Valerie Edwards The Double Life of Szmul Jedwabinski

August 25, 2019
1:30 pm

AJU Sperber Community Library, Los Angeles CA

Speaker: Valerie Edwards

Valerie Edwards “The Double Life of Szmul Jedwabinski” August 25th, 2019  Sunday Afternoon  1:30 pm at AJU Valerie Edwards  will speak about “The Double Life of Szmul Jedwabinski”, an intriguing family detective story. There was a legend in the family that grandfather Samuel Edwin of Chicago had a second family in New York. Using DNA matching, interviews with family members, life events and movements from Poland to New York to Chicago, and archival records in Poland and the United States, Valerie Edwards investigated whether Samuel Edwin, Samuel Edwards and Szmul Jedwabinski were in fact the same person with two different [...]

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Leonard Friedman: "My Father's Tangled Journey from Galicia to Los Angeles"

September 22, 2019
1:30 pm

Speaker: Leonard Friedman

Leonard Friedman "My Father's Tangled Journey from Galicia to Los Angeles" Sept. 22nd, 2019  Sunday Afternoon  1:30 pm at AJU Leonard Friedman will speak about “My Father’s Tangled Journey from Galicia to Los Angeles.” While Leonard’s father was very reluctant to share his story before arriving in the US, this talk will fill in some of those early stories and seemingly random events which enabled his father to reach the US during WWII, and how Leonard learned of them. Leonard will recount his father’s roots in historic Brody (a city that was in four different countries in the twentieth century), [...]

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with those who are interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

Founded in 1979, the Society has over 500 members and is governed by an elected Board of Directors. We hold monthly meetings providing a mix of lectures and films to assist our members in their family history research and twice-yearly research workshops with volunteer helpers and translators.

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Jews in the Great War: Family Histories Retold
by Rosen, Lois Ogilby, ed.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, 2015.  208 pp.  link and cover of book sold by JGSLA about WW1, Jews in the Great War
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A Review by Marion Werle:  Jews in the Great War is a collection of 37 stories of the World War I experiences of Jews from all over the world. The stories and accompanying photos were initially exhibited at the 34th IAJGS Jewish genealogy conference, held in Salt Lake City in 2014. The book is partly a scrapbook and partly an exhibit catalog. The level of detail varies from story to story, the longest of which is 11 pages of narrative, photos and documents, with the typical entry consisting of a page or two of text accompanied by one or more photos and small family trees.      Read More