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Jewish Soldiers in the Austria-Hungarian Army #austria-czech

K. & L. Bertelsen <layakbtl@...>
 

Further to Fritz Neubauer's fascinating and informative posting about
bravery awards to Jewish Soldiers in the Austria-Hungarian Army who were
decorated in 1866,Fritz, do you know if similar summaries were published for
Jewish soldiers and officers who served in the Austrian Army during 1914-1918?

Both my late maternal step-Grandfathers, Dr. Josef Gold, born Wien 1894,
and Josef Zipper, born Wien 1890, served in the Austrian Army, and both
were awarded medals.

My step-Father has his Father's Iron Cross, which I think was awarded to
his Father (probably an ordinary soldier) who was badly wounded and
invalided out of the Austrian Army, probably prior to his marriage in Wien
in 1917. I do not know in which regiment, where, or in what capacity
Josef Zipper served and was wounded.

My other maternal step-GF - my late maternal Grandmother's second husband -
Dr. Josef Gold, was a first leutnant in the 31st Infantry Regiment and was
possibly awarded two medals (for bravery/distinguished service??), although
I am not sure about this. I have a photo of him which was used for a 1921
monthly Wien tramway pass although he definitely had left the army by then
and had completed his law studies at Wien University, which had been
interrupted by the war.

In the photo Josef Gold is shown wearing his uniform and there are two
ribbons on the collar which I have been told were for bravery awards.
However, as the photo is in black and white there is no way we can
establish which ribbons/medals these might have been. I also have two
other WWI photos of Josef. One shows him on horseback, with sword, with a
group of other officers >from different regiments (all wearing different
uniforms) - possibly at a military college (possibly Hainburg near
Pressburg/Bratislava?).

The other photo shows him with another officer (with three stars on his
collar) - both wearing swords, probably taken in a photography studio in
Wien - perhaps during leave? On the back of this photo is printed "Atelier
Schullerbauer, Wien, 1, Rotenturmstr.17".

The Gold family lived in Wein 1, Hoher Markt, after WWI up until Josef and
his unmarried siblings and their Father (aged 90 years) fled separately in
1938-1940.

I also have several photos of Josef in his Australian Army uniform, taken
in the early 1940s when he was conscripted into the Australian Army 8th
Labour Company after he was released >from internment after being
transported here on the infamous DUNERA >from London.

My late maternal GF (born Odessa) also fought in WWI - but on the Russian
side - and was a prisoner-of-war of the Germans (perhaps the Austrians?)
for three years until Russia withdrew its forces and Zaida was released and
returned to Odessa where he was then conscripted to fight in the civil war.

So it is possible my two maternal step-GFs might have fought against my
maternal GF!

I would be very grateful to find out if there are any publicly available
information or databases online or other resources which could give me some
more information about bravery awards to Austrian WWI soldiers and the regiments
they served in and where they saw action.

Also I would be very interested to find out about Russian POWs who might
have been held prisoner by the Germans and/or Austrians >from 1914-1917.
I understand the k.u.k. Archive in Wien does not have much information about
ordinary soldiers although they might have information about commissioned
officers.

Many thanks for any leads.

Lorraine Bertelsen
Boho, Downunder

From: Fritz Neubauer <fritz.neubauer@uni-bielefeld.de>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005

In issue Nr. 10 (1010), pages 188/1879 of =84Dr. Bloch's Oesterreichische
Wochenschrift" (Zentralorgan f=FCr die gesamten Interessen des Judentums)
the compiler Moriz Fruehling presents a list of the Jewish soldiers who
were decorated in the campaigns against Italy and Prussia in the year 1866.


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Jewish Soldiers in the Austria-Hungarian Army #austria-czech

K. & L. Bertelsen <layakbtl@...>
 

Further to Fritz Neubauer's fascinating and informative posting about
bravery awards to Jewish Soldiers in the Austria-Hungarian Army who were
decorated in 1866,Fritz, do you know if similar summaries were published for
Jewish soldiers and officers who served in the Austrian Army during 1914-1918?

Both my late maternal step-Grandfathers, Dr. Josef Gold, born Wien 1894,
and Josef Zipper, born Wien 1890, served in the Austrian Army, and both
were awarded medals.

My step-Father has his Father's Iron Cross, which I think was awarded to
his Father (probably an ordinary soldier) who was badly wounded and
invalided out of the Austrian Army, probably prior to his marriage in Wien
in 1917. I do not know in which regiment, where, or in what capacity
Josef Zipper served and was wounded.

My other maternal step-GF - my late maternal Grandmother's second husband -
Dr. Josef Gold, was a first leutnant in the 31st Infantry Regiment and was
possibly awarded two medals (for bravery/distinguished service??), although
I am not sure about this. I have a photo of him which was used for a 1921
monthly Wien tramway pass although he definitely had left the army by then
and had completed his law studies at Wien University, which had been
interrupted by the war.

In the photo Josef Gold is shown wearing his uniform and there are two
ribbons on the collar which I have been told were for bravery awards.
However, as the photo is in black and white there is no way we can
establish which ribbons/medals these might have been. I also have two
other WWI photos of Josef. One shows him on horseback, with sword, with a
group of other officers >from different regiments (all wearing different
uniforms) - possibly at a military college (possibly Hainburg near
Pressburg/Bratislava?).

The other photo shows him with another officer (with three stars on his
collar) - both wearing swords, probably taken in a photography studio in
Wien - perhaps during leave? On the back of this photo is printed "Atelier
Schullerbauer, Wien, 1, Rotenturmstr.17".

The Gold family lived in Wein 1, Hoher Markt, after WWI up until Josef and
his unmarried siblings and their Father (aged 90 years) fled separately in
1938-1940.

I also have several photos of Josef in his Australian Army uniform, taken
in the early 1940s when he was conscripted into the Australian Army 8th
Labour Company after he was released >from internment after being
transported here on the infamous DUNERA >from London.

My late maternal GF (born Odessa) also fought in WWI - but on the Russian
side - and was a prisoner-of-war of the Germans (perhaps the Austrians?)
for three years until Russia withdrew its forces and Zaida was released and
returned to Odessa where he was then conscripted to fight in the civil war.

So it is possible my two maternal step-GFs might have fought against my
maternal GF!

I would be very grateful to find out if there are any publicly available
information or databases online or other resources which could give me some
more information about bravery awards to Austrian WWI soldiers and the regiments
they served in and where they saw action.

Also I would be very interested to find out about Russian POWs who might
have been held prisoner by the Germans and/or Austrians >from 1914-1917.
I understand the k.u.k. Archive in Wien does not have much information about
ordinary soldiers although they might have information about commissioned
officers.

Many thanks for any leads.

Lorraine Bertelsen
Boho, Downunder

From: Fritz Neubauer <fritz.neubauer@uni-bielefeld.de>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005

In issue Nr. 10 (1010), pages 188/1879 of =84Dr. Bloch's Oesterreichische
Wochenschrift" (Zentralorgan f=FCr die gesamten Interessen des Judentums)
the compiler Moriz Fruehling presents a list of the Jewish soldiers who
were decorated in the campaigns against Italy and Prussia in the year 1866.


Lova SENDLER #general

Vangheluwe Daniel <vangheluwe.smietan@...>
 

I am searching additional informations about Lova SENDLER, submitter of
testimony on Yad Vashem, 1957

Daniel VANGHELUWE


Re: Some tips on searching... #general

Lancy
 

I have a Fankel (for Jankel) and a Limshe (for Simche).

Lancy Spalter
Kfar Tavor, Israel


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Lova SENDLER #general

Vangheluwe Daniel <vangheluwe.smietan@...>
 

I am searching additional informations about Lova SENDLER, submitter of
testimony on Yad Vashem, 1957

Daniel VANGHELUWE


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Some tips on searching... #general

Lancy
 

I have a Fankel (for Jankel) and a Limshe (for Simche).

Lancy Spalter
Kfar Tavor, Israel


West Virginia #ukraine

Shelly Crane
 

Hello,
I am very fortunate to have a 95 year old great aunt to talk to on a regular
basis. She always remembers something new when we speak, but sometimes the
information is incomplete. However, there is always an element of truth that
takes me on a new path of genealogy adventure and discovery!

The latest bit of information is that we had cousins who lived in West
Virginia, possibly near the Pennsylvania border. Unfortunately, they may have had
a different last names. My aunt recalls some of these relatives owned a
big department store and were quite well off. I imagine the time they lived
there could have been as early as 1915 and beyond.

If anyone out there knows a bit about the West Virginian Jewish community
and/or had relatives immigrate there >from the Ukraine, please email me
privately. The towns they might have come >from include: Belilovka, Berdychiv,
Lipovets, Pliskov, Priluki, Samgorodok, Skvira, Vakhnovka, Zhytomyr or
surrounding areas.

I sent emails out privately, but in case someone was missed, a big thank you
to all who helped me find a missing Ellis Island manifest. Very much
appreciate everyone's generous spirit!

Happy New Year,

Shelly Crane
crzprncess@aol.com
USA

Paris, France: LEFELMAN, LIPOVETSKY
Ukraine: BERMAN, BLAS, BLEKHMAN, CHESSIN, CHOLODENKO, DICKTER, FELDMAN,
FISCHER, GITERMAN, GLASS, KVACHINSKIJ, KWAIT, LEFELMAN, LIPOVETSKY,
MEZHERITZKY, MORITZ, OSCHERANKO, PETROVSKI, SELDMAN, SHAPIRA, SHIFFMAN, WEXLER,
ZEISLER Vilnius, Lithuania, FELMAN


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine West Virginia #ukraine

Shelly Crane
 

Hello,
I am very fortunate to have a 95 year old great aunt to talk to on a regular
basis. She always remembers something new when we speak, but sometimes the
information is incomplete. However, there is always an element of truth that
takes me on a new path of genealogy adventure and discovery!

The latest bit of information is that we had cousins who lived in West
Virginia, possibly near the Pennsylvania border. Unfortunately, they may have had
a different last names. My aunt recalls some of these relatives owned a
big department store and were quite well off. I imagine the time they lived
there could have been as early as 1915 and beyond.

If anyone out there knows a bit about the West Virginian Jewish community
and/or had relatives immigrate there >from the Ukraine, please email me
privately. The towns they might have come >from include: Belilovka, Berdychiv,
Lipovets, Pliskov, Priluki, Samgorodok, Skvira, Vakhnovka, Zhytomyr or
surrounding areas.

I sent emails out privately, but in case someone was missed, a big thank you
to all who helped me find a missing Ellis Island manifest. Very much
appreciate everyone's generous spirit!

Happy New Year,

Shelly Crane
crzprncess@aol.com
USA

Paris, France: LEFELMAN, LIPOVETSKY
Ukraine: BERMAN, BLAS, BLEKHMAN, CHESSIN, CHOLODENKO, DICKTER, FELDMAN,
FISCHER, GITERMAN, GLASS, KVACHINSKIJ, KWAIT, LEFELMAN, LIPOVETSKY,
MEZHERITZKY, MORITZ, OSCHERANKO, PETROVSKI, SELDMAN, SHAPIRA, SHIFFMAN, WEXLER,
ZEISLER Vilnius, Lithuania, FELMAN


Re: Searching for Shtetl #ukraine

Doug Cohen
 

Where Once We Walked lists two:

Ignatovka, Belarus -- Described in Shtetl Finder as an agricultureal
community 30 km northeast of Lutsk, this town does not appear in current
gazatteers.

Ignatovka (near Silnoye), Ukr.; Jewish prewar pop. 900. 45 km NW of Rivne
at 50o54'/25o48'.

Since Malin, Ukr is given at 50o46'/29o14', it's not very close; (a minute
of longitude is approx. 0.4 miles - 3.5 degrees is therefore 3.5 x 60 x .4
miles = 85 miles away). I don't know if this is the one you're seeking or
not.

Good luck.

Doug Cohen
Lexington, MA
dmc@dmcohen.com

Les Shipnuck <lshipnuck@tamassociates.com> wrote:

Searching for family shtetl: Ignatevka (variant: Ignatevska) thought
to be located in the vicinity of Malin Station, a rail stop approximately
40 miles West of Kiev. I cannot find this village on any map that I have
seen so far although Malin is easily found.


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Re: Searching for Shtetl #ukraine

Doug Cohen
 

Where Once We Walked lists two:

Ignatovka, Belarus -- Described in Shtetl Finder as an agricultureal
community 30 km northeast of Lutsk, this town does not appear in current
gazatteers.

Ignatovka (near Silnoye), Ukr.; Jewish prewar pop. 900. 45 km NW of Rivne
at 50o54'/25o48'.

Since Malin, Ukr is given at 50o46'/29o14', it's not very close; (a minute
of longitude is approx. 0.4 miles - 3.5 degrees is therefore 3.5 x 60 x .4
miles = 85 miles away). I don't know if this is the one you're seeking or
not.

Good luck.

Doug Cohen
Lexington, MA
dmc@dmcohen.com

Les Shipnuck <lshipnuck@tamassociates.com> wrote:

Searching for family shtetl: Ignatevka (variant: Ignatevska) thought
to be located in the vicinity of Malin Station, a rail stop approximately
40 miles West of Kiev. I cannot find this village on any map that I have
seen so far although Malin is easily found.


Anyone heard of town 'Vikny' Russia? 1880's?? #general

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

My answer is *No* - but I think it could be Wilna -
see the last two paragraphs, if you do not wish to
read the preamble.

When Michelle Sint wrote "has anyone heard of town
'Vikny' Russia" I decided to look at the images of the
UK census itself.
I found that if you entered *Vikny* as keyword and
enter *no name* into a census search, on a well known
genealogical website, only one family appeared in the
whole of England & Wales in 1901, namely the SINT
family of Mile End, who had obviously arrived in
London ca 1895. This family was headed by Mark, a boot
finisher and Fanny. Their first English-born child was
Barnett born in 1896. Please note here that their 15
yr old son Nathan is a *cabinet-maker*.

However, another search with the name SINT reveals 18
SINT and another Jewish family in Bethnal Green,
headed by *cabinet-maker* Nathan and his family of
craftsmen and women! Sadly, all it says about their
origins is "Russia". They arrived in ca 1894. Their
first English-born child was Louis, was also born in
1896.

So could the two families be related? Could Nathan
Jnr, the teenage cabinet-maker, be working with Nathan
Snr? Could they have arrived together? The National
Archives, Kew may have more leads re their place of
origin.

No SINT [even the apparently English SINT from
Norfolk] appear in the 1891 or 1881 censuses so
perhaps there are more transcription errors or perhaps
the 1901 Bernard P SINT living in Sheffield with
Samuel WIATER & family [another transcription error*]
is an immigrant really born in ?. It is important to
look at the images as they often reveal mistakes.

In the large Bethnal Green SINT family there is a
transcription error as Rebecca SINT is aged 10 years
in the transcription but on the census form she is
clearly seen as 10 months old! Furthermore, she is
transcribed as having been born in England *before*
the family arrived on these shores.

So, please be careful when taking the UK census
literally - it needs much interpretation. This leads
me nowhere regarding to the location of *Vikny* but
the Jri-pl site: http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/
offered various Soundex alternatives: Wiekenie, Wguny,
Wykna [Bukowina]; Wieleke [Tarnow]; Wicyn [Ukraine]
etc, etc.

If you enter Vikny into Yad vashem you get no victims,
but with SINT, you find only one tragic victim, we
remember here today:

Dora ZOUMERFIELD nee SINT was born in Wilna, Poland in
1890 to Max SINT and Sara Jakob; dob 29/12/1890;
married to Benjamin; living in Paris during wartime;
place of death: Auschwitz; date of death 29/08/1942.

So could the census enumerator have mistaken
Wilna/Vilna for Vikny - is that how it might have been
prounounced in Yiddish? I am sure there will be many
other replies about this, but it did lead me to
another interesting observation, I will write about
next.

Celia Male [U.K.]

* Samuel Gambles WINTER, can clearly be seen as WINTER
in the 1891 census [teapot handle maker] and also in
1881. This shows that whenever possible, one must
compare data in various years. With Jewish immigrants
that may not always be feasible.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Anyone heard of town 'Vikny' Russia? 1880's?? #general

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

My answer is *No* - but I think it could be Wilna -
see the last two paragraphs, if you do not wish to
read the preamble.

When Michelle Sint wrote "has anyone heard of town
'Vikny' Russia" I decided to look at the images of the
UK census itself.
I found that if you entered *Vikny* as keyword and
enter *no name* into a census search, on a well known
genealogical website, only one family appeared in the
whole of England & Wales in 1901, namely the SINT
family of Mile End, who had obviously arrived in
London ca 1895. This family was headed by Mark, a boot
finisher and Fanny. Their first English-born child was
Barnett born in 1896. Please note here that their 15
yr old son Nathan is a *cabinet-maker*.

However, another search with the name SINT reveals 18
SINT and another Jewish family in Bethnal Green,
headed by *cabinet-maker* Nathan and his family of
craftsmen and women! Sadly, all it says about their
origins is "Russia". They arrived in ca 1894. Their
first English-born child was Louis, was also born in
1896.

So could the two families be related? Could Nathan
Jnr, the teenage cabinet-maker, be working with Nathan
Snr? Could they have arrived together? The National
Archives, Kew may have more leads re their place of
origin.

No SINT [even the apparently English SINT from
Norfolk] appear in the 1891 or 1881 censuses so
perhaps there are more transcription errors or perhaps
the 1901 Bernard P SINT living in Sheffield with
Samuel WIATER & family [another transcription error*]
is an immigrant really born in ?. It is important to
look at the images as they often reveal mistakes.

In the large Bethnal Green SINT family there is a
transcription error as Rebecca SINT is aged 10 years
in the transcription but on the census form she is
clearly seen as 10 months old! Furthermore, she is
transcribed as having been born in England *before*
the family arrived on these shores.

So, please be careful when taking the UK census
literally - it needs much interpretation. This leads
me nowhere regarding to the location of *Vikny* but
the Jri-pl site: http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/
offered various Soundex alternatives: Wiekenie, Wguny,
Wykna [Bukowina]; Wieleke [Tarnow]; Wicyn [Ukraine]
etc, etc.

If you enter Vikny into Yad vashem you get no victims,
but with SINT, you find only one tragic victim, we
remember here today:

Dora ZOUMERFIELD nee SINT was born in Wilna, Poland in
1890 to Max SINT and Sara Jakob; dob 29/12/1890;
married to Benjamin; living in Paris during wartime;
place of death: Auschwitz; date of death 29/08/1942.

So could the census enumerator have mistaken
Wilna/Vilna for Vikny - is that how it might have been
prounounced in Yiddish? I am sure there will be many
other replies about this, but it did lead me to
another interesting observation, I will write about
next.

Celia Male [U.K.]

* Samuel Gambles WINTER, can clearly be seen as WINTER
in the 1891 census [teapot handle maker] and also in
1881. This shows that whenever possible, one must
compare data in various years. With Jewish immigrants
that may not always be feasible.


Re: Steamships and Using JewishGen #general

phylliskramer1@...
 

Chaim Luria asked:>> If you have a picture of the steamship Ambria which served
the Glasgow- New York route for Hamburg America Lines in the 1890's, please
contact me directly. I have searched all of the resources on the internet and
have not been successful.

But Chaim, you didnt look on JewishGen. How very often we look all over the
web but not on our "home base". Here's what I did:

I went onto JewishGen's home page and clicked on Ellis Island.
Steve Morse has written some wonderful queries for all types of research
connected to Ellis Island. I then clicked on "additional search tools",
which took me to his wonderful list of queries. There is one for ship's pictures.
The second option, Ellis Island, had a photo of your Ambria

Happy Chanukah and happy hunting!
--
Phyllis
phylliskramer1@att.net of Wilton Ct and Palm Beach Gardens,Fla
VP, Education, JewishGen, Inc.
Chair, PC Lab, 2006 NYC Jewish Genealogy Conference
Researching STECHER, TRACHMAN, LINDNER,
KANDEL, SCHEINER, KRAMER >from Galicia


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Steamships and Using JewishGen #general

phylliskramer1@...
 

Chaim Luria asked:>> If you have a picture of the steamship Ambria which served
the Glasgow- New York route for Hamburg America Lines in the 1890's, please
contact me directly. I have searched all of the resources on the internet and
have not been successful.

But Chaim, you didnt look on JewishGen. How very often we look all over the
web but not on our "home base". Here's what I did:

I went onto JewishGen's home page and clicked on Ellis Island.
Steve Morse has written some wonderful queries for all types of research
connected to Ellis Island. I then clicked on "additional search tools",
which took me to his wonderful list of queries. There is one for ship's pictures.
The second option, Ellis Island, had a photo of your Ambria

Happy Chanukah and happy hunting!
--
Phyllis
phylliskramer1@att.net of Wilton Ct and Palm Beach Gardens,Fla
VP, Education, JewishGen, Inc.
Chair, PC Lab, 2006 NYC Jewish Genealogy Conference
Researching STECHER, TRACHMAN, LINDNER,
KANDEL, SCHEINER, KRAMER >from Galicia


Borshchagovaka #general

Marilyn F <mrl516@...>
 

Through YDNA testing I have located family >from Borshchagovka. I would
appreciate anyone with information about this town to contact me. There is
very little about it either on Jewishgen or Google. The family name was
ZITOMAR or ZITOMERSKY. I also find very little information on Yad Vashem
site. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Marilyn Feingold

MILGROM,KORMAN-Tulchin SCHLAFFER, SZAFIR-Kamenka ( Moldova)
PEKARSKY/SOKOLOFSKY-Tashkent/Israel
STEINBERG/LERNER/ELKUS/MILGROM/Kishinev/Odessa
TESLER/MALAMUD/LUBER-Kamenka (Moldova) KOLKER/TARTAKOV/SPIVAK-Obodivaka
FELDMAN, SHENKER-Obodivka ROSENTHAL-Worone/Pittsburgh
MILTER-Kodima (Moldova) TONKONOGY-Frunza (Tashkent)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Borshchagovaka #general

Marilyn F <mrl516@...>
 

Through YDNA testing I have located family >from Borshchagovka. I would
appreciate anyone with information about this town to contact me. There is
very little about it either on Jewishgen or Google. The family name was
ZITOMAR or ZITOMERSKY. I also find very little information on Yad Vashem
site. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Marilyn Feingold

MILGROM,KORMAN-Tulchin SCHLAFFER, SZAFIR-Kamenka ( Moldova)
PEKARSKY/SOKOLOFSKY-Tashkent/Israel
STEINBERG/LERNER/ELKUS/MILGROM/Kishinev/Odessa
TESLER/MALAMUD/LUBER-Kamenka (Moldova) KOLKER/TARTAKOV/SPIVAK-Obodivaka
FELDMAN, SHENKER-Obodivka ROSENTHAL-Worone/Pittsburgh
MILTER-Kodima (Moldova) TONKONOGY-Frunza (Tashkent)


Re: Unique Surnames #general

HPOLLINS@...
 

A Jewish soldier who was killed in WWI in the British army was called in the
official records SCKKOOL. He was born in Russia. In the British Jewry Book
of Honour, a record of Jews who served in that war, he is listed as SCHOOL,
presumably that being how his name was pronounced.

Harold Pollins
Oxford, England


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Unique Surnames #general

HPOLLINS@...
 

A Jewish soldier who was killed in WWI in the British army was called in the
official records SCKKOOL. He was born in Russia. In the British Jewry Book
of Honour, a record of Jews who served in that war, he is listed as SCHOOL,
presumably that being how his name was pronounced.

Harold Pollins
Oxford, England


Unique one family surname: HIMMELHOCH #general

Martha LEV-ZION <martha@...>
 

I am very fortunate in having the name HIM[M]ELHOCH as a one family
name. The family originated in Courland, now Latvia. Alexander Beider
wrote in his Dictionary of Jewish Family Names in the Russian Empire
that HIMMELHOCH was a "common name in Courland". How true!! The
family took to heart the command to "be fruitful and multiply" and
liberally populated Courland with HIMMELHOCHs! But all can be traced
back to the same source. It seems that all modern offspring were
told that if they ever find a HIM[M]ELHOCH in the phone book when
they are in a strange town, they should feel free to call because we
are all cousins. At least this is one family story that panned out
with research!

Channukah sameach!!

Martha Lev-Zion
IGS-Negev


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Unique one family surname: HIMMELHOCH #general

Martha LEV-ZION <martha@...>
 

I am very fortunate in having the name HIM[M]ELHOCH as a one family
name. The family originated in Courland, now Latvia. Alexander Beider
wrote in his Dictionary of Jewish Family Names in the Russian Empire
that HIMMELHOCH was a "common name in Courland". How true!! The
family took to heart the command to "be fruitful and multiply" and
liberally populated Courland with HIMMELHOCHs! But all can be traced
back to the same source. It seems that all modern offspring were
told that if they ever find a HIM[M]ELHOCH in the phone book when
they are in a strange town, they should feel free to call because we
are all cousins. At least this is one family story that panned out
with research!

Channukah sameach!!

Martha Lev-Zion
IGS-Negev