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Simon Löbl Kohn-Zerkowitz

Birthplace: Zvěrkovice, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
Death: Died in Brtnice, Jihlava District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
Cause of death: Robbed and murdered
Place of Burial: Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
Immediate Family:

Son of Leopold (Juda Löbl) (Jehuda Aryeh-Leib) (Löw) Kohn-Zerkowitz and Fradl Kohn-Zerkowitz
Husband of Paulina (Josephina) (Pessel) Kohn-Zerkowitz; Elisabeth (Barbara) Kohn-Zerkowitz and Eleonora (Veronika) (Rivka Elka) Kohn-Zerkowitz
Father of Leopold Kohn-Zerkowitz; Nathan Samuel (Nesanel) (Sándor) Kohn-Zerkowitz; Rachel Kohn-Zerkowitz; Marie Turcsan; Ernestina (Ester) Rosenberger and 5 others
Brother of Salomon Zerkowitz; Daughter Kohn-Zerkowitz; Michael Löbl Kohn-Zerkowitz; Rozalia (Rozsal) Frommer; Anna Sontag and 3 others

Occupation: Jeweler
Managed by: Matt Kuenzel
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About Simon Löbl Kohn-Zerkowitz

Simon Kohn-Zerkowitz was born in Zerkowitz, South Moravia [now Zverkovice, Czech Republic] and moved with his parents to Mahr. Weisskirchen in the early 1760s. As a younger son, his lack of legal standing prompted him to migrate over the border to Trencin City, Hungary [now Trencin, Slovakia]. In Trencin, he married his first wife, Paulina (aka Pessel or Josephina), and remained there into the early 1790s. Having become wealthy as a jeweler, he returned to Moravia, settling in Trebitsch (where he had briefly lived, 1785-86). He was a prominent citizen in the Trebitsch Jewish community where he continued to buy and sell jewels. He is referred to in most Trebitsch records as "Simon Zerkowitz", but is listed as "Simon Löbl Kohn" in the 1785 birth record of his daughter Rachel. From the mid-1790s through 1805, he is listed as witness to several Jewish birth records in Trebitsch -- always seen as "Simon Zerkowitz".

In 1803, Simon purchased household #23 (also referred to as #54) in Trebitsch for 3,500 gold pieces. It was a large residence in the center of town, consisting of a spacious entry hall, five bedrooms, a utility room, and two kitchens. This house, built in the latter half of the 17th century, still stands (2014).

As early as 1796, Simon also held rights to Familiant #15 in Trebitsch.

Between circa 1804 and his death in 1817, Simon resided in Brtnice, Moravia while continuing to maintain ownership of household #23 in Trebitsch. Prior to that, he transferred the ownership of his former residence in Trencin City, Hungary (which he had never sold) to his two eldest sons, Leopold and Nathan, who were living there as early as 1805.

As was the case in Trebic, Simon Kohn-Zerkowitz also held Familiant status in Brtnice:

Brtnice Familiant Records No. 132-- Simon Zerkowitz Kohn, familiant in Trebitsch, wife, Veronika, dau., Zily, dau., Regina, son, Jacob [twin], b. March 1808, dau., Karolina [twin], b. March 1808

Simon Zerkowitz was murdered on 28 August 1817, age about 62, as he returned to the outskirts of Brtnice from a trip to Leipzig, Germany. In a letter written in the 1970s, his great-grandson, Emil Zerkowitz (1892-1988) stated the following: "...Simon Zerkowitz, from Trencin, Slovakia, was a jeweler. On a ride from Leipzig, Germany to take gold along, he was murdered."

He was buried in Trebitsch, and his gravestone is still standing. In Hebrew, it states that he was Simon Zerkowitz, died 28 August 1817, with the Hebrew name of "Simeon ha-Kohen", son of "Leib ha-Kohen".

According to family information passed down in the Zerkowitz family, "Simon Zerkowitz had three distinct families. By his first wife, he had two sons and two daughters. His two sons, Leib and Nathaniel, received his residence and property in Trencin. By his second wife, he had two more children, a daughter Ester (Rosenberger) and a son who died early. Finally, by his third marriage, he had three daughters and one son, Jacob, who inherited the majority of Simon's wealth at the time of his death."

Simon's large residence in Trebitsch was eventually taken over by his youngest son, Jacob Samuel Zerkowitz (following a petition by Simon's widow Eleonora), and remained in possession of the Zerkowitz family until the mid-1800s.

From "Třebíč Příběhy Židovských Familiantů" by Rudolf Fišer (2012), p. 202: ZERKOWITZ, Simon -- familiant #15 (1796-1819?) V roce 1803 koupil tento zámožný obchodník dům č. p. 54 (L. Pokorného 23) za 3500 zlatých. V hotovosti vyplatil značnou sumu 2500 zlatých.

Translated into English: In 1803, [Simon Zerkowitz] bought the sizeable merchant house No. 54 (household #23) for 3500 pieces of gold. In cash, he paid out the large sum 2,500 gold pieces.

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Simon Löbl Kohn-Zerkowitz's Timeline

Zvěrkovice, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
Age 25
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
Age 26
Trenčín, Trenčín District, Trenčín Region, Slovakia
Age 28
Trenčín, Trenčín District, Trenčín Region, Slovakia
December 10, 1785
Age 30
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysocina Region, Czech Republic
Age 32
Trenčín, Trenčín District, Trenčín Region, Slovakia
January 4, 1794
Age 39
Brtnice, Jihlava District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
February 17, 1795
Age 40
Třebíč, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
July 8, 1796
Age 41
Třebíč, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
Age 46
Brtnice, Jihlava District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic