Re: Tiktin Family of Rabbis #poland


Dear Karen Saunders,


I hope any replies to you can be shared with me.


My relationship to Rabbi Gedaliah Tiktin is as a distant cousin. He performed the marriage of my great grandmother Selma Weinbaum (descended from Rabbi Chaim ben Aron Kroner of Dyhernfurth) to my great grandfather Leo Schwarz (descended from Rabbi Chaim Schwarz of Kempen, Posen) in 1884 in Dyhernfurth, 10 km north of Breslau (Wroclaw).


We have a letter from Selma’s Titktin cousins. The letter is dated September 8, 1885 from Breslau and they are from an E. Tiktin, her daughter Emma Tiktin and her husband Erich Albert Tiktin.


As far as I can trace it, my great grandmother (Fanny Kroner)'s grandmother, Sarah Landau, was a sister to Rachel Wolff Landau who married Solomon Tiktin.There are Landaus buried in the Jewish cemetery on Lohestrasse in Breslau.


The White Stork Synagogue in Breslau, whose reconstruction was organized by Bente Kahan and her foundation, have the Tiktins in their temporary exhibition and Bente may know where to find more records…she does not answer me however since I donated a pulpit sized Pentateuch illustrated by Gustav Dore with an Ex-Libris from Breslau.



Bente Kahan Foundation

Wroclaw Center for Jewish Culture and Education

in The White Stork Synagogue




Here is more information I have found in my own searches:

Per die Juden in Deutschland von der Romerzeit bis zur Weimarere Republik by Nachum T. Gidal,  copy of lithograph from Inkunable der vier Gebruder Henschel, 1812 says "Rabbi Abraham Ticktin (1764-1820), Oberlandesrabbiner zu Breslau.  Wie seine Vorfahren und Nachkommen, war Abraham Ticktin ein Reprasentat orthdoxen Judentums." Rabbi Abraham Ticktin, Chief Rabbi of Breslau.  As his ancestors and his descendants, he was a representative of Orthodox Judaism.  Portrait on p. 126.


No answer from Max Tiktin whose address is below this narrative:


Gedalye = Daniel


Gedalja Tiktin, born in 1808 in Czestochowa, was a royal rabbi in Silesia and belonged to the orthodox circle of the "Landschul" (Antoniengasse) in Breslau. In 1843 he was elected rabbi by members of this old religious group and then officially represented the interests of the local Orthodox. By cabinet order (1854) he was appointed State Rabbi of Silesia by the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Conflicts within the divided community (with the reform-oriented Breslau city rabbi Abraham Geiger at the time) were only settled under Rabbi Manuel Joel. Gedalja Tiktin, whose commitment to social causes was widely recognized, died in Breslau in 1886.


Buried in Breslau Jewish Cemetery on Lohestrasses (now Slezna), tombstone is an obelisk written entirely in Hebrew.  Next to him is smaller obelisk of wife, and then a smaller obelisk of his daughter.  Writing solely in Hebrew was a protest against Germanization i.e., assimilation of the Jewish people.  In the Breslau Jewish Cemetery booklet bought there, the location of his grave is #75.


This is a very bad translation:

In Dyhernfurth appeared in 1772, the first Jewish newspaper in the German Reich ( "Privileged Dyhernfurter newspaper"); there were texts German-made in Hebrew. 1834 in the print shop's last work was published; the publisher was six years later finally closed. 


In the following years, gradually increased the number of Jews living in Dyhernfurth; however they needed the approval of the Royal. Chamber and the local manorial. With their right of establishment is not permission to local trade was connected; at most they could seek for trading the Fairs Silesia.


After initially a room was used in the printing plant as prayer hall, built at the beginning of the 18th century an inconspicuous synagogue; this was then replaced by another house in the Judengasse due to disrepair 1785 to Mid-19th century was the time already shrinking community in Flurstraße build a new synagogue building that purely external rather resembled a village church or chapel and as a special feature probably had a bell. The solemn consecration was consummated in January 1848 from Brzeger Rabbi Kroner and the Wroclaw Orthodox Chief Rabbi Gedalie Tiktin.


Challenge Memorandum 1894 - my great-great grandfather’s dairy, in which he wrote: August 8: "1886 gest Konigl ? und Gedalye Tiktin in Breslau" 


>Jewish Encyclopedia, 1911:  Rabbi in Breslau 1843.


>Per Sydney Levine:  In 1998 I was speaking with -- who said he knew Max Tiktin who was a professor at George Washington University.  I had his address from Elyse Eisenberg who also traces her family back to a Tiktin. [ If you want this, please ask me directly]  I wrote him an inquiry letter as did Elyse (cc’d here), but we got no response.


Please let me know of any responses you receive.


Thank you!

Sydney Levine





Sydney J. Levine
Los Angeles CA and Berlin, Germany

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