Matzah Kaffee / Matzo in coffee - 9 replies - Topic closed #germany

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Ben Forman asked "does anyone else share this tradition or know where it
comes from?"

I grew up with the Passover tradition of "Matzo coffee" where for
breakfast one breaks up a piece of matzo in a large coffee cup,
pours hot coffee into the cup, and then eats the softened matzo.
Sounds strange but it was something I looked forward to doing each
year. My parents were both German; my father >from Mannheim and
my mother >from Berlin. I never asked where this ritual came
from but I suspect it was more likely >from my father's
background. I simply never gave it much thought; it was just
part of Passover!

Michael Marx Lexington, MA, USA MHMarx@...

Researching: BACHMAN(Mannheim); COHN(Berlin,Hamburg,
Rogasen,Schwerin Warthe); FALK(Malsch); GOLDSTEIN
(Labischin); HESS(Malsch); MARX(Shriesheim,Mannheim);
(Prust,Berlin); WEIL(Schmieheim); ZIMMERN(Michelfeld)

Yes, indeed. I remember my parents having matzo in coffee for
breakfast. My father was >from Meerholz -- a small town, now part of
Gelnhausen, about 25 miles east of Frankfurt am Main. My mother, born
in southeastern Poland (then western Galicia), lived in Cernauti,
Romania (once Czernowitz, part of the Austrian crown land of Bukowina;
now Chernivtsi, Ukraine) as a teenager and young adult.
Thanks for the memories!

Renee Stern Steinig Dix Hills, New York, USA genmaven@...

Dear Mr. Forman,
Our family came >from Germany and also has this tradition which
was called "Eingbrockte Matze" (Dipped Crumbled Matzo).
Chag Sameach

Uri kellerman ID154542 Nof Ayalon, Israel. Uri_ke@...

Matzo in coffee with plenty of sugar was the standard breakfast of the
adults in my family during Passover. Since they normally had cereal I
always assumed this was their way of compensating.
They came >from Germany in 1938.

Arline Sachs sachs@...

We had a rich tradition of Matzah Kaffee in our hamlet in Baden where I grew
up. You simply crumbled some matzah into a hot cup of coffee, adding a
little mllk and sugar. Even us little ones partook of this brew.
Later in life, I continued the practice but eliminated the milk and sugar.
So, come on over and enjoy a Matzah Kaffee with me.

Werner Frank, Calabasas CA USA wlfrank82@...

Hi All,
Regarding Ben's report on Matzo in coffee - we also have that tradition
in the family - coming >from my father who also was a kindertransport
refugee >from Germany. He, however, was first generation German
(born in Frankfurt) - his parents both came originally >from Galicia
(with no Hungarian connection anywhere).

Wherever the tradition comes >from - it's something to look forward to
every Pesach for those of us brought up on it [and for those of us, like
my wife, who wasn't (notwithstanding her Hungarian genes...) - to fail
to understand why anyone would go near the stuff! :)]

Chag Sameach- David Birnbaum, Rehovot, Israel

Researching: BIRNBAUM (Husiatyn), RAWER (Dobrotwor), DRESNER (Ivanovka),
SCHARFSPITZ (Husiatyn), FEUST (Munich), MAINZ (Frankfurt a/m),
SULZBACHER (Mergentheim), NECKARSULMER Fuerth, MERZBACHER (Baiersdorf)

My father used to soak his matzo in coffee, too. He had a very large cup
especially kept for Pesach breakfasts. He came >from Stuttgart, the family
originated in the Palatinate, and had no connection with Hungary that I
know of. I should think Google has got this wrong. It seems to be a
German, rather than a Hungarian habit (though of course it may be done in
Hungary as well)

Eva Lawrence, St Albans UK eva.lawrence@...

Hi Ben,
I grew up in Germany (1927 to 1939).
In my home, too, it was customary to have "matzo in coffee at Pesach".
"Die Mazze in den Kaffee einbrocken",- it was called...

Incidentally, the matsa in those days was round, and not square!

And, oddly enough, my father too, was born in Posen.
And educated in Koeln,- at the Juedisches Lehrerseminar, under a Doktor

With Chag Same'ach greetings,

Zeev Raphael, Haifa zeevr@...

Hi Ben.
My German grandfather broke matzo into small pieces and put it in a
bowl of hot black coffee. As he took each spoonful he would
sprinkle sugar on it before he ate it. He called it "brach ein"
and ate it as dessert on Passover. I'm not sure what it means,
but I guess "broken" or "break in".

As a child, my mother wouldn't let me eat it because of the
caffeine (whatever, it was the fifties), but I eat it all the
time today.

I don't know where my grandfather's tradition started but I guess
it was Leipzig where he was born in the 1880's. Hope this helps.

Diane Perry--Manhattan dcperry28@...

THE QUESTION >from <ben.r.forman@...>:

As a kid my dad used to make me matzo in coffee at Pesach as his
mum had done for him, does anyone else share this tradition or
know where it comes from, my grandmother was a kindertransport
refugee >from Germany born in Berlin, her parents were >from Koeln
and Posen respectively; I did look on Google and it says it was a
tradition of Jews in Hungary, so I wonder if it was a tradition which
came to her >from the family who took her in in England (I do
not know of they came >from Hungary originally). Chag Sameach

Ben Forman Manchester UK,(currently exiled in London)

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