The Schimko family

The Schimko family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Dolne Chlebany
    Year when photo was taken:
    1897
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Slovakia
This is the Simko family: my great-grandfather Samuel Schimko and his wife Johana Schimkova in the middle with their children and relatives. My name is unusual for a Jewish family [Jews living on Slovak territory before World War II had mostly German surnames, which is closely tied to the reforms of Jozef II [1] - Editor's note], which is why I decided to investigate its origins. I pondered where it could possibly originate, and came upon one thing. During the time of Austro-Hungary, my great-grandfather lived in Halic [Halic: later Galicia, is a historical territory in today's southeastern Poland and northwest Ukraine. During the years 1772 - 1918 it belonged to Austro-Hungary - Editor's note]. This means that the name Simko is probably of Polish origin. But it's quite possible that my great-grandfather changed his original Jewish name in Halic, because the name Simko isn't Jewish. According to documents that I have, my great-grandfather must have spoken German, as back then our name, Simko, was written Schimko and was written in German Schwabacher [also called Gothic, or black-letter script].

Interview details

Interviewee: Otto Simko
Interviewer:
Zuzana Slobodnikova
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2006
Bratislava, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Samuel Schimko
Year of birth:
1805
City of birth:
Rajcany
Year of death:
1903
City of death:
Dolne Chlebany
Country of death:
Austria
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Farmer

Other Person

Johanna Schimkova
Year of birth:
1835
Year of death:
1911
City of death:
Dolne Chlebany
Country of death:
Austria
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
Date of interview:
1990s

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