JAPHE in MITAU (Jelgava), RIGA and LIBAU (Liepaja) #latvia


Phillip Minden <Minden@...>
 

I'm looking for a JAPHE family (with a PH and the oblique-shaped accent on the
E).

AGNES JAPHE (called Nyutka) was born in MITAU (Latvian: Jelgava) and died in
1948 in Bucharest.

Her father HERMANN JAPHE died in 1934 in RIGA, where, according to family
tradition, they had a department store at that time (we don't know if it bore
the name of the family). Hermanns brothers and sisters were: SOFIE, WILLE,
JAKOB, JOHANNA, JULE, DORING, FANNY, HELENE (Lenchen) and MARTHA.

Their father LUDWIG JAPHE was born in LIBAU (Latvian: Liepaja), as were, again
according to family tradition, the latter's parents, whose names I don't know.
Ludwig's wife was AGNES MARTINSON (whose mother was FRIEDERIKE TOCKEL, all of
them Jewish).

They used to speak German, not Yiddish, apart >from Latvian, but I think this is
not uncommon for Latvia, especially the larger cities.

I checked some printed sources (Pinkas hakehilot etc.) but couldn't find any
more information.

Are these names familiar to anyone? (The problems probably are!)

Gut woch,

Phillip Minden

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