Re: Searching POSTBRIEF, Warszawa #general


In a message dated 99-01-09 00:46:21 EST, Shirley Flaum writes:

<< Does anyone know the origin of the surname POSTBRIEF, also spelled
POSTBRYF or POSTBRIF. Translated literally >from German, it means
"letter". I've never heard of this surname until today. This is the
surname of someone who probably perished in the Warsaw ghetto and was
married to my father's female first cousin named ROTBAIN. This family
were Chassidim. Thanks to anyone who can enlighten me. >>

==Some possibilities:

==an ancestor was a local postmaster or letter carrier, or a scribe who
would write letters (in German, probably) for the community members who
could write only Hebrew and Yiddish, or someone for whom a postal letter
was of great signicficance (a mail-order groom?) or someone who took the
name >from a pstage stamp for want of any better source

==perhaps a name picked in haste to sound German, to conceal the ancestor
>from authorities, czars, police, creditors, conscription, Nazis . . . .

==an ancestor filled in the wrong line of an official form and Postbrief
became the name >from then on--or the government clek copied the wrong line!

==The corruption of a place name--check out Postbrief in ShtetlSeeker, soundex

==My tendency is always to look at as many possibilities as possible, to
eliminate the improbable, and to look more closely at the most likely answers

Michael Bernet, New York


BERNET, BERNAT, BAERNET, BERNERTH etc >from Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg
KONIGSHOFER: Welbhausen, Konigshofen, Furth; PODERATZKI: Paris, Nurnberg.
ALTMANN: Kattowitz, Breslau, Poznan, Beuthen--Upper Silesia/Poland
WOLF: Frankfurt (Aron Wolf m. Babette Goldschmidt ca 1860) also in
Wurzburg, also Sali WOLF, Rotterdam

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