Next Meeting - Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 @ 7:30pm, Temple Sholom

Three Generations of Jewish Women in Brunswick, Germany
Prof. Chris Friedrichs
University of British Columbia

This lecture will describe the lives of three women in Brunswick, Germany – the great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother of the lecturer – whose experiences reflected the changing circumstances of Jews during three generations of German history. Auguste Herxheimer spent most of her adulthood as the prosperous wife and then widow of a successful businessman, but after 1914 she experienced the gradual collapse of a once secure way of life. Her daughter Ella Bruell suffered a series of hardships both as a single mother and as a Jew. Ella’s daughter Nellie faced the future with optimism until everything changed for Jews in Germany after 1933 and she had to create a new life for herself far from her beloved German hometown.

Chris Friedrichs will retire this year after 45 years of teaching history at the University of British Columbia. He is a specialist in the history of urban life in Europe and the history of Jews in Germany. His most recent book is A Jewish Youth in Dresden: The Diary of Louis Lesser, 1833-1837 (University Press of Maryland, 2011).

Note: This meeting is on May 8, the 2nd Tuesday of the month. All welcome.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of British Columbia (JGSBC), a non-profit organization, brings together people who are interested in pursuing their Jewish ancestry or family history. Together with the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC we try to restore the history and family links that time has erased.

While there are many resources available on the internet, their use does require some skill and training. Many traps await the unwary: name changes, spelling errors, the same name for two different people, the many vagaries of census takers, clerks and other takers of record. The difficult task of digitizing the records has led to other errors creeping in. We will help you to avoid those pitfalls and develop an accurate and descriptive family tree. If you are interested in joining us, you can pay for a yearly membership here. Any questions? – send us an email.

This site also has links to resources (including Jewish newspaper archives) that we have found useful in our research.

JGSBC is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies