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      Volume X, No. 6 -- 30 June 2009

       

      IssN 1555-774X. Copyright (C) 2009, PolishRoots(R), Inc.
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      Poznan City Genealogical and Historical Research, Emphasizing Jewish Resources
      A Word from the Editor
      Letters to the Editor
      Myslowitz/Myslowice: Dreikaiserecke, Triangle of the Three Emperors, a Unique Spot in Poland
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      *** POZNAN CITY GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL RESEARCH, EMPHASIZING JEWISH RESOURCES ***

       

      by Edward David Luft <luft1111@...>

       

         [Editor -- This article is somewhat longer than we usually publish, but I thought it had so much substance, and so much good information, that we should print it. Please note that main focus of the article is research on Jewish ancestors, but there's plenty of good information here for all researchers, regardless of religion. If you're not Jewish, don't make the mistake of assuming there's nothing here for you! Note that a Polish-language version of this article appeared in the periodical _Kronika miasta Poznania_. Finally, this article is a lot easier to read and print if you download the PDF version at the address given above; so let me encourage you to do so!]

       

      INTRODUCTION

       

      Because the Nazis destroyed so many records in the city, including those dealing with Jews in Poznan , Jewish genealogical and historical research in the city is more difficult than in cities which did not see the ravages of war. In Poznan , 80 chests of records were carried away by the Nazis in 1943 and not returned. Furthermore, the Archives building was set afire on 29 January 1945. The building and all of the records therein were destroyed, especially records of towns from the 19th century. It is possible but improbable that, although town records of the towns were destroyed in the 1945 fire, some records, perhaps duplicates, might remain in eastern Germany or Russia.[1]

       

      With respect to the city, we know what was destroyed: Poznan (House building and purchase) (Child murder) (Hebrew vital record books) (Competition with the Jews) (Butchers) (Sales people) (Jewish tailors) (Engravers).[2]

       

      BEGINNING YOUR SEARCH

       

      More about archives later, but let's start with how to begin research. Beginners should understand that just as there is no royal road to geometry, so there is also no royal road to genealogical research. It is best to start with oneself and list all records that you can think of from birth until the present. Then do the same for parents, then for grandparents, and so on. As you go back, you will see that ancestors had fewer and fewer intersections with officials [not just government officials] who made a record. Some, but by no means all, possibilities are records of birth, marriage, death, circumcision, school, hospital, taxes, voting, census, insurance, naturalization, land transfers, and charitable distributions. In short, almost any area of human endeavor could result in a record.
       
      Next, if you can read English, read the relevant chapters in Sack, Sallyann Amdur, and Mokotoff, Gary , eds., _Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy_, Bergenfield , NJ : Avotaynu, Inc., (C) 2004, 608 pp. You do not have to read the entire book, just the parts relevant to your research, including the beginning chapters, dealing with how to start, since these are the same for almost everyone, everywhere in the world. Of course, you may also wish to read the chapter by this author on Western Poland . The Biblioteka Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza holds a copy of the Guide,[3] or you may purchase a copy.[4]

       

      Other valuable resources for research by those who know English are:

       

      Brandt, Edward R., et al., with a chapter on Jewish genealogy by George E. Arnstein, _Germanic Genealogy: A Guide to Worldwide Sources and Migration Patterns_, St. Paul , MN : Germanic Genealogy Society, (C) 1995, 370 pp., including maps throughout, bibliographical references, pp. 274-289; lists of periodicals and indexes to periodicals, pp. 290-291; and index, pp. 339-370. Many useful addresses listed in Chapter XIX, pp. 292-300. A comprehensive guide for all German-speaking countries in Europe . In 1900 in the eastern Prussian provinces, the Jews were mostly in or near Posen, p. 116. Second edition reviewed in _Stammbaum: The Journal of German-Jewish Genealogical Research_, New York : Leo Baeck Institute, Issue 12, November 1997, pp. 28-29. Third edition, 2007, 658 pp., including bibliographical references, pp. 551-566, and index, pp. 621-658; reviewed by Luft, Edward David, _Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy_, Bergenfield , NJ , Vol. 23, No. 3, Fall 2007, pp. 62-63.

       

      Ellmann-Krueger, Angelika G. and Ellmann, Dietrich, _Bibliographie zur deutsch-juedischen Familienforschung und zur neueren Regional- und Lokalgeschichte der Juden_ (Bibliography on German-Jewish family research and on recent regional and local history of the Jews), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2006, ISBN 978-3-447-05447-8.[5] The CD allows searches in German as well as English.

       

      Ellmann-Krueger, Angelika G., with Luft, Edward David, _Library Resources for German-Jewish Genealogy_, Teaneck , NJ : Avotaynu, Inc., (C) 1998, 80 pp., including bibliographical references, pp. 79-80.[6]

       

      Most people are anxious to get started looking for actual records. If you can discipline yourself, it is better, however, to familiarize yourself with the history of the location and the era that you are researching. Genealogical events did not occur in a vacuum, and history is a vital element in understanding why your ancestors did many of the things that they did or did not do.[7]

       

      IN-DEPTH SEARCH IN PUBLISHED SOURCES

       

      The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book [8] has an annual list of publications of interest. _Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy_,[9] Bergenfield , NJ , is a primary source for Jewish genealogy, including for the Jews of Posen. Most, but not all, of the articles were written by the author of this article. _Stammbaum: The Journal of German-Jewish Genealogical Research_, is available in full-text online without charge.[10] Both publications are in English.

       

      Family histories frequently appear, often with family trees, in books or in journal articles. Check library catalogues for individual reminiscences, biographies, and newspaper articles. Some of these items are online in full-text on Google Books. Advertisements, especially in periodicals, often give vital clues of genealogical value. Many books have appeared about Holocaust survivors, victims, lawyers, doctors, dentists, etc., including immigrants to the USA or Berlin . Lists of late 19th century businessmen abound since so many Jews were engaged in business. The following book may also help, as well as many of the publications, too numerous to mention, by Prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Makowski of the History Department of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan :

       

      Jacobson, J[acob] H[irsch], _Das Grossherzogthum Posen in historischer, statistischer und geographischer Beziehung fuer Gymnasien, Seminarien, Buerger- und Landschulen; nebst einer Charte dieser Provinz und einer Entfernungstabelle der meisten Staedte und Marktflecken des Grossherzogthums Posen von der Hauptstadt Posen_, Kempen: L. Pulvermann, 1844, 48 pp. and map.

       

      The next step is to consult the basic source on Jews in Posen Province in the 19th and earlier centuries, Heppner, Aaron, and Herzberg, Isaak, _Aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart der Juden und der juedischen Gemeinden in den Posener Landen_.[11] The 1914 edition, 188 pp., is available in full-text at <http://www.wbc.poznan.pl/publication/8195> but lacks the town-by-town analysis which makes the later edition so valuable. The 1929 edition of this book is the single most important printed source for reliable information of genealogical value on the Jews of Posen Province.

       

      Then because so many Jews moved to Berlin , you might consult two works by one of the greatest genealogists in German-Jewish history:

       

      Jacobson, Jacob, _Die Judenbuergerbuecher der Stadt Berlin , 1809-1851. Mit Ergaenzungen fuer die Jahre 1791-1809_, Berlin : de Gruyter, 1962, 725 pp. with "Wichtigste Archivalien," pp. 687-689, and errata slip, Veroeffentlichungen der Berliner Historischen Kommission beim Friedrich-Meinecke Institut der Freien Universitaet Berlin , Vol. 4; Quellenwerke, Vol. 1.

       

      -, _Juedische Trauungen in Berlin , 1759-1813. Mit Ergaenzungen fuer die Jahre von 1723 bis 1759_, Berlin : de Gruyter, 1968, 668 pp. Veroeffentlichungen der Historischen Kommission zu Berlin beim Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut der Freien Universitaet Berlin , Vol. 28; Quellenwerke, Vol. 4.

       

      MORE SPECIALIZED RESOURCES

       

      Once you have exhausted these elementary resources, check for relevant names in these indices for the massive compilations on microfiches:

       

      Schmuck, Hilmar, compiler, _Juedischer biographischer Index_ = _Jewish Biographical Index_, Munich: K. G. Saur for Juedische Biographische Archiv Buchhaendler-Vereinigung GmbH, (C) 1998, 4 vols., 1491 pp., including index, showing names by family and by occupation group, pp. 1103-1491. Vol. 1: Notes on use, pp. ix-x; list of sources, pp. xi-xiii; A-Glass, pp. 3-365; Vol. 2: Glassberg-Milch, pp. 369-730; Vol. 3: Milder-Z, pp.733-1092; Vol. 4: Register [Index], covering index of family entries, pp. 1093-1097, classification of occupations, p. 1101, and name index according to occupation groups, pp. 1103-1491. Serves as an index for the _Juedisches Biographisches Archiv_ microfiche collection, Lapide, Pinchas, and Schmuck, Hilmar, eds., _Juedisches biographisches Archiv_ = _Jewish Biographical Archive_. 661 + 29 microfiches, the latter listing sources.

       

      Baumgartner, Gabriele, compiler, _Polski indeks biograficzny_ = _Polnischer Biographischer Index_ = _Polish Biographical Index_, Munich: K. G. Saur, 1998, 4 vols., 1467 pp., including bibliographical references (list of sources), pp. xiii-xxi, and English introduction, pp. xi-xii. Many Jews listed. Serves as an index to the microfiche collection, Hebig, D., et al., eds., _Polskie archiwum biograficzne_, Munich : K. G. Saur, 1993?-1997?-, 636 microfiches of Polish, German, French, English, Latin, Russian, and Italian sources. Includes sources in fiches I-XX; Balzer, Oswald, Piast genealogy, 1895, fiches G1-G3; and bibliographical entries, fiches 1-613. Supplemental microform, Baumgartner, Gabriele, ed., with Polish, English, French, and German sources. 93 microfiches.

       

      Gorzny, Willi, ed., _Deutscher Biographischer Index_ = _German Biographical Index_, 2nd edition, Munich: K. G. Saur, 1998, 8-volume index, 4017 pp., including bibliographical references; for the microfiche sets, _Deutsches Biographisches Archiv: eine Kumulation aus 254 der wichtigsten biographischen Nachschlagewerke fuer den deutschen Bereich bis zum Ausgang des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts_, Munich; New York: K. G. Saur, (C)1982, 1437 microfiches and _Deutsches Biographisches Archiv: Neue Folge bis zur Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts: eine Kumulation aus 284 der wichtigsten biographischen Nachschlagewerke fuer den deutschsprachigen Bereich_, Munich ; New York : K. G. Saur, (C)1990?-1993, 1457 microfiches.

       

      There was no area in the city of Posen without Jews.[12] So researchers cannot assume that they can exclude the possibility that Jews could have lived in a particular residential area of the city. There was no official ghetto in Poznan even though most Jews did live in one part of the city until well into the 19th century. That being the case, consulting a city directly can prove helpful.

       

      AVAIALBLE CITY DIRECATORIES AND SIMILAR RESOURCES

       

      Ribbe, Wolfgang, and Henning, Eckhart, _Taschenbuch fuer Familiengeschichtsforschung_, begr. von Friedrich Wecken, 12. akt. und erg. Aufl., Neustadt an der Aisch: Degener, 2001, 679 pp., including bibliographical references throughout and index, pp. 677-679. The book contains a chapter by Diana Schulle on Jewish genealogy, pp. 159-181, with a bibliography, pp. 176-181. It also contains Christel Wegeleben's article, "Adressbuecher," on pp. 344-370, with a bibliography, pp. 369-370, in the 12th edition, and the article on pp. 301-329 in the 11th edition, listing "all thus far identified city directories published for all German towns," but the article gives no location for the directories. Some city directories listed below are not mentioned in the Wegeleben article. A 13th edition, with an accompanying CD-ROM, appeared in 2006.

       

      Many of the Posen City directories are online on Biblioteka cyfrowa in Poznan.[13] The first Posen city directory, that of 1835, is interactively searchable online [14] in ways that even the original printed version does not permit. The researcher could reconstruct who lived around the Market Square or along a specific street, even creating a map of residents for the entire city.

       

      The following is a list of Poznan city directories and an indication of which ones are available online. Two numbers separated by a hyphen indicate that every year between those two dates is available. Those years followed by an * show which volumes are available in full-text on the Digital Library of Wielkopolska, <http://www.wbc.poznan.pl>

       

      Posen 1835 [Available in searchable format on PolishRoots], 1844, 1845*, 1862, 1865, 1868*, 1884, 1872 only on the Digital Library of Wielkopolska, 1875 only on the Digital Library of Wielkopolska, 1879,* [1882], [1884],* 1885,* 1886-1895,* [15] 1896,* 1897, [1898]*, 1899* 1904* inclusive, 1905-1906*, 1907*, 1908,* 1909* only on the Digital Library of Wielkopolska, 1910*, 1911*, 1912*, 1913*, 1914*, 1916*, 1917*, 1925, 1926, 1928*, 1926. As the _Ksiega adresowa miasta stolecznego Poznania_, w Poznaniu,[16] 1923, 1926, 1930*, 1933,[17] 1936/1937*.

       

      There were also business directories. Since many Jews were engaged in trade, these directories can be especially valuable in searching for names, address, professions, etc.

       

      _Adress- und Geschaefts Handbuch der Stadt Posen_, Posen: Druck und Verlag der Hofbuchdruckerei W. Decker 1885, 1890, 1891, 1893. From Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Poznaniu. Editions from 1891 onward have separate city directories for smaller locations near Posen, such as Bartholdshof, Jersitz, St. Lazarus, Ober- and Unter-Wilda. Available in full-text at <http://www.wbc.poznan.pl/>; available are 1879; 1882; 1885-1897. Each edition contains 30 pp. of advertisements, many of Jewish proprietors [with an index of advertisers in the table of contents]; an alphabetical index of residents, showing name, profession, and address; a street index, showing residents in each dwelling; an index of non-commercial sources, such as government offices, religious providers, etc., alphabetically organized; and an index by profession, alphabetically organized.

       

      Rather more than Poles, Jews moved around, especially from small towns to larger cities and to the New World, and, especially just after World War I, from Poznan to Berlin . Indeed, few Jews remained in Poznan after 1921.

       

      Mosse, Rudolf, ed., _Deutsches Reichs-Adressbuch fuer Industrie, Gewerbe und Handel_, Berlin : Verlag des Deutschen Reichs-Adressbuchs G. m. b. H. Vols. 1-72, 1909-1941. The Library of Congress holds the years 1909, 1918, 1929-1941. Arranged by kingdom within the Empire, then by province, within the kingdom with a map of the province at the start of the provincial listings, then by the city within the province, then by the specific trade or profession, and, finally, listing the individual businesses or persons in alphabetical order. See Cymbler, Jeffrey K., "Nineteenth- and Twentieth Century Polish Directories as Resources for Genealogical Information," _Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy_, Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, Inc., Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 1997, pp. 25-31, esp. p. 29. Cymbler indicates that the Genealogical Society of Utah [18] holds microfilms for 1898, 1905, 1911, 1915, 1917, 1926, 1933-1935, and 1938-1939, listed under "Germany-Directories" in the catalogue of its microfilm holdings. The last volume of between three and six volumes, depending upon the year, of each directory includes an alphabetical list of towns with the corresponding page number of the listing of that town in the earlier volumes for that year. Generally, the listings do not include the addresses of the persons listed.

       

      There is a set of directories of personnel involved in the health care of the poor, many of the persons listed being Jewish. Each year contains progressively more information with later years containing all of the following and earlier years containing some of it. The series will indicate some or all of the following: a list of the overseers of the poor and of community orphan commissioners; a list of community commissioners, responsible for all of Posen; a list of city facilities, such as hospitals and clinics, to treat severe or chronic illnesses; a list of the Poor Commission Districts with the various officials indicated, listing name, address, and profession, as well as the street address areas for which they were responsible; an alphabetical list of German streets and plazas in Posen, showing in which poor commission district and quarter of the city each street and plaza is located; and an alphabetical index of the overseers of the poor and of the poor commissioners. Contains four appendices: a list of the Overseers of the Poor, district physicians, poor law commissioners, guardians of the poor and guardians of orphans.

       

      _Adressbuch der Staedtischen Armen-Verwaltung von Posen_, Posen: Hofdruckerei W. Decker & Co., 1885, 14 pp. At Biblioteka im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan , 198386 III/1885 and online in full-text at <http://www.wbc.poznan.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=33498>.

       

      _Adressbuch der Staedtischen Armen-Verwaltung von Posen_, Posen: Hofdruckerei W. Decker & Co., 1886, 19 pp. At Biblioteka im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan , 198386 III/1886 and online in full-text at <http://www.wbc.poznan.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=33516>.

       

      Adressbuch der Staedtischen Armen-Verwaltung von Posen, Posen: Hofdruckerei W. Decker & Co., 1890, 20 pp. At Biblioteka im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan , 198386 III/1890 and online in full-text at <http://www.wbc.poznan.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=33522>.

       

      _Adressbuch der Staedtischen Armen-Verwaltung von Posen_, Posen: Hofdruckerei W. Decker & Co., 1894, 23 pp. At Biblioteka im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan , 198386 III/1894 and online in full-text at <http://www.wbc.poznan.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=33529>.

       

      Adressbuch der Staedtischen Armen-Verwaltung von Posen, Posen: Hofdruckerei W. Decker & Co., 1912, 92 pp. At Biblioteka im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan , 198386 III/1912 and online in full-text at <http://www.wbc.poznan.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=33535>.

       

      _Adressbuch der Staedtischen Armen-Verwaltung von Posen_, Posen: Hofdruckerei W. Decker & Co., 1914, 93 pp. At Biblioteka im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan , 198386 III/1914 and online in full-text at <http://www.wbc.poznan.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=33545>.

       

      There were also lists of Jewish orphans published in annual reports of orphanages in Posen and Berlin (some orphans born in Posen ended up in Berlin for various reasons). For those in Posen see _Israelitische Waisen-Knaben-Anstalt zu Posen, Jahresbericht der Israelitischen Waisenknabenanstalt zu Posen fuer 1841, 1843-48/49, 1851-1852, 1854-1871, 1873, 1876, 1881-1884, 1903-1910_, Posen, 1842, 1844-1850, 1852-1853, 1855-1872, 1874, 1877, 1882-1885, 1903-1910.

       

      _Jubilaeumsschrift zum fuenfjaehrigen Bestehen der israelitischen Waisenknaben-Anstalt zu Posen_, Posen: Merzbach, 1886, 67 pp., 8º. This report and the 1882 and 1889 reports contain the names of contributors and orphans, plus the names and death dates of many deceased relatives of the orphans, as well as details of various Stiftung and Legat funds.

       

      Many Posen Jews, to escape the Nazis, went abroad. Shanghai was an open city and admitted the Jews, even under Japanese occupation. All of the Jews who settled there are listed in the _Emigranten Adressbuch fuer Shanghai 1939: mit einem Anhang Branchen-Register_, Hong Kong : Old China Hand Press, 1995, 155 pp., including bibliographical references, pp. 153-155, with references and introduction in English. Originally published in Shanghai : New Star Company, 1939. Lists the place of birth of many Jews who escaped Nazi Germany to Shanghai .

       

      Since many Posen Jews moved to Berlin after 1918, see the _Juedisches Adressbuch fuer Gross-Berlin_, Berlin, Goedega Verlags-Gesellschaft [n.d.] for 1929/1930 and for 1931 (1994 Reprint).

       

      A country directory that lists some wealthy Jewish landowners is _Adressbuch des Grundbesitzes im Grossherzogthum Posen dem Areal nach von 500 Morgen aufwaerts: Mit Angabe des Gutes, der speciellen Culturarbeiten, des Grundsteuer-Reinertrages, des Besitzers resp. Paechters, der naechsten Post-, Eisenbahn- und Telegraphen-Stationen und der Industriezweige, welche auf dem betreffenden Gute betrieben werden_ = _Wykaz alfabetyczny wszystkich posiadlosci ziemskich w W. Ksiestwie Poznanskiem_, Berlin: F. Buerde & Co., August 1872, 221 pp., including index of locations, pp. 182-196, and name index, pp. 197-221 , + Part II, Advertising, XXII. Many Jewish merchants listed, pp. 5-7. Lists owners of large estates by name permitting archives for a given town to be traced. Many advertisements at front and back by Jewish merchants. At Biblioteka Kornicka , 26291 , and online in full-text at the Digital Library of Wielkopolska, <http://www.wbc.poznan.pl/publication/1888>.

       

      Since so many Poznan Jews emigrated outside Europe, it might be worthwhile to check Kolodziej, Edward, _Emigracja z ziem polskich i Polonia: 1831-1839: informator o zrodlach przechowywanych w terenowych archiwach panstwowych w Polsce_, Warsaw: Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwow Panst¬wowych, 1997, 185 pp., including index of geographic names, pp. 157-162; personal name index, pp. 163-165; index of organizations, etc., pp. 166-169; and subject index, pp. 170-173. Above title: Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwow Panstwowych, Archiwum Akt Nowych. Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Instytut Polonijny . Archives in Poznan , pp. 117-133. Generally, the topics are organized by archives and then specific town within that archive, but not in every case. For Poznan all headings are for the 20th century except for the Polizei-Praesidium, pp. 123-125.

       

      ARCHIVAL SOURCES IN POLAND

       

      We now turn to archives in Poland , and especially in the city of Poznan :

       

      Poznan-Website: <http://www.poznan.ap.gov.pl/>

       

      Archiwum Panstwowe w Poznaniu
      ul. 23 Lutego 41/43
      skr. poczt. 546  
      60 967 Poznan
      POLAND

       

      61 852 46 09/10, 61 852 46 01/02/03
      FAX: 61 852 05 36 
      From 1 November to 30 April: Monday through Friday, 8 a. m. to 3 p. m.
      From 1 May to 31 October: 8 a. m. to 7 p. m.

       

      The current vital records holdings of the Poznan District State Archives are listed in:

       

      Laszuk, Anna, ed., for Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwow Panstwowych. Centralny Osrodek Informacji Archiwalnej, _Ksiegi metrykalne i stanu cywilnego w archiwach panstwowych w Polsce: informator_, Warsaw : Wydawnictwo DiG, 2000, 474 pp., including bibliographical references, pp. xi-xiii, and errata, pp. 471-474. At head of title: Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwow Panstwowych, Centralny Osrodek Informacji Archiwalnej. Lists 89 archives with address and telephone number of each, pp. xiv-xvii, and gives Polish names of locations with conversion to German, for religious and civil birth, marriage, and death records by religion and year under each location, arranged alphabetically, pp. 1-469. Shows voivodeship and powiat (where relevant) for each location and cross-references by town names. The introduction is only in Polish. Sometimes indicates larger town and county. Example: Leszno births 1808-18

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        Volume X, No. 7 -- 31 July 2009

         

        ISSN 1555-774X. Copyright (C) 2009, PolishRoots(R), Inc.
        Editor: William F. "Fred" Hoffman, E-mail: <wfh@...>

         

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        Alliance College Catalogue 1927-1928
        Letters to the Editor
        The Polish Mission 's 1 September 1939 Commemoration
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        by Paul S. Valasek, D.D.S. <hallersarmy@...>

         

        Alliance College was the pride of Polonia 's academic community. Here was an institution founded in 1912 by the Polish National Alliance to be a base for educating Polish Americans in both general knowledge as well as ethnic Polish studies. Polish language, classics, literature, music and dance were offered, along with pre-med and pre-legal courses for attending graduate schools at universities in the future.

         

        The school was founded in 1912 after the PNA purchased what was formerly the Hotel Rider in the health resort town of Cambridge Springs located in northwestern Pennsylvania . Here in one location was the entire school as well as an ever-increasing library and museum dealing with Poland and Polonia. As the years went on, the collection as well as the academic standing of the college continued to grow and gain recognition.

         

        This facility also served as the initial training ground for officers of what was to become the Polish Army in France, aka Haller 's Army, before these men were sent to the University of Toronto , and subsequently Camp Borden and Niagara on the Lake, Ontario .

         

        Unfortunately, in 1931, a great fire destroyed the main wooden building as well as the fine library collection, which included many rare volumes and original works. The PNA once again set out to rebuild a prize jewel in Polonia 's crown, and the library and college were not only rebuilt but expanded.

         

        Unfortunately again, the times brought change, and in 1988, the college closed and the facilities were sold to the State of Pennsylvania . The state turned the beautiful campus into a minimum security prison for women. Thus pine trees that had been imported from Poland and once graced the campus now had different visitors, not exactly the ones they were intended for in the first place.

         

        After the second dissolution of the library, the Alliance College collection was donated to nearby University of Pittsburgh , where it may be consulted today:

         

        <http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/ac/ac.html>

         

        For more information on the college as well as the alumni association, please check out the following sites:

         

        <http://www.alliancecollege.com/>
        <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliance_College>

         

        Following are the names of students who were listed in the Katalog 1927-1928 Wydzial Akademicki (Academic Department Catalogue for 1927-1928). A number of my family members attended the school, both as full-time students and also participants in Alliance College 's summer courses for Polish studies.

         

        The closing of the College was and is a loss to Polonia 's efforts to raise itself up to a higher social level.

         

        Alski, Jan, First Class Advanced B
        Aumuller, Sylwester, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Bajgrowicz, Boleslaw, Third Class Advanced
        Baranowski, Alfons, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Biedrzycki, Jozef, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Bielat, Antoni J,, Third Class Advanced
        Bielecki, Antoni, Third Class Advanced
        Bojkowski, Karol, Preparatory School
        Bold, Wladyslaw, Second Class Advanced A
        Borsa, Stanislaw, Third Class Advanced
        Bronowski, Jozef, Third Class Advanced
        Bryla, Jozef, Diploma 1925-1926
        Bystrowski, Boleslaw, Fourth Class Advanced
        Calkowski, Adam, Completed Collegiate Course
        Chelminiak, Stanislaw, Fourth Class Advanced
        Chojnacki, Stanislaw, Completed Collegiate Course
        Chojnacki, Mieczyslaw, Second Class
        Chojnacki, Mieczyslaw, Third Class Advanced
        Chrapla, Edward, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Chrzanowski, Tadeusz, Second Class Advanced A
        Cichon, Bronislaw, First Class
        Cichon, Bronislaw, Second Class Advanced A
        Cieszynski, Eugenjusz, First Class
        Cwikla, Mieczyslaw, Third Class Advanced
        Debski, Merrill, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Dembinski, Henryk, Diploma 1925-1926
        Domanski, Tadeusz, Second Class
        Domanski, Tadeusz, Third Class Advanced
        Dominiak, Adam, Fourth Class Advanced
        Dominik, Adam, Third Class
        Drenzek, Stanislaw, Fourth Class Advanced
        Dulski, Stanislaw, Second Class Advanced A
        Dybowski, Sebestjan, Third Class Advanced
        Dziatkiewicz, Artur, First Class Advanced B
        Dzienkiewicz , Leon , Third Class Advanced
        Dzierzanowski, Edward, Second Class Advanced A
        Dzierzanowski, Willard, Second Class Advanced A
        Dzikowicz, Stanislaw, 1st Year College 1926-27- General
        Dziob, Jan, Diploma 1925-1926
        Falenski, Stanislaw K., Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Ferenc, Juljusz, Third Class Advanced
        Fidrych, Antoni, Third Class
        Filipkowski, Edward, Second Class
        Filipkowski, Edward, Third Class Advanced
        Furtek, Jozef F., 2nd Year College 1926-27 - Pre-Legal
        Galica, Jozef, 2nd Year College 1926-27 Pre-Med
        Galiszewski, Ludwik, Second Class Advanced A
        Gasiewicz, Henryk, Third Class Advanced
        Giba, Kazimierz T., Preparatory School
        Glenn, Karol, Preparatory School
        Glowacki, Wawrzyniec, Preparatory School
        Golicki, Roman, First Class
        Golicki, Rajmund, Second Class Advanced B
        Gonet, Franciszek, Second Class
        Gonet, Franciszek, Third Class Advanced
        Goraczewski, Tadeusz, Diploma 1925-1926
        Goscienski, Aleksander, First Class Advanced B
        Goslewski, Klemens, First Class Advanced B
        Grabowski, Stanislaw, First Class Advanced B
        Grochowski, Stanislaw, Third Class Advanced
        Grygiewicz, Adolf, Second Class
        Grygiewicz, Adolf, Third Class Advanced
        Grzegorzewski, Adam, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Grzymala, Jan, Fourth Class Advanced
        Guzik, Mieczyslaw, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Hinkelman, Tadeusz, Diploma 1925-1926
        Hnatow, Kazimierz, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Hugar, Wladyslaw, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Jablonski, Rajmund, Fourth Class Advanced
        Jackowski, William, Second Class Advanced B
        Jackowski, Edmund, Third Class Advanced
        Jaglowski, Boguslaw, Second Preparatory Class
        Jaglowski, Boguslaw, First Class Advanced B
        Jakobczyk, Zygmunt, First Class
        Jakubczyk, Zygmunt, Second Class Advanced B
        Jankowski, Robert, Second Class
        Jankowski, Robert, Third Class Advanced
        Janowicz, Feliks, Second Class Advanced B
        Jans, Aleksander, Fourth Class Advanced
        Jarosinski, Kazimierz J., 2nd Year College 1926-27 Pre-Med
        Jarosz, Tomasz, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Jaworski, Feliks, Completed Collegiate Course
        Kalwa, Jozef, Second Class Advanced A
        Karczewski, Tadeusz, Second Class Advanced B
        Karczmarczyk, Antoni, Diploma 1925-1926
        Kawiecki, Kazimierz, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Kedziora, Adam T., Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Kieronski, Stanislaw, Fourth Class Advanced
        Klempka, Klemens, Second Class Advanced A
        Kochanowicz, Jozef, First Preparatory Class
        Kochanowicz, Jozef, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Kolodziejczak, Jozef, Preparatory School
        Kolpak, Konstanty, Second Class Advanced B
        Komorowski, Henryk, Preparatory School
        Kortykowski, Edmund, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Kowalski, Juljusz, Third Class Advanced
        Kozier, Stanislaw, Second Class Advanced B
        Kozlinski, Stanislaw, Second Class Advanced B
        Krajewski, Jan, Preparatory School
        Kretowicz, Stanislaw, Fourth Class Advanced
        Krupa, Antoni, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Kruszynski, Boleslaw, Fourth Class Advanced
        Krypel, Kazimierz, Preparatory School
        Krzywinski, A. Henryk, 1st Year College 1926-27 - Pre-Med
        Kubarek, Alfons, Second Class Advanced A
        Kulpa, Franciszek, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Kunkowski, Mieczyslaw, Third Class Advanced
        Kurzawski, Benedykt, Diploma 1925-1926
        Kwapisiewicz, Bronislaw, Preparatory School
        Kwapisiewicz, Henryk, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Lapinski, Wladyslaw, Second Class Advanced A
        Latkiewicz, Jan, Third Class Advanced
        Latko, Jozef, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Lazar , Leon , First Class Advanced B
        Lazarczyk, Wladyslaw, Third Class Advanced
        Lenczycki, Henryk, First Class Advanced B
        Lewandowski, Henryk, Second Class Advanced A
        Lewkowicz, Henryk C., First Class Advanced B
        Ligarski, Mieczyslaw, Second Preparatory Class
        Ligarski, Mieczyslaw, First Class Advanced B
        Lipinski, Florjan L., First Class Advanced B
        Litwin, Franciszek, Preparatory School
        Lobaza, Wladyslaw, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Lucarz, Jan, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Lukasik, Edward, Third Class
        Lukasik, Edward, Fourth Class Advanced
        Lyzynski, Stanislaw, Diploma 1925-1926
        Lyzynski, Franciszek, 1st Year College 1926-27 - Pre-Med
        Machowski, Stanislaw, Third Class Advanced
        Maciejewski, Pawel, Third Class Advanced
        Madaj, Henryk, First Class
        Madaj, Henryk, Second Class Advanced B
        Majkowski, Aleksander, Second Preparatory Class
        Majkowski, Aleksander, First Class Advanced B
        Makowski, Longin, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Makowski , Leon , First Class Advanced B
        Markiewicz, Stanislaw, Fourth Class Advanced
        Markowski, Franciszek, Preparatory School
        Marzynski, Tomasz, Second Class Advanced A
        Michalczyk, Marjan E., Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Michalski, Boleslaw, Preparatory School
        Miechurski, Edward, First Class Advanced B
        Miller, Stanislaw M., 2nd Year College 1926-27 Pre-Med
        Misiak, Jozef, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Miska, Edward, Third Class Advanced
        Molak, Wladyslaw, 1st Year College 1926-27 - Pre-Med
        Myslinski, Jozef, Second Class Advanced B
        Nawrocki, Jozef, First Class
        Nawrocki, Jozef, Second Class Advanced B
        Niedzielski, Andrzej, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Niedzwiecki, Henryk, Third Class
        Niedzwiecki, Henryk, Fourth Class Advanced
        Nowak, Tadeusz, First Preparatory Class
        Nowak, Roman, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Nowak, Tadeusz, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Nowakowski, Teodor, Second Class Advanced A
        Nowicki, Henryk, Preparatory School
        Ogurek, Henryk, Third Class
        Ogurek, Henryk, Fourth Class Advanced
        Olawski , Leon , Second Class Advanced B
        Olawski, Stefan, Second Class Advanced B
        Olszewski, Stanislaw, Third Class Advanced
        Orpiszewski, Wladyslaw, Fourth Class Advanced
        Ossal, Jan, Second Preparatory Class
        Ostrega, Artur, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Ostrowski, Jan, Second Class Advanced A
        Ostrowski, Teodor Jan, 1st Year College 1926-27- General
        Pabis, Wladyslaw, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Pakulski, Jozef, Second Class
        Pakulski, Jozef, Third Class Advanced
        Paliwoda, Jozef, 2nd Year College 1926-27 - Pre-Legal
        Pawlowski, Tadeusz, First Class Advanced B
        Paydos, Wladyslaw, Diploma 1925-1926
        Pelczarski, Edward, Third Class Advanced
        Peltz, Jozef, Diploma 1925-1926
        Peltz, Jozef Pawel, 1st Year College 1926-27- General
        Pernal, Wladyslaw, 1st Year College 1926-27 - Pre-Med
        Petrolewicz, Stanislaw, First Preparatory Class
        Petrolewicz, Stanislaw, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Piendak, Franciszek, Preparatory School
        Pietruszka, Aleksander A., 2nd Year College 1926-27 - Pre-Legal
        Pilkiewicz, Aleksander, Third Class Advanced
        Piskorz, Stanislaw, First Class Advanced B
        Piszczek, Wladyslaw, Third Class Advanced
        Podsadowski, Eugenjusz, First Class Advanced B
        Pospula, Jan, Diploma 1925-1926
        Przybylek, Bernard, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Przybylo, Wladyslaw, Third Class Advanced
        Przybylski, Edward, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Przybylski, Franciszek, Second Class Advanced B
        Przybylski, Eugenjusz, 1st Year College 1926-27- General
        Przybysz, Antoni, First Class Advanced B
        Przybysz, Stanislaw, Second Class Advanced A
        Przybyszewski, Waclaw, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Radaszkiewicz, Jan, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Radziwon, Henryk, First Class
        Radziwon, Henryk, Second Class Advanced B
        Rawa, Czeslaw, Completed Collegiate Course
        Roczen, Aleksander, Second Class Advanced B
        Rogowski, Stefan, Fourth Class Advanced
        Rokita, Adam, Diploma 1925-1926
        Romanowski, Kazimierz, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Rosol, Michal, First Class
        Rosol, Michal, Second Class Advanced B
        Rozanowski, Erwin, Fourth Class Advanced
        Rozanowski, Stefan, 2nd Year College 1926-27 Pre-Med
        Rozycki, Wladyslaw, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Rozycki, Marceli, Fourth Class Advanced
        Rytelewski, Henryk, First Class
        Rytelewski, Henryk, Second Class Advanced B
        Sadlowski, Zygmunt, Completed Collegiate Course
        Sagun, Wladyslaw, 1st Year College 1926-27- General
        Sakowski, Edward, Second Class Advanced A
        Sawicki, Terrance J., Second Class Advanced A
        Sejud, Tadeusz, Second Class
        Sejud, Tadeusz, Third Class Advanced
        Shubert, Roman, Diploma 1925-1926
        Shubert, Roman J., 1st Year College 1926-27 - Pre-Med
        Sitar, Zygmunt, Preparatory School
        Siwanowicz, Stanislaw, First Class Advanced B
        Skrabczynski, Stanislaw, Fourth Class Advanced
        Skrzyszewski, Kazimierz, Third Class Advanced
        Slawek, Czeslaw, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Smith, Edward, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Smuniewski, Franciszek, Second Class Advanced B
        Sochon, Edward, Diploma 1925-1926
        Soja, Stefan, Fourth Class Advanced
        Spindor, Franciszek, Second Class Advanced A
        Staniszewski, Feliks, First Class
        Staniszewski, Czeslaw, First Class Advanced B
        Staniszewski, Feliks, Second Class Advanced B
        Stankiewicz, Zdzislaw, Third Class Advanced
        Stasik, Edward, Preparatory School
        Stawicki, Edmund C., Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Stefanowicz, Franciszek, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Stempien, Adam, Second Class Advanced B
        Stodolski, Aleksander, Diploma 1925-1926
        Strempski, Wincenty, Second Class
        Strempski, Wincenty, Third Class Advanced
        Stronski, Waclaw, First Class Advanced B
        Studzinski, Ryszard, Second Class Advanced A
        Stylinski, Stanislaw, Preparatory School
        Sudol, Boleslaw, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Sulkowski, Marjan, Second Class Advanced A
        Suplicki, Wladyslaw, Second Class Advanced A
        Suwalski, Wiktor, Diploma 1925-1926
        Synowiec, Eugenjusz, First Class Advanced B
        Sypien, Adolf, Second Class
        Sypien, Adolf, Third Class Advanced
        Szala, Albin, Second Class
        Szala, Albin, Third Class Advanced
        Szamier, Wincenty, 1st Year College 1926-27- General
        Szepietowski, Wladyslaw, First Class Advanced B
        Szlosek, Stanislaw, Completed Collegiate Course
        Szlosek, Alfons, First Class
        Szlosek, Alfons, Second Class Advanced B
        Szrejbert, Boleslaw, Third Class Advanced
        Sztukowski, Stanislaw A., First Class Advanced B
        Szymanski, Juljan, 1st Year College 1926-27- General
        Tomasik, Adam, Second Class
        Tressenberg, Eugenjusz, Second Class Advanced A
        Truchinowicz, Karol, Fourth Class Advanced
        Tubinis, Kazimierz, 1st Year College 1926-27- General
        Turbak, Teofil, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Tyll, Izydor, Second Class
        Tyll, Izydor, Third Class Advanced
        Ulanski, Maksymiljan, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Warmus, Albert, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Warnagieris, Jozef, Second Class Advanced A
        Warnagieris, Edward, Third Class Advanced
        Waskiewicz, Jan, Third Class Advanced
        Welenc, Henryk, Diploma 1925-1926
        Wichrowski, Boleslaw, Diploma 1925-1926
        Wichrowski, Boleslaw, 1st Year College 1926-27- General
        Wieczorkowski, Jan, Third Class
        Wieczorkowski, Jan, Fourth Class Advanced
        Wierzbicki, Michal, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Wikar, Tadeusz, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Wilk, Franciszek, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Witalis, Jan, Diploma 1925-1926
        Witalis, Jozef, Fourth Class Advanced
        Wojciechowski, Edward, Diploma 1925-1926
        Wojciechowski, Franciszek, First Class Advanced B
        Wojtowicz, Edward, Fourth Class Advanced
        Wolny, Henryk, Preparatory School
        Wroblewski, Wilhelm, First Class Advanced B
        Wulw, Michal, Preparatory School
        Zachacki, Eugenjusz, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Zachwieja, Jozef, Fourth Class Advanced
        Zalupski, Leopold, Academic Department 1st Class - A
        Zarzycki, Stanislaw, Fourth Class Advanced
        Zawislak, Jozef, Third Class Advanced
        Zielinski, Roman, Second Class
        Zielinski, Jan, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Zielinski, Roman, Third Class Advanced
        Ziemba, Henryk, Third Class Advanced
        Ziobro, Tomasz, Second Class Advanced A
        Zlotnicki, Stefan, Preparatory School 2nd Class
        Zulkowski, Karol, First Class Advanced B
        Zysk, Zygmunt, Second Class Advanced A

         

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        *** LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ***

         

        Subject: Little-Known Jewish History

         

           [Editor -- I received this note passed along via Recordonline.com at the request of William F. Grohoski, and I wanted to share it.]

         

        William F Grohoski thought you 'd be interested in this story from the Recordonline.com:

         

        Exhibit at Sullivan County Community College features little-known Jewish history

         

        <http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090723/COMM/907230313>

         

        Here 's what William F Grohoski had to say about the story:

         

        Note: This training farm was on the Polish/German border and may be of interest to some readers of _Gen Dobry!_

         

           [Editor -- Thanks for the info. I 'm always glad to pass along word of anything like this that may interest or benefit our readers.]

         

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        Subject: The Unknown War

         

        I recently came across another "older" book with some interesting info in it: _The Unknown War_ by Winston Churchill, published by Scribners of New York in 1931.
         
        I was looking for data on where the actual boundaries of Poland were between 1772 and 1918. I had seen many basic maps but was looking for more. Though the book was written mainly about the campaign in the "East," it gave some good information concerning the causes leading up to World War I and the main personalities involved on both sides. I found the book to be extremely helpful. The book covers up to the fall of the Tsar and the Soviet takeover of Russia .
         
        In what I was looking for most, I was very happy with the findings, as there were many maps throughout that showed the boundaries between the Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires, including Prussia . The maps and writing also showed how very large sections of what was to again become Poland in 1918 were devastated by the several, large-scale battles fought on her territory. I do not believe I would be here today had my grandparents on all sides not emigrated when they did.
         
        Of further interest was the fact that many of the place-names were in the Germanic spelling, which I was able to relate to villages and towns of future Poland . Who ever thought there was a "Johannisburg" near the Mazurian lakes?

         

           Ed Mucha

         

           [Editor -- Very interesting. By the way, I knew there was a Johannisburg in East Prussia , now called Pisz, located in Warminsko-Mazurskie province. But I can 't take too much credit for it. I only knew about it because I once translated a _Slownik geograficzny_ article that mentioned it. I remembered it because it 's a case of the German and Polish names having nothing whatsoever to do with each other! ]

         

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        *** THE POLISH MISSION 'S 1 SEPTEMBER 1939 COMMEMORATION ***

         

        forwarded by Ceil Jensen <cjensen@...>

         

        Press Release (15 July 2009):

         

        The Polish Mission team -- Marcin Chumiecki, Karen Majewski, and Ceil Wendt Jensen -- met with members of the Polish American Congress on Monday evening. They presented an updated plan for the 1 September 1939 Commemoration. The event is entitled "1 September 1939 Commemoration" and is sponsored by The Polish Mission at Orchard Lake Schools , SS. Cyril Methodius Seminary and, Michigan Polonia, LLC. This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

         

        The guests of honor will be the Polish Veterans Polish-American Veteran, United States Veterans, Polish Survivors, Holocaust Survivors, Children in Exile, and Displaced Persons. The community at large is invited to meet these eyewitnesses of the war in Poland .

         

        There were many questions since this three-day event is different from past commemorations and is styled to share Poland 's history during World War II with the citizens of Michigan . The arts -- poetry, painting, music, and sculpture -- will be used to tell the story of Poland 's suffering and strength during World War II. The Polish Mission is asking the community to help identify the veterans who should be honored during the event, and locate members who would like to record their World War II oral history.

         

        A few highlights of the forthcoming event include: Thursday, September 1, 2009, 6 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sunset Service including Wypominki at the grotto on OLS campus.

         

        Tickets will be on sale for Saturday, September 5 's Reunion Breakfast, and we are asking the community to help us get in touch with the Knights of Dabrowski and the Girls of Santa Rosa. Saturday also features an art exhibit with works by Catholic concentration camp survivors Jan Komski and Adam Grochowski. Peggy Grant, widow of Adam Grochowski, will speak about his legacy at the art opening. A classical music concert closes the day.

         

        The Sunday Polish Day with Mass allows the community to come and thank our World War II vets for their service to our nations and meet the founders of the campus World War II museums. The Polish Mass begins at 1:00 followed by a group photo and receiving line.

         

        A detailed schedule with all the events and commemorative activities including sponsorship opportunities will be posted online at: <http://polishmission.com>.

         

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        *** + DOROTHY ANN PANCOAST + ***

         

           [Editor -- Joan Schmidt kindly passed along this brief obituary for a lady who served as a volunteer for the Polish Genealogical Society of America, and helped many, many people.]

         

        DOROTHY ANN PANCOAST
        November 1, 1923 - July 10, 2009

         

        It is with sadness that we learned Dorothy Pancoast, long-time PGSA member, passed away on July 10, 2009. From the time she joined PGSA in the early 1980s until she became ill, Dorothy was a person who took an active interest in trying to make the Society meaningful to everyone doing Polish genealogy, volunteering wherever she was needed. She served as Membership Chairman, held several positions as a Society officer and Director, Program Chairman, and chaired many of our early Conferences. She was also instrumental in setting up research activities at the Polish Museum Library, making it possible for members to request information from the Society 's genealogical holdings by mail and returning it to them in a timely basis.

         

        The Society 's "Wigilia Medal" was bestowed on Dorothy in 1997 for all the hours of time she dedicated to PGSA. All who worked with Dorothy will attest to her organizational abilities and pleasant disposition. She will be missed by all.

         

           [Editor -- If you wish to learn more, the funeral home has a page on Dorothy at <http://tinyurl.com/ntfvvk>.]

         

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        *** + IRENA WISNIEWSKA (KRETOWICZ) + ***

         

           [Editor -- Another of our readers kindly sent this note on the passing of Irena Wisniewska (Kretowicz), in the hope that we would pass it along to our readers.]

         

        Please visit the Obituary for Irene Wisniewska (Kretowicz):

         

        <http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/toledoblade/obituary.aspx?n=irene-wisniewska-kretowicz&pid=129405617>

         

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        *** UPCOMING EVENTS ***

         

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