As a virtual
museum continues to exist, it most certainly evolves on an ongoing
basis. Material is added, changes are made, all in the hope that the
museum will become enriched, more informative and ultimately more
appealing. Please check the Links page periodically, as more
interesting web sites will continue to be added to the list. (Note
that many of these links that were active in 2005 have changed or are
no longer active.)
15 Aug 2005:
Jews in the Russian Army:
03 Sep 2005: Ellis Island: Port of
06 Sep 2005: Living in America: Landsmanshaftn and Other Jewish
Society Gates New!
Most society burial
plots in the New York-New Jersey metro area have metal gates and cement
posts at their entrances. As part of an evolving exhibition, web pages
containing photographs of the gates and information gathered from these
gates, such as the names of the officers and the members, will be displayed.
Perhaps you will find a name within these pages that you are currently
Each page contains the information for society plots that are associated
with a particular town or city. To see an enlarged version of any photo,
just left-click on the thumbnail version.
The first two are:
09 Sep 2005: Krakow has been added to the Society Gates exhibition.
14 Sep 2005: Bialystok and Czyzew have been added to this
15 Sep 2005:
Added today are pages for Andrzejewo, Dlugosiodlo, Goworowo,
Stawiski and Zareby Koscielne.
20 Sep 2005: You can now view the society gates and member's names
for Brok, Jedwabne, Lomza, Lomza-Gac,
Myszyniec, Nowogrod, Sniadowo, Tykocin, Zambrow
26 Sep 2005: The town of Lomzyca has been added.
The Cemetery Project:
26 Jul 2005: Unique
surnames have been added to the Pultusk list. New lists have been
added for the combined Tomaszow Lubelski/Pietrokov plot and for
a plot associated with Eisiskes.
02 Aug 2005: A list
containing nearly one-thousand unique surnames has been created for
Krakow, Poland. This list represents fifteen of the twenty-nine extant
Krakow-associated society plots in the New York-New Jersey metro area. Keep
checking the Updates page for mention of more names that have been added to
Also, surnames have been added
for a single Congregation Adas Israel Anshei Gal Menach Sfard society.
03 Aug 2005: Two more
Krakow-associated society plots have been added, making seventeen of
twenty-nine plots that have been added to the database (nearly 3,000 burials
in total). Also another Eisiskes plot has been added to the Eisiskes
unique surnames list.
09 Aug 2005: Seven more
Krakow-associated society plots have been added, and thus twenty-four of
twenty-nine society plots (all in the NY metro area) are reflected in the
Krakow unique surnames list. Also, one of nine extant Mielec plots
are reflected in the new Mielec unique surname list. A unique surnames list
Suwalki-associated plots has been created that at present reflects
the unique surnames in five combined Suwalki society plots.
11 Aug 2005: Another
society plot has been added to the Suwalki list, as well as three
more for the Mielec list.
12 Aug 2005: Four more
society plots associated with Ciechanow have been added, thus all
Ciechanow society plots in New York (none in New Jersey) have been
13 Aug 2005: More
Suwalki and Mielec unique surnames have been added to their
14 Aug 2005: More plots
have been added to their respective unique surnames list. These plots are
associated with the following towns/cities in Poland: Eisiskes,
Mielec, Rajgrod, and Suwalki.
15 Aug 2005: New lists
have been created for Ozarow and Chelm.
16 Aug 2005: New lists
have been created for Kielce,
Sochaczew and Serock, and another Ozarow and Chelm
(second of two) plot has been added to the mix.
25 Aug 2005: A unique
surnames list has been created for the sole Sosnowiec society plot.
More unique surnames have been added to the following lists: Krakow,
Eisiskes, Radom, Lublin, Lodz, Rozan and
12 Sep 2005: A unique surnames list has been created for the only two
society plots that are associated with Kazimierz Dolny. The following
web pages have been updated: Wegrow, Makow Mazowiecki,
Suwalki, Czyzewo and Tomaszow Lubelski.
19 Sep 2005: Unique surnames associated with the following Polish
towns/NY and NJ society plots are included today for the first time. They
are Czestochowa, Frampol, Gostynin, Lubaczow,
Pinczow, Warka and Krosno-Jedlicze (there is only one
Krosno plot, and this plot is also associated with nearby Jedlicze.
There are other Jedlicze plots, but they have not been attended to by
30 Sep 2005: It has been correctly pointed out to me that two of the
seven society plots that I thought were associated with Mielec are
actually associated with the town of Mielnica, presently in the
Ukraine. The Mielec unique surname list has thus been amended and a
Mielnica unique surnames list has been started.
03 Aug 2005: A map of the
overall grounds of Cypress Hills Cemetery located in Brooklyn, NY has
been added to the collection of maps. This cemetery is non-sectarian and was
founded in 1848. There are approximately 350,000 buried within their walls,
but only ten or so of the plots therein are associated with Jewish
organizations. One of the burial plots is
a very small one associated with
the Krakauer Society.
16 Aug 2005: Thanks to the
thoughtfulness of a museum visitor, the map for Riverside Cemetery in
New Jersey has been updated. Rather than having just a colored, sectional
map that was on this web page before, there now is black and white map with
all the society names listed for each of the society plot. A lot better,
don't you think?
The Map Room:
09 Aug 2005: Not to be
confused with the maps from the Cemetery Project, this site will allow you
see what many areas in Poland looked like during the period between the two
World Wars. Produced in Poland, these maps are not detailed town maps, but
are topographical maps that display most all the towns and villages in the
surrounding areas. As the file size of each map is fairly large, they will
be rotated with others in the Museum's collection periodically (there are
more than eighty in the Museum "archives.") Each original map is
divided into left and right halves. The first three maps exhibited are from
the regions of Lomza, Bialystok and Lodz.
13 Aug 2005: Pre-war maps
for Ostrow Mazowiecka, Tykocin and Warszawa have been
added to the Map Room page.
21 Aug 2005: The following
maps have been added to the collection: Ciechanow (1935), Augustow
(1929/1941), and Goniadz-Trzcianne (1929-1930).
09 Sep 2005: Another
twenty-seven maps have been added to the Map Room, of regions that lie
within the eastern-half of modern day Poland.
01 Oct 2005: You can now find maps for the Wegrow area,
including Sokolow Podlaski, Drohiczyn and Siemiatycze.
07 Oct 2005: Pre-World War II maps of the areas surrounding
Ostroleka, Rozan and Wyszkow are now available for
29 Jul 2005: Many more
family photographs from Ozarow have been added, thanks to the
generosity of Moishe Gold.
30 Jul 2005: Three family
photographs taken in photographic studios, two from Lomza and one
from Ostrow Mazowiecka, were graciously shared with the Museum
by Reeva Kimble.
09 Aug 2005: More
family photographs have been received by the Museum from several
contributors and added to the exhibition. The towns/cities in which these
photographs were taken are Kazimierz Dolny, Krakow, Pulawy,
and Sniadowo, all now in Poland. Also added are photographs from
Bereza Kartuska in Belarus and Buczacz (Agnon) and Uman in
the Ukraine, as well as one from France.
11 Aug 2005: More
photographs taken in towns west of Lublin have been added to the
exhibition: Kazimierz Dolny, Pulawy, Deblin, Radom, and
15 Aug 2005: Yet more
photos from Kazimierz Dolny, Pulawy and Bereza Kartuska,
as well as the first family photographs from Romania, including
03 Sep 2005: Family photos have been added from Minsk, Riga,
Vilna, Makow Mazowiecki, Warszawa and Pultusk..
07 Sep 2005: Two family
studio photographs taken Grodno have been added.
08 Sep 2005: The first
family photograph from Lodz has been added to the exhibition.
12 Sep 2005: Family photographs have been added from Lodz,
Pultusk, Kamenets Podolskiy.
19 Sep 2005: More photos from Lodz, Sokolka, Nowy
Targ and Drohobycz (Ukraine).
26 Sep 2005: Family photos from Dobrzyn Nad Wisla (west of
Plock) and Wysocinek have been added.
27 Sep 2005: A Krakow family photograph has been added.
30 Sep 2005: A family
photo from Czestochowa...
08 Oct 2005: Pre-war family photographs from Vilna and
10 Oct 2005: Photographs from Suwalki and Augustow...
31 Jul 2005: Now that the
relationships between my paternal grandfather Harry Ness and the Litman
and Yetta Osinski and Sarah and Morris Wertel families have been
established, two web pages have been added that now contain previously
unpublished photographs and information about them and their families.
07 Oct 2005: A photograph of Jacob Greenberg, nee Jankiel
Burak, has been added to the Collection Highlights web page. He was a
brother of Edith Rosenzweig, nee Itke Burak, who is also