No 75 - July 2003



Revue du Cercle de Généalogie Juive # 75

Summer 2003


A tribute to Georges Jessula




Origine and extension of the Gugenheim surname (Part 3, Section 1).

John Berkowitch

Section I of the revised and expanded version of the third part of this study outlines the Gugenheim family tree covering some eleven generations extending from the early 15th century to the period of the French Revolution. The first four generations precede the adoption of the surname by a Joseph (1555-1615), born in Frankfurt on the Main, who stayed one or several times in a place formerly named Gugenheim (today Jugenheim), located 20 km southwest of Mainz. No reference whatsoever supports the hypotheses, previously put forward, which tied the origin of the surname to either of two localities similarly named at the time, one northwest of Strasbourg, the other south of Darmstadt. The children and grandchildren of this Joseph evolve primarily in the middle Rhine valley, especially in and around Bingen, Frankfurt, Stühlingen, and Worms.



The first Arons of Phalsbourg (Alsace). Part 1 : from Phalsbourg to Lixheim (1686-1724).  

Pierre-André Meyer

Is Aron Isac, first mentioned in 1700 as living in Phalsbourg a member of the three or four families settled in the city rebuilt around 1679 ?
Several notary records enable the reconstitution of his family from 1686 to 1712. Exiled by Royal Decree to the nearby village of Lixheim, the Arons return to Phalsbourg in 1724 . P. A. Meyer will follow their story up to the end of the 18th century in the next issue of this Revue.

Following Jacob Meyer and his family.
Bernard Lyon-Caen, with contribution from Laurent Kassel and Stéphane Toublanc complements the genealogy of rabbi Jacob Mayer.




Jewish soldiers in the 61st infantry regiment of the Napoleonic army

Pierre Lautmann

Analysing ten records of the 61st infantry regiment(1802-1815), the author portraits 85 Jewish soldiers originating in the Départements bordering the Rhine valley.

Not returned from deportation.
Eve Line Blum-Cherchevsky

60,000 deportees from France (Jewish and non Jewish) who disappeared in the Nazi camps lack a death record in due form. The French government ignores them and does not count them among the population dead in deportation.







Léon Gozlan (1803-1866), by Pierre Echinard and Georges Jessula.

Sephardic Genealogy, by Jeffrey S. Malka

Plumes d'Ange, by Martin Winckler