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I saw a web page you created that mentioned Postavy. My great grandfather, Solomon Cohen (born circa 1874 as Shlaima Shepsl Catz HaCohen, son of Leib Isaac Catz HaCohen) came from Postavy (which he referred to as "Postov."). Among his siblings were Elka (Etta Edith) Weksler; and Nechamiah Mendel Katz Hakohen. I realize that Catz/Katz is not an uncommon name, but I wonder if you happen to know if any relationship might exist between this family and yours.
Scott E. Meyer
1.Nellie's wedding picture about 1912. Nelly was the daughter of Hannah and Zalman Alperovitz.
2. Nellie ( nee Alperovitz) and Isadore with Sylvia, Jeanette and Florence about 1925. Jeanette told me that the other person was a cousin.
3. Nellie and her sister Ethel, daughters of Zalman and Hannah Alperovitz of Postavy ( family originated in Kurenets) picture taken in the 1930's.
Dear Andi, Sharon has sent me a copy of your email. I'm also your second cousin Sharon's youngest brother Elliot. I thought your work on the family tree incredible especially since much of it was recovered from Belarus.It was very clear except why were Menka's(1805) three siblings different from his father Abram's three children? I recall many stories of Nellie's childhood, her being sent away as a apprentice to a seamstress, her unhappy childhood, stories of Cossacks (she would spit three times to let the evil spirits out) and the killings in the village. Nellie said that during the pogroms a bell would ring and the children would run into the fields and hide in the haystacks. Later they would ring an all clear bell and there would always be dead people in the streets. When she was a young girl she came to America with two of her sisters and settled in New York worked as a seamstress in a sweat shop, met my grandfather and married at age 16 and moved to Philadelphia. She continued to make most of the clothes for her children but my mother Jeanette stopped wearing them when she became a teenager because the style wasn't modern enough. My mother always commented how well the clothes were made. Nellie even taught me how to knit at age 6 much to the shock of my aunt Florence who thought boys shouldn't do that. When Florence was 75 about 10 years ago I asked her to give me as much history as she could remember. I spoke with her last week but her memory isn't as sharp as it was 10 years ago. Harry Cohen died a few months ago at age 95. There may be differences in spelling from your family tree and the accuracy may not be perfect. I'll also enclose some photos of Nellie and her family. I often wondered what her real name was. In Lithuania they would have called her something else. Her husband Izzy or Isadore often just called her Litvak. Nelllie and Isadore are buried in Mt. Sharon Cemetery outside of Philadelphia not far from my parents Jeanette and Morton. .
| I'm trying to find connections to my CHODOSH / CHODASCH family from Myadel
Four brothers, Abraham, Louis, Saul and Samuel, emigrated and settled in
Somewhere between 1925 and 1930 they brought their father Itzhak (born about
Family lore has it that there were at least 6 other children, some of whom
If any of these names or locations sound familiar, I look forward to hearing
From: Elaine Bush firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently found that my ggfather, Iosel BLUSHINSKY, was living in Postavy, Disna, Vilnius gubernia in 1875. This town is now in Belarus. The BLUSHINSKY family later is found in Moletai and Nemencine, Lithuania. I would like to know if there is more information available on this town, or already translated. I'm guessing that it would be found in Belarus. I will also post this that SIG, but thought I'd check here to see if anyone else was researching that town or towns closeby. It seems that all three of "my" towns were once within the Svintsyn district of Vilna.
REST, BLUSHINSKY, FRUMHOFF, SHEININ
This year the Disna District Research Group has funded the translation of
the Disna District Additional Revision List 1851-1856 and the 1857 District
Farmers List. As well work has begun on the 1834 Revision list and data
for the three towns of Glubokoye, Golubichi and Germanovichi has been
received. Together this represents 3,300 lines of new data which is not
yet on the All Lithuania Database (ALD).
Translation work is now underway for the following towns.
Leonpol (Disna)1834 RL
With the translation of the above two lists, the district will be out of
The following towns in the Disna District 1834 RL are waiting to be
Disna around 1800 lines,
The translation cost is $0.55 per line. If you can raise the necessary
If you are already a contributor to the work of Disna District, please
No donation is too small but $100 is requried to become a qualified
You would encounter 2 problems looking for graves. Those who passed away more then 80 years ago would most likely not have their last name on the stone, only theirs and their fathers' first name. If they passed away just before the war they might have their last name as in this picture from Postavy;?
I am a member of Jewish Gen and of the Belarus SIG. I am writing to inquire whether it is possible to know if my grandfather’s sister lived in Postavy and if she perished in the Holocaust. Sadly, I never learned her name, but my grandfather, whom I knew well, was named Gutman Todrin and was born in Orsha, then Russian Empire, now Belarus. On his arrival documents at Ellis Island, in 1906, it indicates that his last known address was in “Postav.” As a young child I asked him about siblings and he said he had a sister, but didn’t hear from her after the war. Since his birth town was Orsha (I found that in Naturalization papers and also from Alexander Beider reference to that unusual name coming only from that town), but he apparently lived in Postavy prior to coming to the U.S. I wonder if there is any way I find if there is a listing of a female resident of Postavy whose maiden name was Todrin, probably married with another surname, who died in the Shoah?
Any ideas you might have would be greatly appreciated. I have wondered if any members of his family survived, perhaps, his sister’s children but I do not have her given name.
Thank you for any thoughts you may have on this brick wall.
Sherri Venezia <email@example.com>
Most the Todrin family members reported to Yad Vashem seem to have a conncttion to Orsha.
Veniamin was murdered in the Shoah.
This information is based on a Page of Testimony) submitted by his daughter in Russian it has her address and his picture. http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameDetails.html?itemId=5256228&language=en#!prettyPhoto[gallery2]/0/
other yad vashem reports to study;
Iosif Todrin was born in Orsha, Belorussia (USSR) in 1916 to Zalman and Sarra. He was a civil engineer. Prior to WWII he lived in Kazan Russia (USSR). During the war he was in the Soviet armed forces.
Iosif was killed in military service.
This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by his niece.
Shmuil was murdered in the Shoah.
This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by her grandson in Russian.
Mark Kontorovich was born in Leningrad, Russia (USSR) in 1922 to Samuil and Ida nee Todrin. Prior to WWII he lived in Leningrad, Russia (USSR).
Mark was murdered in the Shoah.
This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by his cousin ( her father was the brother of his father)
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