Nathan Reiss <reiss@...>
jborman@... (Jim Borman) writes:
Why do so many Jewish names begin with Gold-One of the tendencies, primarily in Eastern Europe, was to
choose names that had a lucky connotation, hence the large
number of names beginning with "Gold" and "Silver".
My ggg-grandfather in Russo-Poland changed his name to Goldblum
after two of his children and his wife had died, possibly in an
attempt to change his luck. He then remarried and fathered
at least seven more children, at least three of which also died.
Researching: REISS, STRAUSS, BAUM, GOLDSCHMIDT, LILIENSTEIN, GRIESHEIM,
EDELMUTH, LIPPMANN, MAY, METZGER, all >from Hesse, Germany;
GOLDBLUM, FREYLICH >from Olkusz, Russo-Poland;
KRIEGER >from Oswiecim (Auschwitz), Austro-Poland.
Please let me add one comment to Sharla's excellent summary.
Yes, a project coordinator is needed for every yizkor book project.
However, we do not need to develop each project as a fundraising
project. In fact, the Gold Bukowina project has been handled solely
as a volunteer effort. One person has contributed most of the
translations, and he selects the order of the chapters he wishes to
We will need the table of contents translated exactly as it appears
in the book so that we can link translated chapters to it. See
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Bukowinabook/bukowina.html as an
example. One volunteer scanned all the images in the book, and they
are accessible at
I mention these sites as examples only of how we might proceed and as
illustrations of the appearance of the presentation.
Sharla is indeed correct in mentioning that, sadly, we have been
unable to move ahead with the Moravia book because of the lack of