Family Legends (Was Re: Fairy Tales my Father Told Me) #general


Shlomo Katz
 

There is a legend in my family, which I first heard from a distant cousin when I was in my 40s, that our ancestors fled Galicia for Maramures (then, Hungary; now Romania) because their non-Jewish maid tipped them off that there was a plot to murder them or involve them in a blood libel. The implication was that the family was wealthy; why else would the gentiles care to bother them?

My 3x great-grandfather, who was the ancestor who made the journey, is listed on his death record in Felsoviso, Hungary (Viseul de Sus, Romania) as having been born in Nadworna, Galicia in 1828. I have searched the available Nadworna Cadastral maps and not found any hint that my ancestors owned land there. Not a proof that the story is false, but makes me wonder. Then again, maybe he made up being born in Nadworna.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD

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