Phillip Minden <Minden@...>
I'm looking for a JAPHE family (with a PH and the oblique-shaped accent on the
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
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
Are these names familiar to anyone? (The problems probably are!)