JGS of Montreal - June 2003 Meeting Announcement

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Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 19:26:36 -0400
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JGS of Montreal - June, 2003 Meeting

Our monthly lecture meeting is open to members and guests andfeatures
Professor Alti Rodel of Ottawa. The subject will be:

 "Jewish Genealogical Research in Bukovina:
 Cemeteries, Archives and Oral
History" Meeting time: 7:30 pm
sharp, June 16th Gelber Center, 5151 Cote St.
Catherine Rd.

Professor Rodel describes her lecture as
presentation will be based on two aspects of my experience in thesummer of
2001 in the Chernivtsi region of Ukraine. Firstly, as part of a small team,
sponsored by the Ottawa Jewish Genealogical Society, whose mission was to
digitally photograph the monuments of the Jewish cemetery of Chernivtsi
(Czernowitz). I will report on the type of genealogical information
that can be gleaned from Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe, the experience
of photographing monuments, and of accessing relevant archival records, in
particular burial registries, death certificates and community records.

I will also report on my personal pilgrimage to two small villages in
the Chernivtsi area, Kisilev and Borivtsi, where my parents were born and
where I found the mass grave where lie three of mygrandparents and many
other members of my family. Related to the personal story, but of
broader genealogical interest, are the archivalrecords of the Soviet
Extraordinary Commission on War Crimes (including lists of people massacred
and witness testimonies) and the experience of interviewing elderly
villagers about wartime and pre-war memories of Jewish inhabitants.

Also of interest are archival records held at the Chernivtsi Regional
Archives for the surrounding area, including naturalization records from
the Rumanian period, electoral lists and census records fromthe 1920s and
1930s, and official records of fines, court cases andinteractions with the

Biographical Sketch:Alti Rodal is a historian, former
university professor, author, and apolicy and management advisor and
consultant to government. She was bornin Czernowitz, Roumania,
received her early education in Israel, and, after1954, in Montreal.
She holds degrees in French literature and modernhistory from McGill and
Oxford universities. Her professional experienceincludes eight years of
full-time university teaching at ConcordiaUniversity in Montreal, part-time
teaching at the University of Ottawa andCarleton University, research,
writing, and varied work for the federalgovernment, including several
commissions of inquiry.

Ms. Rodel was director of historical research for the Royal
Commissionof Inquiry on War Criminals in Canada (the Deschenes Commission),
andauthored the report "Nazi War Criminals in Canada: The Historical
andPolicy Setting from the 1940s to the Present". She chaired the
ArchivesCommittee of the Canadian Jewish Congress, and acts as a resource
for theOttawa Jewish Archives. She has a personal interest in

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