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ARCHIVAL REFERENCE Re: Krieger and Jossel (Josel) families
The birth, marriage and death records of the Jewish community in Riga
for 1854-1905, the records of the 1st All Russian census for 1897, the
records of the archival fonds "Collection of Passports of Riga
Prefecture", "Riga City House Registers" contain the following
information:
Ite-Bluma (Blume, in the census for 1897 Bertha), daughter of Jossel,
née Jossel from Kelm (other spelling – Kellum, Kelme, Kelmi, now
Lithuania) was born on January 14 of 1873 in Taurogen, Kovno province
(now Lithuania) (see her photos from the Latvian passports for 1921,
1928).
Her father: Jossel, son of Hillel Jossel from Kelm was born in ca 1850
in Kelm (aged 47 in 1897, aged 50 in 1900). His occupation –
flax-sorter.

Her mother: Johanna (Hanna, Hana, Hena), daughter of Zalel, née
Schapir (Schapiro) was born on July 23 of 1857 in Taurogen (this date
of birth was stated in Passport Issuance book of Riga Prefecture for
1921 and in the house register of Kr.Barona Street 24/26, however
according to the census for 1897 she was 49 years old, see her photo
from the Passport Issuance Book for 1921). According to the 1st All
Russian census for 1897 the family of Jossel, son of Hillel Jossel
lived in Riga at Shkunnaya Street (Å oneru iela) 5, apt. 3 (see
Appendix No.1).
Jossel and Hana had at least three daughters besides daughter
Ite-Blume:daughter Jenny (Scheina) Jossel was born in ca 1875 (aged 21 in the
census for 1897), however later in her Latvian passport and in the
house registers her date of birth - August 23 of 1883 Schaulen
district (see her photo from the Latvian passport for 1921) (according
to the census for 1897 Itte-Blume/Bertha, Jenny and Dora were born in
Riga, however the birth records of the Jewish community in Riga do not
contain information on their birth, according to other documents they
were born in Lithuania).daughter Dora (Golda) Jossel was born in ca 1876 (aged 20 in the
census for 1897, however later in the house registers her date of
birth – 1888 and January 4 of 1892 in Taurogen). Her husband Mosus
(Moisey), son of Aron Faiwusch, born on January 19 of 1876 in Schaulen
(now Shaulai, Lithuania). Their marriage was registered in 1919 in
Riga. They had no children.daughter Liba-Gita (Liba-Gitel), born on December 21 of 1880 (Julian
calendar) in Riga, died on October 30 of 1881 in Riga, cause of death
– consumption. Since 1914 Hana Jossel, Scheine, Golda and her husband
Mosus Faiwusch lived in Riga at Kr.Barona Street 24/26, apt. 2
(previous address – Paulucci Street 5).Jossel Jossel died in 1916 in Riga, aged 66 (entry No.79 in the death
records of the Jewish community in Riga for 1916).Hana (Johanna) Jossel, née Schapir died on April 29 of 1925 in Riga,
cause of death – infarct.Scheine Jossel, Golda Faiwusch and her husband Mosus were struck off
the house register of Kr.Barona Street 24/26, apt. 3 on October 30 of
1941 as moved to ghetto.
Jossel's father Hillel, son of Jossel Jossel was born in ca 1829 in
Kelm (aged 67 in ca 1896, aged 71 in 1900), died in 1908 in Riga
(entry No.240 in the death records of the Jewish community in Riga for
1908). His occupation – trade assistant in the firm of Zelmer. His
wife Riva, daughter of Jossel (maiden name is not stated) was born in
ca 1834/1835 in Taurogen (aged 61 in ca 1896, aged 66 in 1900), the
alphabetical register to the death records of the Jewish community in
Riga for 1907 contain information on the death of Riva Jossel, aged 72
(entry No.224, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that
very often the age of person was determined by their outward
appearance and was stated in some documents rather approximately).
Hillel had at least two sons besides Jossel: son Meyer, son of Hillel
Jossel, born in ca 1852 in Taurogen (aged 47/48 in 1900), son
Raphel-Oscher Jossel, born in ca 1848 in Kelm (aged 52 in 1900), died
in 1906 in Riga (in the census for 1897 he was written down as a
brother of Hillel, but according to other documents he was his son).According to the 1st All Russian census for 1897 and in 1900 Hillel
Jossel and his wife Riva lived together with the family of
Raphel-Oscher at Kamennaya Street 21/23, apt. 4.
Ite-Bluma's husband Oscher, son of Jossel Krieger was born on July 14
of 1870 in Vaskai, Kovno province (now Lithuania). He belonged to the
Jewish community in Krakinov. His occupation – a teacher, according
to
the census for 1935 he knew Hebrew language (see his photos from the
Latvian passports for 1921, 1928).Their marriage was registered on January 1 of 1899 (Julian calendar)
in Riga (see Appendix No.2).
They had at least three children:daughter Zila (Tsila) Krieger, born on November 28 (Julian claendar,
11 December – Gregorian calendar) of 1899 in Riga (see her photos
from
the Latvian passports for 1921, 1927 and for 1938). Her occupation –
modiste, she had a hat shop at Valnu Street 3/5.son Leib (Leo) Krieger, born on June 16 of 1903 (Julian calendar) in
Dubbeln (now Dubulti, Jurmala),son Behr Krieger, born on April 30 of 1906 in Riga.In 1900 Oscher Krieger, his wife and daughter Zila lived in Riga at
B.Korolevskaya Street 12, apt. 4. In 1900 Ite-Bluma's father Jossel
lived at B.Korolevskaya Street 12, apt. 20.Since 1913 and up to Second World War the family of Oscher Krieger
lived in Riga at Grecinieku Street 28, apt. 3. The house register of
Grecinieku Street 28 for the time period up to 1917 contain
information that since March of 1916 a widow Sora Haimovna (daughter
of Haim) Krieger from Krakinov, aged 80 (born in ca 1836) lived
together with the family of Oscher Krieger (possibly she was mother of
Oscher).
Blume (Ite-Blume) Krieger died on February 15 of 1937 in Riga.
Oscher Krieger died on April 4 of 1939 in Riga.
Unfortunately, the house registers of Grecinieku Street 28 for
1920-1940 have not survived and we cannot trace further fate of Leo
Krieger.Behr Krieger served in 1927 in Vidzemes artillery regiment. In
December of 1928 he left for South Africa. He lost his Latvian
Citizenship in 1940 after becoming the Great Britain Citizen.On November 6 of 1936 in Riga Zila Krieger married to Lithuanian
Citizen Leib, son of Meyer Oschri, born on October 15 of 1893 in
Birzhai. They were deported by Soviets on June 14 of 1941 from
Grecinieku Street 28, apt. 3. For the better clearness the composition
of the family is prepared also in the form of the genealogical table.In a case only age of a person for a concrete year is indicated in the
documents, his/her date of birth is stated approximately. The place of
birth (marriage, death) is given only in a case if it is specified in
the document. In a case we will find any additional information, the
table can be corrected and supplemented. Since our archives keep the
birth, marriage and death records for the time period up to 1905, for
the birth, marriage, death certificates for the time period for
1906-1921 we advise you to apply to the Latvian Archives of the
Registry Department at the following address: Kalku Street 24, Riga.
REFERENCE: fond 2996, inventory 10, files 46778, 46977, inventory 14,
file 4046,fond 3234, inventory 21, file 5103,fond 3234, inventory 24, file 18479,fond 1308, inventory 12, file 9816, page 247.fond 5024, inventory 1, files 152, 158,fond 2942, inventory 1, files 1274, 1277, inventory 2, file 1897,fond 2706, inventory 1, files 24, 26,fond 4346, inventory 2, file 292,

fond 1376, inventory 2, file 12328.

 

Enclosure: genealogical table – 1 sheet, copies of the documents –
23 sheets.
Director N. Rižovs
Head of Department I. Veinberga
Researcher: J. Polovceva
Imantam Saulītim

 

Dear Eilat,

Probably the way to go about finding out how to trace Asne Kriger and
Yehuda Chait is through Irina Veinberga or Rita Bogdonova with whom I
dealt initially.
irinwein@latnet.lv

The other possibility is to write to the Latvian Archives of the
Registry Department at the following address: Kalku Street 24, Riga
for the archives of the birth, marriage and death records for the time
period up to for the time period for 1906-1921, because the Latvian
National Archives is only until 1905, for birth, marriage, death
certificates.

Both my grandparents died before WW2 and were buried in Riga, but as
you may know the cemetery was destroyed by the Lats and turned into a
public park. Zila, the sister of my father eventually made it to
Israel in 1972 and died in Jerusalem in 1998. Leo, the brother of my
father was picked up by the Germans after their invasion of Riga
probably somewhere towards 1942 and shot in the back outside his home
in the street.

In 1973 I put a trace on this uncle of mine Leo Krieger while I was in
Switzerland. He was known as the pride of the family and as the
genius of the family. As a child he was only interested in the
sciences and was known to spend hours in solitude locked away in his
room doing chemical experiments and solving mathematical problems.
While kids were out scraping their knees climbing trees and buying
chocolates with their pocket money, he was only buying chemicals,
scales and Bunsen burners. Somewhere towards 1920 my late
grandfather Oscher, received a letter from Albert Einstein in Berlin
to say that he had received a very interesting thesis from Leo and
asked him to please bring his son to Berlin for an interview.
Together they travelled from Riga to Berlin. Einstein interviewed
him for a few hours in his living room while my grandfather waited
outside. Upon completion of this meeting he told my grandfather that
his son was exceptionally gifted and that he wanted him to go to a
colleague of his at the University of Jena in East Germany to continue
his studies. Einstein apologised that he could not take him on
himself since he was shortly leaving Germany for Japan since he was a
dissident. My Uncle Leo then went to the University of Jena. He
then had to leave the University of Jena for discrediting a theory of
a certain professor and the professor told the Dean of the University
that he would leave if my uncle stayed, He then went on to the
University of Basle in Switzerland where he remained for a few years
completing two faculties of applied mathematics and chemistry. He
wrote many papers and was on his way to an important career when the
Swiss expelled all the foreign nationals in 1940., Being a Latvian
national he had to return to Riga and there he was eventually picked
up by the Germans. As I said in 1973 I was in Basle, Switzerland,
and I was fortunate to find his papers at the University and City
Archives. I have photocopies of all of these.

My late father, Behr or Bernard and his Hebrew name Dov, died in
Johannesburg in 1992 and is buried there. My late sister, Genevieve
Kirson nee Kruger died in Johannesburg in 1993. She is survived by
two daughers, Saskia and Gabrielle, both living in Australia and I
have two sons, Omri and Oz Matan both in Israel.

That is the story in a nutshell. Going to Riga was a very special
and moving experience and I remember the day I was in the Archives and
was given the ID book of my grandparents to hold. I remember their
fingerprints in the books and I cried to think that this was the
closest I would ever get to touch them. The grandparents I never
knew.

Please let me know if you have any luck getting the information you
need,

Hag Sameach again.

Roberta

Dear folks,

We have begun a Latvia DNA Project with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA;
http://www.familytreedna.com/).

The Latvia Project is a dual Y-DNA / mtDNA project created for
individuals descended from families that have their earliest-known
origins in what is now Latvia. The Project will allow those who have
a family geographic origin in Latvia to compare their DNA with that
of their geographic neighbours and, possibly, find family matches.

After discussion with FTDNA advisors, we decided to create a
geographic group rather than a surname-specific group mainly because
we have already documented many of the descendents of our earliest
ancestor, Elia TRUPIN, born before 1800 in or around Daugavpils. Our
surname is rare, and a Y-DNA surname project would only duplicate the
links we have already found within solid documentary evidence held by
the Latvian State Historical Archive. The Latvia Project will give
a broader latitude by permitting both Y-DNA and mtDNA matching and
will permit anyone with family origins in what is now Latvia to
participate.

We hope that LatviaSIG members will consider joining the Latvia DNA
Project.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Donna Dinberg
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
blacknus at rogers dot com

Michael Dinberg
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
85260md at gmail dot com

I am the granddaughter of Jacob Paul LINN, Sr., born April 2, 1889 in
Riga, died when he went down with his ship, the SS Leslie, torpedoed
by German U-123 on April 12, 1942. He was a seaman before he first
entered the USA, via Buenos Aires, in 1909. My grandfather settled in
Detroit and earned his citizenship there. But he had a brother, Karl
or Carl, who also came to the USA.

Jacob Paul married a Gentile, Hildegarde REAMY, and did not raise his
children Jewish. I am trying to establish whether he himself was
Jewish. I think he was. I'm not certain.

Does anyone know anything about Jacob Paul LINN or his brother Carl
(or Karl) LINN, who may have come to the USA with him, and who
apparently ended up somewhere in California? I have no information at
all about Carl/Karl and would very much like to locate his descendents
and to discover whether he reared his children as Jewish.

Kathryn Linn Kendall

--
Name: Jacob Paul Linn
City: Detroit
County: Wayne
State: Michigan
Birthplace: Livonia ( now Latvia), Russia
Birth Date: 2 Apr 1889
Race: Caucasian (White)
Roll: 2023957

Name: Hildegarde Linn
Birth Date: 17 Aug 1892
Birth Place: Heathsville, Virginia
Gender: Female
RESIDENCE: Edwardsville, Virginia
Passport Issue Date: 8 Jul 1921
Spouse Name: Jacob Paul Linn
Spouse Birth Place: Russia
Passport Includes a Photo: Y es
Source: Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925 (M1490)

Ziwjan and Scherman families

ARCHIVAL REFERENCE

The records of the archival fond State Statistic Board – the census for 1935 of Rezekne, the birth records of the Jewish community in Dvinsk (before 1893 – Dinaburg, since 1919 – Daugavpils) for 1903, 1905 contain the following information:

Mowscha, son of Hirsch Ziwjan (the birth date is unknown) belonged to the Jewish community in Dvinsk.

His wife Scheina-Dweira, daughter of Hirsch-Leiba, née Scherman was born in 1883 in Dinaburg (now Daugavpils) (this date and place of birth was stated in the census for 1935, unfortunately, the birth records of the Jewish community in Dvinsk for 1880–1886 have not survived). The marriage records of the Jewish community in Dvinsk for 1895–1903 have not survived, therefore we cannot find information on the marriage registration of Mowscha Ziwjan and Scheina-Dweira Scherman. According to the census for 1935 she was a widow, she knew Yiddish.

Their children:

* daughter Hanna Ziwjan, born on July 7 (Julian calendar) of 1903 in Dvinsk (see Appendix No.1), she knew Yiddish and Russian languages.
* son Hirsch Ziwjan, born in 1904 in Dvinsk (unfortunately, the birth records of the Jewish community in Dvinsk for 1904 have not survived), he knew Yiddish, Russian and German languages. His occupation – a watch-maker, according to the census for 1935 Hirsch worked at the watchmaker's shop of Levin in Rezekne at 15. Maija Street. The census for 1941 of Rezekne contains information that a watch-maker Hirsch Ziwjan, born in 1904, was still alive on September 23 of 1941 (during Nazi occupation), when he was registered as living in Rezekne at Tirgus Street 4 with other 22 persons – Jews – handicraftsmen (see Appendix No.2).
* daughter Gnesia Ziwjan, born on November 12 of 1906 in Dvinsk, she knew Yiddish, Russian and German language.
* daughter Gesa Ziwjan, born in 1913 in Rezekne, she knew Yiddish and Russian languages.
* daughter Riva Ziwjan, born in 1914 (unfortunately, we did not manage to find any information about her).

According to the census for 1935 the family of Scheina-Dweira lived in Rezekne at Plekš?u Street 30, apt. 1 (see Appendix No.3), unfortunately, the house register has not survived.

Unfortunately, we did not manage to find any concrete information about Mowscha Ziwjan. There were several families Ziwjan belonging to Dvinsk and we could not establish how they were related to Mowscha Ziwjan. In case we will find any additional information we would inform you immediately.

The lists of the Jewish families belonging to Dvinsk, set up in 1875 (only males are registered in this list) contain many families with the surname „Ziwjan", four of them contain information about Hirsch Ziwjan:

* Hirsch, son of Itzik Ziwjan, aged 58 (so born in ca 1817),
* his sons:
* Mowscha, aged 35 (so born in ca 1840),
* Awsey, aged 34, so born in ca 1841),
* Simon, aged 29 (so born in ca 1866),
* Haim, aged 13 (so born in ca 1862).

* Jankel, son of Hirsch Ziwjan, aged 54 (so born in ca 1821),
* his sons:
* Hirsch, aged 37 (so born in ca 1838),
* Mones, aged 21 (so born in ca 1854).

* Mowscha, son of Nochim Ziwjan, aged 26 (so born in ca 1849),
* his brother Hirsch, son of Nochum Ziwjan, aged 22 (so born in ca 1853).

* Hirsch Ziwjan, aged 37 (so born in ca 1838),
* his son Leiba, aged 3 (so born in ca 1872).

Unfortunately, without any concrete information about Mowscha, son of Hirsch Ziwjan we are complicated to assert who of mentioned Hirsch Ziwjan was Mowscha Ziwjan's father.

We suppose that Scheina-Dweira had at least two brothers:

Vidzi petty bourgeois Michel-Abel, son of Hirsch-Leiba Scherman was born in 1863 in Novo-Alexandrovsk (now Zarasai), Lithuania (this date and place of birth was stated in the census for 1935, according to the 1st All Russian census for 1897 he was 30 years old). His occupation – a tailor.

His wife Rasa (Rascha-Elka), daughter of Mowscha, née Maron, born in ca 1869/1870 in Novo-Alexandrovsk.

They had children:

* daughter Hana-Rochel (Roche) Scherman, born on July 7 of 1894 (Julian calendar) in Dvinsk,
* daughter Mascha Scherman, born on December 24 of 1896 in Dvinsk,
* daughter Scheina Scherman, born on June 11 of 1899 (Julian calendar) in Dvinsk,
* daughter Fogel Scherman, born on August 24 of 1903 (Julian calendar) in Dvinsk,
* daughter Sara Scherman, born on February 7 of 1904 in Dvinsk.

According to the 1st All Russian census for 1897 they lived in Dvinsk at Zhitomirskaya Street 94, apt. 5 (see Appendix No.4). Leiba (Leibe), son of Owschey Maron, aged 21, born in Novo-Alexandrovsk, place of registration – Novo-Alexandrovsk, occupation – a shoemaker, lived together with them.

According to the census for 1935 the family of Michel Scherman lived in Daugavpils at Rezeknes Street 20, apt. 4 (Rascha-Elka was not registered in the census for 1935). During the Second World War they all fled to Uzbekistan.

Vidzi petty bourgeois Wulf, son of Hirsch Scherman and his wife Selda, daughter of Leiba, née Stein (she died before 1929), had children:

* son Lev Scherman, born on November 10 of 1899 (Julian calendar) in Dvinsk. In 1926 Lev Scherman lived in Rezekne at Atbrivosanas aleja 46, previous address –Daugavpils (see his photo for 1926). His occupation – a tailor. Since February till May of 1929 and since March till April of 1930 he was registered as living in Rezekne at 15.Maija Street 61. He was struck off the house register on April 10 of 1930 as moved to Daugavpils.
* twins: son Solomon Scherman, born on August 5 of 1903 (Julian calendar) in Dvinsk,
* daughter Ida-Lea Scherman, born on August 5 of 1903 (Julian calendar) in Dvinsk (see her photo from the Latvian passport for 1926). On September 2 of 1926 in Daugavpils she married to a shoemaker Haim, son of Schlioma-Selik Dunawetzky, born on February 20 of 1902 in Dvinsk (see his photo from the Latvian passport for 1925). They lived in Daugavpils at Zala Street 43a.

They had at least two children:

o daughter Hana Dunawetzky, born on December 1 of 1926 in Daugavpils,
o daughter Selda Dunawetzky, born on August 25 of 1929 in Riga.

Haim Dunawetzky lived in Riga at Katolu Street 2, apt. 18. Since June 13 of 1941 he lived in Riga at Jekaba Street 26/28, apt. 9. Haim was struck off the house register on June 27 of 1941, not stated where.

Since March of 1937 Ida-Lea Dunawetzky, née Scherman and her daughters lived in Riga at Jekaba Street 26/28, apt. 9. Since September 19 of 1941 they were registered as living at Katolu Street 2, apt. 35 (territory of Riga ghetto during Nazi occupation).

* son Isaak (Isak) Scherman, born on July 4 (Julian calendar, July 17 – Gregorian calendar) of 1905 in Dvinsk (see his photos from Nansen passport for 1924, 1929). He was a tailor. On December 7 of 1930 in Riga Isak married to Duscha Ziss, daughter of Jankel Ziss and Pera, née Hanarin, born on April 22 of 1903 in Dvinsk (see her photos from the Latvian passport for 1927, 1930).

They had at least three children:

o daughter Selda Scherman, born on July 20 of 1931 in Riga,
o twins: sons Jacob Scherman, born in 1939 in Riga,
o son Ruben Scherman, born in 1939 in Riga.

Before the Second World War they lived in Riga at Katolu Street 2, apt. 12. There are no information in the house register that they left. During Nazi occupation Katolu Street 2 was a territory of Riga ghetto. According to the Central database of Shoah's Victims Names of Yad Vashem they all were killed in 1941 in Riga.

For the better clearness the composition of the family is prepared also in the form of a genealogical table.

In a case only age of a person for a concrete year is indicated in the documents, his/her date of birth is given in square brackets. All dates are stated according to the Julian calendar. The place of birth (marriage, death) is given only in a case if it is specified in the document. Unfortunately the birth, marriage and death records of the Jewish community in Dvinsk have survived not completely, therefore our table might be not hundred per-cent accurate. In a case we will find any additional information, the table can be corrected and supplemented.

REFERENCE: fond 4359, inventory 2, file 6,

fond 4936, Inventory 1, file 26,

fond 2706, inventory 59, page 378.

fond 2110, inventory 12, file 1114,

fond 1308, inventory 15, file 3488, page 122,

fond 2942, inventory 1, files 5707, 5708, 6661,

fond 2996, inventory 4, files 16036, 16037,

inventory 17, files 12221, 12222, 12161,

fond 1371, inventory 4, file 1802, page 110.

Enclosure: genealogical table – 1 sheet, copies of the documents – 12 sheets.

Director N. Ri?ovs

Head of Department I. Veinberga

Victoria Shaldova (shamir@apollo.lv) on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 at 05:59:05
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Dear Sir or Madam,

My name is Victoria Shaldova, I am an executive director of Jewish community
"Shamir", Riga, Latvia.

 

Activity of "Shamir" is aimed to commemorating the memory of Latvian Jews. The
most significant project of us is Latvian Jewish Encyclopedia, which gathers
information about all the Jews, connected to Latvia. It will be a memorial for
the Latvian Jews, which do not exist now. We have gathered already more than 2
500 biographic and thematic entries and it is a half of the proposed amount. It
covers the period of time from 1561 to 1991.

 

Now we are looking for information about David Stupel and Henriette Hes nee
Stuppel.
David Stupel was born in Riga, Latvia in 1891. David died in 1942 in
Auschwitz. This information is based on a list of deportation from the
Netherlands found in the In Memoriam - Nederlandse
oorlogsslachtoffers, Nederlandse Oorlogsgravenstichting (Dutch War
Victims Authority), `s-Gravenhage (courtesy of the Association of Yad
Vashem Friends in Netherlands, Amsterdam). More Details...
Stupel Elfriede
Stupel Elfriede
Elfriede Stupel nee Schereschewsky was born in Riga, Latvia in 1900.
Elfriede died in 1943 in Sobibor. This information is based on a list
of deportation from the Netherlands found in the In Memoriam -
Nederlandse oorlogsslachtoffers, Nederlandse Oorlogsgravenstichting
(Dutch War Victims Authority), `s-Gravenhage (courtesy of the
Association of Yad Vashem Friends in Netherlands, Amsterdam).

Hes Henriette
Henriette Hes nee Stuppel was born in Riga, Latvia in 1877.
Henriette died in 1943 in Auschwitz. This information is based on a
list of deportation from the Netherlands found in the In Memoriam -
Nederlandse oorlogsslachtoffers, Nederlandse Oorlogsgravenstichting
(Dutch War Victims Authority), `s-Gravenhage (courtesy of the
Association of Yad Vashem Friends in Netherlands, Amsterdam). More
Details...

do you have more information about them?

I would like to invite you to participate in the project of Encyclopedia with
any information you have on the topic or pass the information to people, who
may be interested in it.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

thank you in advance,

Victoria Shaldova

Recently I contacted Latvian Central archive and got back a package of
documents about my family in 50 (fifty !!!) pages dated from 1907 to
1938, including two photographs from 1920. These two pictures are most
valuable finding, since nobody in the family had the pictures of these
people. I was able to show the photograph of grandfather to his
granddaughter for the first time in her life. She never even thought
such a picture exists since he was killed in 1941. Now I have a big
job of translating these documents, most of them in Lithuanian.

Thanks a lot to all volunteers who helped me and guided me through
the research process.

my message from Oct 2008:

I'd like to share the most exciting story that ever happened to me since I
started my family research. My Tabakin family starts from Birzai Lithuania
The census from 1898 stated 11 children of Movsha and Sheina Tabakin. I
always knew that most of the family left Birzai to Riga and Moscow around
1914 and my mom has a good contact with all the descendants besides two
male names mentioned in the census doc. But these two names never were
even heard by any of the Tabakin descendants. I was sure that they died
young.

To my surprise when I opened the list of Birzai internal passports I found
these two names there, getting their passports in 1920. That gave me an
idea to look for the Tabakin family name-bearers. The rest were female
or didn't have kids so I was sure that there are no Tabakin in our family
branch. I sent my question to a popular Russian language on-line social
network. And... in about 6 hours got a reply from a granddaughter of one of
the men listed in Census. We couldn't believe that we found each other and
checked all the facts many times. Everything fitted like a perfect puzzle.

Most amazing fact that she grew up in Birzai since her family never left
the place. She knew nothing about the rest of the family since her
grandfather was murdered by Nazis in Aug 1941. She and I are still
speechless from what happened to us. It's a happy family reunion after
95 years of separation.

I want to express enormous gratitude to the organizers of the Internal
Passports project and their translators. I'd like to encourage everybody
to try it. My story shows that miracles happen.

Thank you
Igal Sokolov

Researching:
Tabakin (Birzai)
Polyak (Odessa, Kherson)
Kurzon (Courland, Lvovo, Skadovsk, Kherson)
Yaroshevsky (Kherson)
Sokolov (Krasnopolye, Belarus)
Leybishkis (Bratslav, Ukraine)
Remez (Gornostaypol)
Goldenberg (Belilovka)

On Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM, <berkowitz.irwin@com> wrote:
Hello Eilat,

I know that you have worked with my cousin Jay Lenefsky in Israel re: Berkowitz/Ilya Belarus research. Maybe you can help me with a bigger quandry.

I am trying to find out where my great grandparents (maternal), Morris and Sarah Strom originated from.

Here’s what I know:

My aunt has travel papers for them that listed Tukums as their city of residence. Morris came in 1904 and Sarah in 1906, landed on Ellis Island and ended up in Brooklyn.

My uncle informed me that they had traveled to Tukums to get the travel papers, but didn’t know where they started out. He did mention that it had taken two years to get there.

In the US Census records, it stated that their country of origin was “Latvia”, and they had spoken “Latvian” as a native language. Neither one of them ever became citizens, so there is no document to refer to. I found Morris’ death certificate in NY last year, and all that was there was “country of origin – Russia”. He was buried through a landsmannshaft, which I contacted, but they were of no help. Morris’ occupation was shoemaker, and Sarah was a homemaker.

Do you think there is in fact hope in finding out where they started out from? What should my next step be? Anything you can recommend will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Irwin Berkowitz

 

Sent: Monday, July 30, 2012 8:39 PM
To: berkowitz.irwin@m
Subject: Re: Latvia search
Dear Irwin,
I see information of a baby girl (Dina Shtrom) who passed away in 1903 in Latvia. She must be related to you:
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Dina SHTROM
Tukkum
SHTROM is mother's surname. Unclear whether this is her maiden or married name. Illegitimate son. 15/6/1903
[3 Tammuz]
4 months 8 days
Unknown Mitava / [Jelgava]
Mitava
Courland Jelgava / Mitava
1903
M26 LVVA/4349/2/9
15
Sadly there were more then a few Shtorms who are connected to Latvia who perished ( some fromTukums),:
Schtrom, Jochil Yekhiel 1908 Lithuania Page of Testimony
Schtrom, Doba Doba Kowno, Lithuania Page of Testimony
Schtrom, Miriam Lithuania Page of Testimony
Schtrom, Khaim Lithuania Page of Testimony
Schtrom, Khaim Kowno, Lithuania Page of Testimony
Schtrom, Frida Kowno, Lithuania Page of Testimony
Shtroms, Benyamins Riga, Latvia List of persecuted persons
Shtroms, Maria Riga, Latvia List of persecuted persons
Shtroms, Khinda Riga, Latvia List of persecuted persons
Shtroms, Mikhelis 1910 Liyepaya, Latvia List of persecuted persons
Shtroms, Mikhelis 1915 Vainoden, Latvia List of persecuted persons
Strom, Galja Galia 1892 Riga, Latvia Page of Testimony
Strom, Riva Lina 1909 Riga, Latvia Page of Testimony
Strom, Lea Riga, Latvia Page of Testimony
Strom, Judit Riga, Latvia Page of Testimony
Strom, Efraim Riga, Latvia Page of Testimony
Vildauer, Tzila 1910 Riga, Latvia Page of Testimony
Shtrom, Galina Riga, Latvia Page of Testimony
Shtrom, Yekhiel Ichiel 1890 Kaunas, Lithuania Page of Testimony
Shtrom, Leyzer Tukums, Latvia List of persecuted persons
Shtrom, Lea Tukums, Latvia List of persecuted persons
Shtrom, Yudif Tukums, Latvia List of persecuted persons
Shtrom, Khenni Tukums, Latvia List of persecuted persons
Shtrom, Volf Tukums, Latvia List of persecuted persons
Shtrum, Sara Riga, Latvia Page of Testimony
Sara Shtrum was born in Talsi/ Tukums, Latvia to Gita. She was married. Prior to WWII she lived in Riga, Latvia. During the war she was in Riga, Latvia. Sara was murdered in 1941 in the Shoah at the age of 30. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by her cousin.Jochil Schtrom was born in Poland in 1908 to Ester. He was a merchant and married. Prior to WWII he lived in Lithuania. During the war he was in Riga, Latvia. Jochil was murdered in Riga Lenta, Camp. This information is based on a Page of Testimony submitted by his brother-in-law.
Khaim Schtrom was born to Doba. He was a child. Prior to WWII he lived in Kowno, Lithuania. During the war he was in Riga, Latvia. Khaim was murdered in the Shoah at the age of 17. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left).
Jahiel Schtrom was born in Kovno, Lithuania in 1884. He was a merchant. Prior to WWII he lived in Kovno, Lithuania. Jahiel was murdered in 1944 in Kovno, Ghetto. This information is based on a Page of Testimony submitted by his nephew.
You could find more information in Latvia database ( Jewishgen)
Thanks,
Eilat
On Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM, <berkowitz.irwin@com> wrote:
Hello Eilat,

I know that you have worked with my cousin Jay Lenefsky in Israel re: Berkowitz/Ilya Belarus research. Maybe you can help me with a bigger quandry.

I am trying to find out where my great grandparents (maternal), Morris and Sarah Strom originated from.

Here’s what I know:

My aunt has travel papers for them that listed Tukums as their city of residence. Morris came in 1904 and Sarah in 1906, landed on Ellis Island and ended up in Brooklyn.

My uncle informed me that they had traveled to Tukums to get the travel papers, but didn’t know where they started out. He did mention that it had taken two years to get there.

In the US Census records, it stated that their country of origin was “Latvia”, and they had spoken “Latvian” as a native language. Neither one of them ever became citizens, so there is no document to refer to. I found Morris’ death certificate in NY last year, and all that was there was “country of origin – Russia”. He was buried through a landsmannshaft, which I contacted, but they were of no help. Morris’ occupation was shoemaker, and Sarah was a homemaker.

Do you think there is in fact hope in finding out where they started out from? What should my next step be? Anything you can recommend will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Irwin Berkowitz
Zum Vogelnest 7
18147 Rostock Germany
+49-381-444-3813



From: Irwin Scott Berkowitz <jackson107

Dear Eilat,

Thanks for the information.

The baby could have been a sister to my grandmother. My great grandmother Sarah did bring a young child over with her, Louis Strom, who did survive. My grandmother Eva, born Ida, was alledgedly born in the US in 1906, but there was never a birth certificate found for her (never!) which makes me think that she too was born over there. Like I said, big questions marks!

Can you tell me what the city “Jelgava” represents?

Irwin

father and family in list of ghetto Riga prisoners September 1941

Name ..........date of birth..place of birth..address in
Riga...date of signed in the prisoner list
38 4 Haits (nee Evjens) Matla 1907.02.07. Aiviekstes pag. Visvalža 7-34
1941.26.09. nav izrakstits
39 4 Haits Asna 1934.25.08. Riga Visvalža 7-34 1941.26.09. nav izrakstits
40 4 Haits Judite 1937.11.06. Riga Visvalža 7-34 1941.26.09. nav izrakstits
41 4 Blumenaus Abe 1908.25.10. Sabile Visvalža 7-24 1941.26.09. nav izrakstits
42 4 Blumenaus Isers 1940.27.04. Riga nav 1941.26.09. nav izrakstits
43 4 Blumenaus (Lubovicaits) Fuge 1909. Lietuva nav 1941.26.09. nav izrakstits
44 4 Feigins Minna 1924.27.02. Daugavpils Visvalža 7-6 1941.02.10. nav
izrakstits
45 4 Kaftulovicins Šmuilas 1884. nav Visvalža 7-6 1941.02.10. nav izrakstits
46 4 Kaftulovicins Mozus 1914.30.04. Riga Visvalža 7-6 1941.02.10. nav
izrakstits
47 4 Haitas Izakas 1903. Palsvalis Visvalža 7-34 1941.28.09. nav izrakstits

The complete list of Riga Ghetto Prisoners can be found on the following
site.

http://www.rgm.lv/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Rigas-geto-maju-gramatas.pdf

--
Eilat Gordin Levitan

 

I am trying to find out any ancestors for my paternal great-grandmother
Sheina Esther Glass. She was born in Uzventis, Lithuania in 1856, and
married Abram Leib Aron, also from Uzventis, in 1876.  Her father was
Velvel/Vulf Glass.  They also lived in Siauliai, Lithuania.  In 1890
they were living in Riga, Latvia, where my grandmother was born.  They
emigrated ~ 1900 and went to London for several years.  From there they
went to Philadelphia, PA, USA.  I know she had a brother called Charlie
Glass when he lived in the US.

Through FTDNA testing of my Aunt, we have learned that she and our ancestor
Sheina Esther Glass has/had a rare maternal DNA of H1F, mostly found in
Finland.  My Aunt has several matches from Finland in the FTDNA Family Finder
database, with whom I have been corresponding. My Aunt also shows as 100%
Jewish in FTDNA.  One match in particular seems to have some Jewish
heritage, going back in to the 1600's in Sweden, and the 1800's in Finland.
This Swedish/Finnish Jewish heritage comes as a complete surprise to us.

Although I have an extensive family tree for Abram Leib Aron (my
great-grandfather), I know very little about Sheina Esther Glass's family.
I haven't been able to find out much on the Litvak sites, so I'm wondering
if anyone can help me look for more sources.  Thank you for any help you
can provide me. If it is of a personal nature regarding the family, please
respond privately.  If it's general resources that would be helpful to
others, respond publicly, please.

Alison Greengard
Lakewood, Colorado,USA

Researching:  GLASS (Uzventis, Lithuania; Siauliai, Lithuania)
ARON/AARONS (Uzventis, Lithuania; Siauliai, Lithuania; Riga, Latvia; London
England; Philadelphia, PA, USA)
GREENGARD (Virbalis, Lithuania)
KAPLAN (Slonim, Belarus; Baranovichi, Belarus)
WESEN (Ciechnow, Poland)
FILUT (Ciechanow, Poland)
ARON (Alsace, France; Paris, France; New Orleans, LA, USA)
ALFENNE (Metz, France; Rouen, France; Nantes, France; Ghent, Belgium;
Brussels, Belgium)
FRIBOURG (Paris, France)
MAREX (Metz, France)

Hello, I am looking for information on my great grandfather, Adolphe Hildebrand Goldenberg, son of Jacques and Louisa,  from Riga, emigrated to England in the middle 1800's.
Thank you.
Cindy Helgason
cjhelga@live.....

From: Tony Stephens <tsmax10@talktalk.net>
Date: Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 10:02 AM
2 Valnu ida, Riga in 1930s

Hello,

I am working on my family's history.

During the 1930's one of my ancesters - Edward J Stephens lived at the above Address between 1931- 1939, with another family member called Tatiana. I would like to find out more about 2 Valnu ida in the 1930's

My father Gilbert Max Stephens was born of British Parents in Petrograd in 1915/16, his mother's maiden name was Obst. Although most of the Family were back in the UK by 1919. My father travelled to Tallinn and Riga for his holidays.

The family from 1919 was working in the Menswear Industry both in St Petersburg and the UK. One of the Obst sisters had a haberdashery shop in St Petersburg supplying material to the Tzars Daughters.

I would be grateful for any information that you can give me.

Regards,

Anthony Stephens

Subject: Shneyer

I have been looking at the Eilat Gordin Levitan pages, specifically for Shneyer.  Yehuda  Leib Gordon was my Grandmother Irene Kotler’s Uncle. Irene Kotler married Theodore Sznejer ( name on Passport which I have). Name in America was spelled Shneyer.

My Great Grandfather Alexsandr Borisovich Sznejer was from Riga, was in the Czar’s Army and lived in St. Petersburg and Kronstadt. My Great Grandmother, Nechama Alterman Sznejer was from Riga and returned there after my Great Grandfather Alexsandr was condemned to death by a firing squad of the Finnish Border Guard around 1917. She had many children, the youngest being William, a newborn. Nechama and her family were murdered in Riga in the 1940’s.

I am looking for any information that you may be able to provide for me.  I was able to get some information from the Latvian Archives.  I can provide you with photos of my Grandfather’s Passport and some family photos which I have.

I have been at a loss to find any info about my Great Grandfather.  Apparently he was in charge of the Hospital at Kronstadt.  I remember my Great Aunt, Sara Kotler, telling me that my Grandfather’s childhood was like a scene in the film Doctor Schivago ; That he was priviledged but that all ended when the Czar was assassinated.

Thank you in advance for your help,

Gail Shneyer Nussbaum
grsn@prodigy.net