Swiss Jewry - sources for research #general


Jill Whitehead
 

I have been researching the Dukes family of Vienna, Budapest and Hlohovec/Galgocz who came to the UK in 1939. After the war Helen Dukes visited her uncle in Switzerland to look after him, as per a script she used in a BBC programme she appeared in during the 1970's.

 

I have found two entries on the Register of Swiss Surnames, which is on Family Search. There are two relevant Dukes but no first names are given. They were both based in Solothurn Canton, one living in Dornach gaining citizenship in 1960 and one based in Gempen (near Dornach) gaining citizenship in 1955.

 

This information seems to directly link up with information I have been given locally by a man who knew the family in the UK. Helen Dukes (who visited her uncle in Switzerland) and her late brother Heinz (who died in 1940) were active members of the Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy movement pre and post WW2, and I understand that the worldwide HQ of this movement is in Dornach in Switzerland.

 

How can I find out the names and information about the two Dukes who were naturalized in Solothurn Canton in 1955 and 1960? I also understand there were or are a number of Jewish families who live(d) in this area.


Any help with Swiss sources welcome.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK.


Odeda Zlotnick
 

On Mon, Jul 11, 2022 at 11:31 AM, Jill Whitehead wrote:
I understand that the worldwide HQ of this movement is in Dornach in Switzerland.
That is correct.
I wonder if you can find info about these people through the Anthroposophical center in Dornach.  Their center there is called "The Goethanum".  

Goetheanum | Gesellschaft

Archiv (goetheanum.org)

 
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Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.


Odeda Zlotnick
 

On Mon, Jul 11, 2022 at 11:31 AM, Jill Whitehead wrote:
Any help with Swiss sources welcome.
I too would be very grateful for such help.
 
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Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.