Newsletter Archive

Between 1996 and 2011, the Latvia Special Interest Group (SIG), predecessor of the JewishGen Latvia Research Division, published a newsletter several times per year, roughly every quarter. There is a list of major articles below, by volume, along with a link to a PDF of the issue.

Volume 16, Issue 1, November 2011

  • President‘s Report: 2

  • Editor‘s Comments: 4

  • IAJGS 2012 Conference: 6

  • Bauska Update: 7

  • Green Synagogue in Rezekne Update: 8

  • Keeping the Memory Alive by Henry Blumberg: 10

  • Rumbula‘s Echo Update: 14

  • An Interview with Abram Kit: 15

  • Jewish Materials Stored in Latvian State Historical Archives: 21

  • Tidbits: 23


Volume 15, Issue 3, May 2011

  • President‘s Report: 2

  • Editor‘s Comments: 3

  • IAJGS 2011 Conference: 3

  • Latvia SIG Events at IAJGS 2011: 4

  • Workshop for SIGs at IAJGS 2011: 5

  • Summer Events in Latvia: 5

  • A New Business: Family History Unbound: 6

  • Bauska Update: 7

  • Latvian Jewish Ancestors: Why Latvia: 9


Volume 15, Issue 2, January 2011

  • President’s Report: 2

  • Editor’s Comments: 3

  • IAJGS 2011 Conference: 4

  • Rumbula’s Echo Update by Mitch Lieber: 5

  • Green Synagogue Update by David Michaelson: 6

  • Shamir Update and Other News 7

  • A Request from Martha Lev-Zion: 9

  • Memories From My Relatives in Aizpute by Sven Sundman: 9

  • So it Goes: Embarking on a Never Ending Journey by M. Eliastam: 11

  • An Interview with Kalman Feyzus: 15

Volume 15, Issue 1, September 2010

  • President's Report:: 2

  • Editor’s Comments: 4

  • IAJGS 2010 Conference: A Perspective by Henry Blumberg: 5

  • IAJGS Topics of General Interest by Rochelle Kaplan: 6

  • Rumbula’s Echo Update by Mitch Lieber: 11

  • Shamir Updates: Steps for Life 2010: 12

  • Latvian March to Mark Nazi Invasion: 13

  • Bauska Update: 14

  • An Interview with Zalman Yoffe: 15

Volume 14, Issue 3, May 2010

  • Co-President’s Report—Barry Shay: 2

  • Co-President’s Report—Henry Blumberg: 3

  • Editor’s Comments: 5

  • Latvia SIG at the IAJGS Conference: 6

  • New Life to the Green Synagogue of Rezekne: 6

  • Rumbula Updates: 8

  • Shamir Updates: 8

  • Lo Tishkach Foundation: 9

  • Dankere (Part 3) by H. Ehrlich: 11

Volume 14, Issue 2, February 2010

  • Co-Presidents' Reports: 2

  • Editor's Comments: 3

  • IAJGS Conference in Los Angeles: 4

  • Latvia SIG at the IAJGS Conference: 4

  • Using Genetics to Enhance Genealogical Research by Judith Simon: 5

  • My Second Trip to Latvia by Bruce Dumes: 8

  • Rumbula Updates: 12

  • Shamir Updates: 13

  • Lo Tishkach Foundation: 15

  • Dankere (Part 2) by H. Ehrlich: 19

Volume 14, Issue 1, October 2009

  • Co-Presidents' Reports: 2

  • Treasurer's Report: 7

  • Editor's Comments: 7

  • One Day Seminar in Israel - Go West Genealogist: 8

  • IIJG Grants: 9

  • Rumbula's Echo: 9

  • Shamir Updates: 10

  • Reburial Place of the Rabbis of Daugavpils and Griva: 11

  • Dankere (Part 1) by H. Ehrlich: 13



Volume 13, Issue 3, May 2009

  • President's Report: 2

  • Editor's Comments: 4

  • Encyclopedia of Jewish Latvia 6

  • JewishGen Latvia Database: 8

  • Harlem Kurlander Cemetery Burials: 10

  • Churbn Lettland: The Destruction of the Jews of Latvia: 15

  • An Interview with Simon Gutman Part 3: 16


Volume 13, Issue 2, February 2009

  • President's Report: 2

  • Editor's Comments: 3

  • A Website List of Latvian Jewry Prior to World War II: 4

  • NAMES PROJECT: The Fate of the Latvian Jewish Community: 7

  • FEITELBERG: A Mission To Preserve Their Memory: 7

  • Advanced Googling for Genealogists by Rochelle Kaplan: 11

  • Jews and Anti-Semitism in the Baltic States by Dov Levin: 13

  • An Interview with Hanna Ferber (Part 3): 18

  • An Interview with Simon Gutman (Part 2): 21

Volume 13, Issue 1, November 2008

  • President's Report: 2

  • Treasurer's Report: 6

  • Editor's Comments: 6

  • Revive Your Shtetl by Rochelle Kaplan: 7

  • My Trip to Latvia by Bruce Dumes: 8

  • Have I got a Story to Tell by Rosalind Brandt Finkelstein: 16

  • An Interview with Hanna Ferber (Part 2): 17

  • An Interview with Simon Gutman (Part 1): 21

Volume 12, Issue 3, July 2008

  • President's Report: 2

  • Editor's Comments: 4

  • Launch of Names and Fates Project by Henry Blumberg: 5

  • Henry Blumberg's Presentation at the Launch: 7

  • The Holocaust in Latvia: An Essay in Historical Interpretation: 9

  • An Interview with Hanna Ferber: 12

  • Ashkenazi Jews with Sephardic Roots by Judy Simon: 16

Volume 12, Issue 2, December 2007

  • President's Report: 2

  • Editor's Comments: 3

  • IAJGS Conference in Chicago: 4

  • Using a DNA Brush to Sweep up Jewish Relatives by Dave Howard: 5

  • How I Found a Cousin Down Under by Barry Shay: 7
    Life on East 94th Street by Art Shay: 8

  • A Visit to Israel by Mike Getz: 10

  • An Interview with Lea Diminshtein :11

  • Descriptions of Jaunjelgava, Jecava, and Jekabpils: 22

Volume 12, Issue 1, September 2007

  • President's Report: 2

  • Editor's Comments: 4

  • Treasurer's Report: 5

  • IAJGS Conference in Salt Lake City: 6

  • IAJGS Conference in Chicago: 8

  • Extraordinary Commission List for Kuldiga: 9

  • Green Synagogue in Rezekne: 9

  • Symposium for the Reconstruction of the Kuldiga Synagogue: 9

  • My Family's Life in Courland by Janet K. Lobred: 11

  • Jews in Daugavpils by Jacob Gorfinkle: 12

  • An Interview with Hannah Cherfas, Part 2: 16

Volume 11, Issue 4, June 2007

  • Editor's Comments: 2

  • IAJGS Conference in Salt Lake City: 2

  • Project Status: The 1897 All Russian Census for Dvinsk: 3

  • Green Synagogue Update: 3

  • Symposium for the Reconstruction of the Kuldiga Synagogue: 4

  • The Perception of Kuldiga in the Memory of Jewish Ancestors: 5

  • Editor's Note Concerning the Kuldiga Synagogue Proposal: 6

  • Extraordinary Commission List for Kuldiga: 7

  • You may ask yourself, well... How did I get here: 9

  • An Interview with Hannah Cherfas: 16

Volume 11, Issue 3, March 2007

  • President's Report: 2

  • Editor's Comments: 3

  • A Journey to Latvia: Part 2 by Lois Rosen: 4

  • Latvian Jewish Intelligentsia Victims of the Holocaust: 8

  • I Remember Papa by Hymen Saye: 12

Volume 11, Issue 2, December 2006

  • President's Report 2

  • Editor's Comments 2

  • The Power of JewishGen in Uniting Families by Arlene Beare 3

  • Return to Latvia by Sue Levy 4

  • A Surprise at the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Barry Shay 9

  • An Interview with Cale Cukerman 11

  • The 1897 All-Russian Census for Daugavpils 19

  • Latvian Jewish Intelligentsia Victims of the Holocaust 19

  • Latvian Towns and Cities from the Archives at Beth Hatefutsoth 21

Volume 11, Issue 1, September 2006

  • President's Report: 2

  • Editor's Comments: 3

  • Treasurer's Report: 4

  • Latvia SIG Annual Meeting: 4

  • Latvia SIG Board Meeting: 6

  • Latvia SIG Activities at the 2006 IAJGS Conference in New York: 9

  • Memory of the Shoah in Post Soviet Latvia by Bella Zisere: 9

  • Searching for Jewish Identity by David Michaelson 11

  • Project to Reconstitute the Shtetls of Europe by Rochelle Kaplan: 16

  • A Journey to Latvia by Lois Rosen: 18

  • An Interview with Motel Bliznansk:y 20

Volume 10, Issue 4, July 2006

  • President's Report

  • Editor's Comments

  • Latvia SIG Events at the IAJGS Conference in New York

  • Reconnecting with Grobina by Henry Blumberg

  • Trip to Daugavpils by Ittamar Avin

  • Books by Latvia SIG Members

  • Jewish Collections in the Central State Historical Archives in Riga

  • Membership Fees Are Now Due

  • Latvian Towns and Cities from the Archives at Beth Hatefutsoth

  • Latvia SIG Membership Questionnaire

  • Latvia SIG Family Finder

Volume 10, Issue 3, May 2006

  • President's Report

  • Editor's Comments

  • Latvia SIG Events at the IAJGS Conference in New York

  • Jewish Genocide in Latvia: A Contemporary Debate

  • Interview with Boris Aronov

  • Current Events in Latvia

  • Latvian Towns and Cities from the Archives at Beth Hatefutsoth

Volume 10, Issue 2, January 2006

  • President’s Report

  • Editor's Comments

  • Jewish Holidays in Latvia

  • Saving My Past and Remembering the Holocaust

  • Green Synagogue Status Report

  • Interview with Zalman Anshin

  • A Brief Note on Jewish Last Names in Latgale

  • The Soviet Gulag

  • Reports from the World Jewish Congress

  • Latvian Towns and Cities from the Archives at Beth Hatefutsoth

Volume 10, Issue 1, October 2005

  • President’s Report

  • Treasurer's Report

  • Editor's Comments

  • JewishGen Latvia Database Update

  • Boss Beider Does It Again! by Rochelle Kaplan

  • The Liepaja Holocaust Memorial by Henry Blumberg

  • Shmuel's Story by Lois Rosen

  • Interview with Zalman Jakub

  • One Day Seminar at the Museum of the Diaspora in Tel Aviv

  • Report by Selma Schebschelowitz from the World Jewish Congress

  • Latvian Towns and Cities from the Archives at Beth Hatefutsoth

Volume 9, Issue 3 - June 2005

  • President’s Report

  • Editor’s Comments

  • The 2005 IAJGS Conference in Las Vegas

  • An Emotional Visit to Latvia

  • Finding my Grandmother Johanna Gerson, nee Friedman

  • Bauska Holocaust Memorial

  • USHMM Latvia and Lithuania Jewish Community Archival Records

  • Holocaust Victims Names Project

  • Chair of Latvian Parliament's International Affairs Committee

Volume 9, Issue 2 - March 2005

  • President’s Report

  • Editor’s Comments

  • Database Update

  • The 2005 IAJGS Conference

  • Jewish Genocide in Latvia

  • Update on the Green Synagogue of Rezekne

  • The First Jewish Settler in Windau, Courland, Russia, and his family

  • Early Records of the Jews of Latgale

  • The Riebini Cenus of 1935

Volume 9, Issue 1 - October 2004

  • Presidents Report

  • Treasurer's Report

  • Editors Comments

  • SIG Activities at the IAJGS Conference in Jerusalem

  • The 24th IAJGS Conference

  • The 2005 IAJGS Conference

  • Visiting My Ancestral Homeland by Randy Wasserstrom

  • A Good Name by Lisa Newman

  • Looking For Pinkus Elterman by Brad Elterman

  • Updates on the Rezekne Synagogue

  • A Note About Goldingen

Volume 8, Issue 3 - May 2004

  • President's Report

  • Editor's Comments

  • Pesach in Latvia

  • Holocaust in Riga by Natalie Schuck

  • Unexpected Family Avenues from Latvia by Eric Benjaminson

  • Looking for Nightingales by Lavi Soloway

  • A Photo Leads to a Visit to Latvia by Dave Howard

  • Latvian Named Righteous Gentile by Israel by Aaron Eglitis

  • Tributes Paid to Latvian Legionaries

  • IAGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

Volume 8, Issue 2 - February 2004

  • President’s Report

  • Editor’s Comments

  • Chabad Lights of Latvia: A letter from Rabbi Mordechai Glazman

  • Visit to Israel by Mike Getz

  • Latvia Testimonies at Yad Vashem

  • My Genealogy Journey to Latvia by Rochelle Kaplan

  • My Family in Latvia by Betsy Thal Gephart

  • My trip to Griva by Brad Elterman

  • The Road to Rezekne by Lavi Soloway

  • My Roots in South Africa by Irwin Sagenkahn

  • News from Latvia

  • Mystery Man by Barry Shay

  • Trip to Latvia

  • IAJGS 24th Intrnational Conference on Jewish Genealogy

Volume 8, Issue 1 - November 2003

  • President’s Report

  • Editor’s Comments

  • A Pilgrimage to Latvia (in two parts)

  • A Plea for Rezekne

  • Rezekne Update

  • More to Come on Rezekne

  • Auce Update

  • The Archive of Latvian and Estonian Jewry in Israel

  • Foreign Ministry Says Russia Outraged by Honors Paid to Latvian Legion

  • Estonian Security Police Wont Press Charges Against Anti-Semitic Web Posters

  • Latvias SS Cemetery Draws Ire

  • Latvian Security Police Do Not Charge Anti-Semitic Newspaper Editor

  • Vandals Desecrate Jewish Graves in Latvian Capital

  • IAJGS 24th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

  • Mystery Man

Volume 7, Issue 4 - July 2003

  • President’s Report

  • Treasurer’s Report

  • Editor’s Comments

  • The All Latvia Database Update

  • Dvinsk Website Development

  • Where should you look for your Latvian ancestors?

  • Zionism and Jewish Genealogy

  • The Connection Between Rezekne and Ein Zeitim

  • Latvia Inside of Me

  • Looking for Records In Latvia, a Personal Story

  • Investigation of Newspaper for Anti-Semitic Article

  • Baltic States Receive Mixed Marks For Nazi Prosecution

  • RJC on Estonian SS Monument

Volume 7, Issue 3 - April 2003

  • President’s Report

  • Comments

  • Rav Meir Simcha

  • Chicago's Landsmanshaften

  • Human Rights in Latvia

  • Latvian Integration

  • Operation Last Chance: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Beyond the Baltics

  • Anti-Semitism in the Baltics

  • IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

Volume 7, Issue 2 - January 2003

  • Presidents Report

  • Editor's Comments

  • Rosh Hashanah in Riga

  • Riga Visit October 2002

  • Latvia/Lithuania Reminiscences

  • Dispute In Latvia over Text on Monument

  • The Massacre of the Jews in Auce

  • Origins of Courlander Jews

  • Riga Expulsions

  • Preservation of Jewish Heritage

  • Genealogy: Reality and Fantasy, A Discussion with Blake Eskin

  • Estonia Finally Has A Home

  • Holocaust Revisionist Speaks to Packed House in Estonia

  • Identification of Given Names

  • 23rd IAJGS Conference

Volume 7, Issue 1, September 2002

  • President’s Report

  • Treasurer’s Report

  • Editor’s Comments

  • Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus: Affinities and Common Interests

  • My Trip to Riga by Brad Elterman

  • Ed Sternins Questions: Liquidation of Rigas Remaining Jews

  • Jack Efrat Responds

  • Mass Deportations of Latvian Jews by Prof. Dov Levin

  • Memoirs of Isaac Fanaroff (Part 2)

  • Updates of Jewish Life in the Former Soviet Union (FSU)

  • Newsflash: Latvia SIG Now Accepts Fees via PayPal

  • Jewish Fighters of Dvinsk

Volume 6, Issue 5 - July 2002

  • President’s Report

  • Editorial

  • My Childhood in Riga by Jack Efrat

  • Memoirs of Isaac Faneroff (Part 1)

  • History of Latvian Jews, by Josifs Steimanis, reviewed by Arlene Beare

  • Tidbits

  • Toronto

  • Names mentioned in the articles by Jack Efrat and Isaac Fanaroff

Volume 6, Issue 4 - April 2002

  • Editorial

  • My Childhood in Riga

  • Liepaja Passport Books

  • Jewish Resistance in the Baltics

  • Revival in Riga

  • Overview of Archives Holdings

  • Back to Daugavpils

Volume 6, Issue 3 - Winter 2001

  • SIG Needs You...

  • In Mike's Memory

  • September 11th

  • London in July

  • Courland's Jews

  • Max Remembers

  • Family Finder

Volume 6, Issue 1 - May 2001

  • The President's Report: A Passion for Names, by Arlene Beare

  • Editorial: Why Read about the Holocaust? by Leslie A. Leven

  • Letters to the Editor--The Fairest Solution: Anders-Fitelberg Debate

  • New Latvian Sourcebook for Novice to Expert: SIG President Arlene Beare Writes One-of-a-Kind, by Constance Whippman

  • Update: The Latvia Oral History Project, by Aina Antane

  • Sarah Menkin Foner, by Constance Whippman

  • Haggadah and the Land of my Birth, by Gabriel Goldberger

  • Witnesses Document Destruction of Vil'ani's Jews, translated by Gabriel Goldberger

  • Latvians Found Route through Sweden, contributed by Roland Johansson

  • Eyewitness Report: July 1941 Killings of Gostini Jews, translated by Aleksandrs Feigmanis

Volume 5, Issue 4 - January 2001

  • The President's Report: New Horizons by Arlene Beare: 1

  • Dedicated to Silent Heroes by Leslie A. Leven: 2

  • Welcome New Members, thanks to Donors by Rhea Plottel: 7

  • The Dvinsk List: 8

  • A Year of Progress and Sharing by Constance Whippman: 9

  • Preliminary Riga List from Extraordinary State Commission Records by Mike Getz: 15

  • Did You Know? [Research tips]: 16

  • High Points: Speakers, Meetings and Conviviality by Arlene Beare: 17

  • Asking the Right Questions is Key by Harold Rhode 20

  • Next Year in London by Arlene Beare: 25

  • Speakers and Topics for 2001 Conference: 26

  • Project to Document Latvian Jewish Families who Perished by Constance Whippman: 28

Volume 5, Issue 3 - July 2000

  • A Word from the Co-ordinator

  • Editorial

  • Jews of Dinaburg/Dvinsk/Daugavpils, by Z.I. Yakub (part 3)

  • Voru/Tarta Birth Records (part 2), contributed by Len Yodaiken

  • A Letter to Professor Eksteins, by Ruth Schachter (nee Nisse)

  • Advice on visiting the Family History Library at Salt Lake City

  • Who, Where and When? [people searching for family]

  • The Archives of the Association of Latvians and Estonians in Israel at Shefayim: an update, by Martha Levinson Lev-Zion

  • Music from Latvia, by Sheila Hallmark

Volume 5, Issue 2 - May 2000

  • A Word from the Co-ordinator

  • Editorial

  • Costs of Latvian Archives, by Arlene Beare

  • Why Not Include Estonia?, by Len Yodaiken

  • Jews of Dinaburg/Dvinsk/Daugavpils, by Z.I. Yakub (part 2)

  • Traveller's Tales, by Gabriel Goldberger

  • Hunting for Himmelhochs, by Martha Levinson Lev-Zion

  • Latvian SIG UK; a Report, by Arlene Beare

  • Where Nazis are Heroes (reprinted from The Guardian)

  • Latvia President Praises Work of International Commission of Historians, contributed by Glenn Richter

  • The Birth of the All Latvia Database, by Constance Whippman

Volume 5, Issue 1 - January 2000

  • A Word from the Co-ordinator

  • Editorial

  • New York Conference Report, by Mike Getz

  • Riga Conference Report, by Arlene Beare

  • Oral History Project, by Arlene Beare

  • Landsmanschaften and What Role They Fill for Genealogists, by Carol Lieberman

  • Traveller's Tales, by Rick Bercuvitz

  • ShtetlSchleppers 2000

  • Membership Matters, by Mike Getz

  • Rabbi Kook Shops at Feitelsohns: the Exhibition of Jeiwsh Life in Bauska, by Constance, Whippman

  • Current Event Issues

  • Riga Archives, by Arlene Beare

  • Jews of Dinaburg/Dvinsk/Daugavpils, by Z.I. Yakub

  • Report Back from Latvia: Project Plans, Documents, Archives and the Future, by Constance Whippman

  • Letters to the Editor

  • Latvia Family Finder

  • U.S. Commission to Begin Survey of Jewish Sites in Latvia, from Samuel Gruber

Volume 4, Issue 1 - June 1999

President's column

Viski Cemetery Data, contributed by Marion Werle

Viski Shtetl Focus, translated by Yosef Tribuch

Extraordinary Commission Database, by Marion Werle

News from Latvia, by Aleksandrs Feigmanis

My Trip to Latgale, by Aleksandrs Feigmanis

Report on USHMM Symposium, by Mike Getz

Courland Area Research Group

Shoah Lists, courtesy Mike Getz

Volume 3, Issue 4 - December 1998

  • President's Message: Is There a Middle Ground?

  • Dvinsk Announcement

  • Shtetl Focus: Aizpute

  • Latvian Current Events, courtesy Mike Getz

  • Amidst Latvians During the Holocaust, by Edward Anders

  • Permanent Display on Jews of Latvia at USHMM, by Gary Fitleberg

  • In My Opinion, The Missing Truth about 'The Missing Center', by Gary Fitleberg

  • Liepaja Web Page, by Paul Berkay

  • Extraordinary Commission Records for Latvian Towns, by Marion Werle

  • Book Review, 'From Hell to Redemption', by Gary Fitleberg

Volume 3, Issue 3 - September 1998

  • President's Message: Help Wanted

  • From the Editor's Desk

  • Records from Latgale Found in the Minsk Archives, by Aleksandrs Feigmanis

  • Archives of the Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews, by Martha Levinson Lev-Zion

  • Jewish Communities of Latvia: Files of the Shefayim Archives, compiled by Martha Levinson Lev-Zion

  • Contributing Data to the Latvia SIG, adapted from the LitvakSIG mailing list

  • Shtetl Focus: Piltene Cemetery Data, contributed by Harold Hodes [list of names]

  • Shtetl Focus: Piltene (from Pinkas ha-kehilot. Latviyah ve-Estonyah)

  • Shtetl Research Groups, by Arlene Beare

  • From the Archives

Volume 3, Special Edition - Summer Seminar 1998 - Los Angeles Conference Edition

  • Latvia SIG Meeting Agenda

  • Archives of the Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews

  • Latvian Jewish Sources at UCLA, LA Public Library, and the LA Family History Center

  • Family History Library Films on Latvia

Volume 3, Issue 2 - June 1998

  • President's Message: News from Los Angeles

  • From the Editor's Desk

  • Jaungelgava Cemetery Data, contributed by Don Lockhart [list of names]

  • Shtetl Focus: Jaunjelgava

  • Updated Latvian Research Sources, by Marion Werle

  • The Killing in Shtetl Subate, by Andrew Ezergailis

  • Comments on the Killing in Subate, by Mike Getz

  • Latvian Genealogy: Research and Sources, by Mike Getz

  • Latvian Archival Holdings, contributed by Mike Getz

Volume 3, Issue 1 - March 1998

  • President's Message: Our SIG in Transition

  • From the Editor's Desk

  • Tukums Update

  • Shtetl Focus: Riebini

  • Latvia SIG Contacts

  • Shtetl Focus: Preili

  • Introducing the South African SIG, by Mike Getz

  • Our Future is in Projects, by Mike Getz

  • Current Events: Riga Synagogue Bombing

  • Ludza Cemetery Database: Part I, contributed by Paul Cheifitz [list of names]

Volume 2, Issue 4 - December 1997

  • President's Message: A Call for Action...

  • From the Editor's Desk

  • Announcements

  • Return to Kraslava, by Arthur Aronoff

  • Shtetl Focus: Kraslava

  • Students of the University of Tartu [list of names]

  • Daugavpils Holocaust Survivors [list of names]

  • Jekabpils Holocaust Survivors [list of names]

  • Current Events: Latvian President's Office Apologizes for Distribution of Anti-Semitic Books

Volume 2, Issue 3 - September 1997

  • President's Message: Jewish Genealogy in Latvia

  • Editorial

  • LitvakSIG Relaunched!

  • Return to Latvia: Gostini

  • Return to Latvia: Aizpute

  • Return to Latvia: Riga, Jakebpils, Daugavpils, Rezekne, Karsava, Subate

  • Return to Latvia: Tukums, Ventspils, Pilten, Kuldiga, Liepaja

  • Latvia Online

  • BOF Session: Paris, July 15, 1997

Volume 2, Issue 2 - June 1997

  • President's Message: Beyond Vital Statistics

  • Editorial

  • From Our Mailbox: Disc Yields Discovery

  • Varaklani Cemetery Data, contributed by Jules Rosenthal

  • Shtetl Focus: Varaklani

  • Max Schlossberg

  • Chronicle of Kurland Jewry, Part 2, by Aleksandrs Feigmanis

  • Latvia Online, by Robert Heyman

Volume 2, Issue 1 - April 1997

  • Presidents message

  • From the Editor's Desk

  • The Jews of Latvia: a Bibliography, by Marion Werle

  • Book Review: The Holocaust in Latvia, reviewed by Marion Werle

  • Another View: Ezergailis Speaks at U.S.H.M.M., by Mike Getz

  • Cape Town Society Formed, by Paul Cheifitz

  • Pinkas ha-kehilot: Subate, translated by Martha Lev-Zion

  • Shtetl Focus: Subate

  • Anti-Semitism in Latvia: a Report to the Secretary of State, from Riga, May 27, 1940

  • Latvia Online: http://www1.jewishgen.org/latvia

Volume 1, Issue 4 - December 1996

  • President's message

  • Letters to the Editor

  • From the Editor's Desk

  • Chronicle of Kurland's Jewry, by Aleksandrs Feigmanis

  • Personal travel notes, correspondence and family histories [request for member information]

  • Kurlander Young Mens Mutual Aid Society, by Mike Getz [includes list of names compiled by Naomi Freistadt]

  • Jewish cemeteries and mass graves in Latvia [request for member information]

  • Greetings from Latvia, by Rabbi Mordechai Nurock [reprint of an address to the Kurlander Young Mens Mutual Aid Society in 1939]

  • Daugavpils, by Sophia Meyerova

  • History of Dankere, by Asuma Drulle

  • The Jews and the Sovietiation of Latvia, 1940-41, by Dov Levin [Reprint an article sent in by Prof. Levin]

  • New--Latvia SIG Web Site

  • Latvia Online, by Marion Werle

  • Letter from Aleksandrs Feigmanis to Mike Getz

  • Fifth International Jewish Genealogy Seminar, Paris, France--July 13-17, 1997

  • 1997 Paris and Beyond...Mini Seminars

  • SIG Members going to Paris, by Mike Getz

  • Beginner's Corner, by Deborah Levine Herman

Volume 1, Issue 3 - September 1996

  • President's message

  • From the Editor's Desk

  • Guest editorial: History Repeats Itself by Gary Fitleberg

  • Alschwangen [history of the surname and the town]

  • Current map of Latvia

  • Report on B-O-F Meeting from 16 July 1996

  • Treasurer's Report

  • Who's Who, Who does what, who gets what, and where to send what!

  • Latvia On-line, by Marion Werle

  • Latvia SIG joined FEEFHS

  • State Department Records - RG 84 Riga Consulate 1924 [Contains a list of names]

  • Subscription Lists' Database by Harold Rhode [includes diskette]

  • Letter from Aleksandrs Feigmanis to Mike Getz

  • Kurlander Young Men's Mutual Aid Society by Naomi Freistadt

  • Latvia Towns, Locations, History and Jewish Affiliations, by Mike Getz

  • Jewish Aspects

  • Copy of a letter from Latvian Archives re: birth, marriage & death registration.

  • Yakobshtadt: (Kurland Gub.)

  • Welcome new members from Daugavpils, Latvia [list of names]

  • Excerpts from the book A Town Named Libau [contains a list of survivors from Libau]

  • Beginner's Corner

Volume 1, Issue 2 - May, 1996

  • President's Message

  • From the Editor's Desk

  • Principal Cities and Important Trends: Riga and Dvinsk, by Mike Getz [Contains some names]

  • The Holocaust in Latvia, by Mike Getz

  • Extract of Property Record: Subate, Latvia, 1937 [contains names]

  • Latvian Cities, Towns and Villages [Includes bibliography, names of settlements in Latvian, German, Russian, other, as well as population statistics from 1900 to 1940.]

  • Current Map of Latvia (Illegible)

  • Latvia On-line, by Marion Werle

Volume 1, Issue 1 - January, 1996

  • President's message: Making a Beginning

  • From the editor...

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