Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: BEER-HOFMANN from Lomnice #austria-czech

Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>

Randy Schoenberg posted as follows:

"Note that to match the information form the Zeisel article in the Gold book
with the information in the catalogue form the Jewish Museum of Vienna I
have guessed to combine some of the German and Hebrew names where it seemed
to make sense, i.e. Fanny Koenig = Feigele Koenig. Abraham Hofmann =
Albert Hofmann. Katharina Hofmann = Chaile Hofmann. Some are bit of
a stretch, ie. Hermann Beer = Gobrisch Beer. Herz Beer = Naftali Beer.
The Zeisel article has Anna Beer being the daughter of Herz Beer,
while the JMW book has Anna as the daughter of Naftali Beer. I have
guessed these were the same, although the Zeisel article says that
Chaile Hofmann was Herz Beer's second wife. It is possible that Chaile
was previously married to Naftali Beer and then married Herz Beer who
adopted her daughter Anna. But I prefer the solution that Naftali and Herz
were one and the same."

Randy is correct in his guess that "Naftali and Herz were one and the
same". The link is that Naftali is a Hebrew name while Herz/Herts (the
first is the Germanic spelling, the second, the correct standard
transliteration of the Yiddish name) is a Yiddish name which is a kinui for
the Hebrew name Naftali. This means that in important Jewish legal
documents, a person who has both of these names must be designated by one
of the following: Naftali Herts or Naftali haMechune Herts. The Hebrew
word "haMechune" is a Hebrew legal term which means "alias" or "known as".

Thus, considering that many Jews used either of the two names alternatively
in various venues, it would not be surprising to find either name
separately in non-legal Jewish or non-Jewish archival documents.

Shavu'a tov,

Prof. G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel

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