My maternal grandmother's grandfather, David Honigmann, left Kempen
to pursue university studies in Breslau. He left a large family behind.
The Honigmanns were relatively affluent merchants in Kempen, as evidenced
by the fact that Loebel Honigmann, David's father, was granted Prussian
citizenship in 1833, a privilege only granted the most affluent 5% or so
of the Jewish population. According to notes [source unfortunately
unattributed] collected by Dr. Werner Milch in the 1930s, Loebel's father-in-law,
Feivel Astrich, was trapped in Breslau during the siege by the French army
in the Napoloenic Wars, having gone there on business at a particularly
inopportune time. Most of the Honigmanns left Kempen, as did most
of its Jews, for more prosperous regions in the next two generations.
His brother Abraham went to New York and married there in 1840 or 1850,
depending on which census one chooses to believe. His sister Pauline,
married Rosenbaum, and her family, went there in 1889. [Letters from
David's wife Anna to Else Rosenbaum Moritz, one of Pauline's daughters,
have been preserved in the family]. His sister Dorel married Samuel
Landau; her children ended up in Breslau and Vienna. His sister Henriette
married Moschkowitz from Bielitz [now Bielsko Biala]. Some of her
children stayed there, but most went to Vienna. His sister Luise
seems to have married a maternal relative from nearby Schildberg, but her
two daughters went to Vienna.
A generation later, my maternal greatgrandfather, Baruch Spitz, left
Kempen for Breslau to study medicine. In the Jewish medical students'
fraternity, he met David Honigmann's sons, who introduced him to their
only sister, whom he in time married. Baruch Spitz was an only child.
There were other Spitz families in Kempen, who may have been distant relatives.
The Spitz family was not as affluent as the Honigmanns. Not enough
records from Kempen remain to trace the fates of Baruch's cousins, and
Spitz is a fairly common name.