JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen re: SCHENK / BOSCHAN(BOUCHON) / MODERN / LOEWINGER #general

Celia Male <celiamale@...>

Judy Earnshaw (nee Wertheimer) of Sorrento, Western
Australia is updating her research interests on SCHENK;
WEINBERGER; SPECHT >from Bratislava Hungary.

Bratislava was called Pozsony [Hungarian] and
Pressburg [German] when it was the capital of Hungary
for many hundreds of years. Pressburg was part of the
Habsburg Empire. The town, now called Bratislava, is
the capital of the independent country of Slovakia.

There was an old-established Jewish community in
Pressburg and in 1736 120 Jewish families were living
in the town with a total Jewish population of approx.
600. They were mostly traders - mainly >from Germany
with others >from Poland, Bohemia and Moravia and
Vienna. After the enactment of the Familianten Laws in
Bohemia and Moravia in 1726, many second and
later-born sons left these territories and settled in
Hungary, where strangely, the laws were not enforced.
The Jewish population of Hungary and especially of
Pressburg and Budapest grew rapidly until eventually
80 percent of the Hungarian Jews were of Bohemian and
Moravian origin.

Many Pressburg families moved permanently to Vienna
after 1848. Indeed I know there is a *living link* to
Pressburg MODERN families - because I have met him and
sent him a copy of this mail. He has done a lot of
work on the MODERN family.

There are more than 300 WEINBERGER; over 200
WERTHEIMER; over 100 LOWINGER; abt 70 MODERN; abt 50
BOSCHAN; abt 40 SCHENK and abt 25 SPECHT buried in
Vienna. Some of these, I am sure were >from Pressburg.

So the bottom line is that if you are studying the
Jews of Pressburg - you disregard the Austria-Czech
SIG at your peril:

I should know as three sets of my maternal
gtgt-grandparents [all born ca 1800 and whose roots
lay in Bohemia and Moravia], lived in Pressburg and
moved to Vienna shortly after 1848. The fourth set
came >from Bohemia.

Celia Male [U.K.]

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