Tuesday, May 28, 2013

History of Jews in Los Angeles Exhibit at the Autry National Center Museum

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



If you are going to visit Southern California between now and January 5, 2014 you may find the exhibit at the Autry National Center (Museum) of interest: Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic.  
See: http://theautry.org/exhibitions/jews-in-the-los-angeles-mosaic  The exhibit reviews the 160 years of Jews in Los Angeles and how it has helped shape the economy, politics and culture of Los Angeles., There are more than 150 stories, documents and objects that make up the exhibit.  The Los Angeles Times May 25 edition has a story on the exhibit.  Go to: http://tinyurl.com/q75trw2 Original url: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-harnisch-jewish-history-20130525,0,1784544.story

I have no affiliation with the Autry National Center and post this only for the information of those who might find this of interest.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
President, JGSCV

European Union Draft Regulation on Privacy Rights-May Effect Access to Genealogically Relevant Documents

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



Earlier this May the civil liberties committee of the European Parliament met to discuss the latest draft of Europe’s Data Protection Regulation.  The proposals for the overhaul of the European Union’s [EU] data protection laws come from the European Commission. The original laws date from 1995, and need to be updated for the Internet Age. According to Wikipedia the scope of the proposed regulation  update, “applies if the data controller or processor (organization) or the data subject (person) is based in the EU. Furthermore (and unlike the current Directive) the Regulation also applies to organizations based outside the European Union if they process personal data of EU residents”.  The European Union defines personal data as “ any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer’s IP address."  Go to:

The plan is to create one directly applicable regulation to replace 27 different national data protection and privacy laws. There is no consensus as to the public services aspects and the expected vote on May 29 has been postponed—probably to late June or mid July. Some members want a unified regulation, others want to leave it to the individual countries to decide how they interpret access to public services. Some believe the proposal strengthens the individuals rights and others are concerned what services may no longer be accessible to businesses including internet companies.  To read more about the delayed vote go to: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038072/eu-data-protection-vote-delayed-again.html

At its April 2013 meeting in Amsterdam, the Steering Committee of the Section of Professional Associations of the International Council on Archives (ICA SPA) expressed its concern about the draft European Data Protection Regulation. Their concern is that  it will result in the destruction of personal data.  They also refer people to the French Association of Archivists AAF.  To read their concern and for the link to the French Association of Archivists and what they suggest go to: http://www.ica.org/?lid=14318 .
(It is written in English)  The French archivists state the reason for the European Parliament proposal  including the provision on organizations based outside of the European Union is to prevent internet companies from retaining and using personal information. They believe data needs to be preserved with controlled access.

Why is this of interest to the genealogical community?  The French archivists state it could mean destruction of university, land employment records and more.  According to a German Law firm, MLGroup, processing of personal data will require obtaining specific and explicit consent by individuals mentioned  in the records for the processing of their data (Opt-in), other than explicitly allowing the processing of personal data See:. http://www.mlawgroup.de/news/publications/detail.php?we_objectID=227  (written in English)  As genealogists we have seen a less than desirable outcome when countries have opted for an “opt-in” for information to be shared, such as the more recent censuses in Canada and Australia.  Other provisions that the ML Group mention: parental consent requirement for processing of data of individuals under the age of 13; establishment of new privacy rights including data subject's "right of portability" and the "right to be forgotten", MLGroup says the proposed regulation defines these new rights as: The "right of portability" will allow a transfer of all data from one provider to another upon request, for example transfer of a social media profile or email, whereas the "right to be forgotten" will allow people to wipe the history clean.


Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Places WWI Remittance Lists Online

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



The American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) placed their World War I remittance lists online.  Remittance lists are collections of names of people in Eastern Europe and Palestine who received funds (or remittances) from relatives in the West. These are pdf versions of the original typed lists of who sent funds (the remitter – primarily—not exclusively from the US,) and who received funds. The Transmission Department of the JDC was established in 1915 to deliver personal remittances to those areas in Europe and Palestine where normal transmission agencies were incapable of functioning due to war conditions. The information on the remitter includes name, address and the amount remitted. The payee lists the name, the location of the payee and how many children were in the household. Most-not all of the people sending funds were from the New York  area and those receiving the funds were predominately from Poland, Romania, Russia or Palestine.  Access to the database is free.  To access the list go to:
http://archives.jdc.org/researchers/searchable-lists.html .  If you scroll down on the title page you will find other digitized records of interest in the 1914-1921 period and more.


Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Exhibition on Jews in Greece During Holocaust

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



The New York Times published an article earlier this week on an exhibition on Jews in Greece during the holocaust which is on display at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (NY, USA) [ https://www.holocaust-nassau.org/index.php] . The exhibit is called: “Portraits of Our Past: The Sephardic Communities of Greece and the Holocaust,” is on view through Aug. 15.  In Greece, 87 percent of the Jewish population perished during the holocaust representing  about 67,000 people.  The exhibition, emphasizes not only Greece during the holocaust, but also the long history of Jews in Greece and the large number of Greek Christians who risked their lives to save some of them.  The exhibit also has a central section which focuses on the Sephardic Jews who came to Greece from Spain and Portugal in the 15th century and continued to speak Ladino. Another section focuses on the Romaniote Jews, who arrived in Greece more than 2,000 years ago — the oldest Jewish community in Europe — and had different customs from the larger Sephardic population. Altogether, some 60 photographs and 14 artifacts are on display. 

To read the New York Times article on the exhibit go to:  http://tinyurl.com/nglru92 

Thank you to Eden Joachim for alerting us to this very interesting article and exhibit.
 
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President

[Ireland] Bill Introduced to Make Ireland's 1926 Census Granted Historical Status and Immediate Release to Genealogy Researchers

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



A bill has been introduced in Ireland that would make the 1926 Ireland census special heritage status and have the census released for genealogical and other research purposes. This effects only the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland  The 1926 Ireland census was the first census taken since the establishment of the Republic of Ireland as a state whereas the 1911 census was taken when Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. Currently there is a 100-year embargo before the census can be released. The bill is a private members’ bill therefore, not government sponsored so its outcome is not known.  To read the short bill go to: http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2013/5013/b5013d.pdf.  More information may also be found on the Irish Genealogy News blog found at: http://tinyurl.com/aze7b4v 
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Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Genealogy Newsletter for first alerting us to this pending legislation.

 Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee