Landsmen 1994-1995

Vol. 4 – No. 4 (1994) A Trip to Suwalki Gubernia: Marjampol, Kalwarja, Vilkaviskis and Kudirkos Neumestis (Wladyslawow)

This article includes information on researching at the Lithuanian State Historical Archives in Vilnius in 1994 and traveling to Marjampol, Kalwarja, Vilkaviskis, and Wladyslawow (Kudirkos/Neustadt) to visit Jewish memorials to Holocaust victims and Jewish cemeteries.

Although the information about the archives, bank transfers, and contact people may be “dated” after 21 years, it is still worth reading about the details of visiting the four towns.

Bruce Kahn, the author, was the first person connected to Vilkaviskis that I ever talked to at first the FEEFHS conference I attended in Bloomington, Minnesota, in 1996. He put me in contact with Bob Eidschun (See the November 23, 2014, post) and my life has never been the same since. I bought an 8 x 10 black and white U. S. Army aerial photograph from him of Vilkaviskis taken in World War II which showed the mass burial of Jews in Vilkaviskis. I owe Bruce a high debt of gratitude.

Vol. 4 – No. 4 (1994) Postscripts: Bruce Kahn’s Experience at the Lithuanian State Historical Archives

This article details his 1994 experience of research at the Lithuanian State Historical Archives and provides a time-honored lesson. Rather than accept the cheaper price of an extract, pay the full amount for a photographic copy to get every detail from a record. The author’s experience led to the discovery of the origin of a family surname.
Vol. 4 – No. 4 (1994) Not So Protected: A Footnote on the Berlowitz Experience in East Prussia

The author provides follow up research in the Vol. 4 – Nos. 2 – 3 Double Issue (1994), East Prussian Origins. Two petitions filed in Koenigsberg illustrate the anti-Jewish attitude among Prussian officials in the early 18th century and the resulting events in the family in 1807-1808.

Vol. 5 – No. 4 (1995) The Jewish Community of Vilkovishki: Full Translation from Kagan’s Yiddish book

Vilkaviskis is one of the oldest settlements in Lithuania, dating to the beginning of the 16th century.

A repeated thread through all of these articles is that the proximity to the Prussian border allowed access to the railroad and a means to the important ideas in the Age of Enlightenment.

Fires broke out in 1882, 1886, and 1895.

Some believe that Vilkaviskis was the most vibrant Jewish town in Lithuania.

About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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