Genealogical Tables of Jewish Families 14th - 20th Centuries: Forgotten Fragments of the History of the Fraenkel Family

Started by Private User on Saturday, February 11, 2012


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Private User
2/11/2012 at 7:46 PM

Genealogical Tables of Jewish Families 14th - 20th Centuries: Forgotten Fragments of the History of the Fraenkel Family

ISBN 978-3598114267

This book came up in conversation today with Ofir in another context.

Not apparently listed as a reference on the project front page, but also relevant to this project?


This two-volume work documents 11,000 individuals belonging to ten Jewish families who were related to the Fraenkel family from 1397 to 1992. Many illustrious names from science, culture and politics are amongst those recorded: Behrend Lehmann von Halberstadt, the financier King August the Strong, the composers Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, the writers Heinrich Heine, Ludwig Börne, Paul Heyse and Karl Wolfskehl, the dramatist Carl Sternheim, the philologist Jakob Bernays, the philosophers Theodor Lessing, Israel Jacobson and David Friedländer, the art historians Max Friedländer and Aby Warburg, the doctor Sigmund Freud and the Nobel prize-winning chemist Adolf von Baeyer were all family members. The first volume contains accounts of the family's history, as well as a bibliography and an index of persons. The second part presents ten tables -- one genealogical summary and nine complete family trees -- of outstanding value to biographers. The index of persons covers about 17,000 entries, including cross references, and refers to the relevant locations in the articles and family trees.

2/11/2012 at 9:38 PM

Thanks David. I'm not sure we'll ever be able to connect our Frankel family from Ratnycia to other Frankel families. It's only recently that I was able to connect my great grandfather Yosef Frankel to ANY family! I know that my Frankel 6th cousin, newly discovered, has looked at this book.

What I read in Beider's book is that the families who have these surnames in Lithuania are more likely to be rabbinical families than those who stayed in Central Europe where it was a toponymic - Frankel - from Franconia. When people were made to take surnames in Lithuania, those who used the names like Frankel did so because of pride in their ancestry.

I don't even think DNA will help since the Frankel were in Trakai 7 generations ago and with all the intermarriage in rabbinical families, there are lots of DNA matches.

But I'm very interested in the book regardless.

2/12/2012 at 9:28 PM

Sorry, I do not have much time to devote to Geni right now, but, David, your posts are irresistable. BTW, Washington has a copy of the book in the Library of Congress. Preface to the Book, Forgotten Fragments of the History of the Fraenkel Family.

Private User
4/19/2013 at 1:30 PM

Rachel Wolfstein Frankel, my grandma, always claimed that her grand- or great-grand mother was of royal Dutch birth, who fled to Germany with her governess when Napoleon invaded Holland. Know anything about this? Allan Michael Frankel 859-893-4810

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