JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Re naming patterns & religion #general

Nick <tulse04-news@...>

"Sally Goodman" <> wrote in message

and I add: in our home my parents and grandparents (>from Vienna) called it a
"Perueke", the German word for wig. I did not know the word "sheitel" until
I was older and learned to understand Yiddish on my own. I presume my family
did not want to utter any Yiddish words, even though we lived in the US, out
of fear. I am sure that is why our Mezuzah was on the inside of our
apartment door and not outside for others to see.
It is quite probable that Sally Goodman's family were not Yiddish speakers -
but only spoke German. My father's family are mainly >from Southern Germany
and it was certainly the case there.

My grandmother's parents spoke German to each other - when they didn't want
the children to understand them!

When my late grandmother went to an old people's club and the other people
spoke Yiddish, they used to think that she was being snobbish when she said
that she didn't understand Yiddish.

The first time my father heard of cholent was when he attended my cousin's
barmitzvah - he would have been about 40 then.

Nick Landau
London, UK

COHNREICH (Anklam, Germany Krajenka, Poland) ATLAS (Wielkie Oczy (near
Lvov/Lemberg), Poland) WEITZMAN (Cracow), WECHSLER(Schwabach, Germany),
THALHEIMER (Mainbernheim, Germany), KOHN/WEISSKOPF (Wallerstein and
Kleinerdlingen,Germany), LANDAU (only adopted
on leaving Russia/Belarus or later)/FREDKIN (?)
(Gomel, Mogilev, Chernigov, Russia/Belarus)

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