Count Trautmannsdorf and Lobl KAFKA of Pisek #austria-czech


Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

No sooner had I written about von Trautmannsdorf two days ago that I
find the family popping up all over the place in Bohemia.

The trouble is that one has to have many sources handy to check these
references and even were we to have a complete translation of the
Hugo Gold Bohemia volume [which would be fantastic!] one needs to
have a computer-like memory to find them in the text of 735 sides.
We need a computer searchable Ur-text!

If you go through the text with a fine-toothed comb, constantly
jumping >from one thing to another, you can find links - the census of
1793 is also vital to complete the story. If we had the Bohemian
Jewish censuses of 1724 and 1783 as well as a complete list of
Bohemian familianten, we would be in clover and have one of the best
genealogical databases in existence. However I defy even Steve Morse
to convert them into a one-step search site.

In the story of the Jews of Pisek [in Czech] there is an archaic
German paragraph signed by J.M. Angermann, Hauptmann and Sigismund
Ludwig Graf von Trautmannsdorf, Hauptmann der Prachyner Kreyses [sic]
{dated 6 April 1691].

This discusses the bravery of the Jew Lobl KAFKA in exposing a
possible rebellion in the area and then there follows a para about
his being allowed to continue as the Pachter [distilling lessor] in
the area if he converted to Catholicism.

[Correspondence between Franc. Kinsky [Supreme Chancellory of
Bohemia]and and Thomas Graf Tschernin - Count of Bechinin Lazan
{p.492}].

However as I cannot understand the Czech, I do not know what the
outcome was, but I suspect he did not convert and moved on. To my
surprise I see the story repeated in Czech in slightly different form
in the towns of Mirowitz and Mirotitz {p.403}, with an additional
mention of 1621+Pisek+KAWKA+Markus KAFKA+syn.

In the 1793, census you can see quite a few KAFKA/KAWKA in the area
who could possibly be descendants of Lobl KAFKA who lived 100 years
before and we now know some probably already had the family name
KAFKA or KAWKA ***one hundred years before*** the Toleranz Patent of
1787. Indeed in 1793 there is again a prominent Jacob KAFKA in the
Royal town of Pisek [only 6 Jewish families listed!].

The article on Pisek is of course a secondary or tertiary source and
quotes Dr M. Grunwald*: Jud. Centralblatt VII 1882-1888.

Celia Male [U.K.]

Footnote: For important Max Grunwald [1871-1953] publications see:
http://www.jewishgen.org/bohmor/books.html - search for "Grunwald".

I assume this is the same as the above M. Grunwald and the dates
1882-1888 refer to a timespan, otherwise Max would have written the
article Lobl KAFKA when he was only 11 years old! Am I correct?

#
hence this Footnote;

In the 1600s: Gen. Adam von Trautmannsdorf, was the commander of the
Habsburg troops, see: http://www.chocen-mesto.cz/e_pamatky.asp

and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trauttmansdorff

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