JRI Poland #Poland "Jewish Families in Galicia" - Conversions #poland
Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>
I recently received a fascinating file, entitled: “Judische Familien In
Galizien” (Jewish Families in Galicia), >from Manfred Daum who works with
“Galizien German Descendants” -- a special interest group devoted to family
history research of the German descendants >from the Austrian province of
This document is a compilation of Jewish men, women and entire families,
either born in or residing at some point in Galicia, who converted to
Christianity: Greek or Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Evangelical/Evangelical
Reformed. In some cases these conversions were a results of “mixed
marriages,” but in others, entire Jewish families converted. There are
many interrelated families.
Mr. Daum’s sources were primarily church records >from which he extracted
this information, using parish registers, christening documents, church
marriage and death records, and some personal family notes. The dates of
these events run >from the late 1700s unti 1941, and include a few people
who were murdered in the concentration camps. Detailed occupations are
listed, house numbers, name variations, the maiden names of the women,
movement >from village to village over time, and other personal details.
Towns represented cover all of Galicia, including Kolomea, Lvov, Krakow,
Stanislau, Tarnopol, Tarnow, Drohobycz, Brody, Rzeszow, Stryj, Kamionka
Strumilowa, Tarnow, Brzezany, and then expand to Ukraine, Germany and
other countries where these people eventually settled or had moved from.
Although there are only 72 entries, most listings contain information on
several family members, and the intriguing possibility exists that some
researchers might discover that missing link in a family tree, due to a
conversion long ago.
Although written in German, Mr. Daum has provided a legend—standard in
European genealogical research--that makes deciphering the contents
somewhat easy to follow once you get the hang of it. Below are some
very loose translations to give you a sampling of the details:
MOSES KAMMERMAN, Jew, died in 1896 in Ugartsbert (Wypucki) House Number
22, married in 1870 to KIDEL KAMMERMAN, Jew, who died in 1914 in
Ugartsberg, buried in Drohobycz,,in 1896. Their daughters:
CHAJE (KAMMERMAN) FLACHS, B. 1875 d. 1914
AMALIE (KAMMERMAN) SOBEL, b. 1878 d. 1910
REGINA (KAMMERMAN) GOLDSTEIN, b. 1880, d. 1910
REBECKA (KAMMERMAN) POLLAK b. 1882
NUSEN SCHEIB, Jew, leasing a pub/restaurant in Josefsberg (Korosnica),
married to LIEBE KESTENBLATT SCHEIB, Jew, and their son, CHAIM SCHEIB, born
1869 in Josefsberg, Jew, converted to Evangelical Reformed Church in 1869.
FAYTISCH (FABIAN) OCHSENHAUER, Jew, Butcher in Kamionka Strumilowa, wife,
SARA (Susanna), Jew, and their daughter, Antonina (Tauba) OCHSENHAUER b.
1799 (first married to Mr. GEIL (KEIL), a Jew, who died in 1820, then
married to JOHANNES BAPTISTA HEIM, Cath., who was a special guard for the
(Hohenzollern) royal family in Kamionka Strumilowa >from 1819-1822. She
converted to Roman Catholicism in 1820.
LEO & BETTI FINKLER, and son, Emanuel, converted to the Lutheran religion,
in Lemberg, Oct. 22, 1867.
EMANUEL FINKLER, Jew, >from Czernovitz, married to DIORRI GOLDENTHAL, born
in Brzezany, in 1849. In 1867 ran a pub in the Lemberg-Czernowitzer Train
Station in Lemberg. Daughter: HEDWIG (Betti) FINKLER b. 1849 in
Czernowitz, baptized in 1867 in Lemberg.
ROSALIA SCHWARZ, Jew, born in Jaroslau, 1824, died in House number 98
in Stryj, converted to Roman Catholicism and baptized in 1847
RACHMIL FLACHS, Jew, died in 1914 in Ugartsberg (Wypucki) House Number 14,
was a cattle salesman in Ugartsberg. Married in 1890 to CHAJE KAMMERMAN,
Jew, born in Ugartsberg in 1875, died in 1914 in House number 14. Children:
ABRAHAM, b. 1890, LAJA, b. 1894- married. GRAF, SCHAINDL, b,1897,
WILHELMINE B. 1898
JOSEF CUZEK, Roman Catholic, b. 1859 in Krakow, married to HELEN MARIANNA
GRUNBERG, Jew, born 1856 in Czrnelica, who was baptized in Lemberg, June 16,
WILHELM RASCH, Jew, lawyer in Kolomea, married to ADELHEID (PINELES )
RASCH, Jew, and Children: ERNESTINA, b. 1860, ROBERTA, b. 1862, LEONIA, B.
1866, converted to Roman Catholicism in 1880.
SAMUEL ROSENTHAL, Jew, Salesman in Brody, married in 1820 to DEBORAH REIS,
Jew, and their daughter, ERNESTINE ADELE ROSENTHAL (married to Steinsberg)
born in 1820, baptized in Lemberg in 1842.
MORITZ ELIAS ZINNER, Jew, born in 1820 in Stanislau, Scenery Hanger in a
theater in Lemberg, baptized in 1842 in Lemberg.
PHILLIP KOHLI, Lutheran, murdered 1941 in a concentration camp in
Sapiezanka, married to HELEN EHRLICHER KOHLI, Jew, children: EDMUND, SOPHIE,
& CHRSTINE KOHLI. The Notes read: “Because he didn’t want to get a divorce
from his Jewish wife.”Here is the list of the surnames contained in this file:
EHRLICHER/ EICHHOLZ /FINKLER//FISCHER/ FORYBER/FÜRST/FLACHS/FRANK/
/GEIL/GLASER/GOLDENTHAL/GOLDSTEIN/GRAF/GRÜNBERG /GUTTMANN/ GOLDENTHAL
/ HAFER/ HAPERIN/HAUER/HEIM HOLPERING/ HUVEN/ KAMMERMANN KAMMERMANN
/KATZ/ KESTENBLATT/ KLIPPEL, KOHMANN, KOPACZ/ /KOSTICZ/ KÖHLI/
LICHTENSTADT/ LIFSCHÜTZ/LIPINER, LÖWENBERG/ /MAYER MIKULAS/MOLDAUER
/ROSENBERG/ROSENTHAL/ RUPP/ SACHS/ SANTRUCEK/SAX /SCHEIB/ SCHWARZ
/SCHULMAN/SELVER /SENZER/SOBEL/ SPIEGEL/ SPINDLER/STEINER/STEIN
Although Gesher Galicia hopes to make this information available on their
website at some point in the future, if you are interested in receiving the
30 page PDF file >from me now, please contact me privately. Certainly, this
document shows that details about the Jews of Galicia are present in church
records, and even though these deal solely with conversions they may prove
helpful to a few researchers. If you can provide insights into the nature
or reason for these conversions, or know of personal stories handed down by
families involving conversions, please feel free to share that with the
Thanks to Manfred Daum for so generously agreeing to share the fruits of his
labor with us.
Santa Monica, CA
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia