Guide to the Collection of Suzanne Shapiro (Genealogy of the Sachs and Herzel Families), 1910-1990 (with gaps)

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Stephanie Call as MS Word document, March 5, 2009. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on April 1, 2011. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Shapiro, Suzanne
Title: Suzanne Shapiro -- Genealogy of the Sachs and Herzel Families
Dates:1910-1990 (with gaps)
Abstract: Contains the genealogical research of Suzanne Shapiro regarding the Sachs and Herzel families. The collection includes biographical information, a family tree, and a naturalization certificate for George Herzel.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 half manuscript box)
Identification: P-622
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located at AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Biographical Note

Suzanne Shapiro - Genealogy of the Sachs and Herzel Families

Suzanne Shapiro is the daughter of George Herzel, and this collection contains genealogical information and documents pertaining to his family.

George Nathan Herzel was born Gershon Nissan Sachs on July 4, 1878 in Zuddick, Latvia, which was in the County of Telz in the Kovno Province. A teacher of Hebrew and Judaic studies in Boston, he also taught in Denver from 1928 to 1946. A prolific writer of many unpublished manuscripts, he also wrote two guidebooks for his students, called The Hebrew Day and The Hebrew Year. Many of his writings are in Hebrew and Yiddish, and in 1942 he wrote an autobiography in Yiddish, which is in the archives of the YIVO Institute in New York.

Herzel came to America after escaping service in the Russian Army in 1904. En route to Boston, he changed his name to Herzel in honor of Thedore Herzl. Once in Boston, he earned his high school diploma from English High School in 1909 and married Fanny Krinsky on December 30, 1910. Fanny Krinsky was born on December 3, 1881 in Zhaludak, Poland and immigrated to New York City on June 26, 1906. She later moved to Boston and graduated from Central Evening High School in 1910. George and Fanny had four children, Abraham (b. October 21, 1911), Hilda (b. December 6, 1917), Hannah (b. June 30, 1913, d. January 2, 1918) and Suzanne (b. February 15, 1919). Naturalized on February 28, 1910, he moved to Boston in 1927. Herzl died on December 2, 1946.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains biographical information about George and Fanny Herzel, including vital and high school records, and a naturalization certificate for George Herzel. A family tree of the Sachs family is also included. The Sachs family is related to the Herzels, but it is unclear based on the information presented in the materials.

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The collection is arranged into a single series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Suzanne Shapiro -- Genealogy of the Sachs and Herzel Families; P-622; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Suzanne Shapiro in March 1990.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Suzanne Shapiro -- Genealogy of the Sachs and Herzel Families, 1910-1990 (with gaps)

Box 1.
Scope and Content:

See collection Scope and Content Note.

1 1 Biographies 1990 request_box
1 2 Miscellaneous Materials 1940-1947 request_box
1 3 Naturalization Certificate 1910 request_box
1 4 Sachs Family Tree 1990 request_box
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