Inquiries & Messages of Jewish Survivors & Descendants from Plock

Last Updated December 22nd, 2003

20 Dec 2003
Emailo: : taopa "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)

The Message:

I search for any information about Lewenstein family from Pock (the street crossing/corner - Tumskiej and i Kosciuszki str.)
I am interested in the history of Lewenstein family as well as contemporary life.
Because of my father ( who was the only one son) I am somehow, little connected to the Lewensteins family from Plock
Right now I would be very pleased and thanksful for any information in/about this matter.
with best holidays wishes and greetings
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Priva Stilman - 17 Dec 2002
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Surnames: WIDAWSKI

The Message
Shalom, if you could be so kind as to send any information about the following people from Plock, Poland. If you have it in English, that would be best. We can get Hebrew translated. If a cost is involved, please let me know how much.
Masha Widawski (nee Plockier) married Zachariah Mendel Widawski
Dr. Abram Moishe Widawski
Dina Rifka Widawski (nee Stern) married Abram Widawski
Sala Widawski (Widaska) daughter of Abram Widawski age 18 when last seen.
Lutec Widawski son of Abram Widawski age 12 when last seen
Hynda Ashe (nee Widawaski/Widawska) daughter of Zachariah Mendel Widawski
Abram Ashe husband of Hynda Widawska/Widawski
Hanka Ashe daughter of Abram and Hynda Ashe born 1935

Be Well,
Priva Stilman (nee Widawski) daughter of Lieb Widawski

Yaffa Gould - 23 Oct 2002
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Surnames: BOMZON
One of th enquires on the Plotzk page (see below) was for Bomzon. Have been in touch with a Arieh (Lionel) Bomzon who lives in Israel and thought it would be good to put them in contact, however the email address has died.

Would you have new contact details?


Joe winter - 24 Sep 2002
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The Message:
Dear Mrs Holzman,
With the help of my son, I have just found my fathers name listed in the Jewish Holocaust Survivors List from Plock, Poland.

My name is Joe Wytwornik. I am the son of Holocaust survivor Chaim Wytwornik from Plock, Poland which appears in your list, last updated 20.6.2000.

My father Chaim passed away in 1989 and his brother Leo has also passed away. I am very interested if you have any information regarding my fathers family or way in which I may be able to find the whereabouts of what was a large family in Plock prior to the war.

There is still one surviving sister called Chana, who now lives in Israel. Chana migrated prior to the war outbreak.

Mrs Holzman, I look forward to your reply.
Thankyou so much for a wonderful website.

Nancy Katz - 03 Jun 2002
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The Message:
I just came across your website and am very interested in making contact.I just returned to my home in California after a 2 week trip to Europe which included just under a week in Poland.

 I took a one day trip from Warsaw to Plock as my maternal grandparents lived there until they immigrated to the US (Worcester, Massachusetts) in the early 1900s. Their names were Sara Sperling Lisabitsky and Yizchak Lisabitsky. (I am named (in Hebrew) for my grandmother.)

 No one from my family had known anything about Plotzk--- they'd assumed it was a tiny village that was totally destroyed. I was delighted to find that they were wrong. I was very moved being there--- struck by the beauty of the area. I never expected to find a lovely art museum nor the (substantial) remains of the synagogue now owned by the city. Viewing the refurbished Aron haKodesh in the museum caused me to weep.

I am a Jewish textile artist. One of my tallitot is in the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. I travel throughout the US creating Torah covers and ark curtains for synagogues--- often with the community members themselves. (My very dated, soon to be updated website is

I am very interested in working with the city officials in Plock to actualize their stated intention of refurbishing the synagogue and transforming it into a museum/art space that will include the Aron HaKodesh and other Judaica as well as other artwork.

 I am at the very beginning stages of the research necessary to actualize this project. Perhaps there is already a system in place to raise and solicit funds for such an undertaking. You seem to be an important piece in this puzzle!

 Any advice/direction/insight would be more than welcome. Todah Rabah, in advance, for your time---
 Nancy Katz

Nathan Mittelman - 3 Jan 2002
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The Inquiry
I am very surprised to find my grandfather and uncle Haskiel Rosenberg and Szmul Rosenberg listed as fighters in the uprising in Treblinka. I knew that they were there, as my late mother had mentioned, but I never knew the extent of their involvement in the uprising. This makes me feel like finding out more.

How can I find out if there is anyone alive that knew them personally? Or more details of their involvement. Hope you can help or put me onto someone.
Natan Mittelman


Mon, 26 Nov 2001
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Surnames: MINC
The Message
I visited your site in Plock. I was wondering in you ever came accross the name Velvel Mintz (Minc). He was my great great great grandfather and I believe he was a Dayan in or near Plock. His children, I believe lived in Mlawa - one by the name Leibel Minc.
All the best

Marlene Bishow - 7 October 2001
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The Message:
Dear Ada:
I came across your Plock site as I was browsing the JewishGen site. I do not know how I missed it on previous occasions. I have some information to add to your survivors list:
ZYLBERSTEIN, Moshe, (Name is US was Moses Silverstein) B. Plock March 11, 1914. D. February, 1984 in Monroeville, PA, USA. Son of Jacob Zylberstein (1880-1942) and Chia Niedzwiec (1885-1942). Moshe was a spy for the Jewish underground who infiltrated the Polich underground. His code name was "Machek." He was in the Warsaw ghetto. After imprisionment in the camps, Moshe was in the Feldefing DP camp. He married Pearl Suntop Lehrman in 1945 and the immigrated to the US in March, 1947 on the SS Perch. They lived in Utica, NY, where Moshe, who spoke 12 languages, was a carpenter. One child, Jack I. Silvestein. Two grandchildren: Dr. Scott Silverstein and Craig Silverstein, Esq.

ZYLBERSTEIN, Efriam Sholmo, (Name is Israel was Shlomo Silberstein) Son of Jacob Zylberstein (1880-1942) and Chia Niedzwiec (1885-1942). Escaped Poland through Russia with wife, Chana. Died in Israel sometime in the 1970's.

Children: Ronit Silberstein Gedalyahu and Mordecai Silberstein

Moshe Silverstein was my sons' grandfather. I was very close to him and although I am no longer married to his son, I continue to research his family in his memory. If you have require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, if you have any further information, I would appreciate receiving it.

 Thank you for your informative web site.
Marlene Bishow
Potomac, MD USA


Keith Zerdin - 2 October 2001
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Surnames: FOX
The Inquiry
I am searching for my maternal grandmother Sarah FOX who died in England in 1930. Her death certifcate gave her age as 46 which would give a birth date of 1883 to 1885. My grandfather said that she was born in Plock
Please can you let me know if the record exist for these years and if they have been transliterated.
 If you are able to provide any information please let me know
Keith Zerdin
London England


Anne Krisman - 3 August 2001
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The Inquiry
I am told my relatives (who now spell their names either Krisman or Kriseman), probably called Kreitzman originally, came from Plotzk before coming to England in 1850 or so, is there any way I could trace them?
Thank you

Bryan Marks - 25 July 2001
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The Inquiry
My name is really Markowicz, and i live in Glasgow, Scotland. My father is 78 and his name is Jack Marks(Markowicz). His father was Abraham Markowicz who was born in Plock about 1888. he died in Glasgow in 1948. My grandfather had numerous brothers and sisters, not all of whom i know.

He had a brother Sender who survived the war and returned to Poland.He is survived by his only child Hanka Markowicz, who lives in Canada.

Another brother who survived the war was I think called Morris, and he emigrated to Argentina at roughly the time my grandfather emigrated to Scotland.He had a son and a daughter, who I am currently trying to trace.

My grandfather had a sister called Cecile who we think died in the Warsaw Ghetto. Another sister may have been called Mina?

 Basically if anyone out there is a family member or a friend then please say hello to me, and if anyone could shed any light on my family i would greatly appreciate it.

 Let me finish by saying that this site is wonderful and has made an old man(my father) very happy!

Another Message 25 July 2001
Just to let you know ur site on Plock is great.
Some information you may wish to use is the surviving brothers of Sender Markowicz.My father is Jack Marks(b1922,Glasgow, Scotland). His father was Abraham Markowicz(b1888?,Plock,Poland), a brother of Sender Markowicz. My grandfather left Plock about 1905, went to Palestine and then Glasgow, where he died in 1948.

Another brother called Morris? left at the same time as my grandfather and went to Argentina, where he had two children, who I currently tracing. I hope this information is of use to you.

 Bryan David Markowicz


Carlos Cytrynblum - 8 July 2001
The inquiry:
Me gustara saber informacin sobre algn Cytrynblum vivo.Yo soy de Argentina.

Heidi Heirigs - Tue, 3 Jul 2001
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Surnames: WENDT
The Message
Dear Ada,
I have stumpled across your website a few times and feel that I have learned a lot about Poland and the awful things that happened there. It has driven me to locate information on my immigrant Great Grandfather Jacob Wendt born 4/4/1888 in Plock, Rus-Poland. I think his father's name is Jacob Wendt also and his mother is listed on a 1925 State of Iowa Census as being Caroline Stahe. My guess is that they were born c. 1855 and 1859. Could you give me a place to start looking for them? I've checked databases on several websites and haven't found a trace. Any info you could pass along would be appreciated.
Thanks you!
Heidi Heirigs


Jean Szpektor - July 2001
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The Inquiry)
Any informations on the above names would be welcome. Sszpektor Itsche-Chaim (Gerer Hasid) died approximatly 1925. Szepski (in charge of cemetery and mikve until the 2nd world war). These are my grand-parents. My parents (Szpektor Guttman and Szepska Hinda-Lea)emigrated to France in 1931, they both died a few years ago in israel, and I have no more source of informations about the former generation.
I would be grateful to anybody who could give me some.
thank you
Jean Spector


Bernard Wassertzug - March 7th , 2001
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I enjoyed talking with you and was very impressed with your Home Page and all your other great contributions to Shoa remembrance!

In connection with my genealogical research: Are you familiar with the memoirs of Moshe Wassercug, that was born around 1750 near Posen and ended up in Plock where he died around 1825? He built many residential houses in Plock, which apparently still existed before the last war. A Professor Jakub Goldberg of the Hebrew University Dept of History has published a paper about these memoirs (his phone no. is 02 588 3764).

My paternal family lived in Lubien Kujawski, approx 50 Km from Plock, for at least five generations until my father emmigrated to Argentina in 1928. My grandfather, and his grandfather were also named Moshe. So it seems plausible that we may be related to the famous memoir writer.

Do you know if there is any reference to this Moshe Wassercug and his descendants in the Plock Izkor Book or other sources? Many of the Izkor books are available at the Library of Congress here in Washington D.C., but to read them one has to provide a list in advance and the whole process is very time consuming, especially when one is trying to follow a trail of references. So I would greatly appreciate any information you may have about this subject!

Shalom, and Yasher Koah!

Best regards, Bernie

Bernard Wassertzug
11825 Enid Drive
Rockville, MD 20854-3455
Tel. (301) 299-8561

Floyd B Russak, MD - February 4th 2001
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Dear Ada,
Could I ask a favor? I am trying to trace my ancestors named Russak (Rusak), Gertner, and Bialkower in Plock. Please let me know if you run across any of these names in your translation of Plock birth, marriage and death records.

Terry Racionzer - 18 January 2001
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The Inquiry
My grandfather Felix Racionzer, was an immigrant to Scotland, I suspect sometime around 1890. He settled in Glasgow and married there in 1892. I wonder if anything is known of when and where he was born, his family, and when and under what circumstances he left Poland.

Charles Flack - January 4th 2001
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The inquiry:
Some months ago I e-mailed an inquiry to you concerning my relatives the Mintz Family. My question at that time was, if the name of Minc, as listed for a survivor (Cesia Minc) and listed in your on-line memory book, was the same family.

The Mintz Family lived in Plock for many generations. Most of the relatives left Plock before World War II with the exception of Jacob Mintz, his wife, 2 sons and 3 daughters. I do not know the names of the rest of the family only that Jacob ran some kind of business in Plock and that the entire family (all 7 members) were exterminated by the Germans.

If you know the family you have listed (MINC) is the same family as Mintz would you kindly advise me.(In your listing of the Minc Family in the memory portion of the web site I do not see the name Jacob listed).

Thank you for your consideration.


Charles Flack (great nephew of Jacob)

Yaffa Gould - January 2nd 2001
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The Inquiry:
My mother, Edzia, was from the city of Plock. She was born 23 May 1927, the daughter of Shmuel and Bluma, sister of Henia, all deceased. I would like to find out anything I can. They are cousins of Devi Tuszynski.
Thanks Yaffa

Moishe Friedman - December 27th 2000
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The Inquiry:
My mother's name was Rivka Beila KALMAN. Her father was Moshe Mendel, a gerer chosid. Her mother was Tzivya Brocho.
She had 2 sisters: Freidl and Carola. she had 3 brothers:
Avraham Yitzchak, Leib, and Shmuel. (she had a cousin Michael whose father was Chaim Yoina.) We don't know their "destinies".
My mother was in Skarjisko camp. Liberated by the Russians may 1945, then in Landsberg DP until came to USA in march 1949.
She was a broken woman physically and psychologically.... But did her best, never stopped davening every morning, and sent me, her only child, to Yeshiva, by herself, my father having died in 1955. She went to her peacin march 1992.

Dorothy Auerach Rivers - December 14th 2000
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The Inquiry:
I would like to know if any of my family came from Plock or perhaps Polotsk.

Jennifer Kam - November 27th 2000
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The Inquiry:
Hello. I was told that my great-grandfather was born in Budsanowa, Poland in 1882. I have pictures of his parents, Benyumin and Devorah LANDSCHNEIDER, that were taken in a studio in Gabin. I have found some records from the Polish indexing, showing the family records in Plock, but others, from Zychlin. Where is the best place for me to search for additional records-Plock, Gabin, etc? It appears that Budsanowa is closer to Plock, but I am not sure where the main records were kept.
Thanks in advance for your help!

Matias Turteltaub - November 11th 2000
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The Message:
I'm sending this email because you are the most knowledgeable person in Plock genealogy.

I am a descendant of Herz Turkeltaub, born in Plock circa 1766. I am part of a group that is reconstructing the history of the Turkeltaub from Plock. So we have approximately 500 names distributed in four trees. These trees are almost certainly parts of one large tree, and we are trying to find the missing links. We have already done a successful revision of the LDS records oPlock and Sierpc.

At this stage that avenue seems to be exhausted, and we are attempting alternative avenues. To that effect, we feel we should do a "brute force" search of the Plock records. For that task, we need someone in the area who has performed that professional work before. I thought that, in your extensive Plock research, you might have heard of someone who lives in the area and who can help us.

Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your reply
Matias Turteltaub

PS: Part of the results of our search is at

Larry Cohen - November 7th 2000
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The inquiy
Require birth information

Lois Kaufman - November 1st 2000
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Dear Ada,

I am writing to you in the hope that you can help me with some general questions that I have about Plock. From the Jewish genealogy website family find section I see that you have extensive ties with the town of Plock, and I am hoping that maybe you can help me!

From the 1881 British census I know that my great-great-grandmother, Rachel (Sarah Rachel) Magnus was born in Poland in about 1836. I know that her father's name was Eli or Ellis Magnus, a cap maker (and Levite). I have never found any evidence that he lived in the UK. I believe that Rachel had a sister Hannah.

I searched the Polish records database on Jewishgen and found the existence of an Eliasz Magnes, who married in 1829 in Plock. I would like to follow up this lead and am wondering:

1) what more information the Mormon micro film can give me.
2) whether there is anything to be gained from writing to the Polish archives.
3) whether these filmed records are complete, as I see no mention of the birth of Rachel or her sister Hannah.
4) if there is any other source of information on Plock which might be of interest to me.

If you could possibly give me some answers to the above questions, or some clues as to where to go next I'd be most grateful to you.
With regards,
Lois Kaufman

M. Malyn - 17 September 2000
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The Inquiry
E. Malinowski apears in the 1923 business directory as a tailor at 26 Szeroka Street. My Great Grandfather was a tailor at 46 Szeroka Street prior to emigration in 1906.
Does anyone know of descendents of E. Malinowski?

Ruth Morrow - 17 September 2000
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SHEINMAN (?spelling) and DUBOVSKY
The Inquiry
Can't find references to my ancestors anywhere! Born in Plock at the end of the 19th (exact date unknown) - grandfather Dovid, his father Sheima Yitzak and mother possibly Golda. Brother was Moshe, sisters Raisa and Freya. Grandfather died in London in 1939.
Also Fayga Sheindel Dubovsky, born in Plock (grandmother). Father Zvi, mother Nahumdvora.
Sisters Rachel (married name Posnansky), Esther and Shura. Shura went to France with her husband (surname Mazur). Her son Jean lost his wife and children in the Holocaust.
Rachel Posnansky's husband died, she subsequently came to England and married my widowed grandfather - her brother-in-law.
No further information except that the Sheinman family were in the oil business - they sold drums of cooking oil, I believve!
Any information at all would be wonderful. Thank you.

Steve Gordon - 6 Sep 2000
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The Inquiry
Ada - I have been trying to research my family's roots and the only clue to their origin is a picture I have of my Grandmother and her sisters at a very young age taken by a photographer in Plock. I assume that was where they were from as this information was not passed down though the generations. I estimate the picture was taken about 1900 to about 1903 right before they come to America. There last name was Rosenblum and their mothers maiden name was Goldman. My Grandmother once told me all her relatives left in Europe were killed in Concentration Camps but that is all she mentioned about her origins. Do you have any information about the Rosenblum and Goldman families?
Steven Gordon

Saundra M. Gumerove, Esq - August 26th 2000-08-27
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The Inquiry
My grandfather was Philip and I am trying to connect him to some of the people listed. I know that his Father was a Rabbi and the story goes that his brother was once the Mayor. I know that he was a businessman. Only my grandfather survived. Everyone else perished. Can anyone connect him to the names on the Plock

Klamra Wowa - 30 May 2000
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The Message:
Dear Ada,
You are going to meet som Plockers. Could you ask them if somebody remembers where my mothers family was living, on which street and which house? It is family Litewski, my mother Giela Litewska. Bryl in Warsaw claims it was at the Jreozolimska street, but I cam hardly recall that my mother ever mentioned that street. She talked a lot about the Kolegialna street. I called also Zaleski in Tel Aviv, but he do not remember that. I know that my fathers family address was Szeroka street (presently Kwiatka), close to the synagogue in the house where Kurstein had a kind of a work shop. When I mentioned for Bryl and Zaleski your name, their first reaction was if you are a relative to a lady Holtzman, who had in Plock the best tailor/confetionery buisness. My mother was a tailor and worked there.

Best regards
Wowa Klamra, Sweden

Morris Wirth - 25th May 2000
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Surnames: SZTULMAN

I'm looking for anyone with any information on the surname SZTULMAN in Plock and the surrounding areas.

All my SZTULMAN'S were from Zakroczym originally. I'm looking for any Sztulman's, but in particular know the following from the records:

1880Plock/38m Jzrael Chaskiel SZTULMAN (born abt. 1856 in Zakroczym, son of Lajzer Sztulman of Zakroczym and Fajga Wyszogrodzka) married Sura Mirla CZERKAS b: Abt. 1862 in P, daughter of Chaim Ber Czerkas & Maria Lichter. (abt. 1862 in Plock) on 11.07.1880.

They had 3 children born on 04.05.1881 (Szaja Sztulman); 13.09.1882 (Ruchla ); and 02.03.1886 (Blima Sztulman).

Sara K. Scolnick - 24 May 2000
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Searching for information on any of the following names: KIRSZTAJN (from Lodz or Krosniewice or Wroclaw), KUTNOWSKI (from Lodz, Gostynin, Plock), DEYTZ, DAJCH (from Plock or Gostynin)

Sara Kirstein Scolnick

Sanford Shinbaum - 23 May 2000
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The Inquiry:
I am leaving for Poland 5/2/00. Are there any roots in Plonsk for my family?

Douglas Racionzer - 27 May 2000
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Surnames: RACIAZER
The Inquiry:
Thank you so much for your translation and the information on Teofilia and Henrik Raciazer. I am descended from Felix Racionzer who emigrated to Glasgow in the 1880's. There are about 22 living descendents of Felix and none of us know about our Polish roots.
I have found a number of Raciazer's in registered in Plock. Felix records his father being Benjamin Raciand his mother as one Leah (nee Prussack). In the LDS records I can find a marriage in 1853 between Benjamin Raciazer and a Laja Pozner. Could there have been a mistake ? Have I got the wrong family ?
Finally what relation mightTeofilia and Henrik Raciazer be to Benjamin and Laja ?

Ilan Bornstein - 17 May 2000
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Gutmacher - 17 Apr 2000
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The Inquiry:
I am looking for any survivors of my father Isaac Gutmacher who was born in plock in 1897.

Fraida Cohen - 15 Apr 2000
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The Inquiry:
Tauber: Aron Ben Yaakov, Yaakov ben ?
Markus: Velvel (from Pultusk?) married Leah Bath Moshe.

Eve Chapman - April 14th 2000
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Surnames: BIEZUNER
The Inquiry
My grandfather Nussen Morteke Biezuner was born in Plock in 1863, he went to Kolo in 1881 to marry Brana Warmbrum. If anyone knows of any Biezuner's from Plock I would like to make contact.
Thank you
Eve Chapman

Jean-Mose Braitberg - 12 April 2000
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The message
I would very much like to have more informations about Felicja Brajtberg listed in the Plock survivors.
My name is Braitberg but it was originaly Brajtberg. It is not a very common name and we may be related.
I live in Paris
Thanks for answer.

Jean-Mose Braitberg

Tony Stern - 5 April 2000
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Surnames: STERN
The Inquiry:
In the Yizkor book of Plock which Ada has had translated, there is reference to a rabbi of Plock named Uziel Yehuda bar Yerucham Fishel. He died in 1825 and his father was Rabbi Yerucham Fishel who apparently was the rabbi in Plock in about 1780. It seems a coincidence that my great grandfather Shammai had the same two names. Is this a coincidence or are they connected? Shammai from my information had a father Israel Sztern who I estimate was born in about 1825. Question I have for you is can you find out anything out about Rabbi Uziel Yehuda or his father which could maybe link them to my family. I will of course pay you for any such work if you think you can help.

Diana Warshawsky - 10 April 2000
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Surnames: MAKOWER
Dear Ada: I found my great grandfather's name listed - on your wonderful site - as being on page 428 of the Plock's Yizkor Book. How can I find out what is in that book? His name is Tanchum Makower (which was also my father's name). Thank you for your good work.

Leonard Markowitz - 27 March 2000
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The Inquiry:
First let me congratulate you on the excellent work that you are doing. I have been following your impressive efforts for some time now.

The surnames mentioned above were in the vicinity of Przasnysz, Plock guberniya.

One other thing - it would be appreciated if you would define the boundries of old Mazovia (Mazowia).

Kay Fridman - 17 March 000
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The Inquiry
My maiden name is Brajtberg. I noticed in your list a Felicja Brajtberg could you please give me a contact address thank you

Vivian E. Shore Zelvin - 15 March 200
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Surnames: RAKOWSKI
The Message:
Dear Ada, I would love to have a copy of the pages 442-443 from the Yizkor Book. The Rakowski family is mine. Abraham Abba is my ancestor, and Azreil Arie Lejb a gr-gr etc uncle. I do not know of Rakowska, but probably.mine also.
Thank you in advance.

Vivian E. Shore Zelvin

Victor Garnice - 15 March 00
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Surnames: GARNIEC
The Inquiry
I have only recently come upon your site and am intrigued. My grandfather was Nathan Garniec from Plock. He was born in 1888 and emigrated in 1901. His father is believed to have been Avram. Family lore is that he was the only one in the family to get out before the Holocaust. When he arried at Ellis Island, my grandfather assumed the surname Rosenthal, just because he liked it. In early 1933, he got a letter from his father telling him that he foresaw trouble and not to send any more money. He also asked my grandfather to restore the name. So, in 1933, in the depths of the depression, my grandfather filed name change proceedings in court in New York, seeking to restore the last name. The legal fee was a new suit for the lawyer by my grandfather, a tailor. The attorney handling the case reversed the "E" and "C", thus resulting in the present spelling of the name. When my grandfather complained, the lawyer insisted that it had been the judge's doing for siplicity's sake, and that the judge had retroactively changed the names of all the ancestors in Europe. There is a memorial to Plockers, including my great-grandfather, at Baron Hirsch Cemetery in Staten Island, New York, and among the list of the victims listed on the monument is "Garnice", even though there were never any Garnices in Plock. My grandfather believed the excuse.

Now that you have this anecdote, I would be interested in learning about any prior Garniecs. My father is 81, not in good health and not computer literate, and I would like to share with him whatever you can help me with.

Thank you for everything.

Joshua Fishman - 27 Feb 00
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The inquiry:
Dear sir,
My father-in-law Za"l was a descendant of reb aryeh Leib Zunz. The inscription on his monument testifies to this family tradition.My shver was a prominent Lubavitcher chassid.

I am interested i n tracing the family"s roots. My shver's name was Avrohom Ziskind. He was not a kohen. I saw that you had Ziskinds mentioned in your list of biographies. could you send me the relevant biographical information.

Shia Fishman

Phyllis Weiner - 23 February 00
Email: WeinerP "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: TATARSKY
The Inquiry
I believe my mother came fa town nearby Gombin, where my father resided. The town may be called Plock or Plotz or Pwotcz. She left before WWI. Have you any info about a family called Tatarsky (an approximate spelling)?
Thank you.

Peter Maurice - 8 Feb 00
Email: mauhove "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
My grandparents came to england about 1912. Family name RENBAUM my grandmothers' maiden name shiman.
The last generation have completely lost touch with each other. I note that my great grandfather had a jewellery shop in plock in the 1920s but this is all I have found.
If anyone has any information or any family members would like to contact me I would be delighted to hear any news.

Peter Maurice
Brightin England

Celia - 6 Feb 2000
Email: celia "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
I was interested to see your name associated with PLOTSK while I surfed the net for information.
I have only recently discovered that my father's family came from Plotsk
in the nineteenth century [they emigrated to the UK, US and South Afriin the 1880s] although there were some relatives still living there at the time of WW2. Tragically, they were all murdered in the holocaust.
My family names are KLEINOT and BROMBERGER. Have you any reference to these names?
Looking fto hearing from you.

Geoff Shaw - 2 Feb 2000
Email: geoff "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: STERN, GOLD

My ggmother's maiden name was Eva Stern (born c1848, married c1868) ggfather was Gold (believe it was originally a variant of this before arrival here in UK in 1870.
At what stage would I be able to search the transliterated records. Please provide me with more information.

Barbara Master - 7 January 2000
Email: aura "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: SLAVIN
The Inquiry
Searching: Louis SLAVIN, Plock, NY

Michael Brenner - 6 January 2000
Email: michaelbrenner "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
Searching for descendents of Mendel Wolf Lerman,Moisha Lerman, his father or Szlomo Lerman , his nephew. Some settled in New York other in South America.
Also searching for any descendents of the Kugel/Kugiel famile of Plock. Some settled in New York, others in South Africa.

Susan Stock - 26 December 1999
Email: suzecrazy "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
I am wondering how to find out if my gggrandfather Philip Fetbraudt who was born in Poland in 1859 and served in the army in a cavalry division is in fact the Fetbrodt family in Plock. Can I access cemetery records? Marriage records? Anything? Thank you!

Howard Weingram- 23 December 1999
Email: hweingram "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
I am doing some genealogical research about my family. Some of our relatives lived in Plock.
I came across a reference to an Ahron Wajngram on your Holocaust Survivors list. Do you have any other information about Mr. Wajngram than the data listed on your Survivors page?
Howard Weingram

Morris Gradel - 2o December 1999
Email: kmgradel "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: Unknown, nee' PRZASNYSZER
The Inquiry:
Something else. About Plock: You sent us a list of Jewish surnames in Plock from a Polish Business Directory (Warshaw-Bydgoszcz) 1923. The list stopped after (M), a Mlyny (miller), Kenigsberg, Bielska 45. Have you got the last part? Obviously I am curious to see, whether there was a bakershop (Piekarnia) still in Breite Gass no. 24. I recently heard that Shyna Bluma was forced to bake for the German soldiers during the first World war, and as she came to England 1924 she might very well still have had the bakery in 1923.

I wonder whether any of your old Plockers remember that Bakery, and if they do, would they know whether the old baker woman had any of her children left in town. You remember there were two aunts we didn't know about: Liba Rajza and Rifka. Well, to day I got an email from a son of Morris's cousin in England. We use him to tap the memory of an old 91 year cousin. This old woman remembers that she many years ago had a telephone call from someone who was on a visit to England and introduced himself as a distant relative from California. He was the son (or grandson, she doesn't remember) of Rifka! Another old cousin told us in September, when we were in England, that she thought the two sisters had gone to America. The rest of the family had never heard that, didn't believe it, but now I wonder, she might be right.
Morris Gradel

Michael Garnaud - 27 November 1999
Email: m-c "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
Looking for Details of descendants of Moses Harris born in plock about 1830/40 and his son Jacob Harris who married

Krondel Rachel Witkowski in about 1860. Jacob and family came to England in about 1870/73, to London, Whitechapel area. Did any Harris or Witkowski family stay behind and what became of them. Have Harris tree from Jacob onwards.

A few days later, after identifying his ancestor, Michael sent the following email:

Dear Ada,
Here is Mr. Przedecki, after a fashion, Shalom Ada!
I am frankly, totally bowled over by your enthusiasm, love and sheer ability! THANK YOU.

You will be VERY pleased to know, that the name is not only right as the records state, but the PRZEDECKI name is not totally unknown to me. Someone in this enormous London family ,( David Harris was one of seven, he had 5, his 6 siblings all reproduced in 2 or more), must have found the name somewhere, for someone has mentioned PRZEDECI to me this year. At the time I was not able to comment.

Bear in mind I only met the descendants of Harris', other than David, in North London -for the first time in my life, this Spring. As I was doing French genealogy they asked me to look into the Harris' and so here we are.

Jacob was born, as my last message to you, states on: 24.09.1845. This very " sensibly" puts him at 21 at the time of his marriage. My French work shows that most couples married with men at 20 or 21 to 25/30 and girls at 20 or 21. Did our Plock ancestors and other Jews have similar customs?

The ORIGINAL marriage cert. of JaKob and Krondel ( Kreyndla) Witkowcka/(Witkowski) resides in my Mother's house and there is a typed translation in English. The English doc. calls Jacob a Harris, already, but leaves Krondel as a Witkowski. BTW is there a mention in your record of her second name " Rachel"? There is also a photograph of the pair.

Krondel/ Kreyndla, or Carol ?, in English, died on 24.04.1924 in London, and it was her dying wish that my Mother should have her name, so Carol Katherine Wolfensohn she became and was born on 25.04.1925.

I have just this minute spoken to her and she is THRILLED and thanks you very much.

As the recorded birth day of Jakob is wrong, can I trust the others that you listed?

Are other PRZEDZCKI, likely to be Jakob's close family, like brothers or father?

I note that you will ask Ilana Witkowski about the other Witkowskis, thank you.
Further details:
the Jakob/ Kreyndla W. marriage was 17/07/1866.
As said David Harris, son of Jakob and Krondel, was born in PLOCK on 15.10.1867, and was the first child, this fits as it is 15 months after the wedding. ( some of my French couples produced a child within 9, 9.5, or 10 months, it must be the wine - Pinot Noir, or Char, as we are in Burgundy).

David's siwere 6, ;no. 4 was Jane Harris born in 1873 in London. So they came in about 1870-1872/3, and I know when they were as British subjects around 1895 and Jakob died after that time, I think. I will write this all up soon.

Would you like all this generation ?

Jakob was a diaryman and his son Alex kept up the tradition I am told by keeping cows in E. London up to WW2.
David Harris married Kitty Aletrino a Jewish lady from Portugal, I do not know if she was born in London or Portugal? Does the name Aletrino register at all with you?

So dear Ada, thank you for enriching my life. I sometimes go to Warsaw on business and so now a trip to Plock is well.. mandatory, it is I am told about 2 hours by train NNW of Warsaw, and is a large refinery town. Do you corroborate this?

Well that is all for just now.
Many blessings,

Karen Brown - 10 November 99
Email: karendesign "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry
My great grandfather was born in Przasnysz about 1834, his name was Benjamin Rozenberg/Rosenberg and would like to know if anyone could find any information regarding this family. I have not been able to find his birth records or any other information regarding his Mother oFather. I know this is very sketchy information. Could you help me?
Karen Brown

John Lawrence - 8 November 99
Email: johnalawrence "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: MIT
The Inquiry)
searching for info. on Solomon Mittelman,shown as married in 1840 to Laja Hamburgier in Plock.Further details would establish if my ancestor or not.Had son Jacob,born 1843,also shown in Polish archives on LDS site.His fate?and any other details,please.


Deb Olken - 1 Nov 99
email: djolken "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry
Searching for descendants of Mashilim Kaufman SZCZYPCZYK (1831-1891) and Liba Freidl SZMYCZIK (1844-1914). Liba and several of her 11 children came to the US (Boston & NY) at various dates in the late 19th century. I am looking for info on the following children (Josef - a doctor, Chana Feige, Chaia Rivka, Yisrael Leib and Yithok) who are not believed to have emigrated to the US.

Sylvain Bromberger - 11 October 99
Email: sbromber "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry
My father's name was Jacob Bromberger. He was born in Plock before WWI and moved to Belgium. The rest of his family stayed in Plock though some of his brothers moved to Palestine. Is there any information about the Bromberger family in Plock?

Sylvain Bromberger

Richard G. Wanderman, Jr. - 10 Oct 99
Email: RGWander "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry
I have recently found my ancesters who, accoriding to the JewishGen Polish database, came from Plonsk, Plock, Poland. The surnames on these lists are VANDJERMAN and VENDERMAN, but we have the name WANDERMAN now. I am very curious to find out if there are any mentions of this surname in any of the information available regarding Plock. I eagerly await any sort of response. Unfortunately, we don't have too much information regarding the Polish lives of our family, but have a decent amount of information on some of the descendants of these people. I hope to hear from someone soon, and gool luck in your own searches.


Hollie BenYosef - 7 October 1999
Email: hollie "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Message:
I am so happy to have found this web site on the families of Plock.
My grandmother's family all but herself and one sister have perished. I
have for years wondered perhaps someone may have survive and we just haven't been able to locate them. I have also been trying to find out more about them (since I am now and adult and ready to listen to the stories..) I do not know if anyone of the Zylberbergs listed on your list are relatives but please send me the hebrew biography on them . My grandmothers father name was Elias (Lajzer) Zylberberg married to Hanna (Holcman??sp) children were:
Michal, Nathan, Rosa, Helna, Irna (survived but now deceased), Irena (Itta- my grandmother) nee Bornstein- still alive (92). Perhaps you can tell me where I can get a copy of this book.
Hollie BenYosef

Tsvi Victor Klejman - 5 October 99
email: tsvi_k "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: KLEJMAN
The inquiry
My grandfather Yoel Klejman is from Poland, I think from Plock, he emigrated to Uruguay, married Zussle Altmark and gave birth to Carlos (my father) born in Rafaela Argentina now living in Philidelphia PA +1-215-546-7356, Enrique now living in Buenos Aires Argentina, and Irma now living in Montevideo Uruguay. I Tsvi Victor and my brother Gabriel are now living in Isreal.
I am interested in finding out more about my family,
Shana Tova

Jacob Lionel Borowitz - 26 September 1999
Email: borowitz "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)]
Subject: searching for family
My mother's family came from Plock, Poland and I am looking for relatives/survivors. I am Carole Borowitz, nee Tobin (Turkeltaub), born in England 1937. Father John Henry Tobin (Chaim Yona Turkeltaub), mother Georgina Hirst (nee Yadwiga Herszlikowicz, born Plock 1897). My grandparents in Plock were Jacob Herszlikowicz (born approx. 1850)and Felicia Wasserman (??). She died about 1935. If you have any information, or require more, please email me.
With many thanks, and best wishes, Carole

Elaine Dyson - 8 September 1999
Email: melvyn.dyson "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: GOLDMAN
The Inquiry:
I beleive that my father's family left Plock around 1830 and emigrated to Wales. Any information please.

Morris Gradel - 31.8.99
Email: mailto:kmgradel "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)dadlnet
The Inquiry
Out of 8 siblings born in Plock - fathers name Wolf P., mothers Sura ? and Szyna Bluma ? - between 1875 and 1893, the 6 left for UK at the beginning of 20. century. Two, Liba Rojza Przasnyszer born 1881 and Ryvka P. born 1886 stayed in Plock.We presume they were married or engaged already, and that is why they did not leave with the others, but we do not know their married names. No contact after the world war. Any information on these two ( my maternal aunts) much appreciated.

Scott Bomson - 26 July 99
Email: sbomson "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
I came across your sight looking for the name "bomson". I believe that the spelling in polish/russian (before the officials at ellis island changed it) would have been bomzon, and came across that name in your list. Could you tell me, is the the same town that might also be spelled plotzk? My grandfather, Louis Bomson (now deceased, but who came to USA in approximately 1914) belonged to an organization called "Plotzker Young Men Association" (or Society). Thank you.

Bruzda, Liliana - 20 July 1999
Email: LILIANA.BRUZDA "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)ROYALBANK.COM
Surnames: BRUZDA
The message:
My father - Marian Bruzda and his brother Jakub Bruzda were born in Plock; Jakub Bruzda immigrated to Israel before the Second World War and died in Israel, my father - Marian Bruzda survived the war in Syberia, later in Uzbekistan and returned to Poland in 1945,(died in Poland in 1979).

Paul Keller - 14 July 1999
Email: pkeller257 "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry

My father Harry Keller(probabably Iszak Keller) left Plock in 1912. He was married to my mothEsther Rotman, nee Mintz.
Any info about where they may have lived, or any other info would be appreciated.

Geoff Shaw - 12 July 99
Email: GeoffShaw "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: GOLD / STERN
The Message
I am having difficulty finding the web page with the latest Plock LDS records. Can you give me the URL please. The family names I am interested in are Stren and Gold (probably Gold is shortedned version of the family name!)

Gary Luke - 11 July 99
Email: feraltek "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
My great-grandparents may have been married in the Plock gubernia in 1877 or 1876. Most records say Makow Maz in July 1877, one from Glasgow says Plotyk (sic) in July 1876.
While probing around JewishGen I came across your pages about indexing the records for JRI. What would be involved in taking on the indexes for marriages for those two years. Do they look like they include Makow events?

If needed, my father reads Polish fluently. We could possibly do it with him reading and me comp. I'm heavily involved in indexing various records for general Australian Jewish research in my spare time, so would not want to take on too much extra. How many hours would you estimate it could take. The table on one of your pages says 48BDM entries for 1876 & 221 for 1877. How many marriages are there in each.

Gary Luke

Frank Dobia - 11 July 99
Email: fdobia "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
In November 1939 Jews from Golub-Dobrzyn were ethnically cleansed and forced into Plock. Is there a list from the Dobrzyn Jews that arrived in Plock at that time anywhere at all to obtain. I was as a child amongst the Jews from Dobrzyn and I am somewhere within the photo of the expulsion of Jews from Plock via Dzialdowo to Chmielnik. Can anyone help?

Stephen Wassserman - 5 July 1999
Email:wassermans "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Message:
I live near Chicago, IL USA in BuffalGrove, IL. My great grandafather was Isreal Zeinwald Wasserman, who was born in Plock. His son, my Grandfater was Shlomo Leib Wasserman born in Plock in 1874 and was married in Kolo Poland in 1902 to Frances (Piernakosk)Pearson. His son Samuel Isreal Wasserman, born in Kolo in 1904 was my father. He passed away July 29,

Rita (Heller) Benchimol - 13.6.1999
email: ritabench "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry
My mother, Bluma Zajtman, was born in Plock in 1927. She survived the war with her sister Regina.
Am seeking any info regarding her mother, Rasha Jolson, or her father, Hersh Tzvi Zajtman. He leased fruit orchards in the summer and sold the fruit at market. Siblings included Natick, Henia, Shimak, Barbara, Yehuda, and David (alive in Haifa).

Julian Kemper - 6 June 1999
Email: jkemper "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: PREIS
The Inquiry:
My GGGgrandfather was Menachem Nachum (Preis) ben Schlomo & he was Dayyan of Plotsk in the early part of the 19th century. I am visiting Plotsk from 20th June. Are there any rabbinical lists or record that old & where could I find them. He later went to Zanzig & finally to Friedberg, Pomerania, where he was chief Rabbi.

John Holcenberg - 3 June 1999
Email: jholce "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
I have the following Wasserman ancestors who were born in Plock:
Shlomo Leib abt 1874 died Kolo 1909
Abraham Leib abt 1881
Nathan abt 1882
Major son of Gedal born abt 1881
Pearl 3/18/1903
Israel Zelig 3/28/1906
Israel Zeinwald bef 1868
his wife Miriam Jehudith ??
his son Eliazer Levi in 1870s
Eliazer's wife Havela Chanachovicz
Any help finding marriages, deaths, tring these poeple together would be appreciated

Edward Goldwyn - 19.5.1999
Email: EdwardGoldwyn "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)

The Inquiry
1) My Great Grandfather, Menachem Goldberg had a son, Isadore who married my Grandmother, Heide Zvatsky in Plock. They left to come to London in about 1900. The family ran a waterbus on the Vistula. We are going to visit Plock this June and hope to find some traces.

2) I am trying to find any information about my ancestors who lived in Plock.
My Great Grandfather Menachem Mendel Goldberg 1835-1924
His Brother Adolf
His Half Sisters Paula Goldberg, Becky
My Grandfather and Grandmother Menechem's son, Isadore Goldberg married Hinda Zywocka (later Zawaski).(She was born 1 may 1879, we have birth certificate). They moved to London about 1900.
My Other Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother Hinda Zywocka's father Chaim Zywocka. Her mother Lia Rifka Zywocka maiden name was Greenbaum. They ran a water bus on the Vistula. Her Uncle was a dentistin Warsaw, Leo Goldberg born 1869. We have a photo of him in what appears to be an army officers uniform.He had two daughters who were doctors.

John Holcenberg - 13 May 99
Email: jholce "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)

The Message
I found the Seattle census data on my parents from 1910. Jacob Holcenberg was born in Plock ( I think) 1870. Married Bella Wasserman in Vishegrade or Plock ( she was from Vishegrade) in 1885 and had first child Rose in 1886.
Rose is listed as Ruchla Golcenberg or Cholcenberg in REIPP for Plock b 1886. A second daughter, Esther, was born in Plock May 4, 1889.
Its possible that the Eliasz Holtzenberg you found married in 1838 could
have been grandfather (father or uncle ) of Jacob.
Have you transliterated any of these years yet. If not I would be happy to
look at 1870, 1885 or 1889.

I mentioned your name to one of my colleagues, an endocrinologist from Israel. He said he was very familiar with your excellent work on Polish Jews.


Luis Faigon Esion - 13.5.1999
Email: lcfaigon "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: JESION
The Message
Dear Ada,
First, sorry about my english. My grandfather Jose Abrahm Esion was brother of the father of Alfred Jesion. My grandfather cames to Argentine at the begining of this century. Here his surname became Esion in place of Jesion.
Now I'm going Poland for first time (may 24). Only for three days. I'll go direcly to Plock from Warsaw airport, and spend there one day. Realy I have not any plan. I could't notice about the old address of my family. I read all about Plock on your web page (and by this way I took in contact with Max Jesion, in Paris). There I noticed aboput Alfred dececed. He usually wrote once a year to my family in Argentina, but he didn´t the last ones.

If you have any recomendation about what must I specialy look in Plock, please, let me know this. You can write to me in English. I understand it much better than I write it.

Thanks for all.

Luis Faigon Esion
lcfaigon "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
tel?fonos: 5411 4902-3120 (particular) 5411 4349-9514 (oficina)
Ambrosetti 84, 5-B
(1405) Buenos Aires

Baruch Pinnick - 19.5.99
Email: bpinnick "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: PANTOFEL
The message:
Shalom Ada,
I recently visited your Plock R.I. site. I was most impressed, especially as the site is very new and presumably at the start of its journey. At least two of my ancestors apparently hail from Plock.

 I'll be going back to your site again - keep up the good work! Why not invitthe JewGen listto visit?

All the best,

Baruch Pinnick,
Ma'aleh Adumim,

Suzanne Michaud-Lennox 1.5.99
email: lennoxd "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)

The Inquiry
My great grandfather Shama Yerucham Stern and his family moved to England in 1908. He was married to Chaya Rochel Schein, daughter of Hirsh Yosef Schein and Pessia Raizel.
His parents were Israel and Hana Yenta Stern. I am interested in finding anyone else linked with these families.
Also my grandfather came from a villiage near Vilnius and was called Isaac Jacob Starkovitch. His parents were Aryeh Yehuda and Nehama Devora Starkovitch. His elder step- brother Manya remained in Lithuania and had 2 sons all believed perished either under Hitler or Stalin. However 2 grand-daughters did emigrate to South Africa. Any information on any of these please.

Feldstein - 24 April 1999
Email cookie.4 "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surname FEIN
The Inquiry
My grandmother, Minna Fein Lederman was born in Plock.
She never spoke of her family once she emigrated to New Brunswick,NJ in the early 1900's. Supposedly she ran away to America because of a romantic entanglement.
We suspectthat she had been well educated and came from a prominently political family.
We know she had a cousin Becky in New York City.
Can anyone help us unsort this riddle?
Thank you.

Don Buchsbaum - 13 April 99
Ema: donbuchs "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: WAGNER

Searching family Wagner from Plock.

David Kilbert - 9 Apr 99
Email: dkilbert "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: KILBERT

Any information you could tell me about the Kilbert family of Plock would be most appreciative.
Thank you

Catherine Youngren 7 April 99
Email: cydesign "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)

Dear Ada,

I have recently begun searching my ancestry through several avenues -
- by joining a genealogical institute, by doing research through our universities and through our branch of the LDS, and on the Internet. My " surging the net " brought my tyour website which is absolutely wonderful and so full of material and advice. The richness and the breadth and depth of the information you provide, shows me that your work is a labour of love and dedication.

I have discovered that my paternal ancestors originally came from Plotsk. I am trying to determine if they meant the actual town of Plotsk or the district. The families moved from Poland to Britain probably between 1865 - 1880. The names I am researching are GOODMAN ( or a Polish equivalent of that name), KURCHAK/KURCZAK - one side, and the other - GOLOMBEK, GREENBERG ( or a Polish equivalent ). In seraching the JewishGen Databases, I have found a Kurchak from Dobrzyn - is that near Plotsk ?
My cousin also has some notes saying that my GGgrandfather Solomon Judah Golombek came from Zarvomin ( that's how my cousin had spelt it - does that make sense ?- I have found the towns of Czarmun and Zuromin - would they be considered to be near Plotsk ?

Please let me know if you can help me. If I obtain other information about Plotsk and surrounding communities from the research being done by me and my cousins, I will send it to you.

Thank you,
Catherine Youngren

Dwiseman - 26 Mar 99
Email: zrsesrog "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)

I am searching for relatives of my great-great-great grandparents: Hannah Visogrod and Solomon Wolf Cohen who came to England about 1890. They were born about 1840. Their passbook says they were form Plotzk Gaberna. The name Visogrod suggests that somewhere along the way they were from Wyschogrod. Solomon's father was Mordechai and Hannah's father was Abraham.

Nestor Gorojovsky- 24 March 1999
Email: nestor "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry
Dear friends: I do not descend from any Plock family. My family was of the villages of Przemyszl and Sambor, near Lvov (Lemberg, Lwow, Lviv). Could you please help me find out if any of them has survived or provide me with a link that helps me do so?

Thank you in advance,

Harvey Kaplan- 23 March 1999
Email: harvey "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry
Moshe Linderman of Plock married Bluma Shlackman(Schlackman). They had 3 sons and a daughter:
Barnet Linderman - married Esther Seifert.
Woolf Linderman - married Rebecca Tropp, London, 1891.
Isaac Linderman - married Sarah Chatterway
Millie Linderman -married Isaac Kammonowitz, London, 1887.

Looking for relatives.

Rom Eisenberg - 10 March 1999
Email: tamarisk "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry
My name is Rom Eisenberg and i'am son of David Eisenberg who was born in Plok in 17.11.1917 and died at 19.11.98 in Israel. He had brother named Monek and sister named Roma who was murdered in the hollocost. I do not know much about other relatievs and I would be thankfull ifyou have any further information about this family and its roots.
Thank you and goodbye
Rom Eisenberg

Joel Stern - 9 March 1999
Email: jsstern "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: PLONSKY
The Inquiry
Any information on Joe Plonsky who immigrated to Louisiana from Poland in 18?? would be appreciated. He may have come to join relatives in Louisiana, through New Orleans or Galveston, we do not know. Thanks.

Gaston L. Schmir - 7 March 1999
Email: gaston.schmir "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)

The Inquiry
Any information about Yitzhak Yacov Lewinsohn, Shmuel Hersh Lewinsohn, Mordkhe Yosef Lewinsohn and their families. As far as I know, all perished in the Holocaust. Also, Blima Piechotka, nee Szafran

Lawrence Blum - 5 March 1999
Email: lawblum "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)

The Inquiry
I am researching family around Sochocin, Plonsk, Kuchary, Nowe Miesto, and Ciechanow.One of the family names is Strach. Do you know were the families came from? I know that people moved, due to programs, economics, marriages, and other reasons unknown. Is it possible that the Strach family came from Sochocin.
Thank you for any help.
Lawrence Blum

Catherine Youngren - 4 March 1999
Email: mailto:cydesign "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
I am researching my great great grandfather who came to Liverpool, England in the 1880's from Plock. We understand that his original name was Golabek or Golombek. One of his daughters, Byla remained in Plock and married Zyskimd Klinkowsztajn. We believe they were lost in the Holocaust.

Judith Just - 19 February 1999
Email: studio21 "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: CYMBLER
The Inquiry:
I would like any information about anyone with the above surname from Plock who might still be alive. All of the people who lived in this town with the above surname would be related in some way. It is possble that even though most of them might have perished perhaps there were small children that were hidden and did not become victims? My father left his family in Plock and came to the U.S before the holocaust and then lost touch with his family in 1939.

Julian H. Preisler - 9 February 1999
Email: julianp "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
I am interested in hearing from anyone who has roots in the towns of Gostand Dobrzyn nad Wisla, both near the city of Plock. Perhaps you have connections to the Goldman, Lejba, and Michalski surnames.
I am would like to compile a listing of all known Jews from these towns. Also I am searching for a photograph or image of the synagogue that once stood in Gostynin.
Thanks and B'Shalom,
Julian H. Preisler

Lili Susser - 3 February 1999
Email:Susserl "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Your Inquiry:
My mothers maiden name was Rubinsztein born in 1891. Her mothers maiden name was Flaks born in 1856 Her maiden name was Strasburger.
Looking for any of those names.
Sorry have no pictures or artifacts. Lost all in Auschwitz. Not even a photo of a family member. Wrote a book recently with a lot of what I remembered about the Ghetto Lodz. Will be glad to answer questions posed to me

Lili Susser

Jesion - 18 Jan 1999
My email : jesion "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames JESION
The Inquiry:
Mon pere, Majer Jesion, n?e a Gostynin a 20 km de plock ,en 1923 ,a sa la guerre ,fils de Jacob et Luba ,il n'as plus vu personne ,il avait 4 ou 5 freres une souer, apres la guerre il est parti vivre au Bresil ,a Sao Paulo , ou il vit aujourd'hui .

My father is Majer Jesion ,survival ,from Gostynin, Pologne son of : Jacob and Luba Jesion ,

Madeline Lowell - 6 Jan 1999
My email Rimikim "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The message:
Seeking information about my grandfathers family. He was born between 1875-1880. His father believed to be a Rabbi, emmigrated to England at age 20ish, leaving wife and 2 daughters behind. Returned, divorced and emmigrated to US. Name change here to Harry Weiss from Widofski or something close! Maintained contact with daughters until war, was unable to trace them afterwards although know both married. In US married Helen Gluckson, same birth town,her mothers name Manya. Have found one cousin (paternal side)who knew most of his immediate family murdered in camps.

Evelyn Rayson - Jan 99
My email: avra "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)

The message:
My name is Evelyn Rayson. My father, Gershon Kohn was born in Plock Poland, June 16, 1916. My father had a sister, Raizel, who did not survive the war. Raizel's husband was Florek. Her survived the war and when last I heard from him, he was living in Israel. I would love to have contact with him, if he is still alive. My grandfather, Hersz Josif Kon was also born in Plock, Poland in 1885. My grandmother's name was Leah Gutmacher. My grandparents were murdered in Treblinka in October 1942. My mother Hela Kruczyk was also born in Plock. Her mother was Chava Leah Goldberg and her father was Aaron Kruczyk. My mother had many sisters and brothers, but only her sister Pesse and her brother Elek Kruczyk survived the war. I would love to hear from anyone who has any information about my family

Ada Holtzman - 30 November 1998
Email: ada01 "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Message:
Searching Zlotnik

Stuart Cohn- 18 September 1998
Email: cohnsimcha "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry:
I am attempting to locate decendants of my grandfather Sam COHN who was from Raciaz, Poland and immigrated to Texas in 1921. I have located some old letters and located new cousins in Israel which has produced the following new information:

My grandfather Sam COHN had either a sister or first cousin named Rose FOX. I have many letters from her dated around 1939. She was married to David FOX and they lived on Cruger Ave. in the Bronx. I located a wedding invitation for their son David FOX who was married to Marlene BRIKLOD on Thursday November 23, 1950 at the Temple Adath Israel in Bronx, NY. In addition, the family owned a produce business in the Washington Market. David and Rose FOX might have been Sophie KUGLER.

In addition, I am searching for the Shlomo GREENSPAN/GRINSPAN family of Brooklyn. Shlomo was the author of Zdin in Plotzk/Jews is Plotsk 1960. His son's name is Isadore GREENSPAN and his daughter is Nayma.

Also searching Hershel GREENSPAN family of Argentina. Hershel had a daughter who might live in Paris and a son Gerard GREENSPAN who most likely lives in Argentina.

Jack GREENSPAN was from Raciaz, Poland and his mother was my grandfather's sister. According to the Raciaz Yizkhor book, Jack's mother and father should be Label and Hinda GREENSPAN. Jack lived at my grandparent's Rose and Sam COHN's house in Taft,TX after returning from the war to the USA. Jack GREENSPAN married Lillian and had a daughter Sipora after moving to Los Angeles, CA. Jack GREENSPAN may have owned a chain of beverage stores.

In addition, I have very recently sent correspondence to the two following persons by regular mail: David AIZENBERG of Paris and Stella TJAJKOWSKI of Stockholm.If you see this posting and you would like to communicate with me by electronic mail, please contact me at cohnsimcha "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)

Floyd B. Russak - 5 July 1998
Email: FRussak "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: R U S S A K
The Message:
All my relatives (surname Russak) came from Plock. I am searching for ancestors and survivors of pogroms and the Holocaust. I have my family tree on line. Please keep me posted of any information you have on Plock, and let me know if I can help in any way. Thanks!

Floyd B. Russak, M.D.
9 Red Tail Drive
Highlands Ranch CO 80126

Michael Brenner - 22 April 1998
Email: Mmbrenners "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: KON

In the JewGen Family Finder you list that you are researching a KON family from Plock. My research indicates more than one Kon family in the period 1810 thru the mid 1800,s, the period that the LDS Family History has filmed.
My Grandmother was Rachel Kon, dau. of Avram Mortka Kon, son of Moyses Kon, son of Meyer Kon born ca.1769. Meyer had the following children: 1.Moyses, 2.Ruchel Laja, 3.Michael Joseph, 4. Hersz.
If any of thes match let me know. Incidently, I visited Plotzk in 1993 and the
old quarter, including the Jewish section was still there and being lived in..
Michael Brenner

Jeff Maynard - 23 March 1998
Email: jmmnutel "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry
I'm delighted that you are doing Plotzk! My families original name was Maidat - Maynard is Anglicised. We come (or came - in 1892) from Zychlin. A large part of the family were in the little village of Sobota from the 1820s. Sheila Salo has supplied me with photocopies of the surviving Sobota records which I am currently transliterating/indexing. However, there were branches of the family in Plotzk. Surnames are: MAIDAT, KLEINOT, CHUDY, SAUER
Jeff Maynard
2065 London Court
Merrick, NY 11566

Hans Bonheim. - 19 March 1998
Email: hbonheim "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry
My information is thru a sister -in-law in California. She wrote some time ago, that her grandfather was a Aba Glassberg from Plock. Evidently they moved to Munich but later to I believe Magdeburg,Germany.Teh rest of the Glassbergs moved Bad Woerrishofen, Bavaria.Qite a number perished in the Holocaust. I have little time right now and will get in touch with my sister-in- law for verification. I will get in touch witthen.

George Abrahams- 17 March 1998
Email: Geo613 "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
Surnames: ABRAHAMS
The Inquiry
My grandfather may have been born in Plock itself, but my great grandfather was born in Plock. His name was Nathan Abrahams (in England). In Plock it may have been Nathan Abrahams or Nathan Norjitsa (not sure of the spelling, but it means tailor or cutter in Polish, and he was a tailor). My grandfather was born in about 1844 and would have arrived in England about then with his parents. He was married in London in1886. Then emigrated to South Africa in 1902.

Judy Wolkovitch (nee' Horowicz) - 22 Oct 1997
Email: 102444.44 "at" (replace with @ to avoid spam)
The Inquiry
I have seen your name on the JewishGen e-mail site a number of times and although I am not sure if we have a connection I thought I should write. I have also been researching Pamong other Polish towns.
My primary interest is the Horowicz family. I have a record from Plock of a Ruchel Holtzman who married twice. The first time to Israel Lieb Horowitz and the second time to a man whose name appears to be Tekim Redlitz - marriage took in 1846. I have not been able to tie this in to my tree but wondered if you have any information about this.
Also I thought you might be interested to know that I have been researching the Wolkowicz tree from Kolo and there was a Rabbi Israel Gombinski welderly descendent lives in New York.
Judy Wolkovitch (nee Horowicz)


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