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Moritz (Maurice) Klein

Moritz (Maurice) Klein

Male 1875 - 1958  (83 years)

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  • Name Moritz (Maurice) Klein 
    Born 15 Aug 1875  Trnava, Slovakia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography Time has come to speak a little about our dear parents who have already been gone for many years. To have the dead come alive, we will recall here a few memories that we cannot forget to this day. Everyone recalls the past and several memories are always with us -- because who is not proud like us to belong to a family of ancestors who are well-known and respected because of their wisdom and piety. We owe a debt of gratitude to our parents for the quality of life that they transmitted to us, to our mother Z`L, who died too young--because it is from her happiness, common sense, humour and faith that she showed to us the path to follow. To our father, who thanks to his, wisdom and knowledge has always been a strong presence for us and our family, commanding respect from his family and business colleagues. It is mostly, however, the harmony at home emanating from the perfect relationship between our parents that was an example for us and our future.

    Our father who studied science in university in addition to Yeshiva study and later studies in German at Breuer, had left his parents` home a young age and was the eldest of 14 children. He met my mother during an interview in Berlin, Germany. According to the story he was attracted immediately by her beautiful black eyes and philosophical presentation. She is the one who helped her younger brothers with their homework which contributed to her great culture and literary knowledge.

    It is also in Germany that our father established friendship with Moritz Zober, the editor of Schoken Verlag, kind of pocketbooks, that allowed us to discover a few of Agnon`s books published in the 20s. Still it is our mother who intervened with the military authorities to obtain the liberation of our father from the Russian front from where he brought back a small prayer book with a blue cover that he found in the trenches from a non-Jewish comrade.

    After the first WWI, our father returned to his manufacturing of bags and tarps that he started at the beginning of the century with his brother, Michael (who died in 1916 in Baranovice, Belorusia). He started a vegetable garden surrounded by a chicken koop which made our father an ecologist before his time. It was not his only distraction, in the evening he liked to read the classic French writers and studied Talmudic texts and others every day. The house was always wide-open to the poor especially to the students from who were frequent guests and later to German refugees.

    He also had a beautiful voice that brought to our Shabbat and holiday evenings a happy and solemn ambience. Each one of us had the right to sing Zmirot in turn. To close the singing, he added Hungarian verses that he learned from a great Hungarian Rabbi.

    Our mother adapted to the customs of our father and the Austro-Hungarian cuisine we all loved (the Berlin, Germany cuisine lacked spice and variety). In Constantine, where we lived from 1940 to 1945, our father knew how to make himself liked by the numerous Jews of our neighbourhood. Once in awhile he also sang during our meetings Jewish and profane songs from his youth. However, the painful period of his life was the premature death of our mother who was a real support for him, their qualities complemented and completed each other incredibly well.

    He studied at Goettingen and in Frankfurt at Rabbi Hoffman's yeshiva. Met his wife, Selma, through an advertisement. He was 33 and she was 26. Uncle Erich helped his family financially. He had a high position. When Michael Klein died, Moritz sent for Norbert.

    Moritz never sent his children to visit his father...  [1
    Hebrew Birth 14 Ab 5635 
    Immigration 1908  Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1875-1908  Trnava, Slovakia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1908-1940  Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1940-1945  Constantine, Algeria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1945-1958  Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hebrew Death 1 Elu 5718 
    Occupation Jute bag manufacturer 
    Died 17 Aug 1958  Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Eitz Haim Cemetery, Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Carré A, rangée 1, tombe 4
    Person ID I3761  Blank Family
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2017 

    Father Rabbi Abraham Meir Klein,   b. 17 Jul 1844, Smolenice, Slovakia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1924, Trnava, Slovakia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Rosa (Rivka) Ehrenstein,   b. 1850, Skalica, Slovakia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1925, Trnava, Slovakia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 7 Dec 1870 
    Family ID F673  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Selma (Yuta) Lewy,   b. 25 Apr 1882, Berlin, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1935, Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 9 Sep 1908  Berlin, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Albert Klein,   b. 16 Jul 1909, Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1976, Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Rachel (Hella) Klein,   b. 26 Feb 1912, Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 2006, Kfar Saba, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     3. Berthe Klein,   b. 27 Apr 1913, Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 2004, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     4. Jeanne Klein,   b. 19 Jan 1915, Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 2011, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     5. Ruth Klein,   b. 19 Jan 1915, Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1989, Jerusalem, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Family ID F1346  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Aug 1875 - Trnava, Slovakia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1908 - Strasbourg, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1875-1908 - Trnava, Slovakia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Sep 1908 - Berlin, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1908-1940 - Strasbourg, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1940-1945 - Constantine, Algeria Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1945-1958 - Strasbourg, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Aug 1958 - Strasbourg, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Moritz Klein
    Moritz Klein
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Albert flanked by twins, Hella & Berthe 1917
    Albert flanked by twins, Hella & Berthe 1917
    Klein children 1924
    Klein children 1924
    Klein Moritz and Selma House in Strasbourg
    Klein Moritz and Selma House in Strasbourg
    Moritz Klein 1916
    Moritz Klein 1916

    Documents
    Klein Moritz lettre to Alfred Unger feb 44
    Klein Moritz lettre to Alfred Unger feb 44
    Klein Moritz letter to Unger Mai 44
    Klein Moritz letter to Unger Mai 44
    Jeanne Rais Talks about her parents
    Jeanne Rais Talks about her parents
    Distribution of Maurice Klein Estate
    Distribution of Maurice Klein Estate
    Lawyer's letter re Maurice Klein's estate
    Lawyer's letter re Maurice Klein's estate

    Headstones
    Headstone of Klein Moritz
    Headstone of Klein Moritz

    Histories At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Tranava Thru the Ages
    Tranava Thru the Ages

  • Sources 
    1. [S240] Interview with, Jeanne Rais.


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