Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names
In German-speaking societies, there is a common practice of people going by their "call name" ("Rufname" in German), which are often quite different from their legal birth names. Often the official given name ("Vorname") is freely interchanged with the Rufname, and it is not unusual for the Rufname to come to exclusive use by the person.
The Israel Genealogy Research Association is now indexing the 1938-1939 cards from the German Consulate in Jerusalem. The printed cards have a field for the Vornamen, with instructions to underscore the Rufnamen. I have been proofreading a batch (I expect to get it finished soon, Rose).
-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL
Ken Ryesky, Petach Tikva, Israel kenneth.ryesky@...