I have a question for those of you with ancestry in Burgenland. Sometime between 1648 and 1653, Count
Franz von Nadasdy a feudal lord in Burgenland, permitted Sephardic Jews to establish a settlement in
Neufeld. These Jews had been expelled >from Spain/Portugal and came to Burgenland via Holland. After the
dissolution of Neufeld' Jewish community in 1739, the former residents settled in Mattersdorf and
other nearby communities, where they were all assigned the surname NEUFELD to differentiate them >from
the members of the original communities with residency rights.
There is a curious story told in the Neufeld branch of my family that we are related to Don Isaac Abarbanel,
the Jewish communal leader and financial adviser to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain at the time
of Jewish expulsion >from Spain.
I am wondering if anyone else with roots in Burgenland shares similar stories and/or if anyone knows of a
history that has been written about the Neufeld Jewish community.
Carole Garbuny Vogel
South Glastonbury, CT, USA