Re: PALAGI and Rzeszow #galicia

Roy Pologe <roy@...>

RE: Palagi

Hello Ton:

Rabbi Chaim Palagi's grandfather, of same name, also was Rabbi in North
Africa, likely in Morocco, dating known branch of Palagi family tree back
to approximately 1700. Chaim, the grandfather, married Rachel, daughter of
Hannoun, or Bannoun family. Her father >from Morocco, and also Rabbi. One
of Chaim's sons, Rabbi Yakov Palagi, fathered Chaim Palagi, born 1788, who
served as Grand Rabbi of Smyrna/Izmir >from 1828, until his death in 1868.
Believe he was most widely known of Palagi Rabbi's. Younger Rabbi Chaim,
wrote at least 70 volumes, of which I've so far, collected 11, (including
one slim volume on Kabala, which my local Rabbi fears reading). All Chaim
Palagi books are written in Hebrew. Believe some still published in Israel.
An original edition of one of Chaim's works recently sold on an
internet auction site, had been published in Livorno, Italy in 1824.

Earliest evidence of name variant similar to Palache, is signature of
Yechiel Zev Palagee, (Latin spelling), on Ketuba marriage certificate,
also dated 1824, which he witnessed. Ketuba in California museum.

Chaim Palagi had three sons.

Earliest known paper trail of my immediate family is in town archives of
Rzeszow, Poland. Rzeszow's town history dates back to 1654, when reigning
Polish principality, invited Jews to settle under their protection, near
riverbank on their lands. Rzeszow's town history comprised an exhibit
seen in an Israeli museum. Town archive's prior to 1920, were vaulted
during WWII, thereby preserved. Census of 1920, indicates Rzeszow
maintained majority Jewish population, at least until then. Interestingly,
Lech Walesa's Polish "Solidarity" movement was centered in Rzeszow.

Rzeszow town archives, available since 1741, record Pologe, Paloge,
Paloga, name variants for known immediate family members. Curiously
however, most family names recorded go back many years previous to my own
family name appearance, in mid-1800's. Suggesting Palagi's originating
elsewhere, settled in Rzeszow, an already robust Jewish community in early

Mordechai Pologe was my father's grandfather, and Benzion, was my father's
father. Benzion had 10 children, of which my father was the second
youngest. My father, Yisroel, (Israel, Irving) immigrated to America in
1923. Family members began arriving in America >from mid to late 1800's,
including Benzion's brother's Wolf, and Shmuel, (Samuel).

Other family in vicinity of Rzeszow, in Krakow, 90 miles to the east.

During WWII, Jewish partisans were active in areas surrounding Rzeszow.
Their operations, are depicted in "Heaven Shed No Tears", written by Henry
Herzog, a surviving partisan. The remaining Jewish population was forced
marched to Belzec death camp in October, 1942.

Several of immediate family reside in Israel. Others in America.

Roy Pologe,

Moderator Note: Subject changed by moderator. Rzeszow researchers would
be interested in Mr. Pologe's comments.

-----Original Message-----
From: t.tielen []
Sent: Sunday, August 13, 2006 7:16 AM
Subject: Palagi

I read your posting to
Other variants of the name are Palache and Pallache. I am researching this
family that starts in the sixteenth century with Isaac Pallache, rabbi in
Fez, Morocco. The family branched out to The Netherlands, Germany,
England, West Indies. One branch returned to Morocco, where they can be
traced during the seventeenth century, but not beyond.

The book to read is Samuel Pallache, a man of three worlds, by Mercedes
Garcia-Arenal and Gerard Wiegers.

There are several branches in Amsterdam and Hamburg in the seventeenth and
eighteenth century that I haven't been able to connect to the first
generations >from Fez. The irony is that more is known about the first
three generations than about their immediate descendants.

Hoping to hear >from you soon, kind regards,

Ton Tielen
The Hague, The Netherlands

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