHIN and
their son Samuel was born in 1897. There might have been a Channa
FAGELMAN in this family also. Leah, son Samuel (Shepsa?) and Efraim
came to Ellis Island on the Vaderland, sailing from Antwerp, and
arrived in Ellis Island on April 8th, 1902. Sam's Petitions of
Naturalization state that he sailed from Hamburg, but I haven't been
able to find the family sailing from Hamburg. I'm not sure how to
make Hamburg the port of departure when they're listed on an Antwerp
manifest. Any ideas how I can confirm Hamburg?
Thank you.

Annette Stolberg

I am looking for,Dvora GLASER the daughter of my grandfather Chaim
from his second wife Rachla whose maiden name was STOLZBERG.

Dvora was born in 1927 in Przemysl, and the last time my family heard
of her
and her father was in 1939. You can see her in


If anyone of you saw her a or know what happened to her please let me

Arieh Mayer
Haifa Israel

Irena Sendler saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto. In the
video clip
below, it is mentioned that Mrs. Sendler wrote down the names of the
children that she saved, their parents names, new polish names, and
where the
children were placed....

Debbie Wang Etzion

I have been looking for the passage of my great grandfather, Moshe
Chaim Rubinstein, for years now with no success. He was born about 1851
in Ivenets (spelled Iwenitz by the Germans), now Belarus and must have
come to the U.S. between 1889 and 1906, as he left a wife pregnant with
a child who was born Jan. 1900 and this child and the other of the two

left behind joined him here in 1906. He was probably preceded in the
U.S. by a son Ike, who came about 1902 and spent most of his years in
Manhattan (Lower East Side-East 1st Ave. and E. 13th st.). I know he
lived off and on with this son and his family. He was also preceded by
two brothers (found them in Hamburg records and they must be the right
people), Benjamin in June 1890 and Pesach in July 1892.
I did find a missing passage for part of the family as Kubinstein and
I see that some others are in the Hamburg lists as Rabinstein!

Any ideas and/or help would be most appreciated.
Ruth Hyman
Rockville Centre, NY

I am looking for KANO (Kahana, in hebrew, taken from a tomb) family
members, specially on Lithuania's outskirts.
It is possible that my great-great-grandfather, Yaakov Itzchak Kano,
z"l, did come from there. He did marry Sheindl Hendl Tzukerkorn, but I
believe he was already in Poland, were their children were born.

Avraham Yehoshua Kahana
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Shmuel Engelson (
Message: Hello,

I am researching my great great grandfather Nosson Nota Engelson who
lived in
DUNILOVICHI circa 1855 - 1914. I am trying to find out what his
was. Can anyone advise on what sources to research?

Shmuel Engelson

I have started this quest only recently and late in my life so that
the persons who might have had some information are no longer with
us. However, I have, in years past heard that the family was from
Pandelys, from Birzai and from a shtetl that was described
phonetically as Gayon (for which I can find no reference). I
understand that Pandelys and Birzai were in Kovno/Kaunas.

A record in the Ellis Island database indicates that my father's
family (less his father, Isaac W. Miller, who was already here) came
in 1902. The family's name is listed as Miller coming from Kovno
going to New Auburn, Maine. I recall my father having once told me
the name was Meller so a transition to Miller is quite plausible. My
grandmother's maiden name was Bacher/Baker.

I would appreciate any suggestions about how to resolve the issue of
where the family came from so that I might probe further.

Stanley Miller
Tustin, CA


notes to Jewishgen ".....I found my father's first cousin , Grisha
Chosed, who's
mother was my grandmother's sister... apart form a second cousin who
survived , Grisha is the only member my large family to have
the war.( his survival story is fascinating)
My father and his American first cousin had the pleasure of talking to
tonight, in Grodno, as did I.. he speaks fluent Hebrew, and English.
My fathers is ecstatic... his mother was one of only two of
from family of 7 children , to survive the war... she and my
aunt came to America, , pre war..
The rest were murdered by the Nazis... except for Grisha, who we never
He was not allowed to answer letters from America after desperate
searching for her family.

He says he still has letters form my grandmother in his house.

SO thank you so much to everybody, for your help, and kol tuv!
lizzy elsby

After 15 years of research, I believe I have found all the descendants
of my GGGGGgrandfather, Abram, born about 1730. The family originated
in or around Lyachovichi and gradually spread out to other shtetls
within 50 or so miles of Pinsk. Between 1892 and 1910 most of those
then alive emigrated to New York. In Belarus, the name was Galemba. In
New York, it changed to Golembe.

In the course of this research, I have come across a number of Galemba
immigrants to the US whose shtetl of origin is given as Smorgon. For
example, in 1910, Bassie Galemba with 3 children arrived in New York
from Smorgon going to her husband
Jakob. I have tried to find a connection between the Lyachovichi
Galembas and the Smorgon Galembas with no luck so far. Does anyone
know of any Galemba family probably living in the Northeastern US?

Thanks for your help.

Stan Golembe
Canton, MA

Searching for: GALEMBA, GALEMBE, GOLEMBE, GOLEMBA, (and any other
variants of spelling), Lyachovichi, Lachwa, Lubeshov, Nobel, Pinsk

I am researching MUSHIN and FAGELMAN family from Minsk and Dokshitzy.
David, Ida, Isadore (Irving) and Eva Fagelman were forcibly removed
from the house of my grandmother, Lena Fagelman, and placed in
custodial care between 1911 and 1920 in Boston, MA. My father,
David, was in an orphanage and Eva in foster homes. I don't know
where Ida and Irving went. The children were returned to their mother
by the 1920 census. They were not necessarily placed in Jewish homes,
as my Aunt Eva was in a Catholic home and instructed in that faith.

I have been trying to find where the siblings were placed and have
been in contact with: the state agency for adoption, JFCS, CCAB, Home
for Little Wanderers, and MSPCC. Can anyone suggest any other
orphanage/foster homes for me to contact? MSPCC and Home for Little
Wanderers are still looking at records, while the others have found
none pertaining to the family.

Hecht House closed, and I'm also trying to track down its records
without success.

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Annette Stolberg

JRI-PL Digest for Tuesday, January 16, 2007.

1. Re: GRADUS family from Warsaw
2. Russian translation request (1883 Polish birth) VM9292
3. Polish Translation Needed/Documents on Viewmate


Subject: Re: GRADUS family from Warsaw
From: Alexander Sharon

Leon Koll wrote:

> Hello,
> I am looking for information about GRADUS families from Warsaw.
> My ancestor's relative Gersh GRADUS was born in Warsaw abt.1835
> married to Bela, daughter of David.
> Later the family was moved to Orenburg, Russia.
> I've found two Gersh GRADUS'es in Warsaw, 1854:
> Every piece of information about GRADUS families from Warsaw will be
> kindly appreciated.

JRI-Poland database lists 144 (exact spelling) Gradus family names.
this number, 91 Gradus surnames are from Warszawa alone, showing data
early as 1847.

JGFF database lists in addition to your Gradus entries, two other
researchers investigating Gradus from Poland and Lithuania.

By using great guy Logan Kleiinwaks wonderful method shown at

it shows that Gradus in Warszawa are listed in 1929 Poland Business
Directory on the pages:
1749, 1834, 1849, 1881, 1936 and 1937

Now, go to Poland 1929 Directory, directly to the Table of Contents at

click on Warszawa pages (1727-2067), and when you enter page 1727,
gradually to the paging numbers you needed.


Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor


Subject: Russian translation request (1883 Polish birth) VM9292
From: h gershon

I have posted a 1883 Russian language birth
certificate for Szolom Fajwisz WARTELSKI on Viewmate.
Szolom was born in the Suwalki area of Poland. His
parents were Tanchel and Sora.

I would greatly appreciate a translation from Russian
into English. I am looking for the usual details such
as the two dates of birth and name of the town, but
would also appreciate knowing ages, witnesses,
occupations and which parent appeared to register the

A high resolution scan can be provided upon request as
the post is sideways (sorry). Please respond

Thanks in advance.

hariette gershon
Atlanta, GA, USA
Jewish Genealogical Society of Georgia member

Researching in Poland

SZAFIR->GOLD: Glowno. Radogoszcz -> New York City
KALMANOWICZ->COHEN: Lodz, -> NYC / Paterson, NJ, USA



Subject: Polish Translation Needed/Documents on Viewmate
From: Roberta Rosen -Number: 3

I have posted three Polish documents to Viewmate.
I would very much appreciate having them

1. VM9306: 1859 death of Hil Leyb Rojzenman. I am
particularly interested in the names of his
parents, and any other family members mentioned.

2. VM9307: 1858 marriage of Estera Bejla Knop and
Szmul Mozek Shortz. Again, I am especially
interested in the parents of the bride and groom,
and any other family members.

3. VM9308: 1862 birth of Frajda Rozenman. I am
again interested in names of parents and any
other family members.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give
Roberta Rosen

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.. found the following reference by searching Google for the surname
PALEVSKY in Cyrillic:
Palevskij L G, the Memorable book of the Grodno Gubernia, 1910

Can someone who understands Russian please take a look at this website
let me know exactly what this is? Does the website provide any
about where this book is located? Are there other Russian resources
may have a detailed reference for this book?

PALEVSKY is one of the major surnames that I'm researching from the
and Brest districts, so I'm hoping to find out more about the author,
personally hoping the book provides info on other PALEVSKY individuals.
However, I imagine this book might have information on a variety of
from Grodno Gubernia.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Elise Friedman
Kobrin District Research Coordinator

LIFSHITZ, CHARLAS/KHARLAS/KALLISH (Brest-Litovsk/Antopol, Belarus);
CHESIN, EHUDIN (Mstislavl, Belarus); CHERNOCK, EPSTEIN (Novozybkov,
EISNER, TAUB, WAHRHAFTIG, TUNIS, SONNE (Myszkowice/Tarnopol, Ukraine);
MILLER/MEHLER, TAUB (Byblo/Staryy Sambor/Nizankowice/Dobromil,

Home Page:

Message: Interesting to read about the Levitan family. My late mother
was born
Olga Levitan, daughter of Jacob Levitan who emigrated from Lithuania to
in the beginning of the 20th century and worked in Copenhagen as
teacher of
Ivrit and Yiddishkeit.
Dan Kaznelson
Caesarea, Israel

The name "Davidovich" in Lev Davidovich Bronstein's name refers to his
father David and is not a family surname.

I did not find the name of his mother Anna's family, but they were
known to
have come from Odessa, Ukraine.

Leon Trotsky was born in Ianovka, now known as Bereslavka,
Kherson, Ukraine.

You can find his family genealogy at:

Also, you can go to the following web site which provides photos of the
Bronstein house and Anna Bronstein's grave.

Ann Rabinowitz

A cousin tells me that his mother's mother, Liebe nee Davidovich, was a
cousin of Leon Trotsky. Are there Davidovich descendants who are
with this family tree? I believe the family were from Minsk -- not sure
whether city or province. It is possible they were from the town of
Ciesnowa / Chesnovaya, 37 miles west of Minsk. Unfortunately, I do not
the names of any of Liebe's siblings nor of her parents.

For Trotsky's family tree see -
although it
only goes back to his parents.

I was pleased and honored to find you had reprinted my "Lithuanian
from Archipelago journal in the Siauliai "Stories" section of your
(retitled there as "This Landscape"). It has found its proper home:you
and your
website readers are most welcome to it. My year in Siauliai (as a
Fulbright scholar)was stamped right away by the missing part of its
a huge omission that I could feel still colored everything; and that's
what led
to the article. It was originally a long series of personal letters to
editor of Archipelago, who is a friend. The research took place when I
--Kathy Callaway

I am searching for information about the famous, politically-active
(in the Bund and then the Evsektsiia) pedagogue 'Ester', born Malka
Yankelevna (Maria Yakovlevna) LIPSHITZ in Minsk in 1880, place and
date of death unconfirmed. She was married to a FRUMKIN, then a
VIKHMAN, then possibly someone else. I've been told that 'all the
Frumkins are related', i.e. including the successful Israeli Frumkin
family. Ester/Malka had a sister Gitta, who married a VEINSHTAIN and
had a daughter, possibly other children also. Gitta apparently died
in 1917. Ester/Malka herself had a daughter.

I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who knows anything
about Ester/Malka or her family, including her husbands and their

I am also hoping to make polite contact with her descendant(s).

Many thanks,
Suzanne Faigan
Sydney, Australia

In regard to my research which I have been conducting regarding the
of Rokiskis, there is much to be found in the databases which relates
it on the well known subscription genealogy site. It is just a
matter of knowing how to find it and what search parameters to
I found that the most efficient way to search is by either family name
town or country name. Unfortunately, access to data on Lithuania or

as countries is not provided. However, they do have Russia as a

This left minimal choices to locate people from an ancestral shtetl, so
I depend on using the ADVANCED SEARCH feature. Once there, I usually
in either the name and or checking EXACT or by leaving it as is.
thing I utilize is Rokisky and other spellings of Rokiskis in the
section. Either way, I always find interesting data.

Be aware that when you put in different spellings of Rokiskis, you will
back a certain number of people who had that spelling as their surname
they were not from Rokiskis at all. For instance, there were numerous
people called "Rokisky".

An interesting example of someone who was born in Rokiskis is David
BERELOVITZ, born December 5, 1880. He is not listed in the Rokiskis
records at all and the pertinent information on him is from his U. S.
Draft Registration Record. Evidently, he left Rokiskis and came to
and settled in Johnstown, PA, at 234 Franklin Street and was living
there at
the time of the Draft Registration on April 27, 1942. Further research
those interested in this family name might reveal that David Lewis
BERELOVITZ might be the same person as David Louis BERELOVITZ who lived
Whitman, MA.

In this regard, another Berelovitz is Freida BERELOVITZ, age 17, who
behind her mother Kerse BERELOVITZ and went to her brother David who
living at 20 Bedford Street, Whitman, MA, on June 25, 1908.

Two other Rokiskis-born individuals were Mondel SCHWAITZ, born 1871,
Moses SCHWAITZ, born 1879, who came to New York on November 19, 1904.
too are not noted in the Rokiskis records. Another person is Berel
ORELOWITZ, born 1863, who left Hamburg and went to Boulogne and then
New York on August 4, 1901. Funnily enough, there is a listing for a Berel
ORELOWITZ in the 1910 Census for Freida BERELOVITZ's brother David in
Whitman, MA.

Some others who were listed as being born in Rokiskis in their WWII
Registration were:

Samuel KATZ, born May 1, 1886, living in Portsmouth, VA; Morris POVILL,
May 9, 1878, living in New York; and Samuel SELIGMAN, born April 12,
living in Portsmouth, VA.

Others who departed from Hamburg were:

Fanny GAR
Jochel GORDA
Mottel KRUK
Samuel REBI
Schmul ROSIN
Chazkel SEGAL

The ship "Kronprinz" left Hamburg on December 30, 1903, headed for
Amsterdam, Las Palmas and finally landed in South Africa, and with her
carried Rokishokers: Hirsch (born 1891), Joel (born 1890) and Leizer
Berlowitz (born 1863) as well as Leib Bruk (born 1865). None of these
individuals were to be found in any of the Rokiskis births.

Then, there were those who came to New York from various other ports:

Jossel Facubovitz
Riwke KIEL
Sisse KIEL

There were noted several who came to Boston:


As you can see, there are names you are familiar with from Rokiskis and
those you may not be. The benefit, I found, of utilizing these
databases is
that if they fall within certain years, you will most likely find the
dates of the family members who you have been unable to find in the
vital records. This may be due to the fact that the vital records did
exist for the years your relative was born in.

I found that it is important to look through all of the databases no
whether you think your relative might appear in them or not. You may
yourself surprised to find that they moved around more than you
For one family I looked at, they were found to have lived in various
different states in America and various cities, all in the space of

I hope that you find this of assistance and that it gives you some
into additional sources for family information. It is important to
that you cannot just utilize one source alone. You have to link both
records you may find on a for pay web site with the JewishGen/Litvak
SIG and
Rokiskis SIG as well as South Africa SIG databases.

It is important to continue to support obtaining all records so that
have the best chance of making a match to locate your families. You
know what the next batch of records will bring to your research!!!

Ann Rabinowitz

Hello To All Those dear to Boris. It is with great sadness that we
inform you of this loss.

Our beloved, Boris Brauer, has passed on. He passed away in his home
in on the evening of January 9th. On Saturday, January Thirteenth, at
12 noon, we welcome you to join us in the celebration of his amazing,
colorful life. We invite you to reminisce and spend time
together--just as Boris would have wanted. In lieu of flower
arrangements, we ask that donations be made to the SHOAH in Boris'

Boris often said that the most that a human can hope to learn in this
life is the fact: as humans, we really know nothing. Although he had
the amazing capacity to touch so many and teach great wisdom, he
remained unequivocally a humble man. He left this poem behind and we
would like to share it with you:

I Look at Life as at a Rainbow

I look at life as at a rainbow.
Where does it begin
where does it end.
Colorful as it is.
I do not fear death.
There was no knowledge
before I was born
there will be no
Knowledge after I

I met Boris shortly after he posted a note in the guest book of a site
which I created for Panevezys.
Boris wrote;
"I was born in Panevezys on May 15 1924, alumni of Panevezio Zydu
Gimnazia and lived on Ukmerges gatve 34, phone 297 till June 14 1941.
Just a week before the Nazis attacked Lithuania, my brother, mother
and I were sent to Siberia by the Soviets. I joined the Red Army and
when the war ended; I joined "Bricha" ( helping Jewish survivors to
cross borders without papers and making aliyah to Palestine/ Israel)
and traveled to Germany, various countries, joined ZAHAL ( Israeli
army) ETC. In USA since1956. family in Israel and here. My father,
Eduardas Braueras, was taken by the Nazis from Ghetto Kaunas and was
killed in the Dachau camp Jan 1945. Ancestral male family from
Kedainiai. I am very interested in contacting Jews from Panevezys."
Boris added much information and pictures to the site. He loved
Panevezys and its Jews and did much to preserve the memory of his
father, friends, classmates and neighbors who perished in 1941. He
recalled in great details life in Lithuania. You will find many
pictures of Boris, his family members, classmates and friends at;

From: Norbert Heyeckhaus <>

Ladies and Gentlemen,

with this Newsletter we would like to inform you,
about some news on our website

Newsletter 1/ 2007

1. Articles:
We open a "Articles" section with articles about our work, some news
about the website , upcoming projects and more.

Also we open a "Download" section with some demos , free photo-sets and

3. Online-Shop:
Online Shop with all our publications

With best wishes

I am seeking information about a KALMANOVICH family of Rezekne, the
information I have is that they were taken to the Ghetto and there is
further information about them. I am helping Slava KALMANOVICH (her
name) the only survivor of her family, who is now very elderly, do some
research. Her mother's name was Berta (nee KLOMPUS) and her father, who
in Israel (date unknown) was Isaac (Yitzchak - Itzik) KALMANOVICH.
were four daughters.
Slava escaped certain death by running to the forest, and eventually
went to
Russia. Today she is in London, England, and has no contact with
anyone who
might be a close relative.

From: Norbert Heyeckhaus <>
Subject: Jewish cemeteries in Germany

Ladies and Gentlemen,

with this Newsletter we would like to inform you,
about some news on our website

Newsletter 1/ 2007

1. Articles:
We open a "Articles" section with articles about our work, some news
about the website , upcoming projects and more.

Also we open a "Download" section with some demos , free photo-sets and

3. Online-Shop:
Online Shop with all our publications

With best wishes

Subject: Dvinsk Gordon/Gordin family info (2)
Seeking information on the GORDON (GORDIN?) family
of Dvinsk, Latvia (now Daugavpils)including:

Bessie GORDON b. 1883
Mother: Feige (Fannie) maiden name unknown b.1858
Father: Yankel (Jacob) GORDON/GORDIN b.1860
Leybel b.?
Chaim b.1889
Itzig (Isadore) b.1891
Lena (Lillie) b.1892
Bertha b. 1893

Thank you - much appreciated.

Bill Haney
Miami, FL

Can any one help? I have been trying to trace my grandfather's first
cousins for the last two years with no luck.

What we know is as follows:

The family is originally from Pinsk, Poland - now Belarus. My
grandfather Raphael BANKOWSKI (son of Chaim BANKOWKSI and Freida Yente
SCHLACKMAN) emigrated to Tel-Aviv in 1924. He stayed in touch with his
cousins in Chicago and met them in Israel a number of times. After his
death all contact was lost including their addresses.

There should be two sisters (as far as I know):

Anna GOLLAY was born around 1900. She never married and did not have
children. She lived in Chicago itself very near the Science Museum.

During a visit many years ago she introduced us to her sister, Hannah,
who was married and had children. I have found an obituary suggesting
that her surname was Paker as she was married to Max Paker. I believe
she also lived in the Greater Chicago area. I have been unable to find
any names or links to her children.

As the GOLLAY sisters are linked to two branches of the BANKOWSKI
(with both determined that they are first cousins), I assume that their
mother must have been a BANKOWSKI from Pinsk who married there.

(For the sake of completeness, I should mention that Freida Yenta
SCHLACKMAN my GGrandmother - daughter of Alexander SCHLACKMAN and
Rachel/Gitel WASSERMAN had uncles and aunts who made it to Chicago, but
I suspect that the connection is on the BANKOWSKI side.)

Help, ideas, links or knowledge of the people concerned would be

Many thanks.

Dr. Darren Dalcher (

Researching: DALCHER/DOLCHER(Zamosc, Tarnogrod), SZTAJNWURCEL
(Tomaszow-Lubelski), SZTERN (Krasnystaw), MAJMAN (Szczebrzeszyn),
LEDERMAN (Tarnogrod)

Boris was born in Panevezys in 1924.
Hello To All Those dear to Boris. It is with great sadness that we
inform you of this loss.

Our beloved, Boris Brauer, has passed on. He passed away in his home
in on the evening of January 9th. On Saturday, January Thirteenth, at
12 noon, we welcome you to join us in the celebration of his amazing,
colorful life. We invite you to reminisce and spend time
together--just as Boris would have wanted. He lives at 15341 Leadwell St., Van Nuys 91406.

In lieu of flower arrangements, we ask that donations be made to the
SHOAH in Boris' name.

Boris often said that the most that a human can hope to learn in this
life is the fact: as humans, we really know nothing. Although he had
the amazing capacity to touch so many and teach great wisdom, he
remained unequivocally a humble man. He left this poem behind and we
would like to share it with you:

I Look at Life as at a Rainbow

I look at life as at a rainbow.
Where does it begin
where does it end.
Colorful as it is.
I do not fear death.
There was no knowledge
before I was born
there will be no
Knowledge after I


Thank you for all your love and support. We hope to see you
Saturday. If you have any questions or would like to call for any
reason, please feel free. You can get in touch with the Brauer Family
at (818) 780-8214.
For pictures of Boris, his family and friends go to;
pictures 19- 46

We all kvell when we discover an *interesting* genealogical find, and
so it
was last night as I plugged in several different spellings of the name
DVORIN (great aunt for whom I am named) to Ellis Island database.
Lo and behold, she made two trips. She arrived in 1903 with her
Isaac, and then must have returned to get the children, as she turns up
again in 1905 (different spelling again) with them, and a cousin or

Actually I have two questions..........

1. They were from Pinsk but first manifest lists a town/village/hamlet
Floschuva. I ran this on JewishGen but came up empty. Any
It's gotta be pretty close to Pinsk.

2. If Sadie (Scheitel, Tzaitel, Zetel) Dvorin traveled back to
retrieve her
children, are there searchable data-bases for departures with manifests
Ellis Island and other ports?

Cindy Potter Taylor
Boynton Beach, FL

PLOSHCHOCK-PLOSHCHUK-Pinsk, Belarus; POTTER-Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, ME
POTTER-Chelsea, MA; POTTER-Providence, RI; COHEN-Boston, Mattapan,
Dorchester, MA
GOLDMAN-Rovno, Ukraine; GOLDMAN-Boston, Mattapan, Dorchester, MA
EPSTEIN-Bangor, Maine; EPSTEIN-Krevo & Dokshytsy, Belarus
KOLTON-Zdolbuniv (Zdolbunow: Zdolbunov: Stebenoff) Ukraine
DVORIN/DEVORIN-Pinsk, Belarus, Bangor, ME; Boston-Roxbury-Brookline, MA

I want to ask your help in searching of my great great grandfather and
great great grand mother.
My grandfather's name is Alperovich Zalman Abelevich he was born 1908
in Zagorci
He had a brother Alperovich Itzko-ber Herza-abelevich he was born in
1909 in Kurenets.
Their Father was Alperovich Abel Dovidovich( i don't know when and
where he was born (I think in Kurenets)
Their Mother was Alperovich (Srebnik) Keilya Aizikovna. She was born in
1885 in Radoshkovichi.

If you can help me with any information about my great grandfather and
great grandmother and their parents it will be very good.
Zakhar Albertovich Alperovich

From: "klett" <klettt@arcor.d.>
Hello friends
"Although I was born in New York in 1934 - my first language is
German, because I lived with my parents the most of time in Germany.
I will try to write English. In 1773 G. Chr. Fuechsel dedicated
his new scientific book to the famous Moses Mendelson. He was a brother
my ancestor J.Chr. Daniel Fuechsel and didn't marry. The father of both
brothers: J. Chr. Daniel Fuechsel came from Nohra near Weimar (Germany)
Nora in Sweden was born about 1675? and died in 1721 in Ilmenau. This
ancestor I can not find in any sources! Can you help or do you have an
for further search?"

Sincerely H. K.

Sent: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 10:39 AM
Subject: Fw: Sokoly and WEzki


Hi Friend
See what You can do with one photo...from Sokoły

A journalist, author, teacher, and researcher in Lodz,
Joanna Podolska, is actively involved in writing about the
history of Jews in her city. She has already authored or
contributed to a number of publications on this topic. She
is looking for follow-up information about two people who
worked with Chaim Rumkowski in the Lodz Ghetto.

DORA FUCHS was secretary to Rumkowski. A great deal is
known about her. She moved to Israel after the war. Is she
still alive? How can she be contacted?

ESTERA DAUM, born 1918, was steno-typist and second
secretary to Rumkowski. Rumor has it that she also
survived the ghetto and camps, but this has not been
confirmed. Does anyone have information about her?


(Mrs. Roni Seibel Liebowitz)
Scarsdale, New York
Lodz ShtetLinks
Lodz Area Research Group (LARG)
Belchatow ShtetLink
Belchatow Yizkor Book Project

Message: We are working on a family history. We are descended from the
Pines (Rav Aharon Kotler is on our family tree). We have an extensive
geneology, and would be happy to communicate with you.

I live in the United States, but all my children live in Eretz Yisrael.

Margery Kra

The Jewish Family History Foundation's Grand Duchy Project, focusing
on 18th century records for Belarus & Lithuania is pleased to
announce a new
article by Ambassador Neville Lamdan: The Mandels of Lyakhovichi
(Lechovich) & the 1784 GDL Census or reached
from the
homepage of our website:

This brief article adds to a series by genealogical and rabbinical
which demonstrate methods of connecting 19th century families who had
surnames, to their 18th century forebears who did not. Other articles
illustrate how
these 1784 and 1765 documents yield valuable genealogical information

Since January 2006, Dr. Lamdan has been the Director of the
Institute for Jewish Genealogy (at Jewish National and Hebrew
Library, Jerusalem) which supports advanced research and teaching
genealogy at the
university level.

Dr. Lamdan is a seasoned Jewish genealogist, active since 1978, and
known to members of the Belarus SIG. His current research focus:
"Village Jews
in 19th Century Minsk Guberniya - their life and times" follows
research on
this area in the Grand Duchy in the 18th century. The overlap between
the 19th
and 18th century work is represented by the article referred to above.

While Lamdan's focus is on Belarus, it was during a period when both
Lithuania and Belarus were one country and the methodology and
conclusions are valid
for all of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The full 1784 and 1765 GDL
tabulations list over 700 Lyakhovichi Jews in each recording twenty
apart. Names and fathers' names are provided for every man and child
in a
household along with the first names of wives and everybody in a
relation to the head of household. This data will soon appear on our
website and be
available to the Lyakhovichi SIG research group

Dr. Lamdan's research experience includes three in-depth visits to
archives in Belarus (1998, 2001, 2004), plus work in many other
national and
private archives in Israel, UK and US. He has written several articles
Avotaynu and has contributed scholarly notes on genealogy based on
studies, archival inventories and translations (from Yiddish) posted
on the
Belarus and Lyakhovichi SIGs. Most recently Dr. Lamdan spoke at the
26th IAJGS
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in New York in 2006.

Neville Lamdan recently joined the Advisory Committee for the Jewish
History Foundation.

David Hoffman
Jewish Family History Foundation


Justin Jansen (
Message: Hi all,

I'm looking for details about Yisrael Aharoni born in Vidzy, Belarus
1880 and
died in 1946 in Israel. I fail to have any details about him, date of
father, mother family, education and so on...Could some-one help me,

Justin Jansen
The Netherlands
justindba @

Hi there !
Today is a big day for the Horodokers.  We finally received, from the disc duplicating service, the new movie (DVD) on Horodok -- based on interviews of Horodokers living in Israel. 
This movie was done voluntarily and its editing and duplication was funded by donations and the Israel Horodok Society.  It has been 4 years in the making, and everyone of the Horodokers here in Israel has been waiting for it!  It is 55 minutes in length - condensed from 20 something hours of interviews!   There is so much important information in those 20+ hours and it was very difficult to choose. 
The movie covers the period 1920 to 1945.  The movie includes family photos from those we interviewed, extracts from the David Shapiro original movie (we were able to identify the Rabbi and the head of the Jewish Bank) and also clips from a video we made on a visit there in 1997. 
The interviewers tell us about:
• the general description of the village
• the village economy and the all-important weekly market
• the cultural life
• religious and community life
• education - secular, Hebrew and religious
• political movements and Zionist youth group activities
• the background story to David Shapiro, his visit has his movie
• the period of Russian occupation 1939 - 1941
• the Nazi invasion in 1941
• the Horodok ghetto and the slaughter in 1942
• the Horodok partisans and their revenge in 1943
• post-war and the annual memorial service in Israel
The film is both very powerful and poignant as it gives an excellent picture of vibrant Jewish & Zionist life, pre-war, and emotional with the personal horrors and the bravery of the survivors (all partisans).  It is a testimony to the strength and courage of the survivors. 
While we have also produced the DVD in the USA format (for those Horodokers living in the USA who speak Hebrew), at this time it is only in Hebrew as there are no funds available to do the translation and including the sub-titles.   The DVD is available for a donation to the Israel Horodok Society of $50 per copy. 
We are also hoping to find donors to enable us to both (i) have the translation and sub-titles added and (ii) to distribute the movie to educational institutions, museums, and film festivals interested in Jewish life in the Pale of Settlement pre-war, the Holocaust and the Partisans.
We'll be pleased to give anyone interested more details.
Tierza Amizur-Berman -  film-maker and daughter of a Horodoker

Richard B. Bloom (chipofftheoldblock@comcast.n--)

Message: Discovered today pictures of my greatgreatgrandmother Yudka
Stoliar and her large and distinguished family at the site--very
exciting and
gratifying. They are now intellectually and spiritually closer to me
than they
ever could have been otherwise. Deepest thanks to those who made them
--Dick Bloom, Village Green, Pennsylvania.

Rabbi Ahron Kotler (son of Rabbi Shneur Zalman Pines). Known as the
"Shislovitzer iluy" (Svisloch genius), he immigrated to the United States in 1940. He founded the yeshiva and complex of talmudic
institutions in Lakewood NJ. His grandson Rabbi Malkiel Kotler is
rabbi there today.

Itzhak Schier (moskva770@y
Home Page:

Message: You have a serious error in your Kotler family profile. Rav
Kotler's original family name was Pines (as in Ophir Pines-Paz and
Pines Street
in Jerusalem); he left Europe on a false passport issued in the name
Kotler. He is no
relation to any other Kotler other than his direct

Erika MANN, anti-Nazi activist, writer and daughter of Nobel-prize
author, Thomas MANN needed to warn her parents (who were in Switzerland
on a
lecture tour) not to come home to Germany. It was the 1930's, works by
and her brother Klaus would soon be put on the first list of banned
(Thomas's were on the second). And Mrs. Mann was born Katia Pringsheim,
daughter of a prominent Jewish professor in Berlin.

It has been twenty years since my research on the MANN family, but I
it was by telephone, not mail, that Erika informed her father: "The
in Germany is not good." Thomas and Katia MANN understood the message
stayed in Switzerland, eventually emigrating to the U.S. where they
the other German and Austrian Exiles. The MANN family home was taken
over by
Nazis and used by officers who sometimes entertained prostitutes.

Alexandra Alznauer
Katharina Mann
Katharina "Katia" Hedwig Mann-Pringsheim (July 24, 1883–April 25,
1980) was the youngest child and only daughter (among four sons) of
the Jewish mathematician and artist Alfred Pringsheim and his wife
Hedwig Dohm Pringsheim, who was an actress in Berlin before her
marriage. Katia was also a granddaughter of the writer and women's
right activist Hedwig Dohm. Her twin brother Klaus Pringsheim was a
conductor, composer, music writer and music pedagogactive in Germany
and Japan.

Katia was born in Feldafing near Munich. At age 21, in the fall of
1904, she aborted her studies of physics and mathematics on the
request of her mother and aunt, to marry the writer Thomas Mann on
February 11, 1905, in Munich. She continued her studies as a guest
student for another four semesters. Katia Thomas Mann had six
children: Erika, Klaus, Angelus Gottfried "Golo" Thomas, Monika,
Elisabeth, and Michael.

After the birth of Monika in 1910, Katia Mann became ill. The illness
was first suspected to be tuberculosis, but later X-ray examinations
could not find any physical changes. A psychosomatic illness was
considered likely, especially after her own testimony. She spent
several months in sanatoriums, which (according to her) strengthened
her so that she could "stand it all". The sanatorium episode inspired
Thomas Mann to his novel The Magic Mountain.

The tomb of Katia, Thomas and Michael Mann, in Kilchberg
As the Mann family lived in exile, Katia Mann took care of her six
children and her husband. She was not just the good spirit of the
family, but the connection point that kept them all together. She
taught her gifted children, was her husband's manager, and was the
family provider. She survived the deaths of three of her children
(Klaus, Erika and Michael) and that of her husband. She died in
Kilchberg near Zürich.

Thomas Mann made a sort of "portrait" of her in his novel Royal

Michael Mann (editor): Katia Mann: My Unwritten Memoirs. (Katia Mann:
Meine ungeschriebenen Memoiren.) Fischer TB. Frankfurt, 2000. ISBN
Inge and Walter Jens: Mrs. Thomas Mann. The life of Katharina
Pringsheim. (Frau Thomas Mann. Das Leben der Katharina Pringsheim.)
Rowohlt. Reinbek, 2003. ISBN 3-498-03338-7
Kirsten Jüngling/Brigitte Roßbeck: Katia Mann. The Woman of Wizards.
(Katia Mann. Die Frau des Zauberers.) Brigitte Propyläen. 2003. ISBN

See also
Dohm-Mann family tree

Subject: MORSE GOLD: Sounds like: DOLGOW

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Schikewmesehty, Russia
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Kvasilaw, Russia
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Montevideo, Urugay
Dalgov, Anna
Montevideo, Urugay
Dalgov, Eisik

Dalgov, Fatiana
Montevideo, Urugay
Dalgov, Meische

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Montevideo, Urugay
Dalgov, Natalia
Montevideo, Urugay
Dalgov, Roche
Dalgow, Bodcie
Dalgow, Chaim
Dalgow, Leiba
Wilna, Russia
Dalgow, Soke
De Dolgoff, Alex
Delakowa, Anna
Delgoff, Alex.
Delikow, Osif
Frodno, Russia
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Glosona, Russia
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Krasilow, Russia
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Dolgoff, Gtyig
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Valosche, Russia
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Krasilow, Russia
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At Sea
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Odessa, Russia
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Wolscgin, Russia
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Krasilow, Russia
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Valina, Russia
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Wolczyn, Poland
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Dolgow, Ber


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Woloskin, Russia
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Wolozin, Russia
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Wolczyn, Poland
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Jetsjin, Russia
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Dolgow, Jozef
Jetsjin, Russia

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Lwow, Poland
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Luow, Poland
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Jetsjin, Russia

Dolgow, Moses
Krasilow, Russia
Dolgow, Osher
Dolgow, Osias
Wolczyn, Poland

Dolgow, Pesche

Dolgow, Poliporys
Dolgow, Reise
Woloskin, Russia
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Kupel, Russia
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Woloskin, Russia
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Leinij, Suwalk
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Jetsjin, Russia
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Dolkof, Esther
Consple, Turkey

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Klinzi, Russia
Doulkoff, Eugene
Sebastopol, Russia
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Const/ple, Turkey
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Sebastopol, Russia
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Dolgow, Alexy

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Krasilow, Russia
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Valina, Russia
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Wolczyn, Poland
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Dolgow, Bejla
Wolczyn, Poland

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Dolgow, Ber

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Woloskin, Russia
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Wolozin, Russia
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Wolczyn, Poland
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Jetsjin, Russia
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Wolozyn, Poland
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Dolgow, Jozef
Jetsjin, Russia

Dolgow, Keile
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Woloshin, Wilno

Dolgow, Maria

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Dolgow, Marjasia
Wolczyn, Poland
Dolgow, Mere

Dolgow, Mine

Dolgow, Miral
Lwow, Poland
Dolgow, Mirel
Luow, Poland
Dolgow, Molsche
Jetsjin, Russia

Dolgow, Moses
Krasilow, Russia
Dolgow, Osher
Dolgow, Osias
Wolczyn, Poland

Dolgow, Pesche

Dolgow, Poliporys
Dolgow, Reise
Woloskin, Russia
Dolgow, Reisel
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Kupel, Russia
Dolgow, Schoul
Woloskin, Russia
Dolgow, Sosse
Woloshin, Wilno
Dolgow, Taube
Woloshin, Wilno
Dolgow, Turnen
Leinij, Suwalk
Dolgow, Udel
Jetsjin, Russia
Dolgow, Wolf
Dolkof, Esther
Consple, Turkey

Dollgoff, Wladimir
Klinzi, Russia
Doulkoff, Eugene
Sebastopol, Russia
Doulkoff, Eugenie
Const/ple, Turkey
Doulkoff, Olymbia
Doulkoff, Olympiada
Sebastopol, Russia
Dulgow, Jubel
Tolyakow, Rosa

Tolyakow, Tanbe
Tolyakow, Tosche
Tulaikov, Nicolay
Riga, Latvia
Tulaykoff, Eugenie
Moscau, Russia
Tulaykoff, Nicolai
Moscau, Russia
Tulkop, Leiser
Szebersin, Russia
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Szubyszin, Rssia
Tulkopf, Abram
Zebreszyn, Poland
Tulkopf, Berko
Szczebrzeszyn, Poland
Tulkopf, Chaim Fajwes
Szczebrzeszyn, Poland
Tulkopf, Estera
Szezebrzeszyn, Poland
Tulkopf, Hirz Moir
Obersveier, Ukraine
Tulkopf, Sura
Sczebreszyn, Poland
Tulkopf, Szmul Hersz
Szczebrzeszyn, Poland
Tulkowa, Anna
Belostock, Russia
Tylkow, Famina
Koblici, Russia

Tylkow, Marza
Koblici, Russia
Tylkow, Roman
Koblici, Russia

Tylkow, Sutvin
Koblici, Russia

I stumbled across your website by accident..........  I have been searching for my great great grandparents for years.  The name was Moses and Rachel/Rosa Venezovsky.  They lived in Nikolaiev in 1852.  Their son, Isokhor Venezovsky married in 1872 in Nikolaiev.  His marriage is entered in the Rabbi's book under Entry #53.  I have tried and tried to obtain info, but to no avail.  The Head Rabbi at that time (in Kerson Providence) was Rabbi Avraham David Lavat. 
Is there any way you can help me????  I live in the U.S. and unfortunately, do not speak or read Russian or Ukrainian. 
Thanks for any assistance you can provide.
Sandy Gibson
Las Cruces, New Mexico

H K J Breman (


Message: Dear Sirs,

I came across Randy Daitch's name at your websiet.
I would like to request you whether you could send me his emailaddress.
I would be very much obliged to hear from you.

Yours Sincerely,

H K J Breman(Harry)
Timorstraat 70 8022NE Zwolle Holland

Barnett Margolin
Home in 1930:
Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Estimated birth year:
abt 1891
Russia came in 1907
Relation to Head of House:
Spouse's name:
Helen came from russia in 1905 married at age 20- she is 36 years old


Military Service:no

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace:
propraitor of a candy store
View others on page
Household Members:
Barnett Margolin
Helen Margolin
Diana Margolin
Barnet Margolin
Brooklyn Assembly District 6, Kings, New York
abt 1891 Vilna
View Record
Helen Margolin
Brooklyn Assembly District 6, Kings, New York
abt Minsk1894

On 12/28/06, Jeffma2525@ao  wrote:

Dear Eilat,
Thank you so much for your informative reply.
Your insights regarding Vileika, Vishnevo and Volozhin are interesting in the extreme.
You are certainly welcome to apply my info to your websites if you think it would be helpful.
While I know much about my family in this country, I still have a lot to learn about the Russian side. I would love to go back further in time and you are providing some interesting leads. Perhaps we can explore some of them together.
According to my Grandmother Anna's brother Berko (Barnett/Barney) Margolin's ship manifest from 1908, he listed an Uncle Morris Davidson.
My guess Morris Davidson may have been a Moshe Davidson. I would love to find him on some Russian document so that I can link his parents names to my family and connect me directly with certain Davidson's.
My grandmother had two cousins, probably born in this country, brothers Al and Sam Davidson, but I have had no luck thus far finding their families.
And of course I would certainly like to know as much as possible about the parents of Tzvi Margolin & Fruma Davidson, and Reuben Kopelowitz and his wife Rachel.
You've already provided me with important leads. Let me know if I can provide additional information.
I would also like to discuss Vidzy with you.
Jeff Malet
the following was adjusted from your information
Descendants of Tzvi Hirsch Margolin
 1   Tzvi Hirsch Margolin b: Russia d: 30 Nov 1926 Russia 
..  +Fruma Davidson b: Russia  
..... 2   Annie (Anna) Margolin b: 10 Apr 1895 Dolhinov (Dalginow/Dolginovo) , Poland-Russia d: 17 Feb 1970 Massapequa Park , Long Island, NY 
.........  +Jacob Kaplan b: 04 Jul 1896 Kreve, Poland-Russia d: 01 Oct 1946 Brooklyn, NY m: 11 Feb 1917 Brooklyn, NY
..... 2   Barnett (Barney) Margolin b: Bet. 25 Mar 1891 - 1893 Wilna, Russia  
.........  +Hindel (Helen) Davidson b: 1893 Minsk, Russia  m: 14 Apr 1914 Brooklyn, NY
............ 3   Diana Margolin b: 1920 New York  
................  +? Green   
..... 2   Ester (Etzya) Margolin b: Bet. 1900 - 1902 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland 
.........  +Gutman Szulman b: 1896 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 Minsk, Belorussia 
............ 3   Berl Szulman b: Abt. 1925 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 Russia 
............ 3   Yitzkhak Szulman b: Abt. 1927 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 Russia 
............ 3   Hirshel Szulman b: Abt. 1929 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 Russia 
............ 3   Efraim Szulman b: Abt. 1932 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 Russia 
............ 3   Eliezer Szulman b: Abt. 1936 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 Russia 
..... 2   Meir Margolin b: 1904 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1939 Modlin, Warszawa, Poland 
.........  +Mina Ratner b: 1904 Poland  
............ 3   Shulamit Margolin b: 1927 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: Bet. 1939 - 1942 Russia 
............ 3   Tsvi Margolin b: 1931 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: Bet. 1939 - 1942 Russia 
............ 3   Frume Margolin b: 1935 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: Bet. 1939 - 1942 Russia 
..... 2   Masha Margolin b: Bet. 1904 - 1907 Poland d: Apr 1942 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland 
.........  +Yitzhak Furman b: 1904 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland 
............ 3   Tzvi Furman b: Abt. 1935 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland 
............ 3   Bela Furman b: Abt. 1939 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland 
..... 2   Rakhel (Rajchl) Margolin b: 1898 Poland d: May 1942 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland 
.........  +Mordekhai (Motl) Akselrod b: Abt. 1892 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: Bet. 1939 - 1945 
............ 3   Lea Akselrod b: 1928 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 
............ 3   Brakha Akselrod b: Bet. 1933 - 1935 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 
............ 3   Yithak Akselrod b: 1936 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 
............ 3   Fruma Akselrod b: 1925 Dolhinov. Russia-Poland d: 1942 
..... 2   Lea Margolin b: 1900 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 
.........  +Avraham (Awram) Shpreiregen b: 1890 d: Dolhinov, Russia-Poland 
..... 2   Eliezer Margolin   
.........  +Malka ?   
............ 3   Sonia Margolin b: Bet. 1917 - 1920 Vileika (Wieliczka), Poland d: Bet. 1939 - 1945 Vileika (Wilejka), Wilno, Poland 
  *2nd Wife of Tzvi Hirsch Margolin:   
..  +Gita Kozinetz (Kuzinic) b: 1895 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: 1942 
..... 2   Arie Margolin b: 1913 Dolhinov, Russia d: Israel 
.........  +Dina ?  d: Israel 
............ 3   Ishai Margolin b: Israel  
................  +Denise Nicola Wooster b: England  m: 24 May 1970 Kibbutz Maanit, Israel
............ 3   Edna Margolin b: 04 Nov 1943 Israel  
................  +Rami ?   m: 20 Jul 1967 Israel
............ 3   Moshe Margolin b: 01 May 1955 Israel  
..... 2   Tzvia (Cwija) Margolin b: 1917 Dolhinov, Russia-Poland d: Bet. 1939 - 1945 Poland 

There's probably some relationship between these two Margolin families, though I can't be sure.
I do have a Barnett Margolin (named changed to Margolis) in my family, but I do not have a sister Anna. In my family, Barnett was born around 1857 in Vileyka. His siblings included my g-grandfather Pesach (C1851), Dov (C1853), Rebecca (C1855), and Moseh (C1859). Their father was Shlomo (C1828-1895) who was a mason as was my g-grandfather Pesach and my grandfather Akiba.
I know that Shlomo had siblings in Vileyka but do not know their names. I do know that Shlomo's wife was Devorah and his father and mother were Pesach Ben Berko Margolin and Chena.
The Barnett in my family married Jenny Persky and did come to the US in 1889. Barnett died in 1904.
Pesach left Vileyka and moved with his family to Akkerman near Odessa. The family story is that he was building stone railroad bridges for the Tsar and moved south for that reason.
Don't know if this helps...
Ely Margolin Fishkin

I want to thank you for responding to my inquiry. I also want to thank
for creating the websites... and translating stories from the Yiskor
books. A big
"Yasher Koach" to you.
I cried when I saw the names of my relatives on the lists of those who
perished ,murdered by the Nazis
and their neighbors. I cried when I read the stories of how our people
were murdered.
I will be happy to send you pictures of my relatives as soon as I can.
I would love to get in touch with any of the Epstein, Broide or
family from Ilya or Dolhinov now living in Israel. My mother always
that someone from her family might have survived.
I thank you kindly and G-d bless you.

Annette Blum
Dear Anntte,

There is a Yad Vashem report about the family of your aunt;
Brojdo, Jankiel
Jankiel Brojdo was born in Ilja, Poland in 1891 to Khana Batia and
Sheftel. He was a merchant and married to Tzipora ( Feiga). Prior to
lived in Ilja, Poland. During the war he remained in Ilja, Poland.
Jankiel died in 1942 in Ilja, Poland with children; Chaia ( born c
1930), Binyamin ( 1932),
Shlomo ( 1935) and Sara (1937). This information is based on a Page of
submitted on 08/02/1956 by his nephew (son of his sister) Arie
Brojdo Fejga
Fejga Brojdo was born in Ilia, Poland in 1900 to Moshe Leib and
Nekhama. She was a housewife. Prior to WWII she lived in Ilia, Poland.
During the war was in Ilia, Poland. Fejga perished in Ilia, Poland.
This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left)
submitted on 08/02/1956 by Arie Kopilovitz, the son of her husbands'
The fact that Arie Kopilovitz knew your grandmothers' name ( Nechama-
but gave another name for your grandfather) must be that he was
somehow related to her.
Arie passed away some years ago in Israel but his children still live
there. Dan Mendelson who told me about the family lives in Rehovot, (
11 Yavetz Street, Apt. #4) Israel. He told me that he was a student of
your and his uncle; Jacob Broide- since he was a
child during his time in Ilya he only remembers a little. Your uncle,
Yaakov Broide was his teacher for Jewish studies in the public Polish
school ( all the Jewish kids would study with him every Friday). The
family also had a store for manufacture (?) in Ilya. he remembers at
list two daughters. The daughters had golden hair and the oldest went
to the same school as him a few grades below him ( he was born in
1924)- he has a memory of a girl at about age 11 and her sister at age
The father was a red head and had a long red beard. He was very pious
and a good teacher....
From my research; the Kopilovitz family originated in Vileika
look at the site which I created;
When you look at the revision list for 1850 you would find most ( if
not all of the Kopilovitzes) living in Vileika.

.....As far as I know, Yankel and Mara Fega had six children. My
Miriam Fega, should live and be well, is named after my aunt.
My grandmother, Nechama ( kopolovitz) Epstein was also from the
family. I assume
that was from her mother,s side. I was told by my mother that the
family was very learned
and prominent.....

....I recall so many stories my mother would tell me about Ilya. My
mother fortunately came to America in 1925 (She landed in America in
on Shushan Purim). My grandfather was in America
and he sent papers for her and her sisters to come to America. Her
were so angry that my mother decided to go, that they wouldn't even
"baglate" (accompany) her to the train station.
They were sure she was going to a "goyisha" land,and would marry a"goy.
mother was very
pious, she "davened" and said "tillim " daily. She also mourned for
family until her last days.
Years ago there was a strong Ilya landslite society. They met
regularly in the Ilya shul which
was off Delancy Street (and I think Forsyth Street) on the lower
of Manhattan.
I know when my mother was in Israel in 1963, she visited her cousin
Hutner"s mother
who was then an elderly lady. Unfortunately, I have not been in
with any relatives.
I want to wish you a GOOD Shabbos and I'll keep in touch.

Sicerely, Annette Blum

Your family in Ilya was related to the most prominent family in town
from what I was told by natives ( the Broide/ Kopilovitz/ Shapiro
family). I see on the Ellis Island list from Ilya;
Hudner,Menash Ilia, Russia 1912 18y
23 Hutner,Chaie Ilia, Russia 1910 17y 24 Hutner,Masez Ilia, Russia
1910 19y Passenger Record Text Manifest Scanned Manifest
25 Hutner,Ruwen Ilia, Russia 1911 22y
Huttner,Feigi Ilia, Russia 1912 35y
27 Huttner,Freide Ilia, Russia 1912 6y
28 Huttner,Ida Ilia, Russia 1912 8y

The Hutner family was known all over. Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner the Rosh
yeshiva of Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin was best known- from the net;
.....Yitzchok (Isaac) Hutner (1906 - 1980) was an Orthodox rabbi born
in Warsaw, Poland, to a family with both Ger Hasidim and non-Hasidic
Lithuanian Jews in their origins.... His daughter and only child,
Rebbetzin Bruria Hutner David, obtained her Ph.D. at Columbia
University in the department of philosophy, and subsequently founded
and became the dean of a major seminary for Jewish women in Jerusalem
known as Beth Jacob of Jerusalem (BJJ) that caters to young women from
Haredi families in the United States
To read Dan Mendelsons' story about Ilya go to

I'm looking for children etc of Miriam WOLFF, daughter of Salli
WOLFF and Rahel (nee MARX), born in Koenigsberg ca 1907.

She married Zvi HAMBURGER and lived with him in Kfar Shmaryahu,
She died 1994. Her mother was sister-in-law of author S.Y. Agnon

I've been hitting walls for years with my 2x-great
grandfather, Wolf (Vulf / William) KIRSNER /
KIRSCHNER. Vulf KIRZNER was born about 1860 (dates
vary, 1859-63, in 8 or 10 American records I've
found). Every American record lists his place of
birth as "Grodno," but he was a longtime member of the
Orler (Orla / Orlya) landsmanshaften, with whom he was
buried, along with several KIRSNER relatives who
joined the same day he did. I've meticuously searched
through boxes of that landsmanshaften's records at
YIVO in NY with no clues beyond some relative's names.

Was he from Orlya or Grodno or somewhere else? I
guess someone from a small place like Orla would
identify in America with Grodno, a nearby city. Orlya
has most often been under Lida jurisdiction, but
sometimes Grodno, I think. Or could he be from
another town near Orla that didn't have its
own landsmanshaftn and so he qualified to join with

I can't find him, his siblings (Benjamin, Sam), his
nephews (Nathan, David) or his parents (Moses KIRSNER
and 'Bessie" LIFSITZ, b. prob. 1820s-30s) in any of
the small number of extracted Orlya records at
JewishGen (Revision lists and tax records in
All-Litvak database). Nor do I find ANYBODY there
with Wolf/Vulf's 1st wife's surname, BRAVER (probably
different pre-immigration). Could be that he will show
up in other Orlya records that will get extacted in the
future. Or maybe I'm wasting my tme.

And, no, I can't even find Vulf's passenger record,
even though I am fairly confident of the year (1894,
Boston or NY), nor his son Maurice/Morris (Moses?),
July 1898 from Bremen.

Any clues on Orlya? Its relation to Grodno?

Ray -New Orleans, USA
Lida) or Grodno, Belarus
Elizavetgrad (Kirovograd), Kherson, Ukraine

Mark Levin (
Message: Looking for information on "Levin" or "Levitan".
I have been told the name was "Levitan" upon arriving at Ellis Island
but I
have no hard, reliable spelling.

Family was Morris and pearl (Shepelevitz?) arriving in U.S. circa 1903.

Had five children. Americanized names: Dorothy. Sarah, Julius, Edward

Settled in Chicago.

Only know granndfather (Julius) claimed he was from "Russia" and Kovno.
I imagine it was Russian at that time.

Dear Genners,

I'am still searching for lost WOLF family-members. My greatgrand-aunt
Irma Wolf, lived and died in Israel. I think that she left Germany
before the war. She was the daughter of Moses Wolf II and Hannchen,
Johanna, Lehmann. Irma was born on april 28th 1902 in Bensheim,
Hessen, Germany. I know that Irma was married in Israel with Ben
Raphael. Thats all. Who can help me with further info about Irma and
perhapd Ben Raphael.
I'am also looking for info about her mother Hannchen Lehmann. She was
born in Lengfeld, Hessen, Germany on august 14th 1865.

Best wishes for 2007

Hans Wolf
The Netherlands

My father recently remembered that his grandfather
(his last name was Braude his first name was Beryl or
Girsh Ber or Tzvi Dov) owned a bakery in Telsiai
(Lithuania). I am trying to find out more information
about this bakery -- for example, where it was
located. This would have been during the 1890-1928
time period. Does anyone have suggestions for where I
might be able to find out more information. Thank you
very much in advance for your help.

If there is anyone here who actually knows someone who
lived in Telsiai during the latter part of this period
and is still alive (yes I recognize that they would be
in their 80s or 90s) and can talk to me about it, I
would be greatly appreciative.

Todd Brody
Englewood, NJ

Searching: BRAUDE (Telz, Alsiad, Plotel), GLASS (Sandomierz,
ROSENBERG (Skaryszew, Montreal), GROSSER (Sieniawa, Przemysl,
LAMM (Sieniawa, Przemysl, Jaroslaw), FRANKFORT (Sieniawa), ARFA
Zuromin, Sierpc, Plock), MAJ ((Biezun, Zuromin, Sierpc, Plock).

....URLs for a video/film on American-Jewish anarchists.

(Note: I am not sure whether Part Three is really a third part, because
it seems
to be a repeat of Part Two.)

As you will see, the video is explained by a little paragraph in French
which I
have translated into English as follows:

<<In 1977, the Jewish anarchist journal "Freie Arbeiter Stimme" (the
free voice
of the workers) was at the point of closing after 87 years of
publication, the
producers of the film interviewed old anarchists on the subject of
experiences in the movement. They talk of the conditions of their
of their fights [against?] the revolutionary syndicalists, of their
with the Leninists, of their attitudes about violence, of Yiddish
of fidelity and solidarity.>>

The film's interviewer was then young historian Paul Avrich who, I am
sad to
say, died last February...
The last segment talks about the famous Ferrer School. Another part
concerns the
generally pacific attitude of most anarchists as distinguished from the
of those few who wanted to destroy buildings and kill the wealthy
oppressors of
the workers. In this segmant also is a stirring, somehow cheerful song
getting rid of "little Nicky," that is, Czar Nicholas II.

I enjoyed this interesting and touching video very much, despite the
facts that
in the first part, the sound and film frequently kept halting and
itself, and during much of the second part, the sound track didn't
coordinate at
all with the moving lips of the interviewees.

Some of the names I managed to jot down were:

Abe Bluestein, Ahrne Thorne, Franz Fleigler, Fanny Breslow, Sonia
Farber, Sara
Rothman, and also Charles Zimmerman who was said to be a Socialist.

Inserted as part of the original film are still black and white photos
as well
as old moving pictures immigrants on their boats, on the Lower East
Side, being
harranged against the war in 1917, etc..

I was particularly amused by one brief moving picture in Part 2,
officials in what must have been 1919, waving goodbye, or more likely,
riddance! from the dock to departing deportees, among whom, as some of
you may
know, were Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman.

Among many other things in the film I also enjoyed a sad Yiddish song
begins (in English) "Don't look for me where the myrtles grow..."

Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)

I happened across a reference to a David ROME who was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, lived in Zoslya, Lithuania, and then went to Montreal, Canada.

He collected an enormous amount of Jewish materials and to the end of
life tried to prove he was related to the publishers by the name of
Romm in

You can read more about him and his collection at:

The site is for the National Library and Archives of Canada which has
in the way of genealogical material and many new links to vital on-line

There was mention of the Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers aka LI-RA-MA
created by the Imperial Russian Consular offices in Canada during 1898
1922. There are 11,400 files on Russian/Eastern European immigrants
settled in Canada and a subsequent listing prepared in 1988 by Lena
Sverdlova and Larissa Tutnikov provides a detailed list of Jewish names
contained in the Collection.

Approximately half of the information in the Collection can be searched
on-lne as was pointed out to me by Stanley Diamond and can be found at:

Nothing more was stated regarding further research on this Collection
not all individuals who came to Canada from Russia are included as some
not come in contact with the Consular Offices. However, this seems to
be a
good tool to find not only Russian ancestors, but those from Lithuania
other areas outside Russia proper.

Another great database mentioned is the Soldiers of the South African
(1899-1902) which will assist many with the military aspects of their
ancestors lives. Other veterans in later Wars are also available

Ann Rabinowitz

Subject: UK Outbound Passenger Lists Correction

In response to the numerous people who wrote to me about the web site
address not being viable, please use the following
Ann Rabinowitz
Dear Ann,

Thank you for posting this. I did not know about it &, as a check on
one of
the family names, found a 2nd cousin who was in the British Army &
Grecce in 1941. The record said he was born in London but I was told
... so it is something to check. I'll browse further another day.

A useful site. Appreciated.

Eric Svirskis, Melbourne, Australia.
SWIRSKY (Panevesz/Panecevysz), & ZILBERMAN (Widze/Vidzy).

I am seeking information on my SHEINGOLD, GUTERMAN and KHANIN family
from Dvorets (in Grodno gubernia)and Minsk.

My Great great grandparents were Salman and Elka SHEINGOLD who lived
in Dvorets. Up until a few months ago I thought they only had two
children: 1. My great grandfather Bere (Boris) SHEINGOLD
[b: abt. 1875 possibly in Dvorets]and 2. Chaim (Hyman) SHENGOLD [b:
1887, Dvorets]. Both sons immigrated to Syracuse, New York.

While searching on Yad Vashem a few months ago I learned that there
were two more SHEINGOLD siblings:

3. Rivka SHEINGOLD* [b: abt. 1885 in Dvorets]. Married Moishe
GUTERMAN* [b: abt. 1880 Dvorets]
They had three children: Grigori GUTERMAN [b: abt 1910]. Ilya
GUTERMAN* [b: abt 1928 Minsk] and Tzilya GUTERMAN* [b: abt 1908].
Tzilya Married Lipe KHANIN* [b: abt 1909 Minsk] and they had a son
Misha KHANIN* [b: 1939 Minsk].

4. Faivul SHEINGOLD* [b: 1886 Dvorets]. Married Rokhul* (last name
unknown) [b: abt. 1888 Dvorets]

Sadly, all of those with asterisks next to their names were killed in
the Minsk Ghetto. The only one to survive was Rivka's son Grigori
GUTERMAN who submitted POTs in 1996. Through a Jewishgenner I learned
that Grigori passed away in Minsk later that year. Did anybody know

Do any of these names sound familiar? While I know about Boris and
Hyman once they arrived in the US, I have had little luck locating
records for any SHEINGOLDs while still in Belarus. As for Rivka,
Faivul and their families, I know only what was mentioned on their
POTs. It is possible that there were more children (SHEINGOLDs,
GUTERMANs or KHANINs) who survived the Holocaust and, therefore, are
not to be found on the Yad Vashem website.

Thanks for your help,

Melissa L. Shingles
Philadelphia, PA

I recently received the following email from Sarit
Tinari informing me of the passing of Moshe Bernstein.
She asked me to share this with the group. Moshe was
one of the contributors to the Kartuz Bereza yizkor
book, and a translated copy of his poem from the
yizkor book is shown at the end of the message.
Sarit's father was one of the editors of the book and
Sarit was the publisher.

-- Steve Morse, San Francisco


Hi Steve

I am writing you to let you know that on Friday
December 8 - a dear man of Kartuz Breze passed away
in Tel Aviv - the gifted painter and Yiddish Poet
Moshe Bernstein

He was a very colorful man - even though he was always
wearing black - he was a huge man - even thou he was
very short (not a "dwarf - just a very short man ) -
he was always like a child - even though he has
children and grandchildren of his own - his all
being was a reflection of the lost shtetels - the lost
life of the Jews - even though he was in the heart of
the Bohemian artists' life of Tel Aviv - in the 50's -

A man who lost all his family in the war in Bereza -
and even though he had a new family and a wonderful
wife - he was always alone

And he died - indeed at the age of 88 (he was my
father's friend from school and his neighbour next
door) - but still it's a big loss - and for me -
as a child - he was eternal - with his unique look of
black clothes, big silver neckless , very long white
hair and a moustache - very sensitive, likes to lough
and cry and drink - and he loved Jewish holidays and
Jewish life and Hazanut and Yiddish - but he was
secular and he asked to have a secular funeral - which
he did - in a Kibbutz where his wife and one of their
daughters live

If you want Steve - tell it to the people who still
care about this past

Also if you want - you can add the poem he wrote on
page 177 in the book Breze it is called - Longing
to Breze

all the best Sarit

*Bereza Nostalgias by Moshe Bernshtein
dedicated to Bereza Kartuzka

My golden Bereza consumed in flames,
You return to me in solitary wondering
With the affection that I keep for my missing mother,
Taken on bloodstained wings.

I see your face Bereza, in gray dawns,
In the happiness and sadness of your curved streets
You didn't lose a minimum of your image
The same melody sounds in my hearings

Here this the market, the synagogue, the public
The main road like a docile and nice tape
Here is my house, the orchard,
It filled the air with its aroma of apples and

The Jews, I knew them by their names and them to me
The mischievous children, reflected in their eyes
dreams and marvels
We went for a walk together,
Toward the river, toward the forest

And these greeted us
Grandparents and grandmothers sat down next to the
Telling exaggerated distant passed years
Being young came out to have a good time.

Who died and who was born
And during the night when Bereza collapses in the
Even very late couples went for a walk down the street
But they are as drunk

It breaks the silence a melody of those that study
I would like to continue telling a lot about that
How the Jews lived lived, they lived and they died
Only to remember them, is very painful, I should
Because it is difficult to tell in a single time
The destruction.

(Year 1973)

Some additional info from Steve:

To order the Yizkor book mentioned above, go to:

and click on the "Yizkor Book" link in the top right
square. That contains a scan of all the pages of the
original Hebrew book along with the English
translation both in html format (for screen display)
and MS-Word format (for printing).

-- Steve

Madam Primrose Marfona (
Ein schlecte sholem is beser vie ein gute krieg.(Yiddish)

Edward Steiner  wrote:

> My g-g-grandparents were Hirsch  (Tsvi) LEVIN and Rachael FRANK,
> b. ca. 1843, both likely from Kovno,  Lithuania (although Rachael
> may have been originally from Germany).

There is some indication that either family may have been rabbinic.

A search on Kovno AND Frank in the Encyc.Jud., brings up a

Zvi Pesach FRANK, (1873 - 1960), who was Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem
and a halakhic authority. His father, Judah Leib FRANK, was born in
Kovno, Lithuania, and was one of the leaders of the "Haderah"
society in Kovno which founded the village of Haderah in Erez

Kovno AND Levin brought up nothing.

Both Frank and Levin are popular Ashkenazi surnames and there are
many famous rabbis for each name.

Michael Bernet

Rabbi Arieh LEVINE, the well known rabbinical figure in Israel
during the 20th cent. also known as the Rav of the prisoners, and
Rabbi Zvi Pesach FRANK , the former Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem during
the mid-20th cent. were brothers-in-law through their wives who were
sisters. They also can be found in Neil Rosenstein's The Unbroken

Yoni Ben-Ari

My g-g-grandfather was Abraham WEINER (b18??, d pre-1897 on a trip
to Siberia!) from Birzhai, Lithuania who married Riva WESTERMAN of
Friedrichstadt (Jaunjelgava). They lived in Friedrichstadt and had
a son Morris b 1878 and two daughters; my
g-grandmothe Lieba (1865-1933), and Sarah.

The entire family migrated to England c1900 and all three died there.
Some of Morris WEINER's descendants migrated to USA later on and now
live in the LA area. I am in occasional contact with them.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Sue Levy
Perth, Australia

I am looking for informmation on my great grandparents David Edward
and Gertude SAMOVICH. David Gordon original name was either HEIKEL or
YANKEL for the last name. He was born in 1877 in Krakinovo, Russia
which is now
called Panevezio, Lithuniania. His parents are Sarah KAPLAN and Jacob
or Yankel). David Edward had 4 sisters. I only know the names of 3 of
them. Their names are Hilda (Gordon) FREEMAN- FREEDMAN. She was married
twice. Jenny(Gordon) Freedman, Ester (Gordon) LEVINE. The other sister
I only know her married last name not her first name. Here is her name
Hyman SANDLER. I do not know any thing about my great grandfather
All my relatives and my mom remember my great grandfather David Edward
Gordon leaving a wife and son and daughter in Russia during the
percusecution of the jews when he was escaping. David came to america
1903 to New York.
Gertude Samovich oringinal last name was either SHAMOVITCH, SAMOVITCH,
SAMOVITE. Gertude was born on March 1,1882 in Vilna, Poland which is
located in Lithuniania. Her parents are Chaibaile SAMSON and Sam
One of her cousin is a famous Broadway and movie actress Lillian Roth.
Lillian parents are Arthur and Mary(akaKatie) (SILVERMAN)
started her journey to America on March 1, 1904 at Antwerp, Germany on
steamship Finland.

This is all I know of my mom side . I will like to take it to another
in looking up my family. I am completely stump on were to go next. Does
anybody have any suggestion on were to go next.

Caroline Yaffa

Can anyone tell me if the WEISSBLUMs that married the KESTENBERG,
WEXLER and KIRSCHBAUM families in the 1820-1830s in Krakow are
descendents of Rabbi Elimelech WEISSBLUM, the Noam Elimelech who
was born 1717, d.1787.

Is there a genealogical study of Rabbi Elmelech WEISSBLUMs family

Darla Stone

Danny Shochen (
Message: Hello My name is Danny Shochen, I am in search of family from
grandfathers' birth place of Birzai, Lithuania; parents name were
shlomo and channa
I know that about 60 family members were killed during ww 2 if theres
any one who has
any information or inquires for me please contact me
from Yad Vashem;
Shokhen Shlomo
Shlomo Shokhen was born in Birzai, Lithuania in 1885 to Eliahu and
Sara. He was a butcher and married to Khana Leah nee ALSFEIN and had
five children. Prior to WWII he lived in Birzai, Lithuania. During the
war was in Birzai, Lithuania. Shlomo perished in 1941 in Birzai, Lithuania at the age of 56. This information is based on a Page of
Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by his son Viktor from
Herzelia, Israel
Shokhen Khana
Khana Shokhen ( nee Alsfein) was born in Wilno, Poland in 1900 to
Moshe Yehuda and Khaia Frida. She was a housewife and married to
Shlomo. Prior to WWII she lived in Birzai, Lithuania. During the war
was in Birzai, Lithuania. Khana perished in 1941 in Birzai, Lithuania
at the age of 41. This information is based on a Page of Testimony
(displayed on left) submitted by her son viktor.

Name Town District Region Country Birth Date Source
Shochen Shlomoe Page of Testimony
Gires Malka BIRZAI BIRZAI LITHUANIA 1902 Page of Testimony
Shokhen Shlomo BIRZAI BIRZAI LITHUANIA 1885 Page of Testimony
Shokhen Daniel BIRZAI BIRZAI LITHUANIA 1928 Page of Testimony
Shokhen Khana BIRZAI BIRZAI LITHUANIA 1900 Page of Testimony
Shokhen Shimon BIRZAI BIRZAI LITHUANIA 1920 Page of Testimony
Shokhen BIRZAI BIRZAI LITHUANIA 1924 Page of Testimony
Kravitz Rochel nee Shochen BIRZAI BIRZAI LITHUANIA Page of
Shochen Page of Testimony
Shochen Daniel Page of Testimony
Shochen Page of Testimony
Shochen Aba Page of Testimony
Shochen Chana Page of Testimony
Shokhan Avroom BIRZAI BIRZAI LITHUANIA 1908 Page of Testimony
Szochan Slomo BIRSZ BIRZAI LITHUANIA 1885 Page of Testimony

It was submitted by
Monica Starkman Schteingart (
Message: Hello. I am very glad to have found this site, and greet all
who are
connected with Kossowa in some way. I am related to the
Karelitz/Rawicz/Ravitz/Ravich families. My maternal grandfather,
Zundel Asher
Rawicz, lived and worked in Kossowa until he died early of pneumonia,
during the 1918 influenza epidemic. His mother was Gute Malkah
Karelitz, and
thus the connection with the Chazan Ish. His wife, Malka Weinstock,
died a
year ealier, in a cholera epidemic. When he died, the 6 orphaned
ages 2-13, left Kossowa to live with their maternal grandparents in
(BrestLitovsk). My mother is still alive at age 94, and lives in
Manhattan. If
anyone has information about this family, please do get in touch with
me. I
have little knowledge of the Kossowa/Ruzhany family ties. I do have
information about the Karelitz connections. Shalom.
for the site;
from the net; The Karelitz family are descendents of Benveniste and
Epstein families and I have been told they are thus traced to the 10th
century in Spain.
Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz ) (also "Yishayahu", "Yeshayah",
"Yeshayah", "Yishaya" - in English Abraham Isaiah Karelitz)
(1878-1953) known by his pen name as the Chazon Ish ("Vision [of]
Man"), was a Lithuanian born Orthodox rabbi who became leader of
Haredi Judaism in Israel. His final 20 years were in Israel from 1933
to 1953.

Born in Kossovo (today in Belarus 52¡ë45¡ìN 25¡ë09¡ìE), Karelitz
his education from his father, head of the beth din (religious court)
there. In 1911 he published his first work on Orach Chayim and other
parts of the Shulhan Arukh (Code of Jewish Law by Rabbi Yosef Karo) in
Vilna, anonymously under the title Chazon Ish, the name by which he
became almost exclusively known

Budslav north of Dolhinov 1 and Krivichi 4 on the map



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My maternal grandmother - Ida Berman - was born in Vaskai in 1891. She
left Vaskai and came to Baltimore with her parents, Samuel and Rebecca
in 1903. I knew my grandmother very well and she told us many stories
Vaskai when we were young. This past summer, I had the opportunity to
Vaskai and would be happy to send photos (including the Jewish
cemetary) and my
writeups of our experience to anyone that is interested. Best to all.

Ira Wagner
Bethesda, Maryland

"I would appreciate receiving a complete list of all the members of the
BLOKH family from Vabalninkas.

As there are hundreds of people listed in the all Lithuanian database
that name, it is too much of a job."

You might consider joining the Panevezys District Research Group.
Membership entitles one to all of the district tax and census records
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KORZON from around Vilna
WITKIN and JACOBSON from Zemaiciu Naumeistis
GAVLIN/HAVLIN from Kishnev, Zhlobin, and Rogachev

The LitvakSIG District Research Groups Project is pleased to announce
agreement between LitvakSIG and the Central Archives for the History of
the Jewish People (CAHJP) in Jerusalem.

The agreement permits LitvakSIG to acquire copies of the CAHJP's
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An Israeli researcher-translator has been retained on a
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The lists are numerous and span a time frame between 1816 and 1903,
such categories as lists of students and teachers in Jewish
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The search for new sources for acquisition of records has been
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orders placed by LitvakSIG will increase -- a situation which is
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We hope that the CAHJP effort will bring exciting new data to the
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I know this is a "shot in the dark," but I've exhausted all other
I am looking for one Gladys WISEBERG / WEISMAN / WISEMAN, nee GOLDMAN
Dorchester/Mattapan, Massachusetts. Daughter of Harry and Yetta
Goldman and
sister to the late Elliott Goldman.

If anyone recognizes this name and knows such a person would you please
her that a long lost cousin would dearly love to speak with her.
relate that I am the granddaughter of Dora Goldman Cohen and the family

Cindy Potter Taylor
( email for e. address)

I am an UK cousin seeking contact with descendants of:-
Becky (née ABELOVITCH) and George RHODES, of New York,
formerly of Lida (now Belarus).
Early 1950s family letters mentioned three daughters -
Sarah GOLD, Sylvia LOWE and Eva ABRAMSON
and six grandchildren (all born 1932 - 1942):-
Saul and Gloria GOLD; Diana and Judy LOWE;
Carol and Steven ABRAMSON.

I and other UK cousins would appreciate any connections
that JewishGen members can facilitate.

E. Barry Lipkin , UK
Researching: ABELOVITCH (Lida > NY) & LIPKIN (All countries)

Dear Friends,
I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for all the support and encouragement that so many of you have given me during the past two years since I first published The Search For Major Plagge. The publication of my book has ushered in a time of much excitement for my parents and our family, filled with travels, book talks, and the opportunity to meet new friends around the world. 
I am happy to announce the arrival of a new second edition of The Search For Major Plagge. This new paperback edition introduces new research material that I have gathered over the past three years since I finished work on the first edition. It includes a new chapter, recently discovered letters by Karl Plagge and an additional 8 pages of photographs. Readers are introduced to Alfons von Deschwanden, a German veteran of Plagge's unit who contacted me while I was visiting Germany in April of 2005. A fascinating story emerges which allows us to learn what Plagge's men knew of the nature of the Nazi regime before the war and discover what they knew of their commander's efforts to protect Jews in the HKP workshops. Alfons' story also allows us to consider what moral dilemmas ordinary German soldiers faced during the Holocaust. Additionally, readers have the opportunity to meet Samuel Bak, the famed child artist of the Vilna Ghetto who also was a HKP survivor. This edition also explores the war through the eyes of  the hidden children of HKP, who have come forward to tell their stories sixty years after the war's end.
The new soft-cover edition is available at as well as neighborhood bookstores. I would of course be happy to mail you signed copies of my book. Just send a check  to my home address ($15/copy) with a note telling me who to inscribe the book(s) to. I also have first edition books available in hard cover ($25/copy)- I will add a CD ROM with all the new edition materials to any signed hardcover copies that are purchased.
Once again, many thanks for all your support and good wishes. I hope that you and those you love have a holiday season filled with family, friends and happiness.
Best Regards,
Michael Good

"Against the background of the Holocaust which has robbed so many of their faith, here is a story to restore one's faith." —Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"A rewarding tale of redemption in the face of horror, of wide interest."—Kirkus Reviews

"Reconstructs the actions of the German major who saved . . . Jewish men, women, and children, including Good's mother, by refusing to follow protocol and outwitting his superiors. . . .a true man of conscience and bravery."
—Marek Breiger, L.A. Jewish Journal

"This is an exceptional story of one man's bravery and compassion in a world where six million Jews were murdered."—Booklist

When The Search for Major Plagge was published last spring, the world finally learned about a unique hero—and about one American doctor's extraordinary journey to tell Karl Plagge's story.

Part detective story, part personal quest, Michael Good's book is the story of the German commander of a Lithuanian work camp who saved hundreds of Jewish lives in the Vilna ghetto —including the life of Good's mother, Pearl. Who was this enigmatic officer Pearl Good had spoken of so often?

After five years of research—interviewing survivors, assembling a team that could work to open German files untouched for fifty years, following every lead he could, Good was able to uncover the amazing tale of one man's remarkable courage. And in April 2005 Karl Plagge joined Oskar Schindler and 380 other Germans as a "Righteous among Nations," honored by the State of Israel for protecting and saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

This expanded edition features new photographs and a new epilogue on the impact of the discovery of Karl Plagge—especially the story of 83-year-old Alfons von Deschwanden, who, after fifty years of silence, came forward as a veteran of Plagge's unit. His testimony is now part of this growing witness to truth.

Michael Good's father, William Good, escaped the Nazis by hiding in forests around Vilna. Pearl Good, her parents, and her cousins survived the camp run by Karl Plagge. Michael Good, a physician, lives in Durham, CT.

The Jewish Population of the World


Afghanistan Population; 29,928,987--% Jewish; 0.000003307 -Estimated
Jews ;1
Algeria Population; 32,531,853---% Jewish; 0.0003% - Estimated Jews
Argentina Population; 39,537,943 ---% Jewish;1% - Estimated Jews
Armenia Population; 2,982,904--% Jewish; 0.025% Estimated Jews ;750
Australia Population; 20,090,437 --% Jewish; 0.45% Estimated Jews ;
Austria Population; 8,184,691 0--% Jewish;.1% 8,Estimated Jews ;184
Azerbaijan Population; 7,911,974 --% Jewish;0.1% Estimated Jews ; 7,911
Belarus Population; 10,300,483 --% Jewish;0.7% Estimated Jews ;72,103
Belgium Population; 10,364,388 --% Jewish;0.5% Estimated Jews ; 51,821
Bolivia Population; 8,857,870 --% Jewish;0.006% Estimated Jews; 500
Bosnia and Herzegovina Population; 4,025,476 --% Jewish;0.025%
Estimated Jews; 1,006
Botswana Population; 1,640,115 --% Jewish;0.006% Estimated Jews ; 100
Brazil Population; 186,112,794 --% Jewish;0.051% Estimated Jews ;95,125
Bulgaria Population; 7,450,349 --% Jewish;0.031% Estimated Jews ;2,300
Canada Population; 32,805,041 --% Jewish;1.2% Estimated Jews ; 393,660
Chile Population; 15,980,912 --% Jewish;0.131% Estimated Jews ; 20,900
China Population; 1,306,313,812 --% Jewish;0.00008% Estimated Jews
Colombia Population; 42,954,279--% Jewish; 0.008% - Estimated
Congo (Kinshasa) Population; 60,085,004 --% Jewish;0.0002% Estimated
Jews 120
Costa Rica Population; 4,016,173 --% Jewish;0.06%Estimated Jews 2,409
Croatia Population; 4,495,904 --% Jewish;0.04% Estimated Jews 1,798
Cuba Population; 11,346,670 --% Jewish;0.013% Estimated Jews 1,500
Czech Republic Population; 10,241,138 --% Jewish;0.03% Estimated Jews
Denmark Population; 5,432,335 --% Jewish;0.13% Estimated Jews 7,062
Dominican Republic Population; 8,950,034 --% Jewish;0.001% Estimated
Jews 100
Ecuador Population; 13,363,593 --% Jewish;0.007% Estimated Jews 935
Egypt Population; 77,505,756 --% Jewish;0.0001% Estimated Jews 100
El Salvador Population; 6,704,932 --% Jewish;0.001% Estimated Jews 100
Estonia Population; 1,332,893 --% Jewish;0.136% Estimated Jews 1,818
Ethiopia Population; 73,053,286 0.027% Estimated Jews 20,000
Finland Population; 5,223,442 0.021% Estimated Jews 1,110
France Population; 60,656,178 1% Estimated Jews 606,561
Georgia Population; 4,677,401 0.17% Estimated Jews 7,951
Germany Population; 82,431,390 0.13% Estimated Jews 107,160
Greece Population; 10,668,354 0.05% Estimated Jews 5,334
Guatemala Population; 14,655,189 0.008% Estimated Jews 1,172
Hungary Population; 10,006,835 0.6% Estimated Jews 60,041
India Population; 1,080,264,388 0.0005% Estimated Jews 5,401
Iran Population; 68,017,860 0.03% Estimated Jews 20,405
Iraq Population; 26,074,906 0.0004% Estimated Jews 100
Ireland Population; 4,015,676 0.03% Estimated Jews 1,204
Israel Population; 6,276,883 80% Estimated Jews 5,021,506
Italy Population; 58,103,033 0.052% Estimated Jews 30,213
Jamaica Population; 2,731,832 0.011% Estimated Jews 300
Japan Population; 127,417,244 0.0008% Estimated Jews 1,002
Kazakhstan Population; 15,185,844 0.027% Estimated Jews 4,100
Kenya Population; 33,829,590 0.001% Estimated Jews 400
Korea, South Population; 48,422,644 0.0002% Estimated Jews 100
Kyrgyzstan Population; 5,146,281 0.018% Estimated Jews 926
Latvia Population; 2,290,237 0.397% Estimated Jews 9,092
Lebanon Population; 3,826,018 0.003% Estimated Jews 100
Lithuania Population; 3,596,617 0.1% Estimated Jews 3,596
Luxembourg Population; 468,571 0.14%Estimated Jews 655
Macedonia Population; 2,045,262 0.005% Estimated Jews 100
Mexico Population; 106,202,903 0.05% Estimated Jews 53,101
Moldova Population; 4,455,421 0.7% Estimated Jews 31,187
Morocco Population; 32,725,847 0.016% Estimated Jews 5,236
Namibia Population; 2,030,692 0.006% Estimated Jews 115
The Netherlands Population; 16,407,491 0.2% Estimated Jews 32,814
New Zealand Population; 4,035,461 --% Jewish;0.135% Estimated Jews
Nigeria Population; 128,771,988 --% Jewish;0.00008% Estimated Jews 100
Norway Population; 4,593,041 --% Jewish;0.027% Estimated Jews 1,240
Panama Population; 3,039,150 --% Jewish;0.33% Estimated Jews 10,029
Paraguay Population; 6,347,884 --% Jewish;0.016% Estimated Jews 1,015
Peru Population; 27,925,628 --% Jewish;0.01% Estimated Jews 2,792
Philippines Population; 87,857,473 --% Jewish;0.0001% Estimated Jews
Poland Population; 38,635,144 --% Jewish;0.065% Estimated Jews 24,999
Portugal Population; 10,566,212--% Jewish; 0.007% Estimated Jews 739
Puerto Rico Population; 3,916,632 --% Jewish;0.038% Estimated Jews
Romania Population; 22,329,977 --% Jewish;0.027% Estimated Jews 6,029
Russia Population; 143,420,309--% Jewish; 0.5% Estimated Jews 717,101
Serbia and Montenegro Population; 10,829,175--% Jewish;
0.016%Estimated Jews 1,732
Singapore Population; 4,425,720--% Jewish; 0.007% Estimated Jews 300
Slovakia Population; 5,431,363 --% Jewish;0.056% Estimated Jews 3,041
Slovenia Population; 2,011,070 --% Jewish;0.005% Estimated Jews 100
South Africa Population; 44,344,136--% Jewish; 0.2% Estimated Jews
Spain Population; 40,341,462 --% Jewish;0.12% Estimated Jews 48,409
Suriname Population; 438,144 --% Jewish;0.046% Estimated Jews 200
Sweden Population; 9,001,774 --% Jewish;0.2% Estimated Jews 18,003
Switzerland Population; 7,489,370 --% Jewish;0.2% Estimated Jews 14,978
Syria Population; 18,448,752 --% Jewish;0.0005% Estimated Jews 100
Tajikistan Population; 7,163,506 --% Jewish;0.001% Estimated Jews 100
Thailand Population; 65,444,371 --% Jewish;0.0003% Estimated Jews 199
Trinidad and Tobago Population; 1,088,644 --% Jewish;0.1% Estimated
Jews 1,088
Tunisia Population; 10,074,951 --% Jewish;0.018% Estimated Jews 1,813
Turkey Population; 69,660,559 --% Jewish;0.025% Estimated Jews 17,415
Turkmenistan Population; 4,952,081 --% Jewish;0.01% Estimated Jews 495
Ukraine Population; 47,425,336 --% Jewish;0.3% Estimated Jews 142,276
United Kingdom Population; 60,441,457 --% Jewish;0.5%- Estimated Jews
United States Population; 295,734,134 --% Jewish; 2%- Estimated Jews
Uruguay Population; 3,415,920 --% Jewish;0.9% Estimated Jews 30,743
Uzbekistan Population; 26,851,195--% Jewish; 0.065%Estimated Jews
Venezuela Population; 25,375,281 --% Jewish;0.1% Estimated Jews 25,375
Yemen Population; 20,727,063 --% Jewish;0.001% Estimated Jews 200
Zimbabwe Population; 12,746,990 --% Jewish;0.006% Estimated Jews 764
Total Population 6,430,856,221 --% Jewish;0.227% Estimated Jews

The Horowitz Families Association is glad to inform
about its 22nd Horowitz Family Convention and Seminar
"Women from the House of Horowitz"
It will take place on the 5th day of Hanukkah, Wednesday the 20th
of December 2006 at 18:00 at Beit Ha-TANACH (The Bible
Museum) in Tel Aviv (16 Rothschild Blvd.). The full
programme can be found at our website at

Shlomo Gurevich,
The Board Member

Sanford Krevsky -sorry, for email address
write to spammers and alike are reading
the guestbook notes- I'll only post parts of email addresses from now

Message: My name is Sanford Krevsky, and my Zeydah was Shlomo Zalman
Krevsky, a
Rabbi who came to America from Manchuria. I believe his family was from
a town
named Smorgon or perhaps a city by the name of Krev ( Kreve?). My
mother is a member of
the Grant family, I believe her maiden name was Pogrund, and her family
from a town by the name of Riga in Russia ( now Latvia). Any
information about our family
would be very much appreciated. We will be happy to share as much as
information as we can about the Brooklyn and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
of our family. Thank you.

... wonder if any of the survivors of the Riga ghetto know about the
of my grandmother, Ruth KOSSMAN (nee BRENSON), her brother Robby
BRENSON, her sister Ellen MELZER (nee BRENSON), Ellen's husband Yakov
MELZER, and their six-year old son Alex MELZER. I know they did not
but I don't know whether they committed suicide (Ellen was a doctor and
access to poison), or were killed in one of the Actions.
Ruth, Ellen, and Robert were offspring of doctor Isidor BRENSON
BRENNSOHN), historian of medicine and author of biographical
"The Doctors of Courland," "The Doctors of Livland," "The Doctors of
(Estonia)", resources that are well known to many users of JewishGen.
Here is a photo of Ruth, Ellen, Robert, and Theodore BRENSON
http://www.ninakoss .
And here is a photo of Issidorus BRENNSOHN, the author of the
dictionaries: .
I'm also trying to find out if any relatives of the GOTTLIEB family
the war. Eduard GOTTLIEB, Anna GOTTLIEB, and Herta GOTTLIEB were
killed in
1941. Eduard and Anna GOTTLIEB were the parents of Volia (Voldemar)
GOTTLIEB, Herta was their daughter (Volia's sister). Volia (Voldemar)
GOTTLIEB and my aunt Nora GOTTLIEB (nee KOSMAN) moved from Riga to
in 1934. Here's a link to three photos; the one on the bottom shows the
GOTTLIEBs and the KOSMANs in the 1930s.
Thank you.
Nina Kossman
From Yad vashem; Ruth Kossman nee Bernson was born in Yelgava, Latvia
in 1885 to Klara. She was a ÓÒÊ'ÈÒËÈ˙. Prior to WWII she lived
Riga, Latvia. During the war was in Riga, Latvia. Ruth perished in
1942 in Riga. This information is based on a Page of Testimony
(displayed on left) submitted on 23/10/1972 by her son. Submitter's
Last Name KOSMAN
Submitter's First Name* LEONID

Subject: Re: Fw: Silversmiths in New Haven, Ct. 19th cent.
Date: 22 Nov 2006 16:20:01 GMT

> My greatgreatgrandmother emmigrated from Russia (Novogrudok), via
> to New Haven, Ct. (USA) sometime between1880 and 1890. She and her
> husband were silversmiths.
> I don't know her second husband's family name , but her first family
> (as were her 4 children who came with her) was Rivka ABRAMOWITZ.
> Is there any way of finding records about her in New Haven on the
basis of
> the above information? Maybe a list of jewish silversmiths in New Haven
> during that period of time?
Go to and in
the section "With all the words", type in "Abramowitz New Haven". Then
check "prior to 1950". You'll get back newspaper reports from New Haven (from the 1920's and 1930's) on anyone named Abramowitz.

Richard B. Bloom (chipofftheoldblock@comcast.n--)

Message: Discovered today pictures of my greatgreatgrandmother Yudka
Stoliar and her large and distinguished family at the site--very
exciting and
gratifying. They are now intellectually and spiritually closer to me
than they
ever could have been otherwise. Deepest thanks to those who made them
--Dick Bloom, Village Green, Pennsylvania.

Does anyone happen to know the house number of the building in Riga
on Ludzas iela where the elderly and infirm were living? I believe
Simon Dubnow also lived there. Is the building still standing?
Thank You,
G. Mason

Researching MOZESON and NATHANSON in Riga

I am looking for more information about Moshe KREMER who was a Rabbi in
Riga, Latvia in the 1800s
Thanking you
Petach Tikva, Israel

Rabbi Ahron Kotler (son of Rabbi Shneur Zalman Pines). Known as the
"Shislovitzer iluy" (Svisloch genius), he immigrated to the United States in 1940. He founded the yeshiva and complex of talmudic
institutions in Lakewood NJ. His grandson Rabbi Malkiel Kotler is
rabbi there today.

Itzhak Schier (moskva770@y
Home Page:

Message: You have a serious error in your Kotler family profile. Rav
Kotler's original family name was Pines (as in Ophir Pines-Paz and
Pines Street
in Jerusalem); he left Europe on a false passport issued in the name
Kotler. He is no
relation to any other Kotler other than his direct

Michael Schwab (

Message: I lost many relatives in the Holocaust, including a good
number from
the city of Panevezys --- hence my interest in this site. One was
named Mina
Schwabsky. She was, I believe, a professor in Panevezys. There was
also one
in the records at Yad Vashem who was killed along with her four year
old son.

Message: I have Libermans in my ancestry. They were from the shtetl of
doksycy, which located at 54.8961/27.7583 is about 20 miles from

My mother's maiden name was Liberman. Her father, Carl Marx Liberman,
was the
son of Samuel Liberman and Golda Luria. they were from Doksyzy in
Belarus (back then, it was apparently Lithuania. it is near Vilnius).
Carl was
born around 1900. He was the fourth of 5 children: Sophie. Rose,
Annie, Carl
and Ida. Samuel had two sisters: Rashkeh and Sarah. Golda's parents
Kashriel Luria and Ruchel Tsofness. Golda had 5 siblings: Zlatta,
Anna, Ida,
Chipa and Jacob. Golda was the oldest.

We apparently also have cousins in New York who spell their Last name
Lieberman. One of their ancestors and Samuel were first cousins, but,
as I do
not know the names of Samuel's parents, I have no idea how they were

Does anybody have any family history that matches up with any of this?

Steve Herman

shannon rose ( I don t know if
anyone could possibly help but my mother and I where
wondering if anyone had any information on my grandmother ; Shirley
family. she grew up in the Ukraine and left just as the holocaust
started and
came to America. regretfully she has passed away and I was looking for
any one
who knew anything
thank you!

shannon rose

Daugavpils (Dvinsk,
Duenaburg) was never situated in Courland. Right after the dividing of
Poland Dvinsk was included in Pskov province but soon Vitebsk province
established. The town was built on the right-hand bank of river Daugava
in this region the river was the natural border between Courland and
provinces. On the left bank of Daugava here a small shtetl Griva
Grivka) was situated that belonged to Courland, but was closely
connected to
Dvinsk (and majority of its inhabitants were Jews), and now this small
is a part of Daugavpils,

The map of Blackie & Sons Atlas (Edinburgh, 1882), mentioned in the
mail of Alexander, has the inscription Duenaburg on the area of
Corland, but
only the inscription, the circle for the town is in the right place, on
river, where three railway lines come together.

These details may seem to be not important, but they are worth to know,
however. Vitebsk province belonged to the Pale, but Courland province
not, so the Jews from Vitebsk province had less doubts to migrate to
place of the Pale, and in general belonged to different legal space.

As for another question of B.Shiel whether "From 1865 (until 1895),
anything major have happened to make families leave Dvinsk and move to
For example pogroms or other major events or disasters?", the answer is
- no
disasters happened, as far it is known. At the contrary, beginning of
1881 a
wave of pogroms arised in the Southern regions of the Russian Empire,
including Kiev, so from disasters point of view there were more reasons
move to Dvinsk from Kiev than from Kiev to Dvinsk.

Though Jews theoretically were allowed to move freely inside the Pale,
were a lot of additional restrictions, and one of them declared Kiev as
place where Jews could not settle. This settling regime was different
time, as far as I remember, and may be there were periods when it was
to enter the town or some of its suburbs. In any case, a lot of Jews
in Kiev. So a Jew going from Dvinsk to Kiev had to go through special
boureaucratic procedures in order to arrange the travel.

To learn more about the life in Dvinsk of the mentioned time period it
advised to link to the excelent memories of Sarah Foner

Bruno Martuzans
Riga, Latvia

Haskell David Rosner (

Message: I am very excited to have discovered your website, especially
as it
relates to the Gurevich family ( of Kurenets). As an addtion, I would
like to point out that
Natan Gurevich remarried in 1950 to Anna Mirsky nee Kravitz nee
Channin. Anna
was my maternal grandmother, her only living issue being Sonia (Shanee)
Beatrice Kravitz nee Rosner. My mother died on February 18, 2003. She
married to Saul Rosner (died May 30, 2006). They had three children,
David (wife Susan; children Seth and Cari), Beth Donna Goldstein
(husband Dr.
Lawrence Goldstein; children Steven and Shelley), and Susan Ellen Flynn
(husband John Flynn; children Jonathan and Brian). We are pleased to
related to the Gurevich family and are grateful for this history.

From: Anna-Celia Kendall <>

I am pleased to confirm the
homage to my grand father

Samuel Jacob Jackan, (Yatzkan)
pioneer of the Yiddish press, founder of the daily newspapers

for the 70th anniversary of his death,
and the anniversary of the creation of the PARIZER HAYNT, on the
23rd of November 2006

at 8.30 PM
Maison de la Culture Yiddish
16 rue Saint-Pierre Amelot 75011
in Paris

a series of talks with historians and scholars will take place
as well as with his descendants

a biographical note wil be published in 3Archives Juives2.

and a larger event will take place in 2008
for the 100th anniversary of the Warsaw edition of the HAYNT.

J1ai le plaisir de confirmer l1hommage qui sera rendu à mon grand-père,
pionnier de la presse populaire Yiddish,
fondateur du HAYNT et du PARIZER HAYNT,
à la Maison de la Culture Yiddish le 23 Novembre, à 20h30, le jour du
anniversaire de sa mort,
avec des historiens et chercheurs et en présence de ses descendants,
à la Maison de la Culture Yiddish
16 rue Saint-Pierre Amelot - 75011 Paris

Daniella Podberesky (

My name is Daniella, I am searching to piece together my family
tree. My father's name is Kenneth Podberesky, son of Theodore and Selma
Podberesky, that originated from the Minsk Area of Russia. Does this
appear to be familiar. I know there was break in the family after
Theodore died in the U.S-- Philadelphia, PA. there is also, family in
Israel. I know nothing else, but any information I appreciate - to help
along my discoveries.
For pictures and information on the family ( from the Volozhin /
Vishnevo area between Minsk and Vilna) go to

I was wondering if more experienced researchers could advise me whether
following information is sufficient for determining kinship.
According to his marriage record, my gggfather Itzko (son of Shlomo)
Turgel was born in 1852 (he was 24 in 1876) and lived in Vilnius.
The 1858 revision list for Vilnius lists a 3 year-old Itzko (son of
Shloyma) Turgel in a separate entry with a note that he belongs to a
certain other family listed in the list. That family is headed by
Shloyma (son of Itzko) Turgel.
There is an obvious discrepancy in age, but the other three young men
the family also have corrections next to their age records (could this
be a ploy to push off army service). What concerns me is that the
Shloyma has another child who was 6 in 1858 ( a girl).
Do you think this is enough information to assume that the Shloyma
Turgel family on the revision list is indeed mine?

I am pleased to announce that I have just completed a detailed photo
history about the life of my late great-grandfather Hyman Victor, who
emigrated from Rezhnoy to Chicago in 1913.
The photo essay is now on the very popular photo sharing site called
Flickr. Please join, for free, so that you can participate in the
Here is the link:
Best regards,
E. Malkin

I am looking for information on the GALPERN family in Grodno,
Belarus, They are the family of my g grandmother, Rivka Rachel
GINZBURG. I have many pictures of this family, but nobody in my family
recognizes anyone in the pictures. I believe most of them stayed in
Grodno and were lost in the Holocaust.
M. Ginsburg

I'm searching for lost members of the Pollack family. Abraham Pollack
may have been born in Volkovitz or Pinsk, Poland. The family story
states that he went to Palestine to work the land sometime in the late
1880's. He was later diagnosed with malaria and was sent to England for
treatment. He met his wife, Sarah, in England where they married. They
had three children, Jacob (Jack), Israel (Walter), and Jean (Jennie). I
believe they lived in Hull, England for a while as evidenced by the
family pictures I have from a photography studio in Hull.
Abraham may have had a sister that stayed behind in England. I've been
told that there was an editor for a London newspaper in the 1970's with
the surname Pollack that was also a family member.
Abraham, Sarah and their children emigrated to the US in 1916 and
settled in the Bronx....

M. Ginsburg

I have recently come across a web site (all in Polish) that lists
cemetries in Poland. I can not attest to the accuracy or currency of
information it contains, however, it seems quite extensive. My very
limited Polish (and the use of an on line translator) suggests that the
database contains the following
Location / Town, Date Range, Area of the Cemetry ??, Number of graves,
Types of graves (headstones, monument, fences etc), Condition of the
cemetry. The same web site has a link to a list of Synagogues in
Comments from others as to the accuracy of this web site would be of
Geoff Kaiser

The following might be of particular interest to those with connections
the towns of Lida and Novagrudek.
On Sunday, November 12 at 4pm (EST) the History Channel will present a
production "The Bielski Brothers: Jerusalem in the Woods:" 1,200
survived the Nazi occupation of Belarussia by taking refuge in the
haven created by these Jewish resistance fighters.
"The Bielski Brothers: Jerusalem In The Woods"
features an interview with the last surviving Bielski
brother... Aron Bielski was twelve years old when he
entered the forest with his older siblings. The
documentary also contains interviews with decendents
of Tuvia, Zus and Asael Bielski and more than a dozen
Bielski Brigade survivors from the United States,
Israel and Great Britain. "The Bielski Brothers:
Jerusalem In The Woods" proudly pays tribute to three
of the greatest unsung heroes of the Holocaust.

In order to help researchers to find out about possible military
service in
their families, and in anticipation of the Second Annual IGS Seminar to
place on 20 November 2006 at Beit Wolyn, the Israel Genealogical
Society has
just posted three pages of helpful bibliograpy and websites. The
material is
in both Hebrew and English.
Go to: (English &
French) (Hebrew) (websites)
Don't forget to register for the one day seminar! Abstracts of talks
biographies of speakers are posted in both Hebrew and English on our
dedicated to the one day seminar.
Hope to see you on 20 November at Beit Wolyn!
Rose Feldman for the
organising committee

A large set [58] of Russian business directories is online and
The website is located at . For those who
read Russian, there are also links to another site which allows the
search and also provides access to Vsia Moskva 1906 and 1916 as well as
The directories included in the database are as follows:
1 Pamyatnaya kniga Kyuletskoj gubernii 1905
2 Adresno-spravochnaya kniga Ferganskoj oblasti, 1912
3 Pamyatnaya kniga Kurskoj gubernii 1894
4 Pamyatnaya kniga Nizhegorodskoj gubernii, 1865
5 Pamyatnaya kniga Vilenskoj gubernii, 1915
6 Pamyatnaya kniga Oblasti vojska Donskogo 1915
7 Pamyatnaya kniga Simbirskoj gubernii 1868
8 Pamyatnaya kniga Petrokovskoj gubernii 1913
9 Pamyatnaya kniga Novgorodskoj gubernii 1914
10 Pamyatnaya kniga Varshavskoj gubernii 1913
11 Pamyatnaya kniga Irkutskoj gubernii, 1914
12 Pamyatnaya kniga Radomskoj gubernii 1914
13 Pamyatnaya kniga Podolskoj gubernii, 1885
14 Pamyatnaya kniga Kurskoj gubernii, 1894
15 Pamyatnaya kniga Minskoj gubernii, 1915
16 Pamyatnaya kniga Kievskoj gubernii 1915
17 Pamyatnaya kniga Grodnenskoj gubernii, 1910
18 Pamyatnaya kniga Orlovskoj gubernii 1915
19 Pamyatnaya kniga Minskoj gubernii, 1909
20 Pamyatnaya kniga Stavropolskoj gubernii 1916
21 Pamyatnaya kniga Nizhegorodskoj gubernii, 1914
22 Pamyatnaya kniga Tobolskoj gubernii, 1911
23 Pamyatnaya kniga Smolenskoj gubernii 1915
24 Pamyatnaya kniga Elisavetpolskoj gubernii 1910
25 Pamyatnaya kniga Tverskoj gubernii, 1916
26 Pamyatnaya kniga Podolskoj gubernii, 1909
27 Pamyatnaya kniga Suvalkskoj gubernii, 1910
28 Pamyatnaya kniga Voronezhskoj gubernii 1915
29 Pamyatnaya kniga Zakaspijskoj gubernii, 1915
30 Adres-kalendar Semipalatinskoj oblasti, 1910
31 Pamyatnaya kniga Erivanskoj gubernii 1914
32 Pamyatnaya kniga Minskoj gubernii 1915
33 Pamyatnaya kniga Vitebskoj gubernii, 1890

34 Pamyatnaya kniga Ryazanskoj gubernii, 1914
35 Pamyatnaya kniga Ekaterinoslavskoj gubernii, 1915
36 Pamyatnaya kniga Khersonskoj gubernii 1910
37 Pamyatnaya kniga Tomskoj gubernii, 1915
38 Pamyatnaya kniga Karsskoj oblasti 1914
39 Pamyatnaya kniga Tulskoj gubernii 1909
40 Pamyatnaya kniga Kalishskoj gubernii 1912
41 Pamyatnaya kniga Plotskoj gubernii 1909
42 Adres-kalendar Estlyandskoj gubernii, 1913
43 Pamyatnaya kniga Amurskoj oblasti, 1916
44 Pamyatnaya kniga S-Pb gubernii 1915
45 Adres-kalendar Yakutskoj oblasti, 1905
46 Pamyatnaya kniga Tavricheskoj gubernii 1917
47 Pamyatnaya kniga Enisejskoj gubernii, 1915
48 Adres-kalendar Zabajkalskoj gubernii, 1908
49 Pamyatnaya kniga Kazanskoj gubernii 1916
50 Pamyatnaya kniga Irkutskoj gubernii, 1915
51 Pamyatnaya kniga Uralskoj gubernii 1914
52 Pamyatnaya kniga Sedletskoj gubernii 1910
53 Pamyatnaya kniga Penzenskoj gubernii 1915
54 Pamyatnaya kniga Nizhegorodskoj gubernii, 1880
55 Adres-kalendar Bessarabskoj gubernii 1910
56 Pamyatnaya kniga Lomzhinskoj gubernii 1914
57 Adres-Kalendar Permskoj gubernii, 1915
58 Pamyatnaya kniga Samarskoj gubernii 1915
A search requires typing in a surname in Cyrillic. One way
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is located at . Once you've converted the surname to
Cyrillic, copy and paste it into the query box at the Russian site
above and search. The search engine will return a list of directories
contain your surname of interest. The results will be in Cyrillic
these results may be copied and pasted back into Steves Russian -
tool and converted. The Russian site does not currently offer this
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Coordinator, LitvakSIG Vital Records Translation Project

Some details from a phone cal to Gila in Israel-
DIMENSTEIN AVRAHAM married Dina (daughter of Chaim Chana FIDELHOLTZ
and Rachel nee Nuhaus ( ?) c 1939 ( per the Alex Rudunsky, son of Riva
Radunsky, the sister of Dina; Riva married Max Rudunski of Vilna- The
cousin was born c 1927 and
was in the wedding party- the family was sent to Siberia during the
Soviet rule and survived) -
Other then Dina and Riva, Chaim Chana and Rachel FIDELHOLTZ had;
Avraham Yehoshua, Chasia, Yitzhak and a Dora/ Dvora who married a
Bezalel Gitelson.
Rachel had a sister Grunia nee Nuhause Bernstein.
Dina studied in Vilna ( Taz) to be a nurse.
Dina and Avraham Dimenstein had a daughter ( Gila- Genia)
in April of 1941 ( during the Soviet rule)
In May of 1942 Gila was transferred from the Glubokie ghetto to the
Lachovitz family, a Catholic/ Polish family. They had no children. Gila
knew them as her parents and spoke Polish until her mother Dina came
for her after the area was liberated. It was in the summer of 1944.
escaped from the ghetto during the liqudation in 1943 and joined the
partisans- she was a nurse for the partisans.The Lachovitz family with
Dina and Gila moved to western Poland (Szczecinek ) - one day a man
came looking for them- it was David Weitzkin ( born c 1918- he was sent
by the Soviets to Siberia prior to the Nazis' attack) and Gilas'
mother told her that he was her father. many years later Rita, a
friend of Dina, who was a daughter of the mayor of Glubokie before the
war, said that David Weitzkin was married prior to the war to the
sister of Avraham Dimenstein ( the birth father of Gila) - his first
wife perished?
The family moved to Germany and had a daughter; Hira in 1947.
In November of 1948 they came to Israel first to Atlit and later they
lived in Holon.
A note which I received from Gila;
1.My mother's sister was Riva Radunsky

2.. Dora or Dvora was the name of my mother's sister who was married to
Bezalel Gitelson.

2.Rachel's sister was Grunia Bernstein. She and her husband were in
Palestine during the war.

3. I was born as Genia.

4.The name of the town in Poland is written - Szczecinek.

5. My adopting father spelled his name - David Weitzkin.

6.I am not sure about the man ( father of Rita) being the mayor of
Glubokie, but he was
an important person in the community.


I am attaching 2 pictures of my mother with her parents.

Ellen Stepak <> Mon, Oct 23, 2006
In commemoration of 64 years since the destruction of the Pinsk Jewish
community, and 500 years since the founding of the community, we
welcome all
Pinskers, descendants of Pinskers, and descendants of the small towns
villages in the vicinity of Pinsk, to our annual memorial assembly,
will take place on November 8, 2006, in the small hall at the Tel Aviv
Cinematheque, on 2 Sprinzak St. The program is scheduled for 17.00. As
there will be an informal gathering beginning at 16.00. It is a chance
meet people from Pinsk, and to perhaps find someone who can help
old photos, or who remembers your family.
Because of the 500 years commemoration, the program will be somewhat
expanded this year.
There is an annual membership fee of NIS50, to be paid by all
which covers some of the costs of the assembly.
Ellen Stepak
Ramat Gan, Israel
for The Association of the Jews of Pinsk-Karlin, Yanov and the Vicinity

Some of the Revision Lists for the Town of Derechin, Slonim Uyezd,
Grodnenskaya Gubernia have been extracted and are now included on the
JewishGen Belarus Database. They include Revision Lists for the years
1850 and 1858.
To do a search on your family that came from Derechin, please do the
1. Copy and paste the following URL (internet address) into your
2. Enter Your family's surname into the edit box with the combo
setting of
Surname (you should probably leave the soundlike setting for this
3. If you've contributed to JewishGen before and have a user id and
password (and want to avoid searching through revision lists of other
towns), do the following (if your not continue to item 4):
A. Move the mouse over and passed the Surname line and click on the
here to login." Hook.
B. Enter your e-mail address or JewishGen id and password
C. Press the Login button
D. Press the continue button and the bottom of the page.
E. Set the combo box with the datatype setting under the Surname combo
to Town.
F. Leave the isExactly and in the Text box on the same line Type:
4. For the Region Combo Box, change All Regions to --- Grodno Gubernia
5. Press the "Search the JewishGen Belarus Database" button
6. Scroll down to the Belarus Revision Lists entry and press the
button on
the same row (with the number of records)
7. Check out the records
If you find anything of interest or if you'd like to see more projects
this, you can donate money to the cause at:
If you're courious, here are a list of the Surnames in the database:

To those interested in the town of Ivye,
As most of you know, Yad Vashem has put on its website a new category
documents called Shoah-Related Lists. In particular, there is a
document of
77 pages that can be looked at, that is described as a list of people
murdered in the Grodno Ghetto. Although Yad Vashem maintains that its
description is correct, my own impression is that it is a list of Jews
murdered in the Ivye Ghetto.
I looked for a few of the names on the list in Pages of Testimony
to Grodno, without success. On the other hand, I was able to find a
families that are on the list, among the Pages of Testimony connected
Ivye. There are about 30 people with the name BAKSHT listed on the
page of the document. This name is not in the Pages of Testimony of
but is common in Ivye. Likewise among Family Finders at Jewish Gen.
In any case, those interested in Ivye should take a look at this
It's in Russian and sometimes hard to read! It can be found by going
to Yad
Vashem website, preferably with Internet Explorer, clicking on Shoah
Lists, typing in Grodno and leaving everything else blank. As of now,
items show up. Near the end there is one called List of Jews who
the Grodno Ghetto. It purports to have 10,850 names. Actually
2000-3000 is
more correct. (77 pages x 30 names/page = ?).
Jack Menes

Signe Lauren (

Message: Dr. Gus Highstein was our family doctor in the 1950s in South
Baltimore. He and my father, Albert Sass grew up together in West
Dr. Highstein was so kind to our family and such a wonderful doctor.
He died
very young--in his early 50s--on a sunday morning on the golf course of
a heart
attack--so unfortunate. When we moved to the county, we had another
family doctor, but I always missed Dr. Highstein. Signe Lauren

Sue Coleman (

Message: Hi
I am researching the Smolenski family who may have come from the Kovno
My great-grandmother was Jane (Shayna) Smolenski. She appears on the UK
for 1901 unmarried and living with her sisters Chayka Kalinsky and Tobi
Bernstein and their respective husbands and families.
In her old photos I came across a Rabbi Shmuel Yaakov Rabinowitz who I
understand came from this area and moved to Liverpool, UK as did the
sisters. There may also have been a brother with a name something like
If any of this sounds at all familiar to anyone, I would be really
grateful if
they could contact me on

Janet Galpin (

Message: I am searching for information on my Great Grandfather,
known as Simeon Greenberg. I am told that he was born in Smorgan (
Smorgon) . He is said to have left Smorgan under the cloaks of a
priest. He went to Birmingham, England and was naturalised in 1865. I
believe he also had a brother Israel Greenberg. I know nothing about
his parents, but I do know he was a Silversmith. Any information would
be welcome.
Janet Galpin

Steven C. Sosensky (

Message: Anyone interested in a U.S. reunion of survivors and their
the Holocaust from the villages covered by this site? I am throwing
out there for discussion. I am the child of a survivor, Stanley
years old), from Kurenets/Vileyka whose family immigrated to New Haven,
1947. (My father's sister, Chiale, who died on 9/9/1942 is a Kurents
I frequently think it would be nice to get the survivors and their
together at some hotel ballroom, perhaps in New York or Hartford, for
to view films and pictures, and listen to pertinent speakers. If
thinks this is a good idea, let's start talking about it before more
passes and the guest list naturally shrinks. Regards, Steven.

Extended family of Reb. Chaim of Volozhin

I am backing away from the tradition that we are direct descendants of
Chaim of Volozhin and looking more for his extended family (siblings,
Our family tradition states that my ggreatgrandmother, Sarah Hinde of
was from the family of Reb. Chaim. Her father's name was Yosef whose
and/or profession was a Schatz (Sheliach Tzibur/ Cantor/Chazan) in
during the end of the 18th cent. beg 19th.
Does anyone have details of Reb. Chaim's extended family and if so, do
names Sarah Hinde and/or Yosef Schatz appear.
Thank you.
Yoni Ben-Ari, Israel

Subject: Port of New London (USA)
From: Steve Orlen <>

Dear Cousins,
Oral history in my family says that my great-uncle Mendl HOFFMAN aka
Menachem Mendl MEREMINSKY of Slonim arrived in New London,
Connecticut c1899. It's possible that his wife,
Nettie/Nechama/Necchi, & their one-year old daughter, also arrived
there within the next year. I've corresponded with various
"authorities" in Connecticut, who said they don't know if such
records exist. I saw the reference to Rhode Island, and I wonder if
the repository for New London would also be in the New England branch
of NARA. And if so, how does one go about inquiring without showing up!
Best, Steve Orlen
Tucson, AZ
BELKIN (Boguslav, Borisov?, Odessa), BOJM (Zasliai), MELNICK,
LIBERMAN ha COHEN, (Dvorets, Pinsk, Pochopovo, Montreal), ORLIN
YENOWITZ (Slonim, Derechin, Polonka, Israel, WOLINSKY (Boguslav,
Zvenigorodka, Stepantsy, Mironovka, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa,
Alexandria, Palestine, London, Melbourne, Atlantic City,
Philadelphia, NY), ADELSON & KABATCHNIK (Lithuania)

Laurie Gordon (

Home Page:

My father Leslie Gordon is
listed in the Gordon family section of your website. I am his daughter
and last
of kin. His real last name was Friedman (Laszlo) and changed it to
Gordon so it wouldn't sound semitic. Please note this. If anything he
should be
in the Friedman section if such exists. I have no known relatives and
love to find one alive perhaps one day.
Laurie Gordon
Montreal Canada

Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by

Message: I watched a documentary on the Gandy Dancers. One of the men
in the
film might be my fathers long lost brother, who left home many, many
years ago.
His name is Arther James,his sister said he worked for the railroad,
and when
he was young he played the harmonica. My family would really like to
find out
some info, to see if it is him. Thank you S. HOUGHTON

Never give up the hope of finding family

Arriving for another quiet visit to her daughter in Israel, Esther
Mudrick of Providence, Rhode Island, was in for a major surprise. A
few weeks ago, 58 years after they had last seen each other in Lodz,
Poland, first cousins Mudrick, 89, and Helena Sokolow Bjostek, 91, of
Petah Tikva, were reunited. Their mothers were sisters Chaya and Rosa
Platner of Wolomin.

The reunion was made possible by researcher Patricia Wilson of

"This is truly the land of miracles," she says, stressing that
Holocaust survivors should never give up hope of finding family.
"Someone may be just around the corner."

Mudrick arrived on her annual visit to her daughter and son-in-law,
Chaya and Shimon Bouganim, their three children and their families in
Rishon Lezion. Their daughter Shlomit recently married Patricia and
Nigel Wilson's son Doron. Former Londoners, the Wilsons made aliya in

Chaya Bouganim knew that Wilson's passion is genealogy and said,
"Wouldn't it be wonderful if, during my mother's visit, we could find
relatives who might have survived?"

Wilson is rapidly becoming an expert in making connections, although
she discovered genealogy only six years ago. She has had great success
within her own family and has helped connect others around the world.

Chaya supplied basic family details, which her mother had only rarely
mentioned. Mudrick's parents were Chaya Platner (from Luchow) and
Moshe Borensztejn (from Wolomin). Her siblings were sister
Gittel/Gucia and husband Gedalya Tennenbaum (perished); brother
Simha/Sanjek (perished); and brother Yidel/Yulek. Mudrick's maternal
aunt was Rosa Platner Sokolov, whose children were Helena and

According to Chaya and other relatives, her mother survived in forest
partisan camps, while Helena held false papers which allowed her, her
husband and two children to live in Lodz. After the war, Esther went
to Lodz and lived with Helena for about two years. Soon after she
arrived, Helena's husband Leibl Bjostek was murdered, while the women
and children hid.

In 1947, Esther married, went to Germany (staying in several DP camps)
and from there to the US. She hadn't heard from Helena and presumed
the worst.

Wilson went to work. Consulting Yad Vashem's online Pages of
Testimony, she discovered a 1956 page submitted in Israel by Helena
Sokolow Bjostek, daughter of Rosa Platner (Mudrick's aunt) and Moshe
Sokolov. Wilson discovered that Helena had also submitted other
Platner pages.

"This had to be the connection," recalled Wilson, undaunted at trying
to find someone from 1956. Accessing the online white pages of Israeli
phone company Bezeq, she copied the Hebrew spelling from the record
and called each of the four listings that appeared. None were

She looked again and saw another listing, spelled slightly
differently, just above the others - and the given name was Helena.

"Trembling, I called," Wilson said, and the woman confirmed that she
had submitted the forms.

In a chain reaction, Wilson called Chaya, who called Helena. The
family held a three-way conference call that evening and gathered
together soon after.

At the reunion, it was revealed that Helena had written to Esther in
Germany, but the letters had been returned as undeliverable. Helena
had no idea where Esther was and, in 1949, Helena and her children,
Pnina and Yossi, left for Israel.

"It was always my dream to find relatives, but to have this
coincidence happen with the help of my new in-laws is simply amazing,"
says Chaya, named for her grandmother. And, for the first time, she
relates, "I saw my mother very affectionate, hugging and kissing. I
had never seen that before."

My sister-in-law will be visiting Israel next week. She has asked me
to try and locate family so that she can contact, and hopefully meet
them while she is there.
We know that Abraham and Eala BLASBALG lived in Ashkelon as of 1981.
They had a son, Jacob BLASBALG, married to Hagar MANOR. Jacob and
Hagar had at least one child born about 1980.
Abraham and Eala's daughter Rachel married Gedaliahu HECHT. They had
two daughters: Liat b. 1974 and Michel b. 1977. There was at least
one additional child born about 1980.
Other cousins lived in Ramat Aviv. They were David and Batsheva
LICHTENSTEIN. They had one son.
If anyone has any information on any of the above families I would
appreciate hearing from them as soon as possible.
Thanks in advance.
Cheryl S
Hagar was my very best friend when we were very young. I just called
her at 08- 642-----
they would very much like to hear from you. They have 3 sons; born in
1979, 1981, 1983

I would like to know how to search the Jewish community records for
Samohkvalovichi and Radoschovichi. I do not know if my Ruderman family
goes back as far as 1811. I do know that Moshe (ben Yitzrack) Ruderman was
born May 15, 1886 and came to US in 1900. His brother, Abraham was born
in the 1880's and immigrated in 1895. A brother, Harry(unknown Yiddish)
was born either 1882 or 1885. Also believe there was a sister, maybe
Esther. Isack married Rachel(maybe Ruchel Jacobs) probably in the late
1870's or early 1880's. There are Rudermans in both town, but I have been
unable to find the exact tie for MY family.
If you can help, please let me know. I am most anxious to make this
Liz Miller

I'm searching for my maternel relativs of the KANTOROVICH (KANTOROWITZ
KANTOROWICZ) family origin from Slonim/Belorus.
My late greatgreatgrandfather the railway official Jakob ben David
KANTOROVICH was married 1860 in Riga/Latvia with Wilhelmine Henrietta
nee KEILMANN (a child of the carrer Isaak Feibus KEILMANN and Jette,
nee COHN).
Both settled in Vilnius and there three childresns were born:
1. Sophia Jakobovna KANTOROVICH in 1863, Alexandr Jakobovich
and my late greatgrandmother Eugenie Jakobovna KANTOROVICH (she was
marred in
1885 in Riga/Latvia with her cousin Isidor Philipovich KEILMANN, BOth
were killed
in Nov./Dec. 1941 into the GHetto of Riga).
Now I'm searching for the greatgrandchilds of my late greatgrandaunt
KANTOROVICH and of my late greatgranduncle Alexandr KANTOROVICH.
If you are realatet with my KANTOROVICH family, please conmtact me via

Gwardia Ludowa was organized by the Polish Workers Party and was a
pro Soviet partisan unit. It was in competition with the AK which was
the non communist Polish nationalist partisans. The AK was far larger
and had far more popular support than did the Gwardia Ludowa, which I
think was also called the AL. But the AL was backed by Soviet arms, and
the Soviet intelligence services. The AK was a somewhat diverse group.
Elements of it were very hostile to Jews and other elements less so.
pro Soviet partisan units I think were for the most part receptive to
Jews as long as the conformed within reason to certain norms.

From: (Mikhail Gelfenbeyn)

Message: I am trying to find the information about my grandgrandfather
Dvinsk. His last name was Schneerson ( same as the head family of
Chabad ),
first name; Mikhail?, he was a rabbi, married to Yahna Berlin in the
end of 19th cent.,

Searching for Town VALOZHYN
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Found their records on Yad Vashem. Testimony given by
PED neighbour who escacped and now lives in Jerusalem
If interested please contact me

Dina Klayman

Ted Margulis (
Home Page:

Message: Hello Eilat: I've just added your web site to mine as I believe yours will be of great value to
researching Lithuania and Belarus.

Warm Regards,
Ted Margulis
Palm Desert, CA

Geddy Barakon (
Message: Looking for members of Barakon family.

Many of you have written to ask about our second annual Israel
Genealogical Society [IGS] one day seminar so I am delighted to tell
you that registration for this year's seminar is now open. We have
arranged a very interesting program for you, which will run from
09:30 to 17:30. [You can pick up your registration materials from
We chose this year to explore Jews in the military, emphasizing, as
always, location of sources. Lectures range from the Jewish military
experience in Turkey, Eretz Israel, Algeria, Europe [using resources
at Yad Vashem], and the Red Army to Britain and the United States.
This is a singular occasion to finally answer those frequent
questions that pop up regularly on Jewishgen and other Jewish
discussion groups concerning our families and their experience with
the military.
The one day seminar will take place at Beit Wolyn in Givatayim, on
Monday, 20 November 2006. Lectures will be in Hebrew and in English.
You can download the registration form at our IGS website, where you
can also see the proposed program and get directions to Beit Wolyn.
We intend to have a special treat for you with an additional lunch
session of "Ask the Experts" in the following areas: Lithuania,
Latvia, Germany, Eretz Israel, Hungary, Poland, Sephardic, Rabbinical
genealogy and the Shoah.
Last year, due to limited space, we had to turn people away at the
door. This year as well, the number of seats is limited. Please do
yourself a favour and register early if you want to be assured of
entry. We cannot admit more people than the fire department allows,
so registration is on a first come first served basis. Early
registration ends on 3 November.
I don't believe there has ever been an entire seminar devoted to
global Jewish experiences in the military, so this unique opportunity
should not be missed! We look forward to your joining us for this
exciting program!
Martha Levinson Lev-Zion
for the Organizing Committee
Israel Genealogical Society

Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

Notice of October Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Place: Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, Oregon
(NOTE: We are returning to MJCC. The October meeting is
in the Dance Studio located to the left of the entry)

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon (JGSO) invites you, your
family, and friends to our October monthly meeting.

The New York Experience
presented by Stephen Morse

Stephen Morse is an amateur genealogist who has been researching his
Russian-Jewish origins for the past few years. Several years ago he
developed some web-based searching aids which, much to his surprise,
have attracted attention worldwide. For our October program, Steve wil
show us some of the newest "One-Step" developments on his website. He
has received both the Outstanding Contribution Award and the Lifetime
Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish
Genealogical Societies.

In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate
degree in electrical engineering from New York University. He has held
research positions at Bell Labs, IBM Watson Research, GE Corporate R&D,
and Compagnie Internationale pour l'Informatique in France. He has been
involved in development at Intel Corp, Alsys Inc, and Netscape. He has
taught at CCNY, Pratt Institute, UC Berkeley, SUNY Albany, Stanford
University, and San Francisco State. He has authored numerous technical
papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best
as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's pentium
processor), which sparked the PC revolution 25 years ago.

This event is *free* to JGSO members. Contributions at the door of $2
are requested from non-members to help us defray the meeting cost.
Contribution can be deducted from new membership if you join that

To be placed on JGS of Oregon's e-mail distribution list, send an
message to Once you are on the list, you will
receive periodic messages concerning Jewish genealogy. Your name and
e-mail address will not be distributed outside of JGS of Oregon. For
more information about JGSO and its activities, visit the JGSO web site
at: , or call Joan Teller at

The JGSO is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish
Genealogical Societies.

Geri Bloch (

Baruch/Burash/Burros/Burras/Burris: We are looking for Sarah Burros
Adelson? Adelman? Edelman?, sister of Isaac, Isidore, Shmuel, Joseph,
Abraham Burros who emigrated to NYC from Soly/Marijampole around 1885.
progenitor of the "Burros Boys" was Sinai Baruch (mother: Ester/father:
Hatskel), who lived from 1819 to 1891/92. Sarah's husband was Albert
Adelman? Edelman? Some of the Burros Family stayed in New York, some
went to
Connecticut, and some may have gone to Massachusetts. The Burros family
cousins of the Halperns and Marcuses from Vilna.
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
You searched for Burros

View Record Name Birth Date Race BirthPlace Registration Place
(City, County, State) View Image
View Record Carl H Burros 3 May 1893 Caucasian Missouri;United
States of America Not Stated, San Joaquin, CA
View Record Jacob Burros 14 May 1889 Caucasian Connecticut;United
States of America Bridgeport, Fairfield, CT
View Record Morris Burros 15 Jan 1896 Caucasian Connecticut
Bridgeport, Fairfield, CT
View Record Aaron Burros 10 May 1896 Caucasian Connecticut;United
States of America Waterbury, New Haven, CT
View Record George Burros 15 Jun 1898 White Waterbury, New Haven,
View Record John Ripperger Burros 3 Mar 1876 White Wilmington,
New Castle, DE
View Record John Burros 15 Feb 1889 Caucasian Greece Not Stated,
Rock Island, IL
View Record Will Davis Burros 14 Oct 1890 Black Not Stated,
Christian, KY
View Record Winifred Canton Burros 30 Oct 1898 White Not Stated,
Letcher, KY
View Record Clarence Burros 24 Aug 1891 Caucasian Minnesota;United
States of America Not Stated, Winona, MN
View Record Name Birth Date Race BirthPlace Registration Place
(City, County, State) View Image
View Record Willard Ray Burros 5 Nov 1894 Caucasian Missouri
Joplin, Jasper, MO
View Record Charles Rome Burros 28 Aug 1878 White Not Stated,
Polk, MO
View Record Coy Franklin Burros 3 May 1884 White Not Stated, Polk,
View Record Ira Earl Burros 1 Jan 1888 Caucasian Missouri;United
States of America Not Stated, Polk, MO
View Record Ruthford Gerard Burros 8 Feb 1880 White Not Stated,
Polk, MO
View Record George Burros 18 Sep 1891 Caucasian New York Bronx,
Bronx, NY
View Record Arthur Thomas P Burros Aug 2 1888 Caucasian England Not
Stated, Cortland, NY
View Record Harry Alfred Burros Nov 15 1899 White Poughkeepsie,
Dutchess, NY
View Record Morris J Burros Apr 20 1897 Pennsylvania;United States
of America Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, NY
View Record Samuel B Burros 11 Jul 1891 White Connecticut;United
States of America Brooklyn, Kings, NY
View Record Name Birth Date Race BirthPlace Registration Place
(City, County, State) View Image
View Record John Benediet Burros 15 Oct 1885 White Brooklyn,
Kings, NY
View Record Harry Burros 5 Sep 1899 White Brooklyn, Kings, NY
View Record Hyman Burros 15 Mar 1874 White Brooklyn, Kings, NY
View Record Elix Burros 15 Jan 1875 White Brooklyn, Kings, NY
View Record Harry Burros 7 Apr 1897 New York;United States of
America Brooklyn, Kings, NY
View Record Samuel Burros 1 Sep 1884 White Manhattan, New York, NY
View Record Alexander Burros Jul 30 1890 Caucasian New York
Manhattan, New York, NY
View Record Porter Thomas Burros 14 Apr 1877 White Not Stated,
Ottawa, OK
View Record Harry Burros 12 Mar 1882 White Not Stated, Allegheny,
View Record Abraham Burros 15 Dec 1898 White Scranton, Lackawanna,

itt bennet (

Subject: Question


Under Tarshis you have a listing for an Arthur says view image
roll t625 1226
new york image 521
do you know how i could view that picture i think he is my
World war 1 records;
Name Birth Date Race BirthPlace Registration Place
(City, County, State) View Image
Leon Arthur Tarshis 25 Jul 1883 White Not Stated, Maricopa, AZ
Leon Arthur Tarshis 25 Jul 1883 White Not Stated, Maricopa, AZ
Arthur George Tarshis Feb 1 1895 Caucasian New York;United States of
America Manhattan, New York, NY
1930 census;
Name Parent or Spouse Names Home in 1930
(City,County,State) Estimated Birth Year BirthPlace Relation
Arthur Tarshis Louis,-Mary Irvington, Essex, NJ abt 1917 Son
Arthur Tarshis Brooklyn, Kings, NY abt 1895 Brother-in-law
Arthur Tarshis - Raina- Manhattan, New York, NY abt 1889 England
Household Members:
Name Age
Arthur Tarshis 41
Raina Tarshis 30
Nanc E Tarshis 9
Beth E Tarshis 4
Rose Siska 23
Elizabeth Raucher 30
Arthur Tarshis May 20 1889 Caucasian Lancashire;England Manhattan,
New York, NY

am searching for relatives named KOTZIN and GINZBERG, who were known
be living in Moscow around 1960. What would be the best ways of
them, if they or their descendants are still around?

Ted Kotzin
Torrance CA
KOTZIN: Kovno/Kaunus; Moscow. KOCH/COOK:Kovno; Cincinnati.
SINGER: Lithuania; Los Angeles; Israel. FINKELHOR: Suvalki
Gubernia; Pittsburgh; Cleveland. KATKISKY: Kovno; Suvalki
area. GASSNER: Krakow; London. NEUMANN/NEWMAN: Frankfurt;
New York; North Carolina. BOAZ: Frankfurt; Atlanta. WAGNER:
Kremenets; New York CIMBERG/KIMBERG: Kremenets, Ukraine.

Subject: Polish clandestine military organizations in WW II
From: "Aida R." <>

> Subject: Polish Resistance Movements WWII

Following a recent trip to Warsaw, I now find I
need to research the
various resistance groups in Poland during W.W.II,
especially the Armia Ludowa (AL)
and Gwardia Ludowa (GL) groups.
Connie Fisher Newhan (#1272)
Corona, California
=====According to Raul Hilberg in his book
"Perpetrators Victims Bystanders" (the French version)
there were generally speaking 3 Polish military
clandestine organizations during WW II:
a)the right-wing N.S.Z.
b)the centrist Armia Krajowa (the home army), the
biggest, reporting directly to the Polish government
in exile in London, and
c)the very small and communist Armia Ludowa (people's
There is no mention of a *Gwardia* Ludowa.
Maybe the terms Armia Ludowa and Gwardia Ludowa
basically refer to the same organization: the people's
*guard* or army, the term "guard" (gwardia) being very
popular with militant communists at that time.
Aida Rauch [Belgium]

Eugene Targonski (

Message: My neice just had a baby girl, she would like the correct
spelling for Josephine

Are there any lists of Jewish Lithuanian citizens who were deported
Lithuania to the Ukraine in 1915 during WW I?
Are there any resources about Jewish deportees in or near Kremenchug or
Bachmut in southern Ukraine?
My father's ITING family was deported to Kremenchug, Bachmut or their
vicinity, where my father was born in 1918. Only afterwards the family
its way back to Lithuania.
Ilan Ganot,
Co-Webmaster, Mazheik Memorial Website

Marcia Chartoff ( Subject: Question

: I have a family photo of my grandfather Morris Alperovich's family
taken before he immigrated to the USA. He lived in the Kurenets. Would
like to add the photo to your collection? I can identify my great
grandfather, great grandmother, grandfather, grandmother, my aunt, and
my great
uncle by name. I don't know the other names of my grandfather's
I would love to post all pictures of people who came from the towns
of this site- scan it and email attachment and caption to

Subject: LIPOWITZ - Silver Spring, MD, USA

My great grandmother, Hannah (Annie) ABRAHAMSON (b. 1859, d. 1929),
who was married to Jacob and lived in Rokiskis, Lithuania, married
for a second time in the USA, sometime between 1916 and 1920. I think
she married a Moses LIPOWITZ and that his relatives lived in Silver
Spring, Maryland. Does anyone know of this family?
Many thanks
Jill Anderson
London UK

Recently, there have been a number of interesting postings and also an
of "Roots-Key" (newsletter of the JGSLA) devoted to Napoleon and Jews

In doing continuing research on Napoleon which was, at first, prompted
some interesting notations in the 1811-1817 Revision Lists for
Lithuania, I have found some info which has not previously been

The "Lituanus, Lithuanian Quarterly Journal of Arts and Sciences",
30, No. 1 - Spring, 1984, has an article entitled "Napoleon's
Forces" by Henry L. Gaidis which is quite fascinating in its scope.

The article can be found on-line at:

Some points of interest in the article were:

1. Evidently, there were a number of Lithuanians/Poles who fled to
and then were recruited there into the Napoleonic Grand Armee and
fought in
a number of Napoleon's campaigns. No information was given on whether
of these were Jews.

2. Approximately one third of the Lithuanian community was killed
the Napoleonic Campaigns as expressed by the decline in population
the Revision Lists of 1811-1817.

3. Military recruitment of Lithuanians for Napoleon's Grand Armee was
undertaken August 5-30, 1812, for the following regiments at the noted

18th Infantry Regiment, Vilnius
19th Infantry Regiment, Raseiniai
20th Infantry Regiment, Slonim
21st Infantry Regiment Bialystok
17th Cavalry Regiment, Minsk
18th Cavalry Regiment, Kupiskis
18th Cavalry Regiment, Panevezys
18th Cavalry Regiment, Nowogrodek
18th Cavalry Regiment, Pinsk
18th Mounted Rifles, Vilnius

It is Gaidis' feeling that of the 20,000 Lithuanians who were recruited
during this time, only 8,000 survived the campaign. There is no
as to how many Jews, if any, were recruited.

Ann Rabinowitz

I am trying to trace down the connection between the Chaim-Hirsch ZIV
(from Keidan -moved to Kovno) and the Olizki family (from Kovno),
I know that Chaim Ziv was married to Beylla Ziv (nee SHACHNOVSKY) and
their daugter ; KLARA, perished in the Holocaust.
Ephraim Olizki t died in the Holocaust is connected to to Beylla Ziv -

Ephraim was married to Lea (she made Aliya to Israel at 1948,
Soli Ziv left with his two sons to the USA, I don't know what is his
connection to Klara or Beylla Ziv.
If you have any information/connection with the people
I mentioned please make a contact with me
Avner, Israel]

While I was LitvakSIG Kaunas district research group co-ordinator from
to April 2006, I compiled a listing of all documents that the Kaunas
district research group has received from its inception (circa 1997-98)
through April 2006. That list can be found at and to the best of my
it is still current.

Most of these documents are in the All Lithuania Database(ALD) at

For information on joining the LitvakSIG Kaunas district research
please contact my successor, Rabbi Benzi Saydman at <

Since my interpretation of Michael Notis' message is that it refers to
City of Kaunas (as opposed to the entire Kaunas District), I have just
compiled a quick "on the fly" list of websites that contain important
resources that exist for the City of Kaunas, as follows:

A. Revision and Family Lists, Tax and Voters Lists, etc. The vast
majority of the lists that the LitvakSIG Kaunas district research group
received to date come from the Kaunas Regional Archives (KRA). Their
listing of City of Kaunas holdings can be found in the KRA Online
at Admittedly this
catalog needs to be updated because more documents have been discovered
the KRA in recent years, perhaps not necessarily for the City of Kaunas
itself, but certainly for other towns.

B. Vital Records. Birth, death and marriage records are located in
Lithuanian State Historical Archives in Vilnius and the ones up to 1915
have been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. As best as
can determine from the Locality Index to Lithuanian Jewish Vital
Microfilms at ,
records exist for the City of Kaunas for the following years:

Births -- all years between 1842 to 1914 except 1844-1848, 1851-1853,
1856-57, 1864
Deaths -- 1896-1914
Marriages -- 1881-1914

Metrical books of the Kaunas Rabbinate not microfilmed are:

Births, marriages and deaths -- 1922-1939
Divorces -- 1913-1914 and 1922-1939

Note that any vital records that were not microfilmed may be subject to
Lithuanian 100-year privacy restrictions which were imposed on the
Lithuanian archives when Lithuania joined the EU.

For more information about organized Lithuanian Jewish vital records
translation projects, please see the LitvakSIG Vital Records
Project website at and the
vital records database at

C. YIVO's Lithuanian Jewish Communities Collection. This is an
collection consisting of thousands of documents primarily for the
period of
Lithuanian independence between the two World Wars, most of which focus
mainly on the early 1920's. The documents are in Yiddish, Lithuanian,
Russian, Hebrew and perhaps other languages. The genealogical and/or
historical value of the documents ranges from the useless side of
to fabulous gems and it requires someone with a familiarity with these
languages to carefully look through each town's documents and sift out
pearls from amongst the oysters.

YIVO's Lithuanian Jewish Communities Collection catalog, which is not
online, does not contain a good description of each town's holdings and
is impossible to determine from the catalog as to which items are of
genealogical value. The holdings for the City of Kaunas are in folders
902-905 (totalling 181 pages), 1399-1417, 1419, 1421-30, 1434-36,
1451, 1478, 1540, 1568, 1570, 1587, 1672-75. Please contact me
as to the catalog folder descriptions for the City of Kaunas, although
have no personal familiarity with these particular documents and cannot
tell you what they are about.

D. Cemeteries. With the exception of Ohel Jacob Anshe Kovno
at Waldheim Cemetery in Chicago (which contains over 7,000 burials, the
majority of whom were not from Kovno), I have cataloged all known Kovno
landsmanshaftn plots in the USA -- in New York, New Jersey, West
MA, and Chicago (Kovner Verein Branch #304 W.C., which is also at
Cemetery). The burials can be searched in the JewishGen Online
Burial Registry at <> If
anyone is aware of a Kovno landsmanshaft plot elsewhere in the USA or
Canada, please let me know.

Unfortunately YIVO does not currently appear to have records for any
society in its cataloged landsmanshaftn collection listed at

E. Lithuania Internal Passport Project. The last entry listed under
City of Kaunas in the KRA Online Catalog (see item A. above) is
Passport Cards. There are approximately 20,000 cards for Jews who
for internal passports in Kaunas between 1919 and 1940. 12,000 of
records are currently in the JewishGen Lithuanian Internal Passport
Applications database, with the remainder to come in the future.
For more information about this project, please

F. Books. Books that contain a history and description of pre-war
Lithuanian Jewish shtetls and towns, including Kaunas, are listed under
Regions: Lithuania on the JewishGen yizkor book page at
< > These books are
Yiddish or Hebrew and the goal of the JewishGen Yizkor Book Project is
support translation projects so that the resources can be accessible to
all. To date none of the articles in these books pertaining to the
City of
Kaunas has been translated for the JewishGen yizkor book site.

G. Shtetl page for the City of Kaunas at created by web-talented
Jose Gutstein.

Based on the limited amount of activity that I see from City of Kaunas
researchers for items B., E. and F. above, hope that more Kaunas
researchers will become motivated because there's almost an unlimited
amount of records for that genealogically very important town that need
be translated.

That all being said, from a Jewish population standpoint Kaunas was not
largest town in Kaunas District, but rather that distinction goes to
Slobodka Vilijampole. Indeed Vilijampole had the largest Jewish
in all of Kovno Guberniya. Will write a similar posting about
resources at another time, but for now suffice to say that all of the
websites mentioned above are also relevant for Vilijampole.

Note to Michael Notis only: according to Kaunas district lists for the
half of the 19th c., the surname NOTES is found primarily in
(and to a lesser extent in Jonava), but not in Kaunas.

Shana tovah,

Ada Green

I am looking for any members of the KRESNER family in the UK from
1800's onwards.
A large part of the family was based in Liverpool in the 1800's.
Many of the next generation were in London.
It is believed the family originally came from Minsk.
I would welcome any information anybody may have anywhere.

Susan McCain

I'm looking for information about my great-great grandfather
LITHUANIA, and children. Zalman came to the US in 1907 and was a
cantor/rabbi in Pittsburgh PA. I don't know the precise dates of his
in Pittsburgh or his death. His wife Sara came over to the US in 1909,
8 kids: Louis, Masha, Hana, Ann, Leow, Israel Aron, Jacob Nachman, and
Hyman. I also know that the family home in Pittsburgh burned down
after Zalman's death?).

I know that CANTOR Louis, my great-grandfather, was married in 1905 at
21 in New Haven CT. He then moved to Virginia and later generations
contact with the rest of the family. I have virtually no information

I am looking for any available information about these
family members and their descendents, who they were, when they lived,
they came from. I'd deeply appreciate it if any people out there could
offer any information or advice.

Thanks so much and Happy New Year!

Eric Friedman

Miriam Gindin Holzman miriamholzman@yahoo.
My father and his entire family were from Gluboyke. My dad (Hillel
Gindin) has always told us stories about "his little village". Can't
wait to
tell him what we just found on line! Thank you SO MUCH for all the
information that we now have. Miriam Gindin Holzman, Cherry Hill, NJ

September 19, 2006

Mr Dorn, president IRO, Ms. Eilat Gordin Levitan,

I was very glad to read that some people (not Volozhiner's, there are
no more active Jews of volozhin) who care much about old Jewish
Volozhin and its famous academy in the center of the present
Belorussian city.

After the infamous "Kulinaria" sign was removed some positive acts had
been performed with IRO's help:

A memorial three language plaque was installed and replaced the
scandalous sign.
A memorial gravestone for the Volozhin Congregation, which was
completely annihilated by the Germans and their ardent local
assistants, has been erected by the Volozhin survivors in Israel, on
May 2000. From the ancient cemetery height it's overlooking a) the
previous century forties six unnamed mass graves; b) many of broken,
robbed and desecrated; c) hundreds years old gravestones; d) and the
mass murder site where 2000 Jews had been shot and burned on May 10,
The Yeshiva building possession was returned to the United Jewish
Congregations of Belarus.
The Yeshiva building was cleared from the occupying it snack bar
The Yeshiva building roof and wall's external surface were renovated.
This summer, initiated by Ms Eilat Gordin Levitan, an exposition has
begun to be installed, to the memory of the famous Volozhin Yeshiva -
the 19th century Jewish Academy and to memorize the shtetl's
congregation, its life and its destruction.
We thank you very much
dear Yuri and Ms Eilat for your big and
important work. At my opinion this project must be continued by:

Reconditioning the Yeshiva interior,
Constant upgrading of the exposition aiming to establish it as a
Lancing a publication campaign through Israel, America, Belarus and
Attracting celebrities like Shimon Peres, Netaniyahu' Shevakh Weiss;
and influential organizations like Yad-Vashem, the Jewish Agency , to
take an active part in this project

This work is necessary to preserve the memory of the East European
Jewish culture, in which the Volozhin Yeshiva was one of the most
estimated jewels ; We must guard a bit of history of the Belorussian
Jewry which counted in the nineteen thirties more than a Million
persons and was completely annihilated.

As for the exposition:

The exposed Holocaust list is printed in very small not visible
characters No 10, on 12 pages. I enlarged them to No 18 on 24 pages.
The new Word-file is attached to this message. Please ask to print it
out in Minsk and to replace the poor exponent in Volozhin by the
bigger and more readable one.

If it's not possible, let me know and I will reprint it and plate the
pages with nylon

It would be much better if we engraved the names on metal plates, but
where from will come the money?

And as for the translations I gave you last July a) translation of two
articles from the Vol. Yizkor Book, b) The volozhin memorial in Tel

What has been done with it? May I continue to translate more articles
to Russian? May they serve as exponents or is it preferable to bind in

Do you think worthwhile translating to Russian the exponents'
explanations? If your answer is positive, please send me or let me
know in another way their content and I'll do my best to do it.


And what happened to the other exponents I gave you in July:

The martyrs list scroll in Hebrew

The Volozhin original Yizkor Book in Hebrew

The Volozhin Yizkor Book –partly translated to English


Have a nice New Year

Moshe Porat


Ms Eilat, let me know your opinion, Many thanks.


The above English version (translated from Russian) of my message I'm
addressing to Ms Eilat

Marina Plieva (

Message: I live in Russia and I search any information about Kohar
Jewish familyname from Rolen , Russia or America.
In the Ellis Island site I found Chaim (age 2) and Chame ( age 22)
Kohar from Suwalki who were Jewish- most others were not Jewish- I am
pasting some her;
Name Residence Arrived Age Passenger

1 Kohar,Agnes Polomka Gomorska Zupa, Cz Slov 1920 20
2 Kohar,Andrej Non-immigrant alien 1907 26
3 Kohar,Andros Bialyston 1900 18
4 Kohar,Anna Gunselsdorf, Austria 1914 25
5 Kohar,Bela Ungvilev 1900 27
6 Kohar,Bertalan Esztergom 1906 33
7 Kohar,Chaim Suwalki 1899 2
8 Kohar,Chame Suwalki 1899 22
9 Kohar,Eda Nene Pest 1906 61
10 Kohar,Ferencz A. Toulak, Hungary 1913 38
11 Kohar,Gyorgy 1905 33
12 Kohar,Istvan A. Gostorsbak, Hungary 1912 25
13 Kohar,Jan France USA 1919 24
14 Kohar,Jano Bichpisok 1898 46
15 Kohar,Janos Feherpolak 1904 46
16 Kohar,Josef Zypest 1903 23
17 Kohar,Josefa Orehovica, Austria 1908 30
18 Kohar,Josefin Ujpest 1905 56
19 Kohar,Josephine Nene Pest 1906 57
20 Kohar,Katalin Agostonlak, Hungary 1913 21
21 Kohar,Ko... Cost... 1906 20
22 Kohar,Kologiana Aleppo, Armenia 1920 32
23 Kohar,Maria Bielipotok 1904 18
24 Kohar,Marton 1895 35
25 Kohar,Mathias Zanodka 1906 26
26 Kohar,Mihaly Agostonlok 1910 42
27 Kohar,Mihaly Agostonlak 1910 45
28 Kohar,Mihaly Zavadka 1905 40
29 Kohar,Niklos Leskovosk/Hungary 1907 37

Subject: LEVY, Karaite, Urgent Help Needed
From: David Levy

This is a follow up to my last e-mail about needing to find a
genetically compatible donor for a bone marrow transplant. I am sorry
I was not more specific in listing details for everyone to be able to
help me in my search. My origins are from the Karaite Jewish
population of Cairo, Egypt ... and so if anyone has access to this
family tree (I know that one exists), please e-mail asap. For anyone
else that would like to help, here are the details of my family
Joseph Levy, lived in Cairo, Egypt from 1/8/50, moved to Paris France
from 1961-2, then to Cleveland OH, 1962-2000, and Chicago
Nadia Siahou, lived in Cairo, Egypt from 5/22/52, moved to Marseilles
France from 1955-74, then to Cleveland OH, 1974-2000, and Chicago

Valerie Levy, , Cleveland and Chicago
Danielle Levy, Cleveland and Chicago
Grandparents (mother's side):
Lieto Siahou, from Cairo, Egypt
Victoria El Gazar, from Cairo, Egypt
Grandparents (father's side):
Ibrahim Levy, from Cairo Egypt
Nina (Regina) Eliahou, from Cairo, Egypt
Great grandparents (father's father's side)
Esther Sergani
Yousfef Soliman, from Russia and/or Turkey
If anyone has any other questions, or if I am leaving out any other
information, please e-mail me. I am 25 years old (DOB 8/24/81), and am
in need of a transplant sometime in the next year, depending on if and
when I find a match. Thanks for all of your e-mails and help with
David Levy

I'm searching for more information on the family of my
great-great-grandmother, Zelda LEVITAN, born around 1855 possibly in or
near Siauliai, Lithuania. She was married to Louis PORTMAN (1850-1922)
of Siauliai. In the early 1900s, the couple lived in St. Louis, but
divorced and Zelda went back to Lithuania and remarried to a man with a
surname something like KRAKONOWSKI. Zelda and the second husband
subsequently had at least one daughter, but I have no other information
about them.

Zelda apparently had some siblings, although I don't know their names.
brother died during the San Franciso earthquake, and I haven't found
information about him. Another brother lived in Washington, D.C. and
a department store. There is only one LEVITAN family in the U.S.
records for D.C. - Max and Mary and their numerous children - and they
own a men's clothing store, so this may be the same family. Anyone
know of
this particular family, or have connections with LEVITANs from Siauliai
surrounding area?

Thanks for any leads,

Joe Lonstein

The project for the Museum of Polish Jews, Warsaw, has an impressive
web site, at
The stated mission of the museum is "to restore the lost
consciousness of their multicultural history to Poles, [and] the
memory of the creative life of their ancestors to Jews..." The site
is in English and Polish.

Joyce Field

Dear Vilna District Researchers,I would like to hear from you regarding your interests in new records
acquisitions by the Vilna District Research Group of the LitvakSIG. To
date, the entire 1858 Revision List for the city of Vilnius (Vilna,
Wilno) has been translated and is available for searching in the All
Lithuania Database (ALD) at Also available on the ALD are Revision Lists for Moletai (Malat) for
years 1834 and 1858 with additional lists covering 1834-1849 and
1850-1857.I have volunteered to coordinate the Vilna District since Joel Ratner
stepped down earlier this year to devote himself to the LitvakSIG Vital
Records Project. Although I have been researching my family in Vilnius
almost 15 years, I am fairly new to the inventory of available records
unfamiliar with many of you and your interests.I am looking into the acquisition and translation of Revision Lists for
Antakalnis, which is today a suburb of Vilnius, for the years 1850-1854
/ or 1858. Another set of records which may be considered is the 1858
Revision List for Naujemiestis (Novigrodsk, today also a suburb of
Vilnius).I invite any of you with an interest in Vilnius to contact me privately
so that we can begin discussing the future of the Vilna District Group.
There are many records out there, and I would like to know what and
they are. If you have knowledge of unusual or underutilized resources,
please let me know.Thank you,
Eden Joachim
Pomona, New York


My great-great grandfather was Solomon (Zalman Tzvi) Soloveichik. His
daughter, my great-grandmother, was Goldie (Golda Bas Zalman Tzvi)
Soloveichik Epstein. Her mother was Esther (surname unknown). She was
born about October 1841 - possibly in Minsk or in Bobruisk.

Her husband, my great-grandfather, was Solomon (Shlomo Simcha Bar
Moshe Chaim ha Levi) Epstein. His father was Hyman (Moshe Chaim)
Epstein. His mother was Annie (Chana) Epstein. He was born about 1833
- also possibly in Minsk or Bobruisk.

They were married about 1860.

Their older children emigrated in the 1880s to New York City. My great
grand parents arrived in 1891 with their younger children (including
my grandfather Shmuel). They were residents of Bobruisk at the time of
their emigration. Family anecdotes say my great Epstein grandfather
was a shames or Yeshiva teacher. His ship manifest said he was a
tailor. Unfortunately this is all I know for certain.

I am unsure if my Soloveichik family were Leviim or Yisroelim. If
Leviim, I might be related to the Briskers. My grand children attend
Rav Joseph Soloveitchik's Yeshiva here in Brookline.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Eilat Gordin Levitan" <>
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 9:28 AM
Subject: Re: Soloveichik Family Tree on your website

> Dear Stephen,
> The pictures and information are from the book; Yahadut Lita
> -Lithuanian Jews
> in Hebrew-

Boris Brauer (
I was born in Panevezys on May 15 1925, alumni of Panevezio Zydu
Gimnazia and lived on Ukmerges gatve 34, phone 297 till June 14
Siberia, Red Army Bricha, Germany, various countrys, ZAHAL ETC. in USA
1956. family in Israel and here. Father Eduardas Braueras killed in
Dachau Jan
1945, came from Gheto Kaunas. ancestral male family from Kedainiai. I
am very
interested in contacting Jews from Panevezys.
Yad Vashem report;
Brauer Eduard
Eduard Brauer was born in Kedainiai, Lithuania in August 15, 1902 to
Menashe and Sonia nee Lurie. He was a businessman and married to Fania
( nee Kreiman). Prior to WWII he lived in Panevezys, Lithuania. During
the war was in Kaunas, Lithuania. Eduard perished in 1945 in Dachau at
the age of 43. This information is based on a Page of Testimony
submitted by his son; Boris Brauer from ( Van Nuys) California.

Hello Eilat,

I hope that everything is alright with you.
A few groups of American tourists had a chance to see
the exhibit in Volozhin yeshiva that you have
graciously sponsored.
Last week a class of student from the local high school
have visited the exhibit.
I've send there our historian who during 1 hour told the
kids the history of Volozhin yeshiva.
Last week we have received a letter from the Belorussian
embassy in Israel saying that Shimon Peres is willing
to participate in reconstruction of the Volozhin Yeshiva.
I will keep you inform regarding this subject.

Best regards,

Yuri Dorn
Coordinator of Jewish Heritage
Research Group in Belarus
220002 Minsk
13B Daumana St.

This is in response to a posting from about 5 years ago. I'm not
sure if
you are interested but I recently was able to make a connection to some
from Kurenets mentioned on the Ellis Island manifest. This is what I
Salman Wimenitz's changed his last name to Gelman. His parents
were Frieda
and Frank Gelman from Lepel and then NY. Frank is actually the Faiwel
from the manifest. I believe he went back to Russia and brought back
his wife
Frada. They arrived again on September 10, 1906. I have a copy of her
certificate from 1919. It states that she was born in July 1836. Her
name was Khaim Lurie, and her mother's name was Jennie Berman. That
explain why Salman and Chaie Lurie referred to Salaman Wiminiz as their
I'd be very interested if you can make a connection to the family
of Frada
(Lurie)(Wimenitz) Gelman. I recently discovered her
and she would be very interested if you can help expand her family
Looking forward to hearing from you. Leslie Moser

As those of you who attended the recent IAJGS conference in New York
we screened 20 films related to Jewish genealogical, historical and
topics, covering over 16 countries and regions. The feedback we got on
these films was excellent, and many attendees lamented the fact that
was not enough time to catch every screening.

There were also many genners who could not attend the conference, but
expressed interest in learning more about these films, so I'm posting
information on how to order them for home video use and/or for
for your local Jewish genealogical society, library, Hadassah, or
community groups, with or without the filmmakers as speakers. All are
options for learning more about the subjects these films cover,
the word about filmmaking as an adjunct to research and increasing your
knowledge base on genealogical subjects.

I've indicated the countries covered in the films in caps, the film's
if it is known, and the filmmaker's name where I had direct contact
them in putting together this program. If the film or filmmaker has a
website, I've also indicated that. If there is not website, the
distribution company can put you in touch with the filmmaker if you

The following seven films can be purchased at home video prices
(usually in
the $30 range) or for group rentals from Cinema Guild. Contact
Houghton at:

Or go to their website:

My Grandfather's House (Eileen Douglas/Ron Steinman) Lithuania
Dancing With My Father (Marcia Rock) Slovakia/USA
L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin (Yale Strom) Jewish Autonomous Region/
Siberia/Soviet Union
Voices of the Children Theresianstadt, Czech Republic
In Vienna They Put You in Jail: The Max Birnbach Story, Austria
Luboml: My Heart Remembers (Eileen Douglas, Ron Steinman) Poland
Chaim Rumkowski and the Jews of Lodz, Poland

Pearl Gluck's "Divan" (Hungary) can be purchased through Amazon, or
the distributor, Zeitgeist Films. Contact Clemence Taillandier at, or visit the website:

Pearl's website is: which provides
information and Pearl's contact info.

Danish filmmaker, Casper Hoyberg's "My Jewish Grandfather"
(Latvia/Israel/Russia) can be purchased from me for $20 per copy.
me by email:

Yaron Zilberman's "Watermarks,"(Austria) about the women's Hakoah swim
in 1930s Vienna can be purchased from the distributor Kino films.
Jessica Rosner:

Website is: where you can view a
trailer of
the film.

"Into the Arms of Stangers: Stories of the Kindertransport," (Austria,
Germany, England) "The Last Days," (Hungary, Transcarpathia, Ukraine)
Forgotten Refugees," Middle East, North Africa, Palestine Mandate,
can be purchased through Amazon, or other DVD online retailers by doing
Google search on the name of the film and the word "purchase."

Websites for these are:,

Jay Heyman's "Bernie," (New York/USA) about his grandfather who was
in NYC's Jewish Orphan Asylum can be purchased directly from the
for $30 at:
Website is:

Menachem Daum's "Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the
Holocaust," (New York/USA/Poland) can be purchased from First Run
Phone: (212) 243-0600

The film's website is:

Yale Strom's film "The Last Klezmer" (Galicia/Poland) can be purchased
Yale by contacting him at:, and check out his website,
his other films:

"I Remember Jewish Drohobycz" (Galacia/Ukraine) ($12) through me:

"Genealogy Anyone: Twenty Five Years in the Life of the JGSLA" (Los
/USA/Eastern Europe) ($20) can be purchased through the Jewish
Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA) at:

"Poumy" (France/French resistance)is available through Filmakers
website: 212.808.4980

Kupishok: For Eternal Memory (Lithuania) is available through the
Center for Jewish Film: Catalogue/films/Kupishok.htm

Please remember that purchasing a home video copy of the film does not
you the right to show it at a public meeting. The film's distributors
special film rental rates for those types of gatherings, even if you do
charge for attendance. Contact the filmmakers and/or the distribution
companies for those prices.

Remember, also, that many Jewish community libraries throughout the
own these videos and will lend them to you for free, just as they lend
books. The Jewish Community Library in Los Angeles offers this
service to anyone in the United States. For more info go to:

Also check out the National Center for Jewish Film at: and Video Judaica at
A few of these films are also offered by
NetFlix and larger public
libraries, Jewish historical societies, etc.

Pamela Weisberger
Film Coordinator, IAJGS Conference
Santa Monica, CA

The message below was taken from a flyer obtained from Ella Levine at
YIVO. While attending the 2006 IAJGS conference in NY, Olga Zabludoff
and I were privileged to meet with Ella and other members of the YIVO
staff and got a behind the scenes look at the facility. All members who
are able to attend this lecture are encouraged to RSVP to David
Ben-Arie at the number provided below.

Joel Ratner

Y I V 0

Institute for Jewish Research

Dear Friend,

This letter is to invite you to join us for the Nusakh Vilne Yizker and
Memorial Lecture, our annual observance commemorating the liquidation
of the Vilna Ghetto. We hope you will attend this important gathering
at YIVO, not only to remember and to pay tribute to the entire Vilna
Jewish community, but also to help strengthen and ensure the continuity
of our heritage and culture. Young and older, everyone is invited.

This year we will gather at 1:30 PM, on Sunday, September 17, 2006, at
YTVO, 15 West 16th Street, in New York City.

Dr. Carl Rheins, YIVO Executive Director, will open our event. This
year's Guest Speaker will be Dr. Rakhmiel Peltz, Director of Judaic
Studies Programs at Drexel University (Philadelphia). Also, Moish
Palevsky will read material from Holocaust literature, and Michael
Baran of the Workmen's Circle will perform the hazkore. A musical
program will be provided by Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn of Congregation
Ansche Chesed.

Please be there with us, and bring your family and friends. Admission
is free. RSVP to David Ben-Arie (tel. 917.606.8287) or by email

We look forward to seeing you here at the YIVO Nusakh Vilne Yizker and
Memorial Lecture on September 17.

With best wishes,

Ella Levine
Director of Development


Yad Vashem issues an Urgent call for volunteers worldwide:

When the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names was uploaded onto the
Yad Vashem Website
in November 2004, Yad Vashem announced an International 11th Hour
Campaign to recover as many additional names of Holocaust victims as
possible, before the generation that best remembers them passes. An
urgent call for volunteers to implement grass roots campaigns is now
being issued to Jewish communities and organizations worldwide.

Jewish Genealogists: lend your expertise to this the historic
project; urge your friends and family members to join the campaign to
recover the names and identities of those who did not survive and
have yet to be recorded on "Pages of Testimony".

Anyone committed to ensuring that no Holocaust victim is forgotten,
would be a significant asset to this endeavor.

With the aid of promotional materials developed by Yad Vashem,
volunteers will reach out to survivors and their families and assist
them in registering the names of Jews who they know were murdered in
the Shoah. Through synagogues, Holocaust centers, JCC's, Jewish
student organizations, senior centers, and social service agencies
we can reach those who still remember. Time is running out, but, by
working together and spreading the word, we can still recover those
missing names.

Yad Vashem is also seeking cooperation with research projects to
reconstruct pre-war Eastern European Jewish communities. Please
contact me directly.

To volunteer send your name, address, phone number and email address
with the subject heading "names volunteer"

(please forward this appeal to your personal contacts)

Cynthia Wroclawski, Outreach Manager
The Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project
Yad Vashem, P.O.B. 3477
Jerusalem 91034 ISRAEL

Tel: 972-2-644-3470
Mobile: 972-508-882-744
Fax: 972-2-644-3409

Visit our Community Outreach Guide
< >

Dr. Egle Bendikaite, Professor of Jewish History at Vilnius University
& Professor of Yiddish at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute will be visiting
Los Angeles in October. She will be speaking at one public event only, on
Thursday, 10/19/06 at 7:30pm. This will be at Temple Akiba, 5249 South
Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230. There is no fee to attend.

RSVP's should be sent to

Son of novelist, activist David Grossman killed in Lebanon

By The Associated Press

Staff Sgt. Uri Grossman, 20, the son of renowned novelist and peace
activist David Grossman was killed Saturday in Lebanon, just days
after his father made a public call for the government to halt its
military operation and enter negotiations.

Uri Grossman, who served in an armored unit, was killed when his tank
was hit by an anti-tank missile in southern Lebanon, the military said

The unit was taking part in Israel's final push deep into Lebanon
aimed at maximizing Israeli gains against Hezbollah before a
UN-ordered cease-fire came into force early Monday.

Tearful friends and relatives began gathering Sunday morning at the
Grossman home in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion, and the news
of his death spread swiftly around the neighborhood. But the army
withheld publication of his name until relatives outside Israel were

David Grossman, whose novels and political essays have been translated
into 20 languages, is an outspoken advocate of conciliation with the
Arabs and of ending Israel's occupation of the West Bank. But, like
most Israelis, he supported Israel's retaliation when Hezbollah
fighters attacked an army patrol inside Israel on July 12 and
unleashed a barrage of rockets on civilians in the north.

By Thursday he said the war had gone on long enough. The turning point
came the previous day when the government approved a plan to launch an
11th-hour campaign meant to inflict a devastating blow to Hezbollah.

In a joint news conference with fellow novelists Amos Oz and A.B.
Yehoshua, Grossman denounced the plan as dangerous and
counterproductive. "Out of concern for the future of Israel and our
place here, the fighting should be stopped now, to give a chance to
negotiations," he said.

Grossman urged Israel to accept a proposal by Lebanese Prime Minister
Fouad Siniora - which later formed the core of the UN resolution for
ending the conflict - calling for the deployment of Lebanese troops in
southern Lebanon with the help of an international force that would
end Hezbollah's control over the area.

"This solution is the victory that Israel wanted," Grossman said. He
warned that stepping up the offensive could trigger the collapse of
Siniora's government and the strengthening of Hezbollah - the very
force Israel set out to destroy. "It's still possible to prevent it,"
Grossman said. "This is the last moment."

Grossman, an Israeli-born son of a refugee from Nazi Europe, has
written critically acclaimed novels about the Holocaust and about
political and social injustice. In 1987, he wrote "The Yellow Wind," a
sympathetic look at Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, a
rare attitude at the time that made him a spokesman for Israel's peace

I have created a web page for Kaunas, the town where my beloved
grew up.

With a town as large as Kaunas was, with such a glorious Jewish history
until tragedy came upon it, there is so much material that it's
to collect it all, let alone display it. However, I hope this start
will be
the basis for more to come.

If anyone has any photos taken in Kovno before the war, or other
they'd like to like to contribute, please let me know.

I am in need of some translation help from Yiddish and Hebrew.

Thank you,

Jose Gutstein
Radzilow web page:
Szczuczyn web page:
Wizna web page:
web page:
Zeimiai web


Susan Thompson (

I am the granddaughter of Pesakh Shimshelevitch, whose photo and
biography appear on
that mean we're related?--------------
The site is not just for related people. I do not know how most of
the family members are related to each other but they seem to
originate from the Smorgon area ( today in Belarus) .

helene (

Message: Hello everybody,

I am looking for any family members or anybody who knew of SOSHA
BORONSTAJN etc...born in Poland in Vilna region in 20s or 30s, hidden
on a farm
during the war and who came to France after war.
thank you for your help.
kind regards,

( As recorded from my emails)
Shalom Moshe,
....For more important things; The Volozhin Yeshiva. I already started
making posters of the well known students of the Yeshiva. I think that
we should display much of the pictures and text from the Yizkor book (
in both Hebrew
and English and anything in Russian would be great) We could just
print it and frame it. There should be at list 3 main subjects;
>> 1. The heads and Ravs of the yeshiva and some text about the
history of the town and the Yeshiva.
>> 2. Students of the yeshiva- we sould ask people to sent pictures and
>> some text if they had relatives who studied there. I alredy have
>> ( pictures and text) about students.
>> 3. Pictures and text about people who lived in Volozhin and mostly
of those who perished there.....
From: Eilat Gordin Levitan
To: Rabbinic Genealogy SIG
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 6:42 PM
Subject: [ravsig] Volozhin Yeshiva students


The building of the Volozhin Yeshiva (in Belarus), is in Jewish
hands. I made some posters to be displayed (in Hebrew from the
Volozhin Yizkor Book and English from the translation and the net)
for about 30 of the students who attended.

Amongst them rabbinic personalities: Chaim Ozer Grodzensky,
Mordechay Eliashberg, Moshe Mordechay Epstein, Shlomo David Kahane,
Yechiel Michal Halevi Epstein, Zvi-Hirsh Levinson, Avraham Duber
Kahane-Shapiro, Boruch Dov Leibovitz, Issar Zalman Melzer, Shmuel
Mohilever, Shmuel Salant, Nachum Kaplan (Nohemke from Horodno),
Shlomo Polachek, Yitzhak Nissenboim and much more.

I am trying to find more information on 3 other students:

* Eliyahu Aharon Milikovski-Samsonov. What I have is: Student of

Hanaziv and son in law of Bunimevitz from Volozhin. Born in Mitava
(Latvia) in 5634 (1864). The pages 213-221 in his book "Yaakov's

tents" are dedicated to Volozhin. Died In Jerusalem in 5707. Also

wrote; Ohalei Aharon.

* Don Yikhye, Yehuda Leib born in Drissa in 1868. Rabbi of Shklov,

Drissa & Chernigov. Member of Nezach Yisrael. Passed away in Tel

Aviv in 1941.

* Mordechai Nachmany ( Gorodonski), born in Nesvizh (Belarus) in
1867, passed away in Rehovot in 1949.

Thank you for any help,
Eilat Gordin Levitan
Los Angeles

Dear Moshe,

I made about seventy posters so far. For the Yeshiva students I put
two students for each poster with much of the English and Hebrew
information that I could find as
well as enlarged pictures of each of the students.
I also did posters of all the pictures in the Yizkor book which for
people who perished I made the pictures and information much larger.
All the translations are also on the posters. I also included what you
wrote. Where do I send it?,,,,,

Dear Michael

Yuri Dorn is the head of Jewish JHRG of Belarus and they now
"own" the Volozhin Yeshiva . I want to make sure that the posters (
including the one for your family) would be hanging in the Yeshiva by
the time you visit Volozhin.....

Dear Eilat,

Today there was a call from custom house. They said
that the examination is successfully finished and we
can get parcels. The only thing is – it is necessary
to get customs clearance for the cargo first. We will
figure out how much the cost is. We hope that the
cargo will be at the Union at the beginning of the
next week. As to Ulitzli's parcel – he will get
customs clearance for the parcel by himself.

Best regards,

Dear Eilat,

I am Yuri Dorn's assistant. My name is Olga.

Parcels have already arrived to customs but before
getting them we must get the customs clearance for the
parcels and also you must send us a document. This
document is called INVOICE where you will indicate the
detailed information about things you have sent, i.e.
name of the things, quantity, value of 1 item , total
value of the parcels, etc.

The example you will find in the attachment to this
letter. The only thing is – you must write that the
cargo is commercial.

If it is possible please send it on Monday.

Best regards,
Dear Olga,

I do not understand your system. I filled 3 Custom Declaration and
Dispatcch notes when I sent the things.
( CP 72) I sent you the number for each long ago and you were able to
trace it in Minsk
One parcel was 37 lbs and 13 oz. had about 40 posters.
Another was 32lbs 16 oz ( total gross 33 lbs) also about 40 posters.
The third; 6 bigger posters- the posters were rolled. It was about 2
lbs. 15 oz.
you wrote; you must write that the
cargo is commercial.- why is it commercial? nobody is going to sell
it! I only paid more then a $1,000 to make it myself and it took me
about a month. I also paid $300 to send it. So it cost me so far
about $1,300 and I put maybe 300 hours of my time to make it. so now I
should also be charged for it as if anyone is making money of it?
whatever, just send me a bill and fill forms as you wish. I know no
more information then that. I did not count how many posters i put in
each of the large boxes I just know that there were about 80 posters (
other then the six larger posters). I guess I do not understand your
system. I know that I put much money and time to just waste my work
so whatever the charge I'll pay- thanks,


( I never dreamed it would be more then $2,000 - I will not pay that!)

Dear Eilat,

I would like to explain you the following:

1) If we do not get parcels until July 19, customs
will send them back to the USA. There is a plenty of
different documents for us to arrange within short
period of time. Laws were not invented by us. We try
only to follow them and not to violate them. The
procedure is very complicated in Belarus.
2) There are two types of cargo in Belarus: the first
one is humanitarian and the second one is commercial.
If you indicate that the cargo is humanitarian we will
have to obtain more documents and also we will spend
more time and in this case we definitely will not be
able to get parcels until July 19. That is why we ask
you to indicate that the cargo is commercial and we
will pay customs tax for it. Do not worry nobody is
going to sell it.
3) Eilat, there is invoice in the attachment to the
letter. Please indicate nominal value of each parcel
in the invoice. Please, sign it and send it back to us
as soon as possible because we badly need it.


Dear Eilat,

Today we went to the custom house in Minsk.


State wants us to pay tax for this cargo at the amount
of $2100. The point is that when you were sending
cargo you indicated total value of parcels at the
amount of – 3246 $. Obviously it was my fault that I
did not ask you to indicate minimal value of parcels.
At present moment there are two ways out – the first
one is – to pay taxes to the State; the second way out
is – to refuse from the parcels and then they will be
sent you back to the USA. I can partially bring them
from Cleveland to Belarus.
I am waiting for your decision about this point.
Ulitzki also got document stating that he can get
parcel after paying all taxes.

Best regards,

I am looking for any family members or anybody who knew of SOSHA
BORONSTAJN etc...born in Poland in Vilna region in 20s or 30s, hidden
on a farm
during the war and who came to France after war.
thank you for your help.
kind regards,

Pamala (

As a person who grew up where history outside of Hawaiian culture was
considered unimportant, you site is a valuable resource to me. Thank
you for
putting a "face" on history, and telling it in an unvarnished way. Your
are compelling and wonderful. I wish you the best and all happiness.

submitted by
Margarita levandovsky (

Message: Hi! I'm looking for any information about Kotok family. One
person from
this family (his name was Michael Kotok) is my grandfather. His sister
married to a man with last name Tannenbaum.She and her 2 children died
in the Pinsk
getto. There was another brother, his name was Girsh(?). He was killed
by the Nazis.
Maybe somebody knows something about this family? Maybe there is a

There are reporst to yad vashem by a cousin of the grandfather of
Margarita for the family. He also reported the grandfather Michael as
last heard of from Russia.
He reported Sonia nee Kotok who was born in Pinsk to Zelig and Tova.
She was married to Arie ( Lova) Tannenbaum and had children. They
lived in Warsaw and perished there. Moshe Holzman of Babzner Street, 4
- Haifa, Israel gave the report in 1956. He also gave a report for
your great grandfather; Zelik who was an indusrialist and widower of

Sofia Gabov of the was the sister in law of the brother of michael;
Grigori. She gave a report in 1992 ( in Russian) ;Grigori was born to
Zelik and Toibe in 1906- he perished in Pinsk. She also gave a report
for Sofia

By Ze'ev Schiff:

Sometimes a country has to take a slap in the face in order to wake up
to the changed reality around it. That's what happened to Israel in
the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in which 2,600 were killed, and in the
Al-Aqsa Intifada, which claimed more than 1,000 victims. Now Israel
has gotten a slap during the war with Hezbollah. It is unfortunate
that each time, the searing of Israel's consciousness involves losses,
destruction and suffering.
In the Arab states, too, there are many who think that the war has
created a new reality. In their perception, the Israel Defense Forces
is having a hard time subduing Hezbollah. In Syria they are wondering
whether the time hasn't come to liberate the Golan Heights by force.
Advocates of peace with Israel in the Arab world are on the defensive.
If this is the trend, the way is being paved for another round of war.
For many in the Arab world, the campaign between Israel and Hezbollah
is part of a larger picture, which also includes the inability of the
United States to quash the insurgency in Iraq. The Arabs are seeing
that military might is not a guarantee of success. There are also
those who understand that in today's situation, it is the intention of
Iran, Hezbollah's major supporter, to intervene more than ever in
inter-Arab affairs.
Fortunately for Israel, this war erupted before Iran has acquired the
ability to threaten the use of nuclear weapons. From this point of
view, the war appears to have come too early for Iran's liking - and a
good thing, too. Tehran understands that part of the infrastructure it
created for Hezbollah will be destroyed in the war, so it is important
for it that the border crossings into Lebanon remain open, to enable
Hezbollah to be rearmed. The international force that is to be
deployed in southern Lebanon will be meaningless if it does not ensure
that Iran and Syria are prevented from getting weapons and rockets to
Israel has always been opposed on principle to having foreign soldiers
do its work for it. In the past, Israel's agreements to the deployment
of United Nations forces were obtained almost by coercion. Now an
international force has to remove Hezbollah's rockets and act as a
buffer, shielding Israel.
The IDF's legal department and its Plans and Policy Directorate are
finding it difficult to formulate a position concerning the proposal
that the multinational force in Lebanon base its activity on the
mandate of Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. This chapter
allows for the use of force and the imposition of sanctions against
anyone who violates a cease-fire. A force of international soldiers,
to be led, in this case, by France, might decide that Israel is
violating the cease-fire and therefore that it should be subjected to
sanctions. A well-known American legal expert, Prof. Anne Bayefsky,
warns against such a development.
Nothing about the deployment of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon
resembles what existed there in the war that began in June 1982.
Hezbollah built a system of underground tunnels which recalls what the
Vietcong did in Vietnam. Its fighters, who hide in the tunnels and
occasionally surface to attack Israeli troops and to fire rockets, had
to be removed by means of fuel bombs and similar means. What exists in
southern Lebanon was planned by Iranian advisors led by the chief of
the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) force in the Revolutionary Guards, Qassam
In this war, the technology possessed by the IDF, and by the Israel
Air Force in particular, makes possible more accurate strikes, both by
day and by night. However, the international media also have
satellites that can photograph and transmit immediate reports about
almost every movement. With their help, Hezbollah is able to forgo
much of its intelligence staff, because it receives real-time
information about the accuracy of its own hits and about the IDF's
movements. Hezbollah can thus easily evaluate Israel's likely moves,
even before the government has even discussed them.
Shortly after the withdrawal from Lebanon, in May 2000, Israel
discovered that Iran had begun sending huge quantities of rockets and
other weapons to Hezbollah, and was also training the organization's
men. Afterward it emerged that Syria was also supplying heavy rockets
to Hezbollah.
This information was made known to prime ministers Ehud Barak and
Ariel Sharon, but they decided not to launch a preventive war. Barak,
who had led the pullout from Lebanon not long before these
developments, did not want to send the IDF back into Lebanon. In
addition, Israel was in the midst of a serious intifada. Sharon
understood well the emerging reality in Lebanon and the dangers
inherent in it, but preferred to focus on the Palestinian arena and
did not want to open a second front.
The result was that Israel did not take even one defensive measure
against the burgeoning convoys of weapons, ammunition stores and
rockets. Above all, this policy was adopted because of the
apprehension that the international community would view an operation
against the rockets in Lebanon as an unjust war of prevention. The
conclusion is that a small democracy cannot allow itself to wage a
preventive war against a terrorist organization, however dangerous it
may be. That prerogative is reserved solely for great powers, and
usually only after they have been attacked. There was a time when
Israel was more daring in this regard.
Israel was not taken by surprise by Hezbollah's military capabilities:
Military Intelligence (MI) and the Mossad intelligence organization
knew about the developments in the organization. However, when
intelligence estimated that there were some 12,000 Katyusha rockets in
southern Lebanon, the responses in Israel were: "Stop threatening the
nation of Israel," and "Your real goal is to increase the already
bloated defense budget." Research institutes and similar bodies
devoted little space in their publications to the Hezbollah threat.
On July 22, 2005, I wrote in Haaretz: "It is doubtful whether Israel
has a sufficient answer at present to the threat of Hezbollah rockets.
Even if you destroy 80 percent of them, over a million residents in
the north of the country will continue to sit in shelters." On March
3, 2006, I wrote that Hezbollah, and in effect Iran, already has the
ability to strike targets south of Haifa, which involves a
sophisticated Iranian move that was carried out in cooperation with
Syria and Hezbollah. In the view of some, this does not constitute a
strategic threat, because the same targets can be hit by means of
terrorist attacks, I wrote, and then asked: Is the fact that some two
million people will be confined to shelters and schools, and
workplaces will be closed, not a strategic blow!?
A report that was drawn up a few months ago by former minister Dan
Meridor and a group of experts stated: "Hezbollah is a significant
security threat, mainly because of its rocket capabilities, which
cover a substantial portion of the country's area. The Hezbollah
threat demands an early and appropriate security deployment, both in
the spheres of terrorism and in the spheres of rockets. It calls for
the urgent positing of a response to the Hezbollah challenge, and
especially to the steep-trajectory threat, in order to make it
possible to cope with scenarios of escalation and deterioration."
That is exactly what happened on July 12.
There were also other opinions. For example, the GOC Northern Command,
Major General Udi Adam, stated in an address in February that while
Hezbollah was indeed becoming stronger, it was moving in a political
direction. "Hezbollah is digging in, but it's not terrible that it is
building outposts, because these make good targets for Israel," Adam
said at the time.
Vanquishing large terrorist organizations militarily is not like
vanquishing regular armies. Former chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon
believes that a guerrilla organization can be defeated in a prolonged
war of attrition. It will not be a knockout, but a victory on points.
True, intolerable damage can be inflicted on Hezbollah, from which it
will take the organization years to recover. It is not true that
guerrillas have always won. In some cases the "price" that was exacted
from them was too great to enable them to persist with their threat.
The problem is that exacting a "price" intensifies the hatred of the
population on which the guerrilla organization relies.
It is impossible to persuade Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan
Nasrallah to forsake his messianic ideas, at the center of which is
his ambition to destroy Israel. Many in Lebanon and in the Arab states
understand how dangerous he is - not only to Israel, but also to many
Arabs. Still, there are ways to influence his organization. For
example, the Syrians, during their period in Lebanon, were able to
restrain Hezbollah in certain cases. That situation has changed.
The present war will undoubtedly serve to deter Nasrallah in the
future. But in regard to other Arab elements, it is very possible that
Israeli deterrence will be somewhat undercut. On the one hand, these
elements understand that Israel is capable of reacting with cruel
"craziness" if a certain red line is crossed. But on the other hand,
they may reach the conclusion that the way to hurt Israel and bring
about its withdrawal is not by means of tanks and planes, but by
firing thousands of rockets and missiles at the country.
This should not be construed to mean that Israel's deterrent
capability failed in all the limited confrontations. In the past,
Israel succeeded in its war against the PLO, even though that
organization fired Katyushas into the country from Lebanon. Israel
succeeded in those confrontations when the other side had something to
lose. Those confrontations generally ended in a broad war in which
Israel achieved a temporary victory - until the next round. According
to the conclusions of a study by Yuval Knaan, from the University of
Haifa, Israel's achievements when it bombed infrastructures in Lebanon
were generally limited.
An interesting argument was conducted in Israel in recent years
between the intelligence chiefs and the commanders of the air force
about whether air power is capable of vanquishing a terrorist
organization and eliminating the rocket threat. In a discussion
convened by former prime minister Sharon, the MI director at the time,
Major General Aharon Ze'evi-Farkash, said that the political echelon
should not be misled into believing that a complete solution exists
for the problem of the rockets. In another discussion, held at
Northern Command headquarters, the GOC Northern Command at the time,
Benny Gantz, said, "If such is the case, we have to prepare for a
protracted ground move." Apparently, his proposal-demand was not
Precisely because intelligence understood this point well, the IDF's
failure, overall, in preparing a comprehensive combat doctrine to wage
war against short-range rockets is so pronounced. The air force knew
it would have difficulties in this sphere, and therefore a broader
operational response was needed, along with significant investments in
research and development.
Former IAF commander David Ivry wrote in a publication of the
Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies that air power cannot be
victorious by itself in the war against terrorism. Tactical
intelligence in the war on terror, Ivry noted, is the dominant element
and the most difficult to achieve; it cannot be attained solely from
the air, because technological solutions are insufficient for this
purpose. Ivry undoubtedly recalled the failure of the Americans to
damage the Iraqi network of missiles that attacked Israel in 1991;
clearly he was aware of the lack of a substantive victory by Israel at
the end of Operation Grapes of Wrath in Lebanon, in 1996, which made
use primarily of air power.
Of exceptional interest is the approach of the chief of staff (and
former commander of the IAF), Dan Halutz, who is conducting the
present war. He made the following remarks in a discussion at the
National Defense College in January 2001, but they illustrate his
strategic conception today: "Many air operations were generally
implemented without a land force, based on a worldview of Western
society's sensitivity to losses. A land force is not sent into action
as long as there is an effective alternative. Small forces, in
commando format, have been utilized. The IAF is a partner in or
decides wars.
"This obliges us to part with a number of anachronistic assumptions.
First of all, that victory equals territory. Victory means achieving
the strategic goal and not necessarily territory. I maintain that we
also have to part with the concept of a land battle. We have to talk
about the integrated battle and about the appropriate force activating
it. Victory is a matter of consciousness. Air power affects the
adversary's consciousness significantly."
The future
Many of the IDF's training booklets will likely undergo reexamination
after the present war. The IDF has to examine itself in regard to
"counter-fire" and to maneuvering whose goal is not the seizure and
holding of territory. An additional effort will have to be made in the
sphere of intelligence. Successes in hitting targets require that
different ways be found to renew the "bank of targets," even when they
exist in a civilian milieu. In this kind of war, technology that makes
it possible to locate and strike at terrorist leaders is of the utmost
After the American failure against the Scud missiles in 1991, a few
Arab states and Iran stepped up the development of surface-to-surface
missiles. This process will be even further accelerated in the wake of
Hezbollah's rocket attack on Israel. The Palestinians, too, will
undoubtedly intensify the development of Qassam rockets and the
smuggling of Katyusha rockets into the territories. Israel must
prevent by force the continuation of this "festival of rockets"
against its populations. Against the Palestinians two levels are
required: genuine political negotiations and instilling in them the
knowledge that Israel will not be merciful if rockets hit its
It is more complicated to promote a satisfactory solution against a
rocket and missile threat in general. After the 1973 war, Israel
studied its failure to cope with the antiaircraft missiles that hit
its planes and was able to change the situation. The same thing must
now be done with regard to the surface-to-surface missiles and the
rockets. This will be a difficult and expensive effort. In addition,
Israel must make it clear that if it is attacked, it will exact a
steep strategic price from its enemies. At the same time, we must not
ignore what we have long known: Power has limits, especially when
wielded by a small country.

Researchers interested in the city of Vilna and the Vilna uyezd are
encouraged to join the JewishVilna discussion group at . Eden Joachim and I are the owners of this
We will be attempting to coordinate activities between the Vilna
Research Group and those of the Vital Records Translation Project,
as they relate to Vilna District towns.
Invitations have been sent out to all past contributors to the 1858
City Revision List project however, many people have not yet responded.
you are interested in the towns of the Vilna district and wish to join
group, please go to and sign up for
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If any researchers have questions about the Vilna District Research
and plans for the future, please contact Eden Joachim privately at . Vital Records Translation Project questions
be directed to me privately.
Joel Ratner

Avis McCoy (

Message: I am looking for information on Rabbi Nissan from Kovno, Lituania.  He
had a daughter named Agnes.

Last month I celebrated my eightieth birthday. Never in my wildest
dreams did I expect to live so long. I survived four years in Vienna
under Nazi rule, and three years in concentration camps. After the end
of the war I was a refugee for three years, spending those years
mostly in displaced person's camps in Europe and Cyprus, finally
coming to Israel. I had hoped to live out the rest of my life in
relative peace. It was not to be. When I was liberated in Germany I
never thought of revenge, I didn't hate anybody, all I wanted was to
start a new life in my own country. It never entered my mind to go
amongst Germans and blow them up or revenge myself in any other way, I
only wanted to get away from them and start a new life.

I have been here now for fifty eight years and I have lived through
another few wars, but in spite of everything we have build a
beautiful, vibrant country. Israel has been a state for all these
years and still a great part of the world debates whether to recognize
us or not. No other country's right to exist is ever questioned, why

I know there are many reasons that I could name, but hatred is the
driving force. Anti- Semitism is strong, even if is called by another
name like Anti-Zionism .Our history has been so twisted out of shape,
that people have forgotten that the Jews in the British occupied
Palestine were called Palestinians. When I was a child in Vienna,
people used to shout at us "Jews to Palestine." Now that I have lived
the greater part of my life here, it seems I still have no right to my
own country. Where can I go? There is no other place for me, I
certainly can't go back to Vienna, which is a huge cemetery for me,
almost everybody I knew there was murdered.

I am very sad these days, it seems as there will be never peace for
us. I am not worried about myself, I find it even comforting that I am
at the end of my life, but I am thinking of my children and
grandchildren and the kind of a future they are facing. I wish I had
an answer.


Lucy Mandelstam, July 2006.

Zalman Lazkovich ( on Sunday, August 13, 2006

Shalom Eilat,

Pictures are most captivating. I was back in time..
You have a nice list of famous people from Vilna. My uncle David
Umru (Latzkovich) z'l, (my father's brother) was a member of the "Young
together with Sutzkever and others. He wasn't as fortunate as him. He
was one
of the first ones killed from Vilna Ghetto. Just before the war he was
Editor of the Yiddish newspaper (forgot the name). Hebrew University
have this paper, I was there and saw his editorials and articles. He
knew the famous russian writer Gorky.
The same time he also was a Manager of Jewish Theater in Vilnius,
He published a few books with novels in Yiddish. One of the books I
found in
the Tel Aviv University in the early 1970s.
My cousin in Paris (my dad's sister's daughter) wrote a book about our
David Umru/Latzkovich. She made numerous trips to Lithuania to gather
The book is published already, in french only.
There are few pictures of him on in the Litvak section.
I hope you add his name to the list.

Thank you very much for the work you've done!
Zalman Lazkovich
David Umru (Latzkovitz), poet, writer and journalist, published his
works in the Yiddish press in Lithuania, perished in Vilna in 1941.
Among Yiddish writers in Kaunas were David Umru (1910-1941)
From the Province - David Umru, "Volksblat" (Yiddish) Kovno, 25.7.1939

sheresehvsky (

: I think that rabbi menachem mendel shereshevsky of Kossov ( picture is
buried on
Har hazeisim mount of olives in Jerusalem near my father Rabbi chaim
shereshevky and his father Rabbi Yoseph Shereshevky of Slonim. Any
descendents of Rav Menachem Mendel should try please to contact me.
Site for Shereshevsky family membes with pictures;

I am trying to research my family and would appreciate
any help.
The family name is Ashenofsky (somewhere near Smorgon,
Belarus). Shima (Ashenofsky) married Shlomo
Philip Kullback
Delray Beach, Florida

My grandfather was Joseph Kuflik. He lived in Pinsk before the Second
World War .What I am trying to find out about my lost relatives is
information about my grandfather brother and sister too! I know that
my grandfather mother Zlata Kuflik and her Daughter Brucha were
killed in the Pinsk ghetto. I found out that one boy with name Mendel
was my grandfather youngest brother who might have survived.

So I would like to say thanks and if you have any information about
this family please let me to know .


With respect
Dvora Kuflik
Did You check the Yad Vashem site?
There are reports for KUFLIK HERSHL born to Yzka in 1890 . He was
to Mote Levin and owned a shoe makking business. He had 3 children;
Chana about 18, Fruim 14, Yzka 11 -
They all perished in Pinsk- reported in 1956 by the brother of the
wife Mote- Eliezer Levin, Orlozerov 100 Tel Aviv
There are others who were reported by the Pinsk society-.....

Message: Re: Descendants of Abe Moston. Annette G. of Israel was
looking for
descendants. Leonard Moston is my father. Have you had any other

Barbara Moston
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

From: Itzhak Epstein

I have just established the Benveniste & Sons Family Tree DNA
JewishGen surname project. Painless mouth swab genetic testing
procedures are being used as a promising tool for breaking through
our genealogical brick walls. It might help you to greatly expand
your family tree, and may also help our surname project.
Two prominent Ashkenazi families claim descent from two brothers
who lived in Spain during the 13th Century CE . The EPSTEINs' alleged
patriarch is Rabbi Aharon de na Clara ben Yosef haLevi. The
HOROWITZs' alleged patriarch is Rabbi Pinhas, Rabbi Aharon's older
brother and mentor. These brothers are the direct male descendants
of Rabbi Zerahyah ben Yitzhak haLevi Gerondi (died after 1186).
family lore asserts that Aharon's surname was BENVENISTE. The lack of
documentary evidence has, until now, raised doubts about the veracity
of these claims. Recent advances in genetic science may help us to
determine the extent to which the claimed connections between these
families are true.

Helaine Shoag Greenberg, a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Greater Philadelphia, donated a copy of her recently published book,
_Voices from Vilna_, to the Society Library. I read this short book
a few days ago.
Although Helaine's book is about her father, who lived in Vilna until
1934, and his family, who remained in Vilna, the voices of her
are the voices of a generation of Eastern European Jews trapped in a
cycle of Anti-Semitic events that led to the Holocaust. Helaine
publishes actual letters from her father and other family members that
describe the environment of the time. She punctuates these letters with
her own feelings for her father and his relatives. All of us involved
family history have thought about our ancestors in a similar way.
Helaine writes about her book (quoted with the permission of the
"To my great joy, I found poignant letters in my family home describing
my father's and his family's life and current events from 1930 to 1940
in Vilnius, Lithuania. On a "roots trip" there in 2000, the letters
shown to the Director of the Vilna Gaon Museum who thought them
valuable. "Voices" is a creative, non-fiction memoir told from the
perspective of a first generation 'child'. The letters are arranged
chronologically, interspersed with letters to my father telling him
I found."
Voices from Vilna was published in 2006 by iUniverse, Inc. It is sold
for less than $10 from the publisher and many online book outlets.
Mark Halpern
President, Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia
PS: The book and Helaine's experiences are a direct result of her
ShtetlSchleppers trip to Vilnius, arranged through JewishGen.

Taviv (Eugene) on Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 07:02:23

Researchning my genealogy.
Tavjev, Tavyev, Tawiew from father side, Zalkind from mother side.
Tavyev were born and lived in Riga, Zalkind were born and lived in

Eugene Taviv

From: Jurijs Alperovitch <>
Dear Eilat,

my relatives came from Khabarovsk and Vladivostok.
look on the site
this site is in Russian. On link from your
e-mail I found 2 photo #al45 and #al48.
On mine the woman on a photo
#al45 (neizvestnaja.gif) on the right and the woman
on a photo with my grandmother Alperovich (nee Zimmerman)
Raxil Abramovna the same person. #al48 (moisej.gif) is
very similar to handwriting of my father Alperovich Jakov
writen áÌØÐÅÒÏ×ÉÞ íÏÉÓÅÊ (Alperovich Moisej).My
Father Alperovich Jakov Davidovich has brother -Moisej..I
know about 4
brothers of my father: - Naxim Davidovich Alperovich,
- Jakov Davidovich Alperovich,
- Moisej Davidovich Alperovich,
- Ilja DavidovichAlperovich,
sister Ljubovj Davidovna Alperovich.
some have left from Vladivostok or Khabarovsk
in 1910-1920.

regards; Juri Alperovich,

Checking the Krakow part of your website I see that two (probably
soon ) of the children you have listed on the page
have profiles on the Missing Identity website.

By the way I have decided to use the Polish spelling of Koordynacja for
that organization and I am slowly changing it in the different

Perhaps you would like to add the profiles under the text you have
the photos of your website?

Maciej Zeifert

Maciej: I searched the birth registers in Krakow and could not find his
birth there.

Aharon Szuflita

My webmaster Anika Kanter Movchin lately changed the program she is
using for our website Missing Identity and I have just discovered there
are some problems we will have to sort out.

Thanks again.


Eva Floersheim


Atrocities in American Airports
By Ricardo Abude
If you, or someone from your family, have any plan to visit the
US in a near future, I strongly suggest you to continue reading this
text, where I describe the experiences I had in LA International
Airport, late Feb 24, 2002.
My name is Ricardo Abude E. Da Silva, I'm an Electronic Engineer
graduated in 1982 and today am managing our family´s businesses in the
farming sector. My email is .
Throughout my 42 years of age I've travelled several times to
the US, both on business and tourism. Late Feb 23 I embarked in Rio
heading to LA, in possession of my third Visa to the US, issued in
November 1999, and valid until November 2009.
I was aware of the increased airport security for US trips, due
to Sep 11 attacks, and in Rio International Airport one can already
notice the routine change, but I could have never imagined what would
happen next.
From now on I describe, step by step, the horrendous and
unimaginable nightmare that I went through :
Saturday Feb 23 21:50 hrs I depart from Rio with Varig flight RG
8836, going to LA.
Sunday Feb 24 07:00 hrs I arrive in LA and proceed towards
passport control. The officer looks at my Passport for about five
minutes, and asks me to proceed towards an INS office known as
Secondary One. It is the first time something like that happens to me,
but I imagine I´m going to be interviewed for additional information
concerning my stay. Extra safety measures.... I thought.
Sunday Feb 24 07:30 hrs A Second officer asks me to collect all
my luggage and accompany him inside Secondary One. ...the interview is
going to be in there... I thought again. All of a sudden, I am
brutally pushed inside a 2x2 yd cell, all my luggage, money, documents
and personnal belongings are confiscated, and they take away my belt
and shoe strings.
As I protest against the unexpected treatment, the two officers
respond with loud screams and threats of beating me and keeping me
confined. I am violently pushed against the wall, they frisk me from
head to toe, and all my personnal belongings are searched.
Again I'm pushed against the wall, my picture is taken, I'm
fingerprinted and am finally thrown into a filthy, stinky,
unventilated hall, already crowded with people. I notice, by their
looks, that they've gone through the same ritual, and even though I am
still stunned by the long flight, the jet lag, and mainly by the
violent, outraging disrespect of civil and human rights, I face the
crude fact of life ...there's no such thing as interviews. I'm a
Sunday Feb 24 09:00 hrs - The scene resembles a Greek tragedy, a
4x4 yd room, filthy chairs, a stinking black carpet, no ventilation,
huge 50 TV turned on all the time volume blasting. Tired, hungry
people, sick people, people throwing up....worried about a friend, who
was waiting for me outside the airport I ask for a phone call.
- Shut up! No phone calls. - They answered.
Sunday Feb 24 10:00 hrs - Arrested, hungry, thirsty, no
communication, and without the slightest ideia of what was going to
happen next, I noticed the continuos flow of tourists coming to our
cell and I face the degrading scandal the very same treatment is given
to women, teenagers, children even elderly people - a truly barbarian
Revolted, I witness two INS officers disputing the priviledge of
frisking the prettiest ladies, without any concern of hiding their
sickening lust from their respective fathers, husbands or brothers,
doing their commentaries, invitations, and obscene declarations right
on their faces.
- I've just frisked a disgusting it's my turn to
frisk this Italian fox! - stated an Officer to his coleague, refering
to the wife of an Italian tourist. The blunt disrespect made my
stomach churn in revolt....
Kicking, pushing, screaming, threathening, heavily armed bullies
displayed their brutallity, prejudice, and arrogance upon the constant
flow of tourists coming into our cell, getting more and more crowded
by the minute, holding an unbearable stench....
Sunday Feb 24 14:00 hrs - After seven hours of ordeal, I'm
finally taken to an almost surrealistic interview with Officer
Sanchez, and Officer Lee, both subordinate to Officer Green, from INS.
He explains to me that since all my papers and my Visa were in perfect
order, he would kindly give me two options:
- The first was to sign a document in which I requested the
withdrawal of my Visa, returning to Brazil in the first available
- If I refused to sign the hoax I'd be arrested for an
undetermined period and he'd start a compulsory deportation process,
sending me back to my Country thus.
A important detail on the deal - while I refused to sign the
document I'd not receive any food, or water. What would you choose? Oh
well, me too.
Sunday Feb 24 16:00 hrs - I am taken, with another five
prisoners, to a different cell. We are all handcuffed, and escorted by
armed officers, we are made to stroll through the airport lounge. The
terrified tourists make way, frightened by the grotesc scene. They
take us all to a Van, parked outside the terminal, and transfer us to
the other cell. The humiliation is suffocating ....
- Sunday Feb 24 17:00 hrs - Apparently, they have forgotten to
make me sign a few forms at the Secondary One, so I'm taken again for
a couple of strolls ( going there and coming back ) in the Airport
Lounge. Those strolls remember? With cuffs and escorts?
Sunday Feb 24 18:00 hrs - Due to my unceasing protests, they
finally allow me to make a phone call. I contact a Lawyer in LA, in
the hope he'd get me out of that hell, but the information I get from
him is even more surprising, and disheartening:
- Ricardo, the INS grounds at the Airport are not legally
considered American soil, so I cannot invoke any civil right to take
you out of there.... he tells me. How about that ???
In other words: I realize I'm in a no-man's land, a lawless
place, arrested by arbitrary Nazis in the guise of INS Officers, that,
due to this legal technicality, have the power to do whatever they
please with you - and what is worse - with your family. I start to
dream of the moment of catching a plane back home to
Brazil.....however, before that, I'd still go through the worst night
of my life.....
Night of Sunday to Monday Feb 25 I start to dread the moment in
which tiredness is going to win the battle and make me lie down on
those filthy chairs. It´s very cold, but even so, the prospect of
using the slimy blankets is not at all attractive.
Five officers are in the night shift, and feeling bored, they
pass time kicking disgusting Chinese's , cursing stupid niggers,
threatening filthy latinos. Our uneducated officers are unable to
articulate three consecutive words without using the F.. word, and we
spend the night immersed in this sea of racial prejudice, brutallity,
violence, arrogance and cowardice.
A curious note: our cell had two immense posters hanging on the
walls. Look at that - one was a huge map of Brazil, and the other was
a picture of Ouro Preto - a historical city in Central Brazil. Both
seemed to convey a silent, but eloquent invitation .....
Monday Feb 25 13:00 hrs - After the worse 30 hours of my life,
two armed officers escort me to my plane ( Varig flight RG 8837 ) and
deliver my passport to the stewardess. They set guard by the plane
door until take off. Just a last minute humiliation I guess....
Tuesday Feb 26 07:30 hrs - I arrive tired, but immensely happy
in Cumbica International Airport, in SP. I call my girlfriend Sarah in
Belo Horizonte. After her recovery from the initial shock and the
necessary explanations I invite her to celebrate our unexpected
meeting with a trip - to Ouro Preto - of course!
I relate this unfortunate episode hoping to bring these facts to
light, to a wider number of people. Maybe those who, like me, were
planning an innocent trip to this country might think twice before
permitting their wifes, parents and children to be subjected to this
infamous tribe of uncivilized barbarians.
Daily, in every American Airport, hundreds of people from the
four corners of the world are falling into the claws of these
arrogant, racist, brutes, barbarian Nazis, and I think every single
citizen of the globe shall contribute in whichever way they can to end
this grotesc stain from the face of the free world.
The terrorists put down WTC's twin towers, but they will achieve
a far greater victory if they succeed in bending down the spirit, the
values and ideals that guided America since it's very birth as an
independent Nation.
Having visited the US so many times, and knowing with reasonable
depth the history of this Country, I must say that the attitudes and
methods of the INS Officers do not reflect the way of being and
thinking of the majority of the American People, and surely do not
reflect the values and ideals I referred to above.
However, the overwhelming majority of the thousands of tourists
that are going daily through this sad experience in American Airports
do not have this perspective, and they are going back to their
countries carrying in their hearts the seeds of hatred, violence and
intolerance that end up germinating in tragedies such as Sep 11.
To Mr G. Bush one suggestion: in the attempt to erradicate the
World of terrorism and it's Evil Axis, start at home - in the American
Immigration and Naturalization Service - INS.
A very important note: this narrative would not be complete
without doing justice to Victor - one of the INS officers. He came
into our cell Monday morning. Right when I lay my eyes on him I
noticed a different glow, quickly explained by his attitudes: he'd
take care of one of us, feed and give water to another, he was always
ready to help, at least send a smile, say a friendly word....
He moved like a star, shedding light into the darkness. I had
the priviledge to talk with him for a few minutes, when I had the
chance to convey my admiration, respect and gratitude for what he was
doing for all those people, brutally subjected to such a painful
Son of Mexican Immigrants, educated in India, and possessing a
spirituality impossible to hide behind such shinning eyes, this man,
who represents so well the best of the East and the West told me
simply .. Ricardo, I don't do much, all I can do is try to transmit to
these people a little compassion, a little love....
May God always guard you and bless you Victor, as you guard and
bless so many.... A last suggestion to the US President consider
promoting Victor to the post of Foreign Relations Minister, what he
deserves more than anyone. I'm certain that, in a very short time,
he'd reverse the already beaten up image of the US with the rest of
the world.
His attitude reflect perfectly the spirit and the values that
have created America, and proves that one cannot possilbly combat
terrorism by becoming himself a terrorist one should employ that
ancient technique - turning the other cheek.
Finally, I want to say that I have already done the following :
1. Filed a formal complain at the American Embassy in Brasilia.
2. Filed a formal complain at the Brazilian Foreign Affairs
3. Send a copy of this text in Portuguese and in English to the
Internet, newspapers, magazines, websites, and Human Rights
International Institutions.
I hereby authorize any individual or corporation to divulge or
reproduce this text partially or in its entirety, making it a public
domain, as I believe this case is.
May God bless us all.
Ricardo Abude E. da Silva

Note from the editor: Ricardo is the brother of a friend of
mine, a Rotarian from the same club as I, so I'm publishing his story
without any doubt that it is completely true. My Rotary Club, in the
brazilian district 4550, will send a letter to Rotary International's
president suggesting he visits the US President to formely protest
against this kind of behavior.

Aaron Spellings' ancestry:
Esther Born: 1863 in Stepeck, Russia
Died: 15 Jul 1938 in Dallas, [county], TX, USA  Marriage: in Russia  Hirsh Leib Wullach n:  1863
Died:  31 Oct 1931
Dallas, [county], TX, USA  

Children- Sex -Birth

1. Liel Wullach  F 15 Apr 1892 in Stepeck, Russia  
2. Chane Wullach  F 22 Feb 1894 in Stepeck, Russia
3.. Chail Wullach  F 1895  
4. Josef Wullach  M 3 Jan 1896 married
5. Perl Walach Born:  3 Jul 1887 Stepeck, Russia  
Died:  11 Oct 1977 Dallas, [county], TX, USA  
  Perl first married Sam Seltzer and had a daughter;
Rebecca Seltzer (B: )
She later married Dave Spelling Children;
Aaron Spelling (B: 1923- D 2006 )
Sam Spelling (B: )
Danny Spelling (B: )

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Record
about Dave Spelling
Name: Dave Spelling
City: Dallas  
County: Dallas  
State: Texas  
Birthplace: Russia  
Birth Date: 1888  
Race: Caucasian  
Roll: 1952763  
A tailor for Max Freedman. Has a waife and children


U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Record
about Aaron Spelling
Birth Year: 1923  
Race: White, citizen  
Nativity State or Country: Texas  
State: Texas  
County or City: Dallas  
Enlistment Date: 20 Oct 1942
Enlistment State: Texas  
Enlistment City: Dallas  
Branch: Air Corps  
Branch Code: Air Corps  
Grade: Private  
Grade Code: Private  
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law  
Component: Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of  
Source: Civil Life  
Education: 4 years of high school  
Civil Occupation: Addressing-Embossing Machine Operator or Clerk, General  
Marital Status: Single, without dependents  
Height: 69  
Weight: 117  

Aaron Spelling grew up the son of a poor Jewish immigrants in Dallas,Texas. He attended Southern Methodist University where he won the prestigious Harvard Award for he best original one-act play and only student to direct a major play in the history of SMU. After graduation, Spelling moved to Hollywood in 1953. As an actor, Spelling appeared in more than fifty shows and a dozen films. He appeared in Dragnet, Gunsmoke and I Love Lucy. In 1954, Spelling began his writing career with the Zane Grey series, Last Man and Playhouse 90. Four years later Spelling produced his first series called Johnny Ringo. He went on to be producer for two other series. Spelling started his first partnership with Danny Thomas and during the three year partnership they produced The Danny Thomas Show, The Guns of Will Sonnet and The Mod Squad, plus six movies of the weeks for ABC-TV.

In 1971, Spelling formed a partnership with Leonard Goldberg, produced 38 television films and many top rated series: Charlie's Angels, Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart and Family. During the late 80's, Spelling's company moved into theatrical films, with producing such hits as: Mr. Mom, 'night Mother and Soapdish. Spelling also has produced some of the most talked about television movies in history of television with The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Day One, And the Band Played On. Spelling won Emmy's for Day One & And The Band Played On. Currently, on television Spelling produces, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, 7th Heaven, Pacific Palisades, and Sunset Beach. And seems to be no end insight for this prolific producer!

Aaron Spelling has been married twice. His first marriage was with actress, Carolyn Jones. Carolyn is best known for her role as Morticia on The Adams Family. The couple divorced before both of their careers were successful! A few years latter, Spelling meet Candy Marer, who he fell in love with as been married ever since. Candy and Aaron have two children, Tori  ( born in 1973) and Randy ( born in 1978) . Candy is seen on QVC selling her dolls that she creates, and the profits go to Centro de Ninos, a free daycare for the poor. Tori, actress, plays Donna on Beverly Hills, 90210 and has done many television films. Randy, actor, works on the day time drama, Sunset Beach.


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Tina Pachter Levine (TSL553@YAHOO.COM)
Message: My great-grandfather, David Pachter immigrated to NYC from
in Grodno Gobernia in 1905. I am looking for relatives residing in
with the same surname. During WWII my uncle, while in the armed
visited with them. Any information would be appreciated.

Subject: CYMBALISTA, Rakow, Poland
From: layla thomas <>

IIs anybody out there from Rakow Polen? My mother Blima
Cymbalista, came from a large family, did anybody
maybe have heard of her? Her parents, my grandparents,
were Moshe and Rifka Cymbalista. Moshe was much older
then Rifka she was his second wife. He had two
children with his first wife. Their names were Rosa
Cymbalista, who married a GROSSMAN and moved to
Cananda. I found the family but they dont know me and
dont want to be bothered which I do understand. My aunt
Rosa is dead already, so are the two sons she had. The
other was a son, Josef Cymbalista who moved to Israel.
I met him once, he was a gentle older man and was
married also. My mother did not care to stay in
contact with him so I have no address. My mother Blima
survived her Holocaust time with her two brothers,
Motek who was the sweetest man anybody could have
wanted for an uncle and Leon. Leon returned to Israel
and married, I know he had a son but I dont know
anything of him either. He moved to Germany and
later remarried a German woman. So has anybody heard
of a Blima Cymbalista born 1922, her best friend after
the Holocaust was Pola GILTER, wife of Josef Gilter,
(Haifa) bother dead now. I am just trying to find
anything about my family and would be most grateful
for any info. I know my mother had a cousin that moved
to Argentinia.
Thank you for all the help I have received so far.
Laja Rifka Thomas (searching for Lewkowicz/Cymbalista)

I am prompted to ask if there is anyone reading my message who may be
familiar with a hospital in Kovno, 1939.

My Father's sister wrote to him at that time - her last letter - saying
was a nurse in the hospital near her home on Pilies g=red No.14

Is it possible that there is someone in LitvakSig who may have
of the hospital, its name and/or its records or documents of employees?

A friend touring Kovno a few years ago graciously took a few photos a
distance from the rear of the hospital as it could be seen from Pilies
Using all the resources I know of, I have not been able to secure any
information on the fate of my Dad's sister since the dating on the
letter -
December 1939.

Thank you.

SHEINKEROVICH, SHIMENOVITZ, Kaunas,Vilnius, Moletai,Ukmerge, Lithuania

Annette Gueron ( on Monday, June 26, 2006

: Shalom Eilat,
I came across your website when I surfed on Google what I thought was
to be a 'wild goose chase' for information of deceased actor - Maurie
Moston -
As I too am searching for descendents of my granfather's family. After
a brick wall for 2-3 years I finally connected with family in the USA.
search at present is on the Moston family. Abraham & Ethel Moston(
Abraham was
my g.uncle) They had 4 children, Maurie, Leonard, Doris m. ? Berger,
Blanche m. ? Gordon. I think we have lots to talk about. I hope you
respond to me privately - I live in Israel. Will be in the UK

Please include Tel: when you reply - Annette

The Disna Uyezd Research Group, under the auspices of the Litvak SIG,
is happy to announce the distribution to its members of the next
installments of the 1875 Males Residents List. These files, in Excel
format, cover the townships of Disna, Sharkovshina, Plisa, Golubici,
Germanovici and a number of smaller villages, estates, and taverns.

These areas were part of Lithuania prior to the formation of Belarus.

For more information about the Disna Uyezd Research Group, please
contact me.
(Due to summer scheduling, a reply to your inquiry may be delayed.)

Batya Matzkin Olsen, Concord, Massachusetts USA
Researching: EISENSHMID/AJZENSHMIDT [any spelling] (Tsikhovolya, BY),
KAYOTSKY (Vidzy, BY), KELMAN (DE), KLONER (Postavy/Smorgon, BY),
(Vidzy & anywhere), ROSENBLUM (Postavy), SCHARER

lorraine meehan (
Message: Thank you for your site. I am searching for relatives from
under the names Dorferman, Davelman,or Doverman; Rubin; and Seidman or
Zeitsman. Most of them came to the US by 1921 and settled in Manhattan
Brooklyn. The remainder stayed in Sharigrod, Tsarisk, Marrakash, and
Tsgoritze. Any information is greatly appreciated.

Kristalina ( -----------

Message: Does anyone have the last name SIMERNICKI? I have been trying
to find
my lost relatives Boris and Yehak. maybe they changed their surname?
Boris was
a pilot and died in a crash between 1960-1970. they both supposedly
lived in
Brooklyn, NY. anyone can help. please email me.

I want to share with you a story of my search for ancestors.
I always been interested in the history of our family, and
loved to listen to my grandpas stories about his childhood.
But I never took notes or did some serious genealogical

My Grandparents died now twenty years ago and since then I
grow up in the belief, that we were very small family and had
not much relatives. And, there were a big mystery about my
grand grandfather, who left his Wife and his 7 Children
right at the beginning of the WWI and disappeared (there are
several different versions, what was happened - the most
realistic is, that he left for another woman)

Then, last year my daughter was born and I took this for a
reason to draw an ancestor chart for her. But, being a
perfectionist as I am, I very soon ended up hooked to this
thrilling task.

I interviewed my oldest living relative, which is a brother
of my grandfather, and after some phone calls he told me, that
his mother, my gg mother had 11 Sisters and one brother who
emigrated to America. Now, that was really big news for
everyone in the family - in the USSR it was dangerous to
have relatives abroad, so nobody spoke about it. And my
grand uncle could not remember a single name, besides that
they where called GORDIN and in America some or all must
have changed it to GORDON.

And then, to my surprise I have found one of the sisters
of my grand grand mother - Malke GORDIN in the Ellis island
database (Passenger ID 101458020010), it is very clear
that she is one of them, because in the cell "closest relative
of the country of origin" she put in my grand grand grand father.
And she was picked up by her sister - Feige BALBIRER, who
lived then (1910) in Brooklyn, 668 Rockaway Av.

And there was also a petition for naturalization number written
on it - 2-262136 10-4-39, but to my disappointment that was it -
I could not go any further.

I am visiting USA now on a business trip for the very first time,
since I have no subscription to, I went to the
local Library here in Cambridge, MA and worked on their
computer with the data. Thanks to the I knew where to look - this whole idea
of ED, WD and AD don't come easy to me. So I found the
BALBIRER Family in the 1910 census and discovered, that
Feigas husband's first name was Joseph, and that he had
a brother Abraham and a sister Sarah living with them as
well as Joseph's father Moishe.

In the 1920 Census I found the family has moved around the
Block to the 560 Stone Av, Brooklyn. They also adopted
American first names calling themselves Joe and Fanny, and
they actually owned the house, but were still on mortgage.
But more important - they had three children - two daughters,
Florence and Sophie and a son named Harry. And, there were
Fanny's brother, Issie GORDON living with them!

This was the first time I have saw his first name, it sounds
strange to me, but what do I know?

I found also some information on Joe's brother Abraham -
I found his Ellis Island manifest (he was born in Slawnoje,
only 5 miles away from where all the sisters were born,
from Slaweni - Senno/Tolochin uezd in Mohilew gubernia)
and found some other sources for him - including a WWI
draft card and a death index - he died 1966 in Detroit, MI.

No trace of Joe and Fanny BALBIRER in the 1930 Census.

How to take it from here?

How to obtain a Naturalization certificate, if I only know
the number of the petition, but not the name of my aunt?

What would be alternatives for the name Issie?

Have anyone ringing a bell?

Now, this is not a really success story yet - but at least,
I don't have an illusion of living in a very small family
anymore - I have now more than 300 persons in my tree, and I
am still at the very beginning.

Gregory Engels, Frankfurt a.M., Germany,
right now in Cambridge, MA +1-617-494-8479 till the July, 1st.


Michael Drits (

Message: Searched for history of my family and found several references
Gordin and Dritz (Drits) on:

My Grandfather - Drits (Dritz) Ruvim was from Dvinsk (Daugavpils) and
Grandmother - Gordina Rosa (Roza) (died about 1922) was from Rezekne.
I wonder
if our families are somehow related.

To All Derechin Researchers,

The 1806, 1850, and 1858 Derechin, Belarus, Revision Lists have become
available, however funds are needed to pay for them before we can put
into the All Belarus Database.

I need your help to get money donated to the "Grodno Gubernia Projects"

I have not personal roots in this shtetl, but the JGFF does indicate
there are a number of Derechin researchers out there. Some of the
being researched on the JGFF. Here are most of the surnames that appear
the Revision Lists"


Please make a donation to continue the work of getting more records.

David Fox
Mail to:
Belarus SIG Founder and Past Coordinator
Arnold, MD USA

Holocaust Archivists Piece Together Bits of Lives
The Red Cross' tracing service has unearthed the facts and fates of
millions of the Nazis' victims. Now it will open its vast paper
By Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
June 17, 2006

BAD AROLSEN, Germany — He was a Jew with missing teeth and flat feet.
He was married with three children. He fixed heaters, wore reading
glasses and wheezed with bronchitis. On March 28, 1943, he surrendered
his trousers, winter coat, socks, slippers and shaving kit and stepped
through the gates of Auschwitz.

The man known as Max C. is a ghost of pencil and ink, shreds of his
memory preserved by the notations of those who made up the Nazi
bureaucracy of death. These officers, guards and clerks logged the
mundane and the mesmerizing across millions of pages, their meticulous
keystrokes and ornate penmanship belying the brutality of their trade.

Max C.'s Auschwitz medical card listed a cursory history: hand
injury, missed five days of concentration camp work, Dec. 31, 1943;
open head wound, March 31, 1944; gangrene, May 16, 1944; virus, July
9, 1944.

He was transferred to Buchenwald. The last medical report is for a
back injury on March 30, 1945 — two weeks before the camp was
liberated. There is no mention of Max C. after that.

Such stories are stacked in files here at the Red Cross International
Tracing Service, which houses one of the largest collections of
documents on World War II concentration and slave labor camps. The
service was founded in 1943 to search for missing persons. It has
unearthed the facts and fates of millions of Nazi victims, and this
year the organization is expected to open its archives to historians
and scholars for the first time. A Times reporter was recently shown
samples of the papers.

Jewish organizations and Holocaust survivors have long sought to study
the 50 million documents and 17.5 million names of those considered
undesirable by the Third Reich. But the tracing service, overseen by a
commission representing 11 countries — including Germany, which has
strict confidentiality laws — has restricted access for decades.

In April, Germany agreed to open the files, though questions about
privacy are still being debated by the commission.

"Given the number of documents, I personally believe we'll have a new
understanding of the Holocaust," said Deidre Berger, director of the
American Jewish Committee in Berlin. "We'll see what the victims had
to endure, and the details will sharpen the horror of what happened.
Historical documents always cast new light."

Along rows of dull metal filing cabinets, past maps and artifacts,
past sepia papers and brittle photographs, is a room where scanners
click and spin, turning fading documents into computer bytes. The room
is crowded with boxes, binders and shelves, and the paperwork seems as
constant as ocean tides. The people working here don't look up much;
their fingers are supple and quick, peeling away plastic coatings,
gently smoothing crinkled edges.

Their sounds linger down the hall and into another room, where
Gabriele Wilke spends her days cataloging in the section on
concentration camps and deportations. She is a detective, twisting
strands of symbols and words into short narratives.

She knows that a black upside-down triangle sewn on camp clothing
signified a Gypsy; a pink triangle, a homosexual; a red one, a
political prisoner; a star, a Jew. Her finger runs over lines of ink
that dried more than half a century ago: A Slovakian Jew, born in
1923, died of pneumonia in Auschwitz at 8:40 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1942.

"It's a special thing to touch such an original document," she said.
"After a while you develop a routine and it's work, but every now and
then something jumps out and touches you. I do this person the best
favor I can if I can say I found something, if I have some piece of
evidence. Nothing is more sad than closing a file that says, 'Nothing
Found.' I have been not only amazed by the amount of paperwork the
Nazis kept, but by the meticulousness of it."

Every year the service accumulates thousands of new files, many of
them combed from archives and folders in the former East Bloc. The Red
Cross has responded to more than 11 million requests from 62 countries
since documents seized by Allies at the end of World War II were first
stored in a former Nazi SS barracks in this Baroque spa town. The
center had 151,000 queries last year, many of them from former slave
laborers with compensation claims or children and grandchildren of
Nazi victims seeking to construct mosaics of lost lives.

"The Nazis documented any tiny thing," said Maria Raabe, who has
worked at the service for 36 years. "For some concentration camps we
have all the names but not all the documents. In parts of Eastern
Europe we have very little. We have almost no documentation from the
Nazi-run camp Gross-Rosen. But what we do have from there are
documents specifying how many lice were found on inmates' heads, and
this may be the only paperwork to show that this person was here

A page in the Gross-Rosen entry reads: "Lice List, Block 8, 886
prisoners, 12/20/1944." Fifteen lice were found on the heads of 11
inmates; each inmate's name is listed along with the number of insects
plucked from him. There is nothing else on the page, which lies in a
cabinet next to a small box holding a silver pocket watch, a few
rings, a cigarette case with faded engraving, trinkets pulled from
dirt and ash.

An inmate number and a handful of letters on a sheet of paper make the
composite of a life: "Russian woman, 43 years old. Catholic. Worked as
employee. Died, 9:10 a.m. of flu and weak heart. Auschwitz."

Another page, more fragments: the dental history of an inmate at
Buchenwald, a red mark near each of the four lower teeth worked on in
1944. Another page holds scrawled markings and dates of medical
experiments at Dachau. Another page, titled "Unknown Russians," notes
the fate of 11 people, such as death by suffocation and a crushed
skull on May 28, 1944.

Shaded by oaks and set behind a bike path, the service's main office,
which has housed the archives since 1952, has many windows and looks
like a hotel. Walking through rooms of binders and encroaching
paperwork, one is struck by all that is still unknown about the lives
that disappeared and the enormity of what took them. Similar details
taken from all those killed around the world in terrorist attacks
since 2001 would fill a small fraction of this space.

Opening the files may divulge secrets and lies; the Nazis often
embedded slander within their paperwork. There also may be references
to inmates who acted as informers and conspirators to survive amid the
mud, frost and smoke of the camps. Such potential information,
emerging decades later in a different world, may not provide an
accurate picture of the pressures and fears many faced. It is one
reason countries such as Germany and Italy have stressed
confidentiality when rousing the past.

"Painful choices had to be made in those days of life and death," said
Berger. "These files will help us humanize them." (Chaim Nadowski)

Message: Dear Sirs !

I seek my Jewish family.
My ancestry lived formerly in Bia³ystok and in the Ukraine.
I seek my relatives, the name is NADOWSKI, NADOVSKY, NODOWSKI and all
that .
Dear , Please email all information you know here of
I thank You very much for the help.

Chaim Nadowski, Poland

My grandfather, Samuel Appel, came from Oshmiany
around 1905. His father, Abraham, married Golde Rose in the 1880's.
I have found Appel's and
Beker's going back to the mid 1700's in Oshmiany. The
Appel's owned a bakery which I suppose was inherited
from the Beker's. I have a great uncle's book of
yiddish poetry where he describes the excellent
secular and religious education that he received in

Lloyd Appel

vhalpern (

my great grandfather was mordechai klatchko- a rabbi in boston
(dorchester), mass in the early 1900's - he actually published sepharim
in 1936
i was wondering if he was related to the klatzko seen on this web site

he was from either vilna or minsk as far as i can determine via family

i believe my halpern family was also from this region but cannot get
any info
thanks for any help you may provide

Chanan Peled (
The annual Memorial Meeting "AZKARA" For the massacrd Jews of
during the holocaust will take place in Tel- Aviv, "Beit Vilna",Sderot
30 on the 27th of July 2006 at 1800. All Those interested are invited
Chanan Peled email
ISRAEL- Thursday, Jun, 15,2006

Author: elizabeth miller
Date: 13 Jun 2006 3:55 AM GMT

Surnames: Ruderman

I am searching for my Grandparents, Moshe(Morris) and Eska(Sarah) Cohen
Ruderman who lived in a shetl near Minsk before coming to US @1905 at
the ages of @ 20 and 17. Is there a Minsk Gubernia (district) in which
the majority of Rudermans resided? My family does not have any
information.I would like to learn as much as possible. Anyone who might be able
to help, please get in touch. (There was a Ruderman family in Dolginovo
who are relatives of the well known rabbi Ruderman- eilat)

am searching for descendents of Abe Moston (was Avraham Aizicowitz)
from Grodno - Belarus. I discovered him on the British Census of 1901
residing in London, he later emigrated to the USA. Two of his sons
were, Maurie and Leonard.

Leonard Moston had a Jewelery store on 7th/47th Avenue in N.Y. The
was there in the 1970's. There was also a daughter, Doris. She moved
Atlanta, Georgia about 70 years ago.

Abe Moston was one of 12 siblings born to David and ? Aizicowitz.
Abe's brothers who also came to the USA were: Benny, Sam, Jo, Chaim.
His sister Genia - Jenny - was the first to arrive in the USA, she
married ? Rosenthal and lived in Boston. Jenny's daughter is named

Michael & Shevack remained in the UK.

As far as I know, all the brothers changed their family name from
Aizicowitz to Moston, Covitz, Codman and Isaacs.


Annette G

Colin Schiffman

Message: Myself and my cousin (Deborah Rubin Fields) have been
researching our
family from Pinsk. Their surname was GITELMAN. My Mother and one Aunt
Gitelman & Chaja Gitelman)were sent to England in 1926 from the
orphanage in
Pinsk. Looking through the pictures on this web site there are two
from the orphanage (#ROK-42 & #ROK-8). We have a copy of ROK-8 but have
seen ROK-42. Both Chana & Chaja are in both these pictures and we would
interested to know who supplied the pictures and if they have relatives
in them
who might have known them. (in ROK-42 Chana is 1st left, top row. Chaja
is 3rd
from right, second row from top). We have two autograph books with
names from
friends from the orphanage to Chana & Chaja written when they left for

Thank you

In Volozhin Tarbut School in a class under mine was girl student
Frumke Podbereski, She lived on Tsikha Street looking at the Sazhlke (water
pond) from its east side. They were my neigthbors when I lived onVilna Str.
until the age of 6. Her parents names and profession I do not know. you can
see her on picture "vol 9" on your Volozhin main page, On the Kdoshim list
you may find six Podberski families . one of them is: Podbereskyi Natan and
his wife Doshke. On the Jewish gen list it is written
PODVARSKI NOSN AND HIS WIFE DUSHKA (it should be Podbereski).

From: Betty Sherwood <>
Sent: Wed, 17 May 2006 18:16:41 -0400
Subject: Jewish Gen
Hello Out There,
I just learned today that a great-aunt of mine was named Dysia
Podporetsky (nee Sossinsky) and lived in Volozhyn until 1940, when mail addressed
to her from Canada was sent back. Her husband was a pharmacist. Do you
think there is any family connection here?
Betty Sherwood

my grandfather Elhanon Alperovich and his 7 brothers were born in
Odessa, now Ukraine. One of the brothers emigrated to USA right before
W.W.I (1914) to avoid the draft. He came here through Ellis Island. He
changed his last name to Alpert. He later moved to North Carolina and
had daughter Mary in 1924. The last letter came from him to our family
in 1944 from North Carolina and since then we have no news about him.
My great grandfather's first name was Mendel and he lived in Odessa,
Ukraine (died in 1943).

Besides that I know that my ancestors lived in Vilejka, Belorussia in

Eugene Alperovich

The 1858 Vilnius Revision list will now be online in its entirety. Coupled with records already in the ALD, this complete list totals 22,800
entries. Vilnius Merchants lists spanning the years 1858-1890 are also included in the ALD submission, as well as Moletai Revision lists for the years 1834,1858 and intermittent years.

Kaunas District researchers will find 8,100 Revision and Family list
entries representing the towns of Ariogala, Babtai, Dotnuva, Jonava,
Josvainiai, Kaunas, Rumsiskes, Seredzius, Veliuona, Vilijampole,
Vilkija,Zeimiai. Tax and Voters lists also abound for Kaunas
District--including, in addition to most of the above towns, Cekiske, Kedainiai, Krakes,Vandziogala.

Raseiniai District researchers can look forward to trawling names in
thousands of Tax and Voters records from the towns of Kelme, Raseiniai and Siluva.

But perhaps the highlight of the 28,000 records is the Jurbarkas
Passport Registration Database. This dataset of 3,350 records is a goldmine of
information on persons living throughout Vilnius and Kaunas guberniyas
who were issued passports. Patronymics are given, city where passport was
issued, city where passport holder came from, age, occupation, current
residence and other miscellaneous details.

The LitvakSIG District Research Groups Project plans another submission
of translated records in early 2007. Combined with submissions of records
from the LitvakSIG Vital Records Translation Project, the ALD can aspire to
an accumulation of half a million records in 2007--a RecordsFest year!

Please support LitvakSIG by contributing to its translation projects.
The organization is run by volunteers who give of their time and skills.
The translations, however, are produced by professional paid translators
who are necessary in order to maintain the quality of the LitvakSIG records
posted in both the ALD and the JewishGen Lithuania Database.

Contributions to LitvakSIG by check or credit card a

Several EPSTEINs have joined in a Family Tree DNA JewishGen surname
Painless mouth
swab genetic testing procedures are being used as
a promising tool for breaking through our
genealogical brick walls. It might help you to
greatly expand your family tree, and may also help our surname project.

So far, most of the project's members' recent
direct male ancestors are from Belarus or nearby
areas in Poland, Lithuania, and the Ukraine. A
rough count of JewishGen Family Finder listings
for southwestern Belarus indicates that EPSTEIN
is the third most frequently researched surname
-- just behind KAPLAN and LEVINE, and just ahead of LIFSHITZ and

We have identified members of one paternal
lineage that has borne the Epstein surname for
several centuries. There are hints of another old
line. Most of the project's current members,
however, are patrilineally unrelated to each
other. In addition, most of us have discovered
patrilineal relationships to men whose surnames are not Epstein.

We are working on identifying the various
branches of our principal cluster, on exploring
additional clusters, and on connecting our
unrelated members to cousins. To accomplish these
goals and to create as broad a search as
possible, we need more male Epsteins to
contribute a cheek swab as a DNA sample. If you
are female EPSTEIN or an EPSTEIN through female
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Epstein, our project's volunteer administrator at

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Subject: Question

BELARUS NAMED BUDYISLAW ( Buslav, north of Kurenets Dolhinov and

My ggf Chaim FARFEL left money in his will to his nieces, Orna and
Reiche STEINMAN. Further research finds that Reiche and her brother entered
the US and listed their last place of residence as Dvinsk (presumeably Latvia,
very close to Zarasai Lithuania from whence came the FARFELs to which I am
related). While I know that there are a number of ways that they could be his
nieces, I am starting with the easiest alternative, that their mother's maiden name
was FARFEL and that she was born in the 1860s.

Anyone with any information about this family, please contact me.


Ashkenazi or Sephardi? DNA unites
Jewish families, but raises questions
By Schelly Talalay Dardashti

TEL AVIV, May 29 (JTA) — Twenty-five families, 22 of them now Jewish,
have been identified via DNA testing as descendants of a common
paternal ancestor who lived several hundred years ago.
The families were connected through Family Tree DNA, a DNA testing
company with a large Jewish database. Using DNA in genealogical
research is becoming increasingly common, and many people test
themselves because they're curious about their origins. Individuals
who match are put into contact with one another.

In this case, a host of genealogical questions remain: What was the
time period, location and identity of the common ancestor, and what
were the migration routes of his descendants?
One possibility labels the common ancestor as Sephardi. With the
modern families mostly of recent Eastern European descent, that would
challenge their identities on the most basic level.

Vienna-born electrical engineer Herbert Huebscher, 80, of Franklin
Square, N.Y., spearheaded the project, together with South
African-born Dr. Saul Issroff, who now lives in London.

It began when Huebscher was tested, and Issroff was the only exact
match in the database of Family Tree DNA, one of the leading companies
doing this kind of testing. Extended testing showed just a small
genetic difference, making them "genetic cousins." They, like the
families, matched on 37 genetic "markers."

The Jewish families' origins are in Galicia, Podolia, Crimea, Belarus,
Lithuania and Latvia — the Pale of Settlement; five are Levites. In
Puerto Rico, one recently learned of possible Jewish ancestry; those
from Germany and Hungary suspected it, but do not consider themselves
Jewish. Today, the families live mostly in the United States and
United Kingdom.

The families share rare Y-DNA anomalies as well as the 37 "markers,"
making a common ancestor a virtual certainty, company founder Bennett
Greenspan says.

Huebscher "has applied the genetic genealogy breakthrough in exactly
the way I dreamed. He broadened his approach, cast a wide net and
found a tight group of genetic cousins," Greenspan says.

Y-DNA, carried only by males, doesn't change except for minor
mutations. This Y-DNA is transmitted by father to son, for thousands
of years.

The test takes only a few seconds. A toothbrush-like scraper is rubbed
into the inner cheek, then placed in a special tube and mailed to
Family Tree DNA.

Huebscher and Issroff will present the genealogical puzzle at the 26th
IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, to be held Aug.
13-18, in New York City. More information is available at

Some 1,500 attendees and experts are anticipated at 280 programs
including lectures, panels, tracks, resources, methodologies,
technologies, education, concerts, tours and networking.

Huebscher enjoys "the challenge of delving into the genealogical
puzzle" and investigating their common ancestor's identity, time
period and location, as well as the migration routes that produced
different names and locations.

Why just five of the families should be Levites, descendants of a
patrilineal clan that assisted the Israelite priests during ancient
times, is another puzzle. Huebscher's theories: A Levite shortage
might have influenced leaders to appoint new Levites, or some Jews
might have falsely claimed to be Levites.

Levite status may have been forgotten as religious observance waned or
as victims of pogroms or epidemics left small children unaware of
their status. Huebscher, for example, had no idea his family members
were Levites until a second cousin, 88, had a childhood memory of his
father saying, "We have to leave the shul while the Cohanim are
duchening [delivering the priestly blessing] because we are Levites."

One expert voiced skepticism.

"If individuals match genetically, they are related," says Dr. Doron
Behar, a population geneticist at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.
"However, that genetic match is just that. It does not confirm the
religion or ethnic background of those individuals."

Behar urges some caution. "Genetic genealogy is a very important tool
— one that is having a great impact on the field of genealogy in
general," he says. "But it is only one of the tools that researchers
use today in their search for genealogical truth, and results need to
be interpreted with caution."

A key connection between the Eastern European Jews and their Sephardi
ancestry is researcher and avid genealogist Sonia Rosa-Velez of
Virginia. Her earliest traced roots are in Aguada, Puerto Rico, in
1860, with her great-grandfather Saturnino Rosa.

Prior to the testing of her father, Pascual Rosa-Feliciano in Aguada,
the family had no knowledge of Jewish roots.

Historians agree that Columbus' crews included known conversos, Jews
who converted to avoid persecution during the Spanish Inquisition. On
his second voyage, Columbus arrived in Puerto Rico with 1,500 men in
17 vessels.

A Catholic church was built in Aquada. Huebscher says there were
almost no self-declared Jews in Puerto Rico before about 1890. By
definition, he says, Saturnino's ancestor must have been a converso.

"How else could he have had the Y-DNA of our group and lived in Puerto

Message: I'm looking for my father Semi (Samuel) Rand who I never met.
He divorced my mother Zahava Pasternak when I was born (1962) Rehovot,
Israel. They were married 1960-1962 and lived in Eilat. He was born in Leipzig
Germany 7/23/1918 or 1928. His Israeli ID # is 01096376-7. Samuel made Ali'ya
8/1936 with his mother. His father's name was Yitzhak. Samuel had a brother
who was married and lived in Haifa but had no children and died long ago.
Samuel was remarried to Adela Polak who had a grown up child. They lived in Kiryat
Mozkin and left Israel 8/1968. He left Israel and lived in the US at the
vicinity of NY City. He didn't have any contact with my family since 1975. Please
contact me if you have any information about Samuel.

Ronen Tishrey
Mizpe Harashim DN Oshrat 24954
Home: 972-4-980-3855
Cell: 972-54-7233-280

David Garth (

Message: Is this a photo of this person? Please compare.

Samuel Podberesky (
Regarding the important information provided by Moshe Perlman in the
guestbook, let me offer one correction. The slaughter of the Jews of
Vishnevo took place 2 weeks before Rosh Hashana in the beginning of September of 1942, not in June.

Volozhin Descendants in Israel



On the Wednesday evening of March 22, 2006, the Multi-Shtetl Memorial Service took place in the Wizo House, located on 38 David Hamelekh Street in Tel Aviv. On the agenda were speeches from shtetl representatives, El Mole Rahamim & Kaddish, candle lighting, refreshments. The purpose of the Azkara was to preserve the memory of our annihilated congregations to the young generation. In the hall, about eighty people assembled, mostly Radushkovitsh and Horodok descendants, with fifteen Volozhiners sprinkled in their midst.

Dr. Isaak Zilburg conducted the ceremony. The shtetls’ representatives delivered speeches. Radushkovitsh was represented by Tsila Zilburgh, Horodok by Yakov Edelman, Rakov – Grinholz, Krasne – Shimon Grinhoyz, Smorgon –Shlomit Dubrovski, and Volozhin by Moshe Porat-Perlman. Brunia Rabinovitsh from Horodok recited Yiddish poetry. Leyzer Shimon Itshe’s son said Kadish in Ashkenazi Hebrew with the true Volozhin dialect and intonation.  (On May 10, 1942, at the second mass murder where two thousand people were murdered, Leyzer broke a hole in the roof. With his father’s benediction, “Fly my son, save yourself. The Almighty will help you,” he ran into the woods, joined the partisans and then the Red Army, ultimately living in Volozhin until he made Aliya in 1991).

The group of Volozhin-born people who had survived the Holocaust and witnessed the Israel state’s revival is diminishing quickly with each passing year. Last year we memorialized eight persons. This year we were informed about the decease of the following people:

Ester-Etl Lurie and Beila Beit Halahmi, daughters of Mordkhay and Braha Potashnik, made Aliya in 1932 and passed away in Israel.

Benyamin Wand Polak, son of Michael and Ester, passed away in Tel Aviv.

Rivka Rapoport, daughter of Moshe and Ester, passed away in Australia. Both of them had been exiled by the Soviets to Siberia in 1940.   


Europe’s friendly negotiations with Iranian and Hamas leaders and these leaders’ recent visit to Moscow bring to mind the late thirties. Chemberlain Daladier’s conversations in Munich and the German foreign minister’s talks in Moscow are echoed in these modern events. Few of us still retain these events in vivid memory. The Ribentrop-Molotov secret agreement was signed in Moscow on August 27, 1939. Five days later, on September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland; German fascists and Russian communists divided Poland between them. Each took his part and the Second World War broke out. However, the “Cordial Alliance” lasted only twenty-one months. The Germans’ broke the treaty and attacked their Soviet ally on June 22, 1941. In the first week of combat, the Germans took control of all of Western Belarus and the Ukraine including Vilna, Minsk and all of the shtetls between them. The Holocaust had started.

In the autumn of 1941, two years after the German foreign minister’s visit to Moscow, another German minister arrived in the USSR, this time in occupied Minsk (fifty miles from Volozhin): Himmler, Hitler’s head of the Gestapo. He came to oversee his SS commandos’ in their killing operations. He found the shootings, conducted in full view of the local population, both gruesome and inefficient. Orders were sent to install gas chambers in the death camps and to convey the victims there by train. Despite the new method, our shtetls’ inhabitants, like the majority of the Soviet Jews, were murdered inside their natal town borders according to the old methods: by shooting, strangling and burning, in pits, river beds, barns, synagogues and at home.  

The genocide procedures in all of our communities were almost similar.

After the Germans entered a community, they first appointed local anti-Semites as policemen to arrange a “mini-slaughter,” killing a small group of respectable congregation members. The policemen also hung out written announcements which ordered every Jew to put yellow six-point stars on his breast and spine, and forbade under pain of death any aid to the Jews. During the first days of occupation, the Germans and their local Politsay assistants would establish inside the village fenced ghettos/starvation camps that enclosed all the nearby Jews. Here they were forced to perform various difficult and usually humiliating labors. The “Shissbefel” – “Shoot-to-kill Order” was spread by the SS – Gestapo, police and local politsay were called to kill any Jew who was seen outside the ghetto fence. The perpetrators filled out this order ardently whenever they could.

The true bestial genocide began in the fall of 1941 and ended the next fall. The death operations started usually at night, first by encircling the ghetto with armed men. SS and local politsay cornered the Jews, beating and executing the miserable inhabitants in groups of fifty to a hundred men, women, and children. The murderers went from shtetl to shtetl and exterminated their inhabitants. In Rakov on February 42, 928 Jews were killed, In Radushkovits in March 1942 – 900 Jews, in Volozhin in May 1942 – 2000 Jews,  in Vishnevo in June 1942 – 1600 Jews,  in Horodok in July 42 – 900  Jews and so on.

The perpetrators, assisted by the local anti-Semites, combed the surrounding areas after each slaughter and killed all the hidden Jews when they were found. The Germans murdered the Jewish population by thousands in the important cities, by hundreds in the small shtetls’ and also single families in the innumerable country hamlets like Zabrezhe, Mijeyk, Brilki, Rudnik, Belokorts, Adampol, Hord’k, Dubin, Yuzefpol, Sakovshtshina. By the time the perpetrators finished their work, the entire country had became Iuden Rein, clean of children, women, and men of Jewish provenance. Among the 3000 Jews who had lived in Volozhin, 1000 were children under thirteen. Not a single one was alive after the fall of 1942. All of them were murdered. May the Almighty avenge the innocent rivers of blood!

Western Belarus and Ukraine, where Jewish life and culture had flourished for centuries in severe conditions, became a vast cemetery for more than a million of Jews. Expeditions of youth are organized to visit the sites of extermination in Poland, but the birth country of our annihilated parents is ignored. What can influence our children and their guides to deviate from their course and also visit the region between Vilna and Minsk? Ms. Eilat bought her parents’ house in order to install there the memories of the shtetl. Should not we do the same and establish a historical memorial inside our great Yeshiva? The building was renewed and belongs now to the Union of Jewish Congregations in Belarus

Moshe Perlman   

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I am searching for all possible information about Lausik GROSSFELD born on November, 18th 1862 in Dunabourg(Dvinsk). His parents names might have been Jacob and Itta and his brothers/sisters names could be Herschke, Schlomo, Alexander, Lisa, Manja, Bascha, (?) Lausik GROSSFELD married Sonia KRUTSCHEWSKI from Ekaterinoslaw in 1892 and they went to Paris at the end of 19th Century. I am also searching for all possible information about Sonia CRUTCHEWSKI (French spelling on her naturalization certificate) born on March, 20th 1867 in Ekaterinoslav. Her brothers/sisters names could be Roman, Grischa, Abraham, Minja, Zilla, Nussia; Vera, Lisa (?). They died in Switzerland where they lived in Zurich and Geneva. They are my Great grandparents (and families).
Thank you


May 16,
2006 at 09:10:00

I am Nachama Podbereski born June 1925 in Vishnevo, Poland. I was in a Zezmary and Kayshedoris labor camps in Lithuania and then the partisansin Rudnizker Paszcha with Yorgis Atradan. I am looking for anyone with knowledge of the wherabouts of my brother Hirschl Podbereski. Please contact me at

Nachama (Podbereski) Milikowski ( on Friday,
May 05,
2006 at 19:13:44

The annual Memorial Meeting "AZKARA" for the massacrd Jews of Dolginovo/ Dolhinov, (during the holocaust) will take place in Tel-Aviv,"Beit Vilna", Sderot Yehudit 30 on the 13th of June ( 2006) at 18.00. All those interested are invited to attend.
Leon Rubin
Israel - Monday, May 1, 2006 at 21:31:21 (EDT)

I recently became aware of the fact that Naphtali MENDELEWICZ from Slonim had a family of eight, only three of which came to the US around 1910.  From what I have been told the rest of the family made it to Israel.  My wife's great grandfather was Naphtali's brother, and I would like some help in locating the Israeli branch of the family. Naphtali's father was Shmuel Meir ben Moshe Alan
USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 21:31:21 (EDT)

Seymour B. Alpert ( on Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 19:10:42 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Subject: Comment Home Page: http:// Message: I am the son of Iver[Israel] Alpert who was born in Chicago in 1892.The family roots are in Pinsk.He had a sister and brother,Iris,and louis.He lived all his life in NYC and after WW1 and married Anna Weinstein.They had 3 children :me,Jeannette,and Mildred.I reside in Los Altos,Ca.Does anyone know of the Pinsk burial society that was a fraternal organization in NYC?
USA - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 12:37:36 (EDT)

Some New Shoah Books Not So New --------------------------------------------------------------- by Sandee Brawarsky, The Jewish Week ------------------------------ If theres an overriding theme among the newest books related to the Holocaust, its one of concealment and discovery, whether in the writers own wartime experience or invented on the page. Sometimes its a case of lost books being rediscovered. Some of these new books were actually written decades ago and are newly translated, recently uncovered or as from the perspective on one author in her 90s finally ready for publication. Like all books on the Holocaust, these latest works whether novels (including works for young adults), memoirs or works of scholarship also have intriguing stories behind them. Fiction Stalemate, by Icchokas Meras (Other Press) and translated into English by Jonas Zdanys, is being given a second life. It was first published in Lithuanian in 1963, and the English edition came out in 1980 to strong reviews and awards but has long been out of print. This remarkable short novel takes place in the Vilna Ghetto, where stories of life are set against a nightmarish chess match between a Nazi commandant and a young Jewish boy. The fate of the children whether they will be deported to a death camp relies on the contest ending in a stalemate. Meras was born in Kelme, Lithuania, where he was confined to a ghetto and miraculously survived when he and his townspeople were thrown into a gravel pit and shot. After crawling out of the pit, he was hidden by a peasant family. When the war ended, Meras worked as a journalist in Kelme and began writing fiction. Now the most widely translated contemporary Lithuanian author, he lives in Holon, Israel. Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky and translated from French by Sandra Smith (Knopf), was written in 1941, before its author was arrested and taken to Auschwitz, where she was killed. Nemirovsky was born to a prosperous Jewish banking family in Kiev that fled the Russian Revolution for France in 1918. In Paris, Nemirovsky became an acclaimed novelist, but when the Germans arrived, she was prevented from publishing, and her family fled to a small village. This novel was meant to convey the trials of everyday life she lived to complete only two sections of her intended five-part saga. Her husband was also killed, and her orphaned daughters, who were hidden by Catholics in convents and cellars, were left with a suitcase of papers. For years, the two sisters found it too painful to read their mothers notebook, but after one sister died in 1996, the surviving sister opened its pages and found the interrupted novel. When she decided to publish it in France in 2004, it garnered much acclaim and posthumous awards for the author. The novel is compelling from the first page, as Parisian women, their eyes red from crying, dress their children by torchlight and rush to shelters, remaining calm through an air raid. Nemirovsky writes simply and beautifully, noticing how after a shell is fired close to the city, each poplar tree along the Seine holds clusters of little birds singing as loudly as they can. Emil and Karl, by Yankev Glatshteyn, translated from Yiddish by Jeffrey Shandler (Roaring Brook Press), was first published in 1940 and is now available in English for the first time. Shandler, a professor of Yiddish literature and Holocaust studies at Rutgers, describes the novel as the first Holocaust novel written for young readers in any language. Its an adventure and suspense story about two boys, one Jewish and one non-Jewish, who find themselves alone and homeless on the eve of World War II in Vienna. When it was written, the author, a Yiddish poet who immigrated to the United States in 1914 and played a major role in New Yorks Yiddish literary world, didnt know the tragic fate awaiting millions of European Jews. As Shandler explains, Glatshteyn wrote the book to engage American children, to urge them to imagine what life was like for their peers under Nazi occupation. The novel remains timely and absorbing. Two new works of contemporary fiction also take up Holocaust themes. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Knopf), is a young adult novel that will engage readers of all ages. The language is striking as is the tone in this story about the power of books: The narrator is the all-seeing, yet humble Death. During World War II, a German family takes in a young girl whose communist father is arrested and sent to a concentration camp. Once they teach her to read, she goes on to steal books wherever she can find them, whether from Nazi book burnings or libraries. The family also takes in and hides a young Jewish boy. The award-winning author is a 30-year-old Australian of German and Austrian descent. Memoirs The author of Bitter Freedom: Memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor (Hermitage Publishers) is in her mid-90s and living in a seniors residence in Brooklyn. Jafa Wallach wrote this memoir 47 years ago, almost 10 years after she and her husband and daughter arrived in New York as refugees. Then, her family didnt read her account because, as she explains, we werent ready to face our memories. Nor were others willing to listen. Wallach, who comes from a small village near Lesko, Poland, and her husband escaped from a Polish camp and sought help from a mechanic they had known, Jozef Zwonarz. He sheltered them in a small hole beneath his cellar for 22 months, while another non-Jewish family cared for their 4-year-old daughter in a hut in the woods. Wallach is now prepared for her story to be told and believes she has something to add to the record of history and Holocaust memory. She has a strong faith in the future and in the goodness of life, no matter now hard. During the darkest times, she held onto this belief. In the last few years, the daughter, Rena Bernstein, now a painter in her 60s, did fact-checking and readied the manuscript for publication. Her own story is told in the afterword. 1111 Days in My Life Plus Four, by Ephraim F. Sten, translated from Hebrew by Moshe Dor (Dryad Press), is a powerful and unusual memoir. Stens teenage diary, written while hiding from the Nazis for more than three years, is highlighted with reflections added by the grown man and inspired by returning to the Polish village of his birth. He also visited the Ukrainian farmer who hid him, along with his mother and a few others. The book is a dialogue about memory and the possibilities of healing: The author didnt like the word, survivor, and preferred remnant for those who lived through the Shoah, never to be whole again. Sten studied theater in Warsaw after the war, moved to Israel in 1957 and worked for the Israeli Broadcasting Authority and then Israeli National Television. He has published many short stories and hadnt planned to publish this, but was convinced otherwise by his friend, Hebrew poet Dor, who did the translation. Sten died in 2004, before seeing the book in print. Nonfiction The Heart Has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and Their Stories of Courage, by Mark Klempner (Pilgrim Press), tells the stories of 10 Dutch people who risked their lives to save Jewish children; their efforts and those of other Dutch citizens resulted in saving more than 4,000 lives. The author is a folklorist and oral historian whose questions to the rescuers draw out spiritual, as well as pragmatic, explanations for their compassion and courage, as well as lessons for contemporary times. Witnesses of War: Childrens Lives Under the Nazis, by Nicholas Stargardt (Knopf), reveals the unprecedented extent to which children were the victims of World War II. Historian Stargardt draws on primary materials, including juvenile diaries, school assignments, childrens letters from evacuation camps and also to their fathers at the front lines, case files of children taken into care homes and accounts of juvenile games, to provide a picture of the experiences of children of all nationalities. An Oxford fellow who teaches European history, Stargardt is the son of a German Jewish father and Australian mother.
The Jewish Week 2006-04-21
- Monday, April 24, 2006 at 20:31:18 (EDT)

Haim Nissani ( Home Page: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Message: My grandparents - Haim and Rivka Kowarski (Kovarski) lived in Meriampol (merjampol) - a village near Kovno (Kaunas) Lithuania and perished in the holocaust. My mother had a cousin - Mordekhay (Mome) Shubitz who survivred the holocaust and came to Israel. I'd be happy to learn more about my family and hear from potential relatives. I came across this site by searching google for the word "Kovarski". Haim Nissani, Israel ------------------- It seems that Mordekhay (Mome) Shubitz' mother; Bela nee Kowarski and her relative; Haim Kowarski originated from the District of SWIECIANY WILNO Like mosk Kowarski family members. Yad Vashem reports for Rywa / Rywka Kowarski by her children record that she came from Hajducziszki, Poland which was in the SWIECIANY district. Kowarski Rywa Rywa Kowarski was born in Hajducziszki, Poland in 1880 to Leib. She had 6 children ( all survived) and was a widow of Khaim. Prior to WWII she lived in Hajducziszki District SWIECIANY Region WILNO , d. During the war was in Marjampol, Lithuania. Rywa perished in 1942 in Marjampol, . This information is based on a Page of Testimony ) submitted on 20/02/1957 by her daughter Hinda R. of Tel Aviv ---------------------- Kowarski Rywka Rywka Kowarski was born in Lithuania to Leib. She was married. Prior to WWII she lived in Mariampol, Lithuania. Rywka perished in the Shoah at the age of 72. This information is based on a Page of Testimony submitted on 21/02/1957 by her daughter Tehila Opher of Kiryat Moshe? ------------------ Kovarsky Rivka Rivka Kovarsky was born in Hajducziszki, Poland to Rivka. Prior to WWII she lived in Mariampole, Lithuania. During the war was in Mariampole, Lithuania. Rivka perished in Mariampole, Lithuania. This information is based on a Page of Testimony submitted on 20/04/1971 by her son M. Kovarsky of South Africa ---------------------
- Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 19:14:28 (EDT)

Wendy Lewis ( --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Subject: Question Home Page: http:// Message: Hi, I am leaving to Lithuania on April 27th. I will be doing for 4 weeks to do research about my grandmother's family, the name of Yoches. I am looking for advice on where to visit, if there are libraries, or archives, or remains of shtetls, places of interest to see. I would appreciate any info. Many Thanks, Wendy Lewis
- Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 19:34:38 (EDT)

The Disna Uyezd Research Group is happy to have made available to its members translation of the 1875 List Male Residents for the shtetl of Druya. Translations were sent to each member, however several messages bounced. If you have a current email address for Josie Barnett, Eugene Y. Kissen, Renee Gottesman, or Morris Wirth, please contact me privately. The Disna Uyezd is comprised of eleven shtetlach Germanovici, Glubokoye, Golubicy, Leonpol,Druya, Disna, Bildziugi, Plisa, Postovy, Sharkovshina, and Luzhek. If you would like more information about the Disna Uyezd Research Group, please contact me--- best regards, Batya Olsen--- DURG coordinator-------- -- Batya Matzkin Olsen, Concord, Massachusetts USA Researching: EISENSHMID/AJZENSHMIDT [any spelling] (Tsikhovolya, BY), KAYOTSKY (Vidzy, BY),KELMAN, KLONER (Postavy/Smorgon, BY), MANFELD (Smorgon), MANFIELD (Sterling, Ill., US), RUNKIN, MATZKIN (Vidzy & anywhere), ROSENBLUM (Postavy), SCHARER
- Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 19:26:46 (EDT)

The JewishGen Lithuanian vital records translation project has obtained 1925-1940 birth, death and marriage records for Panevezys. These records and not available to private researchers. These records are very important because many of those mentioned died in the Holocaust. Also, the death records are important because the Panevezys cemetery no longer exists. Most records contain the mothers surname. To find out how you can have access to these records please email
- Monday, April 17, 2006 at 12:31:29 (EDT)

(michelewin) on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 23:57:45 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Message: I am searching for any information anyone might have about Rivka Beshkin, Moshe Tobolsky and Tema Orzichowski of Derechin. Thanks.
michel lewin
- Monday, April 17, 2006 at 12:27:38 (EDT)

bethanie sue gordon ( --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Message: my name is Bethanie Sue Gordon, i am wondering if anyone knows a person whose name is Neil Edward Gordon, please e-mail me at the address above........................... thanks,
Bethanie Sue Gordon <>
USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 12:25:56 (EDT)

My grandfather A"H studied at Yeshivat Ram Ma'ailos in Vilnius around 1906, with Rabbi Eliezer Silver (the Rosh Yeshiva was Rav Chaim Ozer Grozinsky). Is there anyplace I could read information about this Yeshiva? Any pictures, descriptions etc.? Thank you, Shoshana, Researching: KORB; SKAIST; RABIN; RUBNICH; EPSTEIN; SHERESHEVSKY; OSHEROVITZ; JOFFE; SEGAL; LEVINE; SHAPIRO; BOUBLIL; ARBIB(ARBIV); KISH.
- Monday, April 17, 2006 at 12:10:47 (EDT)

My last name is Horowitz. I am told that i am a decendent of rabbi Chaim of Volozhin. I am a decendent of either his granddaughter or great granddaughter. Her maiden name was Horowitz and when she married her husband took her name as their family had no sons and this way he would not be drafted. The woman in question was a bat Levi. I would appreciate any info
- Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 00:37:15 (EDT)

Subject: Question I am planning to go to this region to do a project about my ancestors. I don't know if this town still exists. I have limited information about my relatives. I am told they were from Wolozin, last name Yoches, my great-grandfather's name Avram Hirsh Yoches. I would like to find more info about them. Any ideas how I can do that either here or once I am there? Many Thanks.
Wendy Lewis <>
- Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:21:41 (EDT)

Subject: Question : I am searching for any information anyone might have about Rivka Beshkin, Moshe Tobolsky and Tema Orzichowski of Derechin. Thanks.
michel lewin <>
- Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:19:29 (EDT)

Hello all! Fred Klein asked: Would anyone know what was involved in bringing a family member to the US from Poland during the 1930's ? My family was brought over from Poland in 1939. My mother's brother, my uncle, had to post a bond of $10,000 for each family member and we had to have been in good health and with a provision of a means of support (my Dad was a blacksmith in Poland, so my Uncle thought a farm would be a good place for him to work and that's how we found ourselves in rural Illinois). We thus met the test for immigrants vouched for so as "not to be a burden" on the US government! Incidentally, our departure from Gdansk and arrival at NY Port saved us from the Holocaust. It was May, just 4 months prior to the outbreak of the War on the Jews and we had, I believe, taken the last ship out of that Nazi port of departure. Our citizenship took a few years longer to complete as I was only 2 years old at the time. I still have a photo of the swearing-in ceremony in a Chicago Federal Court in 1946, the final step for a naturalized immigrant granted citizenship. Avigdor Ben-Dov (Rutkiewicz) Director of Special Projects Yad LeZehava Holocaust Research Institute POB 513 Kedumim, Israel
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- Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 10:47:49 (EDT)

From: (David Katzowitz) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by David Katzowitz ( on Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 10:42:34 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Message: My Father; Harry Katzowitz married Fannie Kaplowitz Katzowitz David Katzowitz resides in Woodstock, NY Sister Rose Katzowitz Patsiner resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FLA Sister Bess Katzowitz Brenker resides in Ft. Luderdale, FLa Sister Dorothy Katzowitz resides in Ft. Lauderdale,, Fla Aunt Frieda Katzowitz deceased Counsin Sam Katzowitz deceased Counsin Isdadore Kaplowitz deceased
David Katzowitz
USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 22:29:20 (EDT)

Steve Morse has added several new foreign-alphabet tools to his one-step website. These are in the "Dealing with Characters in Foreign Alphabets" section. The new tools include translating (real translations, not transliterations) words from Hebrew to English and vice versa, transliterating between English and Greek in both directions, and a virtual keyboard that lets you type any character in any Latin-based alphabet (example, the slashed L in Polish). And for the technically-minded, he's uploaded all the pages of "The 8086 Primer" which is a textbook he wrote many years ago. The 8086 is a microprocessor chip that was used in the first PC, and over the years has evolved into the Pentium processor used in modern PCs. As many of you know, Steve was the designer of the 8086. The uploaded 8086 Primer can be found in the "Miscellaneous" section of his one-step website. The one-step website is at Please direct any questions to Steve rather than to me. Steve's address is at the top of each page of his website. Diane Jacobs
USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 22:13:59 (EDT) » Columns » Article Apr. 6, 2006 ....Diaspora Voice: Those undesirable immigrants-- By SAMUEL FREEDMAN-- ---------------------------------- She never wanted to come to America. She only did it to make money, enough money to bring over her five brothers and sisters. She waited 16 years before bothering to become a citizen, and took the step mostly to avoid being deported. She never learned more than a few words of English, not even after decades in her ambivalently adopted land. She shopped in stores where she could use her native tongue, and she read newspapers that were written in it, and she attended plays whose actors spoke it. If something needed to be done in English, she left the transaction to her children. Most of what the kids cared about, the movies and sports and foods, was only fit for "American dopes," as she put it in one of her favorite phrases. Everything was better back in her home country. The bread was better, the clergy was better, the holidays were better. He lied his way into America. He hid any record of his prison sentence and his jailbreak. He snuck past the border guards by carrying a stolen passport and using a false name. After just a few years in the United States, he was in jail again, suspected of being part of a terrorist gang. He never married his female companion, just shacked up and had children. He sired four of them, and for a while he did not even enroll them in public school. The eldest, a daughter, took up at 18 with a boyfriend, and naturally they, too, had a son out of wedlock. WE ALL know, we Americans in the midst of a vitriolic national debate about immigration, just how abominably newcomers to our country behave - the way they take jobs from our own people, the way they refuse to assimilate, the way they flout our moral values and our criminal laws. I certainly know, because the two undesirable immigrants I've described to you happen to be my grandparents. My maternal grandmother, Rose Markiewicz Hatkin, reached Ellis Island from Bialystok, Poland, in 1920. My paternal grandfather and namesake, Samuel Freedman, landed in New York in 1912, having stopped for several years in the Jewish slum of London's East End on his escape from Czarist Poland. He was a menace to society, my grandfather, sentenced to death at age 14 for his role in garment workers' strike. He was Reichgold until the 1905 uprising that liberated his prison, and somehow in flight he obtained the passport for Freedman. By the time he made it to America, he had studied and adopted anarchism, and his organizing efforts in a New York factory put him behind bars there, until receiving a Christmas clemency from Al Smith, a governor sympathetic to unions and immigrants alike. True to the anarchist faithlessness in government, he refused to legally wed my maternal grandmother, and put his children until their teenaged years into an experimental school that was the central institution of an anarchist colony in rural New Jersey. My aunt Clara, their eldest child, saw no reason to marry my uncle Sid, whom she'd met when he was the drummer in an all-anarchist jazz band, until decades after they had formed a couple, and even then only as a concession to inheritance laws. As for my maternal grandmother Rose, I cannot claim any high idealism for her half-hearted acceptance of America. She simply was one of those immigrants who never especially wanted to be here and who endured for purely utilitarian reasons - initially the chance to get her siblings out of endangered Poland, then the opportunity to have her two daughters receive a full education and prospects for advancement that offered. Her own life in the East Bronx proceeded within a Yiddish-language universe of the Forverts, the McKinley Square Theater, and the Jennings Street pushcart market. Up to her dying days in the 1970s, she could only understand and be understood in Yiddish, preferably at an ear-splitting volume, because in some strange act of principle, she resisted wearing her hearing aid. ...eing heaped on today's immigrants from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, China, and other foreign countries have been heard before. They are the same ones leveled at our own Jewish ancestors, as well as Catholics from Ireland and Italy. They contributed to the closing of America's Golden Door in the immigration-restriction legislation of 1924, exactly the sort of punitive statute today's nativists would wish to enact as a response to the liberal immigration law in effect since 1965. Articles about "the Jewish problem," a staple of new York journalism in the early decades of the 20th century, identified Eastern European immigrants as "ignorant," "primitive," and "the dregs of society." The novelist Henry James wrote of the Lower East Side in The American Scene: "It was like being at the bottom of some vast aquarium surrounded by innumerable fish with overdeveloped proboscis bumping togetherHere was multiplication with a vengeance." When William Jennings Bryan was locked in battle with Al Smith for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1924, he declared of Smith's immigrant supporters, "You are not the future of this country." As the two houses of Congress have passed drastically different bills - the House of Representatives' measure emphasizing punishment, arrest, and deportation; the Senate's providing a route to citizenship for 12 million illegal immigrants already in the country - the debate has danced around the real, underlying issue. The public discussion has turned on whether immigrants do or don't take jobs from and drive down wages for American citizens, whether the existing security along the border can protect the country from terrorists trying to infiltrate. Barely beneath the respectable public rhetoric simmers the actual grievance, the emotional trigger for this surpassingly ugly moment. It is the presumption on the part of immigration opponents - the fevered fear - that the most recent arrivals have neither the will nor the skill to Americanize. It is the passionate delusion that all these Hispanics and Asians and Africans will dilute the national character, as if such a thing were ever fixed in the first place. My derelict grandparents somehow managed to raise children who earned college degrees, held professions, and mastered the classical music and drama of the Western world. I don't think my family's story is an unusual one, either. It is the story of the Jewish encounter with America and the American encounter with Jews. Now when the hounds of bigotry are baying, when too many Americans have forgotten their forebears' time as strangers in a strange land, we must make the protection of today's immigrants one of our signature communal priorities. This obligation is only what we owe to our ancestors. The writer, whose column usually appears biweekly on Wednesdays, is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and the author most recently of Letters to a Young Journalist.
- Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 06:31:22 (EDT)

Whether your ancestors came from Poland or you are just interested in the history of the Polish intellectuals of the 20th century, the new book "Caviar and Ashes" by Dr. Marci Shore is sure to be a fascinating read. Recently published by Yale University Press, the book can now be purchased at a discounted price through the JewishGenMall. Dr. Shore's "Caviar and Ashes" eloquently presents the history of a generation of Polish intelligentsia born at the turn of the last century. The book follows the lives of young innovators who chose the Marxist philosophy even before Poland fell under the control of the Soviet Union. Their selected path took them from literary cafes not only to corridors of power but also to prison cells. The work, based on the newly obtainable archives from Poland, the ex-USSR and Israel, recounts over fifty years of Eastern-European Jewish literati history in the twentieth century. Please visit the JewishGenMall at < > and to read more about the book or to place your order, click on the moving banner.. We welcome your visit and appreciate whatever purchases are made in the JewishGenMall since this is one way of helping support JewishGen programs and projects. JewishGen Special Projects
Carol W. Skydell, Vice President
- Friday, April 07, 2006 at 17:37:36 (EDT

My name is Hernan Bolotchi but my real surname is Bolotzky. My Grandfather was David Bolotzky, he born in the Basarabian region, and he traveled to Argentina. I´m looking for realives in the world out of Argentina with the surname Bolotzky or Bolotchi. Thanks <>
- Friday, April 07, 2006 at 18:27:55 (EDT)

Please go to: for a new article by Judd Rothstein, based on the journal of his trip to Minsk, Orsha and Tolochin. We think you will find his comments on preparations for the trip particularly useful. Frances A. Bock, Ph.D. Editor, Belarus SIG Newsletter
USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 18:09:56 (EDT)

Event updates are appearing almost daily for the 26th IAJGS Conference, which will take place Sunday, August 13 to Friday, August 18, 2006 at the New York Marriott Marquis. The Conference schedule will be released in the coming weeks. The Special Interest Group (SIG) and Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) meetings have been added to the Conference website under the "Conference Program" link at To view the list of SIG/BOF sessions, click on "Conference Program." The DEADLINE for early Conference registration at the REDUCED RATE is just six weeks away. To register for the Conference, go to To sign up for the Conference Discussion Group, go to the Conference website and click on the "Conference Mail List" link. We are looking forward to seeing you in New York City in August.
- Friday, April 07, 2006 at 18:04:17 (EDT)

By special arrangement with the archives, we have people in Vilnius copying and translating the 200,000 un-filmed post 1905 vital records for your towns. To have entire town records included and to ensure that every vital record is translated we need your financial support. Because we are using private researches to do the work we are able to do this at remarkably reduced rates from what it would cost you individually. To see the listing of what records are available please visit and then return to this message. Based on the Pusalotas, Kupiskis, Rokiskis and other vital records that are now searchable on the JewishGen Lithuania Vital Records database many individuals have found records of their ancestors. We are determined to add to the numbers of successful searches with the inclusion of the vital records from Panevezys and Pasvalys. To accomplish this goal we need your financial support to the very best of your ability. We are hoping for a minimum $50.00 donation from each of you, but for a $100.00 gift identifying a particular surname we will make an extra effort and search the records for that surname as the material is received from the translators. After making your $100 donation please send the given names and the surname for the town you would like advance information about to Aaron Roetenberg , Project Co-chair. If you are unable to donate $100 or $50 but would like to support the project with a lesser amount, your help will be greatly appreciated. Please consider contributing to this effort and select the Lithuania Jewish Vital Records for your donation at With thanks in advance for your interest and your financial support to this project. Aaron Roetenberg - Project Co-Chair
Aaron Roetenberg
- Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 13:25:58 (EDT)

wanted to let all of you know that I have updated the unique surnames list for Vilnius-associated plots in New York and New Jersey, as I now have photos and data from the plot at Mt. Moriah in New Jersey. This list now covers twelve of the extant sixteen Vilnius society plots in New York and New Jersey. The direct link is below, under my signature. Of course, feel free to contact me if you find a surname of interest on this list. Regards, Steven Lasky
USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 18:04:00 (EDT)

The following information is from an individual who was a member of my group trip to Lithuania in 2002. He was born in Linkuva in 1920 and managed to leave in 1940, just prior to the arrival of the Soviets. << I remember that my father organized a couple of the parents of my contemporaries to apply in court for our birth certificates since we were not registered at the time of our births. That was in the year of 1935. And I vaguely recall our trip to and the proceedings in the Pasvalys court. Why Pasvalys is unclear to me, unless the Pakruojis court was either not operative at the time or was not competent to handle such cases. At any rate, on the basis of the Pasvalys court decision, my birth was recorded with the Joniskis Jewish Registration Center (Joniskio Zydu Metrikacijos punktas). In the latter part of the 1930's, my father faced the problem of having to prove his legal claim to Lithuanian citizenship by "proving" his birth in Lithuania. I distinctly recall him getting an octogenarian Linkuver, Moishe Becker's father, to testify that my father was born in Linkuva. I believe that the case was handled by the Pakruojis court. The judge, a Russian (Staskevicius), a good aquaintance of my father, handled the matter very routinely to establish my father as born in Linkuva, which validated his Lithuanian citizenship. >> Sometimes, you can find your ancestor's birth record in a nearby shtetl rather than in the shtetl where they lived. Howard Margol
USA - Tuesday, April 04, 2006 at 19:01:10 (EDT)