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Expulsion Orders from WWII at the FelixArchief – Part 1: An Introduction

Note: Mr. Dratwa (conservator of the Jewish Museum in Belgium) noted that I should’ve translated ‘Uitwijzingsbevel’ to ‘Expulsion Order’ and not ‘Deportation Order’ (which usually is used when someone was deported to concentration camps). I corrected the wording based on … Continue reading

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Using the indexes to the alien files at the FelixArchief

If you know about a relative who immigrated via Antwerp to Belgium, you can find his alien file at the Antwerp Archives (FelixArchief). In an earlier article on the Antwerp Archives (FelixArchief), I summarized which files are already in the … Continue reading

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How to subscribe to the online services of the Antwerp Archives

Please note that I am not affiliated with the Antwerp Archives although I strongly support them. Therefore, don’t contact the archives for any question which relates specifically to my website. Only contact them for matters which are related to them … Continue reading

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A new school inspector and the walls of Jericho

A new school inspector is assigned to the grade 4 class in one of the local schools in Soweto. He is introduced to the class by the teacher, Miss Wesizwe. She says to the class: “Let’s show the inspector just … Continue reading

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The Goldberg Brothers – The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner

Here’s a little factoid for automotive buffs or just to dazzle your friends.. The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Maxwell, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees. … Continue reading

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לזקן אחד היה כלב

לזקן אחד היה כלב, שהיה ידידו הטוב ביותר. יום אחד, הכלב מת בשיבה טובה, והזקן, שהיה קשור אליו מאוד, הלך לרב, וביקש ממנו שיעשה לכלב אזכרה ושיקרא עליו “קדיש”. הרב הסתכל עליו בפליאה ואמר לו: “אדוני, קדיש אומרים רק על … Continue reading

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You don’t want to become a rabbi

A boy decided that he wanted to become a rabbi when he grew up, so his father suggested that he go to speak to their shul rabbi to find out what the job entailed. “Ask me any question about the … Continue reading

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What happens when a fly falls into a coffee cup?

*The Englishman*: Throws away the cup of coffee and walks away. *The American*: Takes out the fly and drinks the coffee. *The Chinese*: Eats the fly and throws away the coffee. * The Japanese*: Drinks the coffee with the fly, … Continue reading

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I’m already in the Army

A friend was in front of me coming out of Shul one day, and the Rabbi was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The … Continue reading

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Blessed with children

A rabbi meets a couple and asks them how many children they have. “Sadly we are not blessed with any children yet.” “Let me write down your names and place a note in the Kotel for a blessing.” Five years … Continue reading

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