Hebrew name: Naftali
Secular name: Herz Wolf
Alternate spelling: Hersz

Katz Family Tree - Herz Wolf and Sara Katz

Family Tree: Herz Wolf Katz and Sara Cheine Gruber and their children

Herz Wolf Katz, the son of Isaac Katz and Zlata (Slate, Zlate), was born in 1856 (+ or - 1 year), in Sokal.

Sara Cheine Gruber was born in Radziechow (pronounced Ra-dje-chov), in 1856 (+ or - 1 year).

Alternate names/spellings: Chanje, Cheijny, Hannah.
Last name: Gruber, Grüber.

Herz Wolf and Sara Cheine' marriage is listed in the Sokal records for the year 1891, when they were both aged 35. Because by then they had already had many children, we can safely assume that this date is not the actual marriage date, but the date their religious marriage was officially recorded.

Sokal PSA AGAD
Marriages 1863,64,66,68-99,1902-05
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Town
KATZ Herz Wolf 1891 M 8 1192 35 y. M Izaak KATZ Zlate KATZ  
GRUBER Sara Cheine 1891 M 8 1192 35 y. F Mates GRUBER Chane Breine GRUBER Rozdzalów

There are two versions regarding Herz Wolf's occupation:

According to Toni:

"(he) had a grain business and led a comfortable life. "

However, according to Eve:

"(Herz Wolf and Sara) ran a restaurant."

The Sokal archives in Warsaw do contain a reference to a Katz (name?) who was an inn-keeper in Sokal at that time, so it's possible that this second version is the correct one.

Children

Twelve children, not three!

Until newly discovered birth records, Herz Wolf and Sara Cheine Katz were known to have had only three sons - with the possible controversial addition of a fourth son.

The story as it was told would usually start with "There were three brothers, Leo, Aron and Mates..."

A few years ago, going through transcripts of Sokal birth records digitized in 2007 revealed the existence of three more sons. The explanation for these previously unknown children was simple: two children had died as babies, while the life of the third one prematurely ended at the age of twenty-two.

Newly digitized (2012) records now reveal the addition of no less than six previously unknown siblings! Three girls: Perel, Zlate and Chaje Zeldy, and three boys: Osias Maier, Nachman and Leibisch.

Additionally, the birth record for Leo has finally been found - recorded under the name Leiser ("Eliezer"). This newly found record changes the date of his birth by three years.

The addition of these six newly-discovered siblings completely changes the picture of the Sokal Katz family. Instead of being the story of the three Katz brothers who migrated to Germany around WW1, we now have twelve children, ten of which reached adulthood. Ignoring Israel Tewel who died of pulmonary tuberculosis at age twenty-two, we now have nine adult lives to document instead of only three.

These new siblings now provide a new argument for the possibility that the "unknown" Katz (Max Katz) who made his way to New York could indeed have been one of these newly discovered Katz boys.

These new additions also raise two questions: why was no one aware of the existence of these siblings, and what happened to them?

The second question is probably the easiest to answer: if these siblings remained in Sokal, which I assume was the case, they most likely were destroyed in the Shoah, probably in Belzec in 1943 with the rest of the Sokal community. The list of Shoah victims from Sokal based on the Sokal Yizkor book and Yad Vashem provides an initial list of possible casualties from the Katz family, however this list is probably incomplete.

As for the first question, assuming that these siblings did remain in "the old country", it is easy to imagine that they would have been at most just a vague, distant presence in the lives of the children raised in Germany (Toni, Yitzhack, Bill, Max.) Leo, Aron and Mates probably remained in contact with occasional letters, but for Toni, Yitzhack, Bill or Max, these uncles and aunts were probably complete strangers.

Toni remembered receiving letters from Sokal, and Max visited relatives in Sokal in 1938, so it is likely that these "relatives" were their uncles and aunts.

List of children of Herz Wolf and Sara Cheine Katz

Mates: 1875

Father of Mary Frankel

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname
  Mates 1875 B 73 1174 M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine KATZ

Moses Leib, 1877

Died, age 4 months

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905, Deaths 1831-1905.
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Mother Town
  Moses Leib 1877 B(irth) 54 1175   M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine GRUBER Rozdzalów
GRUBER Moses Leib 1877 D(eath) 54 1196 4m. M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine GRUBER  

Israel Tewel, 1879

Died at the age of 22, August 31, 1901, of pulmonary tuberculosis

Sokal, house #34 (?)

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905, Deaths 1831-1905.
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Mother Town
  Israel Tewel 1879 B(irth) 12 1175   M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine GRUBER Rozdzalów
KATZ Israel Tewel 1901 D(eath) 56 2195 22 y., 7 m. M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Chanje KATZ  
Death certificate, Israel Tewel Katz, 1901

Death certificate, Israel Tewel Katz, 1901

Perel Jütte, 1880

A girl, named after Zlate's mother - so Zlate's mother died before 1880.

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905
Marriages 1863,64,66,68-99,1902-05
Deaths 1831-1905.
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Mother Town
  Perel Jütte 1880 B(irth) 136 1176   F Herz Wolf KATZ Sure Cheine GRUBER Radziechów

Aron Selig, 1882

Father of Bill (H.W.), Michael and Saul

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Mother Town
  Aron Selig 1882 B(irth) 71 1176   M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine GRUBER Rozdzalów

Hersch, 1884

Died at the age of 8 months

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905 | Deaths 1831-1905.
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Mother Town
  Hersch 1884 B 113 1178   M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine GRUBER Rozdzalów
KATZ Hersch 1885 D(eath) 57 1199 8 m. M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine GRÜBER  

Leo (Leiser/Eliezer), 1886

Father of Toni and Yitzhack.

Note, date is 1886, not 1883

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905 | Deaths 1831-1905.
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Mother Town
  Leiser 1886 B(irth) 19 1180   M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine GRUBER Rozdzalów

Zlate, 1887

A girl, named after Herz Wolf's mother Zlate

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905 | Deaths 1831-1905.
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Mother Town
  Zlate 1887 B 95 1181   F Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine GRUBER Radziechów

Osias Mayer, 1889

No additional info. Could possibly be the "unknown" brother who later changed his name to Max in America?

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905 | Deaths 1831-1905.
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Mother Town
  Osias Mayer 1889 B 43 1184   M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine GRUBER Rozdzalów

Nachman, 1890

No additional info. Another possible choice for the "unknown" brother who later changed his name to Max in America?

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905 | Deaths 1831-1905.
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Mother Town
  Nachman 1890 B 62 1185   M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine GRUBER Radziechów

Leibisch, 1891

No additional info. One more possible choice for the "unknown" brother who later changed his name to Max in America?

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905 | Deaths 1831-1905.
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Mother Town
  Leibisch 1891 B 59 1186   M Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Cheine GRUBER/KATZ Rozdzalów

Chaje Zeldy, 1895

A girl

Sokal PSA AGAD
Births 1858-1905 | Deaths 1831-1905.
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname Mother Town
  Chaje Zeldy 1895 B 171 1874   F Herz Wolf KATZ Sara Chajne KATZ Rozdzalów

Death of Herz Wolf and Sara Cheine

Herz Wolf Katz died in 1904, at the age of 48.

According to Eve,

"(he) died of natural causes at a relatively early age, in his forties or fifties."

Sokal PSA AGAD
Deaths 1831-1905
Lwow Wojewodztwa / Ukraine
(records in Fond 300 in AGAD Archive)
Last updated June 2012
Records from: jewishgen.org
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta Sygnatura Age Sex Father Father Surname Mother Mother Surname
KATZ Herz Wolf 1904 D(eath) 13 2475 48 y., 3 m. M Isak KATZ Slate KATZ

During WW1, Sara fled the advancing Russian (or Ukrainian?) army and managed to escape to Czechoslovakia with her daughter-in-law Frida. "Later, (her son) Leo left to bury his mother." (Note: "later" is not clear - does this mean still during WW1? or later when Leo was already in Gera?). So Sara died sometime between WW1 and no later than the early 30's.

Note: Yad Vashem and the Sokal Yizkor book list a (Herz) Wolf Katz born in 1880 in Sokal, married to a Sara. However this is a different couple as the dates put this H.W.Katz one generation too late.

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