Re: Why Did Jews Marry Christians? #general


Eva Lawrence
 

Two  Jewish men from my German family married Christian women in England i the second half of the 1800s.  My grandmother's uncle Julius had  travelled to America and back while still a teen-ager, and did not wish to return to his family home in Bonn where he was liable for military service.  He would no longer have been steeped in Jewish culture, London was an exciting, welcoming place and he married his wife in church, because it was the respectable thing to do.  He signed the marriage record with his full name , including that of his rabbinical grandfather, Bonim, and   never fathered any children. So perhaps he retained some feeling of guilt.
Juius's nephew,   Ernst, too, came to London, thirty years later, a slightly feckless and immature 19-year-old. He had lost both his parents and his older brother was already living near Julius in England as a trainee clerk .  It seems Ernst turned to a servant-girl for comfort.  She had a child nine months later, and he then married her in a register office,  although it looks as if both his brother, his uncle Julius and the young woman's family disapproved. 
This practical young woman more or less supported my great-uncle while bearing him four more  children, working as a cook when he was unable to hold down a job.  His German nationality at the start of the Great War broke up the marriage and he was sent back to Germany, where he went back to his Jewish identity to rejoin his relatives there.
It's not an uplifting story, but it is a human one, and each mixed marriage will a reason of its own. 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.


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Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

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