Porjes families


Nathan Porjes (b. Pruzina (Slovakia) 1818, d. Pruzina (Slovakia) 1901)

Salomon Porjes (b. Pruzina (Slovakia) 1858, d. Zilina 1933)
           married Julia Zlatner (b. Trencsen Hungary 27/10/1865, d. Zilna CZ 1935)

Jud. Arpad Porjes (b. Trencsen 18/3/1887, d. Zilina 17/7/1924)
          married Helene Moskovicova (b. 1901, d.1922).            
          He had 10 brothers and sisters. Eight of them died between 1942/44 in Auschwitz.

Ladislav (David) Porjes (b. Zilina 21/11/1921, d. Prague 2008)
        married Vlasta Krestanova (b. 1923)

"This photo is from 1967 at the reception at the West Berlin City Hall, where I worked as a foreign correspondent for Czechoslovak Radio. I am on the far right in the photo. My wife Vlasta, the smiling woman next to me, shakes hands with some receptionists.
In West Berlin, I became a member of Presseverein - the Foreign Press Club in West Berlin. For me, as a foreigner and a journalist, the otherwise impenetrable Berlin Wall was permeable day and night."

 Maja, 42, translator, married 2 children
Eva, 38, chemical engineer, married, 3 children.

Aranka Porjes

Stefania Porjes

Ilka Porjes (b. Trenscen 4/2/1893)

Anna Porjes married Grossman

Olga Porjes (b. Trencsen 23/9/1898) married Bela Glasel

Emil Porjes (b. Trencsen c. 1899)

The name of PORJES has been registered in this form in the Jewish family register [Matrika] of Ilava (Slovakia) since the 18th century.

Ladislav (David) Porjes :
Journalist 1947-1969.
Correspondent of the Prague Radio to Hungary and Germany (1961-68).
1969- after the Russian invasion, expelled from Radio, without possibility to work.
During the occupation era, stock worker and anonymous translator.
From 1972 invalid pensioner.
Author of a book of belletristic short stories about Holocaust and the Anti-Nazi resistance, published 1963.
Collector of Modern Paintings.
Prisoner of various concentration camps in the pro Nazi "Slovak-State" 1941-43.
Prisoner in Auschwitz 1944. Up to March 1945, member of the Czechoslovak anti-Nazi Liberation Army.

 Source : Ladislav (David) Porjes (Prague), 1993.

Jewish Trencsen
TRENCIN (Slovak Tren?ín; Hung. Trencsén), town in western Slovakia.

In the 14th century there were several Jews in Trencin. In the 16th century Jews reappeared. After the Kuruc invasion of Ubersky Brod in 1683, some Jews took refuge in Trencin. For the next 100 years, the community was under Ubersky Brod's jurisdiction. In 1734 the Jews took a secret oath to use only Ubersky Brod's court in disputes and to avoid the Hungarian court system.

The Trencin Jews tried to develop community life. They established a ?evra kaddisha and held services on the Sabbath and holidays in private homes. They also had a mikveh. In 1736 there was a Jewish school, and in 1760 the community hired its first rabbi, David Kahn Casid (d. 1783). The municipal authorities were not well disposed toward the Jewish community. It charged the Jews municipal and state taxes and prohibited several religious rituals, such as marriage and circumcision. To perform these rituals, the Jews were charged heavy taxes. They were forbidden to employ Christian servants. The authorities tried to curtail the expansion of the community.

In 1703 Jews opened a factory that produced a scarce oil for tanning hides. During the first quarter of the 18th century, Jews were engaged in trade in hides and bones, and in producing spirits. In 1787 a fire destroyed the community's archives. In 1834 the congregation owned a small wooden synagogue. During the first half of the 19th century, the school system was expanded. Most of the schools had been privately owned but slowly became public and then government-owned. The major government-run Jewish elementary school was established in 1857. It had an excellent reputation, and many gentile children were enrolled.

After the Congress of Hungarian Jewry in 1868, the Trencin congregation joined the Reform (Neolog) stream of Jewry. In 1911 a new synagogue was constructed, often described as one of the most beautiful in Hungary. The congregation had a ?evra kaddisha, a cemetery, and a kosher butcher. There were several social, women's, religious, and charitable societies. During World War I, 150 men enlisted in the army.

From 1785 the community underwent rapid expansion. In that year there were 388 Jews in Trencin. In 1848 there were 688, while 50 years later the community numbered 1,113. An increase was seen in 1922 when the community reached its peak of 2,115. In 1930 the number decreased to 1,539.

At the end of World War I, mobs looted Jewish property and homes and injured and even murdered Jews. When the disturbances subsided, the Jewish community recovered and contributed significantly to economic life. Several local factories were owned by Jewish entrepreneurs. Outstanding among them was one that produced natural oil. It supported local agriculture and provided employment. Jews were well represented in the educated strata and comprised much of Trencin's intelligentsia. There was active political and social life in the community. In 1932 five Jews were elected to the municipal council, four of them from the Jewish party. A number of Zionist groups influenced the community. The congregation belonged to the Slovakia-wide Jeshurun association, which unified the Neolog and Status Quo congregations. There was also a small Orthodox group.

On the eve of the deportations in 1942, there were 2,500 Jews in Trencin and environs; in Trencin itself there were 1,619. Most of them perished in the extermination camps in Poland. In 1947 there were 228 Jews in Trencin. In the small synagogue, the names of the victims were inscribed on the walls. Most of the survivors emigrated or settled in other parts of Czechoslovakia. The rest attempted to preserve Jewish life.

In 1968, during the Prague Spring, another wave of emigration took place. In 1978 a memorial was unveiled in the cemetery for Jewish anti-Fascist fighters and victims of the Holocaust. The Reform synagogue served as the city's cultural center.


X Porjes

Fredric Porjes (Vienna, b. Pressburg (Czech) 1902)
         was customer representative for a lumber wholesaler.
         Porjes as a common surname in Pressburg at that time.
         Married Matilda Wahrman, daughter of Moses Aron Wahrman from Poland.

Michael Porjes (b. Israel 17/1/1941) is a computer artist and futurologist.
           Lives in Hawai.

Daniel Marc Porjes (Montreal, b. Los Angeles 1978 )
Wendy Porjes, (b. Hawai september 17, 1996)

Hans Porjes Moved from Vienna to Israel in 1936.

Daniel Porjes, lives in Israel, has 2 daughters

Source : Michael Porjes (Hawai), 1994.

PURJESZ (Hungary)

" My family name is Oblath, but I was born as Vámos (means custom officer in Hungarian).
My great-grandfather changed his surname.
When I was 18 I took back our original family name, but my new search showed me that our family name should be writing as Oblatt.
My father and sister still remained Vámos.
In Hungary we have an opposite position, so the family name is the first and the given name is the second.
My name is Oblath András and not András Oblath.
My father, called Vámos György (George), was born in 1945, in Budapest.
His father, Vámos László (Leslie), was born in 1912, in Tapolca, Veszprém county, died in 1983.
His second wife, my grandmother, called Winter Márta, was born in 1911, in Budapest.
My great-grandfather, called Vámos Gyula (Julius), was who changed our family name in 1911.
He was born in 1886, in Beled, a small town in Gyõr-Moson-Sopron county, as Oblatt Gyula. He died in 1944 in a Hungarian Nazi Camp. His wife was Steiner Margit was born in 1891, in Vindornyaszõlõs, Zala county.
My great-great-grandfather was Miksa (Mark) Oblatt.
Born in 1853, in Nagyvazsony, Veszprem county.
His wife was Maria Suss, born in 1857, in Papoc a small village in Vas County.
My great-great-great-grandfather was Simon Oblatt.
He was born in 1831, in Monoszlo, a very-very small village in Veszprem county, close to the lake Balaton.
His wife was Sali Steiner, born in 1833 in a small village Kols, but I haven't found this place yet in the map.
Simon Oblatt was born as Oblath, but in 1852, all my family wrote Oblatt and remain Oblatt.
His father was József (Joseph) Oblath. Sali Steiner's father was Marton (Martin) Steiner.
The father of my grandmother called Winter Ábrahám Izidor, was born in Késmárk (now Kezmarok in North of Slovakia ), in 1875 and died in 1959.
His father was Winter József (Joseph), died in about 1924 and his mother was Bogner Jetty, died in 1929.
The mother of my grandmother was Purjesz Irén (Irene), born in 1883, in Szentes, Csongrád county, died in 1945, by the Nazis.
It's a spanish origin name.
Came from the Spanish town Porges
They escaped in 1492, from Spain to Hungary through Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania.
It's a big and famous family.

In this family there are many famous doctors and writers.
From this family came the first jewish mayor of Budapest (1913).
He was Heltai (Hoffer) Ferenc (1861-1913), who was the second cousin of my great-grandmother.
There's a world champion of table tennis, called Pécsi (Pollak) Dániel. He was the third cousin of my grandmother.
The father of my great-grandfather was Purjesz Dávid born in 1835, in Szentes.
His wife Nuemann Linka, born in Orosháza, Békés county.
His father Purjesz János (John), born in Makó, Csongrád county in 1807, died in 1864, in Szentes and his mother was Hoffer Johanna, born in 1809, in Tápiószele, Pest county.
Neumann's father is Neumann Simon a doctor, born in 1820, in Óbuda (now part of Budapest).
János father was Purjesz Ádám.
He was the first mentioned man in this family. He was born in 1777, in Makó, Csongrád county, but he moved to Szentes, Csongrád county with four children in at 1810 and died 1854, so the other Purjesz's were born in Szentes. His wife was Mannheim Judit, born in Nagykálló, Bereg County, in 1784 and died in 1858.
My mother is Landau Judit.
She came from a rabbinical family from Slovakia and Poland.
The name of Landau is from the town Landau of Bavaria.
The jews had to escape from Landau in 1545.
The first Landau appeared in Prag.
Her father, called Landau László ( Leslie ), was born in 1909, in Rozsnyó ( now Roznava in Slovakia ) and died in 1980, in Budapest.
His wife, my grandmother, called Kaufmann Sára, was born in 1914, in Tokaj, in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county.
The father of Landau László was Landau Salamon, born in 1862, in Bártfa ( now Bardejov in Slovakia ).
His wife was Scheinberger Sarolta ( Sara ), born in 1870 and died in 1952.
The father of Kaufmann Sára was Kaufmann Bernát ( Bernard ), born in Tokaj, in 1872 and died in 1944.
The Hungarian nazis shot him into the Danube.
His wife was Fisch Ilona ( Helen ), born in 1881, in Hangács, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county and died in 1923.
The father of Kaufmann Bernát was Kaufmann Mór ( Morris ), died at the age of 105.
His wife was Moskovitz Léni.
The father of Fisch Ilona was Fisch Emanuel, born in 1832, his wife was Jónap Etel, born in 1838.
Her name means Good day.
The family history says that the king Joseph II ( 1780-1790 ) spent a good day in their land and he gave this name to the family.
The origin name if I know well was Fisch, but I think the name came from the hebrew Yom Tov.
Jónap Etel's father was József ( Joseph ) Jónap, his wife was Sali Fisch."

Szentes Martyrs

Names of the Martyrs of Holocaust in Szentes, Hungary.
Copied by Gyorgy Ujlaki from a Memorial to the Martyrs of the Holocaust in Szentes located in the local Jewish cemetery.
Szentes, June 7 1998.

Porjesz Sandor
Porjesz Sandorne
Porjesz Gyorgy
Purjesz Dr. Janosne

                                       The Purjesz Family by Ilana Burgess

The Purjesz family is a classic example of the forced "wandering Jew".
They most probably originated somewhere in ancient Israel, exiled 2000+ years ago and had to move from one country to the other in search of a safe haven.
At some stage they made their home in Spain and during the inquisition moved into Central Europe.
My branch of the family settled in Hungary in the 18th century.
Most of the family was murdered during the Holocaust.
My mother survived and made her home in Israel where I was born.
Back to the original starting point - a full circle.
According to the family legend, they lived in Burgos Spain and were forced to leave in 1492.
Some managed to escape before or during the inquisition and settled in Italy.
Other members of the family converted to Christianity and managed to leave after 1492.
In Italy the anusim were able to be converted back to Judaism.
Some members of the family moved from Italy to Turkey, Bulgaria, Temeszvar Romania and then finally settled in Hungary.
The first record I have of a Purjesz in Hungary is Adam Purjesz.
I've found out recently that Adam Purjesz name was Adam Burjes and was changed to Purjesz in the late 1700's or early 1800's.
Adam Purjesz
According to the story, Adam Purjesz was still in possession of the Spanish family crest.
The family name was very important to them and so was their Spanish heritage.
My mother told me that her mother and grandmother followed many Sephardic traditions while living in an Ashkenazi community.
Over the two decades in Hungary the family became prominent and included many physicians, lawyers, bankers, business people, politician and officers in the Austro Hungarian army.