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Re: WW1 Draft Registration - Fratrik

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  • martha.andras
    Hi Karen, I did some searching and found an old village on the Hungarian Village Finder. It was called WRBI (or WRBIE). The handwriting on your grandfather s
    Message 1 of 5 , Jun 28, 2010
      Hi Karen,

      I did some searching and found an old village on the Hungarian Village Finder. It was called WRBI (or WRBIE). The handwriting on your grandfather's draft registration looks like it COULD be WRBI. The village was in the Olaszi District (Jaras), Lipto County (Megye) and the District Seat (Szekhely)was Nemetlipcse. More modern names of the town are Verbo and Vrbove.

      I then did a Google search and below is what I found. I hope this might be helpful in your search.

      Good luck!


      Vrbové (modernized:Werbau); ) is a town in the Trnava Region of Slovakia. It has a population of 6,309 as of 2005. The town lies around 8 km northwest from Piešťanymarker.

      The town features an originally Gothic church from 1397, an Evangelical Lutheran church from 1928-1929 (on the site of an older Protestant church of 1784), a baroque curia from the 17th century, an oriental-style synagogue from 1883, and a modern St. Gorazd Church.

      The Čerenec Dam (0.46 km²), situated to the northwest of the town, is a recreation area.

      The present-day town is a very old settlement. In Slavic languages the town's name means willow. The first written reference to the town stems from 1332. At that time it was part of the Čachtice Castlemarker domain . Vrbové received its town charter in 1437, and was devastated by Turkish troops in 1599. The town was famous for its grain markets, promoted mainly by Jews, who made up a large part of the town's population. In the late 20th century, the town was home to clothing (Trikota) works, trading and wood-processing industries.

      Vrbové is infamous for its past as a Jewish ghetto. During World War II, the entire town of Vrbové was a ghetto for the Jewish population of the Piestany province of Slovakia. The ghetto was liquidated by the Slovak Nazis known as the Hlinka Guard and the German SS; most of the Jewish people were deported to the death camp at Auschwitz. Most of Vrbove's Jewish population was gassed in Auschwitz's gas chambers.[179741]

      According to the 2001 census, the town had 6,249 inhabitants. 98.75% of inhabitants were Slovaks and 0.59% Czechs. The religious make-up was 75.48% Roman Catholics, 10.80% people with no religious affiliation and 10.67% Lutherans.

      * Rabbis: Vrbové is the birthplace of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, the famed Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. Rabbi David Zvi Hoffmann was born there in 1843. Its most famous Rabbi was Rabbi Yitschack Weiss, the author of many important works: Siach Yitschack, Elef Ksav, Avnei Beis Hayotser, Hagada Shel Pesach Siach Yitschack, Bina leitim and many more. He was killed in the Holocaust in 1942. His works were sponsored by The Werner family from Vrbové and published by Shem Olam in Bnei Brakmarker. The Chief Rabbi of Vrbové, Samuel Reich, son of the renowned Rabbi Koppel Reich, survived the holocaust and emigrated to Jerusalem, where he later died. Before the Second World War he founded a Commerce school which was later nationalized.

      It is also the birthplace of:

      * Móric Beňovský the discoverer
      * Elo Šándor[179742] the Slovak writer
      * the bishop Pavol Jantausch[179743]

      --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Karen" <bctygirl@...> wrote:
      > I just put an image into the Files section.
      > I hope you will be able to see the place where my grandfather came from. Although the name is misspelled on the document,as Frateryck, I am positive it is for my Great Grandfather, Adam Fratrik. Adam could not read or write and I don't believe this is his handwriting. The address and all other info in the document has been verified.
      > Thanks for any help.
      > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Karen" <bctygirl@> wrote:
      > >
      > > I just added a picture to the photo section. Can anyone tell me what the name of the town is on this document.___________ Austria. Where would this be in present day Slovakia?
      > >
      > > Thanks for your help.
      > > Karen Fratrik Earls
      > >
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