Romania SIG #Romania Re: introducing a new member #romania

Bruce Reisch <bir1@...>

Dear Dan:

First of all, welcome to the group! If you haven't already found
some of the following web sites, you'll soon see that there some
valuable resources regarding Bukovina.

History of the Jews in the Bukowina:
in particular, see chapters on Radauti, Dornesti, and Czernowitz.

Bukovina and Suceava web site:

ShtetLinks web site for Radauti:

Czernowitz History and Genealogy:

In 1792, Jews in the Austrian Empire were required to adopt surnames;
Bukovina had become a crown land of the Austrian Empire in 1774. At
that time the official language was German, though there were many
languages spoken by the various groups that lived there. So
naturally, German surnames were adopted. It is my understanding that
until that time, most Jews did not have surnames - each person was
simply known in Jewish tradition as the [given name] son or daughter
of [father's given name]. For instance: "Moshe son of David" or
"Ruchel daughter of Eliezer".

Bruce Reisch
Geneva, New York

Subject: introducing a new member
From: "Dan Kraft" <>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 09:13:48 -0300

I am not sure
about the family's name before the Romanian treaty with the Austrian empire,
that obliged jewish families to adopt German surnames. I am curious about


Dan Markus Kraft, Esq.
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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