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Simon Hock

Birthplace: Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Death: Died in Vienna-2
Cause of death: stroke
Place of Burial: 1. TOR, 5b-11-28/29
Immediate Family:

Son of Hermann Moses Hock and Marie Hock
Husband of Johanna Hock
Father of Helene Kurth; Hermann Hock; Marie Bárány and Felix Hock
Brother of Moritz Hock
Half brother of Moses Hock and Ignatz Hock

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About Simon Hock

Simon Hock (1815–1887), historian, publicist, and businessman. Simon (Sinai) Hock was born into family that had been in Prague for several generations. He studied at the city’s yeshiva and the Jewish Normalschule. In 1835, he helped found Aurora, the Prague society for youth participating in morning prayers, a group committed to blending religious tradition and ideas of the Enlightenment. During the 1840s, Hock wrote about the impact of political conditions on Jewish life in Bohemia and on religious reform; his articles were printed anonymously in the newspapers Die Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums and Der Orient.

Hock later wrote historical articles and notices for the periodicals Das Abendland, Hebräische Bibliographie, Jüdisches Centralblatt, and Magazin für die jüdische Wissenschaft. Together with Koppelmann Lieben and Shelomoh Yehudah Rapoport, he edited Gal‘ed (Monument; 1856), a small collection of Hebrew inscriptions from the old Jewish cemetery in Prague. Hock also wrote critical observations in Hebrew on Aramaic grammar and on the treatises of the Babylonian Talmud for the journal Bet Talmud (1883–1889). He was also a founder of Afike Yehudah (1869), a Prague society that supported Jewish studies.

For several decades, Hock gathered material for a history of Prague’s Jews, basing his information mainly on the headstones at the old Jewish cemetery. This material was edited posthumously by David Kaufmann and published under the title Die Familien Prags (The Families of Prague; 1892). The work is an invaluable source of information on the history and genealogy of Prague Jewry from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. A critical edition of the first section of the text was published in Hebrew by Bernard Wachstein in 1935. A collection of Hock’s correspondence is preserved in the archives of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Suggested Reading

Simon (Sinai) Hock, Mishpeḥot k.k. Prag (Brooklyn, N.Y., 1993/94); Hillel J. Kieval, Languages of Community: The Jewish Experience in the Czech Lands (Berkeley, 2000), pp. 65–94; Otto Muneles, “Die Briefsammlung in Simon Hocks Nachlass,” Judaica Bohemiae 1 (1965): 69–74.

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Simon Hock's Timeline

November 27, 1815
Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Age 32
Age 34
May 14, 1853
Age 37
Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
March 16, 1857
Age 41
Prague, Czech Republic
October 22, 1887
Age 71
October 24, 1887
Age 71
Zentralfriedhof, Vienna, Austria