Unwed mother's Jewish son - mother converts, marries Lutheran father & younger full siblings all Lutheran #general

Alice Josephs


How usual would this scenario be in the second half of the 19th century in

A young Jewish woman becomes pregnant by a non Jewish man in the same town.
She gives birth to a son.

She apparently converts to the Lutheran Church and marries the father. She
has more children, all baptised, the oldest seven years younger than the
first child. However the eldest son by the same father, conceived and born
outside marriage, remains Jewish. I do not know if he was brought up
elsewhere. However the father is named on his marriage certificate, so
everyone including the Jewish son's Jewish bride is aware of the situation,
although it's a moot point whether the Jewish couple's children knew about

Is anyone aware of similar situations?

As far as I can tell, the non Jewish man was >from a family which did not
have Jewish ancestry.

As you may have guessed this is not hypothetical.

It did remind me of interesting threads on Baden Wuerttemberg mailing lists
I saw some years ago, for example, about single mothers in general, not
exactly the same situation, eg at http://bit.ly/2x9frib The Jewish/Lutheran
situation of course has implications and complications especially bearing in
mind what happened in the next century, although the man and the woman were
not to know that.

I'd be very interested to know if this was common or rare and if anyone has
any more information on such situations.

I am subscribed to digest, so would appreciate if those responding on the
list could send a copy to my personal email address. If anyone has a similar
situation in their family and wants to discuss with me off list, please feel
free to email me on my personal email address.

Alice Josephs
Near London, UK

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