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A Visit to Passages in Valencia

Passages Bible Museum, Valencia, CA [] Museum is moving to Washington DC in 2017, a new 7-floor building will have 40,000 artifacts. Current Valencia location is showing just 1% of artifacts. The entire collection of artifacts is owned by Hobby … Continue reading

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Dolginovo (Dolhinov), Belarus on

If you’ve been on the fence about becoming a member of the community, here’s one more reason to register: Geni members can now create a community of members from the same town or village. Anyone may sponsor a town, … Continue reading

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Family Tree DNA: Y-DNA 37 Marker Test

Family Tree DNA Results YOLEN

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: This blog was viewed about 850 times in 2014, by people in 45 countries. Click here to see the complete report.

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Oral History Interview With Jack Chevlin: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Jack Chevlin, a cousin from Dolginovo, Belarus who survived the Holocaust, gave a one-hour interview. His sister, Sylvia Chevlin Zamkov, is also a survivor and lives in New Haven, CT. She has a testimony with the USC Steven Spielberg Foundation. … Continue reading

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Red Star Line Documentary

A museum of the Red Star Line has opened in Antwerp, Belgium. For anyone with family members emigrating to America through Ellis Island, the Red Star Line was one of the major shipping companies crossing the Atlantic from Europe, bringing … Continue reading

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Kiselev’s List (Russian Documentary) When the Jews of Dolginovo (Dalhinev) were under attack by the Nazis in 1942, some people managed to escape to the surrounding forests. Nikolai Kiselev, a Russian partisan, led them to safety 1500 kilometers to the … Continue reading

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Litvak Trip Day 9: Kaunas, Vilnius

Kaunas (Kovno) If Vilnius was known as the center of education (often referred to as “the Jerusalem of Lithuania”) then Kaunas was a trade and commercial center. Its location on the Nemunas (Neman) River, which flows to the Baltic Sea, … Continue reading

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Litvak Trip Day 8: Kaunas Archives, Ninth Fort

The Kaunas Hotel has an excellent breakfast buffet with many traditional foods: local cottage cheese served in slices, hot kasha, blintzes, smoked salmon, herrings, garlic, 3 types of black (rye) breads, and the local soft drink, kvass (made from yeast … Continue reading

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Belarus, It’s Complicated [part III]

Dalhinev, continued There are two memorials to the Jews who perished here during the Holocaust. A matching memorial is placed outside the cemetery, with a plaque from the Belarus Ministry of Education. Some of Dalhinev’s original shtetl neighborhood is intact, … Continue reading

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