Records of the Hessel family in the All Galicia Database

There are currently 1080 records for the surname Hessel (including soundalike names and spelling variants) in the All Galicia Database (the AGD), Gesher Galicia's free searchable collection of genealogical and historical records from the former Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, which is now eastern Poland and western Ukraine. Here is a sampling of some of the results you can find there:

  • Moses BLOCH-HELD, grandchild of , , ,
    Holocaust record from Lwów Ghetto Residents (1941-1943)
  • Joachim EICHEL, grandchild of , , ,
    Holocaust record from Lwów Ghetto Residents (1941-1943)
  • Jojns EICHEL, spouse of Rachela , grandchild of , , ,
    Holocaust record from Lwów Ghetto Residents (1941-1943)
  • Rachela EICHEL, spouse of Jojns , grandchild of , , ,
    Holocaust record from Lwów Ghetto Residents (1941-1943)
  • Sosia EICHEL, grandchild of , , ,
    Holocaust record from Lwów Ghetto Residents (1941-1943)
  • Abraham HELD, spouse of Mirla , grandchild of , , ,
    Holocaust record from Lwów Ghetto Residents (1941-1943)
  • Mirla HELD, spouse of Abraham , grandchild of , , ,
    Holocaust record from Lwów Ghetto Residents (1941-1943)
  • Moses HELD, grandchild of , , ,
    Holocaust record from Lwów Ghetto Residents (1941-1943)
  • Moses HELD, grandchild of , , ,
    Holocaust record from Lwów Ghetto Residents (1941-1943)
  • Natan HELD, grandchild of , , ,
    Holocaust record from Lwów Ghetto Residents (1941-1943)

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Records of the Hessel family in Logan Kleinwaks' Genealogy Indexer website

There are 187 search results for the surname Hessel at Logan Kleinwaks' Genealogy Indexer website, a few of which are listed below. Note that results listed below are limited to purely Galician sources, such as telephone and business directories from Galician cities, or school records, but they do not include the many other sources available on his website that span all of pre-war Poland. You may need the free .DjVu web browser plugin to view these files.

  • Kolbuszowa Yizkor Book (1971), image 878 {y239}
    ... on the basis of the Kolbuszowa rabbi's confirmation (II, 192-3). There is an 1808 seal with the inscription "Jewish community of the city of Kolbuszowa," with a star of David in its center. There is also a record dated 1809 regarding the ritual bath which in keeping with the town’s tradition, was built there; it was used among others by the famous Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel, who later became the pillar of Polish hassidism and is referred to as "The Apter." The Jewish community of Kolbuszowa could not remain aloof to everything that transpired around it and unable to isolate itself from ongoing events, reacted to the political changes in the coun- try: the tri-partite division of Poland, the 1848 Spring of Nations, the Polish uprisings of 1830 and 1863, the Josephan politics of Austria ...
  • Mikulince Yizkor Book (1985), image 456 {y324}
    ... rabbinate, since our rabbis earned the admiration and respect of their congregations. For generations, the Rabad family held the rabbinate. In 1935, the elderly rabbi Yehoshua-Heshel Rabad died and was succeeded by his son Rabbi Yosele Rabad. Because of his liberal approach to modern ideas, he was loved by all: workers, craftsmen and intelligentsia alike. The old rabbi’s brother, Rebbe Heshel Babad, was the rebbe of Tluste and lived in Mikulince. He did not have the official status of rabbi but was supported by the community. His eldest son Rabbi Abraham Babad later became the rabbi of Mikulince. The rebbe of Zlotniki lived in Mikulince and a number of hassids became his disciples. He, too, was supported by the com- munity. The official rabbinic judge (dayan) was Rabbi Heinoh ...
  • Mikulince Yizkor Book (1985), image 467 {y324}
    ... rabbis known to us were Rabbis Naftali Hirsch and Aharon Brode in 1780. Rabbi Abraham Arie Babad was rabbi of Mikulince in the middle of the nineteenth century and died in 1860. The next to hold the rabbinate, Haim Babad, died in 1889. After that, the rabbinate in Mikulince passed from father to son: Rabbi Moshe and Rabbi Haim Babad who died in 1906; his son Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Babad who was rabbi of Mikulince from 1906 to 1912 and his son Rabbi Yosef Ben-Zion Babad who was killed during the Second World War in 1942 or 1943. The 1903 fire seriously hurt the Jews of Mikulince, who comprised two thirds of the town’s total population. Among other things, the synagogue and other houses of prayer were burned, as was the school founded by Baron Hirsch. In spite of this, the Jewish ...
  • Mikulince Yizkor Book (1985), image 503 {y324}
    ... man but had little strength and didn’t have the vaguest idea how to make money; he was dependent on his father-in-law the rabbi. Finally, he decided to teach about ten pupils. He had two children: Moshele who studied secular subjects with a private tutor (the son of the melamed Nehemiah whom I forgot to mention among the junior high school teachers). He studied Talmud with his grandfather Heshel Babad. His daughter Ratze was a close friend of my sister’s. She was much younger than her brother. Another son was bom later, in bis lather's older years. He was my pupil in the Jewish school under the Soviet regime when they captured Poland. Unfortunately, none of these Babadsare left. Yisreal Spiegel As already mentioned, there was one scholar in our town who could compete with ...
  • Mikulince Yizkor Book (1985), image 504 {y324}
    ... he thought one of his pupils wasn’t listening attentively to the lesson, the cane landed on the helpless pupil like a bolt of light- ning from heaven. Children and teen-agers are sometimes very cruel. They took advantage of his deafness to cause him trouble. THE MODERN **HEDER" Yosele Babad, a well-known scholar (who inherited the rabbinical position formerly held by his father Heshel Babad the 11Mara Deatra"), organized a **general heder" in town. This was a merger of all the **hadarim’’ on the junior high school level with all their teachers and pupils. This **heder’’ was like a well-organized school with many classes. For us, the teen-agers, it was a great achievement. This school gave us ample opportunities for a variety of practi- cal jokes. Abraham Tatie ...

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