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  • Abraham Getsch Eliakum Bloch (c.1744 - 1831)
    Dans sa lettre de protestation à Pétain, Georges Wormser, ancien chef de cabinet de Clemenceau, écrivait "Le 7.12.1792, à Soultz, au pied de l'Hartmmannswiller,mon aieul. Abraham Bloch, "préposé" des i...
  • Abraham Bloch (1831 - d.)
  • Adele Bloch (1835 - d.)
  • Adele Bloch-Bauer (1881 - 1925)
    Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a painting by Gustav Klimt completed in 1907. According to press reports it was sold for US$135 million to Ronald Lauder for his Neue Galerie in New York City i...
  • Adelheid Bloch (1908 - 1940)
    Adelheid Bloch was born on April 12, 1908 in Constance. She was the daughter of Moritz Bloch and his second wife Ida (née Weil) and, like her parents, of Jewish faith. The name Adelheid she received ...

About the Bloch surname

The name Bloch, in Hebrew, is an acronym for the words Bnei Levi ve' Cohen--meaning sons of Levi and Cohen. The Blochs originate in the area of the town of Colmar, in Alsace-Lorraine, now located in France.

However, early records of the Jewish people of Neuern/Nyrsko have the surname spelled as Ploch and Plach., which casts doubt on this acronymic hypothesis. In a paper on the Jews of Neuern which comes up prominently in a Google search, there appears the text of a translation into German of a decree in Czech of Ulrich von Janowitz dated 25 April 1466 giving permission to the Jew Baroch to settle there with his whole household under this knight's protection. Familiar phonetic laws suggest that Baroch, or Baruch, may have been an early form of this surname. So many Blochs lived in the area that Nyrsko was called Blochowitz..