JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Town name Vnikov #general


Alexander Sharon
 

Phyllis Kramer (5 June 2016) wrote:

Subject: re: town name Vnikov
John Berkeley posted: A 1946 application for a Czech
passport/traveldocuments gives birthplace (rodiste)as Vnikov. None
of the usual sources I've tried recognises this place name. Can
anyone please help?
As we all are familiar with, the map of eastern europe changed
radically in the 19th and 20th centuries. Another interesting
tidbit is that kov means metal in Czech, and many towns include it,
as the area is still known for its steel.
so i looked on the gazetteer and community pages and found:
Vitkovice, now in the Czech Republic at 4949/1816...
170 mi E of Praha (prague) which I think is the most likely candidate
...it had a Jewish population even when it was part of Moravia and
Austria before WWI...
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Hi,

I'm afraid that Vitkovice is not the most likely candidate for the
researched "Vnikov".

It appears that there is the tendency to identify only recognized Jewish
community, whatever identification definition is accepted, as the answer for
all lost or misplaced town.

If this would be correct, than JGFF administrators would not be busy by
reviewing queries >from the researchers.

There many towns that are not recognized as proper Jewish communities
through JewishGen databases, but could be located within the comfortable
distance of the nearest place of worshipping.

For example, town Vojnikov at 4921 1411, located few miles distance >from the
Jewish town Pisek, sounds more compatible to Vnikov than suggested
Vitkovice.

We should also recognized facts that some Jewish researchers ancestors have
converted, and places they searching now may not be close to the established
Jewish communities.

BTW, Chechia/Bohemia borders have not dramatically affected with the
notable modern divorcing of Slovakia.

Another puzzle is the statement that all towns ending with "kov" are
associated with the steel industry when "ov and "ova" ends identify male and
female nouns.

Best

Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor

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