Re: Why was I told my mother's family were German Jews when they weren't? #austria-czech


My family were all originally considered Russian Jews. However, the borders changed frequently.  In his naturalization papers when he arrived, my grandfather listed his country of origin as Russia, but when he actually became a citizen in the early 1930s, it is listed as Poland.  

My mother and father had a running joke as who was a Litvak and who was a Galitizianer, which suggests a rivalry if not snobbery. The last names of several great-grandmothers suggest a Germanic origin. 

As someone else noted, German Jews, no matter where they lived in this country, considered themselves superior to Russian and other Eastern European Jews, partly because they had come to this country earlier.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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