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Genealogy Gehenna:  The Hebraization of Jewish Surnames

Genealogy Gehenna: The Hebraization of Jewish Surnames

Today I’m wrapping up the tale of the two Doktors Kornmehl, Ezriel and Viktor, the dual subjects of this family history writing challenge, with kudos — and a mild kvetch. It’s one thing to find out that your relatives’ surnames were changed through mistakes in Ellis Island, transcription errors, illiteracy, etc. It’s quite another toContinue Reading

Foreshadowing — and Forelightening

Foreshadowing — and Forelightening

You’ve heard of foreshadowing. A character in a novel feels a cold chill or, in a film, ominous music plays while a man drives along in a car, a much-too-happy grin on his face (yes , I’m thinking of you Downton Abbey, Season 3, and damn you not only for killing off Matthew but forContinue Reading