Re: Fairy Tales my Father Told Me #belarus


On Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 11:31 AM, <erikagottfried53@...> wrote:
Your story might well be True. It is similar to a story from my father's side. When I started my research of my family roots, my clue was that all of the descendants knew that our family was not originally Jewish. The earliest family member I was able to trace was Pesach Matison (all possible spelling variations are valid) who lived in 1750 in Bausk Latvia. With a name like that he had to be Jewish. It is a well known fact that many Latvian Jews originated in Germany. I found it very puzzling as to why at any time before 1750 a good Goy would want to convert to Judaism. German Reformation in the 16th century could provide a good explanation. It is  also interesting that in every generation there is one son who was given the name Abraham which is the name given to every convert to Judaism. 
It is amazing how long a family story can pass down.

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