"Jewish Families in Galicia" - Conversions #general

Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>

I recently received a fascinating file, entitled: “Judische Familien In
Galizien” (Jewish Families in Galicia), >from Manfred Daum who works with
“Galizien German Descendants” -- a special interest group devoted to family
history research of the German descendants >from the Austrian province of
Galicia. (http://www.galiziengermandescendants.org/)

This document is a compilation of Jewish men, women and entire families,
either born in or residing at some point in Galicia, who converted to
Christianity: Greek or Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Evangelical/Evangelical
Reformed. In some cases these conversions were a results of “mixed
marriages,” but in others, entire Jewish families converted. There are many
interrelated families.

Mr. Daum’s sources were primarily church records >from which he extracted
this information, using parish registers, christening documents, church
marriage and death records, and some personal family notes. The dates of
these events run >from the late 1700s unti 1941, and include a few people who
were murdered in the concentration camps. Detailed occupations are listed,
house numbers, name variations, the maiden names of the women, movement >from
village to village over time, and other personal details. The towns
represented cover all of Galicia, including Kolomea, Lvov, Krakow,
Stanislau, Tarnopol, Tarnow, Drohobycz, Brody, Rzeszow, Stryj, Kamionka
Strumilowa, Tarnow, Brzezany, and then expand to Ukraine, Germany and other
countries where these people eventually settled or had moved from.

Although there are only 72 entries, most listings contain information on
several family members, and the intriguing possibility exists that some
researchers might discover that missing link in a family tree, due to a
conversion long ago.

Although written in German, Mr. Daum has provided a legend—standard in
European genealogical research--that makes deciphering the contents somewhat
easy to follow once you get the hang of it. Below are some very loose
translations to give you a sampling of the details:

Nusen SCHEIB, Jew, leasing a pub/restaurant in Josefsberg (Korosnica),
married to Liebe KESTENBLATT SCHEIB, Jew, and their son, Chaim SCHEIB, born
1869 in Josefsberg, Jew, converted to Evangelical Reformed Church in 1869.

Emanuel FINKLER, Jew, >from Czernovitz, married to Diorri GOLDENTHAL, born in
Brzezany, in 1849. In 1867 ran a pub in the Lemberg-Czernowitzer Train
Station in Lemberg. Daughter: Hedwig (Betti) FINKLER b. 1849 in
Czernowitz, baptized in 1867 in Lemberg.

Rosalia SCHWARZ, Jew, born in Jaroslau, 1824, died in House number 98 in
Stryj, converted to Roman Catholicism and baptized in 1847

Rachmil FLACHS, Jew, died in 1914 in Ugartsberg (Wypucki) House Number 14,
was a cattle salesman in Ugartsberg. Married in 1890 to Chaje KAMMERMAN,
Jew, born in Ugartsberg in 1875, died in 1914 in House number 14. Children:
Abraham, b. 1890, Laja, b. 1894- married. GRAF, Schaindl, b,1897,
Wilhelmine B. 1898

Wilhelm RASCH, Jew, lawyer in Kolomea, married to Adelheid (Pineles)
RASCH, Jew, and Children: Ernestina, b. 1860, Roberta, b. 1862, Leonia, B.
1866, converted to Roman Catholicism in 1880.

Samuel ROSENTHAL, Jew, Salesman in Brody, married in 1820 to Deborah REIS,
Jew, and their daughter, Ernestine Adele ROSENTHAL (married to STEINSBERG)
born in 1820, baptized in Lemberg in 1842.

Phillip KOHLI, Lutheran, murdered 1941 in a concentration camp in
Sapiezanka, married to Helen EHRLICHER KOHLI, Jew, children: Edmund, Sophie,
& Christine KOHLI. The Notes read: “Because he didn’t want to get a divorce
from his Jewish wife.”
Here is the list of the surnames contained in this file:


Although Gesher Galicia hopes to make this information available on their
website at some point in the future, if you are interested in receiving the
30 page PDF file >from me now, please contact me privately. Certainly, this
document shows that details about the Jews of Galicia are present in church
records, and even though these deal solely with conversions they may prove
helpful to a few researchers. If you can provide insights into the nature
or reason for these conversions, or know of personal stories handed down by
families involving conversions, please feel free to share that with the

Thanks to Manfred Daum for so generously agreeing to share the fruits of his
labor with us.

Pamela Weisberger
Santa Monica, CA
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

MODERATOR NOTE: Mr Daum has given permission for these examples to be
posted here.

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