About the Częstochowa-Radomsko Area Research Group

Częstochowa Synagogue
Częstochowa Synagogue

Please contact CRARG President Daniel Kazez (danielkazez@crarg.org) with any questions about CRARG.

CRARG finds, translates, types, and organizes databases of records from the late 1700s through the mid 1900s, and gives these databases to JRI-Poland, Yad Vashem, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Daniel Kazez, CRARG President and founder, is professor of music at Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio. His Englander family lived first in Mstów and Janów (and several small towns nearby), and later in Przyrów, Częstochowa, and Żarki. His Kifer and Talman families lived first in Pławno and later in Radomsko. And his Jurkiewicz and Lewkowicz families lived in Przedbórz and Góry Mokre. His family trees stretch back to the 1700s. His families lived in nearly every CRARG town.

David Ferleger, a member of CRARG’s Board of Directors, is a lawyer with non-profit board experience (Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Germantown Jewish Center, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters, National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy). He has argued five times at the U.S. Supreme Court and has litigated nationally. David's parents and aunts/uncles were Holocaust survivors from Poland (incl. ghettoes, concentration camps, and in hiding). Many other relatives did not survive. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

David Rose, a member of CRARG’s Board of Directors and a founding member of CRARG, is president of Merco Tape and lives in the lower Hudson Valley in New York. With the help of CRARG he has traced his Rozenblum family roots back to approximately 1710, in Częstochowa and Żarki. David lives with his wife Rebecca, a dog, two cats, three goats and, depending on how hungry his neighborhood fox is, various chickens, guinea fowl, ducks, turkeys and rabbits. They have four children and not enough grandchildren.

Bob Schupper, a member of CRARG’s Board of Directors, is the son of a hidden child of the Holocaust whose family was from Częstochowa. Bob’s mother died thinking that they were the only members of the Windman family that survived WWII. With the help of CRARG, several relatives have been found that escaped to the United States and England. Bob is a food industry executive who lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with his wife, and has two grown children.

Learn about your family…

Begin by trying our search engine for Holocaust-era records.

You might also want to check out:

Częstochowa Yizkor Books Project
The Gidonim Project

About the CRARG search engine…

The CRARG search engine was designed by Ben Kazez, whose other work includes an index of arias, duets, and choruses by instrumentation, text, translation, composer, key, and meter.

Historical information on towns is drawn from Encyclopedia Judaica (Jerusalem, Israel: Macmillan, 1978), Shmuel Spector, editor-in-chief; The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust (New York: New York University Press, 2001); The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945 (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2018); Pinkas Hakehillot: Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Poland (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 1976); and several town Yizkor books. Thank you to Gloria Berkenstat Freund (Yiddish) and Udi Cain (Hebrew) for their help with translating town histories.

Thinking of joining CRARG? Feel free to write to me (danielkazez@crarg.org) to ask if we have records for your family! —Daniel Kazez, CRARG President (a volunteer/unpaid position)