text by Paul Eliasberg
The town of birth of the founder of the Dutch Eliasberg-family, Joseph Eliasberg, still remains uncertain: according to the register of Haarlem (his first place of residence in The Netherlands) he was born in Padbrzese, Russia.According to the register of The Hague (where he died in the 'Jewish Home for Old Men') however, he was born in Pdabreze, Poland. After consulting the Jewishgen shtetl-seeker with the soundex-system, Pdabreze seems very unlikely. John Simons mentioned that the beginning 'Pad-' would be very unlikely as well, 'Pod-' however could be very well possible, meaning 'Under' or 'Beneath'. This results in two new names: Podbrzese and Podbreze. Another search with the shtetl-seeker came up with, amongst others, the following results: Searching for Town PODBEREZIE
"Podberezie sounds like a reasonably Russian name, but Padbrzevo is definitely not a Russian word. Closer to Polish language, I'd say, if "valid" at all."