No 101 - January 2010





Jews in Hungary : history and genealogy

Georges GRANER starts his presentation of genealogical research about the Jews in Hungary by a description of the country history from the 16th century up to the Shoah events. He then presents the condition of the Jews during the same period. He finally provides a complete list of the steps to be followed to obtain adequate information when searching Jewish ancestors in the country.


Jews in Ensisheim (Alsace) in the XVIIth century

Denis INGOLD describes in details the coming back of the Jews to Ensisheim when after the Thirty Years War (1648) the Habsburg possessions in Alsace were returned to the King of France. Later, the Jews migrated again to more attractive and welcoming cities like Brisach and Metz.


Salomon Schüler (1870-1938), a prominent rabbi: from Hégenheim to Saint-Louis (Alsace)

Léa ROGG presents the life and actions of Salomon Schuler (1870-1938). He was born in Berlin and became the first tit­ular rabbi of the Jewish community of Saint-Louis (Upper Rhine, next to the Swiss border). He represented a traditional judaïsm having being educated in the Yeshivah Hildesheimer in Berlin, an orthodox rabinic seminar where he has received a rigorous education. He had a prominent contribution in the development of the community at a time when the city devel­opped to modernity.



The present state of Jewish genealogy in Germany, exemplified by the coaching of a fellow genealogist


Coaching Patricia Haas bas provided the opportunity to sketch what is specific to Jewish genealogy in Germany, especially for the pre-1800 period where neither civil nor religious vital event recording existed.
The present situation results from how the Jewish population in Germany and how the Germans'attitude with regard to the Jews have evolved since 1945. In the first part of the article a historic abstract leads to the conclusion that there are no more Jews with Jewish roots living in Germany, thus no Jewish­German genealogy practised in Germany. Nevertheless there remains a hope, because other researchers have appeared.
1he second part of the article starts with a case study : the search for earlier Dilsheimer ancestors, discussed step by step and connecting with the initial part published in our last issue.
Subsequently the tools used in this search are discussed, some are useful, some even essential for success. The conclusion tries to show the prerequisites for a successful coaching, especially when the beneficiary bas no command of the local language.