surname Morpurgo #names


Roberta Sheps
 

I have been reading Primo Levi's collection of stories The Periodic Table
and looked up some biography on him. He married a woman named Lucia
Morpurgo and I wonder if her family had any connection with the English
childrens' writer Michael Morpurgo. Does anyone know?

Roberta Sheps
Colchester, England


Karol Swanson
 

Hi
I understand that Morpurgo was the surname of Michael Morpurgo's stepfather.
If anyone is searching that name they should check out the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. That name appears on some of the wall plaques there.
Kind regards,
Karol Schlosser
Scotland


Jules Levin
 

My wife, an Italian citizen, used to take me to visit the Jewish old age
home in Trieste every summer, when we stayed at her apt in Udine. One of
the residents of the home was the writer Alma Morpurgo
(https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Morpurgo) The name Morpurgo may be
from the German town of Marburg.  The extended family is very
wide-spread.  Of course, since Levi was Italian, it seems reasonable
that his Morpurgo was related to Alma.

As it happens, there may be a connection with English letters. As it
happens Alma, born in 1901, took English lessons in Trieste from an
expat named Joyce--he was the brother of James Joyce. James Joyce was
also in Trieste at that time, and no doubt was familiar with its Jewish
community.  Anyway, I guess I am only 2 or 3 degrees separation from
James Joyce..

Jules Levin


On 8/23/2020 8:12 AM, Roberta Sheps via groups.jewishgen.org wrote:
I have been reading Primo Levi's collection of stories The Periodic Table
and looked up some biography on him. He married a woman named Lucia
Morpurgo and I wonder if her family had any connection with the English
childrens' writer Michael Morpurgo. Does anyone know?

Roberta Sheps
Colchester, England


kassells@...
 

One comment regarding the city Marburg from which the name Morpurgo allegedly is derived. It may not be Marburg in Germany  but Marburg in Slovenia, now called Maribor. 
Slovenia is next door to Trieste and previously both belonged to imperial Austria. 

Best regards , 
Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet, Israel 


Alex Woodle
 

The old Jewish cemetery in Split had a number of Morpugo inscribed tombstones. Many of the Jews in Split stayed behind when Nazis came and perished. Others fled to Italy, some survived, but others were not so lucky. I have some photos of the Morpugo stones. Reply to me if you wish to have copies.

Alex Woodle
Groton, MA


ns_eyholla@...
 

Rachel Morpurgo

An Italian Hebrew poet, the first woman in the renaissance of Hebrew poetry and literature that began at the end of the eighteenth century. Born Rachel Luzzatto, in 1790 into the famous rabbinic and literary family in Trieste. Her cousin was Shmuel David Luzzatto – Shadal. Her husband was Jacob Morpurgo, an Austrian-Jewish, merchant, so we can see that the name Morpurgo came from the German speaking area.

More information about Rachel Morpurgo is here: https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/morpurgo-rachel

Eyal Hollander,
Israel


hennyhouweling@...
 

When googling, I found the following information:

Primo LEVI (Turin, Italy July 31, 1919-Turin April 11, 1987), son of Cesare LEVI and Ester (Rina) LUZATTI, married in September 1947 Lucia MORPURGO (Perugia, Italy June 14, 1920-Turin June 14, 2009), daughter of Giuseppe MORPURGO and Beatrice Bice LURIA. Their children: Lisa (October 1948-) ( and Renzo (July 1957-).

See also www.geni.com and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primo_Levi .

Best regards,
Henny Houweling-Zwart from Nieuwkoop, the Netherlands.