Archive for July 2013
Susan Soyinka has written a remarkable book on her search for the survivors of her mother’s family who fled Nazi Germany. A Silence that Speaks: A Family story through and beyond the Holocaust describes her 18-year search for those members of her mother’s extended family who were now scattered around the world.
|Ref: Refugees flee as war between Germany and Czechoslovakia appears to be inevitable, 1938, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
When she gives you her sources, Susan will say how this information was useful to her and with whom she spoke. For example: Czech District and Regional Archives. Research was carried out for me in the Uherske Hradiste and Vsetin District Archives, and in the Moravian Regional Archives in Brno by Martin Kocarik and his wife Sarka Kocarikova. Martin and Sarka work for a private company whose details are available at the Czech Family Tree.
One of Susan’s appendices is a Note on Czech Jewish genealogy, where she explains the network of archives the Czech Republic holds and the different Jewish records held. She has helpfully included a table showing the names of towns and cities in the Czech Republic, with their spelling now, and then, and the German form used during the Habsburg Empire.
Following her own search, the chapter in her book The Nazi machine in Austria contains different sub chapters with one headed Forms and standard letters used during Aryanisation, which explains, as an example, what a Request for approval of sale was. She also lists the Offices, departments and organisations involved in or dealing with Jewish matters, such as, ‘the Office for the calculation of surcharges, who were charged with the task of working out the fee for the “dejewification” process’.
This book is a family history and a biography, giving an insight into the workings of the Nazi regime in Austria which may help other historians struggling to piece together their own Jewish story.
For more helpful information on finding your Jewish ancestors, search the Auckland Libraries catalogue by the call number 1 GEN REL JEW for more resources held in the family history collection.
We have some really fantastic events.
Family history month comprises of several components:
- 31 July - NZ Family History Fair launch event - "A morning with Richard III" in conjunction with the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, NZ Family History Fair, Ancestry
- 31 July - NZ Family History Month launch events:
12 noon: The Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps with Alan La Roche
2pm: Using DNA to solve genealogical puzzles with Helen Smith
3.30pm: Writing family history for magazines and newspapers with Cassie Mercer (Inside History Magazine)
Events on 31 July are a "taster" and a way of whetting the appetite for the NZ Family History Fair. Of course, we will see you at the Fair too!
- 5 Aug - Find your past: a day with Josh Taylor FindMyPast US - Full day event - 3 seminars and research assistance (additional seminars to what he is delivering at the NZ Family History Fair)
- New Zealand Family History Month speaker series 2013.
Specialist library staff speaking at Auckland Libraries around the region.
71 events, 31 libraries and 3 research centres, 19 different topics, eight different speakers.
- Family history lunchtime series:- weekly instead of fortnightly for the month of August.
- 7 Aug: Family history sources at Archives New Zealand with Stephanie va Gaalen
- 14 Aug: Filling the cradles: private residential maternity homes with Lisa Truttman
- 21 Aug: By sea, by ship: celebrating 20 years of the Voyager Maritime Museum Library
- 28 Aug 12noon: Introduction to the New Zealand Society of Genealogists with Christine Hurst
- 28 Aug 1pm: Family archives - prepare and preserve with David Ashman
- 30 Aug:- The Karen Kalopulu Family History Lock-In - closing Auckland Libraries' NZ Family History month programme
The name Cyrus Haley won’t be familiar to many today, but back in the late 1800s, Cyrus Haley’s nefarious exploits were well documented in the print media, from his attempts at murder, his fondness for setting fires, right down to his death in 1875 while attempting to escape imprisonment.
So who was the man that caused such speculation in the media of the day?
Cyrus had emigrated from England to New Zealand with his family in 1870 and wasted little time making enemies and enacting his own form of justice. When his wife Emily’s singing performance at the Music Hall was savaged, the hall was mysteriously gutted by fire. More arsons took place and while all these couldn’t be linked to Haley, there was one involving the property of BNZ founder Thomas Russell, also director of a company in which Hailey claimed to have lost ₤3000.
While Thomas Russell himself wasn’t short of enemies, Cyrus’s grudge was so intense, he set about trying to kill him. In December of that year, Haley fired through the windows of the Russell home (the glorious Pah Homestead in Hillsborough Road, Auckland), almost killing one of Russell’s children. Haley also wrote anonymous notes threatening death to Russell.
He was caught and tried, and subsequently convicted of attempted murder, threatening to kill and threatening to destroy property - he had also set fire to hay on the Russell property. His sentence was life imprisonment in the Dunedin gaol.
|Ref: Taranaki Herald, 6 October 1875, Papers Past|
Haley first attempted to escape the prison in 1873, but in 1875, after receiving disturbing news about his children, he tried to flee a labour gang and was shot by a warder. The inquest following his death concluded it was “justifiable homicide.”
|Ref: Taranaki Herald, 9 October 1875, Papers Past|
To learn more about this fascinating and disturbed character, you need only check out the Papers Past website where all his activities and accompanying speculation were well documented.
|Ref: Daily Southern Cross, 30 January 1872, Papers Past|
Indeed, the Daily Southern Cross of January 30 1872 says of the man following his arrest after the Hillsborough house incident, “Various reports respecting Haley are in circulation, one of which is that he is insane, and another that he is feigning insanity. Neither report is correct. Haley's conduct in confinement is perfectly rational, and he is neither apparently nor in reality insane.”
One of our staff members is adding information to the Index Auckland online database from a Catholic Church periodical called Te waka o Hato Petera = The ship of St. Peter that we have in our Māori collection in the Research Centre.
|Ref: Map of Mill Hill Māori Centres in New Zealand|
The Hill Mill Missionaries came out from London and were responsible for the revival of Catholic missions in the Auckland Diocese in the late 19th century. These missioner priests identified completely with their Māori congregations making themselves masters of the Māori language.
|Ref: Wedding bells in the parishes, Summer 1963 edition.|
We have a limited run of these serials but they are a gold mine, chronicling daily events within the community from 1963 to 1967. Included are obituaries, crosswords (English to Māori), marriages, and news from the parishes.