As yet, we don’t know very much about Adolph, but we learnt of his existence recently when we found a copy of the marriage certificate of Hermine (geb. Kohn) and Joseph Bloch – two of my great-grandparents.
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Three items of particular interest in the picture above – this certificate gives us the name of Joseph’s father, and the marginal note gives us the date from which Hermine was forced use ‘Sarah’ as her middle name in 1938. Finally, it also gives us Joseph’s mother’s name – Rosel, geb. Cohn.
When we were working in the Gliwice archive, also busy there was a senior custodian from the Cultural Department, Piotr Hnatyszyn, from Zabrzu museum. He didn’t speak English but could read German, and he very kindly translated the German into Polish for Malgosia, who was then able to tell me in English something about the information contained in the documents. I am very grateful to the many people who gave so generously of their knowledge on this trip – there was an extraordinary generosity of spirit and willingness to lend both time and patient research skills.
In the picture above, you can also see the name Wilhelm Kohn, who signed as a witness to the marriage; Malgosia suspects this may be a brother of Hermine. Again, future searches may tell us more.