Jewish Convertions to Catholic in Austria before and during WW2 #austria-czech


Robert Fraser
 

Hi Friends - there are many cases on record of Jewish people going through a pro-forma conversion to Roman Catholic to save their lives during and before the Holocaust. There is at least one in my family. and she survived the war in Vienna. What was required? Was it a simple matter of signing a form, or was it a more elaborate process?

Please reply offline, unless you feel the response is of general interest to the Group.

Shalom

Robert W Fraser, Perth, Western Australia
Researcher 6342
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dasw5@...
 

You can try https://genteam.at - 

Dassy Wilen
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Ilya Zeldes
 

I would be interested in learning about the process too. In the early 1920s, one of my female relatives converted to Christianity to marry. There is a brief record about her "leaving Judaism" in the file at the Jewish federation in Viena, but nothing more.So please post the answers publicly.
 
 
Ilya Zeldes
North Fort Myers, FL

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Ilya Zeldes
North Fort Myers, FL


avivahpinski@verizon.net
 

I also suggest that you check Genteam.   It is a free, excellent
Viennese/German website with lots of
information, including locations of marriages,  etc. 


near Philadelphia, PA, USA 

Researching: Zuchman in Sarnaki, Karczew, and Warsaw, Poland 
Reznik in Drohiczyn, Siemiatische, Poland 
Kopekin & Rifczes in Lemberg, Vienna, Polatsk, and Besonkovich 
Familiant and Koifman in Bessarabia and Ukraine 
Sondak in Vitebsk, Belarus and Rehitza, Latvia 
Aginsky and Slonimsky in Minsk 
 

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Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA


Yohanan
 

Robert, I warmly recommend the book "Good Living Street" by a fellow Australian writer - Tim Bonyhady -

 about the life of a rich convert family in pre WW2 in Wien.
Though the book is focused more on their Art collection and their lifestyle,

and though the conversion took place much earlier, in the 19th century -
it will give you a glimpse on converts life in Wien pre WW2.

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Yohanan LOEFFLER
Melbourne, Australia

Researching (main surnames):
From Austria, Slovakia: LOFFLER / LEFLER, LEDERER, SCHNEIDER, NATHAN, SEELENFRIED, ZAPPERT.
From Bukowina, Galicia: MINSTER / MUNSTER, NAGEL, SCHERL, IWANIR.
From Poland / Belarus: ALTMAN, KAMINSKY, KAMINKIER, LUBETKIN, SZTARK, YOSELEWICZ, KOSLOWSKI, KRAMARZ, RAUCHFELD.


David S STERN
 

A friend and former colleague did a great deal of research on Jewish conversions in Austria during the Nazi period.  Though she never completed the book project, she can answer many questions.  I'll be happy to put you in touch with her if you will private message me.

David STERN
Tampa, FL   USA
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