The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles invites you to:
"A Hundred Germanies: A Hundred Jewish Histories" with GerSIG
coordinator, Roger Lustig
Monday, March 3, 2014 ~7:30 PM
Santa Monica Synagogue
1448 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
"The Holy Roman Empire is neither holy nor Roman Nor German" - Voltaire
Yet the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" was German, and
defined what "German" meant. It was also the home of an ancient Jewish
culture--dating back to the real Romans--and hundreds of Jewish
communities, large and small. Until 1871, Germany's Jews were subjects
of dozens of different states, each with different laws and attitudes
toward its Jews. Napoleon emancipated most of Germany's Jews and led
Prussia to do likewise; but as soon as he was gone, the many German
states--most with new boundaries--returned their Jews to one or another
special legal status. Those legal statuses, combined with different
forms of government in the various states, make the researcher's job
more complicated, as the same information--birth, change of residence,
etc.--might be kept by different authorities in different ways. Roger
will review where the larger Jewish congregations and rural
communities lived, how to determine which states ruled them at a given
time, and examples of how family histories are recorded across longer
periods, especially where boundaries and governments were changing.
Roger Lustig is a consultant and family-history researcher based in
Princeton, NJ. He specializes in German Jewish history, focusing on
the parts of Prussia that became Polish in the 20th Century. A native
speaker of German, he has done research in libraries and archives in
Germany and Poland, and is the research coordinator of GerSIG.
Roger's talk will be followed by a short IAJGS 2014 Conference preview
by Hal Bookbinder.
JGSLA members free, non-members & guests $5.00. No reservations necessary.
Program Chair, JGSLA
Santa Monica, CA