Use of Middle Names Israel and Sarah on German 1939 Minority Census #germany


Susan Meehan <smeehan@...>
 

I am doing research in preparation for putting in a claim with the
Swiss Dormant Bank Accounts commission. To that end, information on
the middle name is critical, as the name on the list is a common one,
Alfred DEUTSCH, but has a middle initial of M.

I found my relative, Alfred DEUTSCH, on the Hamburg 1939 German
Minority Census, along with a bunch of other relatives. However, his
middle name according to the census list, is Israel, and that of his
wife, Henriette, is Sarah. That discouraged me at first. But then I
noticed, while traversing through the microfilm that a great number of
clearly Jewish names in Hamburg all had the middle name of Israel if
they were male, and Sarah if they were female. Is this possibly a
generic middle name? Was it done as a protest, and if so, was it true
all across Germany? Why was this done?

BTW, my Alfred DEUTSCH spelled his last name in great big letters, as
if trying to tell the Nazis that his name indicated he was a real
German! Sad, isn't it?

Susan Meehan smeehan@..., Washington, DC

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I had success using the context "Israel near Sarah" MOD1

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