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Löw Gabor Gabriel Südfeld

Also Known As: "Gabriel Siedfeld"
Birthplace: Krotoschin, Posen, Deutschland
Death: Died in Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Immediate Family:

Husband of Theresia Südfeld and Rosalia Südfeld (Nelkin)
Father of Josephine Südfeld; Samuel Südfeld; Lazar / Alexander Südfeld / Siedfeld; Michael Maximilian Südfeld; Anna Deutsch and 2 others

Occupation: Rabbiner
Managed by: Malka Mysels
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About Löw Gabor Gabriel Südfeld

Gabriel Suedfeld (1799–1872) was a Hebrew writer and the father of Max Nordau. Born in Krotoszyn, he studied at the Lissa Yeshivah and was ordained as a rabbi, but became attracted to the Haskalah.

After studying at the universities of Berlin and Breslau, he was a tutor in the households of S.J.Rapoport in Prague, Rabbi M. Schreiber (Sofer) in Pressburg, and the Fischhof family in Buda. Suedfeld eventually settled in Pest, and earned a meager living teaching Hebrew and German.

A master of the three classical languages, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, Suedfeld also knew German, French and Italian. He wrote philosophical and linguistic studies in Hebrew, as well as poetry, both original and translations, and miscellaneous prose in German. He was a contributor to the journal Bikkurei ha-Ittim. His Hebrew writings include

  • Ahuzzat Mere'im (1825),
  • Rehovot ha-Be'ur (1850), A German translation of Ecclesiastes, with Hebrew commentary.


Gabriel Südfeld, Max Nordau's father, was born in 1799 in the town of Krotoszyn (near Poznan), which was under Prussian rule at that time, and he was reputed as a deeply religious Orthodox Jew (Nordau 1920: 21-23).

Although he was a well-educated rabbi, but he did not practice his profession but instead worked as a private tutor in Prague, Bratislava and Old Buda. Nordau’s mother (born Nelkin) came from Riga. The Südfeld family eventually moved to Apartment 6 of the house on 7 Dohány street (Schulte 1997: 45). Source

"Gabriel Südfeld, was a private tutor and had been a rabbi in Posen, Prussia. A widower with four children, he married Rosalie Sarah, née Nelkin, of Riga, who became the mother of Max and his sister Charlotte.Source


Max Nordau's father, Gabriel Südfeld, was an Orthodox Rabbi, and Hebrew poet of Sephardic origin.

Zionism and the fin de siècle:Cosmopolitanism and nationalism from Nordau, ‬ By Michael Stanislawski

In JEWISHGEN HUNGARIAN DEATHS for SUDFELD there is an entry for GABOR SUDFELD slightly different from what is described right now, does anybody know or has a way of founding which info is correct? He was supposedly born in Breszlo in 1799 and died in Budapest Mar-20-1872 at age 73.


Zionism and the Fin de Siècle: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism from Nordau By Michael Stanislawsk - Page 57 - 58

. . . "Mother Rosalia Sarah Nelkin, born in Riga and raised in Vilna.

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Löw Gabor Gabriel Südfeld's Timeline

Posen, Deutschland
Age 34
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Age 39
Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Age 40
Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Age 44
Budapest, Hungary
Age 45
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
July 29, 1849
Age 50
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
July 12, 1857
Age 58
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Age 73
Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary