Noyma Appelbaum <noyma@...>
I have two questions which some researchers in litvaksig may be able to
I recently read that a person connected with a Jewish family from
Lithuania was able to trace his family's route >from Spain following the
expulsion of the Jews to France, Netherlands, across northern Europe,
and into Lithuania. Was this a common experience among Lithuanian Jewish
families? Have other families been able to to trace their ancestors'
movements via this route? Are there documented materials about this
pattern of movement?
2. There was a recent report >from South Africa that a person who had
emigrated >from Zagare had written a book about his childhood and reasons
for leaving Zagare. Does anyone have the title of the book , the
author's name, and availability >from a library or elsewhere?
If you find out about the book about Zagare, please let me know. I am
researching this town. Thanks.
Randell B. Weiss <rbweiss@...>
Noyma Appelbaum wrote Sun, 24 Jan 1999 12:10:53 -0500:
I recently read that a person connected with a Jewish family fromI have not been able to document anything yet, but then I only just
began genealogy a year ago. So right now, I am collecting family tales
not facts. These concern the Lapides side of my ancestry:
The name Lapides means stone in Latin. And in Hebrew,
lamed-peh-yud-daled means torch or flame. Most of my relatives agree that
the Lapides's said they were Sephardic and definitely not Ashkenazic.
"According to Gene ___ (who probably heard it >from his mother Susan
___), the Lapides's were expelled >from Spain in 1492 and moved to Greece.
But when the Polish king invited Jews to settle there, they moved to
Lithuania which was then a new addition to Poland.
According to Milli ___, her mother Rose ___ also said the Lapides's
were expelled >from Spain and went by routes unknown to Lithuania. Rose
also claimed that another branch of Lapides's went >from Spain to the
Netherlands and that the philosopher Spinoza is a distant cousin.
A friend of Doris ___, Rosetta ___, a Sicilian Catholic living in
Detroit, MI, was Sadie ___'s age and talked a lot with Sadie (Doris'
mother) about family history in Sadie's kitchen. Rosetta regularly
traveled to Sicily, and because of what Sadie told her, she looked in the
Hebraic cemetery of Palermo, Sicily and found a grave for a librarian
named Laepedus. Doris ___ thinks that our ancestors were Sephardic but
not >from Spain, so Italy is a possibility. Spain controlled Sicily at the
time of the Jewish expulsion or shortly thereafter, so if our Lapides
ancestors were living there, then they were affected by the same expulsion
affecting other Sephardic Jews. Someone said they fled to Eretz Yisrael
where they worked as interpreters because they were such good linguists
before they moved to Lithuania."
The only piece of corroborative evidence I have so far is that in the
19th century the naming pattern for children in the Lapides family did
follow Sephardic and not Ashkenazic practice. I still have to leave open
the possibility that this was more an affectation of my family than a