Re: HAM(M)ERSHLAG/KAFKA FAMILY of Bohemia #austria-czech

Amira Kohn-Trattner <amira.kt@...>

Many of us are looking forward for Celia Male's research on the Kafkas (work
in progress). Meanwhile as Ron already knows, my great grandmother Maria
KAFKA was Hermann KAFKA AND Philip KAFKA'S first cousin. Her father, my Leopold KAFKA was the brother of Jakob KAFKA - Franz
KAFKA'S grandfather - who is buried in Osek or Wossek (in German) where they
lived for many years on the Jewish Street # 30. The history of Leopold
KAFKA and how he came to Osek is still unclear (perhaps Celia's research
will shed further light on that) but I also know he was a farm manager >from

In order to find out where the Jews of Osek came from, I went to Beth
Hatefutsoth - Museum of the Jewish Diaspora -when I was in Israel - and got
the following information about Osek (Wossek by Rokicany) which I am

A village in the district of Plzen, Central Bohemia, Czech Republic
Part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918 when it became part of the
Republic of Czechoslovakia. A small Jewish Community was established at
Osek around 1700. The Baron WALDSTEIN built several houses for them at the
back of his Castle's walls. These houses were the "Jewish Street". The
street was fenced and on the Sabbath and Jewish Holidays carts were not
allowed to enter.

At the beginning of the 19th century the community expanded and in 1817 it
consecrated a prayer house and a cemetery. The oldest family in the
community was STADLER (some information about the Stadlers included as
well). In 1870, when Jews were permitted to settle at Rokicany, the
subdistrict town, most of the Jews of Osek moved to Rokicany and were among
the founders of its community. They however kept looking after the cemetery
of Osek and some of them were even buried there when they died.

Happy Chanukah to all,
Amira Kohn-Trattner
New York, N.Y.

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