David & Diana Laufer <dlaufer@...>
Firstly let me thank all those who did reply. A short summary of
those responses follows.
Mathilde's Hebrew name:
All responses to this question stated Malka which I accept.
I had not previously recognised the first letter as a mem.
Several stated Buchhalter = accountant. One stated Bu(umlaut)chsen(macher).
The latter has some logic as on his death record Robert's occupation
is given as Metallgiessermeister = ironmonger or foundry owner.
Robert was born in Ober Glogau (now Glogowek, Poland) and raised in Gleiwitz,
Pr. Schlesien (now Gliwice, Poland) which is in the coal mining area
near Katowice. He could have learnt the foundry skills there before
moving to Vienna. Making guns would be a possible product for someone
with a metal foundry. According to my little Langenscheidt
dictionary one translation of Bu(umlaut)chse is rifle.