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15987 Tombstone

7/14/2010 4:36 PM Please could you translate thie headstone?
Thanks in advance
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15975 Translation - Hebrew

7/14/2010 4:36 PM Hello,
I found the ketouba of my grandparents (Jacob Finkelstein , Rywka Oberberg) and i would translate it. May be there is important information such as addresses, names, dates.

Thank you very much.
http://finkelstein.free.fr/shoah
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15966 Photo Identification

7/14/2010 4:35 PM This is the reverse of the previous posted photo.

I would like to know the date of this (and the photo) and if there is any useful information on it (the i.d. numbers are mine, and on a damaged section!).
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15968 Do you recognize?

7/14/2010 4:35 PM Does anyone recognize this man as their kin?
Pinie SCHAPOSCHNIK / Pedro ZAPOSNEK

This card was probably hand carried by the orphaned sons of Rachmiel/Raul and Feige Spivak to Raul's brother in New York, Abram Spiwak, in 1921. On their ship manifest, the boys list their closest relative as Pedro Zaposnek, Cousin. I believe the man pictured here is Pinie Schaposchnik of Orgeyev, a merchant who emigrated to Mendoza, Argentina and changed his name to Pedro Zaposnek and lived at Las Heras 83. If anyone recognizes him as their kin, and knows his story, please contact me! The Yiddish inscription on the back says, "Dear friend Avrom Spivak and family, here's a photograph of me as an everlasting memento." It is signed, simply, "Pinye."
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15970 Interpretation

7/14/2010 4:35 PM Can anyone shed light on the Spanish photographic studio stamp on the front of this photograph of Rachmiel / Raul Spivak (alternately Spiwak)? A native of Orheyev, Bessarabia, he emigrated to Argentina in the first decade of the 20th century, settling in Mendoza, and changing his name to Raul. Any comments on dating this image? or other reflections? I can see the words "San Martin," and "Bandera" on the stamp. I have a ship manifest for Rachmiel sailing on 16 December 1909 to Buenos Aires (Bilbao; La Plata) via Hamburg. Estimated birth, 1872; age 37; merchant/peddler. He traveled on the Ascension in steerage. He brought over his wife, Feige, and two sons, in March1911 (next image). She died some time after the birth of her third son, David (1914). Raul decided to bring his three sons to New York to join his brother, Abram Spiwak, but died just before the boat sailed in the summer of 1921. I am trying to find information about Raul and Feige’s life and death in Argentina. View the post with its 1 response
15971 Interpretation

7/14/2010 4:35 PM Feige Spivak, b.1878; 33 years old, emigrated to Argentina to join her husband, Rachmiel / Raul Spivak, 3 March 1911, traveling with their two sons, Schloime / Solomon (b.1902) and Baruch / Bernard / Benito (b. 1905). They traveled on the Hamburg-American line in steerage, stopping in “Boulogne, Southampton, Coruna, Lissabon, Teneriffa, Rio de Janiero,” and finally La Plata (Buenos Aires). Can anyone comment on this photo? dress, hair, the boys' clothes (uniforms?) why are their heads shaved? Does anyone recognize Feige? Was a Schaposchnick from Orheyev? How long did that route take? She had a third son, David, born in Argentina, 1914, and died sometime between 1914 and 1921, when Raul decided to bring his sons to America to be with his brother, Abram Spiwak in New York City. But he died (see previous listing) before their ship sailed, so the boys arrived alone. I am searching for information about Feige and Raul in Argentina, and for descendants of relatives and friends there View the post with its 1 response
15972 Photo Identification

7/14/2010 4:35 PM
This photo is believed to be Baruch Spiwak, a melamed who was forcibly removed from his shtetl in the 1880s as a result of the May Laws. He settled in Orheyev with his eight children (his wife, Perel Liba died about 1888, after the birth of her youngest child, Abram Spiwak). The photo bears a stamp on the back in Russian and another language I cannot identify (Romanian?). I know enough Russian to translate the stamp as Photographia M. Loshakov, Torgovia 154, Orheyev. Searching the Yizkor book for Orheyev, I found the photographer's name and this street in Orhei where his shop was located. Can anyone tell me what the other language is and if it helps date this image? Baruch Spiwak died in the spring of 1903, soon after the Kishinev pogrom. Does anyone recognize this man? Do any records for this photo studio still exist? Does anyone have interpretive comments to offer? (Please see the next image for the stamp on the back of this photo).

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15973 Translation - Other

7/14/2010 4:35 PM
This is the stamp that appears on the back of a photo believed to be Baruch Spiwak, a melamed who was forcibly removed from his shtetl in the 1880s and settled in Orheyev with his eight children (his wife, Perel Liba died about 1888, after the birth of her youngest child, Abram Spiwak). I see that the words on the right are in Russian, but what language appears on the left? I know enough Russian to translate the stamp as Photographia M. Loshakov, Torgovia 154, Orheyev. Searching the Yizkor book for Orheyev, I found the photographer's name and this street in Orhei where his shop was located. Can anyone tell me what the other language is and if it helps date this image? Baruch Spiwak died in the spring of 1903, soon after the Kishinev pogrom. Do any records for this photo studio still exist? Does anyone have interpretive comments to offer?

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15965 Photo Identification

7/14/2010 4:34 PM I would be pleased to have some help in dating this photo.

I have also posted the reverse and would appreciate it if it can be interpreted, particularly place or date.
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15956 Translation - Russian

7/14/2010 4:34 PM This is the back of a photograph that was in the possession of an Iskow cousin of mine. The picture is of an unidentified family. The picture is dated 1922, which coincides with the date that Lottie Iskow and her 5 children (Joe, Dorothy, Bessie, Herman, Sol) arrived in America from Mogilev, Russia. Chances are she brought this photo with her.

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15957 Photo Identification

7/14/2010 4:34 PM This is a photograph that was in the possession of an Iskow cousin of mine. The picture is of an unidentified family. The picture is dated 1922, which coincides with the date that Lottie Iskow and her five children (Joe, Dorothy, Bessie, Herman, Sol) arrived in America from Mogilev, Russia. Chances are she brought this photo with her. View the post with its 1 response
15958 Translation - Yiddish

7/14/2010 4:34 PM I only require the translation from Yiddish to English View the post with its 2 responses
15949 Interpretation

7/14/2010 4:33 PM Looking for meaining of the Correspondence Section. Also, I assume this is an American since the address is Washington, DC. Any addtional information that I might find about this person and his medal from this document. View the post, there are no responses
15950 Do you recognize?

7/14/2010 4:33 PM This is a photo of Jacob Foreman taken in Chicago in the aughts. He was born about 1887 or 1888 in Russia-- possibly in modern-day Minsk, Belarus, though that is up for debate. We think his father's name was Harry Foreman. He came to the U.S. about 1909, married Rose Sherman in about 1912, and had three sons: Morris, Hyman and Arthur. He died in 1922 leaving no family history whatsoever. I am looking for other descendants of his parents/siblings. View the post, there are no responses
15951 Do you recognize?

7/14/2010 4:33 PM Rose Sherman and Jacob Foreman, probably a wedding photo in Chicago, about 1912. Seeking descendants of Jacob Foreman, either through his father (possibly named Harry) or siblings (names unknown). He came to the US about 1909 and settled in Chicago. It is believed that he is from modern-day Minsk, Belarus. View the post, there are no responses
15952 Translation - Yiddish

7/14/2010 4:33 PM This is writing on the back of a photo of my great-grandmother. I'm not sure whether it's Russian or Yiddish! I would really appreciate if someone would be able to translate and let me know which language it is. Thank you so much! View the post with its 1 response
15953 Do you recognize?

7/14/2010 4:33 PM This photo was presumably taken in Kirovohrad, Ukraine, some time during the nineteen aughts. Seated in the center is my great-grandmother's sister whose maiden name would have been Reznikova. It is possible that her first name was Minnie though that is unfounded. I do not know her married name. The four children, left to right, are Helen, Gertrude, Morrie, and Joey. Seated on the far right is my great-great-great grandmother Ethel Reznikova.

I am seeking the married name of the sister and subsequently her four children's last name. It is believed that she died of TB in Ukraine and her husband brought the four children to New York where he remarried. I have additional photos of the four children in 1928.
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15954 Do you recognize?

7/14/2010 4:33 PM Here is a photo of my great-grandmother visiting her deceased sister's children in New York in 1928. Her maiden name was Reznikova; I do not know what her sister's married name was or what the children's last name was. This is the information I would like to know! The four children were Morrie, Gertrude, Helen, and Joey; their mother's name may have been Minnie. Their grandmother's name would have been Ethel and their grandfather was reportedly a rabbi in Kirovohrad. They were brought to New York by their father after their mother's death. The elder sister Gertrude married and returned for political reasons to Russia in the 1930's; my grandmother believes she may have been killed.

Pictured top left: my great-uncle George, unknown "cousin" Morrie, great-grandma Clara, unknown "cousin" Helen, unknown "cousin" Gertrude. Seated from left: great-aunt Anna, unknown "cousin" Joey, grandma Leah
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15946 Tombstone

7/14/2010 4:30 PM Please translate the entire gravestone from Hebrew to English - thanks very much. View the post with its 1 response
15947 Tombstone

7/14/2010 4:30 PM Please translate the entire gravestone from Hebrew to English - thanks very much. View the post with its 1 response
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