25th June 1847 to 1916 (?)
Joseph married Hermine Kohn in 1882.
He ran an inn in Upper Silesia.
He died during the First World War – we believe in 1916, in Tost (Upper Silesia).
To date, that is all the information I have found about Joseph. There won’t be anything to find in the ITS, of course, because he died long before the start of the Second World War. The only way we may gain some further information is when we return to Poland and look in more record offices.
Update: August 2015
On our visit to Poland earlier this year, we found Joseph and Hermine’s marriage certificate, below. Please click on the image to enlarge it.
Schwieben, 21st February 1882
The two people whose signature appears below presented themselves before the Registrar for the purpose of marriage.
Merchant Joseph Bloch of the Jewish faith born on the 25th June 1847 in Bielschowitz [Bielszowice] in the district of Beuthen, resident of Kattowitz, son of Adolf Bloch and his wife Rosel, geb. Cohn, resident of Kattowitz.
Wife Hermine Kohn, of the Jewish religion, born on 15th September 1850, in Schwieben in the district Gleiwitz, daughter of the businessman Julius Kohn and his wife Marie, geb. Loewy, both living in Schwieben.
Witnessed by Wilhelm Kohn (aged 28)
Hermine Bloch geb. Kohn
Schwieben 19 December 1938
In accordance with the decree announced 17th December 1938, all Jewish woman are to adopt the second name of Sarah
Signed Glowitz (sp?)
(Translation by Helga Brown BA Dip. Ed. née Steinhardt)
It is possible that Joseph was buried in Bytom New Jewish Cemetery on ul. Piekarska, in plot number POL-05511, according to a record in Jewishgen. Next time we go to Poland I will try to take a look, and see if it is indeed my great-grandfather’s grave.